Wednesday, April 5, 2023

March 2023 Book Haul

Another month gone and now we're already heading into quarter two of the year. This month was a pretty good month in terms of reading and, depending how you look at it, either a great or bad month for book hauls. I'm trying to cut back on spending on books, so this month was a definite failure in that regard. However, I am also incredibly excited about all the books I got this month. I got thirteen this month, some preorders and some impulse purchases. It'll take a bit to get through them all so let's dive in! 

The first book I got was A Warrior's Fate by Melissa Kieran. This is the first in a fantasy romance series with shifters and witches and other exciting stuff, I believe. The premise of this book sounds so exciting and I kept seeing it pop up on my TikTok for ages. I finally cracked and got it this month in what I called a "indie fantasy romance haul" moment. I'm pretty excited to read this, hopefully in the next few months. 

The next book was The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent. I've been seeing this all over Instagram and TikTok lately and the premise of it sounds right up my alley. I'm all for vampires making a comeback so this sounds great. The hype around it also just has me very interested in it. Plus, can we just agree that the cover is absolutely stunning and would look great on any bookshelf? 

Then I picked up Daughter of No Worlds by Carissa Broadbent, which then spiraled into me getting Children of Fallen Gods and Mother of Death and Dawn, the other two in this trilogy. I've heard it compared to Throne of Glass and that initially intrigued me. I started the first book pretty much the moment I got it and really enjoyed it, so I immediately ordered the other two. Hopefully I'll get to the last two in the next couple months because I'm very intrigued how this series is going to go. 

Up next, I picked up Icebreaker by Hannah Grace. I'd seen this floating around on TikTok and when I saw it on the shelves at my local supermarket I just decided to grab it for cheap. All that I've really heard is that it's a hockey romance book with a figure skater set in college. I just finished up university/college but still very much feel in that time period of my life so I'm sure I'll be able to relate quite easily. Overall, I'm very much looking forward to this one. 

Then my February Adult Fairyloot book came in and it was The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty. This is one of my anticipated releases for this year, as I loved City of Brass by the same author. I was really excited to hear that Fairyloot was doing a special edition. This edition is also stunning, with fancy edges and embossing and an alternate cover. I'm thrilled to have it on my shelves and can't wait to read it!

After the adult box, I then got my Fairyloot YA box for February. The book this month was City of Nightmares by Rebecca Schaeffer. I've not read anything by this author yet but I do have her Not Even Bones series on my TBR. This book sounds equally as interesting and exciting. Plus, this Fairyloot edition is, once again, stunning and looks amazing on my shelf. 

Up next, I picked up An Indigenous People's History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. This is a nonfiction book I've been wanting to pick up for a while. It's an area of history that I got the very whitewashed, sanitized version of in school growing up in America. It's something I want to educate myself on and this book is one of main recommendations on where to start. 

Then I picked up Outer Banks: Pogue Life. This is a fan guide/companion to the show Outer Banks on Netflix. I really enjoy this show and I'd been meaning to get my hands on this for a while. I love companion books for my favorite shows and movies so I'm happy to add it to my collection. It's a fan guide with lots of information about the show as well as episode recaps. I'm very much looking forward to using this while I watch the new season soon.

I also picked up Outer Banks: Lights Out by Alyssa Sheinmel. This is a novel based on the show that I believe is set before the events of season one? I've heard mixed reviews about it but I'm also interested in reading it for myself and seeing how it goes. I just always like consuming extra content when it comes to my favorite shows and movies so I'm glad to have even more for this show. 

Then I finally got my preorder of my signed copy of A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon. This is a prequel to The Priory of the Orange Tree which is a fantasy that has been taking the book world by storm. I've not yet read that one, but I've read Samantha's other series which I love. I have a lot of faith in her books so I decided to get a signed copy while I had the chance. 

The last book I got this month was How to Clean Everything by Ann Russell. This was partly to support Ann as I follow her on TikTok and she's absolutely amazing. Mainly, though, I wanted an easy reference guide for various cleaning tasks. I am pretty good at the basics, but a lot is different in the UK: actual houses, brands of cleaning products, environment, etc. I think this will help when it comes to those moments where I'm standing in my flat staring at something wondering how to clean it. 

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