A Book Haul of eBooks and Fairytales

A few weeks ago after I learned my free time would be severely limited as result of my new job, I decided to treat myself to some new books. As I was browsing for the books I would purchase, I realized one of the books of an author I was looking into was free in its Kindle edition for Amazon Prime members, so I downloaded some others I found that interested me as well.

In general, I’m fairly restrained when it comes to buying books, so I rarely get the chance to do a haul. Therefore, I decided to seize the day do one today (at long last)!

This book haul comes at a time when I’m kicking my writing into full gear, which is why I want to get my hands on everything that looks like it might inspire my own novel. Therefore, you’ll find that many of these books are in the genre(s) in which I want to write: fantasy.

Amazon Prime Free eBooks


Heist Society by Ally Carter. This book is the reason I began searching for what other eBooks were conveniently available for free download on Amazon Prime. I saw an interview where Leigh Bardugo recommended Carter’s work for anyone interested in heist books like Six of Crows. I’m skeptical (based on its cringe-y cover), but I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised!

The Spy with No Name by Jeff Maysh. This book and author I’ve never heard of, but I like a good mystery and the intrigue of spies. Not sure when I’ll read this book, though, as there are so many amazing books I want to read right now. This one smells to me like one buffer book when I need something random to fill my time when I don’t feel like jumping into something super thought provoking.

Air Awakens by Elise Kova. The is the first book in a series I’ve seen talked about a lot in the book blogging community! I’ve intentionally kept myself in the dark as to what this book is about, but I’m happy to have the opportunity to finally see if this book, and series, is for me.

Fallout (Lois Lane) by Gwenda Bond. This book I’ve already DNF-ed. I didn’t have the highest of expectations for this book, but I did have an open mind as I’ve been eagerly anticipating Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman. This book very quickly lost me. I compared it to fan fiction on Goodreads, but honestly that’s unfair to fan fiction as I’ve read far better written fan-written stories with realistic, nuanced characters.

Thieving Forest by Martha Conway. This book, like most of the others on this list, is one that I know next to nothing about. I haven’t even reread the summary to remind myself why I decided to download it. I just saw the medal on it and decided to trust that distinction. Like The Spy with No Name, this is one I’ll probably save for when I’m between books and don’t know quite what I’m in the mood for.

Fairytale-Inspired Books


Uprooted by Naomi Novik. This is a book that has been on my radar for a long-time and the main reason I’ve put it off is I’m not a fan of the U.S. edition cover and the price of the hardback was too high for me. I was able to order it at a reasonable price in paperback and I feel like this book is coming to me at the perfect time as I just feel like this book will inspire my own writing.

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter. This book was recommended by Leigh Bardugo in an interview I watched on YouTube in which she was asked what she recommended (redundant…leaving it anyway). I loved the summary so I decided to put it on my wishlist for a time like this when I wanted to treat myself.

What’s Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi. Because I’ve just been reading Mr. Fox, I’ve been reminded what a beautiful writer Oyeyemi is and I decided to finally spring for this anthology. I had put it off for the same reasons that I put off Uprooted for so long, but I’m excited to finally be able to read these short stories and, hopefully, have her magic rub off on me!

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. This book is not technically out yet, but it is a vanity purchase I made earlier this month. Many of the stories in this anthology are already available for free online, but I wanted to be able to put the pretty book to put on my shelves. I love Leigh Bardugo’s books and she is on my short list of authors whose books I will instantly purchase, which brings me to the final book in my haul…


Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo! Ok, so this is not technically a fairytale, but the argument could be made that it is a similar kind of genre! Not that I’m a genre expert… I am not a big fan of Wonder Woman, as I did not grow up with any of her shows and have never been too impressed by “strong women” dressed in leotards. I’m not really a DC Comics fan either (based on my experience with their lame movies), but a lot of feminists I respect LOVE the character of Wonder Woman and I’m hoping this book will make me love her too! ^_^

End Note

I hope you enjoyed this post! I am not in the habit of doing a lot of book hauls, as I rarely buy/acquire enough books to warrant one. Another book that didn’t make this list because I won’t have it for a few more days is Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas, her latest Throne of Glass installment. It comes out early next month, so I’m excited even though it’s centered on Chaol, a character I’ve never really liked.

Today I’ve been working on my blog in between chores. You can expect to see a few more posts later this week as we head into September. Until then, let me know if you’ve read any of these books in the comments down below.

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Have You Read Any of These? #1

Hello! Thanks for all the support on my first post this weekend. I really appreciate it!

Today I went to library after getting a little bit of exercise by playing Pokemon Go on campus. I had wanted to select some books so I could start my first Make Me Read It feature, but I realized that I’m not really in the mood to start another series or even a really big book that will take me longer than a week to finish. So I might save that for Spring Break, which, for me, is in two weeks. Then I will be home and be able to select books from my personal library!

So today I picked up five short, random books from the library and thought I’d “haul” them here to see if any of you have read them and what you think. I’ll also share some of my initial thoughts on them down below.screen-shot-2017-02-26-at-12-08-28-pm

Shoplifter by Michael Cho | Goodreads | I will probably read this book first because it is a graphic novel and I bet I’ll finish it pretty quickly. I might also be able to carry it with me on my long days on campus if it looks like I’ll have spare time to read.

This Census-Taker by China Miéville | Goodreads | The only reason I pulled this book from the Leisure Reading shelves is because of its size. I’ve never heard of the author before, but after flipping through its pages and reading the synopsis, I decided to give this book a shot.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson | Goodreads | I suppose I’m in a little bit of a spooky reading mood right now, which is why I picked up this book from the library, knowing it was also a pretty short book. It was first recommended to me by an older cousin who also likes to read. And coincidentally it was mentioned in the book I just finished: The Fate of the Tearling. So I figured it’s probably a good time to read this one.

Nutshell by Ian McEwan | GoodreadsOne of my favorite movies is Atonement (2007), which was adapted from the book by this same author. So I’m optimistic that this novel will be a really captivating read, even though it’s a little out of my comfort zone.

A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott | Goodreads | I love reading historical fiction and everything about this book has immediately drawn me in. It caught my attention a few months ago, and the only reason I’ve not borrowed it yet is because I’ve felt like I had a lot of time to read and I’ve never read anything by this author. So I’ve been hesitant. It’s the only of the five books I picked up today that is a little bit longer, but I’m looking forward to getting to it soon!

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