Birthday Book Haul | What I bought

Birthday book haul title picture showing all 4 books mentioned in the blog post

For my 26th birthday, I tried not to go too crazy with the treats for myself. For some reason, I think that because it’s my birthday I have unlimited funds. Unfortunately, that is really not the case!  So last year I got myself a mini birthday book haul from some charity shops when I was in Wales. It might not seem like the best treat to some people, but when it’s books I’ve been wanting it’s a bargain!

A picture of 4 books on a wooden floor. The books are The Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell, and the first 3 books in the Otherland series by Tad Williams.

I’ve tried to curb my book buying recently as my TBR pile is getting dangerously high and I want to start getting through some of the books I own. A lie I constantly tell myself. So if I am going to get books, I try to aim for charity shops as the prices are a fraction of the RRP and I don’t feel as bad for buying them. I mean I’m helping out a charity. Who can have a go at me for that? I think it might be a little clearer now why I have so many books still to read.

The first one I picked up was The Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell. This is part of his Vikings series starting with The Last Kingdom. I’ve read at least the first two of these and I’ve been trying to find cheap ways to collect the rest. I don’t know where this falls in the series, I still need to look it up. But I am looking forward to getting the chance to read this. I really enjoyed the books that I have read by him so I’m expecting a good calibre of writing and story. Plus I’ve started watching Vikings on Amazon Prime and it follows a similar storyline so I’m excited to get back into the written form! And at £1.50 it was definitely a bargain!

One of the books from my birthday book haul. This i the front cover of Bernard Cornwells The Lords of the North which is about Ragnar Lothbroks ravaging of England.

The next three I picked up were the first 3 books in Tad Williams Otherland series. I’ve seen these in charity shops before but there’s normally the first one missing. I don’t like buying a book in the middle of a series as I won’t be able to read it until I have the first one. So when I saw the first one was there I had to pick them up. I think they were like £1 each as well. No word of a lie I have walked out of a charity shop with 20 books before because they are so cheap.

I’ve read a couple of Tad’s books before I love the fantasy worlds that he creates. There is something about his writing that I really enjoy and I have seen a lot of people give praise to this series. I’m just hoping I manage to find the 4th book in a charity shop so that I’m able to read the entire set. But I guess I will have to wait and see with that one. I don’t really know much about these books but I am adding them to my 2018 to read list. I’ve currently got a Goodreads challenge to read 12 books this year. So I’m hoping that they will help a quarter of that challenge.

A picture of the first three books in the Otherland series by Tad Williams. The firs is shown with a golden background with a fantasy like city shown in the middle of the cover.This is to match the name City of Golden Shadow. The second Book River of Blue Fire is shown with a azure blue cover with a river running from the city in the middle. The last book Mountain of Black Glass shows a multi-coloured cover with red and yellow being the primary colours. In the centre a black tower stands. This phoeo was taken for My Lavender Tinted World, a sheffield based blog for the Birthday Book Haul post.

I know this was a pretty small birthday book haul, but it was nice to buy books again. But I think I might hold off a few months to buy any more. I should hopefully have gotten down a few that I already own by then!

Have you bought any books recently? If so, which ones? I’m always on the lookout for more books to read. Even if I have currently put myself on a buying ban!

Hasta la fuego

My Lavender Tinted World Signature written in a purpley-pink colour. The name states Lauren with a smiley face at the end. This is the signature of a sheffield blogger

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