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Book Haul: Charity Shop

Here in England, the shops are back open and people are starting to love life again. After getting my hair done at the hairdressers (FINALLY), I decided, being only a 5 minute drive away from the charity shop, that I would go and have a ganders. I was slightly disappointed when I walked through the door as once upon a time the back wall of this very large charity shop used to be covered in books and now, just a small corner.

I’m one of those that love their books looking like new so even though there were some fantastic books, I decided to only buy the ones that were ‘new looking’ enough for my bookshelves back home. So at 50p a pop here’s what I got:

Arena 13 by Joseph Delaney

Blurb: Leif has one ambition: to become the best fighter in the notorious Arena 13.

Here, punters place wagers on which fighter will draw first blood. And in grudge matches, they bet on which fighter is to die.

But the country is terrorized by the creature Hob, an evil being who delights in torturing its people, displaying his devastating power by challenging an Arena 13 combatant in a fight to the death whenever he chooses.

And this is exactly what Leif wants…

For he knows well Hob’s crimes. And at the heart of his ambition burns the desire for vengeance. Leif is going to take on the monster who destroyed his family.

Even if it kills him.

My thoughts: It was the cover that drew me to this book (and the fact it’s a hardback <3). The blurb sounds good and after showing it to my gran on a quick visit before heading home, she agrees with me. The only thing I don’t like, and I don’t know why this is but it’s just the way I am, I really do not like it when sentences start with ‘And’ or ‘But’ so when the blurb has this twice, well, it kind of makes me feel uncomfortable. I know – I’m crazy!

A Cornish Stranger by Liz Fenwick

Blurb: When her reclusive grandmother becomes too frail to live alone, Gabriella Blythe moves into the remote waterside cabin on Frenchman’s Creek which has been her grandmother’s home for decades. Once a celebrated artist, Jaunty’s days are coming to a close but she is still haunted by events in her past, particularly the sinking of a ship during the war.

Everything is fine until a handsome stranger arrives in a storm, seeking help. Fin has been left a family legacy: a delicate watercolour of a cabin above the creek which leads him to this beautiful stretch of Cornish water. As Fin begins to pick at the clues of the painting, he is drawn into the lives of Gabe and Jaunty, unravelling a remarkable story of identity and betrayal.

My thoughts: It’s different to what I would normally read but there was just something about it that made me add it to my ever growing ‘To Read Pile’.

The Harlequin by Laurell K. Hamilton

Blurb: The first warning is unexpected, calculated. Malcolm, head of the vampire Church of Eternal Life, is no friend to Anita Blake. So when he asks for her help, Anita is surprised. But he is dealing with the Harlequin, and they require different rules.

The second warning is presented like a gift, with ‘Anita’ printed on the box. Inside, carefully wrapped in folds of pristine tissue paper, is a plain white mask. The fact that it’s white is good news. White means they are only being watched.

The power connecting Anita Blake with Jean-Claude, vampire Master of the City and Richard, Ulfric of the werewolves, has been increasing exponentially – and this has attracted very unwelcome attention. Survival could depend on unity, so Jean-Claude and Richard must set aside their rivalry and Nathaniel and Micah must give Anita all of their love and support. She will also need Edward, whose utterly human ruthlessness and loyalty make him the perfect backup.

Anita Blake has the authority to pass judgement on vampires. The Harlequin have the authority to pass judgement on her. It is forbidden to speak of the Harlequin unless you’ve been contacted.

And to be contacted by the Harlequin is to be under sentence of death.

My thoughts: Holy Sh**!! This book sounds AMAZING (apart from the sentence that starts with BUT in the blurb, grrr), right up my street, oh wait a second… what’s that? Ah…. It’s the 14th book in a series. FACE. PALM. HEAD. WALL. Proceeds to tell the better half that it’s the 14th book in a series aaannd that I have no others. His suggestion, sell it. Hahahahahaha, no no no no no, what a comedian! I need to make room for 13 other books on my book shelf, Sweetie!

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Blurb: 1913

On the eve of the First World War a little girl is found abandoned after a gruelling ocean voyage from England to Australia. All she can remember of the journey is that a mysterious woman she calls the Authoress had promised to look after her. But the Authoress has vanished without a trace.


Now an old lady, Nell travels to England to discover the truth about her parentage. Her quest leads her to Cornwall, and to a beautiful estate called Blackhurst Manor, which has been owned by the Mountrachet family. What has prompted Nell’s journey after all these years?


On Nell’s death her granddaughter, Cassandra, comes into a surprise inheritance. Cliff Cottage, in the grounds of Blackhurst Manor, is notorious amongst the locals for the secrets it holds – secrets about the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is at Cliff Cottage, abandoned for years, and in its forgotten garden, that Cassandra will uncover the trust about the family and why the young Nell was abandoned all those decades before.

My thoughts: Again, not one of my usual reads but something drew me to it. I definitely want to know what’s gone on with the Mountrachet family and why Nell was abandoned and sent to Australia.

Thanks for reading my blog guys 🙂 hope you enjoyed it! Have you read any of these books? Which book would you want to read the most out of these choices?

Thanks again, Gee Liz ❤

2 thoughts on “Book Haul: Charity Shop

  1. I love charity shops, and at least half of my books come from them. I tend to read and return so someone else can have a shot. Regrettably, here in Scotland I have to wait another week, but then I’ve got the huge Glasgow Oxfam in my sights. I read The Forgotten Garden last year, and really enjoyed it – hope you do too.


  2. Hi 🙂 thanks for your message. Oh Scotland! I do love Scotland. I go every year, right up to Thurso. I will have to go to this Oxfam in Glasgow you speak of though. Hope you get some good books!
    Thanks, I will let you know what I think of the Forgotten Garden 🙂

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