March & April BOOK HAUL // 2020

Yes, hi. I know it’s been a while since I posted. But with the Covid19 situation, lockdown and trying to finish my OWLs I was a bit distracted last month.

I just got a couple books in April as I was trying to concentrate on reading books I already own. But here are the few that I did get:


Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare – Young Adult; Fantasy; Published 10 March 2020
Chain of Gold is the first novel in a new trilogy that stars the Shadowhunters of Edwardian London.
You bet I started this immediately! Check out my review here.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – Adult; Historical Fiction; Published 2018

Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

This arrived the day before lockdown in South Africa began. What a life saver! I started it immediately and never looked back! Read my review here.


Afterlife by Julia Alvarez – Adult; Contemporary; Published 7 April 2020

Antonia Vega, the immigrant writer at the center of Afterlife, has had the rug pulled out from under her. She has just retired from the college where she taught English when her beloved husband, Sam, suddenly dies. And then more jolts: her bighearted but unstable sister disappears, and Antonia returns home one evening to find a pregnant, undocumented teenager on her doorstep. Antonia has always sought direction in the literature she loves—lines from her favorite authors play in her head like a soundtrack—but now she finds that the world demands more of her than words.

Thank you to for providing me with an ALC. I’m really really excited to listen to this.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – Young Adult; Historical Fiction; Published 2016

While the Titanic and Lusitania are both well-documented disasters, the single greatest tragedy in maritime history is the little-known January 30, 1945 sinking in the Baltic Sea by a Soviet submarine of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German cruise liner that was supposed to ferry wartime personnel and refugees to safety from the advancing Red Army. This is a story about four youths on their journeys to escape the Russian troops .

I just finished this book two days ago. I really enjoyed the writing, pacing and plot. This story broke my heart.

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella- Young Adult; Contemporary; Published 2015

Audrey can’t leave the house. she can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.

Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable. 

My first Kinsella book and it was hilarious! I’ll post my review soon, I promise.


(e-ARCs from publishers via Edelweiss+)

• All adults here by Emma Straub – Adult; Contemporary; Published 4 May 2020

A warm, funny, and keenly perceptive novel about the life cycle of one family—as the kids become parents, grandchildren become teenagers, and a matriarch confronts the legacy of her mistakes. 

I’m hoping this is a funny and thought provoking read!

• Beach Read by Emily Henry- Adult; Contemporary; Published 18 May 2020

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

I mean, how could I not want to read about an author of literary fiction and an author of romance deciding to swap and write each other genres instead?? Gosh, I’m so hyped for this!

Have you read any of these books or looking forward to reading any??


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