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Book Haul | The Edinburgh Book Festival

And finally here are all the books I bought at the festival. I was quite surprised by how expensive some of the books were, I mean I know all sales help support the festival, but some of the hardbacks I wanted to buy were £25 each. At that price I would rather find them cheaper elsewhere.

I knew going in I would be buying The Rest of Us Just Live Here but apart from that I tried to buy books I hadn’t come across before. Basically I wanted to buy books that weren’t already on my TBR list. That plan sort of worked.

Edinburgh Book Fest: Haul


The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore. I have no idea what this is about, I was pretty much sold just by the title. According to Goodreads it’s about feminism and the creator of Wonder Woman.

Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes. This is one I’ve seen people on YouTube talk about. Hitler comes back to life and becomes a celebrity and it sounds really really silly.

My Year Of Meats by Ruth Ozeki. A few months ago I read A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki and I really enjoyed that so I’ve been wanting to read more by her. She has only written 3 books so it took me ages to decide if I wanted to buy this or her other book. Also these editions are like really really pretty.

The Book of Lost Books by Stuart Kelly. I have a thing for books about books. This is about lost, damaged, misplaced or never finished books.

Echo Boy by Matt Haig. I didn’t know this when I picked it up but this is one of Matt Haig’s YA books. I’m actually kicking myself now because I bought this after his talk and I could have got him to sign it.

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell. I know nothing about this book. According to Book Depository it hasn’t been released yet and is a kids book. I don’t care, I bought it because the cover is pretty.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. In a lot of YA novels you have one character who is the ‘chosen one’ (Katniss, Harry, Ender ect). This book is about the other people who are just trying to live a normal life.

The Well by Catherine Chanter. At the festival Catherine Chanter did a talk with Emily St John Mandel (which I didn’t get to go see and I’m still annoyed about) but I’m hoping that since they did a talk together their books might be similar.

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22 responses to “Book Haul | The Edinburgh Book Festival”

  1. I’ve heard good things about The Secret History of Wonder Woman! I’m not a big comic book reader, though, so I’ll probably pass on it.


  2. I live in the US & ordered The Rest of Us just live here off of Amazon UK to get it a month sooner (so worth it! The British edition looks far superior to the American artwork)- only have about 50 pages left and am not disappointed yet!


  3. NPR’s Fresh Air had a good interview with the author of The Secret Life of Wonder Woman back in October that you can access online. I’d say, read the book first though so there aren’t any spoilers.


  4. I love buying new books (although it is always a strain on my pocketbook no matter how much I attempt to stay within a budget). I am curious to hear your thoughts on these books! Happy reading!


  5. Look Who’s Back is actually pretty good. 🙂 It’s a parody of sorts.
    Also, I can’t wait for your review of the Ruth Ozeki book! 🙂 I also read a Tale for the TIme Being this year and really liked it. Maybe I’ll pick this one up soon.


  6. Wonder Woman has such a long, awesome history of ups and downs – I can’t wait to see what you thought of that one. Unless you pan it, that one’ll probably end up on my to-read list next!


    • I read somewhere that it wasn’t good because it’s just a collection of info you can find in other places about Wonder Woman.

      I’m hoping I don’t feel that way about it since I literally know nothing about Wonder Woman.


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I’m Emma. I am a designer, calligrapher, and content creator, sharing my love for paper goods. Expect pens, pencils, and some really fancy paper!


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