April Book Haul

April 2016 Book Haul

In the month of April, I purchased 13 books, I was able to buy all these books for a really great price. Which makes me feel better about how many books I purchased. Most of these books I am very excited to read so I will more than likely be reading them right away, so they won’t be on my shelf unread for long and some of the books were too good of a deal to pass up.

I was on the Varagesale app checking to see if there were any used books on there I might like for cheap and I was in luck I found the Graceling Realm Series and the Gemma Doyle Trilogy. Even though they are used they look brand new.  I have been wanting to read these series for quite some time and now I have them in my possession.

In this series we have Graceling, Fire and Bitterblue. I was recommended to read Graceling by a friend, it has been a few years since that recommendation, not sure what the hold up was but oh well, better late than never. Now that I have the series I will be reading them sometime this year probably sometime in the fall.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

In the realm of that Graceling is set in a few people are graced with great skill, these people are called Gracelings. Our main character, Katsa, is graced with the ability to kill because of her skill she is the king’s thug and I gather this is not something she enjoys. Her life changes when she meets Prince Po, who is also a Graceling, together they go on an adventure, were they uncover some secrets and Katsa learns some truths about her grace.


Fire by Kristin Cashore

This is a companion novel to Graceling, so no need to worry about spoiling myself by reading the synopsis. This book is set in the same world but follows main character Fire, who is the last human monster, who can control minds. This unique ability has her helping out the Royal Family to uncover the plot against the king.



Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Bitterblue is the sequel to Graceling so I didn’t want to read the synopsis and spoil myself.


Gemma Doyle Series by Libba Bray

I previously read The Diviners by Libba Bray and loved it. So am positive I will love this series as well. This trilogy consists of A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing and they are fantasy novels set in the Victorian Age.


A Great and Terrible Beauty starts off with a family tragedy, and our main character Gemma is shipped off to London to attend the Spence Academy. There she finds out her mom has connection to a group called the order.  Also, Gemma possess supernatural powers that allow her to see the future. Oh and some guy has followed her and advises her not use her powers just to close her mind to it. It all sounds very intriguing and can’t wait to read this.


While at my local Dollarama I stopped by the book section to see if I could find anything worthwhile. I was pleased to find a couple of books by an author I like, Lisa See. So I bought Snowflower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love. Super happy to add these to my Lisa See collection and even happier that they were only $3 each.

Peony In Love by Lisa See

What I gather from the synopsis this is a tragic love story. Our main character Peony falls in love at first sight and will also uncover past secrets and love that transcends death. Hmm not too sure what this is really about but I think this will be my next Lisa See book I will read.



Snow Flower and The Secret Fan by Lisa See

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a book about friendship Snow Flower is Lily’s lao-tong (old same) Snow Flower sends Lily a silk fan written in a secret language and so begins their friendship. As they grow up they continue to send each other messages. Their friendship develops to a deep bond until a misunderstanding threatens their bond.snowflower-and-the-secret-fan

Chapters was having a promotion call read more get more, if you bought more books the more plum points you would get. I am a sucker for points so obviously I needed to get as many points as I could. I picked up All the Light We Cannot See, The Little Paris Book Shop, The Taming of the Queen, Brooklyn, and The Nest. I have had my eye on these books for a while and happy that I waited because I got them all for a great price.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

So many loves for this book, love the title, love the cover, love that it is historical fiction. This book follows two characters, a girl named Marie-Laure who lives in Paris and Werner Pfenning from Germany. When the Nazis occupy France, Marie-Laure and her father flee Paris to her great-uncles place by the sea. Her father having worked at the museum, they bring with them the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

Werner is talented at building and fixing radios and because of this talent he finds himself having to track down the resistance. In Saint-Malo, Marie-Laure and Werner lives become intertwined.



The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The premise of this books sounds amazing and I just know I am going to fall in love with this book. I enjoy reading books were the storyline involves books.

Monsieur Perdu prescribes books that mend peoples broken hearts and souls. He intuitively knows what book the person needs to read to make them better. The only problem is he, himself suffers from heartbreak but can’t be healed. The love of his life disappeared leaving only a letter, which he has never opened. After many years of have passed he finally opens the letter and heads to South France, there he hopes he can find peace and put an end to the story.


The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

What can I say, its Philippa Gregory and it was on sale, so I had to buy this.

The Taming of the Queen is about King Henry VIII’s sixth and last wife, Kateryn Parr. A recent widow and is thirty years old catches the eye of the king, she has no choice but to marry the king, even though she loves another. As Queen, she reunites Princess Mary and Princess Elizabeth with their father and is even made Queen Regent. Henry adores her but this doesn’t make her safe. Rivals and churchman would have her accused for heresy, punishable by death.


Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

Seen the movie, loved the movie and am sure the book will be just as good, if not better.

A coming of age story about Ellis Lacey, who has been sponsored by a priest to go to America. So she sets off to Brooklyn leaving her Mom and sister behind in Ireland.


The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Can we just take a moment and admire the beauty that is this book cover, the beautiful robin’s egg blue, the golden embossing and the diamond print with the “P” at each point. Ahh soo pretty. I will fully admit this was a cover buy. If the blurb on the cover is any indication I’m sure I will enjoy it because Amy Poehler called it intoxicating and if Amy liked it that is good enough for me.

The book is about the dysfunctional Plumb family and when one member of the family has an accident their joint trust fund is threatened.

And with that, that brings us to the end of my April book haul. I’m sure you will find most of these books in my upcoming TBR posts. If anyone has read the books mentioned I would like to hear your thoughts on them.

                Thanks and Happy Reading!

Bookish Matters


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