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Book Haul feat. Oscar Wilde

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Whilst I didn't buy any books during the months of June and July, I did acquire quite a bit of exciting bookish blogger mail and I thought you guys would like to see what I acquired because beautiful books are beautiful books. As ever, let me know if you've read any of the books featured and, if so, let me know which ones you would recommend that I read with some urgency. 


After seeing me loitering around their Instagram page, the people at Roads Publishing got in contact and asked whether I'd like to own some of their beautiful re-designs of classic books. I'm not entirely ridiculous so, of course, I said yes. I've not read Madame Bovary of Lady Chatterley's Lover but they're two books that I've always been interested in due to the controversy that their publications caused. I have, however, read The Picture of Dorian Gray and very much enjoyed it. I probably shouldn't own three copies of it though?! I've already popped some more Roads Classics on my wishlist and will be buying Venus in Furs, Dracula and Frankenstein when my funds allow! These pastel-coloured editions are such high quality that I would recommend them to everyone - they'd make the perfect gifts too.  

madame bovary classics book haul

madame bovary by gustave flaubert
 When Emma Roualt marries Charles Bovary she imagines she will pass into the life of luxury and passion that she reads about in sentimental novels and women's magazines. But Charles is a dull country doctor, and provincial life is very different from the romantic excitement for which she yearns. In her quest to realise her dreams she takes a lover, and begins a devastating spiral into deceit and despair. 

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the picture of dorian gray by oscar wilde 
Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray sells his soul in exchange for eternal youth and beauty. Under the influence of Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, where he is able to indulge his desires while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only Dorian's picture bears the traces of his decadence.

lady chatterleys lover d h lawrence classics

lady chatterley's lover by d. h. lawrence
Constance Chatterley feels trapped in her sexless marriage to the invalid Sir Clifford. Unable to fulfill his wife emotionally or physically, Clifford encourages her to have a liaison with a man of their own class. But Connie is attracted instead to her husband's gamekeeper and embarks on a passionate affair that brings new life to her stifled existence.


This bounty of books took me by surprise when they turned up on my doorstep but they were all entirely welcome. I'd not heard of any of the titles beforehand which was a bit of a treat. Thanks, BAMB! For those that don't know, Books Are My Bag is a nationwide campaign to get readers supporting their local bookshops and they run many fun events throughout the year. They do a fantastic job so head over to their social media channels and get involved.  

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the apple tart of hope by sarah moore fitzgerald
Oscar Dunleavy, who used to make the world's most perfect apple tarts, is missing, presumed dead. No one seems too surprised, except for Meg, his best friend, and his little brother Stevie. Surrounded by grief and confusion, Meg and Stevie are determined to find out what happened to Oscar, and together they learn about loyalty and friendship and the power of never giving up hope. 


the beggar and the hare by tuomas kyro
Vatanescu is striving for a better life, and with it a pair of football boots for his son - but his search has led him to collecting small change on the streets of Helsinki, and he needs something drastic to change his fortunes. His lucky break comes when a fellow outcast - a hare with an injured paw - hops into his life. In rescuing the little creature from certain death, he finds not just a companion, but a source of unexpected inspiration and wisdom. Together, the beggar and the hare embark on an adventure that is both funny and absurd. Theirs is a moving story about the meaning of friendship, with the power to change the way we see ourselves.

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the red notebook by antoine laurain
Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There's nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there's all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions? 

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gretel and the dark by eliza granville

Vienna, 1899. Joseph Breuer - celebrated pyschoanalyst - is about to encounter his strangest case yet. Found by the lunatic asylum, thin, head shaved, she claims to have no name, no feelings - to be, in fact, not even human. Intrigued, Breuer determines to fathom the roots of her disturbance. Years later, in Germany, we meet Krysta. Krysta's Papa is busy working in the infirmary with the 'animal people', so little Krysta plays alone, lost in the stories of Hansel and Gretel, the Pied Piper, and more. And when everything changes and the world around her becomes as frightening as any fairy tale, Krysta finds her imagination holds powers beyond what she could have ever guessed...

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animals by emma jane unsworth

Laura and Tyler are two young women who have been tearing up the city streets for ten years, leaving a trail of angry drug dealers and spent men in their wake. Now Laura is engaged to be married and her teetotal classical pianist fiancé, Jim, is away overseas. Tyler wants to keep the party going but Laura is torn between the constant temptations provided by her best friend and a calmer life with Jim on the horizon. As the wedding draws closer, the duo's limits are tested, along with their friendship.


I was invited by the Penguin Class team to go to London for a swanky dinner to discuss all things bookish but unfortunately I couldn't go due to ill health. They were, however, very sweet and understanding and offered to send me a goody bag to cheer me up. The gems! 

