Hey e-book lovers!
We know that we have been talking about Bookshop a lot but we haven't forgotten about you. We have been partnered with Hummingbird for a little while and they have monthly deals that we want to make sure you get to enjoy! We want to make sure that you do not miss them so we will pass them along to you as soon as we get them at the beginning of the month.
There are quite a few titles on the list so we will just include our top six reads but the rest will be listed on our Hummingbird page. Hummingbird also has some free eBooks available, that list is on the main webpage as well. Click the image above or the direct links to the titles below to see the deals open!
We are excited to get these offers to you and hope that you enjoy them!
We got mention in a book blog! We were reached out to about creating the perfect home reading nook and we got a special highlight in the article. You may have seen it on our Facebook page but we wanted to share it here too!
Where is your favorite place to read? Do you have a favorite set-up yourself? Let us know.
We hope you enjoy the article below and it helps you create your own cozy reading nook!
We hope you all had an AMAZING New Years Eve and that your New Year's Day is going amazing already. The good thing about 2021 already is some of the books that are coming out. There are few that I have already ordered or will order as soon as I can possibly do so. I have listed my top books below and gave you a brief description of each.
This year is already starting the year off strong with one of my most anticipated books! And they keep getting better as the year goes on.
I am hoping to get to all these books this year and cannot wait to get to them all. Even if it is just adding them to my TBR.
To say 2020 was a crazy year would be an understatement. We have all faced things over this year that were unforeseen but one thing is that a global pandemic can have an effect on how many books you get read in a year. My original reading goal was 50 books and I was able to pass that and will end the year at about 62 books. There was some pretty awesome books this year too! I have read a little bit of most genres over this year. From romance to sci-fi, I have also squeezed in bits of some non-fiction.
Some of my favorite authors also released books this year and added a few of those to my shelves. My favorite romance author, Mariana Zapata, released a new book which like all of her books I loved. I found some new romance authors at the beginning of quarantine as well. One of my favorite writing duos , Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, released the 2nd book in the Aurora Cycle series which I know will break my heart and I will love it.
I was also lucky to get some 2021 ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies) and one of them was AMAZING! I will give you guys that review closer to its release date but it was so good and was one that I didn’t want to put down.
Despite all the ups and downs of 2020, and there were many, I had a really good reading year which helped my mental health for sure. I have found new authors, read some unexpected gems, and found some books to be I excited for in 2021.
Below I have listed on of my 2020 bookish stats as well as some of my favorite books from 2020. I have also include Bookshop Links to my 2020 favorites if you want to check them out.
I cannot wait to see all the new books 2021 has to bring and I hope that you guys were able to find a silver lining in 2020 despite it all. We cannot wait to share 2021 with you guys!
Happy Reading & Happy New Year!
October was a crazy busy month! While I did not particularly get a lot read a lot of novels this month I did got stuff read. I was able to read 3 graphic novels reads, 2 books, and 1 audiobook. They were all pretty quick reads that took me a few hours to read. I did enjoy all the books I read this month for the most part.
Now for a quick wrap-up and spoiler free review of the titles I read. Let me know if you guys want to see more in-depth reviews of any of the titles.
Pumpkin Heads was adorable graphic novel. It centered around two friends and their last season at a local pumpkin patch. It was a cute read about friendship, love, first jobs, and growing up. The artwork was super cute, and each scene flowed together smoothly.
Fangirl the Manga was cute and familiar. I had read the original novel version of this book when it first came out and loved everything about it. I did have fun reading this but did not realize that it was Part 1 of the story, so I was disappointed when the story was not completed by the end. I also thought the artwork was good but after reading a few other graphic novels I did wish there were some color. I did receive this as an ARC through NetGalley so there may have been some changes between that and the final version.
Hotel for a Lost was an interesting read for me. I did not expect to like it nearly as much as I did. The story centers around a family who finds themselves staying a few nights at the Hotel Ruby. They are forced to confront the loss of their mother and what that means going forward for the family. They are also pulled into the mystery and history of the hotel and they must decide what their future will look like. It is not necessarily a creepy read but there are some “ghost story” aspects to it.
