Hey friends! So I’ve been on a bit of a self-imposed book buying ban for the past year. I think I’ve purchased only two or three books this entire year, if my memory is serving me correctly, one of which is including in this haul. I own approximately 500 books and about 50% are unread, so you can understand why I’m trying not to buy any more books lol. Anyways, even though I’ve only purchased two or three books this, I still have quite the amount of books I’ve collected in this past week alone. I’ve purchased one of them, another one I won in a bet against my fiance, and the rest of them were collected for free from my local library that was giving them away! So here is my autumn book haul! Enjoy!
- 1 Bird Box by Josh Malerman
- 2 The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
- 3 The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
- 4 The October List by Jeffery Deaver
- 5 Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton
- 6 Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander
- 7 Blood-Drenched Beard by Daniel Galera
- 8 Leave Me by Gayle Forman
- 9 Tornado Weather by Deborah Elaine Kennedy
- 10 Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
- 11 Starry Night by Debbie Macomber
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Autumn Book Haul
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages now – almost every review I’ve read or heard, have stated this is the scariest book that they’ve ever read and I am so down for that! I know it’s a little late for Halloween but I enjoy a good spooky book any time of the year.
“Written with the narrative tension of The Road and the exquisite terror of classic Stephen King, Bird Box is a propulsive, edge-of-your-seat horror thriller, set in an apocalyptic near-future world—a masterpiece of suspense from the brilliantly imaginative Josh Malerman.
Something is out there . . .
Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.
Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now, that the boy and girl are four, it is time to go. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?
Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey—a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motley group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside—and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?
Interweaving past and present, Josh Malerman’s breathtaking debut is a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.”
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
I read Milk and Honey early this year and absolutely loved it so as soon as I learned that this book was a thing, I immediately added it to my wishlist but wasn’t planning on purchasing it due to my book buying ban, but an opportunity came around when my fiance, Chris, made a bet with me. He betted that I would laugh when I watched the music video for Always by Erasure and I bet that I wouldn’t. Obviously, I won because he bought me this book, but the entire time I was watching the music video, I was biting on my cheeks to prevent myself from laughing because it was so funny lol. Anyways, now I’m excited to read this one!you should buy these books. Click To Tweet
“From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.
Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, The Sun and Her Flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.
this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
in order to bloom.”
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
So every first Friday of the month, downtown Sioux Falls (South Dakota), holds an event called ‘First Friday’ in which many museums, bars, restaurants, have free or discounted services. My fiance and I decided to visit the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion, and when we got there, the lady checking us in said that we could go pick out a handful of free books! She said that the library donates them every First Friday (so now you know where I’ll be every first Friday of the month). Imagine my surprise when I saw The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) sitting there! So I immediately swooped it up and haven’t been happier to get a free book. All of the following books were also picked up for free.
“The Cuckoo’s Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.
Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.
You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this. ”
The October List by Jeffery Deaver
This was another book that I picked up at the Washington Pavilion’s library book donation pile. The back summary intrigued me so I had to bring it home with me. I love myself a good mystery thriller book and have heard amazing things about Jeffery Deaver. Plus, it had October in the title which is my favorite month, which probably has nothing to do with the plot but hey, it was free.
“Gabriela waits desperately for news of her abducted daughter.
At last, the door opens.
But it’s not the negotiators. It’s not the FBI.
It’s the kidnapper.
And he has a gun.
How did it come to this?
Two days ago, Gabriela’s life was normal. Then, out of the blue, she gets word that her six-year-old daughter has been taken. She’s given an ultimatum: pay half a million dollars and find a mysterious document known as the “October List” within 30 hours, or she’ll never see her child again.
A mind-bending novel with twists and turns that unfold from its dramatic climax back to its surprising beginning, THE OCTOBER LIST is Jeffery Deaver at his masterful, inventive best.”
Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton
I also picked up this one while at the Washington Pavilion. The cover of it grabbed my eye, as well as the title. Although the summary wasn’t what I had thought it’d be from the title but it still intrigued me to enough to put it in my bag. Even though I was expecting zombies, like I’ve mentioned before, I love a good thriller.
“Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor.
She’s seen the killer’s face – but he’s also seen hers. And he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime.
Alone, scared, trusting no one, she’s running to where she feels safe – but it could be the most dangerous place of all . . .”
Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander
I’ve never heard of this book before but like Dead Woman Walking, the cover of it caught my eye so I picked it up. From the summary, it looks like I’ll get a lot of different character point of views and it touches on some sensitive topics so I’m quite excited!
“A prisoner in a secret cell. The guard who has watched over him a dozen years. An American waitress in Paris. A young Palestinian man in Berlin who strikes up an odd friendship with a wealthy Canadian businessman. And The General, Israel’s most controversial leader, who lies dying in a hospital, the only man who knows of the prisoner’s existence.
From these vastly different lives Nathan Englander has woven a powerful, intensely suspenseful portrait of a nation riven by insoluble conflict, even as the lives of its citizens become fatefully and inextricably entwined–a political thriller of the highest order that interrogates the anguished, violent division between Israelis and Palestinians, and dramatizes the immense moral ambiguities haunting both sides. Who is right, who is wrong–who is the guard, who is truly the prisoner? ”
Blood-Drenched Beard by Daniel Galera
To be honest, the cover of this book is what made me pick it up. I love the colors and the typography – it looks like a work of art. I can’t really wrap my head around the synopsis but it kind of sounds like the style of Kazuo Ishiguro (I might totally be wrong about that) so I hope I enjoy when I get around to read it.
“From Brazil’s most acclaimed young novelist, the mesmerizing story of how a troubled young man’s restorative journey to the seaside becomes a violent struggle with his family’s past
—So why did they kill him?
—I’m getting there. Patience, tchê. I wanted to give you the context. Because it’s a good story, isn’t it?
A young man’s father, close to death, reveals to his son the true story of his grandfather’s death, or at least the truth as he knows it. The mean old gaucho was murdered by some fellow villagers in Garopaba, a sleepy town on the Atlantic now famous for its surfing and fishing. It was almost an execution, vigilante style. Or so the story goes.
It is almost as if his father has given the young man a deathbed challenge. He has no strong ties to home, he is ready for a change, and he loves the seaside and is a great ocean swimmer, so he strikes out for Garopaba, without even being quite sure why. He finds an apartment by the water and builds a simple new life, taking his father’s old dog as a companion. He swims in the sea every day, makes a few friends, enters into a relationship, begins to make inquiries.
But information doesn’t come easily. A rare neurological condition means that he doesn’t recognize the faces of people he’s met, leading frequently to awkwardness and occasionally to hostility. And the people who know about his grandfather seem fearful, even haunted. Life becomes complicated in Garopaba until it becomes downright dangerous.
Steeped in a very special atmosphere, both languid and tense, and soaked in the sultry allure of south Brazil, Daniel Galera’s masterfully spare and powerful prose unfolds a story of discovery that feels almost archetypal—a display of storytelling sorcery that builds with oceanic force and announces one of Brazil’s greatest young writers to the English-speaking world.”
Leave Me by Gayle Forman
I’ve read three of Gayle Forman’s young adult novels, I Was Here, If I Stay, and Where She Went, and have enjoyed all of them. It was a nice surprise seeing that she had an adult novel out (and it was free!) so I had to grab it. I love the cover of it as well, it looks really nice on my bookshelf. I probably won’t pick this up until the summer time, as that’s when I like to read more light-hearted reads.
“International bestselling author Gayle Forman’s trademark humor and insight abound in this masterful adult debut, showing us that sometimes you have to leave home in order to find it again.
For every woman who has ever fantasized about driving past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner, for every woman who has ever dreamed of boarding a train to a place where no one needs constant attention–meet Maribeth Klein. A harried working mother who’s so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn’t even realize she’s had a heart attack.
