March Book Haul

All of this month’s babies were purchased in London and I really had to restrain myself not to go home with the entire store. But all these were either cover buys or author buys.

Haul March 2015

Melinda Salisbury – The Sin Eater’s Daughter

I am the perfect weapon.
I kill with a single touch.
Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it’s price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla’s fatal touch.
Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla’s chilling role to the girls she truly is.
Yet in a court as dangerous and the queen’s, some truths should not be told… (Goodreads)

I love the cover. The blurb sounded interesting. I am currently in the mood for a little YA fantasy. And have I mentioned, I love the cover. 🙂

Val McDermid – Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen in the hands of queen of crime, Val McDermid. Get ready for a very different Northanger Abbey. For Cat Morland life being home-schooled in Dorset is unendurably ordinary. To cope, she devours as many novels as possible, especially anything supernatural. But if Cat can tear her eyes away from the page, she’s in for a shock: the very stuff of her dreams is about to come true. An invite to the Edinburgh Festival from some wealthy neighbours throws her in the way of a mysterious young man, Henry Tilney; a like-minded friend, Isabella Thorpe; and her odious brother, who threatens to ruin Cat’s chances of adventure. But this heroine is not so easily deterred, especially when she’s singled out by the Tilney family to stay with them at their imposing gothic castle, Northanger Abbey. Turrets and creaking doors there may be, but in the depths of the Scottish Borders Cat is isolated from the outside world, with no phone signal and no internet. She’s all alone in an ancient abbey alive with old secrets and a family who are not quite as they seem. Is real life about to become more terrifying than the world of her imagination? (Amazon)

I have read some books by Val McDermind, I enjoyed those books, I have met the author and I really enjoyed P.D. James’s Death Comes to Pemberley. Since this seems to be another criminal attempt on an Austen novel, I had to have it.

Soman Chainani – The School of Good and Evil

At the School for Good and Evil, failing your fairy tale is not an option.
Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.
The two girls soon find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, thrust among handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.
But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are . . .? (Amazon)

Again the cover got my attention. Since I am currently reading a lot of children’s fiction with kids that are either prior to their or in their early puberty ridden years (which apparently start a lot earlier now than when I was young), this looked like something that would be entertaining. And it sounds quite fun, too. School for fairy tale characters – of that isn’t awesome… The premise sounds really fun and entertaining and I am looking forward to reading it.

Suzette A. Hill – The Venetian Venture

1954, Venice. For Rosy Gilchrist the tables may have turned. Her boss at the British Museum, Dr Stanley, has chosen her to travel to Venice, track down a rare edition of Horace’s Odes and bring it back for their collection. Rosy jumps at the chance to spend time away from her capricious supervisor and hopefully indulge in a little Venetian culture. Following Dr Stanley’s advice, she roams the cobbled streets of Venice in search of the book and crosses paths with old friends Felix Smythe and Cedric Dillworthy. With their help, Rosy thinks she’s laid her hands on the treasure but things soon take a drastic downward spiral. A wealthy and eccentric recluse offers a GBP1 million reward for anyone who can find Horace’s Odes and pair it with a missing Murano vase. The price on the book’s head brings all sorts of murky characters out of the shadows. Soon Rosy finds herself in a race against time as her rivals will go to any lengths to secure the prize …Even murder. (Amazon)

This is a crime story set in Venice, which does not seem to bloody and gory but a little cozy. Maybe not, but I will figure that out when I read it. The story is set in the 50’s, so does this make it a historical crime novel?
It is the second book in a series, but maybe one can read it without having read the previous one. Anyway. Really exited. And lovely cover again.

