I always forget to share my book hauls over here—I love doing them on my Booktube channel but I never remember to crosspost them over here. So today I thought I’d actually give you a little sneak peek and share with you the last five books I’ve bought. So without further ado.
Enter A Murderer by Ngaio Marsh
Enter A Murderer is the second book in Ngaio Marsh’s Roderick Alleyn series. I loved the first one so much that when I saw this one secondhand I almost squealed. It’s really difficult to get copies of her books these days as they were published around the same time as Christie and Sayers, so 1930s-1980s, but she hasn’t had the same reprinting treatment as they have, which is sad because she’s equally as good. In fact, she might even be able to beat out the other two for my top spot. Christie is my favourite author of all time, so that should speak volumes as to how impressed by the first book in this series I was. I really don’t know what the premise of this one is—I was just so excited to see this and to work out that it was the next book in the series that I didn’t even look at the synopsis for a second. I fully trust Ngaio Marsh to do whatever she’s going to do in this book. Here’s hoping I enjoy it as much as the first!
She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen
I didn’t super know what this was about when I bought it. Literally, I saw two girls on the cover, heard that it was gay and then I bought it. But I was just looking at the synopsis when I went to grab the cover and oh my god, I’m 100% in. So Scottie is a basketballer who just lost a game to her ex and Irene is a super popular (and apparently extremely mean) cheerleader. After a fight, their mums make them carpool to school together at which point there are hijinks and a fake-dating scheme. I love a good fake-dating trope and this one sounds adorable and hilarious at the same time. I hope it’s a reasonably light-hearted story, because I could definitely go for something a little funny and sweet right now and I’m hoping this might be that book. If any of you have read this, I’d love to hear your thoughts about it.
Let’s all just pause and take a moment to appreciate the top tier authors who have bought this collection together—Dhonielle Clayton, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, Nicola Yoon, and one of my absolute favourites, Tiffany D. Jackson. I feel like I talk about Tiffany D. Jackson too much, but she’s just SO good. In fact, if you haven’t read any of these authors before then you’re seriously missing out. Though I do have to admit I haven’t read Nic Stone or Nicola Yoon before. I haven’t read this yet, but I’ve heard that it’s not your typical anthology format—I’ve been told the stories actually intertwine rather than being separate stories. I’m not quite sure how that looks but I trust these authors to make it work somehow and I’m really, really excited to get to it, hopefully in the next few weeks.
Dune by Frank Herbert
I’m sure you’ve all seen plenty of people talk about Dune lately since the movie is coming out in October, I think? Anyway, I’d been trying to decide whether I’d give this a go or not for a while now and I’d finally decided why not? I did watch the trailer this week and it looks pretty cool so hopefully, that turns out to be a good decision. I’m also going to be buddy reading this with Lana @ Lore & Lullabies and I honestly have no idea how long it’s going to take us to read or anything like that, but I’m just glad to have her with me on this long and intense journey. I feel like I vaguely know what this is about from the trailer but not in a way that I could possibly even begin to describe other than ‘it’s sci-fi and it has a really amazing cast’. Well, wish me luck on this one.
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
And finally, we have Rosemary and Rue! This is very much out of my usual comfort zone but lately I’ve just suddenly been interested in that whole urban fantasy/paranormal thing and so when I saw this one cheap I was like ‘might as well’. I know very little as to what this is actually about other than the main character’s name is October Daye (which kind of makes me want to put my head through a wall) and that she’s half-human, half-fae but has to decide to ignore the fae side of herself. Of course, things never work out that way and she ends up thrown back into that world. What happens from there I have absolutely no idea but that synopsis gives me kind of Lost Girl vibes, which I was watching a few weeks back so maybe that’s why? Either way, I’m really hoping that I end up enjoying this book and that I want to continue with the series.
And those are the five! What have you bought recently?