Hauls

Book Haul | April & May 2019

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Hello everyone, it has been some time since I posted a bookhaul. I didn’t realize it has been two months until I ran out of room on my cart where I put the books I need to haul officially. Then, I realized I put some on my shelves without actually hauling them… oops. It turns out I acquired more books that I thought I did between treating myself and my birthday this month. The good news is I already read some of the books I hauled and some are replacement copies. So my overall TBR isn’t being completely bogged down.

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-The Books-

Literary Witches by Taisia Kitaiskaia, birthday gift and read.

You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman, unread.

If Walls Could Talk by Lucy Worsley, unread.

Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides, unread.

That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston, Thank-you Reg! Unread.

Blaze by Richard Bachman aka Stephen King, unread.

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien, replacement copy and gift

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien, replacement copy and gift.

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick, unread.

Peace and Turmoil by Elliot Brooks, unread.

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan, gift and unread.

The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer, unread.

Classic Penguin by various editors, read.

The Englishman Who Posted Himself and Other Curious Objects by John Tingey, read.

The Things I Would Tell You edited by Sabrina Mahfouz, read.

Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill, read.

Ask Baba Yaga by Taisia Kitaiskaia, birthday gift and read.

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Have you read any of these books? Which one should I read first?

What book have you acquired or borrowed this month?

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Writing and More

My Notebook | #Bujo & Stationary Haul

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Hello everyone, I am here today to share with you the most adorable sticker sheets and sticky memo sheets I came across this past weekend. If you did not know, I am an avid bullet journaler, I have been doing it for years, I also have an extreme love of post it notes!

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Anyway, I digress. I ended up picking up 4 sticker/memo sheets and tags and a really adorable travel ruler. I was walking around downtown and I noticed a new stationary shop I never noticed before and I went inside. I instantly knew I was in trouble because I wanted to buy everything, I ended up controlling myself and here is what I got!


I am not really a cat person, mainly because I am sooooo allergic, but I had to get these cute cat paw sticky notes. It looks like it is going to give me a high five. 😂 Next to that I picked up a girl with a plant with a speech bubble. I thought this was adorable and I thought it would be perfect to use for reminders for myself. It is really eye catching and I wont be able to miss that reminder. Under that I found these adorable hamster emoji face flags. I saw them and I had to have them. I thought they would be really fun to use in my reread of Lord of the Rings I am planning on doing this Summer. At the absolute bottom I picked up some simple flags to use to tag particular pages in my notebook or keep my place in a book I am currently studying. The last thing I picked up on the right is a really adorable and small ruler. I had broken my small ruler a few months ago and I have been adding a ton of crooked lines to my notebook and it was low key annoying. It has a tiny cactus and it was only $1.00, so I added it to the bunch.

I know this is not my “normal” kind of post, but I really thought these were adorable and I wanted to share. Also, thanks again for the support again for me switching to only posting 2 times a week while I take on the new project in my life.

Best of wishes to everyone!

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Do you use sticky notes? What do you use them for?

What is your favorite stationary item?

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Hauls

Book Haul | March 2019

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I will be the first to admit, I come into way to many books since my last haul, Book Haul | January & February 2019, which was two months combined. I am not sure what happened, but I think I am prone to stress buying. Anyway, this book haul with be a few books I picked up at the end of February and all of the books I have picked up up until this point in March. I did order another book for #OWLsReadathon2019 since I had none that met the requirements, so it wont be in the picture, but it will be mentioned.
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-The Books-

