London Book Haul | 2018


Hi, it’s Maija here with a book haul. I visited
London last weekend and I picked up a bunch of books, as you do. I also have
another book haul that I need to film, about all the books that I’ve bought since my
last book haul video, but this is only the books that I bought in London. Let’s start
with the most exciting one first, shall we? I visited Forbidden
Planet and I found The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth
Dickinson there, and it was, like, five days or something before the release date, but
there it was and it was six pounds off, so I got it for cheaper than I thought.
And I was so happy to find this, I loved The Traitor Baru Cormorant which is the
first book in the series. I read it back in 2016, I think. Back when I read the
first one I was sort of treating it as a standalone, I really loved it as a
standalone, but then I heard that there was a second one coming and I was bit
apprehensive, but now the closer and closer to the release date we have come, I’ve
just become completely excited to read this and read more about Baru. So this is
a fantasy series about this one woman, Baru Cormorant, who wants to tear down
this empire because of what they did to her family and her home island. They sort
of assimilated her home island and brought their own values there and
killed one of Baru’s fathers. She now wants to take vengeance on this empire
from within and is climbing the ranks in the empire, and she sort of takes this
political and economical way to get her revenge, which I found really interesting.
And I’m a sucker for revenge stories, especially if they focus on “will this
person lose themselves in their revenge”. I am so excited. From Forbidden
Planet I picked up Nicky Drayden’s Temper. I really liked The Prey
of Gods, her debut novel, that I read. It was set in, like, our world, but this one is a
straight-up fantasy book, so I’m very, very excited to read this one. So this is
about people who have vices, and the vices that they have are branded on
their arms – I don’t know if you can see, but there are like tattoos along his arm.
He has a twin who only has one vice, and the main character, Auben,
has six vices, so he is marked as lesser in their society. And it says that “the
twins’ strained relationship threatens to snap when Auben starts hearing voices
that speak to his dangerous side – encouraging him to perform evil deeds
that go beyond innocent mischief. Lechery, deceit, and vanity run rampant.
And then there are the inexplicable blood cravings.” So I’m excited to see where
Nicky Drayden goes with her second novel. I actually visited Forbidden Planet
twice, first with my sister who I was traveling with, and the second time we
went with Claire – her channel is Claire Rousseau – and we picked up some more
stuff on the second go-round. I picked up a bunch of little bobs and
bits that are for gifts, but then I also picked up one more book, I picked up
Jane Yolen’s Finding Baba Yaga, and this is a novel in verse, and it is a
reimagining of the Baba Yaga tale, and I’m a big fan of Baba Yaga, so I picked
this one up. I think Bree from Bree Reads Books has read this and liked it. I also
went to Waterstones, the big Waterstones on Piccadilly, and picked up a
few things from there. I got the seventh volume of The Wicked and the Divine, this
is Mothering Invention, and this is by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.
And this a series of these gods reincarnating in modern day and what
sort of shenanigans they get up to. And I think I will have to reread at least the
last one before reading this one to get the full effect, because I’m very quick
at forgetting stuff when it comes to comics. Then I picked something that’s
not actually fantasy, I picked up Agatha Christie’s Cards on the Table,
which is the next Poirot book that I’m reading in my Hercule Poirot project of
reading them in order. And for some reason this book in English isn’t
available in any library in Finland. There were, like, comic adaptations and
then there was the Finnish translation, but I wanted to read it in the original
English. So when I saw it at Waterstones I decided to just buy it for myself. This
seems to be about a man who invites Hercule Poirot to a party where there
are murderers present. Then the last book shop that I bought
something from was Persephone Books. So they are a publisher that focuses on
republishing forgotten stuff, especially by women authors. So I picked up two
books from them that I had heard something about before. I was sort of
browsing, but these where the two that I knew that I wanted. The first book that
I bought from there was The Blank Wall by Elizabeth Sanxay Holding, and this is
a crime novel, and it’s about an American housewife who has to rise to the
occasion and protect her family from blackmailers. And I’m a big fan of crime
