Book Haul

January 2017 Book Haul

A/N: I know February is underway, but I was feeling a bit peaky during these past few days (yay for colds and migraines ganging up on you at once). Next month will be much better in terms of promptness!



Welcome to my first monthly book haul post! I have seen other bloggers do this and decided I’d love to share which books I get each month! As you can see, my self-imposed book-buying ban is a total failure but I honestly don’t care! This post only covers the physical books I purchase. I got several books for free thanks to Bookbub, but I like the idea of photos of justthe physical books best (is that weird?).


Anywho, feast your eyes on these gorgeous books!



I had originally only purchased the six books featured in the first photo and had, as you can see, only planned to include those in Jan’s Haul post. But toward the end of the month I received an email that The Beauty and the Beast edition I had pre-ordered was available for sale a few days before expected and I knew I wanted to add it to my collection right away.


Funny in Farsi
By Firoozeh Dumas

In 1972, when she was seven, Firoozeh Dumas and her family moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving with no firsthand knowledge of this country beyond her father’s glowing memories of his graduate school years here. More family soon followed, and the clan has been here ever since. 

Funny in Farsi chronicles the American journey of Dumas’s wonderfully engaging family: her engineer father, a sweetly quixotic dreamer who first sought riches on Bowling for Dollars and in Las Vegas, and later lost his job during the Iranian revolution; her elegant mother, who never fully mastered English (nor cared to); her uncle, who combated the effects of American fast food with an army of miraculous American weight-loss gadgets; and Firoozeh herself, who as a girl changed her name to Julie, and who encountered a second wave of culture shock when she met and married a Frenchman, becoming part of a one-couple melting pot.

In a series of deftly drawn scenes, we watch the family grapple with American English (hot dogs and hush puppies?—a complete mystery), American traditions (Thanksgiving turkey?—an even greater mystery, since it tastes like nothing), and American culture (Firoozeh’s parents laugh uproariously at Bob Hope on television, although they don’t get the jokes even when she translates them into Farsi).

Above all, this is an unforgettable story of identity, discovery, and the power of family love. It is a book that will leave us all laughing—without an accent.

Two of the classes I took in college for my history minor focused on non-western cultures and the gender issues facing both men and women in them. I have many books that fall in line with this field of study and this seemed like a great addition to my collection. Plus I was interested to see how American “norms” look to people not quite used to our culture.


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The Princess Diarist
By Carrie Fisher

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford. 

With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes.  Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.

Even though it might be cheating, I want to paste in an explanation I gave on a local book club page I am a part of for my reasonings for purchasing this book:

I never watched the [Star Wars] trilogy growing up. Not for lack of interest, but it was never something my mom was interested in and she pretty much paid for everything until I had a job. I ended up working at a movie store after graduating high school but our only copies of the movies had been “lost” several years before (this had happened numerous times so essentially they gave up on ordering them because it would just happen again.

I hate to say, and please don’t raise any lightsabers against me, I have still only seen A New Hope and, worse still, I only watched it for the first time two – three weeks ago. I know, I know, I’m working on it, I promise!! (I LOVED it by the way).

My relationship with Carrie Fisher funneled in from a different source. I studied psychology as a minor in college (with the intent to eventually master or get my doctorate in Psych later). My focus was, for lack of a more positive term, was Abnormal Psychology. Carrie Fisher was someone we discussed fairly frequently in class. She was someone who not only advocated for mental health awareness and the erasure of stigma against sufferers but also suffered from addiction, depression, and she had a bipolar disorder. She was staunch in her advocation and I always found that so beautifully admirable each and every time we talked about her. I even did a project on her during one class where we chose a famous person with a particular mental illness and discussed how it affected them. She was such a magnificent person to look up to, even if I did it through a different venue than most.

For reasons different than most, I was heartbroken when she passed away in December. I had been working on watching the movies with my husband so we could see all, and I mean all, of them. We had just finished Episode III (I wanted to watch them in the story’s chronological order, so I could understand better what was going on) when she passed. I felt especially upset that the first time I saw her in the movie was after she had passed. I don’t know why but I felt like a late-comer to a party long over.

That said, I walked into Barnes and Noble one evening, saw the book, and grabbed it. I knew I had to have it. I’m sure to the B&N staff, it looked like I was simply jumping on to the “Carrie Fisher Bandwagon” but trust me, it was a long time coming!


By Elly Blake

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.

Vivid and compelling, Frostblood is the first in an exhilarating series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies…but together create a power that could change everything.