  • The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, I picked this up at my local independant bookstore because I was in the area. I try to help them out as much as I can.
  • Catapult by Emily Fridlund, this is the second book I picked up at the indie bookstore
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, this was a preorder I put in months and months ago. I think I preordered it as soon as you could honestly. I loved her Bone Season series and her writing style so I wanted to see how her adult fantasy was.
  • Where’d You go Bernadette by Maria Semple, I picked this up to help with my reading goals, you can find my most recent update here: Reading & Blog Goals | 2019 First Quarter Check In, this book covers Antartica if many lists on goodreads are to be trusted. lol.
  • The Butchering Art by Lindsay Fitzharris, this book about very early medicine and how they pretty much just butchered people in the earlier days has been on my radar for some time and with the BN sale earlier in the month I picked it up for 50% off.
  • Elevation by Stephen King – This was a very nice library find that I picked up for $1.00. I was very happy about this because this is a very tiny books, yes a tiny book by Stephen King, but I did not want to pay full price for it.
  • Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – This was my BOTM pick for March, you can find all my reasons for picking here: Book of the Month| March 2019.
  • Unliving Academy by Angelina Allsop, I was went this book by the authors team. I read the description and I think it is really intriguing.
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein, I have previously read this and owned this, but my old edition needed to be replaced before I can reread it.
  • The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, this book is a combination of my friend Amy, from Tomes With Tea  raving about it and it being on my radar for some time.
  • Skin Deep by Liz Nugent – Liz Nugent is one of auto buy authors, whom I just love. I will be buying a second copy of this when it comes out in the US so I can support her as much as I can.
  • The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls, this I was able to get for free from a coworker and I have seen it for quite some time and it seems really interesting.
  • Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill, so I was in need for a book meet a requirement for Care of Magical Creatures-Land animal on the cover in this year I reached out to Amy, from Tomes With Tea,
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama, I have been wanting to read this, but the price was a bit too high for me. I was able to find it on sale and I jumped on the deal.

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So in total I added 14 books to my collection this month. Oops! 

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Are any of these on your TBR?

What book have you acquired or borrowed this month?

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Book of the Month| March 2019

Unboxing

Hello everyone! I just wanted to stop in real quick from my busy life, honestly, I am not sure how this happened, but March has just been madness for me. I have had to complete projects, start projects, get reviews done at work. So my brain has been fried. I thought the best type of post to come back to doing would be an unboxing. I decided that I would share the book I picked for my March BOTM.

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Book of the Month is by far my favorite book box. I love the flexibility of it so much. I can skip a month if I want, I can use which book I want from choices, and there are always different generes. If you want to see the books I have previously picked, you can see them here; Book of the Month | February 2019Book of the Month | September 2017.

I just want to make it clear, I buy these with my own money and I am pretty sure BOTM has no idea who I am honestly. But, that being said I have been a member for over a year at this point and I have never had a problem with them. I hope to be a member for a long, long time.

Anyway, onto my book choice!

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-My Choice-

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice. –goodreads.com

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-Explaining my Decision-

So, I had no idea this book was coming out when I signed into my account. I even messaged a few of my friends; Amy, Jenna, and Reg to say, “How did I not know this was coming out?!”. Safe to say I am excited to read another book by Taylor Jenkins Reid. On the recommendation of Jenna I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I LOVED it. I enjoyed the writing style, the tone, and the story itself. I will be honest, I didn’t even look at the other books this month I just selected it right away.

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Have you read a book by Taylor Jenkins Reid? How did you feel about it? Are you a BOTM member, which book did you pick?

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Unboxing Boho Berry | March 2019

Unboxing

Hello everyone and welcome to another unboxing! This box has been one I have been looking forward to. I love opening it and seeing all the new things to try and use in my bullet journal. I don’t know about you, but I am always afraid to try new products and pay shipping for a pack of them. This box has really made it easy for me to try something new, but not having to invest in a particular thing. Last month was fun and light hearted with a theme of sending letters, I am excited to see what this month will bring!

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Here is the box that was delivered to my doorstep, always adorable and arrives in great condition.

This is what you see as soon as you open the box up. You always get a card that explains all of the items, but I never look at it because I like the surprise. If there is anything I am unsure of how to use, that is when I look at it.

My first look at all the goodies, I was so excited to see colored crystals or stones. Color choice was so up my alley. I really enjoy these theme much more than last months even though I have not seen everything yet.

Here are the first few sticker sheets I pulled out of the box. The one on the left is a bunch of stickers that you can use throughout your month. One are weekly trackers, others are headers, and quotes. I love adding these throughout. In the middle is a very nice sticker that is made of a different type of paper, it is very sturdy. The last sticker on the right is a mood tracker, which I had never tried before. So I am excited to see if it will work for me or not.

