Book Haul

2020, Book Haul

Hey readers…

I have recently been purchasing a few books on my kindle rather than physical books due to the amount of space available in my current house. This book haul is from August to October, let me know if you have read any of these. I will link the goodreads page to the synopsis in the title of each book. Most of these books I have forgotten the synopsis of.

Jade City by Fonda Lee

I bought this book at the end of August after seeing it in a book haul on youtube – I can’t remember which booktuber – at the time I thought it would be something I would be extremely interested in and I am hoping to get to this soon.

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

I have read one book before from Brent Weeks and I flew through the book, the one I read was The Way of Shadows – here is my review for this book.

I have been looking at this book for a while in my local waterstones and I just hadn’t picked it up. I saw it was on sale for kindle and snatched it up right away.

The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett

This is the fourth book in The Demon Cycle series. I have read the first book and I really enjoyed following the main character – I don’t currently have a review for the first book I am planning on re-reading it in the next few months.

The Institute by Stephen King

I think this will be the next book I am going to pick up after finishing my latest Ebook read. I have liked the books I have read of Stephen Kings and I am hoping this is also going to be something I enjoy as well.

The Binding by Bridget Collins

This is a book I have seen in quite a few places, it isn’t something I usually go and grab when I am picking books I want to read but I do like historical fiction which if I remember rightly is what this book is. I have seen lots of good things about it and looks forward to giving it ago.

Killing for Company: the case of Dennis Nilsen by Brian Masters

This is a non-fiction book about a serial killer from the UK. Dennis Nilsen in my opinion is an extremely awful man. I have watched numerous programs on him but didn’t know much about him as a person before he “became” a serial killer. I have recently finished this and will have a review up for it at some point this month.

The Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb

This book is due to be released on November 1st and I was lucky enough to get a copy on Kindle First for October. I have just finished this book and I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would, it did have more romance in than I expected but it was done in a really good way. The ending surprised me and I did really like it. I will have a review up on the day of release so look out for that.

The Other People by C.J.Tudor

I have already read this one and I really enjoyed it. I picked it up as the synopsis grabbed my attention. I gave this 5 stars and my review will be up within the next month. I would recommend this to everyone and was the perfect book for an october read.

Rattle by Fiona Cummins

I bought this book because of the first two lines in the synopsis.

A serial killer to chill your bones

A psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lecter.

I am hoping this lives up to my personal expectations for this. I haven’t heard of this book before but it seemed to have relatively good reviews on Goodreads.

The forgetting Moon by Brian Lee Durfee

This book is something I picked up solely on the fact that a booktuber made me do it. I was watching Alex Nieves recently book haul and he mentioned this author and this book, it sounded really good so I jumped straight onto Amazon and purchased it. I am hoping I like it and that I will get to it soon.

This is everything I have bought in the months of August through to October, no doubt there will be more by the end of the month.

Have you read any of these books let me know what you thought in the comment section below

-Happy reading
xoxo

January Book Haul

2020, Book Haul, January

Hey guys…

I have purchased 8 books in the month of January, these were all purchased with money I received at Christmas.

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

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you can these reviews here and here.

 

 

 

 

Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid

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The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died – and who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help justice to be done using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene or the faintest of human traces.

Forensics draws on interviews with top-level professionals, ground-breaking research and Val McDermid’s own experience to lay bare the secrets of this fascinating science. And, along the way, she wonders at how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine time of death, how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer and how a team of young Argentine scientists led by a maverick American anthropologist uncovered the victims of a genocide.

In her novels, McDermid has been solving complex crimes and confronting unimaginable evil for years. Now, she’s looking at the people who do it for real. It’s a journey that will take her to war zones, fire scenes and autopsy suites, and bring her into contact with extraordinary bravery and wickedness, as she traces the history of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge science of the modern-day

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

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Hana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and her sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And, like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.

For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them—and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them—the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart—or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed

41VPTJzOuPL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_gentry of the British Regency. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, near London. Page 2 of a letter from Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra (11 June 1799) in which she first mentions Pride and Prejudice, using its working title First Impressions. Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet’s five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr. Bingley and his status-conscious

 friend, Mr. Darcy, has moved into their neighborhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, J

ane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth. Though Austen set the story at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of “most loved books.” It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, selling over 20 million copies, and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen’s memorable characters or themes. Please provide your review after purchase for our future enhancements.

Watching you by Arne Dahl

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Someone is watching.

At each abandoned crime scene there’s a hidden clue: a tiny metal cog. someone is sending Detective Sam Berger a message, someone who knows that only he will understand the cryptic trail.

Someone knows.

