APRIL BOOK HAUL — I finally bought books again!

Wew, it’s been a while! So much has happened and April went by in a blink… but not without me spending a shite ton of money on books. Hooray! Come on and dive with me into all the books I bought and received last month.

All this book-buying mainly happened because I can’t control myself whenever I walk into a beautiful book store, and Dublin happens to be full of them. So after visiting Hodges & Figgis for three consecutive days, I was a few euros lighter (but a few books richer instead). Why was I in Dublin, you ask. If you’re not following me on Instagram (rude, dude) you might not have heard, but I organized a study trip to Dublin for a week with my study association. We visited a few companies, saw the city and had an overall great time.

But without further ado, let’s talk about what you came here for: books. YES. My haul consists of a total of 8 books, and here they are:

I bought these three books in Dublin:

  1. Skullsworn by Brian Staveley
    I had been eyeing this beauty for quite some time now. Skullsworn is a standalone novel that returns to Brian Staveley’s famous Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne universe. I have not read any other books by Staveley, but I’ve been told that it’s possible to read this without reading any others so yup, I’m gonna do just that. This book follows Pyrre Lakur, a priestess (she doesn’t like the word assassin) devoted to the God of Death. At least, she’ll be a priestess once she passes her trial. In this trial she has to kill ten people in ten days. Easier than it looks…? Girl assassins, I’m sold mate.
  2. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
    This book has been all over Instagram for a while, and with a whopping 4.4 rating on Goodreads… I have faith this will be great. To stay on the topic of girl assassins (do we see a theme here Femke?), in Red Sister we’ll take a look into the Convent of Sweet Mercy, where young girls are raised to be killers (yaaaaaaaas). But then Nona Grey lands on their doorstep and everything changes, for both the Conclave and Nona herself.
  3. The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon
    If you know me a little, you know that I’m very much into Norse mythology. I have vowed to read every YA book that has even the slightest hint of Norse mythology in it (still working on it). So when I stumbled across this book in Dublin, I immediately bought and read it. It’s a very short and dark read about Hel, daughter of Loki and goddess of the underworld. I wrote a short review about this book on my Goodreads!

4. Naondel by Maria Turtschaninoff
Now onto the books I had the honour of receiving this month. A while ago, Pushkin Press sent me Maresi, which I absolutely loved (read my review here). Naondel is the second installment in The Red Abbey Chronicles. This book is still a big mystery for me as to what it will be about, but at least I know we’ll follow Maresi on another adventure. Exciting!

These three books I also received from Pushkin Press! You guys are spoiling me, I love you guys.

5. The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips
Follows Josephine, who gets increasingly anxious about her surrioundings at the office. When suddenly her husband dissapears and the reappears without explanation, her unease shifts into dread. Explores modern office and work life.
6. Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic
I have to start off by saying that when I went to Dublin, I visited two tech companies with a very typical company culture. They give you anything you want, everything you can wish for is in the office and it’s all about being loyal to the company. They also heavily rely on the internet when it comes to recruiting. To me, at points, this felt a bit manipulative. The combination of The Beautiful Bureaucrat and Sympathy explores both these topics. Sympathy is, according to Goodreads, an electrifying debut novel of obsessive love, family secrets, and the dangers of living our lives online. And according to me, the cover is absolutely gorgeous.
7. Record of a Night Too Brief by Hiromi Kawakami
This book is a collection of three stories about longing, love, dissapearance and loathing, together forming one book. I feel like I’m going to pick this up soon, as it is time for me to read some proper literature after all the fantastical YA I’ve read lately.

Last but not least is a Dutch thriller I received this month! Thanks, Uitgeverij de Fontein biggrin.

8. All the Missing Girls (Vermiste Meisjes) by Megan Miranda
Ten years after Nicolette left her hometown after the dissapearance of her then best friend, she returns to tie up some loose ends. But it seems her return is not going to go peacefully. Soon, she’s plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched. I’ve never read a thriller before and this sounds gr8!!

That was my April book haul! Do let me know in the comments below which books you got last month. Let’s talk books, friends.


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  1. Nice! Ik ben nu zeker benieuwd naar Red Sister, die zat in mijn goodiebag van Dag van het fantastische boek maar zonder achterflap dus had nog geen idee waar het over ging. En Monstrous Child klinkt ook tof!

    1. Ohhh gaaf! Ik kan niet wachten om Red Sister te lezen, hopelijk heb ik er binnenkort tijd voor. Hoe was de Dag vh fantastische boek?

  2. I’m kind of wondering how you got everything back on the plane, haha. I once went to London and could only take two books, because of the luggage weight norm. :’)
    Your haul looks really nice! I bought two books: Since You’ve Been Gone and Aristotle and Dante Discover The Universe. 🙂

    1. I actually had two suitcases, one cabin luggage and one big one to share with two others but we had loooots of space left! So plenty of room for them books.

      And thank you! Ari and Dante is such an amazing book. Hope you’ll love it.

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