Birthday or October 2020 Book Haul

Ya’ll, I turned 40 this year. So I celebrated by buying books. As a result, I’m pretty sure I can skip buying books for the rest of the year.

No really. I’m putting myself on a book buying ban.

Yeah, even I doubt that. But a girl can dream!

I went to Half Priced Books. I also shopped on, and bought a few from

Here are the books I bought this past month!

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

A story about a girl at a magic school that just might kill you before you graduate.

Cursed by Thomas Wheeler, art by Frank Miller

A new story about a mercenary named Arthur and Nimue, who holds the sword Excalibur.

Skyhunter by Marie Lu

The last free nation of Mara is fighting back against the might Federation. Is their newest prisoner a spy, or the savior of all?

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

A young girl has to pose as a boy to compete to sew three magic dresses and win the role of imperial tailor.

Scythe by Neil Shusterman

Humanity has conquered war and disease. Even death. Now the Scythes are the only one’s who can end life.

The Defiant Heir by Melissa Caruso

Amalia and her bound Falcon Zaria must go behind enemy lines and use every bit of wit and wisdom they have to prevent war, or both nations may burn.

The Unbound Empire by Melissa Caruso

In the sequel to The Defiant Heir, Amalia and her Falcon Zaria have new challenges to face in the court of Raverra. Can they survive?

Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker

To save the city under siege will take a miracle. What it has is Orhan.

A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher

14 year old Mona isn’t like other wizards. Her magic only works on bread. But what happens when an assassin stalks the city’s wizards and only Mona is left?

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

In 1714 a young woman makes a deal with the devil to live forever. The catch? No one will remember her. Until one day 300 years later, someone does.

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh

Stories and comics about dogs, depression and the god of cake.

The Postmortal by Drew Magery

John Farrell is about to get “The Cure.” Old age can never kill him now.
The only problem is, everything else still can.

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

In a city that runs on industrialized magic, a secret war will be fought to overwrite reality itself.

The Four Profound Weaves by R.B. Lemberg

Two transgender elders must learn to weave from Death in order to defeat an evil ruler.

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

The Emperor needs necromancers. The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman. Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead nonsense.

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer Armentrout

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso

A queen must unite her divided land, even if she’s hated by the very people she’s trying to protect.

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable war for almost two hundred years. The lucky ones are born gifted. One in every two thousand women has the power to call down dragons. One in every hundred men is able to magically transform himself into a bigger, stronger, faster killing machine.

Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in the endless war. Young, gift-less Tau knows all this, but he has a plan of escape. He’s going to get himself injured, get out early, and settle down to marriage, children, and land. Only, he doesn’t get the chance.

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

The daughter of a star and a mortal, Sheetal is used to keeping secrets. Pretending to be “normal.” But when an accidental flare of her starfire puts her human father in the hospital, Sheetal needs a full star’s help to heal him.

Some of these were Kindle purchases, so I got a few of them for cheap! And I did buy a few more books that were repurchases due to the book having fallen apart and needing to be replaced.

Rest in Peace Exiles Vol 1 and the Dragon Prince (both by Melanie Rawn, and both are very, very good).

And maybe a Christmas present for the hubs that I might have already given to him because I couldn’t wait.

What book did you pick up this past month?

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