When another teenage girl disappears without a trace, Sam must convince his superiors that they’re dealing with a serial killer. As the police continue the hunt to find the latest victim, Sam is forced to unearth long-buried personal demons. He has no choice if he is to understand the killer’s message before time runs out.

Somebody is killing just for him.

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson 

According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed …

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They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known as shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won.

Or so the legends say. Today, the only remnants of those supposed battles are the Shardblades, the possession of which makes a man nearly invincible on the battlefield. The entire world is at war with itself – and has been for centuries since the radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne.

On a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes that blow through every few days is a young spearman, forced into the army of a shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn’t understand and doesn’t really want to fight.

What happened deep in mankind’s past?

Why did the Radiants turn against mankind, and what happened to the magic they used to wield

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson 

downloadFrom the bestselling author who completed Robert Jordan’s epic WHEEL OF TIME series comes a new, original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters, and sheer addictiveness.

Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilization that can win wars.

As the world tips into a war for control of the mythical artifacts of power made from Shard, characters are swept up into new dangers that will threaten their integrity and their lives.

Huge, ideas-filled, world-spanning fantasy from a master of the genre.

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

download (1)Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artefacts from a past civilization that can win wars.

As the world tips into a war for control of the mythical artefacts of power made from Shard, characters are swept up into new dangers that will threaten their integrity and their lives.

Huge, ideas-filled, world-spanning fantasy from a master of the genre.

August Book Haul

2019, Book Haul

Hey Readers…

I have bought 7 books this month, which is quite a few for me. Most of these books will continue on a series I am enjoying and would like to continue.

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The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

512bnykbutxl-_sx323_bo1204203200_This is the second book in the Mistborn series. I am currently re-reading the first book and will continue on with this book next month. I don’t know much about this one as I don’t want to spoil myself by reading the synopsis. The first book is set 1000 years after the dark lord beat the good guys. The book has an interesting magic system that uses metals to bring power. If you have the ability to burn metals you can either burn just 1 metal or you can be a Mistborn and burn more.

I am really looking forward to this one.

 

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The girl who lived twice by David Lagercrantz

51zbzhhatvl._sx319_bo1204203200_This is a continuation of the Millenium Series written by Steig Larsson. unfortunately Steig Larsson has passed away so David Lagercrantz has been continuing this series since the first three. I love this series and I really like the main character. I always love knowing when another is due to come out to continue on. 

The Millenium Series is about a girl called Lisbeth Salander, who is a highly-skilled hacker. She is hired by a detective to help find a missing girl. The story goes from there. This series is one of my favourite series and one of the only ones  I will continue to re-read.

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Shadow’s Edge by Brent Weeks 

514qgzmlwgl._sx316_bo1204203200_This is the second book in the Night Angel Trilogy. The first book is The Way of Shadows. The first book follows an Assassin called Durzo Blint, the most accomplished assassin in the city and a young boy called Azoth. Azoth needs to survive and the only way he can think to do this is to become Durzo’s apprentice. 

This is one of the most interesting Assassin books I have read and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the story goes. 

 

 

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Simple Genius by David Baldacci 

This is the third book in the King and Maxwell thriller series by David Baldacci. I picked my first Baldacci book up a couple of months ago and I loved it, so I really need to continue on with the series. I really like the main characters and the books go really quickly when you are reading them. 

I am hoping I enjoy this one as well as I enjoyed the first two. 

 

 

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The Autumn’s Republic by Brian McClellan

61rgrrlxtel._sx316_bo1204203200_This book is also from one of my favourite trilogies, the powder mage trilogy. I picked the first book up in the series based on a suggestion from my husband as he thought I would like it. I loved it. I thought it was different from other fantasies I have read at the time, they use gunpowder to get their abilities. I also like the era that the books seem to be set in, these also give them a different edge. 

I have been putting off buying this book as I didn’t want the story to end but I have it now and can complete this trilogy soon. 

 

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The Sovereign by C.J.Sansom

51ss9pxl5ul._sx328_bo1204203200_This is the third book in the Shardlake series. The first book in the series is set in 1537 around Henry VIII as he has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church. 

The series is fast-paced and is extremely well done. It keeps you really interested and invested in the characters. I have enjoyed this series so far and hope I also enjoy this one. 

 

 

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Arcanium unbounded: The Cosmere Collection by Brandon Sanderson

51e2gov2bpbl._sx324_bo1204203200_This is a collection of short stories written by Brandon Sanderson in the Cosmere world. I will be reading these slotted into different places as I read my way through the Cosmere books.

 

 

 

 

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Have you read any of these books? if you have, what did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below.

–HappyReading
xoxo

June Book Haul

2019, Book Haul

Hey Readers…

I have bought 5 books and was gifted 2 books this month.

