Wednesday, December 2, 2015

My Graduation Book Haul (11 Books!)

Hey guys! So last month, I finally graduated from the university after my three years of studies. I did a Bachelor degree in Marketing Management at the University of Mauritius. Now, there are perks to finally become a university graduate, the first of my family in my case. I'm not talking just about being able to wear a funny black hat which won't even fit your head or an awesome graduation dress. Nope, I'm talking about the shameless book haul I was able to indulge in last month with, for once, no one asking me whether I was seriously going to buy all those books. 

So today I'm going to show you all the 11 books I got for my graduation, including some I bought myself and others I got as gifts from my family. I'll include links to the Goodreads pages of all those books, so that you can read more about them if you're interested.

Please also note that this month I'm also hosting a Christmas Giveaway Hop. If you want to participate, you can click here to sign up in the hop :)

Okay let's start with the haul!

The Books I Got As Gifts

My sister got me the beautiful, illustrated edition of Harry Potter. It's been a month now since I own this book and I still can't quite believe I actually own it. I keep taking it out of my bookshelf to flip through it. I want to save it for Christmas but I'm not really sure if I'll be able to hold that long before devouring it. It's possibly my favorite book from my collection.

The next book was a gift from my parents and it's this gorgeous bind-up of His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. This is in the Everyman Library edition, which is my favorite edition. I own only one so far but I did read quite a bunch of them back when I was still at uni because the library had lots of books in this edition. I don't know much about His Dark Materials other that it's a children classic with magic, witches and talking polar bears. I saw the movie they did a few years ago but other than that, I will be going into these books pretty much without not knowing a lot. I want to save this one as well for Christmas time but again, I might just read it before then. 

The Books I Bought Myself

I had previously already books 1 through 3 on my Kindle but with Winter coming out this month, I thought I would buy the books in physical format to re-read them. While Cinder, Scarlet and Cress will be re-reads for me, I will be reading Fairest for the first time. I've heard mixed things about Fairest but I love this series so I'm really excited to marathon it soon.

This edition of Peter Pan is simply stunning. It has deckle edges and one of the most beautiful cover design I've ever seen. I was so excited to read this book that I made a bookmark to use with it. I designed it myself using Peter Pan artwork I found online. 

This is the book that inspired the famous musical by the same name and it's written by an author who's quickly becoming one of my favorites. Gregory Maguire basically writes adult fairy tale retellings and his writing is both witty and very beautiful. My edition of Wicked, despite being a mass market paperback, had a surprisingly elaborated design, including an inner colored illustrated of Elphaba, the titular Wicked Witch, and... green edges! Yep, this book has green edges. How cool is that?!

I'm probably the last person in the blogsphere to get into this series, lol. I figured it was about time I picked this one up. I've heard the first book isn't the best in the series so I'm thinking of getting the other books and marathoning them instead of reading this one right away.

The Dumb House by John Burnside
This is one heck of a creepy book and yet, I found myself struggling to put it down. I read it in less than two days and really enjoyed it. I would absolutely recommend it to those who enjoy dark, creepy stories. 

Magnus Chase by Rick Riordan
This was one of my most anticipated new releases of the year and I really, really enjoyed it. I wrote a full review of it so if you want to know more about my thoughts on this book, you can click here.

Post Graduation Plans

So what are my plans now? Well, I'll be doing my Masters next year in Communication. It's still too early for me to have concrete details but basically, class should start around May next year. For the moment I'm enjoying some long awaited me time. I've got blog posts to write, places to see and books to read. Lots and lots of them. So for the moment, I'm just content with the slow and the quiet. 

Seriously though, I do need to get through all those books...

Cover Art by Of Stacks and Cups via Pagemodo
Gif found here


  1. Congratulations!!! Your copy of Peter Pan is just completely awesome!

  2. Congrats on completing your degree! What would be your ideal job after obtaining your masters in communications?
    The lunar chronicles is one of my favorite fantasy series lately. :) It's nice that you get to enjoy them in book format too!
    I'm glad you found my blog, I enjoy talking to other bookish bloggers!

    1. Thanks Brooke! My ideal job would be to work in the publishing industry :) I also enjoy talking with other book bloggers. Thanks for dropping by :)

  3. Yay congrats! The Throne of Glass series is one of my favourites, I hope you'll enjoy the books as much as I do! Awesome haul!

    1. Thanks Melanie :) I'm looking forward to reading this series!

  4. Congratulations! I'm graduating in about 2 years, so I'll totally be indulging as well. Enjoy all of your books!

  5. Congratulations on graduating, and I hope you enjoy your time off! It's well earned! I love this haul as well. I have read all of the Lunar Chronicles excepting Winter and I have really enjoyed each and every one of them. I do want to read Wicked as well because I have seen the play and enjoyed that a lot. I wonder what the book will be like.

    1. Wow, I wish I get to see the show one day too :) The book is a little different from the play, or so I've heard. But you might still enjoy it.