Book Haul

Last week I had a super hectic week with a couple late weekdays.  I had to travel to a job fair in the small, but quaint town of Westerly, RI.  After work I wandered High Street for a bit looking for my favorite… a used book shop.

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The above photo is probably 60 years old at this point, but the truth is, High Street doesn’t look much different today.  Anyway- in my wandering I discovered Rereads Book Shop!

ReReads Book Shop Westerly, RI

I think this place is every book lovers dream.  Between the historic building and the shelves literally overflowing with books- I could not have been happier.

Rereads Book Shop 2At one point I thought I was sitting on an ottoman and looked down and realized half of my seat was actually a stack of books.  I realize that may not appeal to everyone- but as someone who lives with a lot of clutter in her life already, a shop with furniture made of books suits me just fine.  Anyway, the owner, Jill was great, and even took some time out of her day to chat with me about my favorite topic, Science Fiction and Fantasy.  She let me know most paperbacks were buy 2 get 1 (my favorite kind of sale) and showed me where to find everything I was looking for.

I took 6 books off her hands with no problem at all, ReReads Book Shop 3and the truth is I could easily spend an entire Sunday there on a treasure hunt.  If you ever happen to find yourself in Westerly, stop in and say hi to Jill.  Word on the street (by which I mean her fabulous Yelp reviews) is that she stays open late to cater to all us late night, have to get out of work first book worms.

 

So without further adieu, here are the six books I finally decided on:

First – can I just say I’ve been looking for this set FOREVER.  No book store I’ve been to, new or used, ever seems to have the whole set.  Needless to say I took all three: The Winter King, Enemy of God, and Excalibur.

And I grabbed these two- because I haven’t read them yet: Insomnia and Skeleton Crew.

The Liar's Key by Mark Lawrence

And I stumbled across a copy of The Liar’s Key as I was sitting on a stack of books, which I grabbed, because even though I haven’t started this series yet, I already own the first book and I’m sure I’ll want it in the future.

B&N Memorial Day Sale Book Haul

For Mother’s Day, my tiny human gifted me with books, via a gift card and her wonderful grandmother!  I hadn’t spent it because I was waiting for something I really, really wanted to buy, but then the Memorial Day sale popped up in my email and Barnes & Noble was offering an additional 20% off on top of sales… so I ended up getting five really good sounding books I hadn’t known I wanted.

 

Redemption Road by John HartRedemption Road by John Hart: This book looks as if it follows a few different characters and perhaps the general narrative of a whole town, which is the kind of story I love when it’s done well.  The blurb clues you into some dramatic sounding narratives: a boy plans to take revenge, a good cop gets out of prison, a body found on the steps of an abandoned church.. If Hart ties all these narratives together I think it could be amazing.  I did read the first few chapters, and it seemed like maybe it was turning into a mystery rather than the “literary thriller” it promised, but I remain optimistic.  It has a 4+ rating on GoodReads with a significant amount of reviews, so that’s usually a good sign.

The Couple Next Door by Shari LapenaThe Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena: I remember in 2016 when this book came out, I was seeing it everywhere.  I’ve been a little burnt out on my usual fare lately, so I figured I’d give a try.  It’s about a couple who attends a dinner party next door and leaves their child sleeping alone in their apartment.  They check on her every half hour- but when they come home. She’s gone.  The question is, whodunnit?  I read the first few chapters of this too- the writing is nothing fancy, but it’s not bad.  The action kicks off right away with a brief glimpse of the dinner party and the couple next door, before Anne and Marco return home to find their daughter missing.  Detective Rasbach immediately suspects the Conti’s, meanwhile, the reader is hoping he’s wrong.

The Dead Lands by Benjamin PercyThe Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy: This is the only science fiction purchase I made.  It caught my eye because I’d never heard of either the author or the book before.  I feel pretty well versed in the SFF genre- maybe not because I’ve read widely, but I’m pretty well aware of any releases in the past few years.  This has a decent number of reviews, but the overall rating is pretty low at 3.44.  Usually that’s a good reason for me not to put it on my TBR let alone buy it, but the blurb gave me serious Fallout vibes so I had to go for it.  It’s about an outpost set up on the ruins of St. Louis called the Sanctuary, and a rider coming in from the wastelands to bring them to a place where civilization is thriving.  Fingers crossed it’s better than a 3 star read for me.

The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon: This is historical fiction based on The Wife, the Maid and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhonthe true story of the disappearance of Judge Joseph Crater in New York in 1930.  I love all things Depression era.  The speakeasies, the organized crime, the cars, the clothes, the style, the music, the influx of Italian and Irish immigrants trying to live the American dream.. I think no matter what angle you take, this time period presents an opportunity to tell some amazing stories.  But mostly I’m excited for a trifecta of lying, cheating, maybe murderous women plotting (what I suspect is) the perfect revenge.  I took a peek at the first few pages, and the writing is absolutely perfect for this time period, moody and yet elegant.

Sometimes I Lie by Alice FeeneySometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney: This book has got one of the best hooks I’ve seen in a long time:

My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

I sat down to read the first couple chapters and ended up reading the whole book.  It’s a twisty turny insane ride.  Is it far fetched?  Yeah.  Do I care?  Nope.  Full review up soon!

 

Book Haul!

A couple weeks ago one of my local libraries had a Friends of the Library book sale.  I love used books- almost more than I love new books, and was pretty impressed with the offerings!  I kept walking around picking up stuff until my hands were full, at which point one of the kindly library volunteers would laugh and give me a bag.  When the bag was full she’d shake her head and hand me another bag.

As much as I would have liked to take  home both of those bags, I was able to cull the pile and came away with a few books I’m super excited about!

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Unfortunately fellow Sci-Fi/Fantasy lovers, I only came away with one book in the sci-fi genre- Micro by Michael Crichton.  But I found THREE Cornwell books I don’t already own from his Richard Sharpe series (which I still need to start) and I’m super excited about them.  A lot of Cornwell’s readers love this series, perhaps even more so than his Saxon Stories (though I find that hard to believe).

I also took a chance on one author I’ve never heard of or read before, Anthony Riches, picking up the first book in his Empire series, Wounds of Honor.  This is a novel of the Roman empire – one of my favorite eras in history.  Have you seen Gladiator?  The blurb mentions Emperor Commodus, and I really hope this Commodus is one the same as Joaquin Phoenix’s Commodus.  Unfortunately- it doesn’t seem like he’ll be a major player, but I’m excited to read it just the same.

My wonderful daughter (with some help from my wonderful mother) also picked this out for me for my birthday, which was nearly a month ago.

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This is a post-apocalyptic novel about a plague that kills most of America’s children, and leaves the ones that live with (what sounds like) some supernatural powers.  It has a 4.11 rating from over 100 of my GoodReads friends, who can be pretty critical, so I’m super excited to start it. It’s also being made into a movie- so I need to hurry up and read it before I get to the theatre!

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Have I mentioned yet that Bernard Cornwell is one of my favorite authors?  Second only to Stephen King?  Luckily for me he’s just as prolific, has been writing for years, and doesn’t seem to feel the need to make his books a thousand pages long.  The Saxon Stories, starting with The Last Kingdom, follow Uhtred of Bebbanburg.  A boy kidnapped by vikings at a young age and raised with the old gods.  When he finally returns to his people, he’s a lone pagan in a sea of Christians, trying to drive back a sea of invaders that were once his people, for a king he doesn’t even like.  How’s that for inner turmoil?

I won’t get to this one for some time- I’m considering buddy reading the entire series all over again (you know, someday) but I sleep better at night just looking at it on my shelf.  So there’s that.