January Book Haul


I am back with another post to bring you all the books I bought in January and December. The majority of these books I bought on BookOutlet for their Boxing day sale so I didn’t spend a ton of money. I have almost 50 books to show you, so, I will make this as brief as possible. 🙂

*I have linked book titles to goodreads so if you want a synopsis just click the link

Historical Fiction           

War of the Roses Bloodline and Ravenspur by Conn Iggulden

  • The third and fourth books in the Wars of the Roses series. I don’t own the first two but I do want to read them because after reading the Cousin War series by Philippa Gregory I want to read more books about this time period.

The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots by Carrolly Erickson

  • I haven’t read much about Mary Queen of Scots but I want to so plan on reading soon.

Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini

  • I received this in my December PageHabit subscription box, I didn’t receive it until January as I live in Canada. This is a novel about Ada Lovelace who studies mathematics and science and doesn’t conform to society expectations.

The Serpent’s Tale and Grave Goods by Ariana Franklin

  • Book two and three in the Mistress of the Art of Death series. I read the first one a long time ago and have been meaning to continue on with the series. This is a medieval mystery series that I found enjoyable. The MC Adelia is a forensic medical examiner in 1171 England.

Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase by Louise Walters

  • Roberta finds a letter of her Grandmothers that leads her to uncover dark truths. I believe this is a dual timeline novel one with Roberta in the present day and of Dorothea(Roberta’s grandmother) during WWII. Sounds so good I think I might read it soon and only 271 pages.Historical Fiction Book Haul

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

  • A story about three people who’s lives become intertwined during WWII. I feel like I have seen this everywhere but at the same time have heard nothing about it. All I know it I needed to have it.

The Pursuit of Pearls by Jane Thynne

  • Another WWII novel following Clara Vine who is a British actress in Berlin and while in enemy territory she acts as a spy for British intelligence. I love a good WWII novel and this one seems like it will be a page turner.

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

  • This is the last WWII novel that I bought this month. I am not sure what this one is about really, I mostly bought because it was part of the 3 for 10 selection and no other books appealed to me.

The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson

  • Maud Heghton becomes a live-in companion to Sylvie Morels and everything is perfect until she soon discovers some of the Morels’ family secrets. Love books about uncovering secrets and betrayal. Look forward to reading.

The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich

  • This was given to me by a co-worker and I am thankful that she has given it to me to read. I don’t know too much about this but it is set in 16th century Venice and is about a renowned midwife.

Blood & Beauty by Sarah Dunant

  • I have been wanting to read this since it came out and I found it at my used bookstore for $2 and in great condition. Can’t wait to read it.

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

  • This one sounds a little weird but I liked the cover of it and that was my main reason for buying it. All I know is it is about a librarian who finds a book that reveals a family curse of travelling circus mermaids who die.

The Duchess by Amanda Foreman

Adult Fiction              

Love Lies Beneath by Ellen Hopkins

  • Ellen Hopkins is an auto-buy author and I want to own all her books, so, I picked this up without know what it is about.

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

  • This is a prequel to Practical Magic following Fran and Jet Owens.

Moonglow by Michale Chason

  • Part memoir, part fiction of deathbed confessions from Chason’s grandfather

Signal Loss by Garry Disher

  • Received in my pagehabit box and is the 7th book in the Inspector Challis series.

Rooms by Lauren Oliver

  • I didn’t love Lauren Oliver’s young adult books but I wanted to give her another chance and see how she does in adult fiction. This is a ghost/haunted house story.

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Room by Emma Donoghue

  • I feel like I am the last one to read this book and I plan on reading this soon and then watch the movie.

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

  • I was excited when I found this at the second-hand shop I have been meaning to buy this in a physical format since forever. I want to reread it this year.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

  • I also picked this up at a second-hand shop and am so glad that I own it again.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

  • Again I am one of the last people to read this. It just seems like such a commitment.

January Book Haul

Dark Rooms by Lili Auolik

  • A mystery thriller set in a New England prep school

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

  • I’ve heard nothing but great things and need to get to it soon.

The Widow by Fiona Barton

  • Not even sure what this one is about but I know I want to read it soon. Love mystery thrillers books.

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

  • I own an e-book version but had to get the physical form when I seen it at second-hand store.

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

  • I bought this without knowing much about I seen it on BookOutlet and liked the title so I got it.

The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett

  • This book gives me Shadow of the Wind vibes and I love that book and so I think I will love this one too.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

  • I believe this is being turned into a movie so will have to read it before it comes out. It is about a hostage/terrorist situation

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Young Adult Fiction              

These YA books haven been hyped and am pretty sure everyone knows about them so I am not going to go in to detail.

January Book Haul

City of Bones and Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Shatter Me and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Tilt and Traffick by Ellen Hopkins


I want to start reading more non-fiction and I have quite a few on my shelves that remain unread. All but two are about writing, I am really interested in reading about writing at the moment.

January Book Haul

Witches of America by Alex Mar

Pagans by James J. O’Donnell

Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Coins

Ernest Hemingway On Writing by Ernest Hemingway

Writers [onWriting] Volume II

Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living

Finishing School. by Cary Tennis and Danelle Morton

I hope you enjoyed my January book haul. What books have you bought recently?

Bookish Matters


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