Guest Post: Friday Book Haul | The Seasonal Pages

Hello readers of Sorry, I’m Booked Blog! I am Isaly, the owner of the stationery store The Seasonal Pages and I am guest blogging to tell you about my recent haul. It is Friday and you know what that means — time for a Friday Book Haul.

I buy books on a monthly basis and this month I was able to find quite a few books that I am excited to devour. I decided to purchase from Amazon and spend too much money as usual. But, what is a bookworm to do? You can never own too many books right? I have a very lengthy “to be read” pile and thought it would be best to purchase a few books from my pile to finally shorten my list for the month of May.

The Books

Title: My Sister, the Serial Killer
Author: Oyinkan Braithwaite
Genre: Crime

Synopsis: “Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead.

Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.

Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she’s exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she’s willing to go to protect her.”

My first book choice was My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite because I am currently in the mood for crime and humor. I have seen so many people speak about this book and I was intrigued just by the title. So, I am very interested in seeing how this storyline develops.

Title: Practical Magic
Author: Alice Hoffman
Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: “For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic.”

Who has not watched Practical Magic every Halloween season? I had to add this to my list because I recently read another book by Alice Hoffman and loved her writing style. I figured why not read the book of the film that I have watched a million times.

Title: Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Rebels
Author: Linda Skeers
Illustrations: Livi Gosling
Genre: Biographies

Synopsis: “Women have been doing amazing, daring, and dangerous things for years, but they’re rarely mentioned in our history books as adventurers, daredevils, or rebels. This new compilation of brief biographies features women throughout history who have risked their lives for adventure—many of whom you may not know, and many more!”

I am one of those readers that enjoy learning about important people throughout history and figured that I need to add a children’s book that speak on amazing women throughout history. Linda Skeers is an author I have come across and excited to see how she writes about phenomenal women.

Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Meyes
Genre: Romance

Synopsis: “They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose…Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.”

Once again, I have enjoyed Me Before You the film many times and told myself that one day I would read the book. People have told me that this book will be a tear jerker, I am kind of nervous about that — but, I am brave enough to see if other readers are right.

Title: The Banks
Author: Roxanne Gay
Genre: LGBTQ+ Graphic Novel

Synopsis: “For fifty years the women of the Banks family have been the most successful thieves in Chicago by following one simple rule: never get greedy. But when the youngest Banks stumbles upon the heist of a lifetime, the potential windfall may be enough to bring three generations of thieves together for one incredible score and the chance to avenge a loved one taken too soon.”

Roxanne Gay is an author that I try to read more and more after reading some of her writing recently. I love the way she writes and how she tells such detailed plots that leave you on edge. The Banks is one of her newest books and it is a graphic novel that I think will be great for this spring season. The cover draws you in and the green tone makes you feel like you are going to enjoy a book that is fit for spring time.

Since it is the beginning of May, I only ordered a few books but I plan on adding more throughout the month once I visit a few bookstores.

What do you plan on reading in May? Do you have a book that you would like to buy soon?

I am excited to see what these new books are all about and I hope that you found a book from my book haul that you would like to read too! Thank you so much for reading about my recent book haul. You can find me at The Seasonal Pages Stationery Shop anytime by visiting my website or my Instagram page: Happy Reading!

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