Gravestones and hornets in my letterbox?!

Recently I had a mini shopping spree on Book Depository, my favourite place to buy books as they’re generally really cheap and the shipping is free worldwide. Initially I went on to buy a box set of the Hunger Games trilogy because I had just seen the movie and wanted to finally read the books, which have been recommended to me by fellow book bloggers Lauren from The Very Hungry Bookworm and Siobhan from The Book and Biscuit. However, the box set I had my eye on (because I am picky when it comes to covers, as I’m sure I’ve brought up before) had to be pre-ordered which made me search my wishlist to find something else to buy that would actually arrive fairly soon.

This led me to two announcements that were both very exciting and highly dangerous:

  1. There was a 10% off sale on items on your wishlist
  2. On top of other discounts there was a 10% discount for April and May

I didn’t know of either of these deals when I logged on and I had money so i very easily could’ve gone nuts and bought a dozen books that I don’t have room for or the time to read, but luckily I must’ve been having a restrained day and just ordered The Hunger Games box set; 1 book from my wishlist – The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman; and the third book in the Millennium series The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson.

Since the other two books weren’t pre-order ones they arrived super quick, so about a week later I received The Graveyard Book then the next day The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest was waiting for me.

I still have 127 days to wait before The Hunger Games box set is back in stock 😦 but at least I have plenty to read before then, now enhanced by two great titles 🙂

Happy Reading to you all, and if you want a great deal check out Book Depository 😉

A rest from murder and gore in a City of Bones and a Night Circus?

I realised at the dawn of the new year that a frightening theme had emerged in the books I was reading – they were either about murder or death in some way or were violent horror! O.o

  1. I was still reading The Books of Blood vol 1-3 by Clive Barker which are so twisted, disturbing and disgusting that I can not read more than one in one sitting because I can almost feel them turning my brain into demented jelly;
  2. I also took The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson with me into the new year, which revolves around a series of murders and which has a violent and action-packed second half;
  3. On top of those I started Adultery by Richard B Wright which is about the backlash a married man has to deal with when his mistress is kidnapped and killed on their dirty weekend;
  4. And Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris which is about a young woman named Harper Connolly who can “sense” dead people and so helps the police by finding murder victims.

Cheery stuff huh?

Suffice to say, when I finally finished The Girl Who Played with Fire last night I was hoping for a new book with a slightly lighter subject matter. Luckily there were not too many gory or murder-filled offerings amongst the 16 books on my Books-I-Own-But-Have-Yet-To-Read pile, and after my usual process (which I had to do twice!) I ended up with The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, one of the books I got for my birthday and I’ve been hangin’ out to read 🙂

Love the cover art of this one!

As well as The Night Circus I also chose a book from the pile of books I borrowed off my little bro, since the other day I borrowed the third Monster Blood Tattoo novel and the entire The Mortal Instruments trilogy by Cassandra Clare ,and after a much quicker eeny meeny miny moe (there was only 3 books to choose from) I chose The City of Bones, book 1 of The Mortal Instruments.

Supernatural creatures covered in tattoos - this ones gonna be fun 🙂

Neither of these are murder mystery/thriller/horror books so now at least if the death gets to be too much for me I can hide away in a city full of supernatural creatures or a magical circus 🙂