Book Haul #50: Wow!

Wow! It’s my 50th book haul post! 😀 I think I should celebrate this. Maybe buy myself another book or something.

Anyway, here’s what I got since last time.

Purchases

Physical
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Marlon James is one of my favorite authors, though I’ve only read one of his now four books. But the one I read — The Book of Night Women, a historical fiction novel set on a plantation in Jamaica, — is one of my favorite books; so I was beyond excited when it was announced couple years back that he would write a fantasy novel.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a fantasy novel that incorporates African folklore and history. I was planning to hold out until the trade paperback is published because I hate hardcovers, but I heard James would be visiting my area on a tour to promote his book and I couldn’t help attending the event and purchasing the hardcover so I could meet James and get my book signed 😀 . It was a wonderful outing that got me excited to read the book.

The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang

Madame Writer posted a review of this novel a couple weeks ago that renewed my interest in reading it. I have a strong feeling that I’ve read it before, though. I hope to prove myself right or wrong by picking it up soon. It’s a history book about the Nanking Massacre that occurred during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

I don’t think I own any books by Dickens… Anyway, I saw this in a Barnes & Noble and loved the cover, so I bought it. There are other classics published with a similar cover style. I’m tempted to get them all. I don’t remember what it’s about. I think I might have read it once when I was a kid.

Fitz and the Fool Trilogy by Robin Hobb
Fool’s Assassin
Fool’s Quest
Assassin’s Fate

Look at these beauties! 😮 I couldn’t stop staring at the covers when I received them. They are the three books that make up Robin Hobb’s Fitz and the Fool trilogy, the last trilogy in the Realm of the Elderlings series, which I’ve been buddy-reading with Emily from Embuhlee liest for some time now.

I love the cover design for these. They make me think of dragons.

Digital

Wild Cards I edited by George R.R. Martin

I kept hearing about this and got curious. I bought it when the e-book went on sale for $1.99.


Free & ARC

Physical — Free

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

I never get lucky with giveaways (btw, check out my GIVEAWAY for a Literary Book Gift item) so I was surprised when Tor Teen reached out to me to say I’d won a copy of Dennard’s latest Witchlands novel! I was so excited, though I’ve yet to read the first book. But receiving Bloodwitch has renewed my interest. I will start on the first book, Truthwitch, sometime next month.

Digital — ARC

A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay

I received a copy of this through NetGalley. Much thanks to the publisher, Berkley, for granting me access to an ARC of it. I’m excited to read it though I have no idea what it’s about. I’ve always wanted to read a novel by Guy Gavriel Kay, so I grabbed at the chance to do so with this book. I’ve heard he’s a great writer who crafts amazing stories, so I’m excited to jump into this one.

A Brightness Long Ago is a fantasy novel set in a world that’s similar to early Renaissance Italy. It will be published on May 14.


Library

Physical
Comet Rising by MarcyKate Connolly

The second in the Shadow Weaver series, a middle-grade fantasy series about a girl who can manipulate shadows. I so enjoyed the first book that when I saw this at the library, I immediately grabbed it. I recently reviewed it.

Behind the Canvas by Alexander Vance

I’ve wanted to read this ever since I heard of it because I think it really cool to be able to enter the world of paintings. Was so happy to finally get my hands on it. It’s a middle-grade fantasy novel about a girl who jumps into a painting to rescue a friend.

Nevermoor: The Trails of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

This was such a delightful read! I was surprised to enjoy it as much as I did. I picked it up at the library because I was curious about all the buzz it has received. It’s a middle-grade fantasy novel about a girl who everyone believes is cursed.

Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marka McCoola, illus. by Emily Carroll

Another one I was surprised to like. It’s a middle-grade graphic novel about a girl who runs away to become the witch Baba Yaga’s assistant. Picked it up at random.

The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi

A middle-grade graphic novel about a pig who maintains the dam for his town that’s used to stave off a deadly fog. I was curious about what happens next, so I picked this up.

The Little Red Wolf, illus. by Amélie Fléchais and transl. by Jeremy Melloul

A children’s picture book translated from French that inverts the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale by focusing on a wolf. I picked this up because of the cute cover and enjoyed the story and illustrations.


Well, that’s it for my #bookhaul.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books.

Also, hop over to my GIVEAWAY post to enter to win a pair of writing gloves!!

25 thoughts on “Book Haul #50: Wow!

  1. Wow that’s incredible you’ve done 50 of these!! Lovely copy of tale of two cities- and I really like that book! And I won’t say I liked reading rape of nanking, but it was a very significant read. I think it’s important that more people read it.

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  2. The Rape of Nanking is an incredible dive into some of the most brutal and horrifying acts in all of history. Quite difficult to swallow but very eye opening. One of the most important books in recent times. Hopefully more people will pick it up because of your post. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Those Robin Hobb books look even more amazing in photos!!! ❤ I really need to pick them up, cause so far I've only read them from the library or in e-book format.

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  4. I’m dying to read Black Leopard, Red Wolf, I hear it’s sort of a tough read, very dense and lots of characters, but I’m still planning on buying a copy at some point. Hope you enjoy all your books!

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