A Recent Book Haul

The mountains are yearning.

This is my “YAY you survived getting snowed in and cabin fever” book haul. This book haul is basically what I did the very moment I was able to pull out of my driveway. I had been snowed in and stuck at my house for 6 days I had been able to drive somewhere on a Saturday and then I was stuck until the following Thursday. That’s a long time to be stuck at home and I’m usually a self-described hermit but take away my option to leave and I was bouncing off the walls.

After I dropped my bf off at work I went straight to Barnes and Noble and instantly felt my irritation and stress melt away like the snow should do, but no its still here! I was planning to get maybe two or three books but it was like a damn broke and suddenly I couldn’t bring myself to walk away from a single one of these books.

There a devilish voice in my head talking about how we deserve these books after all the stress we went through being snowed in and having all of our plans canceled on us, we missed out on seeing a kitten because of the snow so that means we deserve all of these books! Right? Probably not but its too late to really do anything about it now. I had also been wanting to go to Barnes and Noble before I got snowed in so this book buying feeling had been building in me for the entire week I was stuck in my house.


On The Come Up
by Angie Thomas

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

I’ve been eagerly awaiting this for over a year, I adored and sobbed my way through The Hate U Give and I’m excited to see what Angie has lined up for this book.


by Robert Jackson Bennett

Synopsis: Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne’s docks, is nothing her unique abilities can’t handle.

But unbeknownst to her, Sancia’s been sent to steal an artifact of unimaginable power, an object that could revolutionize the magical technology known as scriving. The Merchant Houses who control this magic–the art of using coded commands to imbue everyday objects with sentience–have already used it to transform Tevanne into a vast, remorseless capitalist machine. But if they can unlock the artifact’s secrets, they will rewrite the world itself to suit their aims.

Now someone in those Houses wants Sancia dead, and the artifact for themselves. And in the city of Tevanne, there’s nobody with the power to stop them.

To have a chance at surviving—and at stopping the deadly transformation that’s under way—Sancia will have to marshal unlikely allies, learn to harness the artifact’s power for herself, and undergo her own transformation, one that will turn her into something she could never have imagined.

I saw this recently featured in a reading vlog from PeruseProjects and this sounds like something right up my alley, the magic system sounds really unique and there is a thief main character? I like that troupe plus, this was the last copy in the store, it was obviously mine.


An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
by Hank Green

Synopsis: The Carls just appeared.

Roaming through New York City at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship—like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor—April and her friend, Andy, make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day, April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world—from Beijing to Buenos Aires—and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.

Seizing the opportunity to make her mark on the world, April now has to deal with the consequences her new particular brand of fame has on her relationships, her safety, and her own identity. And all eyes are on April to figure out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.

To be honest, I’m kinda tired hearing about this book, it seems to be everywhere for a couple days, and it was after its hyped stage, I went from not seeing much about it so seeing it every time I unlocked my phone and went on Twitter or Instagram or Youtube. So I need to read this now before I’m just done.


Courting Darkness
by Robin LaFevers

Synopsis: Death wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning…

Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now. In a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they quickly find themselves surrounded by enemies. Their one ray of hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates, disguised and hidden deep in the French court years ago by the convent—provided Sybella can find them.

Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she struggles to remember who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. Her only solace is a hidden prisoner who appears all but forgotten by his guards. When tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to take matters into her own hands—even if it means ignoring the long awaited orders from the convent.

As Sybella and Gen’s paths draw ever closer, the fate of everything they hold sacred rests on a knife’s edge. Will they find each other in time, or will their worlds collide, destroying everything they care about?

I loved the His Fair Assassin trilogy and Sybella was one of my favorite characters in it, I marathoned my way through it in a week or so, once I saw that this was a thing I felt this unbearable need build up in me because I need these BAMFs back in my life.


by Tara Westover

Synopsis: Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag”. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.

Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent.

Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes and the will to change it.

This was a total impulse buy for me, I’ve been intrigued about it ever since the Goodreads Choice Awards and the synopsis sounds very interesting. I was getting help at Barnes and Noble looking for another book and I started reading through this as I was waiting and decided to just get it, it had one of these members save 40% stickers on it so I thought “why not?” This sounds like it’ll be inspirational and maybe a little heartbreaking.


The Great Alone
by Kristin Hannah

Alaska, 1974.
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.

I just finished the Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker and I really want to read another book set in Alaska, I decided to go with this one because it was on my TBR anyways and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it.


Next Year in Havana
by Chanel Cleeton

Synopsis: After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity–and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution…

Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba’s high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country’s growing political unrest–until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary…

Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa’s last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth.

Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba’s tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she’ll need the lessons of her grandmother’s past to help her understand the true meaning of courage.

This is another youtube find and I saw it on Read By Zoe’s channel and she compared it to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo with the back and forth perspectives between the future and past storylines and having them come together. I really loved that about TSHOEH and wanted to read another book in that format.


That Month in Tuscany
by Inglath Cooper

Synopsis: Ren Sawyer and Lizzy Harper live completely different lives. He’s a rock star with a secret he can no longer live with. She’s a regular person whose husband stood her up for a long planned anniversary trip.

On a flight across the Atlantic headed for Italy, a drunken pity party and untimely turbulence literally drop Lizzy into Ren’s lap. It is the last thing she can imagine ever happening to someone like her. But despite their surface differences, they discover an undeniable pull between them. A pull that leads them both to remember who they had once been before letting themselves be changed by a life they had each chosen.

Exploring the streets of Florence and the hills of Tuscany together – two people with seemingly nothing in common – changes them both forever. And what they find in each other is something that might just heal them both.

I don’t really know why I picked this up other then it is set in Tuscany, I’m a sucker for that, just mention Tuscany and that book is an instant buy for me. I also really enjoy romances that have artistic characters like musicians and painters so that was another reason for me to pick this up.


by Michelle Obama

Synopsis: An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments.

Two memoirs in one book haul, this is surprising for me. I’m making good progress on my goal to read more non-fiction this year because the first step is to acquire more non-fic and why not pick up my favorite first lady’s memoir? I am so excited to read more about her life and read her beautiful words.


And that’s my book haul for now. I went too crazy I know but there were so many good releases and I felt the need to treat myself after the snowstorm. I also don’t plan on purchasing any other books for a while except for Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon because that is a long-anticipated release for me.

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