~July Book Haul~

Hello!

So, it’s time for my monthly book haul post! I’ve been very good again this month. I’ve tried to avoid book-buying if at all possible, and my book post and NG requests are super low!

For any of you who don’t know, this is where I list the books that have made Bibliophile Book Club their new home in the previous month. The books are usually bought books, ARC’s sent from publishers, Netgalley review books and just basically any books I get go on here.

Here we go….

  1. The Frozen Woman by Jon Michelet
  2. Brilliance by Marcus Sakey
  3. Written in Fire by Marcus Sakey
  4. A Better World by Marcus Sakey
  5. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  6. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  7. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  8. White Gold by Rachel Amphlett
  9. The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson PRE-ORDER (I’m excited!!!!)
  10. Whiteout by Ragnar Jónasson PRE-ORDER *see above 🙂
  11. The Dying Game by Asa Avdic
  12. Kill Me Twice by Simon Booker
  13. The Shock by Mark Raabe
  14. The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne
  15. Time of Death by Alex Barclay
  16. Morning Star by Pierce Brown
  17. The Gunslinger by Stephen King
  18. Cragside by LJ Ross
  19. Godblind by Anna Stephens
  20. The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen
  21. How Hard Can It Be by Allison Pearson
  22. If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch
  23. 99 Red Balloons by Elizabeth Carpenter

Sadly, my photo-taking for these books was next to nothing in July, but here’s a little selection of what I got…

 

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It seems I’m reading as much as I’m getting in the past couple of months too. I’ve been getting through up to 20 books a month for the past few, and my book hauls have all been relatively low too so I’m not taking in as many books as I was this time last year for example.

Now, if only I could read the thousands of books I have on my shelves and on my kindle, I would be sorted! 🙂

Have you read any of these? Would you? (I’ve actually read a couple of them already- which almost never happens!!!!)

Do let me know in the comments!

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Penumbra

About the book:

Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone – and serendipity, coupled with sheer curiosity, has landed him a new job working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything, instead they simply borrow impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he’s embarked on a complex analysis of the customers’ behaviour and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what’s going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore…

Click HERE to get your copy!

My thoughts:

This little gem of a book was hiding on the second last page on my kindle (page 126, so you can do the maths as to how many books are on there!), so I’d obviously had it on there for quite some time. 4 years to be exact, as I’ve just checked my kindle orders and I bought it back in 2013. I fancied cheating on my TBR and Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore was what I chose back in late June.

We meet Clay Jannon, who used to be a web designer, but then the recession hit. On the lookout for a new job, he comes across a sign for work in Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hour bookstore ad he ends up getting the job. Assigned to the late shift, Clay settles in to what he thinks will be a boring and quiet job, but it turns out to be anything but!

Strange customers, an unusual book stock and an enigmatic employer means that Clay becomes very curious about those who visit this bookstore. Upon further investigation, Clay learns that the store holds almost as many secrets as it does books.

What follows is a quest for the truth with elements of mystery and intrigue way beyond what I was expecting when I started the book. There is something about Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore that made me smile many times while I was reading it. The characters, the plot, everything was just so enjoyable that it was hard not to love this one!

Truly a hidden gem, Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore will worm its way into your heart. The characters will stay with you as you join them in their quest. A truly wonderful, fun and engaging read, Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is definitely one to add to your list.

Highly recommended!

May Book Haul!

Hello!

It’s hard to believe May has been and gone already. It seems to have flown by! As it’s the 1st of June, I’m getting my book haul post in nice and early! Last year, my May book haul was crazy, because I turned 30 and I asked for 30 books as my present! 🙂 You can see what I got HERE, and I can guarantee the majority are still unread 1 year later!!!

For any of you who don’t know, this is where I list the books that have made Bibliophile Book Club their new home in the previous month. The books are usually bought books (a LOT of bought books), ARC’s sent from publishers, Netgalley review books and just basically any books I get go on here.

