Book Haul #51: Birthday Haul…kinda

I’m considering this my birthday haul, though some books were bought before it and none were bought on my birthday.

I bought a good bit of books, so now I’m worrying about shelf space again. I’ve ran out.



The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

The first book in his Lightbringer fantasy series. These are Weeks’ second set of books. I’m currently working through his first set, the Night Angel trilogy, which I’m enjoying.

Cold Iron by Miles Cameron

I picked up this and The Black Prism in a Barnes & Noble 50%-off flash sale. I forgot what about this appealed to me. I’m pretty sure it’s something to do with a sword and magic.

Ayiti by Roxane Gay

I believe this is a book of short stories. I read part of the first one and liked it so much that I bought the book.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

I like the covers of this edition of classics. I picked up Moby Dick because I’ve never read the story.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The last book in the Raven Cycle, a YA paranormal romance series that I enjoyed reading. I have three of the books so this one will complete the quartet.

Disease: The Extraordinary Stories Behind History’s Deadliest Killers by Mary Dobson

This was on sale for $5 so I got it. I like reading about such things though they freak me out and make me start wondering if I have the disease or virus or parasite or whatever it’s talking about.

Deadly Class, Volume 1: Reagan Youth by Rick Remender, illus. by Wes Craig

I got this because I enjoy watching the TV show adaptation and wanted to see how closely it mirrors the comic.

The Wicked + the Divine, Vol. 8: Old Is the New New by Kieron Gillen, illus. by various artists

I need to catch up on this and Saga. I keep buying the new volumes without reading them.

 The Queen of the South by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, transl. by Andrew Hurley

I had no idea the TV show is based on a novel. I’ve never watched the TV show, but I’ve seen previews. I bought the book because I was hooked when I sampled the first couple pages.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

A popular one. I got it because I’m curious about Thomas’s writing and storytelling and I like that it has a bunch of rap/Hip Hop references, or so I’ve heard.

A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick

I saw a review of one of Dick’s books on Bookidote once and that made me want to try his work. This one interested me the most so I bought it. That’s not the cover I got though.

In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey

I bought this at random because I like the cover and the bit of the prose I sampled in the first few pages.

The Mysterious Mansion: A Mind-Bending Activity Book Stranger Than a Fairytale by Daria Song (illus.)

I love the illustrations in this and like that the puzzle follows a story. I’m looking forward to working on it.

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb

Since I’m nearing the end of Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series, I bought this book because it seems to be a prequel.


My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this one. I got it because I’m curious and because the e-book was on sale on Amazon.


To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

I learned about this from a Book Riot podcast and borrowed it because the podcast host said it’s like The Parent Trap. It was. I enjoyed it and have reviewed it.

Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson

I have no idea what this is about. I picked it up at random at the library and checked it out because it’s a small book and looked cute.

Middle Passage by Charles R. Johnson

Looks to be historical fiction. Another random library pick.

The Alienist by Caleb Carr, narr. by Edward Herrman

I borrowed the audiobook because I wanted something to listen to while I work. I completed it so quickly that I only listened a few hours at work.

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, narr. by Alan Sklar

I then borrowed this to be assured of having something to listen to at work, but I also quickly completed it. I basically completed it in the same day. These thrillers are such fast reads on audio.

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen, narr. by Saskia Maarleveld

This was a fun read. It’s steampunk romance that’s pegged as “Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast,” which is quite apt.

19 thoughts on “Book Haul #51: Birthday Haul…kinda

  1. I’ve heard mixed reviews for “The Black Prism” but I’m still interested in reading it! I would love to know your thoughts when you read it! I also really want to start “The Wicked and The Divine” graphic novels soon!


    1. I like his Night Angel books so I think I might like Black PRism too. Will see.

      The WicDiv comics are interesting. It often take people a while to get into them. I reread it before I got hooked. Hope it works for you though.


  2. You have so many good books picked! I am the same with Saga and The Wicked & The Divine- I buy the books (well, I order them for my library collection at work) and mean to read further into the series- but haven’t yet. I’ve only read V1 of Saga, but at least with W&D I read up to V5. V8 looks esp good, with the visits to the past!


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