Book Haul – May 2020

It’s that time again. Time for a book haul.

I don’t do these very often because I don’t buy books very often, but I’ve finally accumulated enough that I can do one. Just for fun, I’m also throwing in a couple of exciting ebook purchases—because why not, you know? Anyway, I’ve got eight books to talk to you about today, including two ebooks, so let’s get started!

1: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

This is a middle grade fantasy book, the first in a series. Right now, there are three books currently out, but I believe there are going to be a total of six books.

The story follows a young girl named Morrigan Crow, who is cursed. She is hated by the people in her town, blamed for everything that goes wrong. And to make things worse, she is fated to die on her next birthday. Then she meets a man named Jupiter North, who sweeps her away to a magical place called Nevermoor. There, she has to compete in trials that will allow her to stay in Nevermoor.

I got this book not too long ago, and I’ve actually already read it, so right now I’m doing pretty good with reading the books I own (at least new books I own).

2: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince is the first book in Holly Black’s Folk of the Air trilogy. And it’s another book in this haul that I’ve actually already read. This series follows a human girl named Jude who has grown up in the faerie world, raised as the daughter of a high-ranking faerie general. All Jude wants is to be accepted by the faeries and become a member of their court, a goal that she has been working toward since she first came to live in their world.

I loved this book. A lot. I tend to be wary of super-hyped books, but for me, this one really did live up to my expectations. I can’t wait until I can get my hands on the other two books in the trilogy.

3: The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

This is one of the books I got from my Book of the Month subscription box (actually, all of the rest of these are, too, except for the ebooks obviously). I don’t really know that much about it, but it’s a historical fiction novel that follows traveling librarians. That’s really all I want to know about it.

4: The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

I’m currently reading this book. It’s a historical fiction/historical fantasy novel that follows Nannerl Mozart, who was the famous Austrian composer’s older sister. She was also a musical prodigy, though because of her gender, she was overshadowed by her brother. In this book, in order to attempt to find her own place, she escapes to a different world called the Kingdom of Back.

5: Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Well Met is an adult romance set at a Renaissance Faire. Emily has just moved to a new town to help her sister recover after an accident, but she ends up volunteering at the local Renaissance Faire with her niece. There, she meets Simon, whose family founded the faire. Presumably, a romance starts to brew between the two of them.

This isn’t normally the kind of thing I would read, but then, I haven’t given much of a shot to adult romance before, so I might as well start somewhere, right?

6: The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

The Splendid and the Vile is definitely a bit of an unorthodox pick for me. It’s a historical nonfiction book about World War II, following Churchill and a bunch of other people. From what I understand, though, this author is very good at writing nonfiction that reads more like fiction. I figured that kind of writing was probably a good place to start for me.

Ebooks

7: Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

You may remember that I read the other books in Susan Dennard’s the Witchlands series last year, thanks to her Choose Your Own Adventure Twitter thread getting me hooked on her writing. However, I haven’t yet read the most recent installment in the series, and when I saw that the ebook version was on sale for a really great price a few weeks ago, I decided to snag it.

8: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Priory is a book that really took the bookish world by storm when it came out. Every time I see it at the store, I want it, but it’s been hard for me to justify spending almost $30 on a book by an author I’ve never read from before. I usually prefer to try out new authors by either reading their books through the library or getting them at a discount at somewhere like Half Price Books or Book Outlet.

A couple of weeks ago, when the ebook went on sale for a ridiculously low price, I decided to jump on it. I have no idea when I’m going to actually read the book, but I own the ebook version of it now.

Those are all the books I had to haul for you today! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Let me know down in the comments!

I’ll see you next time!

-Ariel

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