Saturday, 5 May 2018

New In: Latest Book Haul

March and April were a flurry of book sale after book sale. By the end of it, I realise I've hoarded more books than I was planning to get. It's been such a long time since I bought books, especially this many, so I thought it would be nice to round them up into one haul. I'm very proud of myself for sticking to the books that are on my to-read list at the moment. It's helped me stay in focus. There aren't too many, mind you, since I still have plenty to read from last year. But I'm very, very intrigued to get into them soon.

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Bought at a local book store during their imported books sale, this is a title I've been eyeing for a few years now. To be honest, I've already finished it by now, but thought I'd include it in this list. The story isn't at all what I had expected, but it is so raw and oddly beautiful. The book is rather thin, so I could finish it less than 2 days—would've been able to do it in one, if I didn't have other obligations. It is comprised of three connected stories, revolving around a woman who one day decides to become a vegetarian, as a way to suppress the violence she feels within and around herself. How the story develops is quite eerie, no doubt with a mystery that comes with not knowing how other people think.

Hana to Yume vol. 13 (June 2017)

Spied at Kinokuniya's Japanese magazine bargain section, I decided to bring this home for the handsome face alone. Out of all Japanese manga magazine, Hana to Yume happens to be my favourite, having published several of my most loved manga titles and authors. Although I haven't been keeping up to date for some time, after buying this one, I know I still love the magazine. It's in full Japanese, so I've only read a small portion of it. Even so, it's managed to send butterflies in my stomach fluttering from all the sweet, sweet romantic moments encased within.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

As I've mentioned earlier, I visited the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale early last month and this is one of the loots that I got. Shonda Rhimes is a TV hero for me, having created beautiful, heart-wrenching series like Grey's Anatomy and Scandal—plus my new favourite, The Catch. Her stories are so true-to-life, with characters coming and going throughout the series and various tearjerking moments that the audience will never forget. She's gone so far since her series debut started and I'm intrigued to find out how she has become one of the most respected writers and producers of TV history.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif 

If you watched my Books on Islam video, you might have seen me mention this book before. To be frank, when I saw it at Big Bad Wolf, I was hesitant to get it because—let's be honest!—I'm not sure I was entirely financially able to sustain this purchase. However, my sister encouraged me to just get it, and I haven't looked back since. At this point, I honestly can't remember what the story is about—will have to re-watch my own video, I guess—but the title and cover alone have attracted me to this book. Plus, I know it's got something to do with my religion, so I'm very exciting to dive into it.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Part of a local charity event, I paid for this book as much as I wished—although still tried to be fair about it. First saw it on A Beautiful Mess, I was quickly drawn to the cover. It really doesn't help that everyone and their mother seem to have read this book and it's won a Pulitzer Prize. When I saw its physical form, I didn't realise that it would be that thick—thicker than even Order of the Phoenix! But it's quite flimsy, so it'll be easy to carry around and whip out in public. It'll be my longest read yet, please do wish me luck!

Also, just to update you on the last pile of books in my TBR, I've actually read 7 out 14 already! It's been really good to just read books I already have rather than keep adding new stuff to my shelf, leaving them untouched. In terms of my reading challenge, I've read 21 books out of 45, which puts me 7 books ahead of schedule. And now I have so many more to devour—and appease me for the next several months, hopefully. How about you? Have you bought any books lately? Are you setting a reading challenge for yourself at the moment? Have you read any of the books mentioned in this post? Let us have a discussion, I'd love to hear what you think!

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