Book Haul #44: A Lil’ More, a Lil’ Less

It’s my second book haul post of the year!! 😀 Lumping these hauls together is working out well because these days I purchase less books and borrow more from the library.

However, this particular book haul post might not illustrate that fact since it includes books acquired in March and April, one of which was my birthday month and I HAD to treat myself to some books. Also, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, and Book Outlet gave me coupons and I HAD to use them. There’s no way I’m gonna get a coupon for buying books and not use it. That would be crazy. And wasteful.

Well, this is a pretty great haul of books, so lemme stop blabbing and get to it.

**The book titles below are linked to Goodreads. If the book isn’t listed on Goodreads, it will be linked to whatever website I find that provides the best description of it. Any I’ve reviewed are linked to my review.**

Purchases/Gifts

NoVa YA Book Festival and Birthday

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I bought this at the NoVa YA Book Festival. I attended the event primarily to see Adeyemi discuss her book and also to meet an author I like, Rachel Hartman, whose novel Tess of the Road was published earlier this year. Adeyemi’s book was (and still is) very popular, so everyone was buying it when I went to get my copy. The sellers didn’t even bother asking patrons what book they’re looking for.

Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard

This was my intended birthday gift to myself. I’ve wanted this book for so long, ever since I read Knausgaard’s “Ode to the Sun,” which is one of many personal essays in this book.

Silence by Shūsaku Endō, trans. by William Johnston

This and Norse Mythology were unintended purchases, though both are books I really want to read. I’ve been curious about Silence since it touches on religious persecution in Japan. The story seems to be character-focused, so I want to see how the protagonist, who’s a Jesuit priest, rationalizes the reality about him.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

It’s mythology, of course I want to get and read it!

An illustrated book and comics

The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers

This one is highly recommended by Milliebot Reads, which was enough for my to add it to my TBR and recently purchase it. It looks like it will be a fun one and I love that it’s illustrated.

Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis, illus. by Shae Beagle

The cover and illustrations are so cute! 🙂 That’s why I got it. I didn’t even know what it was about. I just saw the cover, fell in love with it, and added it to my cart. It’s a fantasy comic book with LGBT characters, and I assume it is YA, but I’m not sure.

Elves, Vol. 1 by Jean-Luc Istin, illus. by Kyko Duarte

This is one of the books I mentioned in my most recent Wishes for My TBR Pile post. I just like that it’s all about elves and I really like the illustrations. I wanted it so bad that I HAD to get it. 😀

Black Speculative Arts Convention

Is’nana: The Were-Spider, Vol. 1: Forgotten Stories by Greg Anderson-Elysée, illus. by Walter Ostlie

I attended the convention to check out work by Black indie comic book artists and to learn more about Afrofuturism because the term is still new to me. I picked up this and Ajala while there (and got them both autographed)Is’nana is a fantasy comic book inspired by West African folklore. It’s about the son of Anansi, the spider god.

Ajala: A Series of Adventures (collected edition) by Robert Garret and N. Steven Harris (illus.)

Ajala is a coming-of-age sci-fi/fantasy story about a 13-year-old girl from Harlem who’s being trained to be a covert operative to help keep her neighborhood safe. The story sounds interesting, but I bought the comic book because I really like the illustrations. The main character has braids and I love how they are drawn. So yeah, the braids made me buy the book.

Book Depository

Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb

This is the first novel in Hobb’s Rain Wild Chronicles, which Emily from Embuhlee liest and I will start on after completing the Tawney Man Trilogy. We’re buddy-reading Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings books. So far, I’m loving it all.

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

I just assume that I’ll like this because I liked Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Plus, I really like this book’s cover.

Book Outlet

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud (illus.)

I learned of this nonfiction comic book from this NPR article that lists 100 favorite comic books and graphic novels. Since then, I began to notice it in comic book shops and articles that refer to it. I’ve considered getting it because I would like to know more about the making of comics and the difference between comic books and graphic novels since many folks have differing opinions on how to distinguish them. However, it wasn’t until I read a review of it on Graphic Novelty2 that I decided to purchase it. Hopefully, I’ll read it this year.

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

I’ve often heard of David Sedaris, but it’s only recently that I’ve become interested in his world. I heard part of the elf story from Holidays on Ice on NPR and just had to get myself a copy. I can’t wait to read it. I might try reading and listening to it at the same time because I like hearing Sedaris narrate his own work. I’ve listened to two things by him so far: the elf story and a personal essay about when he went to summer camp in Greece (I think it was Greece) as a kid.


ARCs

All received from NetGalley.

The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer

(Tachyon Publications, May 25, 2018)

I read this last month. It’s a YA fantasy novel set in medieval Scotland about a boy torn between his father and his half-fae half-brother, whom his father doesn’t like. The story was okay, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would because of the fast pace. I haven’t written a review yet because I’m still processing it in my mind, but I liked the writing.

