London Book Haul | Pan Macmillan & Secondhand Gems

As you may know, I spent 2,5 weeks in London at the beginning of August to do a work experience at Pan Macmillan. Obviously, I couldn’t stay there for so long without going book-shopping. So in today’s haul, I’m showing you the books I acquired in London. It’ll be divided into two parts: the first part consists of the books I received from Macmillan and the second part of the ones I bought myself.

Pan Macmillan

Before I get into it, I want to say another thank you. I received all of these books for free, even though they didn’t have to give any to me. The people there were just so kind! THANK YOU. For all of these. Some I’ve already read, others I can’t wait to get into. 

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My New Roots by Sarah Britton // A healthy cookbook! I know it may seem like a weird book to get but I actually love to cook. And I’ve been trying to turn my lifestyle into a healthier one. This book is so nice, it’s divided into seasonal recipes!

The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota // Not only did I get a copy of this book, which was longlisted for the Man Booker prize, I got it autographed as well! The author is honestly such a kind person, and I quite enjoyed this book.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah // I’m really looking forward to reading The Nightingale. I’ve heard so many people say incredible things about it.

The Emperor’s Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #1) by Brian Staveley // A fantasy read I can’t wait to start.

Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt #1) by Adrian Tchaikovsky // I’d never heard of this fantasy series before, but the synopsis sounds great so I’m going to give it a try!

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles #1) by Amanda Hocking // I’ve already read this one and it was INCREDIBLE. I have to get the second one first, but I’ll definitely be continuing the trilogy soon.

Crystal Kingdom (Kanin Chronicles #3) by Amanda Hocking // I’ll be reading you SOON.

All the Rage by Courtney Summers // This seems like an interesting read! I’ve heard good things about it as well, so I’m curious to see what I’ll think of it.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell // I’ve already read Fangirl too -even before I started my blog. But I never actually owned a physical copy. NOW I DO!

The Mindfulness Colouring Book by Emma Farrarons // At first, I was a bit skeptical about this. I thought the illustrations were amazing but that it reduced stress? But now I’ve actually already coloured in a few of the pages and I have to admit it’s really relaxing.

The Little Book of Calm Colouring by David Sinden // Another gorgeous colouring book but this one has quotes in it as well! It’s so cute.

Secondhand finds

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The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger // I found this book at a secondhand market underneath a bridge. Doesn’t that sound incredible? I believe it’s called the Southbank book market. I’ve always wanted to read this, and now I got it for a bargain price. 

Magician (Riftwar Saga #1-2) by Raymond E. Feist // I’d never seen these bind-up versions before but when I saw this at the same secondhand book market, I had to take it. I believe it was €5? 

Sepulchre (Languedoc #2) by Kate Mosse // I have the first book in this trilogy already, so when I saw this cheap copy of it at the market, I just took it with me.

The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray // I’ve already read this book. But just like with Fangirl, I never owned a physical copy of it. Now that Lair of Dreams is out, I want to reread this one and move on. So when I found this in a charity shop for 2£ I grabbed it immediately. Hardcover for 2£? Yes please.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller // Again, already read this. This is one of my favorite books -and not just of this year. So I wanted a hard copy of it. I found this hardcover copy at the same charity shop for 2,5£. WHAT?

Love, Tanya by Tanya Burr // I’m a curious person. So when all the YouTubers started coming out with their own books, I wanted to take a look. But they aren’t cheap, so I didn’t want to buy them full price. I found this one in a charity shop for 2£ as well.

Warbreaker (Warbreaker #1) by Brandon Sanderson // I got this at Foyles -which is the greatest bookstore ever. 5 floors, a cafe and a jazzband. I wanted to buy one book there, both the remember the trip AND the bookstore. This beautiful copy just had to come home with me. I’ve already read it and all I can say is that Brandon Sanderson is a genius.

Lock In by John Scalzi // I’ve heard great things about John Scalzi. But I’m not usually a science-fiction fan, so it’s a gamble for me. But this copy was also in the charity shop for 2£ so I took the opportunity!


So those are the books I picked up on my London trip. Have you read any of them? Did I miss any of London’s greatest bookish places? Let me know!

Personal Post #4: Work Experience at Pan Macmillan!

Hi guys! So today, I’m writing a post that is both book-related and personal. Two birds with one stone, right? If you follow me on Twitter/have seen my recent tweets, you may know that I recently did a two-week work experience at Pan Macmillan in London. I wanted to write about my experience today, for any of you considering to do the same –or those of who you didn’t even know the option was there

I had the opportunity to help in the publicity department for two weeks. First off, I want to say that the people were so kind to me. I was most nervous about that aspect beforehand! Because I don’t know anyone in London, I was afraid that I would feel so alone if I wouldn’t get along well or feel comfortable with the people at Macmillan. Being an introvert, that terrifies me. I’m not very good at integrating in new groups and environments immediately, but I definitely didn’t need to worry about that. It was an incredible environment to work in. During the past 3 years, I have seen many different forms of management and culture in my uni courses –as I do study business administration, and they should teach me something. If I had to describe Macmillan, I’d say that it was a trusting environment. Kind, not constantly checking up on you, and so on. 

As for the actual work, I found it so interesting! Before, I didn’t really have a clue what the publicity department actually did. Now, that picture is much clearer. I learned a lot these past two weeks. Both in what a publicity/communications department does, and in skills. What I loved the most is that I got to make some press releases for books for review. I know that may not sound really exciting, but you can be very creative about it, which I very much enjoyed. 

I can’t tell you how grateful I am for this experience. Both to Pan Macmillan, for accepting me into their ranks for two weeks, and to my parents –without them I would have never been able to go. I truly feel like I have grown so much over the past few weeks. I lived alone –which is not new to me– in a country where I don’t know anyone. That alone was new to me. And I got to experience what working in the publishing industry actually is like! I learned new skills, absorbed so much information, met great people and lived in an incredible city. 

If you want to do an internship or work experience but are afraid you won’t get one because you’re not from the UK/wherever the internship is: go for it anyway. I never would have thought I’d be allowed to go, because I’m from Belgium, but it was absolutely no problem. I’m so glad I took a chance and sent in the request anyway!

Not only was I lucky enough to be allowed to do this work experience, I also received some amazing books! I’ll be making a London book haul, which will include quite the amount of books gifted to me by Macmillan. So you can look forward to that!

To anyone out there who is considering doing a work experience: go for it! I can’t express how grateful I am for the experience. It was incredible. THANK YOU, Macmillan, thank you.