March ‘19 Haul aka Birthday Month

Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! This month has flown past – I blinked on the 1st and then it was my birthday. Blink again, and it’s time to talk about the books I hauled this month! So without further ado, let’s begin, and fair warning, there may be spoilers.

The first paperback I picked up this month was Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff, which is the second book in The Nevernight Chronicle. Following on from the events of the first book, Mia Corvere has been anointed an assassin of the Red Church. When it is announced her enemies will be visiting the games of Godsgrave, Mia defies her new family and sells herself into slavery to fulfill her promise… I loved the first book and I’m so excited to see where the story is going to go. Mia is one of my new favourite characters, and I’m so pleased to join the fandom! At the time of purchase, this was £8.54.

godsgrave

I then picked up The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse. This is an adult historical romance, with thriller elements, set in 16th century Languedoc, France. When Minou receives an anonymous threatening letter, she is instantly puzzled and mystified. Before she can figure it out though, she meets Huguenot convert, Piet. With his own dangerous mission, he needs to get out alive, and only Minou can help… I’m a huge Kate Mosse fan, and I’m so excited to get into this, even though I’m not massively into history! At the time of purchase, this was £3.50.

the burning chambers

The first Kindle eBook I picked up this month was very exciting, and that was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This is an incredibly popular adult contemporary, that combines film and romance, with memoir. Legendary and reclusive film actress Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell her story to the public and chooses Monique, an unknown magazine reporter to tell it to… I’m really excited to start this, I’ve heard so many good things. I’ve been eyeing it up for a long while, and when I saw the price I had to snap it up straight away. At the time of purchase, this was 99p.

seven husbands

The next Kindle eBook I picked up was Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann. This is the 50th anniversary edition, featuring a new introduction, never before seen material and an essay from the author. This is considered a pop-culture classic for YA and adult readers alike. This follows Anne, Neely and Jennifer, three friends struggling to make it big in New York City, in a time when women were considered housewives. Climbing their way to the top, the only way is down – down into the Valley of the Dolls… I’ve had this on my radar for a long while, and soon I’ll be able to dive in. At the time of purchase, this was 99p.

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At the same time, I picked up What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? by Henry Farrell. This is another pop-culture classic, which inspired the chilling, iconic film Hush… Hush Sweet Charlotte and the TV show, Feud. This edition features an introduction from the author, behind the scenes drama from the TV show, and previously unpublished short stories – so you get rather a lot! Baby Jane was a vaudeville star, until her sister Blanche stole the Hollywood spotlight. That is until a tragic accident changed everything. Living in an decaying, isolated Hollywood mansion, crippled Blanche is controlled by her sister, who is descending into madness. And Baby Jane is set on relaunching her career… This sounds really interesting, right up my alley, and I’m sure I’m going to like it. At the time of purchase, this was 99p.

baby jane

So now we’re descending into the birthday section of this post! If you’d like a more in-depth birthday haul, that can be arranged – it’s not something I’ve ever considered though!

My nana, grandad and little cousin bought me LIFEL1K3 (Lifelike) by Jay Kristoff, which is the first book in the science-fiction series. This follows Eve, a young girl, who finds an android boy in her scrap pile home. This is just the start though, as she is about to journey across deserts of glass, battle assassin cyborgs, and investigate abandoned cities to save the ones she loves, and to learn more about her past… This sounds so good, and it sounds right up my street!

lifelike

The next gift was addressed from the pets – yes, they bought mummy a present! And that was Mad Love by Paul Dini and Pat Cadigan. This is a DC Comics novelisation, chronicling the life and times of Harleen Quinzel, and her journey to become the infamous Harley Quinn… I’m a huge Harley fan as you might know, so I’m nervous and excited all at the same time about approaching this! On the plus side though, the cover is absolutely stunning!

mad love

My partner bought me two graphic novels – The Umbrella Academy Vol 1: Apocalypse Suite and The Umbrella Vol 2: Dallas by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá. I really enjoyed the Netflix adaptation of these superhero/supervillain tales of strange children. This shows how they’ve blossomed into adults, and I’ve been after these for a very long time! Needless to say, I’m thrilled I have them, and I hope I love them as much as I loved the show!

And finally my future mother-in-law bought me the paperback edition of Circe by Madeline Miller. I’m unsure if this is YA or adult at the moment, but I have heard many good things about it. This follows Circe, born into a world of gods and nymphs. Constantly scorned and rejected by her kin, Circe turns to mortals for companionship, and a path that no one expected of her – witchcraft… This follows the myth of Circe, which I was already aware of, but I’m very intrigued to see how it is handled. You all know I love Greek mythology around here, so I’m excited! The edition I was bought also has an exclusive interview with the author, so that will be interesting to read too.

circe

So that’s it for my March haul! Have you read any of these? If so, I’d love to know what your thoughts are! What have you hauled lately? Let me know!

– ReadWriteZoe.

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