George R.R. Martin – Fevre Dream

Abner Marsh, a struggling riverboat captain, suspects that something’s amiss when he is approached by a wealthy aristocrat with a lucrative offer. The hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua York doesn’t care that the icy winter of 1857 has wiped out all but one of Marsh’s dilapidated fleet; nor does he care that he won’t earn back his investment in a decade. York’s reasons for traversing the powerful Mississippi are to be none of Marsh’s concern—no matter how bizarre, arbitrary, or capricious York’s actions may prove. Not until the maiden voyage of Fevre Dream does Marsh realize that he has joined a mission both more sinister, and perhaps more noble, than his most fantastic nightmare—and humankind’s most impossible dream. (Amazon)

Well, I really, really like his Song of Ice and Fire series and I came across this book. I have read quite a few good and many bad vampire novels, so I am looking forward to see what he does with them. Since I like his writing, I hope that I will like it here, too.


November Book Haul

It appears to be an all German book haul this month. The books are all written by German authors and in German, but next month there will be some more English titles. But at least some are inspired by or set in Britain.
There will be a German as well as an English comment below the titles.

Gitta Edelmann – Canterbury Requiem: Ein Krimi aus Kent

Ella ist gerade erst nach Canterbury gezogen als sie Aileen bei der Chorprobe kennenlernt. Am nächsten Tag lernt Ella, dass Aileen bei einem Unfall ums Leben gekommen ist. Warum aber hat sie so viele Beruhigungsmittel im Blut? Ella fängt an zu ermitteln. Das Buchcover ist sehr schön und erinnert mich vor allem sehr an Christie Romane. Und der Klappentext liest sich auch ein bisschen so. Ich bin auf jeden Fall gespannt.

Ella has moved to Canterbury and has just met Aileen in the choir group. The next day Ella learns that Aileen was killed in an accident. But why did the police find a great amount of sedatives in her blood. This triggers Ella’s interest and she starts to investigate. The cover reminds me very much of a Christie novel and the premise reads like a whodunit. I am really looking forward to this.

Andreas H. Schmachtl – Hieronymus Frosch: Darauf hat die Welt gewartet

Ich bin ein großer Fan der Tilda Apfelkern Reihe. Die Bücher sind wirklich wunderbar. Nun nehme ich mir Hieronymus Frosch vor. Die Geschichte des kleine Erfinderfrosches sind wieder einmal wunderbar illustriert (ich habe schon mal reingelinst) und die Texte sind in grün geschrieben – wie toll ist das denn.

I have already read books in the author’s other series (Tilda Apfelkern) and now I want to start with the series about an inventor frog. I already had a peak and the illustrations are again beautiful and the writing is green – just like Hieronymus – how great is that.

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Andreas H. Schmachtl – Hieronymus Frosch feiert Weihnachten

Hierbei handelt es sich um die kleinen Weinhachtsausgaben vom Arena Verlag. Hieronymus ist eingeschneit und freut sich seine Wintererfindungen endlich auszuprobieren. Dabei ist er so beschäftigt mit erfinden, dass er fast das Weihnachtsfest vergisst.

This is a really small Christmas book in which Hieronymus is snowed in and can finally test his many winter inventions. But while he is inventing like crazy he almost forgets Christmas.

Andreas H. Schmachtl – Tilda Apfelkern: Frühling, Sommer, Herbst und Winter

Das nächste Buch in der Tilda Reihe erzählt wieder Geschichten von der kleinen Kirchenmaus und ihren Freunden. Wieder einmal begleiten wir Tilda durch ein Jahr und erleben neue Abenteuer mit ihr. Ich finde die Reihen einfach toll. Und besonders in der Weihnachtszeit macht es sehr viel Spaß Andreas H. Schmachtl zu lesen.

Another book about Tilda the church mouse and her friends. We accompany Tilda through the seasons which all bring new adventures. I just love that mouse. And I really enjoy reading books by this author around Christmas time. It is a lot of fun.

