Part two: Books I’ve purchased in the first half of the year

phoenix books finds

 

Last month I started a tally of the books I purchased in the first half of the year.

Now it is time to show you the rest of the books that I have either won in giveaways or gifted. I will also include the numerous e-books I bought. 

A third article will follow on all the books I’ve found lately in all the little free libraries I’ve been scavenging throughout the city. So stay tuned for that as well, if you want to see what fellow Montrealers have been reading.

 

two dot hutchison novels

Let me start off the list with the few books I’ve won or were gifted to me without further ado.

Earlier in the year, I entered a giveaway by Kelly @baileysbookrecs and Liz @krimilovewanderlust, and I won The Butterfly Effect by Dot Hutchison. I had my eye on this book for at least a couple of years, and I’m so glad I finally have my own copy. Did I get to read it yet? Of course not, but having it sit on my shelf brings me unexplainable comfort.

 

roses of may

Not long after my birthday rolled around, my daughter gifted me the second book in the Collector series, The Roses of May, also by Dot Hutchison.

 

 

bath haus

Then last month I believe, I entered another giveaway, this time by Aina @readbydusk, and won The Bath Haus, by P. J. Vernon. According to Goodreads reviews, It seems like a great thriller. Although the characters are described as horrible, the plot seems intriguing and the ending explosive.

 

the ballerinas on bed

I also purchased The Ballerinas, by Rachel Kapelke-Dale from Amazon, as a birthday gift myself. Initially, I read the library copy, but I loved it so much that I absolutely had to buy my own copy. Looking at that cover alone brings me lots of joy. 

 

And now, let me enumerate the list of used books I bought from my favorite local second-hand bookstore.

 

The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion 

the year of magical thinking

I have heard lots of great things about the author, and I want to read at least one book by her. This one was mentioned in the Netflix series You, and it caught my interest. So of course, when I saw it for a reasonable price, I had to grab a physical copy. I also bought an ebook by Didion, which I will mention shortly. 

 

A Death In The Family by Karl Ove Knausgard

a death in the family

As part of the My Struggle series, this first book is about the author’s childhood and teenage years. A profound and gripping look into the struggles we all face in our daily lives.

 

Station Eleven by Emily St.James Mandell

station eleven

The story of an actor who dies on the scene during the production of King Lear. With dual timelines, the author portrays the way fate connects people, even in strange times. 

 

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. James Mandell

the glass hotel

 

The book is centered around two intertwining stories. That of a woman’s disappearance aboard a ship at sea, and a massive Ponzi scheme collapse. 

 

The Maid by Nita Prose

the maid cover on bedsheet

Exploring what it means to be different in a world where everyone seems to be the same, Molly Gray gets a job as a hotel maid. Her grandmother used to be her rock, but she recently died, and Molly is left to deal with life on her own. When she finds one of the hotel’s patrons dead in his room, things take a dramatic turn for molly.

 

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett 

the dutch house

This is a dark fairytale that is set over five decades. Danny and Maeve, two very smart siblings, have a hard time overcoming their unfair past that sent them into poverty. The Dutch House is a well-narrated tale of inheritance and forgiveness. 

 

The Princess of Burundi by Kjell Erickson 

the princess of burundi

A fourth book in the Ann Lindell series, I had seen it there many times before. Of course, when I bought it I had no idea it was part of a series, so another book that will sit on my shelves for a long time. 

 

Death Angels by Ake Edwardson

death angels

At least this one is the first in a series, but I don’t have high expectations for reading this any time soon. I will buy any Nordic Noir books I can get my hands on, especially for those prices.  

 

E-Books

During the Amazon prime days, I finally bit the bullet and bought myself another kindle. Years ago I had one but didn’t use it much because I couldn’t have access to the Libby app on it. At the time even ebooks were quite expensive, so I couldn’t afford to purchase many. Therefore, I gifted it to someone who got much more use out of it than myself. 

I have had my kobo for a few years, and I use it mainly for reading local library books. But as you will see, I still purchase a fair amount of books when there are promotions going on.

 

Let me start with the first e-book I purchased on my Kindle, then I will proceed with the Kobo ones. 

 

Kindle Books

The only book I purchased so far on my Kindle, as soon as I received it, is a Nordic Noir, of course.

 

Cold as Hell by Lilja Sigurdattodir

cold as hell on kindle

This book is the Icelandic author’s latest release. I have previously read Betrayed by her earlier in the year, and I like her style. Another Nordic Noir to add to my list.

 

Also, I joined Kindle Unlimited for a three-month trial, and I’d like to read all the Robert Bryndza books before the trial expires. If not, most likely I will purchase them as well. 

 

Kobo Books

And here are the few Kobo books that are waiting for me patiently to get to them – eventually! I will not give a synopsis or short description here, the article will be way too long. I will make a separate post solely on e-books if you guys are interested. Hit me up in the comments, and I shall oblige!

 

Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner

greenwich park on kindle

 

 

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert-1

get a life chloe brown on kindle

 

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert-2

act your age, eve brown

 

 

Other People’s Clothes by Calla Henkel

other peoples clothes

 

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

little secrets hillier

 

 

Three Perfect Liars by Heidi Perks

three perfect liars on kindle

 

 

Still Life by Louise Penny

still life louise penny

 

 

Play it as It Lays by Joan Didion

play it as it lays didion

 

 

Unhinged by Thomas Enger and Jorn Lier Horst

unhinged enger

 

 

Bitter Flowers by Gunnar Stalesen

bitter flowres

 

Fallen Angels by Gunnar Stalesen

fallen angels

 

Varg Veum Collection by Gunnar Stalesen

verg veum collection

 

 

I Invited Her In by Adele Parks

i invited her in

 

 

The Neapolitan Novels boxed set by Ellena Ferrante

the neapolitan novels

 

The Lost Daughter by Ellena Ferrante

the lost daughter

 

 

Cobble Hill by Cecily von Ziegesar

cobble hill

 

Deadly Little Lies by Stephanie DeCarolis

deadly little lies

 

The Christmas Killer by Alex Pine- 1

the christmas killer

 

The Killer in the Snow by Alex Pine- 2 

the killer in the snow

 

She Never Left by CM Harris

she never left

 

The Snow Killer by Ross Greenwood-1

the snow killer

 

 

The Cold Killer by Ross Greenwood-2

the cold killer

 

 

No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez

no bad deed chavez

 

And last but definitely not least, the most anticipated e-book that I’ve been waiting for a couple of years… drum roll: 

 

The Final Nail by Stefan Ahnhem

the final nail on kobo

I can never stop talking about the underrated Swedish author. His Fabian Risk series is another great introduction to Nordic Noir, especially for those of you who want to give the genre a try. This book is the final one in the series, and I’ve waited a couple of years to read it. I think before I do that though, I will reread the series from the beginning because too much time has elapsed between books. I shall see, but it’s definitely a possibility. 

 

Concluding Words

These are many of the books that I purchased in the first half of the year, not to mention the ones that I already owned from previous years. And since I decided to start this series of articles, I’ve bought quite a few more. Also, I found quite a lot of treasures at the little free libraries around my neighborhood. That article should follow shortly.

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