I first heard about this book on NetGalley when I was looking at different titles to come. By the time I saw it, it was too close to the release date for me to feel comfortable requesting it but I knew that as soon is it came out, I wanted to read it. Just something about it piqued my interest! 


By Alexandra Bracken

I’ve been orphaned by my time.

The timeline has changed.

My future is gone.

Etta Spencer didn’t know she was a traveler until the day she emerged both miles and years from her home. Now, robbed of the powerful object that was her only hope of saving her mother, Etta finds herself stranded once more, cut off from Nicholas-the eighteenth century privateer she loves-and her natural time. 

When Etta inadvertently stumbles into the heart of the Thorns, the renegade travelers who stole the astrolabe from her, she vows to finish what she started and destroy the astrolabe once and for all. Instead, she’s blindsided by a bombshell revelation from their leader, Henry Hemlock: he is her father. Suddenly questioning everything she’s been fighting for, Etta must choose a path, one that could transform her future. 

Still devastated by Etta’s disappearance, Nicholas has enlisted the unlikely help of Sophia Ironwood and a cheeky mercenary-for-hire to track both her and the missing astrolabe down. But as the tremors of change to the timeline grow stronger and the stakes for recovering the astrolabe mount, they discover an ancient power far more frightening than the rival travelers currently locked in a battle for control. . . a power that threatens to eradicate the timeline altogether.

I own Passenger, predecessor to this book, already and even though I have not read it, I wanted to get this as soon as I saw its gorgeous cover! 


In the Land of Invisible Women
By Qanta A. Ahmed, MD

The decisions that change your life are often the most impulsive ones.

Unexpectedly denied a visa to remain in the United States, Qanta Ahmed, a young British Muslim doctor, becomes an outcast in motion. On a whim, she accepts an exciting position in Saudi Arabia. This is not just a new job; this is a chance at adventure in an exotic land she thinks she understands, a place she hopes she will belong. 

What she discovers is vastly different. The Kingdom is a world apart, a land of unparralled contrast. She finds rejection and scorn in the places she believed would most embrace her, but also humor, honesty, loyalty and love. 

And for Qanta, more than anything, it is a land of opportunity. A place where she discovers what it takes for one woman to recreate herself in the land of invisible women.

This book was right next to Funny in Farsi on the Features endcap at the store and so I bought them together, for mostly the same reasons. I have, as you might be able to tell from this haul alone, become very interested in memoirs so this was not a something I wanted to pass up! 


By Susan Dennard

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

This is another instance of “I own the first book and love how the second one looks so I bought it even though I haven’t read the first one yet.” Truthwitch, the first book, is on my list to read this year, so I’m excited to be getting to this series! 


The Beauty and the Beast
By Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot De Villeneuve

Generations of readers have been bewitched by the epic love story of a beautiful young girl imprisoned in the magical castle of a monstrous beast. Now, the classic fairy tale is brought to life in this spectacular illustrated edition as originally envisioned by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740. 

The Beauty and the Beast is packed with specially commissioned, full-color artwork and nine exclusive interactive features, including:

  •  a fold-out map of the rich French city where the Merchant (Beauty’s father) and his family reside;
  • a fold out that reveals the interior of the Beast’s enchanted palace;
  • a series of flaps (similar to an Advent calendar) that open to reveal different entertainments; available to Beauty in the Beast’s palace;
  • a dial of the ring Beauty turns on her finger to return to the Beast.

This unique gift edition takes readers on a captivating journey through a mystical land filled with enchanting inhabitants. MiniLima’s imaginative artwork, exquisite detail, and engaging design recreate this timeless romantic adventure as never before in a lush unabridged gift edition sure to be cherished for years to come.

Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney growing up. I watched the movie countless times and dreamed about one day finding and falling in love with my own giant library…er… I mean prince. With the upcoming movie (SQUEE!) I decided to work on a post about the life-span of the story of Beauty and the Beast. In my research, I came across this then-pending edition and pre-ordered it straightaway. As I mentioned above, when I was informed that I could pick it up sooner than expected, I jumped at the chance (for research purposes…of course). Plus…it’s so pretty! 


Have you read/purchased and of these books? Which ones?

12 thoughts on “January 2017 Book Haul

  1. Well, thanks a lot because now I have to buy more books and I am not allowed to right now because the pile of read books is becoming smaller and smaller with each new purchase lol My husand said no more books until I have read more than I haven’t 🙂

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