Book Haul: January 2013

Yes, a book haul already. Actually I haven’t done one for a while – that doesn’t mean I haven’t brought any books (don’t be silly!), I just haven’t posted about it.

But what I can say for January is that I haven’t actually spent that much money on the books that I have brought, I’ve brought a lot of free or cheap books on my Kindle and I had a gift card for Christmas for Waterstones so I promptly spent that online – since I was too ill to go to the actual store.

First of all, let me link the FREE Classics I brought for my Kindle, I won’t add descriptions to these ones because most of them you will probably know, if not, that just click on the book title to take you to the amazon page for the synopsis.

Shadowmagic (Shadowmagic, #1) by John Lenahan

Now for a few other’s I’ve brought that cost me a small amount or were also free (but not classics) on my Kindle:

  • The Golden Acorn: Book 1 (UK EDITION): The Adventures of Jack Brenin by Catherine Cooper (FREE)
    Jack Brenin’s life changes the moment he finds a golden acorn lying on the grass. He gets caught up in an extraordinary magical adventure and enters a world he only believed existed in legend. He’s sure he’s been mistaken for someone else. He’s neither brave nor strong so how could he be “The One” an ancient prophecy speaks about? He’s no idea why he’s expected to help, unsure if he wants to, or even if he can.
    The above is not the synopsis that made me think I’d give this ago, for some reason I now cannot find that one, but for what it’s worth Amazon seems to liken this author to J.K Rowling.
  • Shadowmagic by John Lenahan (FREE)
    Conor thought he was an average teenager. OK, so his father only had one hand, spoke to him in ancient languages and was a bit on the eccentric side but, other than that, life was fairly normal. Until, that is, two Celtic warriors on horseback and wearing full armor appear at his front door and try to kill him. After that, things get pretty weird.
    Reminds me of Wintercraft, so I was curious. We shall see.
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel (£0.20)
    One boy, one boat, one tiger …After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction in recent years.
    I saw the movie and it intrigued me to read the book – I know I’ll probably get annoyed at how different the movie is but oh well.
  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson and Rod Bradbury (£0.20)
    It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not…Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan’s earlier life in which – remarkably – he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century.
    I’ve picked up this book in the stores a few times and people have recommended it to me – so when I saw it for 20p, just had to get it. I’m not really sure what to expect from this one though!
  • The Book of Ultimate Truths (The Cornelius Murphy Trilogy) by Robert Rankin (FREE) (Brought when offer for free, now back to normal price!)
    He had walked the earth as Nostradamus, Uther Pendragon, Count Cagliostro and Rodrigo Borgia. He could open a tin of sardines with his teeth, strike a Swan Vesta on his chin, rope steers, drive a steam locomotive and hum all the works of Gilbert & Sullivan without becoming confused or breaking down in tears. He died, penniless, at a Hastings boarding house, in his ninetieth year.
    His name was Hugo Artemis Solon Saturnicus Reginald Arthur Rune, and he was never bored. Hailed as the ‘guru’s guru’, Rune penned more than eight million words of genius including his greatest work, The Book of Ultimate Truths. But vital chapters of The Book were suppressed, chapters which could have changed the whole course of human history. Now, seventeen-year-old Cornelius Murphy, together with his best friend Tuppe, sets out on an epic quest. Their mission – recover the missing chapters. Re-publish The Book of Ultimate Truths. And save the world.
    Free book from my favourite author – I had to take advantage!
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl

Of course I also spent that giftcard on physical copies of books too. All these as far as I remember were at their RRP.

  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl
    Seven stories of fantasy and fun by the fantastic Roald Dahl
    The Boy Who Talked With Animals – in which a stranded sea turtle and a small boy have more in common than meets the eye.
    The Hitchhiker – proves that in a pinch a professional pickpocket can be the perfect pal.
    The Mildenhall Treasure – a true tale of fortune found and an opportunity lost.
    The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar – in which a modern-day Robin Hood brings joy to the hearts of orphans – and fear to the souls of casino owners around the world.
    Love Roald Dahl but have yet to read any of these stories from him, so picked it up.
  • Atheist’s Bible: An Illustrious Collection of Irreverent Thoughts by Joan Konner”
    All thinking men are atheists,” Ernest Hemingway famously wrote. True? Here are quips, quotes, and questions from a distinguished assortment of geniuses and jokers, giving readers a chance to decide for themselves….
    Wanted another atheist book to read, finally decided on this one. Not to heavy, but should be very interesting.
  • The Colour Out of Space by H P Lovecraft
    H.P. Lovecraft was perhaps the greatest twentieth century practitioner of the horror story, introducing to the genre a new evil, monstrous, pervasive and unconquerable. At the heart of these three stories are terrors unthinkable and strange: a crash-landing meteorite, the wretched inhabitant of an ancient castle and a grave-robber’s curse.
    I’ve been wanting to read something from Lovecraft for a while, I choose this little collection to get me started.
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
    When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade – a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they came to be there – or what’s happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything – even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.
    I’ve heard good things about this series but never got around to getting it, I hope it lives up to the good reviews and hype!

So that’s my haul for January, probably won’t be buying many in February – if any at all.

What was the last book you brought?

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