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September Book Buys

After my book buying ban was finally up, (an excruciating 8 weeks or so), I had to treat myself to some new books. I did break my ban about half way through and you can see what I got here! But now my ban is up, I did buy quite a few new books! I can’t wait to get round to all of them soon!

First of all, I bought 4 books from HMV as part of their 2 for £6 range! They had so many amazing books on their website and I was tempted to buy more. These are the books I got from HMV:


Animal Farm by George Orwell
I’ve wanted to read Orwell’s work for ages but for some reason I’ve always found his work to be quite intimidating. I thought I’d start with Animal Farm as it’s a shorter book and a good step in the right direction of introducing his writing style before I pick up 1984.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
I had heard mixed reviews about Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere, so I decided to pick this one up first. I’ve already read it and I enjoyed it, rating it 4 stars. It was such a beautiful story that had so many overlapping and intertwining themes and ideas. I’m definitely going to do a full review for it soon. You can find my initial thoughts here!

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about A Little Life on bookstagram, but I did not realise that a little life would equate into such a big book. I’m hoping to get round to this before the end of the year but we shall see, it is a big read!

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I’ve always wanted to read sci-fi, but I’ve been intimidated by the genre as it can be a lot to take in for a first time reader. I decided to go with Ready Player One because its a mixture of YA and sci-fi. I have started reading it but because the font is really small it been quite difficult to get into it. I’ll pick it up again soon!

I got a couple of books from Amazon and I’m really looking forward to getting round to these hopefully this month! I’m trying to mix up my reading and to get more YA reads in as its one of my new favourite genres!

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
I read Divergent back in July and really enjoyed it but I was on my book buying ban so couldn’t buy the next in the trilogy. I’m excited to see where the end of the line takes Tris, although I’ve seen the films so I have an idea of what will happen. I’m hoping the books are better as I only really enjoyed the first film!

Wonder by R. J. Palacio
I think Wonder is one of those books that you have to read. When I saw it on Amazon I knew I had to pick it up. I’ve been told that its an amazing read with some really important moments, quotes and messages. I can’t wait to read this!

I knew I’d already bought quite a lot of books after my ban was up (you can’t blame me really), but when I was in Asda George I saw these two thrillers that I’ve wanted to read for what feels like forever…so I got them!

Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh
I really enjoyed Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh and I liked the main character Eddie Flynn. When I realised that this was actually a series, I had to pick up another book. I managed to squeeze this in before the end of September and rated it 4 stars! It wasn’t as thrilling as Thirteen, but it was still a great read! If you’re interested, you can find my thoughts here!

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewel
I’ve had this on my Amazon Wish List for a while now, and seeing everyone on bookstagram enjoying this one made it really hard for me to abstain from buying it! I’ve heard mixed reviews about Lisa Jewel, but only the best reviews about The Family Upstairs! I can’t wait to start my buddy read with my friend Ruby for this one next week! Fingers crossed it lives up to expectations!

Finally, I got books off of Blackwells. If you don’t know about Blackwells, they’re an academic and specialist bookseller. I first found out about them when I started university and got loads of books for my undergraduate from them! Due to the pandemic, delivery took a lot longer than expected, but they’re here now. This is what I bought:

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
This is one of those books that I’ve had on my ‘to buy’ list for such a long time, and I knew I had to pick it up. I’m excited to read this book and to learn more about the author. I think this is the first in what I think is seven volumes, so there’s plenty to read!

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
I’ve wanted this one since I joined Net Galley a couple of months ago and found out about it. This book sounds like a fun, murder mystery and it is even a signed copy which I was not expecting! I can’t wait to pick it up.


I bought 10 new books in September and I’m really excited to get round to the ones I haven’t started yet! I’m definitely going to pick up I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and Wonder up next!


I would love to hear about your recent buys in the comments!

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