September ‘20 Haul

Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! September has been a strange month – it feels weird not being in some form of education! I’ve also been out of work for a few months, as I’ve been suffering with my mental health. I have been actively seeking new employment though, so at least I’m being proactive, and trying to be positive. Enough of this personal stuff, let’s get into the books I’ve been gifted, or have borrowed and bought. So without further ado, let’s begin, and fair warning, there may be spoilers.

The first book I bought was a preorder, and that was the hardback edition of Shagged, Married, Annoyed by Chris and Rosie Ramsey, which is non-fiction. Adapted from their podcast of the same time, Chris and Rosie give advice and share stories. This looks to be hilarious – I love the podcast, so you should check that out too! I had some issues with my preorder, but my best friend was able to sort it all out – I’m hugely grateful. At the time of purchase, this was £10.19.

The next book I bought was I Always Find You by John Ajvide Lindqvist, which is an adult horror. This is the second book in the Platserna series, and this installment follows a young man who moves into a dilapidated apartment building in Stockholm. Hoping to make his fortune as a magician, the young man realises that there is something strange about the building, and the basement. You can be transported to ecstasy, for the price of a little blood… I was really surprised to see this in The Works, and so I couldn’t help but snap it up! At the time of purchase, this was £2.

I was gifted a book from my boyfriend for our anniversary, and that was Fleabag: The Special Edition by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, which is a drama script of the original stage show. I love the show, and I’ve spoken about it a few times on this blog! I can’t wait to read it – there’s so much information about the process as well as the script.

From my mum, I borrowed Hard Girls by Martina Cole, which is an adult thriller. This is the third book in the D. I. Kate Burrows series, and in this installment, Kate has hung up her detective badge. It isn’t long before she is plucked from retirement to help with a case of murdered working girls – a case that is eerily similar to the Grantley Ripper… I’ve been excited to pick up the next book in this series, and I’m sure I’m going to love it!

From my brother, I borrowed the first three books in the Millennium series by Stieg Larsson – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. These are adult thrillers, who follow asocial computer hacker, Lisbeth, and investigative journalist and publisher, Mikael, as they become entwined in each other’s lives and various cases… This is a series I’m unsure if I’m going to enjoy as I have the first two on Kindle, so I thought it was best to borrow them in a format that I might get on better with! If that makes sense…

The first library book I borrowed this month was Red Rising by Pierce Brown, which is is an adult, science-fiction. This is the first book in the Red Rising Saga, which focus on the colonisation of Mars and the unfair treatment of the lower classes. Darrow is a Red – low born, working class, and a miner on Mars. The planet needs work to become hospitable, but when Darrow learns the truth, it sets him on a path of justice and revenge… Although I have already read this, I decided to try it in a paperback format, just to see if I could get on better with it, and if I do enjoy it more, maybe continue the series…

The next library book I borrowed was the hardback edition of The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty, which is an adult fantasy. This is the first book in The Daevabad Trilogy, which is based around Middle Eastern culture and mythology. Nahri has a rare gift for talent healing and languages. An outsider in her own country, she becomes a con artist to survive, but it isn’t long before trouble finds her. Trouble comes in the form of Dara, a djinn of legend… This is a series that’s become incredibly popular, and I had already read this first book on Kindle. Yet again, this is a book where I’m unsure if I’m going to continue the series, so I thought I’d try it in a different format…

The first eBook I bought this month was a preorder and that was Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody, which is a YA fantasy. This is the third and final book in The Shadow Games series, which follows Enne Salta, as she enters the notorious City of Sin, looking for her mother, and getting more than she had expected instead… I’m going into this book quite blind, but I just know I’m going to love it! I’m planning on rereading the first book, and then continuing the series. At the time of purchase, this was £3.99.

The next eBook I bought was The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, which is an adult novel. This follows the Vignes sisters, who are twins, however, running away at sixteen can change their lives. One sister is stuck in their same small town, with her black daughter. The other sister is passing for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. The fates of the twins are entwined though, especially when their daughter’s stories begin to entwine… I’m really curious about this, and it has become insanely popular due to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. I’m sure I’m going to enjoy it! At the time of purchase, this was 99p.

I then picked up The Fear by C. L. Taylor, which is an adult thriller. This follows Lou, who ran away as a teenager to France – with her teacher, Mike. Mike isn’t what he seemed and left her in pieces. Lou is now 32, and discovers Mike is involved with another teenager. Determined to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself, Lou returns to confront him, without falling prey once again… This sounds interesting, and is definitely appropriate for the #MeToo movement. At the time of purchase this was 99p.

The next final book I picked up was an eBook, and that was Crave by Tracy Wolff, which is a YA fantasy. This is the first book in the Crave series, which follows Grace, who’s life is changed when her parents die in a car crash. Under the care of her Uncle, she attends prestigious Katmere Academy, where she’s about to uncover a world of vampires – and more… I just love the cover, and it gives me all those old school Twilight vibes – yes, I was once a Twihard! I think I’m going to enjoy this a lot. At the time of purchase, this was 99p.

So that completes my September ’20 haul – it’s been a real mixed bag! What books have you hauled this month? I’d love to know!

– ReadWriteZoe.

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