April Book Haul

Hi, hello everyone! This is my very first book haul. While I’ve shown which books I’m currently reading or mini hauls on Instagram, I’ve never really spoken in depth about why I was interested in the books and why I can’t help but spend more money on purchasing books. In complete honesty, I really need to check out my local libraries and take advantage of the services they provide… but I feel attached to my books, especially ones which I’ve enjoyed and I want to keep them so I can re-read them.

Coming from someone who’s already in double digits of her reading challenge, I have quite a long TBR list (honestly, I created one on Amazon which is about 80 books long…. it’s more like a shopping list rather than a TBR!) and I tend to pick up books quite a lot. These beautiful books are no exception!

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus. But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

Okay, I have to admit this book was 100% a bookstagram buy. I’d seen how beautiful the cover was and after reading the blurb and knowing how much I love fairy tales and historic, classic stories I felt the need to pick it up. I was always interested in the Greek myths and mythology when I was younger, so I thought I’d try and re-ignite it with this book!

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever. The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavoury hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

To Kill a Kingdom has been on my TBR list for a few months now, ever since I read the blurb in Waterstones and decided to pop it on my Amazon list of TBR’s. It’s fantasy… I’m in! Also… pirates? Hell yes! I love a good pirate book. I do think the premise of this book sounds absolutely amazing and a few people I know have recommended this book on GoodReads, so I’m looking forward to giving it a try.

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong colour. The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now. Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Again, bookstagram was a big influence on me buying this book. However, I love fantasy, I love sci-fi and I love books like this one. Just from the blurb alone I’m really excited to read Juliette’s story. Plus, I know it’s a series rather than just a stand-alone or a trilogy, which makes me elated to read more. I’m much more of a series gal than a standalone, so knowing I have plenty books ahead makes me a very happy person!

In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future–a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete. Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-read robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world–all told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asimov’s trademark.

This book is actually my book club’s book of the month for April. I’ve been running a book club with one of my closest friends for sometime and this will be our ninth book we’ve read together! This one was suggested from a pool of entries and after randomising, this was chosen. I’m quite excited to jump into this one as I, Robot is a classic read and it’s been on my TBR list for a very long time. Also, can we just talk about how beautiful this edition is? I was so happy when I saw the redesign was on Amazon, so I paid a little extra and got a book cover to die for.

Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. He runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie both find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead. With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavouring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.

Okay, maybe this entire list is made of bookstagram recommended purchases… no, seriously, I saw this book first on GoodReads; one of my friends had recently finished the book and had given it 4 stars. After I researched a little into the genre of the book and the age range I knew I needed it on my shelf. It’s a young adult murder mystery in a fantasy setting, so it certainly ticks a lot of boxes for me. I’m really looking forward to enjoying this one!

For many of us, life can feel like it’s moving too fast with pressure bearing down on us from all sides – whether that’s from school or work, family or social media. As a result, we find ourselves frazzled, lost and – too often – feeling blue. It’s a subject close to Fearne’s heart. Drawing on her own experiences and including expert advice, HAPPY offers practical ways of finding joy each and every day. Happiness isn’t a mountain to climb, it’s just one foot in front of the other on the path of life, and here you’ll find little steps that will help make the differences that count. With workbook elements to help you start and end the day well; get in touch with your creative side; and find peace through written exercises, simple practical ideas and visualisations, these are daily tricks and reminders to help you unlock that inner happiness.

This one I found in Tesco on a sale rack marked as 2 for £8, so I picked it up yesterday. It almost sounds like a self-help book of sorts, which I usually don’t like. However, that being said, I really like Fearne Cotton and I know that she’s went through a lot of personal things in the past so I’m hoping that it should be an interesting and helpful read. Especially for myself, as I think mental health should be something we discuss more openly as I personally suffer from anxiety and depression. I think speaking about it helps and I also believe that it doesn’t define me as person, so I hope that this book can shed some light on what Fearne has been through and give me some personal tips. Will definitely be giving this a review on GoodReads at very least once I’m finished!

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Quite a long post this time, but I hope you’ve all enjoyed it! I love reading about book hauls so I felt like it was definitely time for me to write about my own recent one. I’ve got a few reviews coming up which I’m really excited about so watch this space! Thanks for sticking around, hope to see you here again very soon!

5 thoughts on “April Book Haul

  1. To Kill a Kingdom was so amazing. I honestly never expected it.

    I’d suggest being wary of Shatter Me, though. It’s pretty heavy on romanticizing abuse as you get into reading the sequels.

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