Part 1 Of My HUGE Book Haul!!

Hello everyone!!
As you can see from the above picture...I've been a bit busy...in book shops...EEK.
I have bought a grand total of 29 books, which isn't a lot to some but to me it's one hell of a haul! #NOREGRETS.

A lot of these were off my wishlist, but some of them were just impulse purchases because I've seen people mention them and thought I'd give them a go!
I better get cracking!! This is part 1 of my haul, I thought I'd split it up so this post wasn't as long as the Nile.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Synopsis - My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer.
This is Susie Salmon. Watching from heaven, Susie sees her happy, suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet . . .
I just love this edition of the novel, the front cover is stunning! Susie is murdered in a corn field, and the face in the clouds is Susie watching over the world, I think it's a beautiful cover.
I've heard so much about this book from other people, I've never seen the film either but I've heard it's not as good as the book.
I don't think it will be a uplifting read haha but sometimes you need a more serious book.

Crave by Melissa Darnell
Synopsis - Although Savannah has been warned by her family to stay away from any members of the Clann, and Tristan has been forbidden to speak to Savannah, they both feel an irresistible mutual attraction to each other.
I'll be honest, I only got this book to complete my 3 for £5 deal in The Works but the plot sounds interesting and I love a paranormal YA book! Plus the cover is really pretty, even though I'm not usually a fan of covers with actual pictures of people on the front haha whether it's an actor or actress from a film adaptation or just a model posing on the cover, I'm not a fan.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Synopsis - Who are you?
What have we done to each other?
These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren't made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?
I've wanted this book for a while, it sounds like a really interesting book, the story is like someones worst nightmare, imagine your wife going missing and everyone thinking it's you, trying to prove your innocence, would be hell! So I think this will be a gripping read.

A Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Synopsis - Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plot, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men… all will play the Game of Thrones.
Winter is coming…
This edition of A Game Of Thrones is absolutely gorgeous! I had a different edition that I bought from Waterstones but when I saw this and the other books in the series with these covers I just had to buy it! So I'm actually holding a giveaway for the other version of this book on my blog, click HERE to enter :).

The Green Mile by Stephen King
Synopsis - The Green Mile: those who walk it do not return, because at the end of that walk is the room in which sits Cold Mountain penitentiary's electric chair. In 1932 the newest resident on death row is John Coffey, a giant black man convicted of the brutal murder of two little girls. But nothing is as it seems with John Coffey, and around him unfolds a bizarre and horrifying story.
Evil murderer or holy innocent - whichever he is - Coffey has strange powers which may yet offer salvation to others, even if they can do nothing to save him.
I love the film version of The Green Mile which I first watched years ago, so when I saw this book in the 3 for £5 offer in The Works I felt compelled to grab it so I could compare it to the film, I've also never read a ''horror'' book so it will be a good change for me! Although maybe I won't read it right before bedtime ;).

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Synopsis - Dexter Morgan isn't exactly the kind of man you'd bring home to your mum. At heart, he's the perfect gentleman: he has a shy girlfriend, and seems to lead a quiet, normal life bordering on the mundane. Despite the fact that he can't stand the sight of blood, he works as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police.
But Dexter also has a secret hobby: he is an accomplished serial killer. So far, he's killed 36 people and has never been caught because he knows exactly how to hide the evidence. And while that may lead some people to assume he's not such a nice guy, he tempers his insatiable hunger for brutality by only killing the bad guys.
However, Dexter's well-organised life is suddenly disrupted when a second, much more visible serial killer appears in Miami. Intrigued that the other killer favours a style similar to his own, Dexter soon realises that the mysterious new arrival is not simply invading his turf but offering him a direct invitation to 'come out and play'...
I, like a lot of people, absolutely adored Dexter as a TV series and I'm sure when I read this book I'll be picturing Michael C Hall all the way through it (not that that's a bad thing, he's a bit of alright!), so I thought I'd get this book from The Works and see how it compares! The books go along a different plot path from the series I believe so hopefully the ending to the books won't be as....confusing as the TV series.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Synopsis - Eleanor is the new girl in town, and she's never felt more alone. All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn't stick out more if she tried. Then she takes the seat on the bus next to Park. Quiet, careful and - in Eleanor's eyes - impossibly cool, Park's worked out that flying under the radar is the best way to get by. Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall in love. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose. Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is funny, sad, shocking and true - an exquisite nostalgia trip for anyone who has never forgotten their first love.
I've heard SO much hype about this book! Especially from the booktuber Megan Olivier, she rated this her favourite book of 2013 so you can't argue with that!!
I've read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and I absolutely loved it so hopefully I'll also adore this one too.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Synopsis - Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love - and its threatened loss - the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.
I adore these Penguin Clothbound Classics and I picked this one up in TKMaxx, the RRP is £14.99 but I got it for £7.99, so bargainous!! They had a few more so I'll definitely be going in and picking some more up :)

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Synopsis - Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don't quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there's a visitor at his window. It’s ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Bestselling novelist Patrick Ness takes the final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd and weaves a heartbreaking tale of mischief, healing and above all, the courage it takes to survive.
I've heard great things about this book and I saw it on The Works website for £1.99 so I thought why the hell not!! It's the non-illustrated version which I don't mind, especially not for that price!

