An e-book haul (May 2020)

An e-book haul with Kindle book deals, including The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden and Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Hello there lovely reader! I’ve been seeing some more e-book hauls again lately and paired with that I’m also reading a ton more e-books so naturally I had to buy a bunch of e-books as well. Especially since a ton of e-books were very cheap the last couple of weeks on Amazon. Most of the books in this haul cost me around one euro, some were even as cheap as 50 cents, which I find crazy, but I’m not complaining at all. So, here are all of the e-books I bought in the last couple of weeks, since the beginning of lockdown for me!

1. The Shining by Stephen King

This is the book that kicked of my e-book addiction lately. I bought this one for a uni project, where I had to write a film review, so I decided to also read the book of the film I was reviewing.

Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote…and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

2. Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

This book has been on my radar for years, and when I saw this for only a euro and a half on Amazon, I couldn’t resist buying it.

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.

To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.

3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I’ve been wanting to read more classics lately, but I’m being very picky with the ones I want to read. However, Little Women is one that I want to give a chance. Just like a ton of other classics, the e-book for this one was free on Amazon.

As a New England mother struggles to support her family in the wake of her husband’s service in the Civil War, her four daughters struggle, too – caught between childhood dreams and the realities of burgeoning adulthood. For Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, raised in integrity and virtue, negotiating the right path in life means making choices that will either narrow or expand their destinies.

4. What Kind of Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel

Lately I’ve been wanting to pick up more feminist fiction again. I used to love this genre, but for some reason stopped reading books from it. I have picked up a couple again, and once again when I saw this one for just over a euro I had to buy it. Especially since it’s a pretty new release.

What kind of girl stays after her boyfriend hits her?

The girls at North Bay Academy are taking sides. It all started when Mike Parker’s girlfriend showed up with a bruise on her face. Or, more specifically, when she walked into the principal’s office and said Mike hit her. But her classmates have questions. Why did she go to the principal and not the police? Why did she stay so long if Mike was hurting her? Obviously, if it’s true, Mike should be expelled. But is it true?

Some girls want to rally for his expulsion—and some want to rally around Mike. The only thing that the entire student body can agree on? Someone is lying. And the truth has to come out.

5. The Places I’ve Cried in Public by Holly Bourne

I’ve actually never read any Holly Bourne book. She has a ton of books that have been on my radar for a while, but this one peaked my interest the most. I’ve had this book in my hands so often in book stores not sure whether I should buy it or not. So to see this one for only a euro, made me – finally – buy it.

Amelie loved Reese. And she thought he loved her. But she’s starting to realise love isn’t supposed to hurt like this. So now she’s retracing their story and untangling what happened by revisiting all the places he made her cry.

Because if she works out what went wrong, perhaps she can finally learn to get over him.

6. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

This book has been on my TBR for ages and I wanted to pick it up from te library. But I read it for a blog post and during that time my library was closed so I bought the e-book. And it was e very expensive e-book, as in it cost almost as much as the paperback.

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind–she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed–this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

7. The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting by Holly Bourne

I’ve been on a YA contemporary kick lately and this one was like 70 cents so I was like, why not buy it?

Apparently I’m boring. A nobody.
But that’s all about to change.
Because I am starting a project.
Here. Now. For myself.
And if you want to come along for the ride then you’re very welcome.

Bree is by no means popular. Most of the time, she hates her life, her school, her never-there-parents. So she writes. But when Bree is told she needs to stop shutting the world out and start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is born. A manifesto that will change everything… but the question is, at what cost?

8. The Spinster Club trilogy by Holly Bourne

When I read a lot of feminist fiction a couple of years back, I had my eyes on this series. With me getting back into feminist fiction and seeing this entire trilogy for less than 2 euros, it went straight into my basket (or rather Kindle).

All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…

But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?

9. The Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve been trying to consume all of Leigh Bardugo’s books, since I love her work. I hadn’t read this short story yet, so I decided to buy it for like 60 cents.

Before he became the Darkling, he was just a lonely boy of extraordinary power. Get a look into the past that forged a brutal and brilliant leader.

10. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

I’ve been intrigued by Brandon Sanderson’s fantasy novels for over a year now. However, I never knew where to start. But now I’ve heard some people say Elantris is a great place to start. I then went to add it to my Amazon wishlist, to find out that the e-book was quite cheap. So I bought it (surprise).

The capital of Arelon, the home to people transformed into magic-using demigods by the Shaod.

But then the magic failed, Elantris started to rot, and its inhabitants turned into powerless wrecks.

And in the new capital, Kae, close enough to Elantris for everyone to be reminded of what they have lost, a princess arrives. Sarene is to be married to unite Teod and Arelon against the religious imperialists of Fjordell. But she is told that Raoden, her husband to be, is dead.

Determined to carry on the fight for Teod and Arelon’s freedom, Sarene clashes with the high priest Hrathen. If Hrathen can persuade the populace to convert, Fjordell will reign supreme.

But there are secrets in Elantris, the dead and the ruined may yet have a role to play in this new world. Magic lives.

11. The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Everyone and their mother are loving this book lately. I’d seen the e-book come across Amazon a couple of times, but never cheap enough for me to be like: okay I’ll buy it. But then I saw it for 99 cents and I bought it lol.

The first rule of book club: You don’t talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife. 

12. The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

I’ve heard so many people scream about this book, or rather this series, and so it was already on my TBR. But then I saw that the e-book was free on Amazon, so I had to download it.

Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.

Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.

But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for. 

So yeah, I went a bit crazy on the whole e-book thing… I did buy a couple of physical books lately as well, so if you’re interested in seeing those books, let me know in a comment! And yes, I have the toxic trait called retail therapy.

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