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Haul | Book Buddy Picks My Books Vol. 2

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Hello everyone, today I am here with another ______ Picks My Books post. This month I am excited to say that another good friend of mine Jenna picked two books for me. She is absolutely wonderful, you all need to check her out ASAP. Now Jenna and I have been reading books together for the last few months. I think at this point it has been 5 or 6. With us discussing so many books together in detail I was very confident to pick her next to pick books to add to my TBR. Before getting further into this post I am going to link to all the previous posts in this series incase you have missed any of them.

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Revisiting| _____ Picks My Books

Haul | Book Buddy Picks My Books

Haul | Bookseller Picks My Books

Haul | Boyfriend Picks My Books

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So once I gave Jenna all the information she quickly got to work trying to figure out what books to have me buy and read. Well, I also had to wait for her letter to get to my house. Jenna did something so fun, she sent me a letter in the mail to tell me what books she picked for me. Now, if you don’t know me that well you may not know I LOVE getting letters in post cards and I am an avid user of postcrossing where you send postcards to people around the world and then others send you post cards from all corners of the planet. Anyway, I LOVED this idea, I just did not love the waiting. I was way too excited.

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Eventually, I got the letter with my TBR and a lecture to finished the Bill Hodges trilogy by Stephen King. I will point out that I have now finished it!

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The Books

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Huge

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Description: Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways. -goodreads.com

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

Description: As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer. -goodreads.com

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I am very excited to get to these books in the next month or so. I have been seeing The Seven Husband of Evenly Hugo all over the place so I am very glad she picked this one and I have never heard of All the Ugly and Wonderful things, but the description is so interesting. So, all I have to say is, good job Jenna!

Have you read either of these books? What do you think of them?

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Book Haul | Bookcon 2018

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So, this year I went to bookcon, it was the first time I returned to the convention since 2015. I just wanted to share some of the books I picked up. I only shared the books I picked up, not the chapter samplers, mainly because they are still in my suitcase. I am still so worn out from all the walking around the city so my goal is to get unpacked by the end of the week. That’s reasonable right?

Anyway, I did slow the video down a little just because some frames go very quickly and I edited the video in a new way. So, please feel free to watch it on 2x speed and let me know how I did the first time editing like that. Also, any tips would be helpful!

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The Books

Son of Hitler by Anthony Del Col

The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

Your Soul is a River by Nikita Gill

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Perdy Volume 1 by Kickliy

Guardian Angels and Other Monsters by Daniel H. Wilson

The Prophet Calls by Melanie Sumrow

Fresh Ink: An Anthology

The Last Hours by Minette Walters

Fadeaway by Maura Ellen Stokes

Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan

When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

The Flourishing of Floralie Laurel by Fiadhnait Moser

The Colors of the Rain by R.L. Toalson

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

& some childrens books.

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Book Haul |May 2018

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So this month is most likely going to be the last big haul for some time. If you don’t follow me else where or missed a previous post where I mentioned that I am currently participating in the Read 5 to Buy 1 challenge. I decided following my birthday it was time to slow down my buying of books and focus on reading what I already have.

While I limited my own buying of books this month, I did have a birthday so I ended up getting a ton of books from my friends and families. Without more of a delay here is a short video of the books I received and bought this month.

Also, I know these videos have been shaky so I have ordered a little phone stand to fix this, it has been bothering me and thanks to Charlotte, I have an idea of starting to do something new that it can be used for as well.

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The Books

Replica by Lauren Oliver

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

After the Fireworks: Three Novellas by Aldous Huxley

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Night Shift by Stephen King

The Stand by Stephen King

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

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Haul | Book Buddy Picks My Books

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Hello everyone, today I wanted to share with you another ______ Picks My Books post. I have really been loving this series and I am excited to see that you all are enjoying it as well. This month I am not turning to a stranger to pick my books, but someone I could easily call a friend. This month I had Amy from Tomes with Tea pick books for me to haul.

