Book Haul • September 2018

I have a bit of spare cash this month because I thought I had a big expenditure coming up but it turns out I don’t. Most people might squirrel that cash away in a savings account, but I’m not most people. I’m frivolous and I want ALL the books!

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland 

I’m a sucker for anything zombie-related so this is an immediate sell for me. It’s actually the October choice for the book club I’m part of, but I want to get a start on it early so that I’m not scrambling last minute!

dread nation

It’s the story of a POC called Jane McKeene who was born two days before the dead began to walk battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville, changing America forever. Jane trains to put the dead down – for good – while also navigating a racist society.

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo 

I’ve been waiting for a truly great Little Mermaid retelling and I think this is it. The cover is not only BEAUTIFUL but the blurb is right up my street. A Goodreads user called Emily May wrote all that we need to know about this book:

Lira: In one move, I plunge my fist into the prince’s chest and pull out his heart.

Elian: Technically, I’m a murderer, but I like to think that’s one of my better qualities. 

to kill a kingdom

Just from those two lines, I’m hooked. These characters sound AWESOME. Here’s hoping I’m not disappointed! It’s €6.80 on Book Depository right now so what are you waiting for?

It’s the story of a siren princess called Lira who has a collection of hearts from seventeen princes. She is renowned across the sea as a lethal badass. After a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own, the Sea Queen punishes her daughter and transforms Lira into the thing they loathe most – a human. Robbed of her song, she has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

Prince Elian is the heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world, but the ocean is his true home and hunting sirens is his hobby of choice. When he rescues a drowning woman, she promises to help him find the key to destroying sirenkind for good, but can he trust her?

I’m sold.

The Art of Extreme Self-Care by Cheryl Richardson 

I think this is an oldie, but apparently it’s a goodie. I’ve been trying to prioritise self-care lately but some of my bad habits are hard to break. As this book is under a tenner on BD, I figured I’d get it and try and sort my life out!

art of extreme self care

It offers 12 strategies to transform your life one month at a time and includes chapters such as ‘Take Your Hands off the Wheel’, ‘The Absolute No List’ and ‘Does That Anger Taste Good?’

Can’t wait for this to arrive!

The Black God’s Drums by P. Djeli Clark 

I think this is a novella but the blurb is so fantastic I couldn’t not pick it up. In fact, I quite miss novellas. I don’t read them that often but that’s because nobody really writes them anymore, certainly not as much as they used to. I think most books are too long these days, but that probably isn’t going to change any time soon.

art of extreme self care

It’s set in an alternate New Orleans during the American Civil War and follows a wall-scaling girl called Creeper who desperately wishes to escape to the sky. She plans to earn the trust of the Captain of the Midnight Robber, an airship she desperately wishes to board, by giving her information about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums.

But she has another secret. Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, speaks inside her head and may have her own ulterior motivations. Creeper, Oya and the Midnight Robber’s crew are soon pulled into a dangerous mission to stop the Black God’s Drums from being unleashed and wiping out New Orleans for good.

I’m excited for all the books to arrive, but this is the one I’m most looking forward to reading! It will also be an ideal choice for the Modern Mrs Darcy challenge – ‘A book you can read in a day’.

What books are on your TBR? What did you buy this month? Let me know in the comments!

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