My Book Haul

Buying books makes me happy which I guess is the same for many of you.

Three of these books were on my list from a long time but I have already a good few books on my bookshelf that I haven’t read so I didn’t want to buy new ones before I’ve read the ones I had. When I was reading the last one I thought it’s the perfect time to delve into buying more books!

Paris letters is one of these. I had read a quite a few good reviews and that’s exactly reason how it grabbed my attention. The stories involving travelling which I find awe inspiring and when Paris is involved, who can resist? Not me obviously.


How much money does it take to quit your job? Exhausted and on the verge of burnout, Janice poses this questions to herself as she doodles on a notepad at her desk. Surprisingly, the answer isn’t as daunting as she expected. With a little math and a lot of determination, Janice cuts back, saves up, and buys herself two years of freedom in Europe.

The American lover is a surprising choice for me. Usually I don’t like short stories, I tend to prefer novels. It’s not my first book from Rose Tremain, I had already read The road home, which if I had to rate I would give it 3/5. What made me buy it then? Quite simply, the great reviews! There are 13 short stories with various themes including love, hope and dreams of new and better beginnings.



The dollmaker from Krakow is the book with one of the most beautiful covers I have ever had but the story inside is heartbreaking.


Krakow, Poland, 1939. Magic brings a little doll named Karolina to life in a toyshop. She becomes friends with the gentle, broken-hearted Dollmaker who owns the shop. When the darkness of the Nazi occupation sweeps over the city, Karolina and the Dollmaker must use their magic to save their Jewish friends from a terrible danger, no matter what the risks.

I merely read the synopsis on the back of The Memory Shop which got me hooked and it was intriguing enough to make me buy it. I hope I will like it and it will be as interesting as it sounds.


Sometimes it’s the little things . . . Nora needs to escape. Fleeing London for her childhood home in Dublin, she learns that her grandmother’s house is being sold along with all of her wonderful belongings – gorgeous antiques and vintage china, a feather shrug, a Tiffany mirror, a moonstone necklace. With no home of her own to go back to, Nora decides to stay and open a pop-up shop to find the perfect owner for each of her grandmother’s possessions. The Memory Shop begins to transform the lives of the people who visit one treasure at a time, helping them find happiness in surprising ways. As Nora lets go of a lifetime of memories, she unlocks tantalising clues to her grandmother’s mysterious past. Now if she can only let go of her own past, she might find the key to her future . . . An uplifting page-turner about love, family, and the joy of making new memories.

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