October Book Haul

So, I did not “buy” that many books (no physical ones and I actually did not pay for any virtual ones either), but I finally caved and purchased a Kindle. I am always very reluctant when it comes to technology and things. It takes me a little longer to warm up to those, but in the end it was a space decision. I just don’t have that much space in my apartment and my shelves are already stuffed and some of my darlings have to live in boxes. Hence the Kindle. And of course I have a few eBooks to haul because I couldn’t help it.
Since they were an offer of amazon, I got them for nothing. So, I chose a few books and classics to have some variety. Here they are:

M.C. Beaton – Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Hound of the Baskervilles
Gayle Ramage – The Trouble with Pixies
Chanda Hahn – UnEnchanted: An Unfortunate Fairy Tale
Jennifer L. Armentrout – Obsidian
Diana Gabaldon – Outlander (in German: Feuer und Stein)
Leo Tolstoj – Anna Karenina and Peace and War
Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Louisa May Alcott – Little Women
Charles Dickens – The Tale of Two Cities

September Book Haul

So, although I tried not to buy any books the last month, again it did not work and since I am not reading a lot lately, my TBR pile is constantly increasing. Anyway. Here is my little splurge of the month.

Robin Wasserman – Skinned

A year ago Lia Kahn died. A few days later she woke up … with a new mechanical body, unfeeling and inhuman. She has a new family, ‘mechs’ like her, who didn’t judge her for what she could no longer be, and a new life, one that would last forever. At least it was supposed to…
But now everything Lia thought she knew has turned out to be a lie, and everyone she loved and cared about has been stolen away. Someone is trying to get rid of the mechs, once and for all, and Lia must risk everything to save herself and the people she can’t live without. But not before she faces one final, shocking truth … a truth that forces her to make a decision she can never reverse.

I stumbled across this book in the library. Well, the German translation of the book and when I found the English original on eBay I had to have it. It sound intriguing and a little Sci Fi and since I am in the mood for Sci Fi lately, I had to have it.

Robin Wasserman – Wired

This is the third and final installment of the Skinned trilogy (which has now been renamed and republished – though the old covers are so much prettier). Well, I got the first one and they offered the third, so I picked it up assuming that I would like the first part. No, blurb because I don’t want to spoil and be spoiled. (I didn’t read it myself either).

September Haul

Anna Carey – Eve

“Where will I go?” I asked, my voice trembling. The forest spilled out before me, its hillsides lit only by the perfect, glowing moon. This was it. Where I came from, where I was going. My past, my future.
“If you continue straight two miles you’ll come to a road.” Her thin lips moved slowly as she spoke. “Find the signs marked eighty and go west, toward the setting sun. Stay near the road but not on it.”
I wanted to as Teacher more, but just then the beam of the guard’s flashlight rounded the corner of the dormitory building. Teacher Florence pushed me forward. “Go, now!” she urged. “Go!”
And as fast as the door opened, it closed behind me, leaving me alone in the cold, starless night.

Another dystopian creepy something. A virus has wiped out most of earth’s population. Orphaned girls are trained at a school for this new world, but the day before graduation Eve discovers the real purpose of the school and the horrific fate that awaits them. So, she runs away.
Why not. It sounds interesting and it was a bargain, so I just decided to get this one.

Agatha Christie – Hallowe’en Party

At a Hallowe’en party, Joyce – a hostile thirteen-year-old – boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no one believes her, she storms of home. But within hours her body is found,still in the house drowned in an apple-bobbing tub.
That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the ‘evil presence’. But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or double-murderer …

What can I say. I finished my last Christie and I just need to have one at hand really. So, I decided to go with the spooky theme of fall and Halloween and got me a Poirot mystery. I will see if this one is as good as the last one, because Nemesis was just bloody brilliant.

June/July/August Book Haul

I was pretty good the past months and did not buy a lot. Since only a two books moved in each month, I did not make a post about them because I kinda ran out of time towards the end of each day. It’s been busy and just let some things slide. So, I decided to sum them up in one post which really looks nicer than just two books a month. (*desperately trying to justify the neglect*)

Laurie Viera Rigler – Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

A modern LA girl, wakes up in a different body in Regency England. She has read enough Austen, but will she manage her new life and how will she get back to her own life. And does she really want to? Well, I do like Austen books and when I stumbled across this one I had to have it.

Maryrose Wood – The Poison Diaries

In the right dose, everything is a poison. Another book I found perusing eBay and I just bought it. I don’t really know why. It’s about a girl who grew up knowing a lot about plants and poison and then she meets a boy. It’s a book in a series, but as far as I have figured out the last installment is not and will not be published anymore. So maybe this is bad. But I’ll see when I read it.

