Book Haul: Dragons and an Assassination

It’s a semi-peaceful, boring Sunday. I’m inundated by work but thought to take a break to do something fun hence this post on books! I recently started doing posts called Wishes for My TBR Pile in which I share the top books I’ve discovered and added to my Goodreads “to be read” list. I frequently add books to my TBR list so “top” here refers to those I’m most likely to purchase and read.

While working, I realized that I’ve never shared whether I’ve actually gotten any of the books I wished for so I thought it would be a great idea to take a break and do a post on the ones I received. Here they are:

The World of Ice & Fire

The first TBR pile book I bought is The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones. It’s from my October TBR pile round-up. I’ve already started reading it, but am doing so at a leisurely pace. To me it is written like an history book, which makes sense (duh!) but the pacing bores me a bit so I allow myself to be easily interrupted while reading. But so far I enjoy the back story it provides on the Targaryens and how they came to be in Westeros. The artwork is great as well.

A Brief History of Seven Killings

Next I got an audiobook of Marlon James’ recent story on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley, A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel, from Goodreads. This one is from the October TBR pile round-up as well. I would have started it already if it was a novel. I have to work myself up to listen to an audiobook since I don’t retain much when I simply listen. My mind tends to drift. I’ll have to work out a routine for this one: either drawing while listening or purchasing the book and reading along while I listen.

In Search of Lost Dragons

I purchased In Search of Lost Dragons, by Elian Black’Mor and Carine-M, soon after publishing my February TBR pile round-up. I felt like I had to possess it as soon as possible so I could riffle through its pages and stare at the illustrations of dragons. I haven’t started it as yet but I like the illustrations I’ve seen thus far.

Shadow Scale

I’m adding Rachel Hartman’s Shadow Scale (second in the Seraphina series) to this list as well because I would’ve added it to a TBR pile post if I hadn’t already received it. I got an ARC copy from Random House! I was excited when I received it. I enjoyed the first book, Seraphina, which is about a musically talented half-dragon girl who learns to appreciate who she is while trying to secure the peace pact between humans and dragons. I recently re-read Seraphina to prepare myself for Shadow Scale and realized that there’s much I failed to notice during my first read, which is probably why I didn’t enjoy it much then.

Well, I guess I should get back to work now since this post is done and all…Let me know in the comments what books from your TBR pile you’ve received or purchased.


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