Can you believe that I haven’t done a book haul since May??!! I can’t believe it. I used to do a book haul damn near every month, but I’ve slowed down a bit on my book buying and have leaned more toward borrowing books from the library. Also, I simply forgot about book hauls. But I’m back again with one and since it’s been a while, this one will be quite long and I’ve probably already mentioned some of the books on here. Anyway, I do hope you’ll see something that interests you.
There’s a book tag for just about everything, I’m sure.
I found this over on Reading With Moose and decided to do it because I am a fan of the Chronicles of Narnia series, though I’ve since forgotten much of the story. The tag was created by Clemi’s Bookish World.
Narnia: A magical world you would like to visit
the wizarding world of Harry Potter
Oh yes, it is the world I’d most like to visit, which is no surprise to anyone who has followed me on here for any length of time. I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter books and was lucky enough to visit the Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida, last month. It was loads of fun and I wasted lots of money there, but I enjoyed myself. I was a bit let down though because the Diagon Alley there wasn’t as quirky and vibrant as I thought it would be, but it was still good.
Tag week continues with the 10 Books Challenge, which I found Lindsey’s blog, A Rambling Reviewer. I tried to find who the creator of it is but was unsuccessful.
- List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way.
- Do not take more than a few minutes and do not think too hard.
- They do not have to be the “right” books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way.
- Paste these instructions and tag 10 friends.
A book that made me think:
Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future by Lauren Redniss (illus.)
And here’s my third book haul for the year. I think I’m doing well, though these haul posts are usually long. But despite the length, the majority of books are often free or borrowed from the library, I think. I haven’t bought that many books this year, compared to other years, which is good because once again I’ve ran out of space.
The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus
I loved the movie and was elated when I heard a novelized version would be published. I immediately placed it on hold at my library and was one of the first patrons to receive a digital copy. But then I did a stupid thing and returned it by accident before I had a chance to read it.
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.**
NoVa YA Book Festival and Birthday
I’ve had this book on my Goodreads TBR since last year November when I saw it advertised in one of the many bookish newsletters I’m subscribed to. The title caught my attention because I love pashminas and own several. It made me wonder what the story would say about the scarves.
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions–the topic of India is permanently closed.
I was excited for this one. I’m a fan of Hartman’s Seraphina duology, which is a YA fantasy duology about a girl trying to accept who she is. That duology is set in a world where dragons can adopt human form, but in some countries in the world, relation between humans and dragons is quite tense.
I enjoyed those books for their detailed writing and for introducing me to such an interesting world, which we get to explore more in the duology’s second book, Shadow Scale, which explores more of the world as well as the region where the dragons live.
I was sad when the duology ended, but was excited and hopeful when I heard of Tess of the Road, a new book set in the same world. I once again looked forward to Hartman’s detailed writing and to explore more of the world. But sadly, I didn’t enjoy Tess’s book as much as Seraphina’s.
In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.