To say that I am proud of myself this month may be an understatement…I actually only bought seven books this month. I don’t know how it happened either because previously you will have seen how my book buying habits usually result in more than one Book Haul post. Nevertheless, don’t worry about me because I have a huge haul for April. I finally said screw it and ordered quite a lot of books from my wish list on Amazon and Waterstones but they won’t arrive until next week which pushes them into next month’s posts. So let’s move onto the small haul for this month;
The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch
I spotted this book on goodreads and thought it sounded so interesting. From the cover it looks like some 16th century story set in a European city but when I read the blurb it sounded like much more. This book follows the life of Locke Lamora, a boy who is the symbolic Thorn of Camorr. He steals from the rich but unlike Robin Hood doesn’t give a penny to the poor, he keeps his money for himself and his group of thieves entitled The Gentlemen Bastards. In the background of this robbery, their home, the underworld of Camorr is threatened by war and there is a hint that Locke and his gang may have to save it. Reading about this book, it just sounded so intriguing and the descriptions didn’t give too much away which makes it a perfect read to get lost in.
Shadow of Night – Deborah Harkness
As you can guess from the title this book harbous mystery, adventure and mythical creatures such as werewolves, vampires and witches. The protagonist, Diana Bishop is from a line of witches and when she finds an alchemical manuscript, she becomes bound to a vampire called Matthew Clairmont. In an aid to ease their struggle, they travel back to London in 1590 without realising that they have thrust themselves into something other than safety. This book has been likened to Twilight, a plot that blends romance with fantasy and an educational tale; therefore I had to buy it. I love books that link in with history and describe a world long forgotten so I am excited to get reading this.
Monument 14 – Emmy Laybourne
This book was a surprise find; I heard about it on the booktube world and added it to my wish list expecting to have to order it from America. Instead I stumbled upon it in The Works along with the rest of these books and couldn’t refuse buying it. Written in days this book tells the story of 14 kids who are trapped inside a department store in their town. Were the rest of us may panic they begin to enjoy themselves without adults telling them what to do. However what the kids don’t know is that outside of the store, the world is being destroyed. Adding this book to my dystopian collection and recently found love for this genre I cannot wait to read it. It is also part of a series so I’m going to have to keep my eyes peeled for the next edition and with any luck maybe it will be in The Works next time I’m in.
The Walking Dead – Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
So this book was a real mystery to me and if anyone can help me please comment below. I was interested in learning what the hype was with The Walking Dead series but found out there was a written version either first or accompanying the TV show. I went to look for The Walking Dead in written form and found graphic novels and these novels. I have no idea which one is true to the show, came from the show or has even any relevance to the show, maybe they all do but either way I picked up this book hoping to fill that zombie gap in my to-read shelf. It follows the story of Lily who is forced after a gruesome ordeal to find safety outside of her tented community. Travelling with her companions she finds Woodbury but is soon to realise that she should fear the living just as much as The Walking Dead. I am looking forward to reading this because it is something relatively new to my literary tastes and may sway me towards the comic book series or even the TV series.
The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides
This author has been described as the writer of modern classics and since I studied English at University and became a fan of the classics I have wanted to read one of his books for some time. The plot of this book really appealed to me and I am really looking forward to reading it. Set in 1982 and following the story of Madeline Hanna, an English Student and fan of the romantics who is writing a thesis on Jane Austin and George Elliot, she finds herself in a predicament as two men walk into her life. She finds Leonard Blankhead, a scientist hard to resist whilst her friend Mitchell Grammaticus, a theology student believes a relationship with Madeline is destiny. This plot sounds like the recurring love triangle that appears in many books; however it is set in the back drop of University with three very different characters unsure of the next step.
The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Every once and a while I like to read an adult book so when I spotted this one with its historical references and interesting plot, I knew I had to get it. Exploring the meaning of love and family, this book follows the life of Victoria Jones and her expression of emotions through the use of flowers. In particular she experiences loss, grief and mistrust as she has a past in the foster-care system. At the age of eighteen, she is lost for a place to go and sleeps in a public park where she tends to a small garden of her own. It isn’t long until her talents are noticed by a local florist and her life begins to change. This book just ticks a lot of boxes and comes across deep and thought-provoking, I’m not too sure whether to keep this one for the summer or pick it up sooner.
Infinite Sky – C.J.Flood
I know it’s awful to say but the cover won me on this book, it’s just so warm and the font is lovely. Maybe it expressed my longing for lazy days and my craving of warm weather which you think after growing up in Northern Ireland, I would have gotten used to the fact that it just doesn’t happen here. A broken family as Iris’s mother leaves, her brother rebels and her dad is left to clean up the mess then a group of traveller’s moves in front of their farm only adding to the family’s troubles. However Iris sees past the issue as she makes friends with one of the young traveller’s and begins to learn the values of life. Sounding like an intricate story and an exploration of family and relationships, I think I will be reading this book sooner rather than later.
So concludes my small manageable March Book Haul. If you have read any of these books and thought they were great or horrible why not leave a comment or if you would like me to read one sooner and write a review just leave a message and I will try my best to get round to it.