A Small Birthday Book Haul

“… a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Another exciting post about new books I have recently acquired and I am so excited to share them with you guys. Hope you are well and thank you for visiting this part of the internet. Now If you go through my blog you will notice that I don’t purchase a whole lot of books on a monthly or weekly basis, I try to limit and give myself time to finish the books that are on my shelves. The Last Haul (Link here)was on 2nd February, and statistically speaking I have read almost half of those books. it’s a system that kind of manages my tbr and keeps my anxiety at bay.

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“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

So, let’s get into them shall we (If you have read any of these books or the author please let me know 😊)

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The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell


Genre: Genre Bending, Scifi, Fantasy

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This is my most anticipated read of this year (not that it’s a new release or anything) but I am slowly making my way through Mitchell’s work and so far, I have read the incredible Cloud Atlas (Book Review) and the subtle coming of age Black Swan Green (Book Review Here) which has solidified my love for his writing and this will be my next. I will be buddy reading with my good bookstagram friend Nils (Account Here) and I can’t wait.

I want to go into it as blind as possible, if you are interested in the synopsis it is linked


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A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving


Genre: Contemporary Classic

A classic contemporary about a young boy playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire, hits a foul ball and kills his best friend’s mother. Just from that blurb, I was sold plus John Irving is an author I have been meaning to try for years.


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The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai


Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Humour, LGBTQ+, Books about Books

This one honestly drew me in because it had books on the cover but also the story itself sounds like it’s going to be very entertaining.

Lucy Hull, a young children’s librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, finds herself both a kidnapper and kidnapped when her favourite patron, ten- year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home. The precocious Ian is addicted to reading but needs Lucy’s help to smuggle books past his overbearing mother, who has enrolled Ian in weekly antigay classes with celebrity Pastor Bob.

Doesn’t that just sound like a good time? I really can’t wait to read it…


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Night Film by Marisha Pessl


Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

I have been meaning to read this mystery book ever since I heard about it in 2015, everyone and their cats have already read it but regardless I have it now and I can’t wait to get stuck in it 😊 Since it’s a mystery I don’t even want to read the blurb.

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt


Genre: True Crime, Non-Fiction, Thriller

I honestly didn’t know this was a non-fiction true crime story, but I am still very interested in it.

Shots rang out in Savannah’s grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt’s sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case.

Sounds gripping even though I don’t read a lot of true crime.


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Vinyl Cafe Diaries (Vinyl Cafe #4) by Stuart McLean


Genre: Short Stories, Canadian Lit, Humour

Yes, I picked this collection up randomly because the blurb was very humorous I didn’t even know it was part of a series.

Why is Morley skulking around with a man named Frank on the eve of her 40th birthday? What grisly secret is Stephanie hiding in her father’s picnic cooler? And exactly what is Dave doing by himself in a Halifax hotel room with a duck? In the pages of the Vinyl Cafe Diaries, humorist Stuart McLean answers these questions and reveals more strange, shocking, and above all, entertaining truths about the seemingly ordinary folk of the Vinyl Cafe.


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Salvation of a Saint (Detective Galileo #5) by Keigo HigashinoAlexander O. Smith (Translator)


Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery, Japanese Fiction

A craving for a good mystery has resurfaced and I have been neglecting that genre which is truly a CRIME (see what I did there) so when I saw this Japanese crime thriller I was so excited, even though it’s part of a series I still want to try out because it sound interesting

Yoshitaka, who was about to leave his marriage and his wife, is poisoned by arsenic-laced coffee and dies. His wife, Ayane, is the logical suspect—except that she was hundreds of miles away when he was murdered. The lead detective, Tokyo Police Detective Kusanagi, is immediately smitten with her and refuses to believe that she could have had anything to do with the crime. His assistant, Kaoru Utsumi, however, is convinced Ayane is guilty. While Utsumi’s instincts tell her one thing, the facts of the case are another matter. So, she does what her boss has done for years when stymied—she calls upon Professor Manabu Yukawa.

That is all for now but I think I might buy more in the coming week. Another thing that I have noticed about my book buying habits is that I just don’t go around buying all the books like in my early reading life but I pick up titles that are on my wish list, or the topic at hand really interest me. It has really saved me a lot of money and space since.

Again, thank you for visiting, tell me if you have read any of these

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So until next time stay Bookish 😉









17 thoughts on “A Small Birthday Book Haul

  1. Happy Birthday Bill! is it today? or am I late? 😦 hope not lol… well you’ve certainly picked out some pretty amazing books! The Bone Clocks (in that exact edition) is currently sitting in my Bookdepository check out basket smh. Never heard of A Prayer for Owen Meany but THAT synopsis had my eyes WIDE open! & Nightfilm is currently in my Bookoutlet basket…seems we have similar taste in Fiction lol. There was a point where I only read Fiction & then went for a change with YA. I’m slowly making my way back though, great to see your picks 🙂

    P.S. I wish I had your self control with my book buying habits cuz I’d LOVE to save some $$$ haha!

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    1. Thank you Lilly 😊😊😊😊 It’s just not my birthday but birthweek so i can have an excuse to buy more books 😂😂😂😂😂😂 The Bone Clocks edition is Stunning the details in person 👌👌 I know right That synopsis is pretty insane that’s why i bought it and I can’t wait for Night Film it has some creepy pictures inside 😓😓😓😓 We do have similar taste and I do need to more quality YA in my life that is literally​ why I always look out for you Recommendations 🙌🙌🙌🙌

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      1. *quietly composes Fiction TBR from Bill’s book picks* 😂 aha! You’re one of those people who celebrate their birthweek! Lol, I feel like mine is just overshadowed since it’s on New Years Eve smh. Happy Birthweek! Treat yo’self! I’ve seen Nightfilms inside & was curious about it enough to wait for it to hit BookOutlet 😉 I’m playing catch up with YA arcs but hope to squeeze some of my own books in btwn reviews 😃thanks Bill, seems like we recommend each other some great books! 👌🏼🙃🙂🙃

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      2. 😂😂😂😂😂 I am definitely done treating myself the wallet i think I can feel the tears of my wallet 😂😂😂😂😂 * btw continue reviewing those arcs i always look forward to your reviews some really quality YA books

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      1. Hey, if you have them I say use them! I know of only 1 really good one in the city that I’d have to travel to. I buy all of my books since the library’s in Brooklyn, NY for the most part don’t have very many books at all. It’s mostly bare shelves & you walk in and request a book that is then retrieved by the end of the week at the main branch somewhere in Manhattan. It’s a process lol I make use of BookOutlet & Amazon as much as possible for deals though 😉


  2. OMG The vinyl cafe stories are HILARIOUS! His stories are all related but each one is its only little story so the series issue won’t be too confusing. I used to listen to these stories on the radio all the time. Sadly Stuart Mclean just passed away 😦

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