Book Haul

Even though I wasn’t reading this summer- it didn’t stop me from buying books. What can I say? I have a problem. Barnes & Noble had a great sale a couple weeks ago so I picked up a few things.

Afterland by Lauren Beukes

In a world where most of the men are dead (after an event known as Manfall) a mother and son flee across the country in search of a safer place, encountering anarchist communes and crazed cults. I’ve read a couple books by Beukes now and while they each left something to be desired – the blurb on this one is too good to ignore.

The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George

Historical Fiction has always kind of been my first love, especially anything relating to Greeks, Romans and Vikings. So of course, when this was released a couple years ago, it caught my attention. This is a different look at one of Rome’s most famous Emperors, that one that fiddled while Rome burned.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

I’ve already seen the movie- but this seemed perfect to keep away one of my longest reading slumps. It’s relatively short, the chapters are quick and suspenseful. Malerman has a sequel out to this now called Malorie that I’d also like to read, but I knew I couldn’t pick it up until I’d actually read this one.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

The Turn of the Key is about a nanny who takes a job in a smart home in the Scottish Highlands. What she doesn’t know is the children are a nightmare, the parents are absent, and the “smart” home has it’s own ideas about how to operate. This was another book that seemed perfect for my current reading mood so I picked it up on a whim.

That was it for this haul- but I’m excited to share some of my other summer purchases too! I’ve already made it through two of these books and loved them. Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

On a side note- this is my first time using WordPress’s new Block Editor. It’s okay but also kind of weird? So I apologize if the formatting is wonky. Might take some getting used to.

Book Haul!

Hello friends! I haven’t been too consistent since I returned from a small hiatus over Christmas and New Years.  I’m hoping to get that fixed next week.  There were lots of household chores that needed catching up on too.

I’ve been on a no book buying ban for quite some time- but I still love the book store because it’s much easier to browse my local Barnes & Noble than it ever has been my local library, which groups all the fiction from every genre together.  (Why?!)  So between having a longing to browse and a gift card and a big B&N sale, I picked up a few things.

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood – This was in my 20 in ’20 list, and the price was right and I’m in love with the cover.

Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved.

In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey–with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake–through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.”

Full Throttle by Joe Hill

Full Throttle by Joe Hill – And it’s signed!  Which seems silly but I love Joe Hill.  This isn’t on any list or challenge that I had planned, but it’s Joe Hill and I’ve been meaning to read it since it released last October.

“In this masterful collection of short fiction, Joe Hill dissects timeless human struggles in thirteen relentless tales of supernatural suspense, including “In The Tall Grass,” one of two stories co-written with Stephen King, basis for the terrifying feature film from Netflix.”

The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne – Spotted on the clearance racks.  What pulled me in was the description of the scenery, which is marshy, swampy, jungle-ish.  Every once in awhile I get a craving to read something in this sort of setting.  I am a little worried about there being scenes of child abuse (which I don’t like) but I decided to take a chance on it because it’s told from her perspective as an adult, so I’m hoping flashbacks are few and far between.

The mesmerizing tale of a woman who must risk everything to hunt down the dangerous man who shaped her past and threatens to steal her future: her father.

Helena Pelletier has a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a business that fills her days. But she also has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in nature, and despite her father’s sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too…until she learned precisely how savage he could be.

More than twenty years later, she has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesn’t know the truth. But now her father has killed two guards, escaped from prison, and disappeared into the marsh. The police begin a manhunt, but Helena knows they don’t stand a chance. Knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls the Marsh King–because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter.”

After the Crash by Michel Bussi

After the Crash by Michel Bussi – This is a bit outside my typical comfort zone, since it sounds like more of a mystery than a thriller necessarily, but I picked it up because I’m always curious to see how struggles between the working class and upper crust elite play out.

On the night of 22 December 1980, a plane crashes on the Franco-Swiss border and is engulfed in flames. 168 out of 169 passengers are killed instantly. The miraculous sole survivor is a three-month-old baby girl. Two families, one rich, the other poor, step forward to claim her, sparking an investigation that will last for almost two decades. Is she Lyse-Rose or Emilie?

Eighteen years later, having failed to discover the truth, private detective Credule Grand-Duc plans to take his own life, but not before placing an account of his investigation in the girl’s hands. But, as he sits at his desk about to pull the trigger, he uncovers a secret that changes everything – then is killed before he can breathe a word of it to anyone…”

Killing Gravity by Corey J White

Killing Gravity (The Voidwitch Saga #1) by Corey J. White – Picked this up for Kindle.  It was on a deal for $1.99 not too long ago (it still might be).  No idea what a voidwitch is, but I definitely want to know!

“Mariam Xi can kill you with her mind. She escaped the MEPHISTO lab where she was raised as a psychic supersoldier, which left her with terrifying capabilities, a fierce sense of independence, a deficit of trust and an experimental pet named Seven. She’s spent her life on the run, but the boogeymen from her past are catching up with her. An encounter with a bounty hunter has left her hanging helpless in a dying spaceship, dependent on the mercy of strangers.

Penned in on all sides, Mariam chases rumors to find the one who sold her out. To discover the truth and defeat her pursuers, she’ll have to stare into the abyss and find the secrets of her past, her future, and her terrifying potential.”

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire – I grabbed this for FREE this morning.  I know I’m like the only person who hasn’t read it yet, but just in case any of you wanted to check it out.  Nicole @ Book Wyrm Knits recommended it to me, and you can check out her spoiler free review of the most recent book here.

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.”

And that’s all the ones from January anyway.  Have you read any of these?  What did you think?

 

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!