The last two sticker sheets are pretty straight forward. The left is a bunch of stickers that are just stones, which I love to add to the theme throughout the spreads. The one on the right is the monthly habit tracker. I really like how this month there is color already added to these.

This month we were given a few Faber-Castell Gelatoes that went along with the colors used in the stickers, which I appreciated. It will allow my to play with them in a way that will still keep everything related to one another instead of randomly having a spread that doesn’t really flow.

I also am in LOVE with the washi tape this month. I am adding it so nearly everything I can because it is just perfect. I love the colors, the art, and the size of it. Just perfect!

We also received this sparkly blue Jelly Roll pen. It writes really smooth and I was happy to get this, because I have been wanting to try these pens, but not quite ready to invest.

The last little bonus was this beautiful necklace, it is very nice and it isn’t too big or small. It really brings the theme of the month into the real world, if that makes sense?

I decided to do a few swatches of all of the items inside of this months box, apart from the gold. The gold is a paint I picked up myself and put it on the same swatch page in my bullet journal. Anyway, I really enjoyed the Jelly Roll pen, although be warned you have to let it sit for a moment I used it else where and it smudged. The Gelatos did not preform well in my bullet journal, but I think it was more the paper, which I dislike to begin with. I will never guy a bullet journal from this company ever again. The paper is just horrid, especially for the price, but I digress.

I am truly thrilled with this months theme. I don’t normally hold myself to the themes of this box, but this month I am going for it and using it throughout.

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What is your go to bullet journal tool?

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Book Haul | January & February 2019

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So, this year I restarted by read 5, buy 1 and so far it has been going really well last month I didn’t really haul many books so I decided to combine January and February. I will say that the challenge is going really nicely. My owned TBR is currently sitting at 37 books, which I am very proud of. I am well on my way to get into the teens, which is my ultimate goal. Anyway, I am going to stop blabbing on and on and get to the book!

-Pre Read 5, Buy 1-

The Wicked King by Holly Black

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)

So I love Holly Black and I really enjoyed reading the first book in this series, The Cruel Prince. I had this book preordered and it was placed before the new year and also because I was really excited about it I needed to preordered it. Anyway, I am really excited to get to it in the near future.


-Post Read 5, Buy 1-

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Washington Black

I decided to pick this up for Black History Month… oops I read it in January because I could not wait and I really liked it. If you want to see my full review of it please go to my Monthly Wrap Up | January 2019 it was really enjoyable  and I really do suggest it.

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)

So, I have been eyeing starting this series for some time and I finally decided to pick it up. I have been wanting to get more into adult fantasy and right and left people have said to give Robin Hobb a try and I read the description and it sounds really interesting.

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

Early Riser

So this book is from my Book of the Month | February 2019 post I did a few weeks ago. Like I said in the post, this book is a science fiction read nothing like I have read before. It reminded me of a recent movie with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence where they wake up in space and everyone else is asleep. On top of that I would really like to hibernate sometimes so I can live through the characters lol.

 

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Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBR? Which one would you read first?

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Unboxing | Blind Date With a Book

Unboxing

So late last year I did an unboxing of a blind date with a book I thought it was really fun so I decided it was time to do it again. If you want to see my first one, you can find that here: Unboxing | Blind Date with a Book. Once again I used a the site Blind Date with a Book. The company has many books listed all of which are priced at (GBP) £7.99 or (USD) $10.17, the shipping for me was only £3.99 or $5.08. You have no idea what book you will get, but you get to see key words from the book.

Here are the key words from this rounds book;

  • The forest
  • Britain
  • Mythology
  • Time and Space
  • Monsters

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The Unboxing

Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock-

Description: Deep within the wildwood lies a place of myth and mystery, from which few return, and none remain unchanged.

Ryhope Wood may look like a three-mile-square fenced-in wood in rural Herefordshire on the outside, but inside, it is a primeval, intricate labyrinth of trees, impossibly huge, unforgettable… and stronger than time itself.

