Books & Coffee #13 – September 2018 Book Haul

My birthday month has come and gone, and I’ve now got a few more books.

I am thinking about doing these book hauls periodically. Not every month, I don’t pick up enough books to do them every month, but maybe every three months, like I tend to do my reading wrap-ups.

Right now, though, I did gather enough books to do one for September only. It was my birthday, like I said, so there was some birthday money that needed to be spent on books, and also – as you could’ve seen in last week’s post – I got a book gift card and a book for my birthday. So I ended up with 7 new books. And I am not complaining.

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Let’s start off with the series that I picked up this month. Yes, I got three books in the same series at the same time. I actually read the first two books a few years ago and felt like re-reading them, and them also the third book came out. And they were cheap. So I got them all.

Wicked Appetite – Janet Evanovich
(and then also Wicked Business and Wicked Charms)

“Lizzy Tucker has inherited a historic house in Marblehead, Massachusetts, taken a new job as pastry chef for Dazzle’s Bakery in Salem, and set her sights on a comfortable future. The comfortable future and any hope for normalcy evaporates when dark-haired, dark-hearted Gerwulf Grimoire ad his nemesis, a blond beach bum named Diesel, enter Dazzle’s and change Lizzy’s life forever.
Grimoire has set his sights on the Stones of SALIGIA rumored to have found their way to Salem. The seven stones, each representing one of the seen deadly sins, can bestow frightening powers upon its owner. Powers that would be dangerous in Grimoire’s hands…
Diesel is a man with a mission: to stop Grimoire at all costs. In order to do that he’ll need to convince the baker she alone has the ability to keep Grimoire from the stones. Once Lizzy and Diesel become a team, Diesel will have to guards Lizzy’s body… day and night.
The seven deadly sins pretty much cover everything that’s wicked. Diesel thinks they also pretty much cover everything that’s fun. And Lizzy thinks Diesel and the Sins cover everything her mother warned her about…”

I picked these up because I finished my Cainsville series, and I was in the mood for something just like that. Something lighthearted and funny, sarcastic, a little magical and a little sexy. I was actually thinking about picking up another Kelley Armstrong series, but then I remembered this one, and that I liked this one and that for the longest time I had been waiting for the third book to come out. And then there it was! So I picked up all three books that are out right now, in the hopes that I’ll like it as much as I remember I did years ago, and in the hopes that it satisfies my craving for books like this a little. I will probably fly through these as from what I remember they are those easy to read books that just suck you in. But we’ll see. I’ll keep you updated.

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And then I got 4 stand-alone books. Or three stand-alone books and one book that is the second one in a detective series but I don’t think it’s one of those series that you HAVE to read in order.

The Last Mile – David Baldacci

“Melvin Mars awaits his fate on Death Row. He was one of America’s most promising football stars until, aged twenty, he was arrested and convicted for the murder of his parents.
When FBI Special Agent Amos Decker hears the new that Melvin was saved moments before his execution because someone else confessed to the killings, he launches an investigation into the Mars murders to find out what really happened. It soon becomes clear that there is someone out there with a lot to hide, and a secret everyone is looking to uncover.
As the investigation deepens, Decker and his team discover layer upon layer of lies and deception rooted in a period of American history that most would rather forget, but which some seem keen to remember.”

This is the second book in the Amos Decker series. I finished the first book at the beginning of the year, and liked it a lot – although I had a hard time getting into the story. By the end of it I knew I wanted more, and when I saw this in the bookstore a few weeks ago whilst I was desperate to buy a book (right after I finished The Fate Of The Tearling and the Cainsville series) I decided to pick it up. I actually have a few unread books like this on my shelves from a different series I’ve been reading, and I am hoping this one will get me back in to the police/detective genre.

The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert

“Alice has spent most of her life on the road, always one step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at her heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, a reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her isolate estate  -the Hazel Wood – Alice discovers how bad her luck can really get.
Her own mother is stolen away – by a figure who claims to come from the supernatural world where fairy tales are set. Alice’s only clue is the message left behind:
STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD.
To rescue her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began…”

This is the other book I picked up on that bookstore visit I just told you about when I was desperate for something new. It has been a while actually since I got a new YA book, and with the magical fairy tale like story I thought I would give it a try. I am over halfway through in this one, and although I like the story, I don’t love the book. The characters just aren’t really my thing, and same thing for the way it is written. Maybe I’m just not very much into the whole YA genre right now, as there is another YA series that I LOVED the first three books from, but I just can’t work my way through the fourth one.
Anyways, I will definitely finish this just because I am enjoying the story line, but I don’t think it will get more that 3 stars.

Tomorrow – Damian Dibben

“A winter’s night, Venice, 1815. A 217-year-old dog is searching for his lost master.
So begins Tomorrow, a story of love that spans the centuries. Tomorrow is a dog who must travel through the gilded courts of kings and the brutal battlefields of Europe in search of the man who granted him immortality.
Tomorrow befriends both animals and humans, falls in love and marvels at the human ability to make music while despairing at their capacity for war. But Tomorrow’s journey is also a race against time. Danger stalks his path, and in the shadows lurks an old enemy. Before his pursuer can reach him, he must find his master – or lose him forever.”

First, I fell in love with the cover. It is absolutely beautiful, there’s no denying that. And then when I read what it was about – an immortal dog – I was intrigued. It is not the type of book I normally read, far from it actually, but I just wanted to read it. I love dogs, so that’s good, and there’s obviously a touch of magic at least, which I love as well. Furthermore there must be a bit of history – not normally what I read but I definitely don’t mind it – and then again THE COVER. It is beautiful and even if I don’t love the book at least I can stare at it for days on end. I got this book with my gift card, by the way, because with a birthday present like that you need to buy something beautiful.

The Northern Clemency – Philip Hensher

“In 1974, the Sellers family is transplanted from London to Sheffield in northern England. On the day they move in, the Glover household across the street is in upheaval: convinced that his wife is having an affair, Malcolm Glover suddenly disappeared. The reverberations of this rupture will echo through the years to come as the connection between the family deepens. But it will be the particular crises of ten-year-old Tim Glover – set off by two seemingly inconsequential but ultimately indelible acts of cruelty – that will erupt, full blown, two decades later.”

My mother-in-law gave me this book for my birthday. It is, like the last book, very different from what I normally read, but it sounds very interesting, and definitely as something I might enjoy. And also, again, the book looks really beautiful.
Also, it was short-listed for the Man Booker prize, which I think is a good sign (I don’t keep up with all the book prizes but internet has told me many times that this particular one is a prize to be trusted) so I am excited to start reading this!

And that are all the books I got this month. However, I am writing this on Friday the 28th, and I’ve got a whole weekend where things can happen and books can be bought, so who knows, there might be another haul coming up soon… (let’s hope not though!).

Thanks for stopping by ❤

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