Book Haul of January 2021

So, this is my first book haul on this blog ever! And I’ve got to split it up into more than one post, as I got way more new books than expected!

One of my New Year Resolutions for 2021 was to stop buying hundreds of books and to finally read the ones I’ve already got on my shelves. But … the money I got for Christmas was burning a hole in my pocket and had to be spent. I just couldn’t resist the temptation! On top of that I got approved for several NetGalley books. It came as a huge surprise to me, as I’m still a total newbie to Netgalley. Sooo … here we go!

As always, just click on the book covers to get to their Goodreads page.

The Invisible Library

The Invisible Library #1 by Genevieve Cogman

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman; book cover

The first book in my bookhaul is a story about a book that gets stolen from a library – a very special library and a very special book. Apparently yo can find fiction there from different realities. Irene, a spy, and her assistant have to find the book in an alternative London.
I’m beyond excited for this book. A library, alternative realities, magic, supernatural creatures, secret societies, … It ticks so many of my boxes. I’ve heard so many positive things about it, that I can’t wait to start reading! In fact, I’m almost certain that it will make an appearance in my February TBR post.

The Corset

By Laura Purcell

The Corset by Laura Purcell; book cover

The Corset by Laura Purcell seems to be a gothic horror novel. Dorothea, a beautiful young woman does charitable work in a prison. There she meets the poor teenage seamstress Ruth Butterham who is awaiting trial for murder. Fascinated by her she listens to her story of bitterness and betrayal, of death and dresses. Is Ruth mad or a murderer?

I read Laura Purcell’s second novel The Silent Companions last year and absolutely loved it. It was so creepy and atmospheric. I loved the setting and time period. It kept me glued to the pages till the end and I knew immediately that I had to read more of the author’s works. So here we go. I don’t know yet when I’ll start it, hopefully soon, though.

A Natural History of Dragons

The Memoirs of Lady Trent #1 by Marie Brennan

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan; book cover

I don’t know much about this book. All I know is that it’s about Dragons and a remarkable woman woh studies them and is apparently THE dragon expert. Oh, and a booklover too.

I have to say, I have very high hopes for this one. Once again, it ticks so many of my boxes:

  • female main character
  • main character is a book lover
  • it’s fantasy

At this stage in my reading I’d read anything about dragons. According to Tolkien (my favourite author): ‘It simply isn’t an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.’ It might be an exaggeration, but I’d still agree with him on that!

The Half-Drowned King

The Half-Drowned King #1 by Linnea Hartsuyker

The Half-Drowned KIng by Linnea Hartsuyker; book cover

After the death of her father Svanhild is expected to marry well. Her brother, who has always protected her, on the other hand, has to fight death and betrayal to secure his birthright. Svanhild his not happy with her fate, but in the end must choose between her brother and her freedom.

Apparently this story is based on the Icelandic saga around Ragnvald of Maer, the right hand man of King Harald Fairhair, first king of all Norway, and his sister, Svanhild. I love Norse mythology, history and can’t wait to read yet another book set in the North. I’ve never heard of the author before, but really hope that I like it. It would be great to find another historical series!

Coming soon …

As I mentioned earlier, I’m going to split this book haul up into more than one blog post. Otherwise, I’d never finish it, because it’s too daunting a task! πŸ™‚ I’ll add the links to the upcoming posts here to make it easy for you to find them.

Have you read any of these books? Are you interested in future book haul posts?

I hope you have a nice day and enjoy your reading!

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