In Melbourne, Australia, we’ve now been in lockdown since April. April and May was a hard lockdown, with a brief reprieve in June and half of July, and then back to a hard lockdown for August and September. We’re actually in stage 4 of lockdown right now, which means everyone has to be home and all businesses closed, except for pharmacies and grocery stores.
So it’s safe to say, a lot of us have been surviving through books. At least I know I have.
So over the past 6 months of lockdown, I’ve acquired a few books to help me get through the months. And I thought it would be a good idea to show you all my haul!
The House in the Cerulean Sea and The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune:
I’ve been a fan of TJ Klune for years and I’m so excited for follow him on this next journey as he’s gone from being published by an indie publisher to being published with a major publisher, Tor. I’ve read both The House in the Cerulean Sea and The Extraordinaries and adore them so much! Highly recommend!
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke:
I own Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell (also by Clarke) but never got around to reading it, so I thought I’d start with Clarke’s newest novel, Piranesi. Which is INCREDIBLE! Seriously, I can’t believe how beautiful and evocative and haunting it is. You really need to read this book ASAP, especially if you’re a fan of The Starless Sea and The Binding.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern:
I’ve already read The Night Circus and really enjoyed it (but want to reread it at some point again), but I really wanted this hardcover to match my hardcover of The Starless Sea.
The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore:
I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages and the amazing Ash @WildHeartReads sent me a copy because she’s a sweetheart! So I’m definitely going to be reading this book sometime this year.
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin:
I actually found this book for free at my local Little Library, which I can’t believe someone just gave away! I love The Fifth Season so much, it’s one of my favourite fantasy books ever.
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall:
THIS BOOK! Omg, its so adorable, I was obsessed from start to finish. I listened to it as an audiobook and had to buy a physical copy.
The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu:
I’ve read Marie Lu’s The Young Elites series, which I loved so much, so I knew I had to get a copy of Lu’s new book. Especially because it’s about Mozart’s sister, and its supposed to be fabulist as well.
The Red Scrolls of Magic and The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu:
You guys know I adore Cassie Clare’s books and Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood are my favourite characters, so I had to get these Illumicrate editions of the books. The hardcover of The Red Scrolls of Magic is the only hardcover version of this book with this particular cover out there! It’s also stamp signed by Cassie!
Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand:
Yeah, I bought this book, haha! I love Meghan and Harry, and I want to know more about how they met and married, and what happened afterwards. If you’ve read this book, let me know if you enjoyed it!
Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer:
I can’t believe I bought this book, but it was super cheap at Kmart, lol. I used to love the Twilight books and I just want to know about Edward’s side of the story.
The Lost Future of Pepperharrow and The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley:
I loved reading The Bedlam Stacks, its such an incredible and haunting novel. I really need to reread it as the first time I read it was audiobook, so reading it physically will be a great experience. I also bought The Lost Future of Pepperharrow which is the sequel to The Watchmaker of Filigree St … which I still haven’t read, oops. And this is a Goldsboro edition too!
House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski:
So the story behind me buying this book is a fun one, so I’m going to try and explain. I’ve been searching for House of Leaves for about 10 months but could only find it for over $80, even on thrift book websites that I usually buy from. This book is also notoriously hard to buy because it was a collection of papers that were eventually published all together, and because of it’s “exclusivity”, it’s hard to find for cheap.
Cut to a couple of weeks ago where I managed to find House of Leaves on Booktopia for $40 … and I also had a gift voucher for $20, so I actually only paid $20 for it! Yay! Sometimes waiting months can pay off.
Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth:
I was so lucky to receive a final copy of Plain Bad Heroines from Harper Collins! I can’t wait to read this book, it sounds amazing. It’s a lesbian dark academia young adult novel about girls who are very morally grey. So excited! This book comes out 20/10/20.
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini:
I was also very lucky to receive a final copy of Christopher Paolini’s new scifi adult novel! I enjoyed it quite a bit, even though I’m not a big scifi fan. But it was still a lot of fun! Check out my review here.