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Book Haul | February & March 2019

This year I really want to stop buying books and focus on reading the ones I have already (because it’s a lot, people!). Despite this though I did pick up a few books in February and March (I managed not to buy anything in Jan though!).

Two of the books I got came in my Books and Charms box but I did buy three. They were second hand and I had a €5 voucher so it’s not so bad.

First off let’s take a look at the books that came in my Books and Charms box. Books and Charms is an Irish book subscription box service. You can order a one-time box or a subscription and they have some other cool bookish stuff on their site too.

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook (The Notebook, #1)

How far can love endure?

Noah Calhoun has just returned from World War Two. Attempting to escape the ghosts of battle, he tries to concentrate on restoring an old plantation home to its former glory. And yet he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met there fourteen years before, a girl who captured his heart like no other.

But when these distant memories begin to slide into reality, the passion that had lain still is ignited once more. Though so much is in their way, the miraculous force of their love refuses to fade.

Double Wedding by Patricia Scanlan

Double Wedding

Jessica and Carol, two childhood friends, are both engaged to be married. Secretly afraid her fiance is going to chicken out, Carol is insisting on a double wedding.

Jessica is appalled at the idea: she doesn’t want to share the happiest day of her life with whining Carol and her womanising boyfriend. Unfortunately for her, she has a very soft heart and is easily persuaded to agree.

Carol’s parents are separated and at loggerheads. Neither wants the other to be there. Who will win that war? Nadine, Carol’s younger sister, is wild and disruptive and drinks like a fish – hardly the ideal wedding guest.

Will Carol’s family come to blows? Will her fiance do a runner? Will they make it to the altar? And can Jessica and Carol’s friendship survive a Double Wedding?

Now let’s take a look at the books I bought. I got them in Vibes and Scribes second-hand shop in Cork. They have a second-hand books shop, a new books shop and an amazing arts and crafts shop across the bridge. They’re my favourite retailers in town!

I picked up three books by Irish writers (also all female but this wasn’t a goal) for the Irish Readathon in March. The Dolocher I picked up based on a review by Aoife from Fred Weasley Died Laughing on YouTube.

The Dolocher by Caroline Barry

The Dolocher

Victorian London had Jack the Ripper. Georgian Dublin had the Dolocher…

The Dolocher is stalking the alleyways of Dublin. Half man, half pig, this terrifying creature has unleashed panic on the streets. Can it really be the evil spirit of a murderer who has cheated the hangman’s noose by taking his own life in his prison cell, depriving the mob of their rightful revenge? Or is there some other strange supernatural explanation?

This terror has come at the perfect time for down-at-heel writer Solomon Fish. With his new broadsheet reporting ever more gruesome stories of the mysterious Dolocher, sales are growing daily and fuelling the city’s fear. But when the Dolocher starts killing and Solomon himself is set upon, he realises that there’s more to the story than he could ever have imagined.

With the help of his fearless landlady, ship’s surgeon-turned-apothecary Merriment O’Grady, Solomon goes after the Dolocher. Torn between reason and superstition, they must hold their nerve as everyone around them loses theirs. But are they hunting the Dolocher or is the Dolocher hunting them?

The Husband by Deirdre Purcell

The Husband

When city girl Marian falls for the charms of Dermot, she falls hard. So much so that she finds herself upping sticks and moving with him from Chicago to rural Ireland, the country of his origin, where he plans to take over his father’s GP practice. 
But tragedy strikes unexpectedly and Marian finds herself facing early widowhood, alone and devastated, in a strange land. As she tries to makes sense of it all, throwing herself into community activity in a bid to cope with her grief, she begins to receive menacing anonymous notes that concern her enough to bring them to the attention of local garda Jack Cantwell, who investigates.
Nothing can prepare Marian for the discovery that Dermot, the husband she loved, was not the man she thought she knew. But, as greater questions take shape – such as what she will do with the rest of her life – she must face her demons head on, if she is ever to move on and learn to trust again. 
After all, the Irish village of Glanmillish may be small, but there is plenty going on…

The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien

The Little Red Chairs

The much-anticipated new novel from the literary world’s master of storytelling, Edna O’Brien.

A woman discovers that the foreigner she thinks will redeem her life is a notorious war criminal.