Now I want to give you some background. Amy and I have talked pretty much constantly for a year. Over this year we have chatted, taken part in four buddy reads at this point, and recommended many books to one another. Over this time we have come to realize that our reading tastes are VERY similar. I don’t think there has been a book we both have not had the same opinion on. Amy, if I am wrong please tell me, but I cannot remember a single one. So I thought for April having her pick would be a lot of fun. Divider

Once I got this idea in my head I messaged Amy and I was so pleased with her response.

Amy took an interesting approach and decided she was going to give me one fiction and one non-fiction read. I thought that was a great plan I told her that she had free reign and there was no limit on length, topic, etc. She quickly got to work and found me two books to haul. I was a bit upset that I had to do this over the internet with us living on two different continents, I must rather have got on a bookshop trip with her. But, regardless I am grateful that that internet exists which allows us to talk frequently and I get to have her pick out these books for me.

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The first book that Amy chose for me was In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott. When I searched for a place to purchase this book I read the description and it looks so interesting. I know I am going to be getting to this non-fiction novel very shortly.

Description: Rebecca Stott was born a fourth-generation Brethren she grew up in England, in the Brighton branch of the Exclusive Brethren cult in the early 1960s. Her family dated back to the group’s origins in the first half of the nineteenth century, and her father was a high-ranking minister. However, as an intelligent, inquiring child, Stott was always asking dangerous questions and so, it turns out, was her father, who was also full of doubt. When a sex scandal tore the Exclusive Brethren apart in 1970, her father pulled the family out of the cult. But its impact on their lives shaped everything before and all that was to come.

The Iron Room (named for the windowless meeting houses made of corrugated iron where the Brethren would worship) is Stott’s attempt to understand and even forgive her father: a brilliant, charismatic, difficult, and at times cruel man who nonetheless inspired his daughter with his love of literature, film, and art and with his passion for life. -goodreads.com

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Description: Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was.

That tornado was the first of many strange events that seem to follow Weylyn from town to town, although he doesn’t like to take credit. As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places. From freak storms to trees that appear to grow over night, Weylyn’s unique abilities are a curiosity at best and at worst, a danger to himself and the woman he loves. But Mary doesn’t care. Since Weylyn saved her from an angry wolf on her eleventh birthday, she’s known that a relationship with him isn’t without its risks, but as anyone who’s met Weylyn will tell you, once he wanders into your life, you’ll wish he’d never leave. -goodreads.com

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Overall I am super happy with the books that Amy picked out for me. Both of them seem to have a ton of promise and I cannot wait to read them. One is a non-fiction that discusses cults and explores relationships while the other is a fiction that speaks of powers, adventure, and a few good stories.

Have you read either of these books? What do you think of them?

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Book Haul |April 2018

BookHaul12:17This month I have to admit, I bought a ton of books. I am not sure why, but for some reason I caught the book buying bug and I could not resist. Some of these books were picked up a thrift shops while others were bought at chain bookstores, online retailers, and independent bookstores. I will say the thing we all say when we haul books, I am excited to read all of these books. I cannot wait to read them, it is true. While it might take me some times to get to all of them, I do no regret adding them to my collection. I threw together my instagram stories to create a video, but if you just want a list of the books I picked up, that is at the bottom of the post. So please feel free to explore both or one. It is totally up to you. Without anymore delay, here are the books I picked up in April!

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The Books

The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

The Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye

Circe by Madeline Miller

World Without End by Ken Follett

All the Ever Afters by Danielle Teller

The Pisces by Melissa Broder

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott

Four Past Midnight by Stephen King

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

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Haul | March 2018

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Hello everyone! This months book haul is a lot smaller than it has been over the past few months so I decided to just post a picture of them instead of making a 30 second video. I hope you don’t mind. I have to admit I am a bit proud of myself for only picking up four books, it is very unlike me. I tend to go a little over board with discount books, but this month I kept myself in line. Anyway, here are the books I bought for myself in March!

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The Books

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein

Fingerprints of Previous Owners by Rebecca Entel

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Haul | Bookseller Picks My Books

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So last month I posted Haul | Boyfriend Picks My Books which was a ton of fun. I thought it would be fun to continue having other people pick out my books. This month I decided to go to my local independent bookstore and see if I could ask someone to pick out a few books for me to add to my TBR. Without further ado, here is what happened!