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Agatha Christie – Nemesis

A Marple mystery. Since I want to finish the Marple mysteries this year, it is the penultimate book that I still have to read. And so I slowly creep closer to the finish line.

Die Zeitdetektive Entdecker-Handbuch: Wikinger

The Time Detectives (that’s my very bad translations of the German term) are three young kids who can travel through time and solve mysteries and the occasional crime. Although those are books, I have listened to them as audiobooks and really enjoyed them. That series has also developed some non-fictional books about the times that the stories are set in. This one is about the Vikings and it contains historical facts, quizzes, games and notes from the three adventurers. It is made for kids and it sounded really nice. And since I got a bargain, I though I get it. I don’t know a lot about the Vikings anyway. So time to know some more.

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Nina Blazon – Die Totenbraut

Jasna is bought from her parents by a stranger and she is brought into the stranger’s country to marry his son. But soon she realizes that a curse weighs on the family and when people start to die, Jasna tries to uncover the truth.
It’s a mixture of historical fiction, fantasy, and crime fiction. At least that’s what is sounds like, so again I had to take it with me when I stumble across it in a bargain bin. I really should broaden my reading taste and Blazon is a well-known German young adult author…so I just had to.

Catharina Sundberg – Die Kupferhändlerin

This is my first historical novel by a Swedish author which deals with the Hanseatic League and a well-known pirate of the Baltic Sea: Störtebecker. Well, I should know a lot more about this time (which I don’t or I used to but I forgot a lot since school), so I thought this might be a nicer introduction than a history book.

April/May Book Haul

I have been quite good with not buying to many books lately and in April I only got one (which was a present), so I did not see the point in making a haul. With May being over now there have at least been some more, so that I actually felt okay posting them. So here goes nothing.

Paul Stanford – Die wahre Geschichte der Päpstin Johanna

Wer war die Päpstin Johanna?
Die Figur der Päpstin Johanna gab lange Zeit zu immer neuen Legenden Anlass. Die katholische Kirche will bis heute nichts von einer Päpstin wissen, doch ihre Spuren sind an vielen Orten offenkundig. Peter Standford, ein renommierter britischer Journalist, hat sich in Rom, Siena und Fulda umgesehen und bringt Licht in das Dunkel einer abenteuerlichen Geschichte. (Blurb)

I have read the book Pope Joan by Donna Woolfalk Cross a long time ago. I think I was still in high school. (Back then I used to read historical novels and such, today I read young adult and children’s books – well, seems like I tend to do things backwards 🙂 ) Anyway, I or better my mother came across this book and it is a supposedly historical account of the legend of Pope Joan. The author researches the phenomenon and uncovers what is fact and what has become the legend.
It sounds interesting and its never bad to learn something.

Jasper Fforde – The Song of the Quarkbeast

I work in the magic industry. I think you’ll agree it’s pretty glamorous: a life full of spells, potions and whispered enchantments; of levitation, vanishing and alchemy. Of titanic fights to the death with the powers of darkness, of conjuring up blizzards and quelling storms at sea; of casting lighting bolts from mountains, and bringing statues to life in order to vanquish troublesome foes. (Blurb)
If Only.

The second installment in the dragon slayer trilogy is part of the first series for children that Jasper Fforde has written and it was The Last Dragonslayer (the first novel in this trilogy) was the first Fforde I have read so far. It was a good and solid read (as far as I remember since it’s been a while) and I got this second book for a bargain. The third book has been published already, so I don’t have to wait to continue if I want to.

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Margaret Lane – The Tale of Beatrix Potter

Another non-fiction book this month. I love the books and illustrations of Beatrix Potter. They are just adorable and wonderful, so when I saw this biography of her (and this is out of print – at least in this edition) I had to have it. I am reading the biography of Jane Austen at the moment and I really enjoyed it. So, I though why not read one of one of my favorite authors.