Dreamfall was our book club pick for October. It was a good read but PICK UP BOOK TWO BEFORE STARTING! The synopsis of this story is that a group of 7 teenagers are apart of a sleep related clinical trial that goes wrong. As they are fighting their way through, they must face their nightmares and fight for their lives. Unfortunately, that does not end at the end of book 1 and you need to read book 2 for the conclusion. I have started book 2 and so far, I am enjoying it more than the first.
Agent 355 was a short, novella style audiobook. It was a quick story about the Culper ring in during the revolutionary war. While it did enjoy it, I do wish it were longer and more in-depth. It does make me want to find more books on the Culper ring and learn more about it though which was a benefit from reading it.
Mera: Tidebreaker was a graphic novel about the “origins” of Mera from DC’s Aquaman comics. I enjoyed this story. It was cute, quick, and the art was done really well. I do not know much about the Aquaman franchise, that being said I am not sure how much this is canon. I did end up watching the Aquaman movie after this cause I was more interested in it after reading this. If you are a DC comic person you may or may not want to pick it up, but if like me you are not familiar with the comic series it was a cute origin story.
We hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween this year. We are now ONE month closer to 2021 and that means we have another month of new releases. While there are quite a few books coming out this month, there were not many that truly caught my attention. There are quite a few very popular authors with new books coming out this month that I have included.
My most anticipated book this month is a historical fiction novel. That book is: The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein. I preordered this title right when I found out about it and it is actually coming out tomorrow, the 3rd. Like I mentioned this is a historical fiction that takes place in 1940 Scotland during World War 2. It follows 3 characters as they try to make a difference in the war and they end up with a key that would turn the events of the war. They stumble upon an Enigma Machine that can help translate German code. With this discovery of this machine they can help with the war but they also put themselves in the cross-hairs. I also strongly recommend her other titles : Code Name Verity, Rose Under Fire, and The Pearl Thief. They all do an amazing job describing events of World War 2.
While that is the only book I am eagerly anticipating the below titles also release in November:
Hopefully this brings you some good book recs this month! While we probably won’t have these titles right away you can always check out our Bookshop page and support us on there if you just can’t wait to have these titles!
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November is almost here. Fall is in full swing and families are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving in a new way this year. November usually brings my reading taste more focused on Historical Fiction. I love a good historical fiction and tend to read stuff related to World War 2. I do prefer books that are well researched for the time and based on true events, it adds a level of realness to the stories in my mind. These are the books I am hoping to get to this month.
I am trying to patiently wait for my copy of the Invisible Life of Addie La Rue. I got a special edition and it is set to be shipping by the end of the October. I can not wait to get to this book! If you want a summary of what is about take a look at the New books of October post from earlier this month.
Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The story centers around 3 very different young women and how their lives intersect at the Triangle Waist Factory. It is more importantly about how their lives would be impacted on that day in March when the factory caught fire and destroyed the lives of my workers.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
At the end of WW2 the lives of 3 children converge on the ship the Wilhelm Gustloff, which was their key to safety. Forced to unite when tragedy strikes they all need to fight for their survival.
Sepetys does an amazing job researching the events of her books so I am excited to try this book by her.
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
This books is focused around the life of Mitza Maric, brilliant physicist and the wife of Albert Einstein. She was at studying physics at an Elite Zurich university, focusing on math not marriage when she caught the eye of Albert Einstein. His interest would turn her world around and impact both of them. Their marriage becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage. But did she contribute to the special theory of relativity is more than what was said? Was she simply Einstein's sounding board, an assistant performing complex mathematical equations? Or did she contribute something more?
The last book is our book Club pick for the month. For more information on this title take a look at our book club section on our event page.
Let us know what you are planning on reading in November!
October has been a crazy busy month in store! We have been getting a lot of books in and have been sorting them which has taken us away from our lovely blog friends! We have had a wild year to say the least, but we have almost made it to the end. That means that Christmas is right around the corner! Christmas shopping is going to be a little bit different this year between online shopping and between limits in stores and buildings it is going to take a little bit more time and patience than normal. Since supply lines and shipping companies are going to be working extra hard this year, a new campaign has started within the Indie Books community.
We are putting together a fun post with Christmas present ideas and bundles for your families for early November! We are also working on trying to figure out the best way that we can keep you safe and still be able to host our Annual Hardcover and Non-fiction sale. There are a lot of challenges that we are working on balancing to make sure that we are not putting you all at risk this year. We appreciate all your support during this time and we want to make sure you guys are taken care of too!
