January’s Book Haul (Albeit Slightly Late)

Good evening my fellow readers! I recently put together some ravishing red bookshelves with my flatmate and darling significant other, The Bookbear (check out his Booktube here), and it occurred to me that I had completely procrastinated on doing a book haul for the lovely month of January.

January was a rather low-key month for me. While being in the process of getting over a nasty New Year’s cold, I ordered the vast majority of my novels online. A few were stand alones that were recommended to me through family and friends, but the bulk of my haul is from a single collection, which I shall address a bit later.

First off, let’s take a look at my non-series pickings. I would like to start with The Hunt for Atlantis by Andy MacDermott. This novel is very much you’re run of the mill “I’m-going-to-take-this-historical-elements-and-artifacts-and-twist-their-truths/theories/etc.-to-fit-my-complicated-cat-and-mouse-suspense-feuled-piece-of-fiction.” My, wasn’t that quite the unnecessary mouthful? But it does get the point across, for the most part. Now, I will be the first admit that books of this caliber are not always of the best quality, but they can be damn near entertaining. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is one of the better known books of the genre, even if it isn’t the greatest written one. Nonetheless, I tend to get charmed by novels such as this because the creativity is bloody fascinating. To be able to take a piece of history, or a very large item from history, and to write a vast and intricate story about it (even if it is utterly bollocks) takes guts and imagination. Every once in a while, I’ll get surprised with something unexpectedly clever, which gives me a really satisfied feeling at the end. So, suffice to say, I am very much looking forward to this one.


The next victim on my shopping block was a recommendation by my dearest cousin. It’s called Dreams of Joy by Lisa See and it’s a sequel to Shanghai Girls by the same author. Lisa See has a way with words that can leave you feeling very warm, yet emotional and even sad. Her writing style is nothing short of eloquent. I absolutely love the way she can weave words into various points of Chinese history to create a story that almost every one can relate to on some level or another. So when I heard that there was a sequel to Shanghai Girls, I knew that I needed to snag it quickly.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve probably figured out that I love Japanese literature. It is a drug for me and I can’t get enough of it. The novel Another by Yukito Ayatsuji is one of the suspense genre. It is a horror thriller that I absolutely cannot wait to bury my imagination into. I first heard about this when I saw the anime of the same title a few years ago. Then I saw the manga and picked that up. Recently I came across the novel at a local bookstore and became overly theatrical with my excitement. The story is a bit slow with the build-up, but there is always this sense of dread and impending doom that just closes in on you as you go through it. That type of skin-crawling suspense is a favorite of mine and Ayatsuji does it damn well.

Now that those babies are outta the way, let’s check out what my drug-infused focus was really after. Quite the large on-going, supernatural-fantasy series, The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher was one that I have been dying to add to my collection for a long time. I borrowed quite a few of the volumes from a friend and lapped up every bit like a thirsty kitty. Butcher has a knack for creating witty characters, gloomy yet darkly hilarious situations, and being able to keep a story going for fifteen volumes thus far. In all my reads of the Dresden Files so far, I have yet to find myself feeling bored or staled out. While coughing up nastiness and not being able to taste anything except sickly saliva, I decided that I was going to get the whole series to date and not talk myself out of it. You can check it all out in the photo below!

That just about does it for my January haul. So far it looks like February is turning into a month of light novels and manga. If that sort of literature is your cup o’ tea, then please keep an eye out for that haul, which will be posted within the first few days of March. Until then, I’ll keep reviewing and brewing. Happy reading my booky mates!


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