Vlad, a stranger from Eastern Europe masquerading as a healer, settles in a small Irish village where the locals fall under his spell. One woman, Fidelma McBride, becomes so enamored that she begs him for a child. All that world is shattered when Vlad is arrested, and his identity as a war criminal is revealed.

Fidelma, disgraced, flees to England and seeks work among the other migrants displaced by wars and persecution. But it is not until she confronts him-her nemesis-at the tribunal in The Hague, that her physical and emotional journey reaches its breathtaking climax.

THE LITTLE RED CHAIRS is a book about love, and the endless search for it. It is also a book about mankind’s fascination with evil, and how long, how crooked, is the road towards Home.


Synopsis and book cover from Goodreads. Photos from my Instagram @elainehowlin_

February Wrap Up

Thanks to a bunch of novellas and audiobooks I finally feel like I’m getting some reading done. I listened to so many audiobooks because Scribd has at last gone unlimited meaning I can listen to all the audiobooks in their library without having to wait for my credits to refill. I have noticed some books do not become available until a certain date though.

Some of these books are rereads so I’m not going to review them now and as usual, I’m just going to do a mini-reviews for the ones that stand out the most for me (a  super mini-review today because I’m tired and my brain isn’t working).

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemMom & Me & MomWe Should All Be FeministsBeneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3)Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark, #15)The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5)An Ideal HusbandAn American MarriageThe Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark)The Head That Wears a Crown: Speeches for Royal Men by William ShakespeareThe Colour of Magic (Discworld, #1)Black Friday (Cassandra Palmer, #8.1)

Mom & Me & Mom Maya Angelou Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou ★★★★★

Wonderful exploration of Maya’s relationship with her mother. It’s a beautiful story.

Beaneath the Sugar Sky Seanan McGuire Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire ★★★★☆

A very fun read. I’m quickly becoming a fangirl for Seanan McGuire.

An American Marriage Tayari Jones An American Marriage by Tayari Jones ★★★★☆

An emotional read and very interesting look at everyday American culture.

The Colour of Magic Terry Pratchett The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett ★★★★☆

Complete madness!! A lot of fun to read.

All of the books mentioned are available from Book Depository with free worldwide shipping.

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Blind Date

This challenge was hosted on My Vampire Book Obsession.

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Hello, and welcome to Blind Date!
Below we have 4 fangtastic bachelor’s just waiting to meet the woman of their dreams.

In order to go on a date with one of these yummies you must complete at least two of your chosen bachelor’s tasks. And of course, we’re not mean you can go on a date with each guy. It’s not easy to find the man of your dreams after all.

Don’t forget to update when you’re done and tell us how your date went!

I’m into him – 2 books
This Guy’s Hot! – 4 books
An Affair to Remember – 8 books
Love at First Bite- 12 books
Vampire Bride – 24 books

Two months from your start date

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Adam Hauptman 
❤ Read any book from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs (If you’ve completed the series read any book by the author)
♡ Read any book mentioned in My Own Hearts Blood – Book Boyfriends.
♡ Read a book with werewolves
♡ Read a book with a character that is a good fighter
♡ Read a book a book with children/teenagers
♡ Read a book set in America or with an American character

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❤ Read any book in the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost (If you’ve completed the series read any book by the author)
♡ Read any book mentioned in Who’s Your Favourite Couple.
♡ Read a book with vampires
♡ Read a book with a character you think is hot
♡ Read a book with a group of long time friends
♡ Read a book set in Australia/England or with an Australian/English character

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❤ Read any book in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews (If you’ve completed the series read any book by the author)
♡ Read any book mentioned in Vhat Are You Reading 2016 or Vhat are you Reading 2017.
♡ Read a book with any type of magic user
♡ Read a book with a character that is the leader of any type of group
♡ Read a book with any type of shapeshifter
♡ Read a book that’s been on your TBR for longer than 4 months

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❤ Read any book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward (If you’ve completed the series read any book by the author)
♡ Read any book mentioned in 5 Fangtastic Stars
♡ Read a book with a female author
♡ Read a book with a man on the cover
♡ Read a book recommended to you by a friend/group member
♡ Read a book that is part of a series with at least 10 books published