Sophie Barnes – How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back

Emily Rutherford is having a very bad day.
Of course, having the man you’ve loved forever announce his engagement to your (now very former) best friend will do that.
Emily is sure nothing good could possibly come out of this horrid situation. But she lets her sisters – along with Francis Riley, the delectable but brooding Earl of Dunhurst – convince her that a season in London will be just the thing.
Now Emily has a choice:sulk in a corner while her sisters enjoy the glitter of the ton…become the belle of the ball, dazzling everyone on an earl’s arm. But as Francis helps Emily get back on her feet, she quickly realizes that a childhood crush compared to the power of true love. (Blurb)

While rummaging through eBay’s English book lists (I really shouldn’t because I find so much and it just adds to my every continuing TBR pile), I found this novel. It sounded like a light and fun read and I was in the mood for some historical romance and since I was reading about Austen and been watching the cinematic versions of her novels, I couldn’t resist. This story sounds like it would fit right in.

March Book Haul

I did not plan to buy any. I never do. But they honestly just called my name. 🙂

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Annelie Wendeberg – The Devil’s Grin

In Victorian London’s cesspool of crime and disease, a series of murder remains undiscovered until a cholera victim floating in the city’s drinking water supply. Dr. Anton Kronberg, England’s best bacteriologist, is called upon to investigate and finds evidence of abduction and medical maltreatment. While Scotland Yard has little interest in pursuing the case, Kronberg pushes on and crosses paths with Sherlock Holmes. The detective immediately discovers Kronberg’s secret – a woman masquerading as a man in order to practice medicine – a criminal deed that could land her in prison for years to come. But both must join forces to stop a crime so monstrous, it outshines Jack the Ripper’s deeds in brutality and cold-bloodedness.

I was at a reading of The Devil’s Grin and I really wanted to know how it continues. It’s a crime story and it is set in Sherlockian England, so I couldn’t resist and I have read it already.

Mary Janice Davidson – Sleeping with the Fishes

Fred is a mermaid. But stop right there. Whatever image you’re thinking of right now, forget it. Fred is not blonde. She’s not buxom. And she’s definitely not perky. In fact, Fred can be downright cranky. And it doesn’t help matters that her hair is ocean-colored.
Being a mermaid does help Fred when she works at the New England Aquarium.But, needless to say, it’s there that she gets involved in something fishy. Weird levels of toxins been found in the local water. A gorgeous marine biologist wants her help investigating. So does her mer-person ruler, the High Prince of the Black Sea. You’d think it would be easy for a mermaid to get to the bottom of things, Think again…

I stumbled over this book and I got it for a bargain. The cover caught my eye. I am not sure I actually like it, but I have never read anything about mermaids (except for The Little Mermaid and that was a long time ago). So, why not include another supernatural creature.

Walt Disney Comic Collection

This collection contains 10 Disney Comic Books. I don’t think this is essentially the correct term and genre, but since I don’t know any better, I am just gonna call it that. I have been eyeing it for a while and I finally couldn’t resist. I love them. They are so beautiful and precious and wonderful.

Agatha Christie – The Thirteen Problems

One Tuesday evening a group gathers at Miss Marple’s house and the conversation turns to unsolved crimes…
As each of her guests is mystified by the sinister tales they tell one another, the company is inclined to forget their elderly host. But there is a ruthless precision in Miss Marple’s pursuit of the killers in each tale…and a few surprises in store for ‘The Tuesday Night Club’.

Another Christie. What more can I say. I have to keep my Agatha Christie Reading Challenge in mind and so I really was „forced“ to buy one. 🙂

Alan Bradley – Speaking from Among the Bones

Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the five-hundredth anniversary of Saint Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face inexplicably masked. Who held such a gruesome vendetta against him? The irrepressible Flavia decides to find out. And what she unearths will prove there’s no such thing as an open-and-shut case.

Flavia de Luce, my (currently) second favorite sleuth in the book world. This is the 5th book in the series. I doubt she has aged a day and the people in her village just die like flies. I am really looking forward to this. Bradley has never disappointed me so far.