Ebook Haul #4: 10 Recent eBooks I Added To My To-Be-Read list

Here are the new ebooks that I got for the past few months! New ebooks that I added to my infinite list of books to read. Getting new books has has always been my way of coping up with stress even before I enter law school.

1. Circe
by Madeline Miller

Published April 10th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
ebook, 400 pages

Synopsis: In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST TALKED ABOUT NEWLY RELEASED BOOK THIS MONTH. I HAVEN’T READ THE SONG OF ACHILLES YET BUT SINCE BOTH BOOKS ARE STANDALONES, I OPTED TO READ THIS ONE FIRST.

2. Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1)
by Tomi Adeyemi

Published March 6th 2018 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ebook, 448 pages

Synopsis: Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

I’VE BEEN SEEING THIS BOOK LITERALLY EVERYWHERE. THE STORY IS QUITE INTRIGUING AND IT’S QUITE A CHUNKER SO I’M EXCITED TO IMMERSE MYSELF INTO THIS WORLD SOON.

3. The Astonishing Color of After
by Emily X.R. Pan

Published March 20th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ebook, 480 pages

Synopsis: Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.

Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.

Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love.

AFTER SEEING THE REVIEW OF THIS BOOK BY RINCEY READS, ONE OF MY MOST FAVORITE BOOKTUBERS, I KOW I HAVE TO GET A COPY OF THIS BOOK. THIS HAS THAT MAGICAL REALISM VIBE THAT I KNOW I’LL ENJOY.

4. The Rooster Bar
by John Grisham

Published October 24th 2017 by Doubleday
ebook, 368 pages

Synopsis: Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.

But maybe there’s a way out. Maybe there’s a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank and the scam, and make a few bucks in the process. But to do so, they would first have to quit school. And leaving law school a few short months before graduation would be completely crazy, right? Well, yes and no . . .

Pull up a stool, grab a cold one, and get ready to spend some time at The Rooster Bar.

WITHOUT A DOUBT, JOHN GRISHAM IS ONE OF THE BEST AUTHORS OF LEGAL THRILLERS AND NOVELS. I HAVE ONLY READ TWO OF HIS WORKS SO FAR. NOW THAT I AM NOW FINALLY PURSUING MY DREAM IN BECOMING A LAWYER, READING HIS NOVELS WOULD PROBABLY HELP ME IN SOME WAYS.

5. Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng

Published September 12th 2017 by Penguin Press
ebook, 384 pages

Synopsis: Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia’s.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.

I ENJOYED CELESTE NG’S EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU AND THIS NEW BOOK HAS RECEIVED QUITE A GOOD AMOUNT OF PRAISES FROM BOOK PEOPLE THAT I TRUST AFTER IT WAS RELEASED.

6. Educated
by Tara Westover

Published February 20th 2018 by Random House
ebook,352 pages

Synopsis: An unforgettable memoir in the tradition of The Glass Castle about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag.” In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.

Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent.

Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

THE REASON WHY I GOT THIS BOOK IS BECAUSE I’M INTRIGUED BY ITS SYNOPSIS. HOPEFULLY THIS BOOK WILL GIVE ME THAT ADDITIONAL PUSH AND INSPIRE ME IN MY DREAM TO BECOME A LAWYER.

7. The Prince and the Dressmaker
by Jen Wang

Published February 13th 2018 by First Second
ebook, 288 pages

Synopsis: Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride?or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia?the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances?one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

A GRAPHIC NOVEL. I MISSED READING GRAPHIC NOVELS AND THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST RECOMMENDED.

8. Robots vs. Fairies
by Dominik Parisien (Editor), Navah Wolfe (Editor), Mary Robinette Kowal (Contributor), Ken Liu (Contributor), Jonathan Maberry (Contributor), Seanan McGuire (Contributor), Annalee Newitz (Contributor), Tim Pratt (Contributor), John Scalzi (Contributor), Lavie Tidhar (Contributor), Catherynne M. Valente (Contributor), Alyssa Wong (Contributor), Madeline Ashby (Contributor), Lila Bowen (Contributor), Jeffrey Ford (Contributor), Sarah Gailey (Contributor), Max Gladstone (Contributor), Maria Dahvana Headley (Contributor), Jim C. Hines (Contributor), Kat Howard (Contributor)

ebook, 384 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Saga Press

Synopsis: A unique anthology of all-new stories that challenges authors to throw down the gauntlet in an epic genre battle and demands an answer to the age-old question: Who is more awesome—robots or fairies?

Rampaging robots! Tricksy fairies! Facing off for the first time in an epic genre death match!

People love pitting two awesome things against each other. Robots vs. Fairies is an anthology that pitches genre against genre, science fiction against fantasy, through an epic battle of two icons.

On one side, robots continue to be the classic sci-fi phenomenon in literature and media, from Asimov to WALL-E, from Philip K. Dick to Terminator. On the other, fairies are the beloved icons and unquestionable rulers of fantastic fiction, from Tinkerbell to Tam Lin, from True Blood to Once Upon a Time. Both have proven to be infinitely fun, flexible, and challenging. But when you pit them against each other, which side will triumph as the greatest genre symbol of all time?

There can only be one…or can there?

Featuring an incredible line-up of authors including John Scalzi, Catherynne M. Valente, Ken Liu, Max Gladstone, Alyssa Wong, Jonathan Maberry, and many more, Robots vs. Fairies will take you on a glitterbombed journey of a techno-fantasy mash-up across genres.

I GOT THIS BOOK NOT JUST BECAUSE OF IT’S TITLE BUT ALSO BECAUSE OF IT’S INTERESTING PREMISE AND ALSO THE AUTHORS THAT CONTRIBUTED FOR THIS BOOK TO MATERIALIZE. QUITE EXCITED WITH THIS ONE.

9. Less
by Andrew Sean Greer

ebook, 272 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Lee Boudreaux Books

Synopsis: Who says you can’t run away from your problems?

You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can’t say yes–it would be too awkward–and you can’t say no–it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world.

QUESTION: How do you arrange to skip town?

ANSWER: You accept them all.

What would possibly go wrong? Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last.

Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, LESS is, above all, a love story.

A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed as “inspired, lyrical,” “elegiac,” “ingenious,” as well as “too sappy by half,” LESS shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.

THIS BOOK JUST WON THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION. I ALWAYS PROMISE MYSELF TO READ THE WINNING BOOK EACH TIME IT IS ANNOUNCED EVERY YEAR BUT IT NEVER HAPPENS. HOPEFULLY THIS TIME.

10. Refugee
Alan Gratz

ebook, 352 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Scholastic

Synopsis: Three different kids.

One mission in common: ESCAPE.

Josef is a Jewish boy in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world…

Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety and freedom in America…

Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe…

All three young people will go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers–from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But for each of them, there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, surprising connections will tie their stories together in the end.

TIMELY. I’M EXPECTING THAT I’LL BE SHEDDING SOME TEARS WITH THIS BOOK.

What books from above have you read and enjoyed? What were the books that you recently hauled? Let me know your thoughts about the books that I got and let’s talk down below. 🙂

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