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An Autumn Book Haul

I’ve been slack with reading this year. According to Goodreads (let’s be pals!) I’ve only read 10 books this year. Ten! How terrible is that?

I always find that I don’t really want to read during the summer, or I just don’t have the time – this summer was especially difficult as I spent a whole month working at the Edinburgh Festival. As soon as Autumn rolls around, however, I find myself wanting to read ~all~ the books. There’s just something about curling up in a nice warm bed whilst the weather outside is miserable, wrapped in a dressing gown, with a cup of tea, and getting lost in a good book.

Just lately I’ve been buying a few books ready for hibernation season. Here are the books I’ve bought in my latest book haul:

  • The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman – A heartbreaking story about a couple on a lighthouse in Australia, struggling to have the family they so desperately want, and what happens when a dead man and a crying baby wash up on their shore. Their actions on that day have devastating consequences, but were they wrong to do what they did? Sometimes right and wrong can look like the same thing.

I won’t lie, I started reading this book around two months ago and I’ve only just finished it. At the start I found it too slow and dull to carry on so I put it down and read a couple of other books in between. It picked up the pace around half way through though and I found myself reading it a lot more frequently. It’s a fast paced book, as a couple of years pass in just a few pages, but it’s also a real slow burner. Even as I started to enjoy the book I still didn’t understand why everyone said it was so heartbreaking – until I found myself sobbing my way through the last 40 pages or so. Have a box of tissues handy when you’re reading the end of this book; you’re going to need them!


  • I See You by Clare Mackintosh – The story follows Zoe Walker, an ordinary woman who does the same thing day in day out, never suspecting that someone may be watching her. One day she sees a photo of herself, alongside a phone number and a website, in an ad in a paper. Every day a new face appears in the same ad and all of these people end up becoming the victims of horrifying, violent crimes. With the help of a detective, Zoe realises that someone close to her has set her up as the next victim…

I picked this up at the same time as The Light Between Oceans from an online store called They sell pretty much any book you could want for a fraction of the price you’d pay in a shop. I love a good thriller and I See You sounds like it will be a slighty creepy, rapid page turner.


  • Into The Water by Paula Hawkins – In the days before her death Nel called her sister, Jules, pleading for help. But Jules didn’t pick up and now Nel is dead. They say Nel jumped but Jules knows she wouldn’t do that. Since her sister’s death, Jules has been dragged back to the Mill House – the one place she never wanted to return to – to confront her fears of her long-buried memories, and her fear of the water that they call the drowning pool.

This was a birthday present from my mum who knew I wanted to read this book since before it was released. I read The Girl on the Train in about two days as, unlike a lot of people who read that book, I loved it. Into The Water sounds like it’s going to be even better so I can’t wait to read it. I have read that it’s vastly different to its predecessor so I’ll have to wait and see!

  • The Little Book Of Hygge by Meik Wiking – Written by the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark who has spent years studying what makes the Danes some of the happiest people on earth. This book aims to show us how we can all get a bit more hygge in our lives, whether that be through the right lighting, candles, or cooking the right food. He has concluded that hygge is the key to happiness.

I feel like I’m about 10 years late to the party with this one. I bought this not long after I’d put the deposit down on my new flat as I was looking for lots of tips on cosy nights in and creating that perfect atmosphere. I’ve read most of this book and, whilst it is good for inspiration – I’m fully on board with candles now – and making you want to hop on a plane to Denmark, I do have to agree with other reviewers who say it’s too ‘middle class’ and consumer based. instead of focusing on the true concept of hygge, i.e simplicity and togetherness, this book makes it out to be an expensive concept as you must have lots of candles, rugs, blankets, food etc to make it authentic.

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker – A young, English Lawyer, Jonathon Harker, travels to Transylvania to try to sell a property to a nobleman named Dracula, who is trying to move to England. Harker realises early on that Dracula is a vampire so tries to escape his castle and stop him from moving. However, he gets held up in Budapest with illness so Dracula makes his way to England and begins on his quest to turn people into Vampires – with the first of those people being Harker’s wife’s’ best friend Lucy

I hate vampires; they scare me to death but somehow I have got it into my head that I want to read Dracula and the idea won’t go away. I blame the first episode of the Lore podcast for this! I picked this book up for £2 (!) a couple of weeks ago from a bargain bookstore I found in the Broadmarsh whilst I was wandering around trying to get to know my new city. I don’t usually read gothic/horror novels so I’m excited to read this. I just hope it doesn’t scare/disappoint me too much.


Have you read any of the books I picked up in my book haul? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!


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