Book Haul | Ireland Edition | Part 2

Posted August 22, 2016 by Jordann @thebookbloglife in book hauls / 0 Comments

Following on from my book haul part one we spent a short amount of time in Dublin. It was almost coming round full circle. We were gifted a night at The Gresham Hotel as an engagement gift, so it seemed right for us to go back for just after our wedding.

Anyway, onto the books. I did really well in Dublin, there were books that I had been looking for and then I discovered a few which is always nice. At the start of this haul, I’ve included the three books I got whilst staying with the in-laws in Ballyjamesduff.

Charity Shop in Ballyjamesduff

This was a small shop and didn’t really have a lot, so I wasn’t really spoilt for choice. I did find a few, nothing too exciting, but you can’t complain when the books are so cheap.

The Shack

I had heard a lot about this book a long time ago and never had the opportunity to pick it up. Well it was sat there just waiting for me. It follows a man whose daughter is abducted and presumably murdered in a shack deep in the woods. He begins to struggle, blaming God and his life begins to fall apart. He meets God in the shack and that’s where the story begins.

I’ve actually finished this, so look out for the review coming soon.

The Devil Wears Prada

Once again, a book and film that have been out forever. I haven’t had a chance to pick the book up, but I believe it’s now a series for me to enjoy. I love the film, so I’m hoping that the book does it some justice.

Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job “a million girls would die for.” Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of “Runway “magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts “Prada! Armani! Versace!” at every turn, a world populated by impossibly thin, heart-wrenchingly stylish women and beautiful men clad in fine-ribbed turtlenecks and tight leather pants that show off their lifelong dedication to the gym.

Career of Evil

This was a lucky find. It’s the large bind version of the Cormoran Strike novels. I found The Silkworm in a charity shop in Navan, so now I have three matching covers and styles.

Cormoran Strike is back, with his assistant Robin Ellacott, in a mystery based around soldiers returning from war. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Easons in Dublin

I still had a little bit of money left over on my giftcard. I have to say the Easons in Dublin had such a range of books I had to hold myself back and refrained from buying them all.

After Alice

I was a little dubious about this one. I have tried to read the Wicked series several times, but every time I fail miserably. But this one seemed right up my street, not only that it’s not quite the monster of a book as Wicked is, so its not too much of a commitment.

When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice’s disappearance?

Dorothy Must Die Stories: Vol 2

I didn’t even know this book existed, which makes me sad if I’m totally honest. I love this series, I’m waiting on Yellow Brick War to be available in paperback before I buy it. Can’t stand non-matching books. I’m excited to read more about the worlds and the characters. These stories always offer a totally different insight to the novels.

The Wizard was gone, Dorothy had returned home to Kansas, and Oz was left a changed place. Glinda the Good Witch set the three friends on their new paths: the Scarecrow would now rule the Emerald City with his new brain, the Tin Woodman and his heart would travel to the land of the Winkies to become their leader, and the Lion would put his courage to good use as the King of Beasts.

Chapters Bookshop

I went a little crazy in this shop. There were quite a few books on bargain prices and quite a few that were full price that I couldn’t resist. I ended up spending a fortune in here, and I don’t even regret it.


I think I already have this one at home, but I couldn’t remember, plus it worked out ridiculously cheap. I collect all of Kelley Armstrong books when I can. There are so many and I adore her writing style. She always has original stories and characters.

Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.

The Watch That Ends The Night

I picked this up on a spur of the moment thing and I’m glad I did. It’s a collection of poems written in the voices of those on the Titanic. I’m so interested in the Titanic and the mistakes that were made. I love reading about the different people who lost their lives. Although I’m not a massive fan of reading poetry I think this is going to be the exception to the rule.

The Alloy of Law

I saw this book, and after picking up The Well of Ascension I thought why not. It was ridiculously cheap and I knew I would struggle to get it when I was back on the island. I loved the first book of this series and I can’t wait to jump right back into the world.

Centuries after the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is on the verge of modernity – railroads, electric street lights, and skyscrapers. Waxillium Ladrian can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will


I have heard good and bad things about this book. I had put off buying it because of the bad reviews, but I thought what the heck, why not give
it a go. It’s a massive book, so I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading it, but it’s on my shelf waiting.

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened.


I have desperately tried to listen to this on Audible and just couldn’t do it. This is my last ditch effort at getting into the series. I was lucky to find it for cheap so it won’t be a massive loss if I end up hating it. I am really hoping I love, because I’ve heard great things about the series.

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

I love the Millennium series and I was really excited to hear that the series was being continued. I’m currently listening to the first one on Audible so it won’t be too long until I’m jumping back into the crazy world of Lisbeth.

She is the girl with the dragon tattoo—a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.

The Goldfinch

This is another one which got so much hype when it was released. I had the opportunity to pick it up and so I did. It’s a beast of a book and it deals with quite deep topics, so I think it’ll be a winter read for the long nights and the warmth of the house.

It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend.

That’s the end of the haul. I won’t be buying books for a long while. In fact I’m going to have to buy a new bookcase to fit all of these on here.

Let me know what books you’ve bought recently and whether there were any hidden treasures in there. Use the comments down below!