Book Haul #66: I’m Back

Hey peoples, I’m back!

I took a quick break from blogging because I felt like it, but now I’m back at it. You can expect to see posts whenever I manage to throw one up, and hopefully I’ll get some time this week to catch up on all your posts I missed out on.

My plan was to preplan posts for the week over the holiday, but that didn’t work out. So here’s a nice, easy book haul post! 😀

It’s quite long because it’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these.

Couple notes:
First, please let me know if you are using a mobile device to view this post because ever since WordPress switched to the block editor, my posts have been looking wonky on phones whenever I group images together.
Second, all links are to Goodreads unless otherwise stated.



Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
The Conjure Woman by Charles W. Chesnutt
A Girl Is a Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

I’ve been so eager to get this book. I really enjoyed Makumbi’s Kintuwhich was a really good read.

A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison

Oh! That beautiful cover. I’ve wanted to get this book for a long time now and finally gave in to the cover’s temptation.

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, transl. by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos
Manor Black, Vol. 1 by Cullen Bunn & Brian Hurtt, illus. by Tyler Crook
Justíne by Marquis de Sade
Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke, illus. by Angela Brooksbank

I’m SO happy to have this book! 😀 I mentioned it in my post “20 Picture Books by Black Authors.” It’s so cute.

The World Doesn’t Require You: Stories by Rion Amilcar Scott

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation recently had a web event featuring this author as well as Nisi Shawl and Margaret Atwood. It was a pretty cool event. When I heard Scott read from his book, I knew I had to get myself a copy.

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling, illus. by various children
A Thousand No’s by D.J. Corchin, illus. by Dan Dougherty



Black Witch Magic by Mila Nicks

I read this book soon after purchasing it, and it threw me into a serious romance binge. I didn’t read THAT many books, but since I hardly ever read romance, it was a lot for me.

Lady S., Vol. 1: Here’s to Suzie by Jean Van Hamme, illus. by Philippe Aymond
Farmhand, Vol. 1: Reap What Was Sown by Rob Guillory (illus.), illus. by Taylor Wells
Dragon Age, Vol. 1: The Silent Grove by David Gaider & Alexander Freed, illus. by Chad Hardin
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert



American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

I was trying to get this earlier in the month so I could read it for the Lit on H book club, but that didn’t work out. I still plan to read it before returning it to the library.


Blythewood by Carol Goodman

I enjoyed the Fairwick Chronicles, which the author wrote under the pseudonym Juliet Dark, so I went into this book with high hopes. Unfortunately, so far I’m bored and am considering to DNF it.

Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid
Kissing Tolstoy by Penny Reid

I really enjoyed reading these two Penny Reid books. I plan to read the entire Winston Brothers series. I didn’t realize Grin and Beard It is the second book, so I’m on hold for the first one at the library.

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams

I’m actually not feeling these two, so I might DNF and return both to the library.


The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold, narr. by Lloyd James
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, narr. by Steven Boyer
The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey, narr. by Steven Boyer

These three were rereads by audio. I enjoyed them as much as I did the first time I read them — for The Curse of the Wendigo, more than I did the first time I read it. All three are linked to my reviews of them.



The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark

I think I got this when Tor was allowing free downloads of the e-copy a while back through its newsletter.



Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Smash It! by Francina Simone


28 thoughts on “Book Haul #66: I’m Back

    1. Yea, that’s what I meant. I don’t know why WordPress Reader keeps doing that. If you use your phone to look at the post via the website, it looks fine. It’s just the WordPress Reader being weird.

      Liked by 2 people

        1. I considered that, and have tried it, but it worked perfectly before WordPress really updated to its Block Editor thing.
          No biggie. I’ll just keep placing a disclaimer in my posts, lol.
          Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

    1. The break was great and much needed. I’ll be back to blog hopping soon so I can get lots of book recommendations from your posts 😀
      Yea, I’ve been seeing lots of positive things about Piranesi, which has me curious as well.


  1. I’m in the middle of tai poutini national park ” The underworld”
    PATCHY reception
    Using a quarter K mobile
    Your site looks good, no wonk!
    The images next to “a K No’s” are smallish but no wonkyness.
    Your posts still don’t appear on your blogging calendar and no latest Instagram pics or tweets that used to be the last items of your site.
    But still the best put together blog that I’ve visited.

    No notifications from WordPress

    Liked by 1 person

    1. No notifications from WordPress
      Of new posts or replies,
      And no publication date appears on Google with your latest post.
      I think wordpress and Google are experiencing difficulties due to covid and the current state of war that the world is under.

      Liked by 2 people

    2. Lol thanks! It’s good to know that my blog pops up in the middle of Tai Poutini Natl Park, which I’m gonna add to my (after-Covid) bucket list, btw.
      Those images should be small, but I don’t know what’s causing the other stuff. I’ll just blame the Block editor changes like all the other bloggers.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. No problem with those small images, easy to enlarge.
        The park is looking stunning with it’s summer colors rustling leaves and song of cicada and bird.
        Let me know if you ever do visit
        And want a guide / visit the gallery-park.

        Liked by 1 person

        1. It sounds beautiful. The pics I’ve seen online make it look breathtaking.
          And thanks for the guide offer 🙂 I’ll keep that in mind.


    1. Aww man. It’s so frustrating. But on the plus side, I’ve realized that the grouping is only wonky when reading the post in the WordPress app. If I check the post in my phone’s browser, it’s okay.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Yea, I discovered that, too. But it kind of makes their app pointless. Which I mentioned to them in a tweet. It will probably be ignored as they don’t like to acknowledge their precious block editor is anything less than perfect.

        Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.