I did relatively well with not buying books this month. I say that, and then I look at this list:

  1. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
  2. You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood
  3. My Soul to Take by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  4. The Trapped Girl by Robert Dugoni
  5. The Twilight Wife by AJ Banner
  6. Stalker by Lars Kepler
  7. Sockpuppet by Matthew Blackstad
  8. Why Did You Lie by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  9. Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson
  10. Exquisite by Sarah Stovell
  11. Snowblind US Edition by Ragnar Jónasson*
  12. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
  13. Broken Branches by M. Jonathan Lee
  14. The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey
  15. Blue Gold by David Barker
  16. Trust Me by Angela Clarke
  17. Age of Assassins by RJ Barker
  18. Snowblind Signed 1st Edition by Ragnar Jónasson*
  19. Dying to Live by Michael Stanley
  20. Wolves in the Dark by Gunnar Staalesen
  21. Ghosts by Ed McBain
  22. Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid
  23. Sanctus by Simon Toyne
  24. Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  25. Sanctum by Denise Mina
  26. The Wrath of Angels by John Conolly
  27. Give Me The Child by Mel McGrath
  28. The Demon of Dakar by Kjell Eriksson
  29. Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz
  30. Infernal by Mark De Jager
  31. The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber
  32. Last Breath by Robert Bryndza
  33. No Middle Name by Lee Child
  34. The Ice by Laline Paull
  35. Nocturnal Animals by Austin Wright
  36. The City & The City by China Miéville
  37. Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown
  38. The Sixth Window by Rachel Abbott
  39. Deadly Fare by David Liscio
  40. Vanished by Kendra Elliott
  41. Nowhere to Run by C. J. Box
  42. Our Little Secret by Darren O’Sullivan
  43. Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
  44. Two Sisters by Kerry Wilkinson
  45. The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka
  46. Each Little Lie by Tom Bale

*I clearly like Ragnar Jónasson’s books, pretty sure I have at least 5 copies of Snowblind now! 🙂

I think that’s all the books from the month of May! Pics below 🙂

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December Book Haul

Hi everyone,

I’m tentatively returning to the blog after Christmas and New Year, and what better place to start than with all of the books that I got during December. If you’re new to this book haul post, these are books that I have bought, ARC’S, Netgalley and review copies during the previous month!

So, December. I was doing so well early on! I hadn’t got that many books, and then all of a sudden BOOM!!! Books, everywhere!!! So without further ado, here are all of the lovely books that I got in December…

  1. Every Time A Bell Rings by Carmel Harrington
  2. Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson
  3. Blood Money by Doug Richardson
  4. The Missing by Caroline Eriksson
  5. The Deep Blue Goodbye by John D. McDonald
  6. Black Fridays by Michael Sears
  7. The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola
  8. The Bone Field by Simon Kernick
  9. The One by John Marrs
  10. The Owl Always Hunts At Night by Samuel Bjork
  11. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
  12. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
  13. I Am Death by Chris Carter
  14. Kill The Father by Sandrone Dazieri
  15. Tennison by Lynda LaPlante
  16. Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb
  17. The Dry by Jane Harper
  18. My Sister by Michelle Adams
  19. Boundary by Andree A Michaud
  20. Sparkle Shot by Lina Chern
  21. Jeopardy Surface by Sheri Leigh Horn
  22. When We Go Missing by Kristen Twardowski
  23. The Truth Will Out by Brian Cleary
  24. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  25. Fellside by M. R. Carey
  26. The Secret by Katerina Diamond
  27. The Vanished by Lotte and Soren Hammer
  28. Slash; The Autobiography by Slash
  29. This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab
  30. Defender by G X Todd
  31. The Girl In The Ice by Lotte and Soren Hammer
  32. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  33. The Father by Anto Svensson
  34. The Falling Detective by Christoffer Carlsson
  35. Chaos by Patricia Cornwell
  36. Duskfall by Christopher Husberg
  37. Kill File by Christopher Farnsworth
  38. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
  39. In The Darkness by Karin Fossum
  40. The Fallen by Michael Wood

And there you have it, with pictures too 🙂

Have you read any of these? Any that stand out for you? Do let me know in the comments below!