Wednesday, February 24, 2016

February Library Haul(s)

I managed to visit the library twice this month! And considering that I haven't even finished my January books yet...I got WAY too many books. But they all looked so good that I just had to get them all!

I got six books on the first trip and eleven on the second. It turns out that, entirely without planning, all of the books I got on that second trip were historical fiction, so I'm very much looking forward to diving into those. Here's all the books from both trips:
 

Indiana Jones Omnibus: The Further Adventures - Vol. 2-3 by David Micheline: Last summer, I was going through my library's graphic novel section when I found a collection of Indiana Jones comics. I didn't even know that those existed, but I knew I had to pick it up! It was pretty enjoyable, and even though these turned out to be from a different Indiana Jones comic series, I hope they'll be just as fun as the first one was.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: I got this for a buddy read with Ali @ Book Lover Thoughts. She had it on a list of books that she needs to read in 2016, and it's one that's been on my to-read list forever. This finally gave me the reason I needed to pick it up!



The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adieh (The Wrath and the Dawn #1): I've heard so many amazing things about this book, but I'm still going in without knowing too much about it, and I think that's a fantastic combination. I can't wait to see what all the hype's about!

Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger (Finishing School #4): I'm already pretty sure I'm not going to like this book too much. Plot-wise and character-wise, this series started out decently enough, but it was the worldbuilding that really captured me. In fact, it captured me enough that I kept reading the series even when the plot and characters stopped interesting me. Why am I reading this one? I NEED MORE OF THAT WORLD. It's that good.

How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I've Learned From Reading Too Much by Samantha Ellis: I don't read a lot of memoirs (or a lot of nonfiction), but I saw this in a bookstore last year and it looked wonderful. I thought I'd give it a try. And I've actually now finished it - you can see my full review here.



The Tangled Web by Kathryn Reiss (American Girl Mysteries - Julie): American Girl books are what started my love of American history and historical fiction, so of course I'm still reading them. The mysteries generally aren't my favorites, but I've read another Kathryn Reiss mystery about Julie, The Puzzle of the Paper Daughter, and absolutely loved that one, so I have high hopes.

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough: Speaking of American Girl, I saw this one on a Barnes & Noble list of YA books to read based on your favorite American Girl doll. This was the selection for Kit Kittredge, and while she was never quite my favorite, the book looked intriguing enough that I had to give it a try. And it's so pretty - the first page of every chapter is black with white print!

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine #3): I'm more than ready to dive into this book, but I'm not ready for the series to be over! The only problem is that I remember pretty much nothing of what happened in Hollow City. Hopefully there's some recap?



These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly: I'm about 99.7% sure that this is a ME book. Late 19th century New York, an aspiring female reporter, and just a touch of creepiness? YES PLEASE. This is near the top of my read-immediately list.

Cinders & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed (At Somerton #1): From what I've heard about this, it'll be a bit of a lighter read than most historical fiction, which is good from time to time. As long as it's not light because it's super-romanticized. We'll see. I'll pick this one up when I need a bit of a break.

Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin (Wolf By Wolf #1): I almost didn't pick this one up. I was very hesitant to read it in the first place - considering the premise, I was worried that the horrors of the concentration camps would be swept under the rug in favor of "ooh, look, superpowers!" But Zoe @ Stories on Stage assured me that that wasn't the case, and I read the first page in the library and instantly knew that I HAD to read it.



Dead to Me by Mary McCoy: Here's another one that came from a Barnes & Noble blog post - this one was YA books for fans of Agent Carter. I was thrilled to see it, but I'd already read 4 of the 5 books. So I tweeted them asking for another rec, and this is what they came up with! It looks fascinating, and if it's anything like Agent Carter, I'm sure to like it.

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (Vengeance Road #1): I only know a few things about this book: it's a YA western, it got a lot of hype for about two days last fall, and it has some diversity. This is one I'd like to go into without knowing much more than that. I'll just see where it takes me!

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1): Here is where I slightly diversify my huge selection of historical fiction books by including another historical fiction book that has a little bit of magic. I'm not too sure how I'll feel about this one - that really depends on how the magic is written - but I'm eager to give it a try.
 

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables #1): I knew I wanted to read this eventually, but when I read the chapter about it in How to Be a Heroine (also mentioned in this post), I knew it had to be sooner rather than later. I actually tried to read this twice in elementary school, but I just never got into it. I'm hoping that's not the case this time around - and from what I've heard, I don't think it will be. (Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get the ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS version that's pictured here, but I got a decently pretty edition.)

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee: Diversity, music, and friendship, while still sounding pretty dark. Seems like a great foundation for any book, and I'm excited to hear where this one leads.

What are some books you've picked out from the library recently? Have you ever gotten way too many books at once? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Tell me in the comments!

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