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!

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Lisa @TenaciousReader
4 years ago

So many great books! I really want to read A Closed and Common Orbit and The Rest of Us Just Live here 🙂 Hope you enjoy!!

Nathan (@reviewbarn)
4 years ago

A Closed and Common Orbit is one I have to buy soon, I loved Small Angry Planet so much. Good haul.

Jane @ Raincity Librarian

I read quite a few reviews about Dumplin’, but still haven’t had a chance to read the actual book!!

4 years ago

I hope you like Closed and Common Orbit. Those books are so great. Things I Should Have Known and Game Trivia both look interesting too. And congrats on your interview!

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

Princess Curse and Brother’s Ruin have such pretty covers! And wow, it looks like you got a lot of great books, and such a wide range of topics too! Who knows, maybe that accidental NG click will turn out for the best!

Cait @ Paper Fury
4 years ago

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!!)

Reg @ She Latitude
4 years ago

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!

Danya @ Fine Print
4 years ago

I’m excited to hear your take on Brother’s Ruin! I thought it was great, not perfect but definitely a good start to the series. A Close and Common Orbit is still on my TBR, too!

Jackie B.
4 years ago

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… Read more »

4 years ago

I have read Dumplin’ and if you’re expecting a fun, light read, then you’re in luck! I read about a year ago, and I remember enjoying it a lot!

Happy reading!

Hayley @ RatherTooFondofBooks

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… Read more »