Stephen Huxley has already lost his father to the mysteries of Ryhope Wood. On his return from the Second World War, he finds his brother, Christopher, is also in thrall to the mysterious wood, wherein lies a realm where mythic archetypes grow flesh and blood, where love and beauty haunt your dreams, and in promises of freedom lies the sanctuary of insanity… –goodreads

-Reaction-

So, unlike last time, I have never heard of this book previously. I am actually kind of happy about this because I love finding new books and authors that might just be a gem. From reading the description I have a feeling of elves hiding in the woods, kind of imagining the scene from LOTR when they go into the elves land. Reading the second half it seems almost like the the woods is like a sea nymph. But, also like Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. Sadly, I did not like this book, I actually DNF’ed it, but I am still excited about Mythago Wood because it has an aspect of magic, myths, and a possible time warp.

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What did you think of my bind date with a book? Would you read this book? What does it remind you of?

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Tombow VIP Club | February 2019

Unboxing

Hello everyone! I am coming to you with another unboxing. Let me know what you think about me sharing these things or not. I personally love book unboxings/hauls and stationary/bullet journal unboxings. If you are new here, hi, I’m Luna and I love books, pens, markers, and artsy things. This year I made a goal to share more of my loves outside of books and this is my way to dipping my toe. I hope you enjoy!

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What is the Tombow VIP Club?

This is a one time purchase where you get a box filled with goodies that Tombow has just come out with or has been loving.

  • A curated box of your favorite (and soon-to-be favorite) Tombow products
  • Each box will include at least 1 exclusive item
  • Know what’s in the box before you buy it
  • One-time purchase; no recurring charge
  • Limited quantities available
  • All sales are final; no returns or refunds
  • Limit of 1 VIP Club Box per order

Taken from their description of the product, which can be found here: Tombow VIP Club

The price of this box is $25.00, I can’t speak for shipping and international orders though.

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I have to admit, I LOVE the color of the box. I am a sucker for cute packaging and for me this fits the bill. Also, on top of that it is sturdy and you can tell it was well thought out with all the classic Tombow items illustrated all over it.

Next was a card with information on them. Very cute, and I looked at this after unboxing everything if I am honest. While I knew one item beforehand, because I did not read what was inside the box. Yes, if you want to know what is inside they totally tell you so you know what you are spending your money on. I really appreciate them giving consumers the option.

Now to all the goodies. I really found these to all be practical and helpful items to use in my everyday life and in my bullet journal. I constantly use glue tape, I feel like I am buying a new roll every month and to get 3, I am so excited. The washi tape included is also really adorable, I really loved how they tied one of the tapes to the pattern on the card and the product design of the newly released item. These markers are not something I played with just yet, but I am very exited about them being thin and colorful. They seem really vibrant. The main reason I did not add swatches at this time is because I am in the profess of redoing my “craft” area in the shared office. So I didn’t want to open them and risk loosing one or two to the chaos. The last item I thought was a really cute idea. It is a mini learn to draw page with banners and fun doodles you can add into your bullet journal or wherever you feel like you need it. On the other side is the alphabet in a beautiful script typography.

  • NEW TwinTone Marker Set, 12-Pack Rainbow MSRP: $19.99
  • Exclusive Tombow Washi Tape: MSRP: $5.99
  • Exclusive Faux Calligraphy & Planner Doodles Insert: Unpriced Exclusive 
  • Power Mini Glue Tape 3-Pack: MSRP: $8.99

Total cost: $25.00

Total worth: $34.97

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What stationary or art supply do you just love? What did you think of the box? Do you think it is worth it?

