Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! Today, I’m here to talk about the books I’ve hauled this month. I’ve been in and out of the library so much, that I haven’t had the time to do a separate library haul, so we’re back to a big ol’ list! So without further ado, let’s begin, and fair warning, there may be spoilers.
The first books I received this month were for my anniversary, and from my boyfriend. Those books were William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily a New Hope, The Empire Striketh Back and The Jedi Doth Return by Ian Doescher. These are Shakespearean parodies of the films, Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. I’ve been looking at these for a long while, so I was very happy to receive these!
The first book I bought was a preorder and that was Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff, which is the third and final book in The Nevernight Chronicles adult fantasy series. The Nevernight Chronicles follow Mia Corvere, as she becomes an assassin to take vengeance on those who have wronged her family. In this instalment, Mia has assassinated her enemies and has been reunited with a family member she thought was lost to her forever. Things aren’t always what they seem though, as the Red Church is fast on her heels, desperate to stop her from unleashing more bloodshed… I’m really excited for this, but I’m so scared for what will happen to these characters! This is a Waterstones signed hardback edition, with black sprayed edges and I love it so much – I feel very lucky to have this. At the time of purchase, this was £14.24.
The second preorder I got was Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake, which is the fourth and final book in the Three Dark Crowns series. The series follows three sisters, Mirabella, Arsinoe and Katherine, as they are pitted against each other by rivalling territories to gain control of the kingdom. The only catch? The sisters must kill each other. In this instalment, allegiances will shift, bonds will break, secrets will be uncovered, magic will whirl, and the fate of the island lies in the hands of the sisters… Once again, this is a book I’m excited for, but nervous for the fates of my favourites. At the time of purchase, this was £7.74.
The first library loan I got this month was The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin, which is the first book in The Broken Earth adult fantasy series. This follows survivors as the Earth ends and is constantly being attacked. The power the Earth holds is now a weapon and there will be death and destruction… Reagan from PeruseProject on YouTube loves this series, and I’m really intrigued by this!
The second library loan I got this month was Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, which is the second book in the Six of Crows series, and the fifth in the Grishaverse. Following on from the events of Six of Crows, Kaz’s team has pulled off one hell of a heist, but instead of splitting the cash, they’re fighting for their lives. Low on resources, allies and hope, Kaz and his team will find their loyalties tested, which may shape their very world… I loved Six of Crows so I hope I enjoy this just as much!
The next library book I picked up was Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King, which is an adult horror. The citizens of Tarker Mills, Maine, are being stalked by a vicious monster. Every month a new body surfaces – a victim to the terrifying werewolf plaguing them… This is a relatively short book, and I imagine I’m going to fly through this!
The next library book I picked up was The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, which is an adult Greek mythology retelling. This follows Briseis, who has been taken as a bed slave by the hero, Achilles. Set in the Trojan War, this once queen is about to tell her side of the story… I was intrigued by this, and the references to the #MeToo movement, and I think I’m going to enjoy this.
The next library book I picked up was The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang, which is an adult fantasy and is the second book in The Poppy War series. Following on from the events of the previous book, Rin is on the run. Haunted by her actions, addicted to opium, with a god controlling her, Rin is determined to get revenge on the Empress. Joining forces with the Dragon Warlord, she throws herself in a deadly war… I absolutely loved the first book when I read it in April and I was so excited to get the sequel – and then I found out it was only available in hardback until next year. I think I was very lucky to find this in the library, especially so short after it’s August release!
The first eBook I bought this month was The Escape Room by Megan Goldin, which is an adult thriller. This follows Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam who are Wall Street Financiers. When they are forced to participate in a corporate team building exercise that requires them to escape a locked elevator, dark secrets are soon laid bare. This isn’t a game – this is a fight for their lives… I love playing escape rooms and I’ve done a few over the past year, so I’m intrigued to see what happens and to see if I can uncover the secrets. At the time of purchase, this was 99p.
The second and final eBook I picked up this month was Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, which is a series I seem to be talking about a lot! I read this book earlier this month after borrowing it from the library – I fell in love with it, and really needed my own copy! At the time of purchase, this was 99p – a stellar bargain!
So that’s it for this month’s haul. Have you read any of these? What have you hauled lately?