Coffee and … November Book Haul

Another month, another haul. This month’s is one of my smallest yet, and there’s a reason for that, but we’ll get to that soon. First coffee!

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The Coffee:

I am hooked on all things Steampunk coffee right now. Not only to their coffees taste amazing, but their approach to sustainability is the best of any coffee roaster I’ve come across. I am drinking their Narino this month. It’s not the first time I’ve featured this coffee, and it probably won’t be the last.

The Books:


Day 7 and Final 7 by Kerry Drewery. The second I finished Cell 7 I had to download these two on my kindle, because THAT ending nearly ended me. I devoured the full trilogy immediately and have reviewed them here. If you’ve not read this series yet, you should get on it.


A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi. This post 9/11 book about a Muslim girl, tired of being stereotyped sounds just brilliant. I don’t imagine it is going to be an easy read, but I am very much looking forward to reading it.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee. Truth time: I picked this book up purely because one of my favourite booksellers made me. That is all.

This Cruel Design by Emily Suvaeda. The sequel to the absolutely awesome This Mortal Coil. I am really excited to see where this book is going to go. Also, I am utterly in love with the sprayed edges on this book. Just stunning.

Proofs / Advanced Copies


Monsters in the Mirror by A. J. Hartley. This was a surprise package from the fabulous guys over at UCLAN publishing. I read Cold Bath Street from this author earlier this year and loved it, so I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into this one.

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa. The lovely people over at HQ sent me this one. It is a stunning looking book and it sounds amazing. Yumeko has a piece of a really important scroll and Kage is under orders to get it and kill anyone in his way. The person who holds all the pieces of the scroll will be able to call the great Kami Dragon and have a wish granted. This is all of my favourite things in one book. I am excited.

Monsters by Sharon Dogar. This tells the story of Mary Shelley as we reach 200 years since the publication of Frankenstein. I’ve always been a fan of Mary, and I am really keen to read this story about her. Thanks so much to the lovely Layla from Andersen Press for the review copy.


The Hurting by Lucy Van Smit. I know very little about this other than Kelly recommended it (and gave me her copy) and it has possibly the best opening line of any book I’ve opened. This one sounds like it’s going to be an emotional read.

This is one of my smallest hauls in a long time; I am really cutting back on my book buying just now. I am even going on a ban until the new year. There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, because I am getting a puppy and so saving needs to be a thing. Secondly, we are saving for Harry Potter Studios in the new year, right after Santa has stolen all my money for presents (we did not plan this well). Thirdly,  I have a ridiculous amount of books already; I’ve always been a big believer that you can’t have too many books, but I currently have more unread books on my shelves than I could read in two years. Some of these I bought this time last year because I desperately wanted to read them, and I still have not read them, which is frankly ridiculous. I’ve given my shelves another clear out before coming to this point, and every book on my shelf now is one I really want to read, and I want to spend some time reading these books whilst getting my shelf down to a more reasonable number. I’m not going to put a figure on how many books I want to get through, or a final date on the ban, I’m just going to see how things go. Wish me luck! Also, here is a bonus puppy picture:



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  1. Gatecrasher looks precious in that photo 😍. Good luck with your ban! (I am of course rooting for you to succeed, but also kind of hoping for another EPIC rant at the end…
    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Monsters in the Mirror- it sounds fab.
    Amy x

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