Book hauls

Book haul #3 and March reading stats

Time for a monthly book haul and March recap! Here’s to hoping that I got less books this month than previously…

(I wouldn’t hold my breath…)

But, despite it not being a very good reading month, I did do something new – I had my first author interview! And it was so much fun to do. You can find it here. Now onto the haul!

So here are the ones I bought:

The Rest of Us Just Live Here The Princess Curse Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1) 

The Mountain in My Shoe White Noise A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, #2)


The Rest of Us Just Live Here [GR|BD] was an reminder, so to be honest, I can’t really remember why it’s on my TBR. I guess I’ll find out! Dumplin’  [GR|BD] has caught my attention several months ago when I read a review on a blog, and it just seems like a fun read. Brother’s Ruin [GR|BD] is a book I was super hyped about, and I’ve also already read it – it came out in March. I will be posting a review soon. The Mountain in My Shoe [GR|BD] and White Noise [GR|BD] are also books that have been on my radar for a few years now, so I just grabbed them during a sale. And A Closed and Common Orbit [GR|BD] is something I’ve been looking forward to massively, as I loved A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet [GR|BD] so much (my review here). But I won’t be reading it just yet, because I want to read A Long Way with my boyfriend before I read the sequel. And we’re not even done with the Assassin’s Apprentice yet, so I don’t know when we will start that one. Voice reading with someone else can be pretty slow.


Here are the ones I got for review:

Ashes To Love A Stranger The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane


I got Ashes [GR] and To Love A Stranger [GR] from a publisher email. I was going to download Ashes, but misclicked a little and NetGalley ended up marking To Love A Stranger as well… Don’t you just hate it when it does that? Now I’m stuck with it. Don’t know if I’ll end up reading it either, because it’s a good topic (AIDS, music), but I may be a little bit squeamish for it.
I’m really looking forward to The Radium Girls [GR|BD] though! Before I saw the blurb, I didn’t even know it was a thing – beginning of the century, girls working in factories WITH RADIUM ON THEIR HANDS UNPROTECTED! Oh my god. I did know that back in that day it wasn’t thought to be dangerous, but oh my god. Have to read this! I will probably start in April, won’t put it away any longer.
As for The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane [GR|BD], I’ve already read that and reviewed it here. Strongly recommended, a lovely and emotional read.


Things I Should Have Known My Counterfeit Self Game Trivia Catechism The Foundling: The True Story of a Kidnapping, a Family Secret, and My Search for the Real Me


Things I Should Have Known [GR|BD] was the best surprise of this month! I don’t read a lot of YA, but this one’s definitely worth it. Great autism representation, sibling love and friendship, and so much more than that. You can read the review here.
The other ones are new ones I just got, so I don’t know too much about them. I am not sure about My Counterfeit Self  [GR] and I don’t remember why I selected it, but it must have caught my attention. I chose Game Trivia Catechism [GR] because I like geeky books, and I loved The Impossible Fortress [GR|BD] last month (review here), but now that I look at its reviews which have popped up, it’s not very inspiring.
I’m really looking forward to reading The Foundling! [GR|BD] It’s like this crazy story about a man who was abducted as a baby, later returned to his parents, only to find out through a DNA test he was never their son half a lifetime ago. The book is about finding out who he was to begin with, and also finding his ‘half-brother’. I’m extremely excited about this one.

Ones I got for free:

Strange Metamorphosis Esther Waters The Lot of a Nobody The Bride of the Blue Wind


Most of them were freebies, so I don’t have a lot to say about them, except that The Bride of the Blue Wind has an incredibly beautiful cover, doesn’t it? As for Esther Waters, it’s a Project Gutenberg copy and one of my groups on Goodreads is reading it this month.

Some reading & challenge stats:

As you can see, I’m not doing too well on my challenges… I’m totally behind on my Goodreads challenge, I also didn’t get a lot of Blogger Shame books out of the way (shame on me, yet again). But at least Mount TBR isn’t going that badly. Yet.

How are you doing on your challenges? And did you have an awesome book haul? Share your post links in the comments!

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

22 thoughts on “Book haul #3 and March reading stats

    1. Yeah, I’ve seen some good reviews too, so I thought it would be a fun relaxing read, nothing too heavy. The last few books I’ve been reading could have been more upbeat 😀

    1. Haha, hope so 😀 I strongly recommend Brother’s Ruin – especially cause it seems you are a fantasy/magic fan 🙂 you’ll love it!

  1. Ooh so many pretty books. SUCH PRETTY. I really adore The Rest Of Us Just Live Here so I hope you like it!! And we’ve discussed I need to read Things I Should’ve Known like…yesterday. I have some library books that are in dire need to go back…but then after that I’ll get to it?! *fingers crossed* (Also congrats on interviewing an author!!)
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    1. Thanks for visiting, Cait! Yeah, we did talk about that one (especially because my review was like AFSGFKS#$@&!!! LOL). But yeah, it’s been published already in March, so there’s probably not a big difference now when you review it 🙂 as long as you have fun, hah. I hope you will 🙂

  2. I hope you enjoy Dumplin’ and The Rest of Us Just Live Here! I didn’t much love the two but I really, really like the premise behind TROUJLH and I love Patrick Ness in general.

    Have a lovely April!

    1. Yeah, I thought the same – Brother’s Ruin is kind of like… a TV show? Serialized like that, it’s what it feels like – an episode. It certainly had drawbacks, but for what it’s intended to be – it’s perfect.
      Now if only I had time to write that review 😀

  3. I hope you enjoy The Rest of Us Just Live Here more than I did. There’s something about Patrick Ness which doesn’t click with me. I love the premises of all his books, but none of them ever worked for me. I also have only heard good things about Dumplin. I look forward to your opinions!

    My challenges are going… decently? I’m making progress on my Goodreads Challenge, but I’m not making as much progress on my Book Riot or PopSugar reading challenges. Oops! We’ll see what happens this month. Perhaps Aimal’s A Very ARCish Reading Challenge will help?

    Keep up the great work!
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    1. Oh, that sounds like a cool challenge 🙂 I’m glad yours are going well! Tomorrow I’ll have two very long train rides, so I’m hoping to catch up on my reading a little bit 🙂 I’ve never tried Patrick Ness yet, so I guess I will find out, but a few bloggers have already told me that it’s kind of meh…

  4. Wow, what a great post! I loved reading about all the lovely books you got this week. I have The Mountain in my Shoe on my TBR and really want to read it soon as the author’s first book was one of the best books I read last year. I love the sound of Dumplin’ – I might have to get a copy of that one. Radium Girls sounds fascinating so that’s now on my radar too! Your posts are bad for my TBR (but I do love your reading taste!).
    Your reading stats are fab! I love how you did your graphics, I’m very envious! I included my stats for the first time in my March post but it’s definitely made me realise how much I love stats! 🙂
    Hope you enjoy reading all your new books and that you can start to catch up on your challenges soon.

    1. Thanks!! I did those charts through infogram, it’s very easy to use. And yeah, Dumplin’ seems like a very cheery read, something I could use about now 🙂 I can’t tell you how much I recommend the Radium Girls. It’s just… so strong. Especially as a person with chronic pain, you should read it. It might give you strength and you might relate. I know I did. And I also cried! (Totally worth it though)

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