Book Haul #1

Recently I spent some time up north without TV, internet or much of a phone signal so I turned to books. I've always loved reading, I was that kid that spent their lunchtimes in the library throughout school (and proud might I add!). Reading has always been a big part of my life so I'm glad I'm getting back into it now, I went a little book crazy in Yorkshire. There are a few new books out that I have my eye on but I generally spent my time going through the bookshelves in charity shops, I knew I'd find some gems as the charity shops tend to be better and cheaper up north, in my experience anyway. I managed to pick up 7 books and overall it didn't even cost me £5 for the lot. I managed to find some books that I've wanted to read for a while so I've enjoyed spending the last 2 weeks reading my way through them. I've never done a book haul on my blog before so if you like this post perhaps I'll share what I'm reading a bit more often!


I'm a big fan of the Bridget Jones films but I've never actually read the books so I was very happy to spot the 1st and 3rd book in a little charity shop. I probably should have bought the 2nd book before I read the last one but I couldn't wait as I already knew what to expect in the 3rd. I really enjoyed reading both, the diary style of them is something I love. If you've read the 3rd book you'll know what Helen Fielding does to one of the best characters but I actually liked what she did, it worked well.

When I picked up 'My Best Friend's Girl' by Dorothy Koomson I felt like I recognised it, I definitely haven't read it before but I felt like I'd at least read the blurb before. I haven't read this one yet because honestly the blurb doesn't grab my attention that much but the familiarity of it made me buy it, I think it might be a difficult book for me to get into but I'll give it a go!

I've never read anything by Nicholas Sparks despite people recommending his books to me and obviously he is a very famous author, I'm so glad I finally read one of his books though. He writes beautifully and the story of 'The Lucky One' is very easy to get into and I got very attached to it, finishing the book in just 2 sittings. I would thoroughly recommend reading this, it isn't the kind of book I'd usually read but I'll definitely be picking up a few more of Sparks' books now.

'The Lovely Bones' is a film that I've wanted to watch for a while but I'd completely forgotten about it until I saw this in a shop, this is the first book I bought and read whilst I was away, I finished it in one sitting. It really gripped me and I just couldn't put it down, it is what I expected but it isn't at the same time. I definitely want to see the film now, again I'd really recommend reading this.

I really love Ant & Dec and Graham Norton but I've never been a big fan of biographies and autobiographies so I surprised myself when I decided to pick these up. I haven't read Graham Norton's autobiography yet and I'm honestly not sure whether I'll like it or not but it was a completely different story when it came to 'Ooh! What A Lovely Pair' which is written by both Ant and Dec. It's difficult not to love the cheeky pair and I like them even more after reading this. You can tell that they genuinely enjoyed writing the book and it was nice to learn more about how they shot to fame all those years ago. I think I'd definitely look into reading more autobiographies now, it is always interesting to learn about people's pasts.

I think I'm definitely going to start doing more book related posts now. Let me know if you've read any of these books, let me know what you think of them below! I'd love to know what you're reading at the moment as well!

Shona x


  1. "my best friends girl" was made into a film i believe hun, theres defo a film called it anyway - maybe you've watched it x

    1. Don't think I've watched it, probably have just picked it up before and not bought it! x

  2. Dorothy koomson wrote an amazing book called the ice cream girls which you really have to read if you haven't already! Unfortunately I found her other books to be no where near as good :( I also recommend the help by Kathryn stockett xx