Book Haul #77: Something to Cheer Me Up

I’ve been having some crummy days lately, so to cheer myself up, here’s a book haul.



As is typical of me, I bought many of these because I like the cover. That was the case with Life and Limb as well as Novice Dragoneer. Well, I picked up the books because I like the cover and bought them because the summary intrigued me. However, I got Abercrombie’s Before They Are Hanged, the second book in his First Law series, because I’m currently buddy-reading the series with Emily at EmbuhleeliestChronicle of Chrestomanci I picked up because I’ve been curious about it and its author, and Carmilla I got because apparently it inspired Brom Stoker’s Dracula, which I find interesting (although I’ve yet to complete reading Dracula).

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“Before the Devil Breaks You” by Libba Bray

I really enjoy this series. I’ve even started to consider it a favorite. I own none of the books, but believe me, I will get myself the boxed set, if there’s one, soon.

I also want to read more books by Libba Bray. Does she only write YA novels? I’m not big on YA, but I’ll read whatever she has written because the Diviners books are SO good and I need more.

I have one more book to go in this series, which I’ve been buddy-reading with Rachel at Life of a Female Bibliophile and which we’ve both been enjoying and having loads of great discussions about. Things have built up to such a height in this book that I wonder how we’ll get down from it. How will things be resolved? I’m a little anxious that I won’t like the last book, but… I’m trusting Bray on this. Trying to stay positive here, and I NEED to get my own copy of these books!!


Historical Fiction; Paranormal


Diviners, book 3



Quick summary

The sleeping sickness has stopped, but all is not back to rights. Ghosts are roaming the city, some of them malicious, and the Diviner crew is even more curious about their abilities, how they got them and to what extent can they use them.

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Top 5 Tuesday #62: More of These, Please

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now hosted by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 sequels you would sell your soul for

(What are some books that don’t have a sequel (either not announced or was never published) that you would really like to read?)

I do prefer series than standalones, although I hardly ever move past the first books in series, lol. I just prefer when a story I love keeps going for a bit. The following are mostly standalone comics (so far) that I’d like to read a sequel of.

Conspiracy of Ravens by Leah Moore & John Reppion, illus. by Sally Jane Thompson

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“The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires” by Grady Hendix

This one was very popular last year, when it was published. I remember seeing it chatted about on many blogs and many of my trusted blogs for book recommendations enjoyed it as well. All that got me curious and made me place it on my TBR.

Then, because the title says it’s a story about a book club, my book club selected it as one of our reads, which I was grateful for because as much as I’d like to read the books on my TBR and shelves soon after placing them there, they most often just remain in those places unread for years. So I read it for book club, and it made for great discussions since we disagreed on a variety of things about the book. In the end, I think I ended up enjoying it a bit more than my fellow book clubbers did.







From Goodreads

Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the ’90s about a women’s book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out to be a blood-sucking fiend.

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Top 5 Tuesday #61: Retellings, Series, Standalones

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now hosted by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

I haven’t done this meme in a while since last week was BOOK TAG WEEK!!! and… I don’t know what the excuse is for the other weeks. But I’m doing it now! 😊 I think I’ll just catch up on the ones I haven’t done in this post since I like the topics. I’ll start with this week’s topic.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 standalone books

(Perhaps standalone books are more your thing. Tell us your top 5 standalone books.)

I tried to select books I haven’t mentioned or haven’t chatted about often.

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“The Blade Itself” by Joe Abercrombie

I buddy-read this with Emily at Embuhleeliest back in June. We were trying it out to see if it’ll serve as a nice chunky series for us to jump in and get hooked on like we did with Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings. And, so far I’d say Abercrombie’s series has potential.




First Law, book 1



From Goodreads

Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he’s on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian — leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies.

Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.

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Indie Bookstore Tag

And here we are on the last day of BOOK TAG WEEK!!! Did you have a good time? I sure did since I wanted to post stuff and was able to do so despite being unprepared for the week. So I’ll consider this BOOK TAG WEEK!!! a success.

I’ve decided to wrap up BOOK TAG WEEK!!! with the Indie Bookstore Tag, which was created by Vintage Books over on YouTube. Sure, I should have waited for Independent Bookstore Day to do it, but… eh. (I think it has already passed in the U.S.) I’m not patient. (I’m an inpatient procrastinator, yes indeedie.)

What book(s) are currently in your bag?

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

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Blogger Stats Book Tag

Hope you’re not tired of BOOK TAG WEEK!!! yet because… it’s still going.

Well, today’s tag is the Blogger Stats Book Tag, which I found over on Tattooed Book Geek forever ago and totally planned to do way back then but… I didn’t. However, there’s no time like the present, eh?

Anyway, the tag was created by Stuart at Always Trust in Books.

Last 3 books you read

The Adventures of Rama by Milo Cleveland Beach

A children’s picture book based on the epic Hindu classic, the Ramayana. The illustrations are from a 16th-century Mughal manuscript.

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

I reread this by audiobook, which is narrated by Roy Dotrice. I enjoy the series and am now rereading the third book, A Storm of Swords.

The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Ryder Hanrahan

It’s the first novel in a grimdark fantasy series about gods at war and how it affects people and places. I’ll post a review soon…ish.

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Book Courtship Tag

Another day, another book tag because it’s BOOK TAG WEEK!!!…

Today’s tag is the Book Courtship Tag for which I was tagged forever ago by a blogger who has retired their blog (yes, this master procrastinator’s procrastination extends over years). The tag was created by booktuber Leah of Hi I Love Books.

Phase 1 — Initial Attraction: A book you bought because of the cover

Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield

Oh, there are SO many of these. I’d say about 90% of the books I buy are because of their cover, lol. Hurricane Summer is a YA contemporary novel, I believe, about a girl visiting Jamaica when a hurricane passes through. I hardly ever try contemporary YA novels, so this was certainly a cover buy. The cover looks like a painting to me. Also, the end pages are a painting of Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica. It’s gorgeous. I couldn’t pass that up.

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Horrible Histories Book Tag

BOOK TAG WEEK!!!… continues.

This time, I present the Horrible Histories Book Tag, which was created by Laura who runs Corner of Laura and who also tagged me! 😀 Thankie! Thankie!

From Laura’s post, I learned that Horrible Histories is actually a book series that was adapted for British TV, plays, films, and radio. Her post was the first I’ve heard of it, but it does sound pretty interesting.

Well then, to the tag!

Shouty Man: A book that tried way too hard

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

It’s fantasy inspired by African folklore and although I liked it, I do think it tried hard to be dark and violent and gruesome at first. I really think that’s what turned people off earlier in the story. It was too much at once.

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