$5 Book Haul

11/07/2019

It's no secret that I love a good library sale. In the States it's common for libraries to have little book stores selling used books for anywhere between 50c and $5. This is now my and my husband's favourite hobby, because we're THAT cool. Having recently purchased a good pile of books for a grand total of $5, I thought it'd be fun to share my finds.


The Woman In The Window
by A.J Finn
Soon to be adapted into a movie starring Amy Adams, this domestic thriller has quickly become the new Gone Girl. Telling the story of a woman who spends her days at home, alone, drinking wine and spying on the neighbours. When she sees something that she shouldn't of, her world takes a nose-dive into madness. Who can she trust, when even her own memory seems shifty. I'm not huge on these types of thrillers as more often than nought, they're over hyped. But I couldn't pass it up for $1. Hopefully it'll be a surprising success..? *Spoiler: I read this and hated it. Yaaaaay.*


Lincoln in the Bardo 
by George Saunders
President Abraham Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son Willie passes away after an illness. Not yet realising that he's dead, his soul is stuck in a transitional phase along with the other ghosts who populate the cemetery. As it's unwise for a child to stay in the transitional realm for long, some of the ghosts attempt to usher Willy into the next realm. But Willie is determined to stay and wait for his father, so the ghosts must concoct a plan to convince him to move on. This is a book that I've heard a lot about (both good and terrible) so my curiosity got peaked. The audiobook has won a lot of awards, partly as it has 166 narrators. Pure insanity.


Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel 
England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph? I straight up copied that synopsis from Goodreads, as I have no idea what this book is about. I mainly picked it up as it sounded interesting, and I've seen so many people hype it up on Bookstagram.


Before The Fall
by Noah Hawley 
On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. Was it by chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something more sinister at work? I mainly picked this up due to Kristin Hannah having recommending it during a Bookbub interview. The premise is very interesting so I'm even more excited to give this a read.


Trapeze
by Simon Mawer
Barely out of school and doing her bit for the British war effort, Marian Sutro has one quality that makes her stand out—she is a native French speaker. It is this that attracts the attention of the SOE, the Special Operations Executive, which trains agents to operate in occupied Europe. Drawn into this strange, secret world at the age of nineteen, she finds herself undergoing commando training, attending a “school for spies,” and ultimately, one autumn night, parachuting into France from an RAF bomber to join the WORDSMITH resistance network. I enjoy a WWII novel and espionage is a genre I rarely ever pick up, so I'm looking forward to seeing how the two combine for this novel.


The House Between Tides
by Sarah Maine 
This follows the story of a woman who discovers the century-old remains of a murder victim on her family’s Scottish estate, plunging her into an investigation of its mysterious former occupants. That is everything I know about this novel as I feel like these type of 'thrillers' are more enjoyable if you go into them blind. But who doesn't love a mystery story about a murder? October is right around the corner, after all.


A Fall of Marigolds
by Susan Meissner
September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries...and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. What she learns could devastate her—or free her.
September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming speciality fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers...the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. But a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf may open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life. This is another synopsis I completely copy and pasted. I couldn't fathom how to put that description into my own words. This book sounds beautiful and the positive reviews only add to my excitement of picking this up.


The Long Song
by Andrea Levy
Told through the voice of a woman who worked as a slave through the bloody Baptist War and the violent and chaotic end of slavery, this fictionalised novel will undoubtedly lead to a broken heart. I don't think I have ever read a book set in Jamaica so that's also exciting.


What's your most recently purchased book?

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