Library Haul: 2019-01

jan library haul

I love a good library haul! While I love a book buying session as much as the next bookworm, I have been working on buying less (like I’ve seen most have resolved to do during this new year 😉 ) and utilizing my local library more. I’m thankful the library exists, for all sorts of reasons, and would like to make a more conscious effort to use it, rather than buying a ton of books I may not end up enjoying.

I haven’t really made any resolutions for 2019, but I have made a goal that involves my backlisted TBR. I have books that have been sitting on my Goodreads to-read list since as far back as 2012, many of those being YA fantasy. And while there is nothing at all wrong with the young adult genre, I’ve realized from my reading last year that I may be growing out of it, and am no longer the target audience for these types of books. Problem is, I added them for a reason. The stories sound super interesting and my curiosity is still quite piqued. All of this ^^^ is to say:

In 2019, my library hauls will be focused mainly on getting to my backlisted TBR books, with a higher priority being given to the YA books I think still sound worth going after. I’m not gathering books in a strict order, but am rather picking and choosing titles, keeping in mind which ones have been there the longest. OK, you’re probably here to see the books so here we go! I grabbed five library books this month and, as usual, Goodreads links will be included for each book. 🙂

This is Belinda Bauer’s debut novel and is a mystery crime thriller. It follows the narratives of a young boy and a child serial killer, both linked in a way you wouldn’t expect. I’ve actually started reading this one already and am about 60 percent of the way through. It’s amazing, chilling, and quite the roller coaster. The story is quite dark, and although it isn’t gory, doesn’t really leave out much in the way of details in some parts. But I can’t wait to see how it ends!



Not sure why this one has been unread for so long. I love Robin McKinley’s retellings and this folktale focuses on Sleeping Beauty’s story. She writes excellent characters, and the narration is never dialogue heavy. And the romance that almost always accompanies a fairy tale, when controlled by this author, is believable and actually quite good.

Spindle's End


If you’ve been following my posts, you’ll know by now I am a sucker for assassins. Naturally, this YA fantasy about a girl who runs away from her family of pirates to avoid a marriage, and ends up being hunted by an assassin. This story has all the elements of something I’d be instantly drawn to from the synopsis alone, and the book cover gives kind of an “Arabian Nights” vibe so I’m really hoping to enjoy the story.

The Assassin's Curse (The Assassin's Curse, #1)


This is a historical fiction novel that follows a young girl named Dora who becomes a midwife apprentice during WWI. The story sounds tragic, but so interesting as Dora must learn to navigate her new profession during a time when modern medicine is pushing back against some of the more traditional ways of healing and caring for patients. This sounds like a book I’ll have trouble putting down.

The Birth House


This is the story of young Will, orphaned assistant to a doctor of monstrumology: the study of monsters. The book sounds like it contains diary passages written by this young assistant as he recounts the terrors and successes of their work in the field. I don’t really know much more about it, but all the more reason to get started reading it right away!

The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)

That’s all for this haul. Thanks for stopping by! Have you read any of these, and if so, what did you think? I’d really love to know 🙂

BOOK HAUL #1: Story Time Reads

I’ve acquired quite a few new books this month thanks to some awesome sales and, well of course, the library. Thought I’d share them with you all. Let me know if you’ve read any of these or what you think I should pick up next. Happy reading!

Physical Copies

Binti (Binti, #1)The HistorianYear of Wonders

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor: I’ve seen this one floating around on Booktube and various other sites for sometime and decided I’d really like to give it a try. At only around 90 pages, this SYFY book should be full of fast-paced action.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova: The synopsis reminded me of The Davinci Code and sounds like it’s going to be an awesome mix of just that kind of history, only with old folklore. I can’t wait to get into this one.

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks: The covers of Brooks’ novels have always intrigued me, so I decided, “why not?” There’s nothing like a good historical fiction with a plague ravaged backdrop for a setting.

The Iron King (The Accursed Kings, #1)Unhonored (The Nightbirds, #2)Flight of the Sparrow

The Iron King by Maurice Druon: How often do you find a book blurbed by an author who claims his/her own book is the copycat of said book??? If you are a fan of the Game of Thrones series as I am, then you’ll understand exactly why I needed this book in my hands ASAP.

Unhonored by Tracy Hickman & Laura Hickman: I’ve very recently finished Unwept, the first book in The Nightbirds duology and I couldn’t leave the last book unread, not knowing how it all ends. I was able to find this one SUPER cheap online so YAY discounts!

Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown: It’s becoming difficult to resist buying a historical fiction novel based more on truth than fiction. And that’s how this book was introduced to me. Had to have it…I have no regrets.

The DollhouseA Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis: Bad influences, 1950’s New York City, beautiful book cover, and I was sold. I don’t know about you, but I love a story with rebellious house maids.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield: This has been on my TBR for awhile now and with it being part of a book sale, I broke down and just BOUGHT IT ALREADY. I think the story itself sounds like an interesting premise for a book, and am curious to find out how close to a memoir it will be.

A Manual For Cleaning Women: Selected Short Stories by Lucia Berlin: Didn’t I tell you I’m a sucker for stories about maids? This is a compilation of short stories about the nitty gritty daily life of housemaids and servants. I will be starting this one soon.

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd (One Thousand White Women, #1)The Secret Chord

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus: Is anyone else fascinated by old pioneer stories that don’t leave out the strong Native American presence that belongs there? This book not only has that, but I’m really excited to see it was written based on the journals of a woman who was a pioneer. At over 400 pages, I’m hoping for an awesome story.

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks: This is the 2nd book I’ve bought by an author I have yet to read anything by. But the synopsis sounded amazing, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to grab it. Another historical fiction fascination of mine is a story based on the Bible, set in Biblical times. And with this novel being about King David’s life, I can’t wait to dive in.

Library Ebooks

Although I don’t buy many ebooks (I prefer to buy the physical copies), I always try and keep something new on my Kindle or Nook. That way I can read in the dark and not keep my husband awake with an obnoxiously heavy and poorly aimed book light. Netgalley is usually my go-to for new ebooks, but sometimes I like to see what my local library has to offer. Here are a few I’ve just recently added!

In the Shadow of BlackbirdsWilla of the Wood (Willa, #1)Dark Places

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters: I’ve had my eye on this one for some time now and was happy to find it available. Set in early twentieth century America, this novel comes with seances, war torn love, and the panicked loves of people surrounded by the Spanish Influenza outbreak. It seems dark and honest, which is exactly what I’m expecting from this historical fiction.

Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty: The stunning cover is what drew me to this initially. It’s GORGEOUS, isn’t it? I’m excited to follow Willa through the wilderness of her homeland, maybe even dabble in a little passed-down family magic. This adventure will be fun!

Dark Places by Gilliam Flynn: The only novel by Gillian Flynn I have yet to read. I was blown away by Gone Girl and Sharp Objects, so it’s safe to say this book will follow as just the kind of raw, dark, and unfiltered Flynn fiction I have come to love.

That’s all for this haul! What books have you hauled recently?