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the world of sex by henry miller

Many people have castigated the shamelessness of Miller's Tropic novels - which were for a long time widely suppressed and illicitly supplied under the counter. Here, Miller seeks to set the record straight and argues that there is no contradiction between his salacious novels and his philosophy.  

hiroshima john hersey penguin book haul

hiroshima by john hersey

 On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. This book tells what happened on that day. Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document has become a classic. 

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the cellars of the majestic by georges simenon

 In The Hotel Majestic, Maigret investigates the murder of Mrs. Clark, the wife of a wealthy American industrialist, whose strangled body is found in the basement of an upscale hotel near the Champs-Élysées. Maigret's inquiries take him from the endless corridors of the Hotel Majestic to the countryside of the Bois de Boulogne and sun-drenched Cannes, into a world of prostitution, drug addiction, and blackmail. 

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lock no1 by georges simenon

Maigret is drawn into the orbit of the self-made, mercurial Ducrau, as the latter's past catches up with him in a claustrophobic provincial town.  

bonjour tristesse francoise sagan

bonjour tristesse by francoise sagan

Freed from boarding school, Cécile lives in unchecked enjoyment with her youngish widowed father -- an affectionate rogue, dissolute and promiscuous. Having accepted the constantly changing women in his life, Cécile pursues a sexual conquest of her own with a 'tall and beautiful' law student. Then, a new woman appears in her father's life. Feeling threatened but empowered, Cécile sets in motion a devastating plan that claims a surprising victim. 

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penguin classics catalogue

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confessions by saint augustine 

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sketchy, doubtful, incomplete jottings by johann Wolfgang von goethe

                  A selection of the most insightful maxims and reflections from one of Germany's greatest ever thinkers.  


the life of a stupid man by ryunosuke akutagawa

 Autobiographical stories from one of Japan's masters of modernist story-telling. 
femme fatale

femme fatale by guy dumaupassant

         A selection of Maupassant's brilliant, glittering stories set in the Parisian beau monde and Normandy countryside. 


I turned 23 on the 3rd July and I received a few bookish gifts from my family members to celebrate. I have read all of the graphic novels that I received already, so check out my recent book reviews for my opinions on them if you haven't already done so! 

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a slip of the keyboard by terry pratchett
 A Slip of the Keyboard brings together the finest examples of Pratchett's non-fiction writing, both serious and surreal: from musings on mushrooms to what it means to be a writer (and why banana dacquiris are so important); from meories of Granny Pratchett to speculation about Gandalf's love life, and passionate defences of the causes dear to him. 

to kill a mockingbird harper lee

to kill a mockingbird by harper lee
 A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father - a crusading local lawyer - risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime. 

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alex + ada volume 1 by jonathan luna
(read my alex + ada review)

The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an x5, the latest in realistic androids. But after Ada is dropped into his life, he discovers she is more than just a robot. 

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rat queens volume 2 by kurtis j. wiebe & roc upchurch & stjepan sejic
(read my rat queens volume 2 review)

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chew by john layman & rob guillory
(read my chew review

Tony Chu is a detective with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he's a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn't mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. He's been brought on by the Special Crimes Division of the FDA, the most powerful law enforcement agency on the planet, to investigate their strangest, sickest, and most bizarre cases. 


As well as receiving some books as presents, I also received an Anthropologie gift card that I used, in part, to buy one of the beautiful Rifle Paper Co editions. I've never read Little Women but I almost feel like I should read it?! 

little women louisa may alcott

little women by louisa may alcott
 Classic novel of 19th-century family life during and after the Civil War, in a household with four sisters. 

And that's all of the bookish post I received during June and July! I feel incredibly grateful. I supposed I'd better get reading...

If you'd like to scroll through all of my book blog posts then you can. Or, alternatively, you could just flick through my book hauls instead.



  1. Beautiful things! Going to check out Roads right now... drool

  2. What a great selection! I recently read Gretel and the Dark and really want to track down The Red Notebook....also just bought To Kill A Mockingbird and popped it on my 'to re-read' list! Definitely going to be checking out BAMB next x

    Lorna // Lorna, literally.

  3. What a wonderfully varied selection of books! As I've said before, those Roads Publishing covers are stunning <3

    Megan /

  4. so many good books, such lovely covers, you're gong to have doe very enjoyable reads there. I love the Sagan book, the movie is worth a watch too. I've got my eye on a few of those roads books now xx

  5. I can always rely on you to stock up my reading list Bee! Some of those editions are utterly BEAUTIFUL! Looking forward to seeing what you think about the Maigret's- they're a family staple for us! My sister inherited the entire collection in French from my dad, I think at least one has come on every holiday since I can remember! Happy reading

    Chambray & Curls

  6. I adore those Roads redesigns - I'd totally have three of every classic if I could too! And that Rifle Paper Co. edition of Little Women is just beautiful. So keen to get my hands on some of those Penguin Little Black Classics - at 80p it's just rude not to have a few (or all of them...) Such a shame you missed the Penguin dinner - really hope your health is better now, and that you've been enjoying these amazing books while you've been unwell :) xx


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