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Book of the Month | February 2019

Unboxing

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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Book Haul |Boxing Day 2018

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So, this will post likely be the last huge haul you will see for some time. I tend to stay away from the website bookoutlet, but boxing day always pulls me in. It is not that the website is bad or anything like that. I just tend to buy more books than I need or ones that are not really on my radar and then months pass and I end up unhauling them. I try not to do that so my wallet is a bit happier. But, every year on boxing day, day after Christmas, I put in an order of books that have piled up in my cart that I have had my eye on for some time. Without more of a delay, here are the books I picked up on Boxing day! Divider

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The Good People by Hannah Kent

Based on true events in nineteenth century Ireland, Hannah Kent’s startling new novel tells the story of three women, drawn together to rescue a child from a superstitious community.
Nora, bereft after the death of her husband, finds herself alone and caring for her grandson Micheal, who can neither speak nor walk. A handmaid, Mary, arrives to help Nora just as rumors begin to spread that Micheal is a changeling child who is bringing bad luck to the valley. Determined to banish evil, Nora and Mary enlist the help of Nance, an elderly wanderer who understands the magic of the old ways.

Set in a lost world bound by its own laws, THE GOOD PEOPLE is Hannah Kent’s startling new novel about absolute belief and devoted love. Terrifying, thrilling and moving in equal measure, this follow-up to Burial Rites shows an author at the height of her powers. -goodreads

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

It’s 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility, deep in California’s Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision. -goodreads

Death in the Air by Kate Winkler Dawson

London was still recovering from the devastation of World War II when another disaster hit: for five long days in December 1952, a killer smog held the city firmly in its grip and refused to let go. Day became night, mass transit ground to a halt, criminals roamed the streets, and some 12,000 people died from the poisonous air. But in the chaotic aftermath, another killer was stalking the streets, using the fog as a cloak for his crimes.

All across London, women were going missing–poor women, forgotten women. Their disappearances caused little alarm, but each of them had one thing in common: they had the misfortune of meeting a quiet, unassuming man, John Reginald Christie, who invited them back to his decrepit Notting Hill flat during that dark winter. They never left.

The eventual arrest of the “Beast of Rillington Place” caused a media frenzy: were there more bodies buried in the walls, under the floorboards, in the back garden of this house of horrors? Was it the fog that had caused Christie to suddenly snap? And what role had he played in the notorious double murder that had happened in that same apartment building not three years before–a murder for which another, possibly innocent, man was sent to the gallows?

The Great Smog of 1952 remains the deadliest air pollution disaster in world history, and John Reginald Christie is still one of the most unfathomable serial killers of modern times. Journalist Kate Winkler Dawson braids these strands together into a taut, compulsively readable true crime thriller about a man who changed the fate of the death penalty in the UK, and an environmental catastrophe with implications that still echo today. -goodreads

Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet

A journey into one of the most fascinating minds alive today—guided by the owner himself.

Bestselling author Daniel Tammet (Thinking in Numbers) is virtually unique among people who have severe autistic disorders in that he is capable of living a fully independent life and able to explain what is happening inside his head.

He sees numbers as shapes, colors, and textures, and he can perform extraordinary calculations in his head. He can learn to speak new languages fluently, from scratch, in a week. In 2004, he memorized and recited more than 22,000 digits of pi, setting a record. He has savant syndrome, an extremely rare condition that gives him the most unimaginable mental powers, much like those portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the film Rain Man.

Fascinating and inspiring, Born on a Blue Day explores what it’s like to be special and gives us an insight into what makes us all human—our minds.  -goodreads

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.– goodreads

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

There is a dark secret that is hiding at the heart of New York City and diminishing the city’s magicians’ power in this fantasy thriller by acclaimed author Kat Howard.

In New York City, magic controls everything. But the power of magic is fading. No one knows what is happening, except for Sydney—a new, rare magician with incredible power that has been unmatched in decades, and she may be the only person who is able to stop the darkness that is weakening the magic. But Sydney doesn’t want to help the system, she wants to destroy it.

Sydney comes from the House of Shadows, which controls the magic with the help of sacrifices from magicians. -goodreads 

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

The year is 1896. The city is New York. Newspaper reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler—a psychologist, or “alienist”—to view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy abandoned on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. From there the two embark on a revolutionary effort in criminology: creating a psychological profile of the perpetrator based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who will kill again before their hunt is over.

Fast-paced and riveting, infused with historical detail, The Alienist conjures up Gilded Age New York, with its tenements and mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. It is an age in which questioning society’s belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and fatal consequences. -goodreads

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