June Book Haul

June book haul is out of control! Most of these are from Paperback Swap. My kid gave me a stack of manga to swap with and they went like hotcakes; which gave me lots of credits to swap with. There are a few from Thriftbooks because I just can’t commit to what I say I will commit to. And yes, I regretted it because I had to contact customer service for a refund on a book *sigh* Here’s the haul:


Here’s the breakdown (there’s a lot):

I have already read the entire Roswell High Series, but I liked it enough to want to own them. I got lucky when someone(s) decided to unload their copies on Swap. The show was based on the book series, so the books are very different for anyone who has watched Roswell.

roswell1Roswell High #1: The Outsider – He’s not like other guys.
Liz has seen him around. It’s hard to miss Max — the tall, blond, blue-eyed senior stands out in her high-school crowd. So why is he such a loner?
Max is in love with Liz. He loves the way her eyes light up when she laughs. And the way her long, black hair moves when she turns her head. Most of all, he loves to imagine what it would be like to kiss her.
But Max knows he can’t get too close. He can’t let her discover the truth about who he is. Or really, what he is….
Because the truth could kill her.


Roswell High #2: The Wild One – Dangerous love…
Isabel: From the moment she hears the roar of Nikolas’ motorcycle, she’s hooked. This new guy in town seems to understand exactly how she feels and thinks, exactly what she needs. He’s someone willing to let her be what she was born to be…the wild one.
Alex: He’s jealous of Isabel’s new boyfriend. Worse, he fears that Nikolas is dragging Isabel deeper and deeper into danger. If Isabel’s not careful, Sheriff Valenti will discover the truth about her. And if that happens, no one from Earth will be able to save her….


Roswell High #3: The Seeker – Circle of danger…
Maria: She hasn’t told her friends about the strange glowing ring that she found. It seems to be giving her powers — special abilities that let her enter a world she’s been dying to experience. Here’s her chance to learn what she longs to know: how Michael feels about her.
Michael: He feels all alone on Earth and he’s searching for a place to belong. He didn’t count on discovering someone to care about right here in Roswell. Now he’s falling for his best friend. But what he doesn’t know, and Maria doesn’t realize, is that she’s drawing danger to them all….


Roswell High #4: The Watcher – Life will never be the same…
Max is dying. No one wants to believe it, but he knows it’s true. And as the end grows closer, he can only think of one thing: Who will protect Liz if he’s not here?
Liz can’t stand watching Max suffer. She’s determined to find some way — any way — to save him. But the only way to help Max is to risk her own life. Is she willing to die for the one she loves?


Roswell High #5: The Intruder – Love…too late?
Michael: He’s being held in a secret compound. But he’s concerned less for himself than his friends. Max. Maria. Liz. Alex. And Isabel. He’s got to get out before he’s forced to betray the Roswell residents whom Sheriff Valenti is dying to capture. And once Sheriff Valenti has the information he wants, he won’t be needing Michael anymore.
Isabel: She used to think of Michael as a brother. But now that he’s been captured, she seems to be the only one able to hear his every thought, feel his every emotion, share his dreams. Could this special bond between them mean they’re meant to be together? Time is running out for Isabel to know for sure…

exit to normalThe Last Exit to Normal – It’s true: After 17-year-old Ben’s father announces he’s gay and the family splits apart, Ben does everything he can to tick him off: skip school, smoke pot, skateboard nonstop, get arrested. But he never thinks he’ll end up yanked out of his city life and plunked down into a small Montana town with his dad and Edward, The Boyfriend. As if it’s not painful enough living in a hick town with spiked hair, a skateboard habit, and two dads, he soon realizes something’s not quite right with Billy, the boy next door. He’s hiding a secret about his family, and Ben is determined to uncover it and set things right. In an authentic, unaffected, and mordantly funny voice, Michael Harmon tells the wrenching story of an uprooted and uncomfortable teenaged guy trying to fix the lives around him–while figuring out his own.

Late one night (or early one morning) I watched the movie My Life Without Me with Scott Speedman and Sarah Polley. It was such a touching and heart wrenching movie that it stayed with me. I saw in the credits that it was based on this book and added it to my wishlist. Can’t wait to read it!

pretending the bedPretending the Bed is a Raft – “Women always know more about the facts of life because most of the facts happen to women,” writes a mother to her daughter in the title story of this breathtaking collection, which goes on to prove just that.

