Birthday Voucher Book Haul!

Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little corner of the internet. Today I’m looking at a lovely collection of books that came home with me after my second trip into a book shop since Covid, when I spent my birthday book vouchers and some of my birthday money. It was so much fun to spend an hour in a book shop and enjoy the time and comfort of being there.

Book shops are like little pieces of magic, and while I’ve naturally been making the most of shopping online while they’ve been closed, it’s been wonderful to be back in them again, and knowing that I can go around with my basket to pick a selection from my wishlist was a special birthday treat, followed by a large Starbucks, my Caramel Macchiato just topping off the wonderful day. I only ran over a few people, which is an achievement seeing as I haven’t been out in my chair for a while.

I’ll go through my purchases but first let’s take a moment to look at these beautiful flowers I was gifted for my birthday and are doing well, still utterly gorgeous a week on.

From top to bottom

Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D. H. Lawrence
This clothbound edition was a special treat as I haven’t seen it in person before. I already have a ‘normal’ edition, which I’ll be be passing on to someone else now I’ve got this special one, and it was one of the first classics I ever read. I fell in love with how beautifully it was written and the fact it was a previously banned book. Having this lovely edition to add to my collection makes me so happy.

The Yearbook – Holly Bourne
Most likely to…be forgotten
Working on the school newspaper, Paige is used to dealing with fake stories. How popular girl Grace is a such an amazing person (lie). How Laura steals people’s boyfriends (lie). How her own family are so perfect (lie).

Now Grace and friends have picked their “best” high-school moments for Paige to put in the all-important Yearbook. And they’re not just fake. They’re poison.

But Paige has had enough of all the lies in her life. And with the help of Elijah – the only boy who could ever understand her – she’s going to reveal the truth.

My Dark Vanessa – Kate Elizabeth Russell
This has been on my TBR for a while now, and I finally picked it up. A book focusing on what is right and what is wrong in so many ways, and how our perceptions of that can change over time, I think this is going to be a powerful, unnerving read.

Splinters of Scarlet – Emily Bain Murphy
This was the only book I picked up that wasn’t on my wishlist. I saw it, and it grabbed me, both the cover and synopsis:
Marit doesn’t like to use magic too often; it always comes with a heavy price. When her best friend Eve is adopted by a legendary former dancer and placed in an elite ballet program outside of Copenhagen, Marit draws upon her powers to secure a job with the wealthy family so that she can watch over her. But Marit has another, secret motivation: her father died while working for the dancer’s family, and she has reason to believe he was murdered.

While Marit adapts to her glittering new life in Copenhagen, she starts to investigate her father’s death in earnest. With every step she takes to get closer to the truth, she and everyone she loves is put in greater danger.

Soon Marit finds herself at the centre of a power struggle that goes all the way up to the king, and magic may be the only thing that can save her – if it doesn’t kill her first. 

Divergent – Veronica Roth
One of my best friends did me a huge box of “thirty presents for turning thirty”, which was so thoughtful and kind. Included with the later books of this series, which she had bought me thinking I had the first! Seeing as I had the rest of the series, it only made sense to buy the first one. I’ve heard mixed reviews, but I’ve also heard a lot of reviews, and that always gets me interested.

White Rabbit, Red Wolf – Tom Pollock
I’ll share the synopsis as it’s so very short and probably says it better!
Described as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time meets John le Carre, about a teen math prodigy with an extreme anxiety disorder who finds himself caught in a web of lies and conspiracies after an assassination attempt on his mother.
This should be a really interesting read, I’ve had it on my list for a long time and had friends who I take a lot of book recommendations from rate it very highly.

Geekerella – Ashley Poston
This pick surprised my husband a bit as it doesn’t really seem like the kind of book I’d pick up. But two reasons lead me to this book. The first was reading Glimpsed at the very beginning of this year, which I enjoyed so much more than I initally thought I would. This book comes up as a recommendation if you enjoyed it, so I made a mental note. And then we read Among the Beast and Briars as a group read a little while ago, which is by the same author. Although they’re very different genres, I enjoyed the author’s writing so much, I’m willing to give this one a try!

So there we are, my book voucher haul. It honestly was so lovely, spending that time in a book shop and doing normal things after ‘normal’ has seemed so far away. I can’t wait to tuck into this stack of books and continue mentally celebrating my birthday for a while. Thanks for stopping by, and please do again soon.


  1. hopefully you’ll like Geekerella, it was one of my favorite- specially in audio! Naturally, I needed to buy me a physical copy.
    The yearbook sounds really good, im gonna add it to my list!


  2. I also have My Dark Vanessa but haven’t read it yet, it definitely looks like a dark and unnerving read! I read Divergent a few years ago and binged the whole series and then watched the films. I loved them! The films weren’t as good as the books though and missed a lot out!


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