Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my first proper book haul of 2021. Most of these I either bought or did a swap for them and a couple I got for free. I don’t think there’s too many books here, but, at the same time, I should not be buying this many when I already have a massive TBR pile. Anyway, else get into it!
The Desolations of Devil’s Acre by Ransom Riggs: I can’t believe this book came out in February 2021. It honestly feels like it came out last year and I had to double check that it was definitely released this year. This is the last book in Ransom Rigg’s Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series and I loved it so much. I thought it was a great ending to this series and I’d definitely like to read it again at some point.
The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant: This one came out in June 2020 and has been compared to Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. There was a lot of hype when it first came out, but I actually haven’t seen anyone mention it since. I purchased the Illumicrate edition, which is stunning and it’s got me excited to read it now! I don’t know too much about the story other than it’s set in Paris in 1828 and the citizens are mourning their failed revolution. I really hope it lives up to the hype.
Along Came a Spider by James Patterson: I got this one through a swap on Facebook. I’ve never read any of James Patterson’s books before, but I do know that he is an incredibly popular author. This is the first in a series and follows homicide detective Alex Cross. I’m looking forward to reading it!
A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay: This is another book I got through a swap and another author who I’ve heard of, but not yet read any of his books. The story follows college professor Paul Davis who nearly loses his life when he encounters a murderer disposing of a couple of bodies. Although he survived, he struggles with PTSD and depression, and his wife, in a bid to cheer him up, buys him a typewriter. That’s when he starts hearing typing sounds in the middle of the night and wonders if it’s possessed. This book sounds incredible, creepy and I’m definitely curious to know what’s really going on there.
Two Wrongs by Mel McGrath: Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this. I cannot wait to read it and I was actually eyeing it up on their Twitter feed because that cover is so striking. The premise is that young women are dying in Bristol in mysterious circumstances and while at first they look like suicides, they could be something more sinister. I’ll definitely be reading it soon!
I Know What I Saw by S.K. Sharp: I won this in a giveaway, so thank you to the publisher for hosting that! The story follows Nicola, who has a condition known as hyperthymesia, where an individual can recall personal experiences or events that have happened in their life. When her ex is arrested and charged with the murder of his father who went missing 35 years ago, Nicola must go back over the events of that night to find out what really happened and prove that her ex is innocent. I loved the sound of this one and it actually sounds pretty unique. I don’t think I’ve come across many thrillers like this and I’m looking forward to seeing how Nicola solves the murder.
Chris Carter: The Night Stalker, An Evil Mind, I Am Death, Hunting Evil and Written in Blood
I have read a couple of Chris Carter’s Robert Hunter books and I decided that I wanted to buy the entire series before I read any more because it honestly felt like a series I could binge-read. The books I read were so addictive and they just had me wanting more, more, more. Unfortunately, his books are expensive so I could not just buy the entire series in one go (there’s eleven books). I did find someone selling five of his books for only £10 so I snapped them up right away and didn’t realise until I’d already paid for them that I already owned one of them. I’m still very pleased though that I got another four books in the series. I think I only need three more now and I should be able to get them using the money I’ve saved up on my Waterstones card. So be prepared for me binge-reading this series soon! It really bothers me that the covers don’t match but at least I’ve saved a lot of money.
Finally, we have all my recent Illumicrate books, which are: Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell, A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth and The Unbroken by C.L. Clark. Sadly, I have not read any of them yet, but A Dark and Hollow Star is on my April TBR so fingers crossed I get to it!
So these are all the books I’ve acquired this year so far. If you’ve read any of them, I’d love to know your thoughts! I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!