Well hello everyone! I’m back with yet ANOTHER book haul, this one a Post-Holiday Book Haul. This is seriously starting to become a problem for me. Plus, as I’m writing this post, more books are on they way to me, which I am subsequently adding to the end of this list. I’ve never really had this book-buying issue before. I usually just went to the library or bought an inexpensive Kindle eBook to read. But ever since I signed up for Book of the Month, I have craved the feel of a physical book in my hand. I love the weight of it, the smell of it, how people can see the title of it as I read it. I still buy library books and eBooks, but my passion for my own stock of physical books has been sparked!
Sunburn by Laura Lippman
I added this book to my January TBR since its release date is February 6th. I received this book from the publisher, William Morrow, and I can’t wait to read it! The description is a bit vague, but it centers around a couple who meet in 1995 in Delaware, both parties intending on passing through. But they stay in town, and there’s a death, and secrets are kept, and oh my word it’s a mystery!
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
This is another one I added to my January TBR, but because it seems like such a cozy, winter read. It introduces us to Vasilisa, a young girl growing up in the barren winter landscape of Russia. Her mother dies and father remarries, and her new stepmother puts a stop to the stories and fairy tales of her people. What happens next is obviously bad! The first in the Winternight Series, this is a Young Adult book that has attracted my attention for a while.
The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch
It’s no secret that I am in love with this book. I read it in November and you can READ MY REVIEW HERE. I loved it so much that I obviously had to buy my own copy! Janet Fitch is one of my favorite writers, and I love that this is only part one of two! I’m on the lookout for her book tour coming to New York, as I would absolutely love to meet her and have her sign my copy. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it as a wonderful historical fiction/coming-of-age novel.
The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre
I won a giveaway from Kristin Kraves Books for reaching 1,000 followers. Go check out her blog! She’s such an inspiration for me! I wanted to read this book in 2017, but the year just got away rom me! It’s about a young writer who has one last story to write: about how she lied to police, to her family and friends. And she wants to set the story straight. It just has that creepy vibe, and I love when books contain plots about books. It’s mind-blowing!!
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
For the 2018 POPSUGAR Challenge, it asks for a childhood book you’ve never read. Now, I searched and searched but couldn’t find a book from my childhood that I haven’t read! I was always a great reader, even as a kid, so I’m not surprised. I wanted to read this book anyway since the movie will be coming out this year, so I picked it up from Amazon to reread!
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
On Christmas, I went to my mom’s and went through my boxes of stuff (yes I still keep stuff at my mom’s!) and found this gem! I have to read a play for the POPSUGAR Challenge, so I grabbed it! It’s such an iconic story and it’s relatively short I can get through it in a day! Plus, Marlon Brando on the cover? Yes please!
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
This was another one I managed to snag from my mom’s house. It’s an absolute classic, and I thought the cover would look super pretty on my new bookshelf! I would love to read it again at some point this year. It’s been a long time since I’ve cracked it open. I’ve always loved Sylvia Plath’s poetry, and this story is pretty incredible as well!
Daughters of the Night Sky by Aimie K. Runyan
For my December Amazon First pick, I chose this gem. I love everything historical fiction, but I love it more when it’s related to WWII. This novel focuses on the women trained to fly in the Ural Mountains, then are called up during WWII in 1941 Russia to fight against the Nazis. Nicknamed the “Night Witches” and feared by the Nazis, theirs becomes one of the only Soviet units to contain only women. Russia + WWII Historical Fiction = My Dream.
Tips for Living by Renee Shafransky
This was my January pick for Amazon First. At first I didn’t even consider it because the title seemed so self-help that I wasn’t interested. Then I looked more in-depth into the book and discovered it was a thriller! Nora’s husband leaves her for his pregnant mistress, so she moves to a small resort town to start fresh. Except, her ex-husband and his new, picture-perfect family follow her there. Then they end up dead, and she’s the prime suspect.
Lies She Told by Cate Holahan
This one has been on my radar for a while, so when I saw it was inexpensive, I just couldn’t pass it up! It contains another book within a book idea, which I love. Liza has thirty days to write the best book of her life, all while her home and family life are starting to deteriorate. Then we’re introduced to her literary heroine and the lines between fiction and reality start to seriously blur. I love the premise of Lies She Told and I can’t wait to read it!
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
This was another book I noticed was on sale and have been wanting to read it! The Last Mrs. Parrish follows a young woman who is seemingly invisible to the rest of the world. She wants nothing more than she deserves – which is to be rich and powerful and envied by all. So she devises a plan. She pushes herself into the life and family of Daphne Parrish, but obviously nothing goes according to plan.
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
Another historical fiction I just had to get my hands on (it’s WWI, which is still a fantastic era), The Alice Network follows two separate timelines: one during WWI France where women are being chosen to work as spies against their enemies, and one in 1947 during the aftermath of WWII when a young woman ends up pregnant and unmarried and is shipped off to Europe to “take care of the problem.” She instead goes in search of her cousin who went missing in Nazi-occupied France. Obviously these two stories connect and I can’t wait to see how!
Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eichar
I’ve had my eye on this one for a while. Ever since reading some amazing nonfiction last year, I have started compiling nonfiction books that I would be interested in. Dead Mountain centers on a group of nine experienced hikers who go missing in the Russian Ural Mountains, a place known to locals as Dead Mountain. So much evidence was found after their disappearance, such as clothes, their tents, radiation levels, that many suspect something sinister made them disappear.
The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir
The Elizabethan era is one of my favorite historical eras to learn about. She was a magnificent queen and ruled for decades, and the story of her family and how she came to be queen seriously interests me. If you don’t know who Queen Elizabeth I is, then you’ve been living under a pretty big rock. This biography promises a fresh look inside the life of Elizabeth I, and I’m eager to know more.
Three More Books I Couldn’t Resist
Like I promised, while writing this post, I have three more books on their way to me. I want to include them here because I’m hopefully going on a book-buying ban soon. My money keeps going missing and my ONE BOOKSHELF is getting pretty overloaded.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
This was an obvious choice for my Book of the Month January pick. The Woman in the Window has been getting amazing reviews, and I planned to borrow it from the library when everything calmed down a bit. But then Book of the Month offered it, and I knew I had to have it. A young woman hasn’t left her Manhattan apartment in years, and she becomes infatuated with watching her neighbors. Until she witnesses something she thinks was a crime.
As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner
I COULDN’T BELIEVE BOOK OF THE MONTH OFFERED THIS BOOK!! I’ve been thinking about this book for months now, and its release on February 6th just couldn’t come fast enough. Until I OBVIOUSLY picked it up from Book of the Month! I wrote about this one in my Most Anticipated 2018 Historical Fiction post just before the new year, so you can head on over there and check out this and the rest of my top 2018 releases!
Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
I’ve seen reviews for this already on Goodreads, although it doesn’t release until May, and I thought I’d like to try it. So I kindly asked the publisher for a copy and she accepted! It always makes me feel good when I get galleys sent to me. I couldn’t ask for a better perk to being a book blogger! It follows Mike who seemingly loves Verity, until we realize that Verity is marrying another man. Is Mike crazy and obsessed or are they both playing at a bigger game?
Now, THAT is a long list that I will probably never get to! But, if I start a book-buying ban soon, then I won’t have a problem reading these and the many more books I’ve purchased because I just have to have them! I’m a planner, though, so I can plan out my entire reading year and follow it relatively closely. Maybe? We’ll see! Have you put yourself on a book-buying ban? Do you have a mountain of books to get to and are feeling overwhelmed like me? Let’s chat below!