Book Haul (#1): Boekenfestijn Utrecht

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My first haul post! I very rarely buy books, because I just don’t have enough money to go crazy all the time. I sometimes scramble enough money together to buy one or two books, but that’s not worth a haul post.
Last week, though, I had the opportunity to buy a lot of books. And when I say ‘a lot of books’, I mean A LOT OF BOOKS. I’ve bought twenty-four books in only two days. The reason why I was able to buy so many books was the Boekenfestijn in Utrecht. Boekenfestijn is a very large sort of book market that travels through the Netherlands and Belgium and is in a different city every month. From 5 – 8 September it was in Utrecht in the Jaarbeurshallen. The entrance was free and the books were very cheap. I had saved some money especially for the occasion and as I said, I went home with twenty-four new books.

I threw away the receipts I got, but the books were all between €1,99 and €2,50, except for the complete works by Jane Austen. That book was something like €6,99. In total I paid €74,95 for twenty-four books, which includes a book with all the novels by Jane Austen, so technically I got thirty books. If I would have bought all the books on bookdepository or in a store, I would probably have paid well over €100,-.

So, let’s get on with the books!

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Starting with these three books. I don’t have Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which is written in the same way (and, I thought, written by the same writer as Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters and Android Karenina). I’d heard a bit about these books, but never really felt the need to order them online. When I say them ‘in person’, though, I couldn’t walk past them.

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Damn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith
I had never heard of this book in the series before, but Lisa (BlondeBookBee) said this was sort of the prequel to the whole series, so I bought this one too. I don’t think there’s an order in which you should read the books, but I’ll just start with this one.

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Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters

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Android Karenina by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters

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Where things come back by John Corey Whaley
Lisa remember this book being recommended by Jesse (Jessethereader) and picked it up, as did I.

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I have never actually read anything by Maggie Stiefvater, but I’ve heard great things about her books. So, when I saw the first two books in the Books of Faerie series offered for such a cheap price, I just took them with me. I hope the books do no disappoint me, because it’s always a bit of a lucky guess when you pick up books from a series you haven’t read yet (but on the other hand, it’s always a lucky guess to pick up books you haven’t read yet).

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Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater

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Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

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The Vampire’s Assistant by Darren Shan
This book contains the first three books in the Vampire’s Assistant series. I think I’ve read the first book before, but I honestly can’t really remember.

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The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
I’ve read a few books by Nicholas Sparks, but I don’t always enjoy them. Dear John is still unfinished and just waiting to be picked up again, but I don’t really want to finish it anymore. The Notebook and The Last Song I did enjoy though, so I’m curious to see how I’ll like this book. Lisa said it was a pretty great book, so I’m hoping she’s right.

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The Zombie Autopsies by Steven C. Schlozman
I saw this book and knew I had to have it. I have no idea if it’s any good, but I’m just really curious to how the autopsies are written and what’s actually realistic and what’s not. I am really looking forward to reading this book.

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Before I fall by Lauren Oliver
I haven’t read the Delirium series yet, so this will be the first book written by Lauren Oliver I will read. This book may decide if I still want to read the Delirium series, so it better be good.

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Julie & Julia by Julie Powell
I saw the movie a few years ago and I really enjoyed it, but I didn’t remember/know it was a book-to-movie adaptation. I’m hoping this book is a bit more quick-paced than the movie was, but I still think I’ll enjoy the book.

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De Eerste Dag by David Nicholls (One Day by David Nicholls)
The only Dutch book I’ve bought for myself while I was in Utrecht. A friend of mine recommend me this book and so I’ve bought it. I have seen the movie, though I didn’t really enjoy it as much as I could have. I’m hoping the book is better than the movie.

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The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen
I walked past this book a few times before I decided to pick this up and read the back. The book is a bit different from the books I normally read (which is mostly young adult), but I am curious to read this book. The back says it’s a psychological thriller about a boy who gets into a coma and a doctor who wants to bring him back, but somehow is drawn into the dark heart of the boy’s world. I’m very, very curious.

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Changeling by Phillipa Gregory
There were so many books by Phillipa Gregory, but this seemed to be the only one that wasn’t a historical roman about the English kings and queens. Though I also want to read those series, I didn’t feel like searching for the first books in the series while I was there. This book, though, is a first in a series and so I decided to give it a chance. I’m a bit sceptical from reading the story on the back, but we’ll see.

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The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
I have never watched Sex and the City or The Carrie Diaries and this looks like something I could start an addiction with.

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And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer
I have read the first five books in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and just had to take this with me when I saw it.

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The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

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All of my Wordsworth Classics I’ve bought!

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The complete novels of Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility
Pride and Prejudice
Northanger Abbey
Mansfield Park
Lady Susan
Persuasion
Emma

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Peter Pan & Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J. M. Barrie
The thing that most attracted me in this book is the beautiful cover!

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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The Best of Sherlock Holmes by sir Arthur Conan Doyles

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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