Thursday, 6 February 2014

Book Haul #1

This week I went a little crazy at the Waterstones and Amazon sale... But honestly, who can resist 20% off and 'buy one, get one half price' deals?! Girl gotta buy herself some books when they're on sale! And now that I have a lot more books in my possession (and absolutely no more available book space to store them) I thought I'd write my first haul post!

1) How They Met and Other Stories by David Lavithan

In my last post, I mentioned that I wanted to read a love story this month, for obvious lovey-dovey reasons. I ended up getting some really great suggestions from you all on Twitter, so thanks for that. (Definitely going to be reading The Choice by Nicholas Sparks later on in the year, thanks to Emma Louise's suggestion.)

However, when I saw this book, I couldn't resist it. It's a collection of stories about love and how different couples have met. I've been recommended David Lavithan through the blogging community, and I'm really looking forward to reading his work for the first time.

2) Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Lavithan 

Another David Lavithan book (let's hope I enjoy his writing!) I picked this up as I wanted to read more John Green books. He has made quite a name for himself, and I really enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars, so thought that this would be a good one to read next as it seems completely different to TFiOS.

It's about two strangers who share the same name and become unlikely friends. There was also mention of a musical in the blurb, which appeals to the former-drama student in me. This book promises to be funny and heartwarming, something that I come to expect from John Green.

3) The Pig That Wants to be Eaten by Julian Baggini

Is it wrong to eat the pig that wants to be eaten? Julian Baggini asks that, and lots of other moral dilemmas in this book. I'm really looking forward to reading this as I have always been intrigued by moral philosophy, and would always play the "would you rather..." game at school.

There are 100 thought experiments in this book, that might change the way you think about certain topics and debates. I'm intrigued to see if it wavers my beliefs and ideas. I think this will be a very interesting read.

4) The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk 

I was suggested this book and JJJRH by Gary Vaynerchuk by my boss last week. (I start my new job as a social media assistant on Monday, by the way!) And I'm really looking forward to reading this book because Gary Vaynerchuk is a very inspirational character (Seriously, Google him!) He is an expert on social media and how businesses should use it to engage with their audience.

Through social media, he humanises his brand, rather than using social media to sell his product, he uses it to connect and engage with people. The Thank You Economy is all about how we interact with each other on social media, and how communication is drastically changing due to the internet.

5) Jab Jab Jab Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk 

The second Vaynerchuk book on the list, I actually finished this book last night and will be writing a review very soon (keep your eyes peeled). This book was very beneficial to me as I'm currently learning the ropes of social media for my new job. But I think it'd also be really helpful for bloggers to read to as it gives you ideas on how to interact with your readers. It's a great tool for anyone who is trying to open up/run their own business, but also people who are just looking to expand their network.

There are loads of really colourful examples, and Gary writes in such a way that is easy to understand, funny and engaging. It completely opened my eyes to how badly some brands are using social media. Social media is still so new, and it's so important to learn how to use it to the best of its ability.

I'd love to know whats in your book pile and if, like me, you also brought a hell of a lot of books this week!

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  1. Ooooo, I love a good book haul! I really want to read How They Met and Other Stories! The Choice is my favourite Nicholas Sparks novel along with three others (I can't pick one favourite, ha!). Happy reading!

    1. What are your other favourite Nicholas Sparks novels? I really like The Last Song. :)


  2. I love it! More things for me to add to my list as well. I wish shipping to Australia wasn't so expensive on Amazon because I could do with a book splurge too.

    Happy reading! x

    1. I'm sure you could get these books in Australia, without Amazon? :/ I felt the same way with your fanzines though. I really wanted them, and then realised the artist is in Aus :(!


  3. I'm usually not that into love stories but How They Met sounds really interesting :)

    1. It's really cute. It's all stories he's written throughout his life, and it's definitely not the cliche type of love stories. Lots of different types of people and stories :) x

  4. Interestingly he also tested quite a few electric skateboardmotors whilst trying to determine the ideal wattage to use for his boards and what he found was that quite a few of them actually rated quite a bit under what they were labeled as (one of the leading brand's 500 watt motors only rated at 220 watts).


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