Back in February, for Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend bought me a Waterstones gift card. We’d agreed no presents (which I stuck to apart from a large bag of Magic Stars, oops), and I was feeling a bit emotional, and he just knows me so well that I let out a huge sob. Anyway, I thought I’d share the books that I bought with the gift card! It seems that I had a bit of a thing for red books this month…

After finishing The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon in February (check out my wrap up here), I just had to get my hands on The Mime Order, the second book in the series. I ordered the book online, and with choosing First Class delivery it arrived the next morning! I was super impressed. It did cost more than had I ordered it on Amazon, but I’ve been finding out more about how Amazon really aren’t that cool recently, so I’m going to try and shop more in bookstores where I can. 

This weekend I visited one of my local Waterstones stores and spent a good while browsing the store. My boyfriend George waited patiently as I scoured each shelf, even rearranging some of the books, and dutifully “uhmmed” and “ahhhed” as I pointed out various books and authors. The second book I bought was Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. So I haven’t read any of Laini’s books, but I’ve heard such great things about her books, this in particular, that when I saw it on the shelf I couldn’t resist (I do also have Strange The Dreamer on pre-order).

The last book I bought from Waterstones is A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, the third in the Shades of Magic trilogy. Funny story, I haven’t actually read the first two in the series… BUT, I do have the e-books on Kindle, and after reading all the rave reviews of the series I think I’m kind of guaranteed to love it, so I couldn’t leave ACOL in the store! 

Also, major bonus surprise at the till. Both books were included in a offer so they ended up costing less than anticipated! It’s the little things, hey? I’ve already read both The Mime Order and Daughter of Smoke and Bone so I’ll be including those in my wrap up at the end of the month!