books where the main character isn’t one of the usual suspects, so it’s not like
the, for example, the man protecting his family, but like in this occasion it’s
the housewife who has to protect her daughter, or her children, from
blackmailers. And the second one that I picked up was this shorter one, it is The
Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski. And this one I really can’t
describe well what it’s about, so I will just read it from Goodreads. This “tells
the story of a young married woman who lies down on a chaise-longue and wakes to
find herself imprisoned in the body of her alter ego ninety years before.” So it’s
sort of a time travel story. And the Persephone books usually come in
this grey, but then they have different endpapers and a bookmark with the same
endpaper. But it’s funny, because this one, because it’s sort of two stories in
two times, it has two different endpapers. The endpaper of The Blank Wall
looked like this, I’m not a big fan of it. But I think all of these endpapers are
from the decade that the book was either written or when the
book takes place, so if – for example this one was published in 1947,
and the endpapers are taken from a late 1940’s furnishing fabric manufactured
and sold in the United States. Can you believe- Can you imagine having
furniture with this fabric on them? So those were all the books that I picked
up in London, I couldn’t have picked up any more because no more would have fit
into my hand luggage, but I also picked up this Disney villain mug. Like, it has
the Queen – the Evil Queen – it has Ursula, Maleficent, and the Queen of
Hearts. I’m not a big fan of the Queen of Hearts. I
went to the Disney Store specifically because I wanted a Disney villain mug
that I could take to work and drink from at work. I was thinking that maybe they
would have more Disney villain products because it’s close to Halloween, but they
really didn’t. So this one was one of the few… I think they had, like, three villain
mugs, and this one was the best of those. And I do like this side of it, but I
think the Maleficent – Queen of Hearts side, it is a bit too
garish in color for my taste. But this side is great, so I picked this
one. Instead of having Disney villain merchandise they had more The Nightmare
Before Christmas merchandise. I do love The Nightmare Before Christmas, but I was
specifically looking for villains. Other stuff that I picked up from London, I
picked up some jelly babies, because I’m obsessed. With the last of my pounds that
I had left on the airport, I picked up some fancy chocolate. And then I also picked
up from a random tea store that we passed, I picked up some really, really
expensive Earl Grey, but it is so good, so that was a good purchase. So this is my
London book haul – I always find it a lot more fun to actually browse the books
that I’m looking for, because we don’t really have specific big fantasy & science
fiction book stores in Finland. So visiting Forbidden Planet is always fun,
because I can actually see and browse and see what I can find from the books.
It is a lot more fun than just clicking stuff online and then waiting for it to
come. But I’m still going to film that other book haul that I mentioned and post it
sometime soon, but this was my London book haul. Let me know if you
are excited about any of these books, and I will see you in my
next video.

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4 thoughts on “London Book Haul | 2018”

  1. clarkkentnaruto says:

    Hi there Maija. How are you doing? I am glad that you had such a great time picking up books on your trip to London. That sounded like it was so much fun. I am currently listening to 2 different books. The first one is called the Great Alone by Kristin Hanna who also wrote the Nightengale. I love her writing. The second book that I am listening to is a historical fiction book called the Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar. Also, I do not know why, but I got in a mood to listen to the Lord of the Rings the Fellowship of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. I will either be reading fantasy or a few self help books during the end of this year. My reading mood keeps changing really fast. I need to tame it down. I have never read the books that you are showing me, but they all look great. Julie.

  2. Cherylife says:

    Love this xxx

  3. Claire Rousseau says:

    Ah, you beat me to it! I need to film a new book haul this weekend including my many Forbidden Planet purchases. 😛

  4. TheSkepticalReader says:

    I remember a lot of hype around Traitor Baru Cormorant Buy because it was so long ago, I’ve forgotten to read it. Ah Agatha Christie! I’m in a mystery mood lately but totally forgot to reach for her books. Love that mug!

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