Feature: February Book Haul!


So I’m going to start a new feature at The Bibliophile Chronicles, talking a little bit about the books I bought this month, why I decided to buy them and what I think they’re going to be like, that way when I’m finished and I’ve written my review, the expectations and reality can be compared!

So the books I bought this month were:

1. The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon
2. The Golem and the Djinni – Helene Wecker
3. Cinder and Scarlet – Marissa Meyer
4. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
5. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood.

The Bone Season
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Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.”

This one I’ve had my eye on for a while, and with the release of book two about to happen soon I thought it was time to get in gear and purchase this one! I’ve seen many good reviews and many people talk about how good this book is, so I figured it was definitely one to get with those holiday gift cards! I think part of the reason I was so intrigued was that the story is very unique, a clairvoyant who breaks into people’s dreams to steal information? I’m hooked already! I have pretty high expectations for this because I’ve seen lots of good reviews, can’t wait to give it a go!

The Golem and the Djinni
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Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic.
Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert.
The Golem and the Jinni is their magical, unforgettable story; unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures.”


Every time I go into a bookshop this book is on the books we love section or on sale and I pick it up, and then put it back in favour of something else. Well this month I finally decided to get it! I think it sounds like a really fun exciting story, about two unlikely friends having an adventure. It’s quite a big book so I’m looking forward to lots of exciting locations and plot lines. I think this could be the type of book that ends up staying on your favourites for a very long time.

Cinder and Scarlet
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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.”

The Lunar Chronicles are a series of books that I feel everyone I know except me have read! It has been nominated for so many awards and it’s so many people’s favourite book that I just had to read it myself and find out what all the fuss is about. The lovely Heart Full of Books have a great five star review of Cinder here if you want to find out more about it now! After hearing similar comments about Throne of Glass I purchased that, and then severely regretted not having book two on hand to dive right into, so I made the decision ahead of time to buy both the first and the second book, here’s hoping it was worth buying both!

The Goldfinch
17333223It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.”

This one I’ve seen on so many best seller lists, so many awards and mentions that I just had to get this one. It’s a pretty big book but I definitely can’t wait to sink my teeth into it. I’m really excited about this one because it sounds so fascinating!

The Blind Assassin
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“Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge
More than fifty years on, Iris Chase is remembering Laura’s mysterious death”

I’m going to be honest and I bought this because of the author. I recently read The Handmaid’s Tale for a science fiction class and I absolutely loved it! I was recommended by quite a few people on the website and on twitter to try some of Atwood’s other books so when I spotted this in a second hand bookshop I just had to get it! I’m looking forward to this one in the hope it’s as good as The Handmaid’s Tale!

What books have you been buying this month?


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6 thoughts on “Feature: February Book Haul!

  • Tika

    I lovedddddd The Bone Season! It’s definitely a book that isn’t for everyone, (some people had a problem with the terms but in all honesty they’re pretty common sense) but I really enjoyed it. I’m so excited your starting The Lunar Chronicles! These books are very addicting, so hopefully you’ll enjoy them as well 🙂

    • Nicole Sweeney

      I’m really looking forward to The Bone Season, it has a really interesting premise. Everyone I know seems to have read the Lunar Chronicles, I need to find out what the fuss is about :’)