March Book Haul (part 1)

Hi everyone!

Today to kick off my little International Women’s Week of 2019, I’d like to share with you all my most recent book haul.

Normally I don’t buy this many books at a time. I try to limit myself to 2, maybe 3 depending on the price. But on Saturday I went to B&N with my parents and they bought me some books for my birthday (which is on March 5, in case you were wondering!).

I also knew I wanted to dedicate this week to International Women’s Day, which is on March 8, so I decided to purchase books by female authors (which I kind of do normally, just because all but 3 of my favorite authors happen to be female). The plan is to make a blog post every day this week about something related to women or women’s issues. I don’t have anything planner out beyond Tuesday, though, so we’ll see how it goes!

So, without further ado. Here is the first part of my March Book Haul! (You’ll understand the “part 1” later this week.)

Book #1

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

This is a very highly anticipated read, as most of you probably know, by basically the entire book community. If you haven’t heard of this book I’m going to assume you live under a rock (or just don’t get on Twitter much).

I’ve been anticipating it just as much as everyone else. I’ve heard it’s very Game of Thrones-y, which is sooo my thing. And it’s a huge book. I personally love huge books because the story lasts longer. As long as it’s a good story, obviously. And I think this has many different “books” in it? At least that’s what I’ve heard, and that’s what it looks like when I check out the table of contents. But we’ll see I suppose!

Book #2

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

This book has definitely not been talked about in the book community lately, at least as far as I know. Which is very surprising considering Netflix adapted the book into a series, *and* they just announced there’s going to be a season 2 (which will allegedly be unrelated to season 1).

Shirley Jackson is awesome! I actually decided to feature her most popular short story on my IG as author #1 of #femaleauthorsmonth.

As soon as I learned the show was based off of this novel, and that Shirley Jackson was the author, I knew I had to have it. I will admit I’m sad it’s not a longer book, and based off of the back cover it seems very different from the show. But I suppose that could be a good thing, right?

Book #3

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

So interesting story (sort of). Last summer I did a little thrift shopping and browsed for books. I found The Lake House by Kate Morton and it was a super old-looking beat up paperback. I had no idea who she was or what the book really was, but the synopsis seemed interesting so I bought it. I got on bookstagram a few days later and saw a bunch of people posting about *this* book, TCD, and the cover was (is) STUNNING. I knew I had to have it.

It seemed familiar, though, and I realized I had just bought that other book and it was by the same author. Apparently the book isn’t as old as I thought it was, so it was a pretty decent find for $1!

Anyway, fast-forward to now and I just finally got the book. I’m so excited to read it. (Nope, still haven’t read the other book of hers I bought last summer, but I’m hoping to make that happen soon too!)

Book #4

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

I honestly have no idea why I bought this thinking it was a contemporary. I read the synopsis on the back, which very clearly describes this as fantasy, and there are literally two guys on the front holding a sword and a wand. And one of them looks very much like a vampire (which he is).

I’m not mad about it though. The synopsis was interesting enough for me to want to read the book, but this was also probably 50% a cover-buy. It’s just so pretty! It gives me graphic novel vibes, and I want to get into those.

Also I’d just like to say I’ve already started reading this one and I’m getting some homosexual vibes from Simon Snow.

Frankly, I’m not sure what made me think buying this was a good idea. That sounds harsh, but I’ve read one book by Rowell and I didn’t like it (that was years ago, to be fair). So far I’m enjoying the book, though, even if it doesn’t do the best job of hiding where it’s getting its inspiration from (I won’t bother listing here, I’ll save that for my review.)


These books are all by female authors. Normally that’s who I buy from, just out of preference, but I also thought this was a good way to kick off the month! I love supporting female authors, and a large part of that reason is that (personally) I find that most of the time their writing is just better. In my opinion.

Obviously I haven’t read every male author, and I likely won’t in this lifetime. I have 3 favorite male authors. Two of them just manage to tell interesting stories, and the third one actually has writing I enjoy for both the story and for the writing itself.

What female authors are YOU reading this month? Let me know! And don’t forget, this is just part 1 of 2 of my book haul posts this week, so stay tuned!

xoxo, Hayden

5 thoughts on “March Book Haul (part 1)

  1. Great post, and I love the pictures you’ve included here!

    I agree with you about Carry On, haha! I was never a fan of Rainbow Rowell, but I bought Carry On because the cover is amazing, even after I didn’t like her other books. Once I got past /that series/ it was inspired by, I actually liked it more than I thought I would! 🙂

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