January Book Haul

Hello Book Lovers,

I didn’t actually buy any books in January, these are the books that I purchased from BookOutlet for the Boxing Day sale but I didn’t receive them until January and since I am not purchasing books for a while I figured I would wait to haul them until now. I ended up purchasing 18 books, I will try to make this post short. So lets just get on with the book haul.

Delirium and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

January Book Haul

I was so happy to find that they had Delirium in stock because I bought the other two in the series in November, here is a link to that post Black Friday Book Haul. Now that I have the first in the series I can start reading them.

There is a movie coming out for Before I Fall and it looks good. I would like to watch it when it comes out and now I can read the book first. I am getting Ground Hog Day vibes from this. Samantha Kingston, ends up reliving her last day and begins to uncover the mystery surrounding her death. Sounds very intriguing and can’t wait to read it and then watch the movie.

Lair of Dreams and Going Bovine by Libba Bray

January Book Haul

I was so excited when I seen Lair of Dreams, the second in the Diviners Series, on BookOutlet, I loved the Diviners and have been wanting to read this when it came out in 2015 but I just never got around to picking it up. I look forward to diving back into this world soon.

So based off loving the Diviners I have decided that I need to have all Libba Bray’s books because I loved her writing and storytelling enough that I think I will also enjoy her other books outside the Diviner series. That’s why I figured I might as well pick up Going Bovine, even though it sounds a little strange and am not a fan of the cover. Has anyone read this? If you have let me know what you thought of it.


Wrapped, A Moment Comes and River Runs Deep by Jennifer Bradbury

January Book Haul

I have had Wrapped on my Goodreads want to read shelf since 2011 and I believe I added it because it is a historical fiction and it has Egyptian elements to it. It was only 3.89 so I decided I might as well purchase it and even though I am not sure I will like Jennifer Bradbury I ended up picking the other two books because they were just as cheap.

Wrapped is set in 1815 London and follows the story of Agnes Wilkins as she uncovers a mummy and leading her on an adventure. A Moment Comes is set in 1947 India and follows three characters, Tariq, Margaret and Anupreet, as they adjust to the upcoming partition of the nation. River Runs Deep is more of a middle grade novel and is set in 1842 and is about Elias who has consumption and journeys to this cave that is said to cure consumption.

January Book Haul

What She Left Behind by Tracy Bilen


I love to read realistic fiction and that is why I picked up this book. This book is about how Sara’s mom goes missing, right before they had made plans to move away from her abusive father. Sara tries to uncover the mystery of her missing mother.

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand


The Last Time We Say Goodbye is also a realistic fiction but this one deals with teen suicide. Lex’s brother, Tyler, commits suicide and she is haunted by that night. She had received a text from him that she believes may have changed the outcome. This story is about how she must learn to cope and move on from that tragic event.


Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Another realistic fiction, Speak deals with rape, which is an uncomfortable subject to read about but I also think an important one. Melinda Sordina experienced a traumatic event and after living with this secret fpr a while she has decided that she can’t keep silent and must speak the truth.

January Book Haul

The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr

The Liars’ Club is a memoir of Mary Karr’s childhood growing up in east Texas with her Alcoholic father and oft-married mother who’s many secrets threaten to destroy them. I read Stephen Kings book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft and he recommended this book and it also seems to be a beloved memoir by many. I am interested in reading and seeing what growing up was like for Mary Karr.

A Dark Anatomy by Robin Blake

A Dark Anatomy is a historical fiction mystery set in 1740’s England as Coroner Titus Cragg and Doctor Luke Fidelis try to solve a murder. Sounds like this one will be a good one.

January Book Haul

Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville

I bought this one because I really liked the cover and I am a little unsure of what it is about. After reading the synopsis I am still unsure of what exactly it is about. It starts off in Vienna 1899 about Josef Bruer, a psychoanalyst, and then in Nazi-controlled Germany and follows Krysta, who copes by retreating to a world of fairy tales. From what I can gather I believe the two characters stories are linked.


A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

This is also a cover buy and am now realizing that it is a companion novel to Life After Life. So, not sure if I should read this one if I haven’t read the other one. All I know is this book is about Teddy who is a bomber pilot, husband and father and is about his life before the war, during the war and after. Well, at least that is what I think it is about. I suppose I will find out when I read it and let you know.

January Book Haul


Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn

I would like to read more books set in Rome as I find Rome’s history interesting. This one is set in the First Century and tells the story of Thea a slave who attracts the attention of Emporer Domitian.

Tales from the Arabian Nights Translated by Sir Richard Francis Burton

January Book Haul

I haven’t read the Wrath and the Dawn yet which is a popular duology based off of Arabian Nights and I do own it but now I think it would be a good idea to read Arabian nights first. Just so that I can compare it to the original. I think I will just read a short story every night until I am finished. There are 21 short stories and 661 pages so if I start this in February I should be done by the end of the month.

Peter Pan by J.M Barrie and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

January Book Haul

I picked up some more puffin classic editions, al though they didn’t have the Peter Pan in the regular classic edition they did have this beautiful puffin in chalk one.

Did you get any new books you’re excited about let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading. 🙂

Bookish Matters











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