Afterward, surprised to discover that her recuperation seems to be an imposition on those who rely on her, Maribeth does the unthinkable: She packs a bag and leaves. But, as is so often the case, once we get to where we’re going, we see our lives from a different perspective. Far from the demands of family and career and with the help of liberating new friendships, Maribeth is finally able to own up to secrets she has been keeping from those she loves and from herself.
With big-hearted characters who stumble and trip, grow and forgive, Leave Me is about facing our fears. Gayle Forman, a dazzling observer of human nature, has written an irresistible novel that confronts the ambivalence of modern motherhood head-on. ”
Tornado Weather by Deborah Elaine Kennedy
When I was younger, I wanted to be a tornado chaser. I would drive with my grandma across the Iowa plains in hopes of seeing a tornado, I knew everything about tornadoes and had a giant mural of a tornado on my bedroom wall. I love tornadoes. So when I saw a book called ‘Tornado Weather’ sitting on the table, I grabbed it straight away and put it in my bag without reading the synopsis. When I got home from the museum, I then read the synopsis and let’s just say it wasn’t what I was expecting. But, it’s a thriller and it was free so I can’t complain too much.
“Iowa MFA graduate Deborah Kennedy tells the story of a five-year old girl who goes missing in a small town, a place where everyone knows something different about her disappearance and about each other, in a debut that brings to mind Everything I Never Told You.
Five-year-old Daisy Gonzalez’s father is always waiting for her at the bus stop. But today, he isn’t. As the bus driver, Fikus, lowers her wheelchair to the ground and looks around, chaos erupts behind him as one child has an accident and the rest begin to scream. When Daisy says her house is right down the road, she’ll be fine, and begins to wheel herself away, Fikus lets her go. And that’s the last time she is seen.
Nearly everyone in town suspects or knows something different about what happened, if they could only put the pieces together. They also know a lot about each other. The immigrants who work in the dairy farm know their employers’ secrets. The manager of the Laundromat knows who laid a curse on the town and why. A soldier daydreaming of his hometown can see it more clearly than the people still there. And the police officer doesn’t realize how much he knows. They are all connected, in ways small and profound, open and secret.
By turns unsettling, dark, and wry, the powerful voices bring the town’s rich fabric to life. Tornado Weather is an affecting portrait of a complex and flawed cast of characters striving to find some measure of fulfillment in their lives. Though the characters’ triumphs are often modest, the hope for redemption is real–and Kennedy brilliantly shows that there is nothing average about an average life.”
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Stephen King is an auto-buy author for me. Not that I bought this one, but you know what I mean. I instantly snatched it up and stuck in my bag when I saw Stephen King’s name on it. And apparently, it’s the sequel to The Shining, which is one of my favorite Stephen King novels, and I had no idea there was a sequel to it so that was a nice surprise!
“Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.
On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless – mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky 12-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.”
Starry Night by Debbie Macomber
When we got to the Washington Pavilion, we were handed bags to put our books in and every bag already had a book in it and this one was in mine. I probably wouldn’t have willingly grabbed it as I don’t usually lean towards romance novels but I have been wanting to read some Christmas reads lately, especially as the weather gets colder, so I’ll actually probably be reading this soon! It seems light and fluffy and hopefully, it fills me with a good amount of Christmas cheer.
“’Tis the season for romance, second chances, and Christmas cheer with this new novel from Debbie Macomber.
Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories. So her editor hands her a challenge: She can cover any topic she wants, but only if she first scores the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author.
Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness, Finn has written a mega-bestselling memoir about surviving in the wild. But he stubbornly declines to speak to anyone in the press, and no one even knows exactly where he lives.
Digging deep into Finn’s past, Carrie develops a theory on his whereabouts. It is the holidays, but her career is at stake, so she forsakes her family celebrations and flies out to snowy Alaska. When she finally finds Finn, she discovers a man both more charismatic and more stubborn than she even expected. And soon she is torn between pursuing the story of a lifetime and following her heart.
Filled with all the comforts and joys of Christmastime, Starry Night is a delightful novel of finding happiness in the most surprising places.”