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Synopsis - Set in a dystopian world. Shatter Me is the story of a 17-year-old girl imprisoned for possessing a fatal touch. As she watches everything crumble around her. she must choose between relinquishing her power or using it to save the world. Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days and the last time was an accident. Now accidental murder has her locked up in an asylum where happy is a hot meal and not being dead in the morning. No one knows why touching her skin for too long is fatal....
Yes, I haven't read this yet, don't shoot me!! 
Firstly, WOW to this cover!!!! What an absolute stunner it is, I adore it, and all of the covers of this book series are gorgeous, complete and utter book porn!
I love a dystopian book so this sounds right up my street.

A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks
Synopsis - It is 1958 and seventeen-year-old Landon is revelling in his youth: dating girls and even claiming to have been in love. He is a world apart from shy, reclusive Jamie Sullivan, a Baptist's daughter who carries a bible with her school books, cares for her widowed father and volunteers at the orphanage. But fate will intervene.
Forced to partner up at the school dance, Landon and Jamie embark on a journey of earth-shattering love and agonising loss far beyond their years. In the months that follow, Landon discovers the true depths of the human heart, and takes a decision that is so stunning it will lead him irrevocably down the road to manhood . . .
Nicholas Sparks sound like my kind of books, they're romantic and slushy and I'm an absolute sucker for a love story, in fact I find it hard to get attached to books if there's no love story in there! I've heard a lot of good things about the movie version of this book too.

Bridget Jones : The Edge Of Reason by Helen Fielding
Synopsis - The Wilderness Years are over! But not for long. At the end of Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget hiccuped off into the sunset with man-of-her-dreams Mark Darcy. Now, in The Edge of Reason, she discovers what it is like when you have the man of your dreams actually in your flat and he hasn’t done the washing-up, not just the whole of this week, but ever.
Lurching through a morass of self-help-book theories and mad advice from Jude and Shazzer, struggling with a boyfriend-stealing ex-friend with thighs like a baby giraffe, an 8ft hole in the living-room wall, a mother obsessed with boiled-egg peelers, and a builder obsessed with large reservoir fish, Bridget embarks on a spiritual epiphany, which takes her from the cappuccino queues of Notting Hill to the palm- and magic-mushroom-kissed shores of . . .
I have the first book so I thought I'd grab the second one too, because I'm a compulsive shopper who needs help :)

Half Bad by Sally Green
Synopsis - You can't read, can't write, but you heal fast, even for a witch.
You get sick if you stay indoors after dark.
You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one.
You've been kept in a cage since you were fourteen.
All you've got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday.
Easy.
Nobody can ignore the hype that surrounds this book! It seemed to be everywhere on booktube, so when I saw it for half price in Waterstones I thought why not just pick it up! Plus the cover is gorgeous, I'm a complete cover whore clearly!

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Synopsis - Amy Curry is having a terrible year. Her mother has decided to move all the way across the country and needs Amy to drive their car from California to the East Coast. There's just one problem: since the death of her father, Amy hasn't been able to get behind the wheel of a car. Enter Roger, the son of an old family friend, who turns out to be unexpectedly cute...and dealing with some baggage of his own. Meeting new people and coming to terms with her father's death were not part of Amy's plans for the road trip. But then neither was driving on the Loneliest Road in America, seeing the Colorado Mountains, visiting diners, dingy motels and Graceland. But as they drive, and she grows closer to Roger, Amy finds that the people you least expected are the ones you need the most - - and that sometimes you have to get lost in order to find your way home.
*Insert gushing comment about the pretty cover here*
I love the idea of this book, I've got a feeling it's going to give me complete wanderlust because my dream is a road trip around the US, it would be utterly amazing!

Just One Year by Gayle Forman
Synopsis - Twenty-four hours can change your life . . .
Allyson and Willem share one magical day together in Paris, before chance rips them apart.
The romantic, emotional companion to Just One Day, this is a story of the choices we make and the accidents life throws at us.
But is one day enough to find your fate?
I've read Just One Day and thought it was amazing so as soon as I'd finished it I bought the sequel, which is told from the male protagonists perspective.
I haven't read this yet but I'm super excited to soon, but I'm kind of saving it for Summer because I feel like it's a Summery, contemporary read.

And that's the end of part 1!! Part 2 will be coming up shortly, I must try and control my spending...like that's going to happen! 
Toodlepip!! x

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