My Biggest Book Haul Ever - Summer 2019

Updated: Sep 21, 2019

I don't buy a lot of books at once. I usually buy one or two at a time. Except the summer of 2019...

With the prospect that I would start a bookstagram and blog in September, I seemed to have found an excuse to buy more books. I had to have books to write about en take pictures of, right? Worst excuse ever, but I have these books now and do not regret anything.

I bought 13 books and 2 books were gifted, which makes a total of 15 books in 3 months. Time to do something about my big tp-be-read pile, I think.


I got my first haul and the Oxfam Second Hand Bookshop on my trip to Hasselt, Belgium. I stumbled upon this shop during a walk through the city (I will show you pictures of this shop in another blogpost that I will link to this one once it is online).

At home I have a few series in an older edition, which are not always easy to find. In this bookstore I found books to complete these series for only €3 each (and because is was July, so sales month, I only had to pay half the price, so €1,50 each).

Translation of the titles from top to bottom:

The Shelter of Stone - Jean M. Auel

The Adversary - Julian May (Saga of Pliocene Exile, #4)

The Nonborn King - Julian May (Saga of Pliocene Exile, #3)

The Golden Torc - Julian May (Saga of Pliocene Exile, #2)

The Many-Coloured Land - Julian May (Saga of Pliocene Exile, #1)

The Wayfarer Redemption - Sara Douglass (Axis Trilogy, #1)


I love love love the Penguin Clothbound Classics series. I really want to collect these editions, but unfortunately they are quite expensive. I could not stop myself from buying Mansfield Park (Jane Austen) when I saw this book in the Grim Bookstore in Hasselt. It was the first book I bought this summer, so I had enough book budget to spend on a more expensive book. The Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint (William Shakespeare) is a second-hand book that I came across in a bookstore in Copenhagen, Denmark. It still looks like new but I only had to pay half the price.


I will dedicate a separate blogpost on the amazing bookshop Cook & Book in Brussels. American filmmaker and tv host Max Joseph had to tell me about the existence of it. He posted a vlog about his visit to this bookstore and I immediately decided that I would visit it this summer. Cook & Book has nine theme rooms with each its own restaurant.

Of course I could not drive an hour to a bookstore and not buy any books there. In the picture below you can see my mini book haul.

(You can watch Max Joseph's vlog HERE.)


In August I bought the most expensive book I ever bought: The Walt Disney Film Archives. On the internet I could only find this book (new) for €130 to €160. A bit much above my budget...

While stroling through Antwerp with my parents, we crossed the bookstore De Markies. This shop has beautiful books for a relatively low price. I payed less than €100 euros for this giant book. When I walked outside, My wallet was empty but I had a big book under my arm and a big smile on my face.

The Walt Disney Film Archives contains essays about the Disney films from the early start with short films in the silent era to the first feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) until 1968 when The Jungle Book came out. It also includes behind-the-scenes photos, story sketches, and cel setups of famous film scenes (more than 1,500 pictures in total).

You can take a look inside the book on amazon: HERE.


Two books were gifted to me: Schindler's List (Thomas Keneally) and Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes (Edith Hamilton).

My aunt found Shindler's List in a little street library nearby her home and she exchanged one of her own books to give this one to me, for no reason except that I wanted to read it.

My boyfriend gave me Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes for my birthday. This illustrated edition was high on my wishlist. He gave it togehter with a little book cart so as a verified book addict I couldn't be happier with any other gift!

Now I want to hear from you! Did you buy any books this summer? Are there special ones or did you just stumble upon a beautiful cover or great synopsis? Let's talk in the comments!



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