Book Haul – February 2019

Hey guys! I’m back with another book haul this month where, once again, I bought way more books that I read 😂 Still not sticking to that book ban!

This month I bought:

  • The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea

Blurb: Jón Eiríksson buried one wife this year. How long before he buries a second? 1686, Iceland. An isolated, windswept land haunted by witch trials and steeped in the ancient sagas. Betrothed unexpectedly to Jón Eiríksson, Rósa is sent to join her new husband in the remote village of Stykkisholmur. Here, the villagers are wary of outsiders. But Rósa harbours her own suspicions. Her husband buried his first wife alone in the dead of night. He will not talk of it. Instead he gives her a small glass figurine. She does not know what it signifies. The villagers mistrust them both. Dark threats are whispered. There is an evil here – Rósa can feel it. Is it her husband, the villagers – or the land itself? Alone and far from home, Rósa sees the darkness coming. She fears she will be its next victim…

Genre: Fiction, Historical

I was part of the blog tour for this book leading up to its publication and really loved it! Since then, Caroline Lea came into the bookshop that I work in to sign some copies of the book and I couldn’t help but pick up a signed version. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Caroline was super lovely to chat to!

  • The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

Blurb: One girl can make a difference… Moscow is in flames, leaving its people searching for answers – and someone to blame. Vasya, a girl with extraordinary gifts, must flee for her life, pursued by those who blame their misfortune on her magic. Then a vengeful demon returns, stronger than ever. Determined to engulf the world in chaos, he finds allies among the men and spirits. Mankind and magical creatures alike find their fates resting on Vasya’s shoulders. But she may not be able to save them all.

Genre: Fiction, Historical, Fantasy

I’m currently reading The Girl in the Tower, the second book in the Winternight Trilogy and am loving it! I couldn’t help but pick up the third book, complete with gorgeous hardback cover design!

  • Tangerine by Christine Mangan

Blurb: The last person Alice Shipley expected to see when she arrived in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the horrific accident at Bennington, the two friends – once inseparable roommates – haven’t spoken in over a year. But Lucy is standing there, trying to make things right. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to like in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy, always fearless and independent, helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice – she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her; her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to come to Tangier and her very own state of mind.

Genre: Fiction, Thriller

This was a Waterstones BOTM for February and so thought I should pick it up to see what is being recommended to customers. Funnily enough, one of my co-workers sold this book to me perfectly and so I couldn’t help but take a copy home!

  • Adéle by Leïla Slimani

Blurb: Adéle appears to have the perfect life. A respected journalist, she lives in a flawless Parisian apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But beneath the veneer of ‘having it all’, Adéle is bored – and consumed by an insatiable need for sex, whatever the cost. Struggling to contain the twin forces of compulsion and desire, she begins to orchestrate her life around her one-night stands and extramarital affairs, arriving late to work and lying to her husband about where she’s been, until she becomes ensnared in a trap of her own making.

Genre: Fiction, Psychological

I really enjoyed Slimani’s first book, Lullaby (you can check out my review here) and was super excited to see this book hit the shelves. I picked it up almost straight away and can’t wait to get started!

  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Blurb: For Marie-Laure, blind since the age of six, the world is full of mazes. The miniature of a Paris neighbourhood, made by her father to teach her the way home. The microscopic layers within the invaluable diamond that her father guards in the Museum of Natural History. The walled city by the sea, where father and daughter take refuge hen the Nazis invade Paris. And a future which draws her ever closer to Werner, a German orphan, destined to labour in the mines until a broken radio fills his life with possibility and brings him to the notice of the Hitler Youth.

Genre: Fiction, Historical

This book was recommended to me by one of my co-workers as the ‘best book he’d ever read’. I couldn’t say no to that and picked it up right away. The historical aspect sounds right up my street and I’m really looking forward to reading it.

  • The Earth is Singing by Vanessa Curtis

Blurb: My name is Hanna Michelson. I am fifteen. I am Latvian. I live with my mother and grandmother. My father is missing – taken by the Russians. I have a boyfriend. When he holds my hand, everything feels perfect. I’m training to become a dancer. But none of that matters now. Because the Nazis have arrived, and I am a Jew. And as far as they’re concerned, this is all that matters. This is my story.

Genre: Fiction, Historical, Children’s

As you guys probably know, I’m a huge fan of Once (and the books that follow) by Morris Gleitzman (you can check out my review here) and reading the blurb of this book gave me the same feel. I have high hopes for this book and am interested to see how it compares to Gleitzman’s work.

What books did you purchase this month? Did you pick up any of these books too? Or maybe you’ve already read these books! What did you think? I’d love to know! 

You can always find me over on Instagram and Twitter if you’d like to discuss any of these books (or any others that I’ve featured) in more detail 😌📚

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