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Despite trying to widdle down my TBR, I bought some more books! // Book Haul

Hello and howdy:)

Should I be paying attention to my English class right now? Maybe, but it’s technically English as a second language and I’m incredibly bored. I’m just waiting for my teacher to do rollcall so I can go make myself another cup of tea.

Until then though, now seems like the perfect time to talk about some of the books I’ve purchased recently.

Over the past month I’ve bought myself five physical books and I’ve officially had to expand onto another shelf in my room to accommodate the new additions, and I also got a total bargain on an e-book of bind up of a series I’ve really been interested in reading lately.


Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson – I have seen nothing but high praise for this book and I am in love with the cover, so much so that it was featured on my “favourite book covers of 2020” list and so I’m hoping I feel the same about the insides.

This book follows an aspiring singer called Enchanted who gets mixed up with a legendary producer with a dark side called Korey Fields. When Korey turns up dead all signs point to Enchanted.

I’m very excited about this one!

Anna K by Jenny Lee – Another 2020 release I’ve seen everywhere and hope to enjoy just as much as everyone else seems too. I don’t know specifics when it comes to this plot but it is an Anna Karenina retelling. I’ve never read that book but I did read Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee which also focuses on Anna Karenina. I’m happy reading experiencing this classic through more modern adaptations.

On a separate note, the writing of this book is TINY and despite my excitement I am no intimidated 🙂

As Many Nows As I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl – I have wanted to get my hands on this book for a while but it’s one of those that always slips my mind when it comes to buying it, until now.

Truth be told I have totally forgotten everything about the plot of this book and that’s okay. I remember hearing that the synopsis doesn’t accurately describe the book so I’m thinking not knowing anything before jumping in might be a good idea. There are a lot of serious issues brought up though.

ALSO!!! The cover. The two characters featured. Do they, or do they not, look exactly like Dakota Johnson and Froy Guiterrez? I’m not mad about it.


These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong – I’m so happy to have this book on my shelf. It’s stolen the outward facing spot on my shelf from Nevernight by Jay Kristoff because I’m so in love with the cover.

This book is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet set in a 1920s gangser-run Shanghai. I haven’t even read this yet but I’m obsessed. I also follow the author on Tik-Tok and I’m obsessed with her too.

I wanted this to be the first book I read in 2020 but my book slump that for some reason only let me read Rick Riordan books put a stop to that real quick.

Lore by Alexandra Bracken – I barely know how to describe this book but I’ll try:

Basically the Gods of Olympus turn mortal every 7 years or so and they are hunted. If they’re killed then the person that kills them inherits their powers and immortality, at least for the next seven years until they are then hunted themselves.

I don’t know how accurate that description is, if you’re interested please check other sources😂😭 I read a chapter sampler before purchasing and yeah, I’m intrigued.


And the final book I purchased was something on my kindle which was such a good bargain that I was convinced I’d been scammed.

I got my hands on a e-book bind up of the entire Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco. I’m talking all four books, plus the novella for less the 5 euros. What! I was thrilled, and then anxious and then thrilled again when I went through the book to make sure it wasn’t just chapter samplers or something.

Since reading Mansicalco’s 2020 release, Kingdom of the Wicked, I have been interested in reading this very popular series and this clearly is the universe telling me 2021 is the year. I actually think I might read the first book as my next read.

And so there we have the newest additions to my physical TBR shelf. I hope to get to all of these very soon but I always say that and it rarely happens. It’s the thought that counts though.

I’d love to know what you think about any of these books whether you’ve read them, heard about them or never seen them before in your life.

Thanks so much for reading and stay safe :))

Elli xx

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