Wednesday, May 12, 2021

May Book Haul (including Audio Books!)

Hello my loves!

Apologies for my brief hiatus as I was finishing up first year, but now that my essays are handed in and my exam is done I have lots of time for writing!

Needless to say I went a bit off the rail with my maintenance loan spending now I have the false illusion of security being back at work, so here's a lil' haul of what I got.

Apart from one book which was only available through Amazon (oof) all of these books were either bought from two local shops in Edinburgh which I will link below, or from the chain store Blackwells.

I also just want to apologise for how TERRIBLE some of these photos are, I thought they were all focussed but my incredibly shaky hands strike again.


First up are two books I got from Blackwells, which I think is slowly overtaking my love for Waterstones. 

1. The Freedom to Be Free - Hannah Arendt

I picked up this short read on the way out of Blackwell's after I noticed the name of the author. Though I don't currently know much about Hannah Arendt I recognised her name on the reading list for a fascinating second year module on reading antisemitism. I'm really hoping I get to take this module next year, and figured this short book would be a good way to start reading Arendt's work.

2. Coraline - Neil Gaiman 

I've always been a huge fan of the Coraline film and decided to use an Audible token to listen to the original book that the film was based on, and oh my goodness do I have a new favourite book. I loved the audiobook so much I knew I had to get my hands on a physical copy. I ordered one into Blackwell's (which is completely free by the way, you just pay the cost of the book!) and I am so so happy to have it.

Lighthouse - Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop (which you can visit here)

I genuinely cannot tell how much money I have spent in here because I am so obsessed with this amazing bookstore. It is filled to the brim with literature that's queer, political, philosophical and radical. 

I showed mild restraint this time, only buying three books. 

1. The Death Algorithm and Other Digital Dilemmas - Roberto Simanowski 

You may remember a book with a similar cover to this in blue, from my 'September Book Haul'. This is another great looking philosophical book all about the ethical dilemmas that come with our increasingly technological world. Though it seems to be part of a collection going by the identical cover, this is actually from a different author, so I'm not too sure what the writing style may be. If it's anything like 'Law in the Refuge of Anarchy' I'm sure I'll love it.

2. Shooting Hipsters - Christiana Spens

With such a provocative title this book certainly caught my eye. 'Shooting Hipsters' aims to find out how activist and political groups can "survive in a media-saturated age, as well as describing the common ways that they can be undermined".

I've never heard of Christiana Spens, but I see she has written a selection of books, I'm certainly hoping I enjoy the one I own, as possibly even more of her work.

3. Intersectionality - Patricia Hill Collins & Sirma Bilge

As a philosophy student, intersectionality plays a huge role within my degree, particularly when studying applied ethics or a practical philosophy. Now this was an expensive buy, but as a recent collection of essays that I can reference in my studies I believe this book will support my essays again and again.

Till's Second-hand Bookshop

I live really close to this gorgeous second-hand bookstore and was so happy to see it finally open! I only picked up one book but it was an absolute steal of a price in there, so I definitely will be going back for more.

1. Antifragile, Things that Gain from Disorder - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Full transparency here, I saw this book, went "oooh pretty colours" and bought it. I completely judged this book by it's cover. Jokes aside I was genuinely intrigued by the concept of this book, despite not entirely knowing what it's about. Taleb is described as a funny, somewhat controversial and pretty radical writer, which just about ticks what I'm looking for in a book.

Though I assumed it was more an abstract philosophy book, I see it's actually revolves more around economics and politics, but that's fine as those interest me also!

Amazon (sorry)

1. Liberal Judaism: A Judaism for the Twenty-First Century - Pete Tobias

This final book is a pretty weird one, and I had no rhyme or reason to buy this book other than sheer interest. I loved studying theology in Sixth Form and have no plans to stop learning about different beliefs and religions!



Finally here are the two books I got recently on audible. 'Kafka on the Shore' by Haruki Murakami, and 'Feminism, Interrupted' by Lola Olufemi. 

When it comes to audible I do often go by title, and occasionally cover, alone, so I'm not sure what either of these books entail. I've heard really great things about Murakami, so I'm definitely excited to finally start one of his books. And you can never go wrong with a good feminist book!

That concludes this book haul! I hope you saw some books that interest you, and fingers crossed I'll be back soon with a few reviews!

Take care and stay safe x

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