Providence by Caroline Kepnes

(Random House, June 19, 2018)

This is listed as “general fiction, mystery/thriller.” It’s about a guy who was kidnapped and reappears 4 years later with no memory of the kidnapping but possessing strange powers that don’t bode well for those he cares for. Elsewhere, random healthy college kids are suddenly dropping dead and a detective dude thinks a serial killer is on the loose.

Umm… I don’t care for the synopsis. I requested it because Caroline Kepnes wrote it, so I know it’s going to be good. I’ll learn what it’s really about as I read.

How to Love a Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs

(Ballantine Books, July 24, 2018)

A debut short story collection about Jamaican immigrants and their family.

😀 I’m happy for this. I’m a Jamaican immigrant; I have to read this. I hope it’s good and I’ll love it and have to go get my own physical copy.


Library books

Physical

The Dam Keeper by Robert Kondo (illus.) and Dice Tsutsumi (illus.)

A middle-grade fantasy graphic novel about a pig that maintains a machine his father built, called a dam, that prevents a nefarious black fog from destroying his town. I read this last month and really enjoyed it. I also loved the illustrations and am eager to read the next book in the series.

Here by Richard McGuire (illus.)

An unusual graphic novel that focuses on the changes in a room over several years. Reading this was a bit like looking at a collage. It was interesting. I’ll have read it again before attempting to draft a review.

Flotsam by David Wiesner (illus.)

An illustrated children’s book about a boy who finds a peculiar camera at the beach. Meh… It was an okay read.

Digital

The Water Witch by Juliet Dark

This is the second novel in the Fairwick Chronicles, a series of paranormal romance novels set in upstate New York. I read the first novel The Demon Lover in February and enjoyed it so much that I couldn’t wait to borrow The Water Witch. I’m currently reading this and so far, it doesn’t have me hooked as The Demon Lover did, but I am enjoying the story.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

I’m on a romance kick. I blame it all on The Demon Lover. Guillory’s The Wedding Date was published earlier this year. It features an interracial couple who first met when they were stuck on an elevator together. I’m currently reading this too and assume that the characters will become a couple later in the story. So far, it’s okay, but I don’t see why it has so much hype. I guess the story will surprise me later on.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

A YA alt-historical, horror novel set in the U.S. in the mid-1800’s. In this version of U.S. history, the dead rose up after the Civil War and Black and Native Indian teens are trained to killed them to protect the White peeps. I enjoy any entertainment that includes zombies, so I had to get and read this. I like it so far. I’m not sure yet if I like the protagonist, but I enjoy her personality and voice, and I suspect one of the side-characters, Katherine, will annoy me. I hope she gets more development later in the story. Right now (first 100 pages), her function seems to be to only ask obvious question and nag the protagonist, Jane, so that Jane can be portrayed as smarter and more likeable.


That’s it for this book haul.

See you again in a month or two, preferable three, for another one.

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28 thoughts on “Book Haul #44: A Lil’ More, a Lil’ Less

  1. Great Haul. So many wonderful books. I really want to read Children of Blood and Bone not only because of all the hype but also because of the author and West-African influence in the book.

    I wasn’t able to get the ARC for Providence. Like you though, that is a book that I requested just based on the fact that its written by Caroline. I loved You though I hear this isn’t a sequel to the series. I am so jealous though! I hope that you will enjoy it.

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    • Same! I’m just excited for a YA fantasy based in an African culture. The only other such book I’ve read is Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch. And I think Nalo Hopkinson has some YA fantasy based in Caribbean folklore.

      Lol totally understand. I hope it is good. I read You, but didn’t get to it’s sequel. Did you read the sequel? I forgot the title of it.

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  2. ‘Norse Mythology’ is really good! I enjoyed the humour in it and didn’t know some of those stories yet 🙂 I love how Gaiman portrays Thor and Loki!

    Stop showing off so many interesting graphic novels, I need to save my money!! 😀

    (Haha, na, thanks for that! I would have never experienced the awesomeness that is ‘Saga’ if not for your posts!)

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  3. I loved this post and that yer hauls not only show the books but explain a little bit about why ye got them. I too want the city of dreaming books because of Milliebot! It sounds like a lot of fun reading and I be looking forward to yer reviews of all of these.
    x The Captain

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  4. So envious you got to attend NoVa and got to see those authors give talks. Good times and good books, it seems 🙂 I’m also really looking forward to checking out the Oddling Prince, I’ve heard some really positive things already.

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    • Oh yeah! It was really great. My plan is to go more of such events, but I always learn of them after they’ve passed and I never hear of any fantasy ones in the area 😞 I’ll keep searching though.
      Oddling Prince was interesting. I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, but it was okay. I’ll look out for your thoughts on it.

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  5. I look forward to your review on Understanding Comics! I read Here a few months ago and enjoyed it’s central conceit of peering into windows of time, but based in the same location.

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  6. Great haul! You got so many interesting books! I loved the first issue of Moonstruck, it’s so cute and the art is lovely. The Fairwick Chronicles sounds really good, I’m adding them to my tbr 🙂

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