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Catch-Up/Birthday Book Haul

I haven't done a book haul since January. And since then, my library bookstore had a sale, I've been to Barnes & Noble a few times, and my birthday, as you can imagine, I have quite a few new books to show you. So I'm gonna skip the big intro and get straight to the books.

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris: I already own the second part of this three-volume biography, Theodore Rex, so I was thrilled to find this for just a couple of dollars in the library bookstore! I'm going to wait until summer to read this, since I want to spend some time with it. I hope I can find the third volume soon!

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen: After reading Persuasion and Pride & Prejudice a couple of summers ago, I'm really excited to read more Jane Austen. And I loved the webseries adaptation of this, Northbound.

Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster: I already read this lovely little classic as an ebook, and I love it so much that I couldn't pass up a physical copy for only two dollars. And it has all the illustrations!

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger: I read about this in How to Be a Heroine, and it sounded really interesting. It turned out not to be as good as I thought it might be, but it was pretty nice. I also get the feeling it's something I might want to reread later.

The Start of Me & You by Emery Lord: I got this little gem from the library last year and couldn't stop thinking about it, so when I saw that it was out in paperback with a bonus epilogue, I couldn't resist. I read the epilogue the day I got it and I LOVED it! Definitely going to reread this book sometime soon.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys: When I got this, Salt to the Sea had just been released and everybody was talking about how great it was. I love historical fiction, so I really wanted to get that, but I couldn't find it! But this was there instead, so I thought I'd give it a try.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys: And on my next trip to the book store, this book was actually there. I'd been hearing so many positive things about this book that if it hadn't been there by that point, I'd probably have ordered it online anyway. I always love when a historical fiction book gets more attention!

A Tyranny of Petticoats by Jessica Spotswood: I'd been looking forward to this book from the moment I first found out about it, which is probably more than a year ago at this point. It sounds like it was designed to make me buy it - stories about badass girls in U.S. history written by some of my favorite authors. I got this one the day it was released, of course.

Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker by Stacy A. Cordery: The first of my birthday books! A couple of weeks ago, Avery @ The Pages are Bookining asked me what my feelings were about Alice Roosevelt. No context at all. I said that I didn't know too much, but that I liked her from what I knew, so she got me this absolutely lovely-looking biography!

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: I already owned a copy of this book - it's pretty much my favorite book ever, how could I not - but Avery noticed that my copy was almost falling apart from lending it to people and forcing them to read it, so she got me a brand-new one!

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight: I'd never heard of this book before my friend got it for me for my birthday, but just from glancing through it, I can tell that it's going to be hilarious (and probably a little genuinely helpful, too). I'm probably going to save this for a break during the summer, since I'm planning on reading a lot of longer books.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore: The last of my birthday books. Sky @ Sky's Reading Corner has been trying to get me to read this book for pretty much forever, but it's never been at the library and I somehow never got around to buying it. So she got me a copy! I promise I'll read it soon, Sky.

Nora & Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor: This book has a really fascinating premise - it's a retelling of Peter Pan, but it's set in America in the 1950s, with a focus on the aftermath of Japanese internment. I really have no idea what this book is going to be like, but it seems like such an interesting mix that I just had to get it.

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper: When I first saw this book on Goodreads, I thought that it had a really pretty cover. But it's even more beautiful in person - it looks like it's a watercolor painting done by hand, and I'm pretty sure I just stared at it on the shelf for a minute before I picked it up. This wasn't entirely a cover buy, though - I'm pretty much always interested in historical fiction, and I know I'll be reading this in the next few months.

What new books have you picked up recently? Are there any of these that I absolutely have to read right now? Tell me in the comments!


  1. I'm super excited about Nora and Kettle too!! I have it but haven't read it yet because ahhhh the TBR is a MOUNTAIN and I'm still trying desperately to climb it right now. ahha. XD *dies a little* oh oh but code Name Verity is amazing and I so need to buy a copy someday...and reread it....and cry all over again. <3 Also I'd love to read Salt to the Sea! And Between Shades of Grey. :O Basically I need to get onto that author ASAP! I hope you enjoy all these gorgeous looking books! BOOKISH FLAIL OF HAPPY.
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    1. I can relate to the neverending TBR mountain. My TBR is a somewhat manageable size...and then I get books from the library and completely ignore it. So it just slowly gets bigger. I've been meaning to reread Code Name Verity for a while now! I can tell that there's just going to be SO much that I missed the first time around.


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