Birthday Book Haul #1

Sometimes I envy book bloggers and book tubers who can do book hauls every single month, but then I remember that a lot of the books they acquire are ARCs. They are nice to get, obviously, but they arrive with the obligation of having to read them fairly soon. Probably wouldn’t work for me, unless it’s a book I really wanted anyway.
Either way, a monthly book haul wouldn’t do me very good, since I would:

A. Run out of money in no time
B. Increase my TBR pile even more (and it’s already taking threatening proportions)
C. Be forced to move to a bigger house (and more importantly: a bigger library. Yes, priorities.)

So usually I end up buying just a few books per year. That is, aside from special occasions like my birthday, Christmas and holidays. Over the years, trips to the UK (mostly London) have evolved into book shopping vacations.

As the title suggests, I recently celebrated my birthday. Well, it’s been a month now, but I had to wait for a few books I’d ordered. There’s a lot to show, since I spent quite a bit and Boyfriend has been extremely generous. Let’s jump right into it, shall we?

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Credits: Elliot Hyland

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British Crime Fiction Awards (Part 1): CWA Dagger Award Longlist 2017

The United Kingdom has quite a tradition of prestigious literary awards, with The Man Booker Prize as its crown jewel. According to the buzz in the land of booktubers and bookbloggers, almost all the attention seems to go to British fiction awards with The Man Booker Prize, The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and The Costa Book Awards as most popular ones.

Given that the United Kingdom has a decent reputation in crime fiction, I expected to find an equally successful literary award for crime fiction. Sadly, it turns out that there’s no crime equivalent to any of the prestigious novel awards. Even the best known ones tend to stay under the radar. So, let this be a call-up to booktubers and bookbloggers; crime fiction needs more love.

The ones I’d like to focus on are the CWA Dagger Awards and the reasonably younger Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, presumably the most important crime fiction awards the United Kingdom has at its disposal.

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