Realllllly loving these book haul posts. I’m an obsessive buyer of books and bookish bits. But it’s only since 2017 that I’ve been sharing them. Why? I don’t know, but they feel like a blogging revelation. (For me, I know everyone’s been doing them for 385908593959 years.) Not only do they give me a list of books to attempt to read that month, but they also steer my blogging for the month. To attempt (ATTEMPT) to blog around said books. Enough babbling. The April Book Haul.

April Book Haul

The Haul

Mona by Dan Sehlberg

T and I spent a Sunday trawling Halcyon Books in Greenwich. I am going to be utterly gutted when it shuts. Books are still a pound – post and pictures to come soon. T picked this out for me because strangely I like cyber-attack type books. It’s described as a technothriller and that sounded pretty cool. It’s based on the hacking of Mind Surf: a thought-controlled system that allows people with disabilities to browse the web. Super kl.

A suspenseful and highly original technothriller based on breathtaking developments in the field of thought-controlled systems and cyber warfare.

The Yard by Alex Grecian

Wanted to read a Sherlock Holmes style novel. Picked up The Yard by Alex Grecian. It was the cover that really struck me. I adore the silhouette on the spine and I’m still looking for Holmes style book that I really love. Like really love.

Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only twelve detectives—known as “The Murder Squad”—to investigate countless murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own . . . one of the twelve . .

April Book Haul

The Book of Dave by Will Self

I picked this out mainly because of the title. The idea of a book of Dave amused me. I’ve also wanted to read a lot more books based on/around London. Since moving here certain things have intrigued me. Cab drivers and their stories are one of said things. I’ll let you know how it goes.

When cabdriver Dave Rudman’s wife of five years deserts him for another man, taking their only child with her, he is thrown into a tailspin of doubt and discontent. Fearing his son will never know his father, Dave pens a gripping text part memoir, part deranged philosophical treatise, and part handbook of “the Knowledge” learned by all London cab drivers.

The Romantics by Barbara Gowdy

I wanted something – cute to read. A bit of romance  without picking up something written by Marian Keyes. Grown-up romantic. The cover again looked gorgeous and I love a good white loose-cover. So classy. So sophisticated.

“Louise Kirk learns about love and loss at an early age. When she is nine years old, her former beauty queen mother disappears, leaving a note that reads only – and incorrectly – “Louise knows how to work the washing machine.”

Separations are followed by reunions, but with every turn of their fractured relationship, Louise discovers that she cannot get Abel to love her as fiercely and exclusively as she loves him.

April Book Haul

There’s my April book haul. Knowing me I won’t get round to allll of them but imma going to try. Have you read any of these? What are you reading this April?

PS. Ty T for picking up these tasty mini Freddos. They look kinda gross but were fabby.

I spend a lot of my time exploring Greenwich. Like a lot of time.

Always partial to a bit of wandering around I tend to be in the know for shops/restaurants/ bookish places. When I saw the signs emerging for a new shop (called Postmark) in Greenwich I knew I needed to have a peak inside.

Postcards from Postmark

Postcards from Postmark

According to their blog

‘Set in historic meantime Greenwich the new Postmark will have everything you’d expect an amazing card selection, wrap, ribbons and bags and our postal service – as well as an expanded selection of pens, pencils and Jellycat toys that will live on a very special centre piece in the shop.

We’ve also designed a special Greenwich franking label that will adorn every piece of post sent from Postmark Greenwich – it really will be like sending your post from the beginning of time.’

Sounds pretty tip top.

Postcards from Postmark

Postcards from Postmark

The Haul

I wandered in after work looking for a card for T. Something to make him smile after a wobbly week. Once inside I noticed an awesome selection of postcards which I thought would make brilliant blogging photography accents, so I bought five.

The first postcard I picked up says ‘The meaning of life is that you have,’ and then the bottom of the text is chopped off. The wording made me smile and I love the baby blue background against the black and white font. The second postcard has ‘You’re all kinds of ace’ written on it, which is something I think we should try and tell ourselves regularly. I don’t ever, but I liked the kooky design and font. I’m very into oranges, yellows and blues at the moment and this fitted perfectly.

The next two are more image focused; the first has numerous cartoony faces all looking a little embarassed/awkward. I love the drawing style and the unusual faces looking either way. There’s also a brick wall with two eyes looking staring out. It’s also orange (thumbs up) but it’s really quirky. I did have a google and the postcards are from a place called UStudio (Paper Planes.) I did have a look on the website and I want to now buy everything.

Postcards from Postmark

Final Thoughts

Everything from Postmark was gorgeous and although I bought only 5 postcards there are so many more I’m going to get hold of. The postcards were 70p each which is brilliant value. In terms of quality the card is thick and matte which I lave. Definitely worth stopping into or checking out their online store. I will be back very (very) s00n.