Hi friends! Let me start by saying that living on an island does not have its perks. The weather sucks, you have to give up your first born just to get off the damned thing, and it’s impossible to buy anything. Especially books. For the longest time I was okay with that. I’d fallen out of reading for an embarrassingly long time. But now I’m back and ready to read! Except that I wasn’t excited to read anything in my current collection.
If I wanted to go out and buy a book I usually have to drive at least an hour away, and that’s just to get to a used bookstore. The closest Indigo bookstore is a 3 hour drive away. Yeah, I know, books are sold in chain and grocery stores, but unless you’re into harlequin romance or you want to read what was on the best seller list two years ago, you’re not getting much in my town. You might get lucky. I usually don’t.
So most of the time I resort to ordering books. It takes them a while to get here, but it’s like Christmas when the package finally arrives! My most recent book haul comes from the Indigo website! Why that website in particular? It offered the best deal for the books that I got, every single one was on sale, I had $10 on my indigo card, and Ebates offers cashback for Indigo purchases! I actually got money back after buying all of these books, whereas if I’d bought them in-province I would have been taxed an extra 10%.
So lets get to the book haul.
I’ll start things off with the book that prompted this order:
Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
I have been looking for this book for ages and was hoping to buy it in a store rather than to order it. But, believe it or not, there wasn’t a single copy anywhere on this godforsaken island! So I broke down and ordered it. Along with five other books… a mug… and a pillow.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Genre: YA, Fantasy
I know, late to the party on this one. In my defense, the only books I could bring myself to read over the past 5 years—yep, FIVE YEARS—were ones I’d already read and love.
A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
I decided that I wanted this book after my local theater boycotted the showing of the movie during all of that controversy. I would have been fine with just seeing the movie on this one, but now I have a book that—as you can see—I get to deface with paw prints!
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Late to the party on this one too. This was on the bestseller list in __, but it’s not a genre I typically read. But I absolutely loved the film adaptation of Girl on the Train and deeply regretted not reading the book, so maybe that means there’s something in [genre] for me. So I figured I’d give it a shot.
River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
Genre: Historical Fantasy
I came across this book by fluke, but the synopsis sold me 100%. A fantasy inspired by China’s Tang Dynasty? Hell yes! I’m still waiting on book #1 to get here (I’m picky about my covers, so I ordered it for half the price and in hardcover from Amazon), so it will be a while before I get to read it, and I will be very impatiently waiting!
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Again, SUPER late to the party here. I talked a bit about this book in my last post, so I won’t repeat myself. I’m planning on reviewing the series as a whole once I can get my hands on the other two books rather than reviewing each in turn.
The mug and pillow were impulse buys. I just love the quote on them, “The best dreams happen when you are awake.” The mug is my current favorite and the pillow is Tala approved and already covered in fur!
I know six books doesn’t seem like much of a haul, but I’ve still got another order coming from Amazon, set to arrive as 18,000 different deliveries. So I’ll post another haul once they all get here!