Emily Eternal by M.G.Wheaton

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My dad won this book in a competition for me.

Mini-synopsis from Goodreads 

She’s an artificial consciousness, designed in a lab to help humans process trauma, which is particularly helpful when the sun begins to die 5 billion years before scientists agreed it was supposed to.

 

 

The Magdalene Key by Patricia Iris Kerins DHP

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This is also another book my dad won for me.

I have never heard of this book before but I am interested in seeing what it is all about.

Mini-synopsis from Goodreads 

Our heroine Marianna is an intuitive psychic healer and is instructed by her guiding force, The Council of Light to search for The Magdalene Key. This key holds the secret to resurrecting the Divine Feminine in humanity. To begin with, Marianna has to cleanse and clear herself of all past life and ancestral issues.

The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer

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I picked this book up from Waterstones, I  picked this up based on the cover and the synopsis. This is a true story based on a man Gary Gilmore, who robbed and killed two men.

Mini-synopsis from Goodreads 

In what is arguably his greatest work, America’s most heroically ambitious writer follows the short, blighted career of Gary Gilmore, an intractably violent product of America’s prisons who became notorious for two reasons: first, for robbing two men in 1976, then killing them in cold blood; and, second, after being tried and convicted, for insisting on dying for his crime

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

0099560437This is my bargain from the month, I bought this for £1 from Sainsbury’s.

I have watched the film and I now want to read the book, so I am hoping that I like this as much as I liked the film.

Mini-synopsis from Goodreads 

IN THE YEAR 2044, the reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

The Looming Tower Al-Qaeda’s Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright 

9780141029351This is something I also picked up from Waterstone’s. I picked up this book because I was drawn to the subject of the book. I have read lots of books on the 9/11 attacks.

Mini-synopsis from Goodreads 

A sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright’s remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

Chernobyl History of a Tragedy by Serhii Plokhy

9780141988351I have been on a non-fiction kick this month and it is all I want to read at the moment. I have been interested in learning more about the Chernobyl accident since I was in school and we learned about the disaster there. 

Mini-synopsis from Goodreads 

On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill.

Blade Runner by Phillip K. Dick

download (2)This is another bargain book which I got from Sainsbury’s from £1. I have heard of this film but wanted to read the book.

Mini-synopsis from Goodreads 

This text details the making of Blade Runner and its steadily improving fortunes after its indifferent reception in 1982. The film is situated in terms of the debates about postmodernism which have informed the large body of criticism devoted to it.

Let me know what you think of any of these books if you have read it in the comments below.

-Happy Reading
xoxo

Book Haul

2017, blog, Book Haul, May

A few days ago I went to my favourite book store in the UK, Waterstones and bought a couple of books to treat myself. I bought three books altogether, let me know in the comments in you have read any of these. 

The Dwarves by Markus Heitz 

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buy it here

Synopsis from Goodreads

For countless millennia, no man or beast has ever succeeded in breaching the stone gateway into Girdlegard. Until now… Abandoned as a child, Tungdil the blacksmith is the only dwarf in a kingdom of men. But when he is sent out into the world to deliver a message and reacquaint himself with his people, the young foundling finds himself thrust into a battle for which he has not been trained. Not only his own safety, but the life of every man, woman and child in Girdlegard depends upon his ability to embrace his heritage. Although he has many unanswered questions, Tungdil is certain of one thing: no matter where he was raised, he is a true dwarf. And no one has ever questioned the courage of the Dwarves.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together, this dynamic pair began a journey through space aided by a galaxyful of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed, ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian (formerly Tricia McMillan), Zaphod’s girlfriend, whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; and Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he’s bought over the years.

Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? For all the answers, stick your thumb to the stars!

Burton and Swinburne in The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Sir Richard Francis Burton—explorer, linguist, scholar, and swordsman; his reputation tarnished; his career in tatters; his former partner missing and probably dead.

Algernon Charles Swinburne—unsuccessful poet and follower of de Sade; for whom pain is pleasure, and brandy is ruin!

They stand at a crossroads in their lives and are caught in the epicenter of an empire torn by conflicting forces: Engineers transform the landscape with bigger, faster, noisier, and dirtier technological wonders; Eugenicists develop specialist animals to provide unpaid labor; Libertines oppose repressive laws and demand a society based on beauty and creativity; while the Rakes push the boundaries of human behavior to the limits with magic, drugs, and anarchy. The two men are sucked into the perilous depths of this moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack, and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London’s East End.

Their investigations lead them to one of the defining events of the age, and the terrifying possibility that the world they inhabit shouldn’t exist at all!