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So I ended up going on a nice Saturday morning before I had to do anything. I stopped a little coffee shop and got a nice iced mocha, a recent favorite of mine. I walked the few blocks to my local bookstore.

Now with my previous _____ Picks My Books it was my boyfriend. I was comfortable enough to give him rules. I was about to walk up to a stranger and ask them to help me, I couldn’t give them rules. To me doing this sounded rude so I decided to ask them if they could recommend two of their favorite books.

Now, I will admit I am very shy person. I tend to get other people to ask questions for me when it is appropriate or put in a takeout order for me. So me going up to a stranger and asking them to do this was a big deal. I ended up taking a large sip of my drink and opening the door, causing the bell dinging away. I was greeted right away and ended up loosing my nerve.

I ended up looking up and down the shelves for about 15 min. before the nicest woman in the world came up and asked me if she could help me. I ended up finally asking, “Actually, would you be able to recommend two books that you really liked?” Without any delay she smiled and said she had just the thing. She went to the back of the store and pulled out two books. I bought them without hesitation, as she checked me out she gushed about both of them and gave me mini reviews.
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The Books 

She ended up giving me Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon and The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Everything, Everything I have heard so much about in the past. I have heard both good and bad things, so I am curious what I will end up thinking. The Second pick I never heard of and I kind of like that. What I think is best about this “series” is that it is getting me a bit out of my comfort zone. When I read the description when I got home I was intrigued and I will admit I put a hold on the audiobook at my local library since it is so long.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

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The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett  

The Pillars of the EarthEverything readers expect from Follett is here: intrigue, fast-paced action, and passionate romance. But what makes The Pillars of the Earth extraordinary is the time the twelfth century; the place feudal England; and the subject the building of a glorious cathedral. Follett has re-created the crude, flamboyant England of the Middle Ages in every detail. The vast forests, the walled towns, the castles, and the monasteries become a familiar landscape. Against this richly imagined and intricately interwoven backdrop, filled with the ravages of war and the rhythms of daily life, the master storyteller draws the reader irresistibly into the intertwined lives of his characters into their dreams, their labors, and their loves: Tom, the master builder; Aliena, the ravishingly beautiful noblewoman; Philip, the prior of Kingsbridge; Jack, the artist in stone; and Ellen, the woman of the forest who casts a terrifying curse. From humble stonemason to imperious monarch, each character is brought vividly to life.

The building of the cathedral, with the almost eerie artistry of the unschooled stonemasons, is the center of the drama. Around the site of the construction, Follett weaves a story of betrayal, revenge, and love, which begins with the public hanging of an innocent man and ends with the humiliation of a king.

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Haul | February 2018

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This month I have to say I found a ton of awesome books. All of them I am very excited about and I cannot wait to read them. Some of these books are from my Haul | Boyfriend Picks My Books and others were recommended to me by friends or strangers who I ran into at the bookstore. If you have read any of these please let me know what you thought of them. Also, are any of these on your TBR as well?

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The Books

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a blogger. But after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today’s globalized world.

The Fandom by Anna Day

They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands …

A fast-paced, genre-flipping YA fantasy adventure from a brand new author, writing in homage to the best YA fiction.

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . . .

Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire

Hiddensee recreates the backstory of the Nutcracker, reimaging how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how it magically guided an ailing little girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a snowy Christmas Eve. It also brings to life the mysterious godfather Drosselmeier—the ominous, canny, one-eyed toymaker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky’s ballet—who presents the once and future Nutcracker to Klara, his goddaughter.

But Hiddensee is not just a retelling of a classic story. Maguire discovers in the flowering of German Romanticism a migrating strain of a Hellenic mystery-cult, and ponders a profound question: how a person who is abused by life, short-changed and challenged, can access secrets that benefit the disadvantaged and powerless. Ultimately, Hiddensee, offers a message of hope. If the compromised Godfather Drosselmeier can bring an enchanted Nutcracker to a young girl in distress, perhaps everyone, however lonely or marginalized on the eve of a winter holiday, has something precious to share.

Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata (Illustrator), Pookie Rolf (Translator)

Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami, a death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal… or his life?

Light tests the boundaries of the Death Note’s powers as L and the police begin to close in. Luckily, Light’s father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father’s files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn’t know?

By Gaslight by Steven Price

London, 1885. In a city of fog and darkness, the notorious thief Edward Shade exists only as a ghost, a fabled con, a thief of other men’s futures — a man of smoke. William Pinkerton is already famous, the son of a brutal detective, when he descends into the underworld of Victorian London in pursuit of a new lead. His father died without ever tracing Shade; William, still reeling from his loss, is determined to drag the thief out of the shadows. Adam Foole is a gentleman without a past, haunted by a love affair ten years gone. When he receives a letter from his lost beloved, he returns to London in search of her; what he learns of her fate, and its connection to the man known as Shade, will force him to confront a grief he thought long-buried. What follows is a fog-enshrouded hunt through sewers, opium dens, drawing rooms, and seance halls. Above all, it is the story of the most unlikely of bonds: between William Pinkerton, the greatest detective of his age, and Adam Foole, the one man who may hold the key to finding Edward Shade.

The Pillars of Earth by Ken Follett

Everything readers expect from Follett is here: intrigue, fast-paced action, and passionate romance. But what makes The Pillars of the Earth extraordinary is the time the twelfth century; the place feudal England; and the subject the building of a glorious cathedral. Follett has re-created the crude, flamboyant England of the Middle Ages in every detail. The vast forests, the walled towns, the castles, and the monasteries become a familiar landscape. Against this richly imagined and intricately interwoven backdrop, filled with the ravages of war and the rhythms of daily life, the master storyteller draws the reader irresistibly into the intertwined lives of his characters into their dreams, their labors, and their loves: Tom, the master builder; Aliena, the ravishingly beautiful noblewoman; Philip, the prior of Kingsbridge; Jack, the artist in stone; and Ellen, the woman of the forest who casts a terrifying curse. From humble stonemason to imperious monarch, each character is brought vividly to life.

The building of the cathedral, with the almost eerie artistry of the unschooled stonemasons, is the center of the drama. Around the site of the construction, Follett weaves a story of betrayal, revenge, and love, which begins with the public hanging of an innocent man and ends with the humiliation of a king.

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Haul | Boyfriend Picks My Books

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I don’t know about you, but lately I have seen a lot of youtubers having their husbands or their significant others in videos and I am loving it. I love seeing the support and love they share. It just makes me happy. They are always adorable, funny, and they always pick books for their significant other that they normally would not read or put off reading. This got me thinking.

I am a very avid reader, my boyfriend on the other hand is not. While he often takes me to the bookstore and spends time with me there, he never gets a book for himself. If he has I honestly don’t remember. Anyway, since seeing all those videos and such I became curious… what would my boyfriend pick out for me?

I was thinking about following suit and having him pick books from my owned tbr, but I started to think. I did not want to limit his choices because I wanted to see what he would pick when given an entire store. Also, if I had him pick from my owned tbr I wouldn’t be able to add to it. Lets be honest, I just wanted more books. lol. DividerSo about a month ago my boyfriend and I went to the bookstore and I gave him these guidelines.

  1. You can pick 2-3 books
  2. I have one veto

Then off he went walking through the store. I was very excited to see what he would pick, but at the same time I was anxious. Like I said previously my boyfriend is not much of a reader, but very supportive of my reading. When he is reading he is usually reading manga. When he has read in the past he enjoyed both The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons by Dan Brown and Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z by Max Brooks.

With this in mind, he could either give me a book he loved or in the genre, try to find a book he think I might like, or both. It could go in any direction.