We are keeping this post short and sweet!
I cannot believe it is already October! 2020 is almost over and I am sure most of us are hoping 2021 has some major improvements! Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, mostly because October just happens to be my birthday month and there are some AMAZING book releases that are coming out this month so Happy Birthday to me! There are also some spooky reads on my TBR that should make for a perfect fall read but we already talked about those.
The first one that I am most excited about is: The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V.E. Schwab! I was even luck enough that I went and got a special edition box from OwlCrate that includes the book and items specifically curated for it by the author! This book comes out on October 6th and is about a girl who made a deal to live forever but she is cursed to be forgotten by all. Keep an eye out for a review of this ones because I have high hopes for it and can’t wait for it to reach them.
The second book that is coming out is a holiday one. It is a little early for me to read a holiday book, but this author is an insta-buy for me. I have almost every other book that this author duo and know they are great at what they do. The book is: In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren. It sounds like a cute holiday read with comedy, a time loop, and a chance to find what will make you happy. It releases on the same day as the earlier book so October 6th is looking like a good release day!
Those are my top two releases for October. There are lots of other books coming out in October but we do not want to overload you with those titles. We do have some Christmas themed books starting to come out by contemporary authors this month.
Here is a short list of what we think are going to be the most popular release for you guys!
Hopefully this brings you some new books to look forward too! We probably won’t have these titles right away in store but you can always check out our Bookshop page and support us on there if you just can’t wait to have these titles! Visit us at: https://bookshop.org/shop/randbusedbooks
We are just about to the end of September! Which means we are one month closer to the end of the year which is a major plus. But that also means we are entering October, the month of Halloween and spooky, atmospheric reads. This is our very first TBR Tuesday post! TBR Tuesday will be the last Tuesday of every month and gives us a chance to show you what we are thinking of reading the following month. The number of books will vary and the books might not make it to the Reading Wraps at the end of the month, but it gives you a peak inside our bookshelves. I will be including short summary of the plot and will have them on our bookshop page if you guys are interested in any of them.
Now on to the books!
Dream fall by Amy Plum
When a group of teens all enter into a drug-trial to help with their crippling insomnia they were hoping for some help with their problem. Unfortunately for them they are thrown into a dream world with no memory of the experiment itself. They are thrown into this world and now have to face their worst nightmares or risk not waking up.
This is a Book Club book for October!
172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
This follows the story of 3 young people who want an escape to their normal life. And NASA has just the solution when they host an international worldwide lottery to send kids to the moon! But once they get there the trip may end a little more sinister than they expected. Maybe there was a reason we never went back.
Hotel for the Lost by Suzanne Young
Her family only planned on staying one night at the Hotel Ruby but they keep extending their stay. The hotel is strange and beautiful but it may also have a past darker than any of them could expect. She is pulled between the past, the present, and the future all in a place that is more than it seems.
This description reminded me so much of the song Hotel California so it got my attention.
The Breathless by Tara Goedjen
Mae has spent the last year thinking of her sister and the boy who took off after her death. Exactly a year after her death the boy shows up at her door step with no memory of the last 12 months or what happened to her sister. Mae knows that something just doesn’t seem to add up but the more she digs the more she finds out about her family and her sister. Some secrets are so dark they shouldn’t see the light of day.
Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda
“ The room is full of you, Jessa” Jessa is asked by her dead boyfriends bedroom after his death by his mother, who blames her for the accident. As Jessa goes through and packs up his room memories begin coming back to her that make her question her relationship and the events that took place on that day. Each clue propels her forward into the truth of what happened on that day.
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
One year after graduation a group of friends are reunited in a place that was filed with found memories except now one of them is dead and the rest have so many questions. When night fades to morning and a thunderstorm blows in along with a mystery man, he announces that they are stuck in time and they will be forced to make the harshest decisions to get out.
I am hoping that October will be a really good reading month and with most of these titles I am hoping there is enough intriguing that it just keeps the pages turning. I may have to pull a few more lighthearted reads in since these are all more spooky reads and thrillers. Let me know if any of these sound good to you guys!