Book Haul: August 2019

Earlier this month I went to Barnes and Noble and I got some new books! Here’s some information about them! Sidenote, I had a bunch of gift cards plus discounts with my membership. If I didn’t have them, there is no way I would have been able to get all of these books.

Blind Date With A Book

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So the Barnes and Noble I went to had this thing called a blind date with a book which was where there was a pile of books wrapped in brown paper with a little summary on them.

Summary: “He is a member of the lower caste toiling to make a new world inhabitable. He is betrayed when he finds civilization had already reached there. The brave sacrifice everything for power.”

The original price was $16 and the book is fairly thick. I thought that the summary was pretty interesting so I decided to pick it up. I have yet to find out what book it is.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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This book was recommended to me by my friend Natalie. She really loved the book and she has been telling me to read it for a while. I don’t know when I’m going to read it but I finally have it!

Summary: “Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that beter than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.”

The book was $10.99 and has 465 pages. I’m pretty excited to read it because it’s the kind of thing I like to read and my friend knows what I’m into.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

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I saw this book in the library at my school and I started reading it. I really liked it but because it was the end of the school year, I had to turn in the book after only reading a few chapters.

Summary: “It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To hunt down the ancient artifcat the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.

Together they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history—but only if they can stay alive.”

Excerpt: “Séverin stared at the luminous dark of the Eye of Horus. In that second, the air smelled metallic. He could almost see it. Gray rippling the sky as if it were hectic with fever. Fanged teeth of light flashing in the clouds—a taunt to snap. This realization felt like watching a storm. He couldn’t stop what would come next.

And he didn’t want to.”

The book was $18.99 and has 384 pages. I got an exclusive edition, so it has a “behind the scenes” section. The behind the scenes section is an annotated copy of chapter 4 where Roshani Chokshi added notes about the chapter.

Heart of Darkness and Other Stories by Joseph Conrad

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If I hadn’t graduated a year early, I would have been in AP Literature this year. One of the books we would have read is Heart of Darkness so when I saw it, I decided to get it.

The collection of stories are: Heart of Darkness, The Secret Sharer, Youth, Typhoon, Karain: A Memory, and Falk: A Reminiscence.

I got it for $10 as a Barnes and Noble exclusive. It has 358 pages and the last page is signed by Joseph Conrad.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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I already have Circe from Madeline Miller but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I have both of these books on my TBR list though so I decided to get this book too.

Summary: “Achilles, ‘the best of all the Greeks,’ son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful—irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the gods’ wrath.

They are trained by the centaur Chiron in the arts of war and medicine, but when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, all the heroes of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promis of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the cruel Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.”

This book was $16.99 and has 369 pages. I have had a fascination for Greek mythology since I read the Percy Jackson series and I’m excited to read this book (and Circe).

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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Naomi Novik’s books have been on my TBR list for a while. I got some Rumplestiltskin vibes from the title and I was immediately interested. I love fairy-tale type things and that stems a bit from my love for The School for Good and Evil series by Soman Chainani and The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.

Summary: “Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty—until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soo gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk—grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh—Miryem’s fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. She will face an impossible challenge and, along with two unlikely allies, uncover a secret that threatens to consume the lands of humans and Staryk alike. 

The book was $17 and has 466 pages. As I said, I’m interested in fairy tales, even ones I have not heard of before.

Classic Stories of Edgar Allan Poe

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Honestly, I love stories and books from the 1800s and I liked the stories of Edgar Allan Poe that I’ve already read. As soon as I saw this collection, I knew I had to get it.

The collection of stories are split in two parts; the Macabre and the Detection. The Tales of the Macabre are: Metzengerstein, MS. Found in a Bottle, Shadow—A Parable, Silence—A Fable, Berenice, Morella, Ligeia, The Fall of the House of Usher, William Wilson, A Descent into the Maelström, The Masque of the Red Death, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat, The Premature Burial, The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, The Cask of Amontillado, and Hop-Frog. The Tales of Detection are: The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Rogêt, The Purloined Letter, and The Gold-Bug.

I also got this book for $10 as a Barnes and Noble exclusive. It has 348 pages.

Artemis by Andy Weir

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Truth be told, I had never heard of this book before. There was a buy 2 get a 3rd free sale on paperbacks and this was the 3rd I chose. The author is the same one who wrote The Martian which became a movie. I saw that movie but up until I got this book, I had no idea that The Martian was originally a book.

Summary: “Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich. Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity’s first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to move out of her coffin-sized apartment and eat something better than flavored algae. Rich enough to pay off a debt she’s owed for a long time.

So when a chance at a huge score finally comes her way, Jazz can’t say no. But engineering the perfect crime is just the start of her problems—because her little heist is about to land her in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.

Trapped between competing forces, pursued by a killer and the law alike, she’ll have to hatch a truly spectacular scheme to have a chance at staying alive and saving her city.

Jazz is no hero, but she is a very good criminal. 

That’ll have to do.

While I did not know much about the book, the idea of colonies in space has always interested me. There’s a novel I’m working on that has a space colony. It’s completely different, but I like the idea.

Have you read any of these books? If you have, comment and tell me how you felt about them (without spoilers)!

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