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The First Pick

By Gaslight by Steven Price

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London, 1885. In a city of fog and darkness, the notorious thief Edward Shade exists only as a ghost, a fabled con, a thief of other men’s futures — a man of smoke. William Pinkerton is already famous, the son of a brutal detective, when he descends into the underworld of Victorian London in pursuit of a new lead. His father died without ever tracing Shade; William, still reeling from his loss, is determined to drag the thief out of the shadows. Adam Foole is a gentleman without a past, haunted by a love affair ten years gone. When he receives a letter from his lost beloved, he returns to London in search of her; what he learns of her fate, and its connection to the man known as Shade, will force him to confront a grief he thought long-buried. What follows is a fog-enshrouded hunt through sewers, opium dens, drawing rooms, and seance halls. Above all, it is the story of the most unlikely of bonds: between William Pinkerton, the greatest detective of his age, and Adam Foole, the one man who may hold the key to finding Edward Shade.

Epic in scope, brilliantly conceived, and stunningly written, Steven Price’s By Gaslight is a riveting, atmospheric portrait of two men on the brink. Moving from the diamond mines of South Africa to the battlefields of the Civil War, the novel is a journey into a cityscape of grief, trust, and its breaking, where what we share can bind us even against our darker selves.

Second Pick

Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba

Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 1

Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects–and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal…or his life?

Third Pick

Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire

Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker

Gregory Maguire returns with an inventive novel inspired by a timeless holiday legend, intertwining the story of the famous Nutcracker with the life of the mysterious toy maker named Drosselmeier who carves him.

Hiddensee: An island of white sandy beaches, salt marshes, steep cliffs, and pine forests north of Berlin in the Baltic Sea, an island that is an enchanting bohemian retreat and home to a large artists’ colony—a wellspring of inspiration for the Romantic imagination . . .

Having brought his legions of devoted readers to Oz in Wickedand to Wonderland in After Alice, Maguire now takes us to the realms of the Brothers Grimm and E. T. A. Hoffmann—the enchanted Black Forest of Bavaria and the salons of Munich. Hiddensee imagines the backstory of the Nutcracker, revealing how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how he guided an ailing girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a Christmas Eve. At the heart of Hoffmann’s mysterious tale hovers Godfather Drosselmeier—the ominous, canny, one-eyed toy maker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky’s fairy tale ballet—who presents the once and future Nutcracker to Klara, his goddaughter.

But Hiddensee is not just a retelling of a classic story. Maguire discovers in the flowering of German Romanticism ties to Hellenic mystery-cults—a fascination with death and the afterlife—and ponders a profound question: How can a person who is abused by life, shortchanged and challenged, nevertheless access secrets that benefit the disadvantaged and powerless? Ultimately, Hiddensee offers a message of hope. If the compromised Godfather Drosselmeier can bring an enchanted Nutcracker to a young girl in distress on a dark winter evening, perhaps everyone, however lonely or marginalized, has something precious to share.

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I am so happy with the books that my boyfriend picked. I have read Vol. 1 and I am loving not only the story line, but the artwork as well. The story is something that really makes you think about what is right and what is wrong, but is also makes you think; “What would I do if this happened to me?” By Gaslight gives off Sherlock Holmes vibes, which is great because I love that detective, both the current BBC version and the classic novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire was a book I kept picking up and putting down, so I was extremely happy when he picked it up. I have to say he did a great job, I couldn’t be happier. He is even saying that he has ideas for next time too. So maybe there will be a part two, who knows?Divider

What do you think of his choices?

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Hauls

Book Haul | January 2018

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This month was a very book busy month. I had so many gift cards from the holidays and there were a ton of sales that I could not resist. So here we are, another book haul. I have to say this is one of the most exciting book hauls I have had in a while. I am not sure if it is the type of books or because I have had my eye on a few of these for some time and have been holding out. Either way I am so happy and excited to add these books to my TBR pile. Thankfully, this month I remembered to film this horizontally. =p


– The Books –

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

The Muse by Jessie Burton

Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King

Gerald’s Game by Stephen King

Christine by Stephen King

Live Lagom: Balanced Living, the Swedish Way by Anna Brones – From Publisher

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood – From Publisher

Don’t Forget Me by Victoria Stevens – From Publisher

Idle Days by Thomas Desaulniers-Brousseau (Author),‎ Simon Leclerc (Illustrator) – From Publisher

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones – From Publisher


Have you read any of these or are they on your tbr? I am curious to know what you think about these books.

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