Hello, friends! Are you all ready for the weekend? This week was fairly low-stress for me, but it was still busy as usual. I’m looking forward to kicking back and catching up on some reading this weekend.
Today I have a book haul that I strictly purchased for myself. Two of these books I’ve had on my list for some time. The others were either books I found on blogs or those that were recommended to me. These were all purchased in-store at Barnes and Noble.
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
This book sounds unique and different from anything I’ve read before. After seeing multiple positive reviews by friends, I went ahead and purchased a copy.
From the best-selling author of Never Let Me Goand The Remains of the Day, a stunning new novel—his first since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature—about the wondrous, mysterious nature of the human heart.
From her place in the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change forever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans.
In Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?
The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf
This was an impulse buy after reading the blurb. Most friends on Goodreads rated this between four and five stars, so I went ahead and grabbed a copy. It sounds like an excellent thriller.
A woman receives an unexpected visitor during a deadly snowstorm in this chilling thriller from New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf
She thought she was alone…
True crime writer Wylie Lark doesn’t mind being snowed in at the isolated farmhouse where she’s retreated to write her new book. A cozy fire, complete silence. It would be perfect, if not for the fact that decades earlier, at this very house, two people were murdered in cold blood and a girl disappeared without a trace.
As the storm worsens, Wylie finds herself trapped inside the house, haunted by the secrets contained within its walls—haunted by secrets of her own. Then she discovers a small child in the snow just outside. After bringing the child inside for warmth and safety, she begins to search for answers. But soon it becomes clear that the farmhouse isn’t as isolated as she thought, and someone is willing to do anything to find them.
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales of Dangerous magic by Leigh Bardugo
Originally, I grabbed a copy of this book from my local library. I had to send it back because it wasn’t finished in time. The parts in the book that I was able to read were excellent. Six of Crows, Shadow and Bone, King of Scars—there are so many books by this author that I want to read.
Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.
Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.
Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times—bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.
Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.
This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.
After reading about The Body Keeps the Score online, I couldn’t resist buying it. Usually I grab books like this from the library first. My library doesn’t carry it. There’s also a workbook that goes with it, which I haven’t purchased yet. I’ve been in and out of the book already, and I’ve learned a lot about trauma and how it affects the body. At first, I thought the book might not meet my expectations and that it was more for healthcare professionals. It’s just a book that’s going to take patience.
A pioneering researcher and one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing.
Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Such experiences inevitably leave traces on minds, emotions, and even on biology. Sadly, trauma sufferers frequently pass on their stress to their partners and children.
Renowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy—and a way to reclaim lives.
Gallant by V.E. Schwab
Gallant will be my first read by V.E. Schwab. It just happened to work out that a signed copy was the same price. I’ve probably missed out because I haven’t read any of this author’s other works. For years people have been recommending her books to me.
Everything casts a shadow. Even the world we live in. And as with every shadow, there is a place where it must touch. A seam, where the shadow meets its source.
Olivia Prior has grown up in Merilance School for girls, and all she has of her past is her mother’s journal—which seems to unravel into madness. Then, a letter invites Olivia to come home—to Gallant. Yet when Olivia arrives, no one is expecting her. But Olivia is not about to leave the first place that feels like home, it doesn’t matter if her cousin Matthew is hostile or if she sees half-formed ghouls haunting the hallways.
Olivia knows that Gallant is hiding secrets, and she is determined to uncover them. When she crosses a ruined wall at just the right moment, Olivia finds herself in a place that is Gallant—but not. The manor is crumbling, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over all. Now Olivia sees what has unraveled generations of her family, and where her father may have come from.
Olivia has always wanted to belong somewhere, but will she take her place as a Prior, protecting our world against the Master of the House? Or will she take her place beside him?
Daughter by Kate McLaughlin
The first time I saw this book was on Tessa’s blog, and I liked the way it sounded. Her review hooked me. Since then, I’ve seen other positive reviews. This is YA—one that my oldest daughter is interested in too.
Scarlet’s life is pretty average. Overly protective mom. Great friends. Cute boy she’s interested in. And a father she’s never known – until she does.
When the FBI show up at Scarlet’s door, she is shocked to learn her father is infamous serial killer Jeffrey Robert Lake. And now, he’s dying and will only give the names and locations of his remaining victims to the one person, the daughter he hasn’t seen since she was a baby.
Scarlet’s mother has tried to protect her from Lake’s horrifying legacy, but there’s no way they can escape the media firestorm that erupts when they come out of hiding. Or the people who blame Scarlet for her father’s choices. When trying to do the right thing puts her life in danger, Scarlet is faced with a choice – go back into hiding or make the world see her as more than a monster’s daughter.
Kate McLaughlin’s Daughter is a novel about trying right deadly choices that were never yours to begin with.
That’s going to be the end of bool hauls for a little while. I have plenty to select from my last two book hauls, plus others on my shelves. I’d like to read the majority of these books before buying any more.
Enjoy your weekend, and happy reading!