Hauls

Book of the Month | February 2019

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Well, the start of the month is one of my favorite times. If you have Amazon Prime you get to pick a free book through First Reads and I can pick my Book of the Month. I have been a member of book of the month well over a year at this point and I have found some unexpected favorites.

The main thing I love about this subscription is, I get to pick from 5 books or I can skip if nothing sounds interesting. I love having the books curated for me, but also having the power to choose where my money goes. Anyway, I am getting off topic. I wanted to share the book I picked this month.

Also, I am very aware that my previous post Decluttering | Switching to Ebooks, I said I would not be buying physical books. But, I am making Book of the Month the exceptions.

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-My Choice-

Early Riser byJasper FForde

-Description-

Every Winter, the human population hibernates.

During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness, devoid of human activity.

Well, not quite.

Your name is Charlie Worthing and it’s your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses.

You are investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which you dismiss as nonsense; nothing more than a quirky artefact borne of the sleeping mind.

When the dreams start to kill people, it’s unsettling.

When you get the dreams too, it’s weird.

When they start to come true, you begin to doubt your sanity.

But teasing truth from the Winter is never easy: You have to avoid the Villains and their penchant for murder, kidnapping, and stamp collecting, ensure you aren’t eaten by Nightwalkers, whose thirst for human flesh can only be satisfied by comfort food, and sidestep the increasingly less-than-mythical WinterVolk.

But so long as you remember to wrap up warmly, you’ll be fine.

Also, I love that they add a unique touch to all their books. There is not way I will ever forget when I picked up this book.” (Source: goodreads)

-Why I picked this book-

The main reason I picked this book is because I have never read anything like this. It kinda felt like that recent movie with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence when they wake up in the middle of space. How eerie and creepy would it be to be awake while the world slept? How would you protect, care for, and function? I also wanted to read science-fiction because it has been a while and I found this to be one that really peaked my interest. Personally, I have a hard time finding science fiction that really excites me. Any recommendations, please share! I just feel like I have not found the right type because I love watching tv shows and movies in the genre.

-Bonus-

I really do love that BOTM puts the month and year the book was from on the books. That way I know how long it has sat on my shelve instead of just thinking it was a month or so ago. For me this is the ultimate memory keeper, but also kick in the butt to read it.

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What did you think of my pick? What is your favorite Science Fiction read?

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Hauls

Book Haul | October 2017

Book Haul

This month I wanted to try something new, so I made a book haul video instead of just taking pictures and putting them into a post. Let me know what you think!

 


 

Books Hauled:

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

The Illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay

The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two by James D. Jenkins and Ryan Cagle

Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell

What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong


 

Which book should I read first?

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Book of the Month | September 2017

Book Haul

Today I am here to share my Book of the Month box from September. Now, this month I received my book a little late. This was not because it was lost in the mail or anything, but I will share why a little more into the post.

So when I opened the box I right away see one of the books inside and my BOTM bookmark. This month I picked Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. First off the cover is absolutely beautiful and on top of that the blurb is intriguing.

Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie’s children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise.

Sing, Unburied, Sing grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family. Rich with Ward’s distinctive, musical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a majestic new work and an essential contribution to American literature.

Now onto the reason why my BOTM was a bit late for me. Well, I stopped getting BOTM a few months ago, not because I disliked the box, but because I had to many books. Well, you know how companies try to buy you back? Well, BOTM tried and succeeded. They through in Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King for $0.00 if I rejoined. If you have been around my blog you will know I LOVE Stephen King. I was planning on buying this book that retails for $32.50. So uh, yeah… they won me over. Since I also picked this book they could not ship it until it was officially out. I was more than happy to wait for that kind of discount.

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain? Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is wildly provocative and gloriously absorbing.

So I ended up paying $14.99 for both books. Which would retail for a total of $58.50. For me rejoining was a great choice for my reading pleasure and my wallet. Sometimes those annoying “We Miss You” emails are actually amazing gifts.  Plus I find it amazing that with BOTM you can pick from 4 different books OR you can skip a month if nothing is interesting.


Which book should I read first? What book box do you subscribe to?

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