Library Haul: 2019-01

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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 🙂

Library Haul: Holiday Reads

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I love the library. I’m certain that without a local library at my disposal, my personal shelves would be out of control FILLED and I wouldn’t have any extra money left over to buy more shelves to put them in. I like having the option to buy a book, or check it out from the library before making any hasty decisions. The library is also my favorite place to unhaul books from my shelves, some of which WERE hasty decisions that didn’t pan out.

These are some books I have recently checked out in preparation for the holiday travels coming up. I thought I’d share them with you all and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving before the food comas begin. Hopefully, I’ll have some good reviews for you after the holiday weekend! Let me know if you have read and enjoyed any of these. Goodreads links will be included with each book so you can check them out for yourself.

Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key, #1)  Head Games (Locke & Key, #2)

Locke & Key Volume 1                                     Locke & Key Volume 2

Graphic novels are not normally what I enjoy reading, but every now and then one will catch my interest. I appreciate the fact that these books seem to have some substance to them, meaning they are thicker than most graphic novels. Welcome to Lovecraft is the first in the series and feels quite dark and spooky. I grabbed the second in the series in case I really enjoy this. Excited to get started on these!

The Blasphemer

The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale

This is a historical fiction set in 1917 and I believe introduces a few philosophical ideas within the main story line. I was recommended this book by a Goodreads friend and after scanning the synopsis decided it was worth a try. Lucky for me, the library had it just sitting on the shelves when I went looking for it. This is one book I believe may have the potential to be quite dry, so I am hoping it’s not a difficult read and rather one that has me thinking in an enjoyable way.

Bitter Orange

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

Just released in October of this year, Bitter Orange is another historical fiction, but with a mysterious thriller component. I saw this book on SavidgeReads, a booktube channel that I have just fallen in love with. After hearing the synopsis and the reader’s thoughts on the book after completion, I knew I had to get my hands on it.

Local Girls

Local Girls by Alice Hoffman

I am a huge fan of Alice Hoffman’s writing. In fact, The Dovekeepers and The Ice Queen are both books of hers that remain in my favorite books list. Why I always wait so long to pick up another book by Hoffman, perhaps I’ll never know. Thankfully, I remembered to look for her books last time I was at the library and ended up coming home with this intriguing novel. I didn’t read much of the synopsis, so rather than looking up what it’s about on Goodreads and telling you about it here, I’m deciding to go into this one blind. She’s never let me down before, so why not?

That’s all I have for this haul. Support your local library! Thanks for reading and have a Happy Thanksgiving!