117. Summer Book Haul + Where I Buy Books From

Hello and happy Summer holidays!

Today I thought I’d share my latest purchases of book that I have accumulated from May till June. All these titles have been purchased from my three main stores:

  • The Last Word in Lahore, Pakistan:

You can expect the most eccentric, quirky and not-so-mainstream popular books from them. They have an active presence online especially on Instagram where you can ping them anytime for queries.

website: http://thelastword.com.pk/

  • Book Depository:

BD has been a God-send honestly! There are so many books here that aren’t available or they’re way too expensive. Thankfully BD offers free delivery to Oman with very reasonable prices! The only bummer is that the books reach very late here!

If you like any book below, don’t forget to use my affiliate link from Book Depository:

http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=sarah120

  • Borders Book Store:

Borders is the go to place for physical books here in Oman. They have almost all the popular books and have a very sweet deal: “Buy 3 for 2” which I availed this time.

Now that you know about where I get my books from, lets talk what did i actually get:

  1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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This is part 2 of the Six of Crows duology. Six of Crows has already been reviewed and oh my Lord it is the most greatest YA heist/fantasy I have ever read.

  1. Educated by Tara Westover.
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This is a memoir about a girl growing up Mormon with survivalist parents. She ends up going to Cambridge and Harvard without proper schooling.

  1. Circe by Madeline Miller
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A Greek Mythology inspired fantasy about Circe – the daughter of Helios (sun of god). Now I’m not a fan of Greek Mythology, I read The Secret History by Donna Tartt and it didn’t attract me. But this was shortlisted for the Women Prize 2019 and so many people raved about it. I figured why not, you know?

  1. Dark Days by James Baldwin
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This is a 100 pages Modern Classics by Penguin. I had no idea who the author was and what he wrote. Fatima Bhutto recommended him a lot.

  1. Factfulness by Hans Rosling
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This non-fiction book uses data to convince us in 10 ways how the world around isn’t as bad as it seems and how we should analyze progress with facts and figures.

  1. Lost Connections by Johann Hari.
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Lost connections was a purchase I made after watching Matt D’Avella interview the author. He spoke about depression in a way that didn’t sound patronising or romanticising sadness.

  1. Americanah by Chimmanda Ngozi Adichie
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Americanah is a beautiful story of two Nigerian kids growing up in a state of uncertainty and drifting apart to pursue their dreams of educations in the US and UK. It is a book about race, color, immigration and struggle.

  1. Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert
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Picked this up because I really want to understand literature and it’s timelessness. Also heard this story has very polarising reviews.

  1. Villette by Charlette Bronte
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I’ve never read any Bronte book. Not even Jane Eyre. So, I saw this lying among the Classics and picked it up. Hope it is good.

As you can see I went for a lot of female authors this time which was intentional. Also in this mix I have non-fiction, memoirs, High Fantasy, Contemporary fiction, and Classics. Safe to say I am really happy with my selection.

I feel like I am good to go this summer but it’s been already 3 weeks and I’ve read four of them already namely: Americanah, Crooked Kingdom, Factfulness and Educated. I couldn’t help it they all were heavily engaging and fascinating.

You may have noticed that I did go for books that I mentioned in my summer book recommendations list for 2019. Figured I may as well take my own advice and get them too.

Usually while selecting titles to read I look for reviews online, on goodreads and Instagram but sometimes I pick them on a whim too. I don’t have a specific structure or process, it usually is a mixture of a ton of research or just picking up something while passing by.

So this was all… for now. My hands are already itching to get a hold of the books in BD wishlist. Lets pray I get blessed with enough means to grab them 😀

What are your latest buys?

-Sarah

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