Introducing a new feature

You will learn sooner or later, that I always buy my books in batches (“Book Haul” is a cool term, but food is also very dear to my heart, so you’ll understand why I actually prefer to stick with “Book Batch”), like a tray of delicious muffins you just put into the oven. So, I thought I might let you all know what the next few weeks will consist of for me, as well as the up-coming reviews I’m going to write at some point. You will find all my Book Batch articles on the page “The Oven”.

I tend to buy them in batches of 5 to 10 books at once, just before I finish the last book from my previous batch, so I’m completely set for a little while. I usually either go for one theme which all my new books will have in common, or just try to buy a little bit of everything I like, you know, to diversify my reading and all that.

This batch’s key words are MAGIC and HISTORY :


  • Stranger, by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith : from what I understand it’s basically X-men in a post-apocalyptic setting, which is honestly all I ever need to know. I’m so in.
  • The Once and Future King, by T.H. White : I’m fascinated by medieval times, I love arthurean legends, and lots of people keep praising this book, so it would be such a  shame not to read it.
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke : magic, magicians and the early 19th century, conflicted views and rivalry ! And, it’s now a BBC series ! I watched the trailer and it looked really awesome.
  • American Gods, by Neil Gaiman : I’m slowly making my way through his works. I really loved Good Omens, and this one seemed like the next obvious choice.
  • The Name of The Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss : part of The Kingkiller Chronicle and features wizards, wizard school, crime and a life spent on the run. This book had me at “wizard”.
  • Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen : I am not kidding, I have never read Pride and Prejudice, in fact I have never read anything by Jane Austen, but ! I’ve recently watched the BBC series with Colin Firth, and no matter how cliché it is, I absolutely loved it (and Mr Darcy), so I thought I should try the book. Although I’m very cautious about it, I’m not entirely convinced I’ll like it.

FYI : The wait was excruating !

  • So I might have sliiiightly misjudged the time it would take for me to finish Afterworlds, and the time it would take for my books to find their way to me … That had never happened to me before and I just didn’t know how to deal with that. One book had arrived within a week of my ordering it, but as I was planning on starting this new reading-spree by a book which took, like, two weeks to arrive, I was feeling a bit stuck. I could have started with the one I already had, but I have a plan, okay ? I know where I want to go with this new batch.
  • I’m still waiting for American Gods, so that’s why the book is missing from my pile.
  • Also BookDepository is awesome because they always give free bookmarks !!


Let me know if you’ve already read these books, and what you thought.