Nanci Kincaid’s eight exquisite stories deftly capture the kind of moments a woman never forgets. Watching the mysterious transformation of your mother as she dolls herself up for a night on the town–with a man other than your father. Watching your best friend fall for the bad boy in town. Wondering if the man at work you’re secretly in love with means something by the hand he lets linger on your arm. Kissing a man named Gable on a moonlit night when you’ve just found out you have only a few months left to live.

With an irresistible narrative voice that captures both the humor and heartbreak of love, Nanci Kincaid paints a portrait of women’s lifelong courtship with men that will make you laugh and cry in recognition.

I love anything telling the stories of the plight/history of the American Indians and I love McMurtry’s writing so when this became available I jumped on it.

crazy horseCrazy Horse: A Life – Legends cloud the life of Crazy Horse, a seminal figure in American history but an enigma even to his own people in his own day. This superb biography looks back across more than 120 years at the life and death of this great Sioux warrior who became a reluctant leader at the Battle of Little Bighorn. With his uncanny gift for understanding the human psyche, Larry McMurtry animates the character of this remarkable figure, whose betrayal by white representatives of the U.S. government was a tragic turning point in the history of the West. A mythic figure puzzled over by generations of historians, Crazy Horse emerges from McMurtry’s sensitive portrait as the poignant hero of a long-since-vanished epoch.

I read the book in school and love the movie and I wanted a copy to re-read as well as share with the kiddles.

outsidersThe Outsiders – A heroic story of friendship and belonging
No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he’s got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. And when it comes to the Socs—a vicious gang of rich kids who enjoy beating up on “greasers” like him and his friends—he knows that he can count on them for trouble. But one night someone takes things too far, and Ponyboy’s world is turned upside down…

almost like

Almost Like Being in LoveA high school jock and nerd fall in love senior year, only to part after an amazing summer of discovery to attend their respective colleges. They keep in touch at first, but then slowly drift apart.

Flash forward twenty years.

Travis and Craig both have great lives, careers, and loves. But something is missing …. Travis is the first to figure it out. He’s still in love with Craig, and come what may, he’s going after the boy who captured his heart, even if it means forsaking his job, making a fool of himself, and entering the great unknown. Told in narrative, letters, checklists, and more, this is the must-read novel for anyone who’s wondered what ever happened to that first great love.

never let me go

Never Let Me G0 – From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day comes a devastating new novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were.

Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special–and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together. Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Never Let Me Go is another classic by the author of The Remains of the Day.

I saw an interview years ago when Paulina was first promoting the book. It sounded interesting and has been at the bottom of my wishlist for a long while. I was excited when it became available on Swap.

model summerModel Summer – An incisive, beautifully written first novel by a former supermodel that explores the glamorous and gritty world she inhabited

Only a handful of women in the world have experienced what Paulina Porizkova has — being whisked away to model in Paris while still a teenager, reaching the pinnacle of the profession before her schoolmates had even graduated — and fewer still have the insight to capture it on paper.

In her first novel, Paulina tells the story of Jirina. A tall, scrawny fifteen-year-old girl from Sweden, she’s much more accustomed to taunts and disdain than admiration and affection, whether from her classmates or her own family. That all changes when her only friend, Hatty, asks to practice her makeup and photography skills on Jirina. Almost before she knows it Jirina is on a plane to Paris, where she will spend the summer in a milieu entirely alien to her. Living at the home of her modeling agency’s owner and constantly subjected to blunt physical assessments, catty and often cruel fellow models, and womanizing photographers — and, miraculously enough, while sometimes feeling truly beautiful — Jirina embarks on a journey beyond her wildest imaginings. Between photo shoots in Italy and Morocco and parties with models and musicians, Jirina manages to make a few friends, fall in love, and, eventually, feel the very adult pain of betrayal and heartbreak.

Told with the grace, simplicity, and accuracy that can only come from real-life experience, A Model Summer is both the debut of a notably talented novelist and an unusually well-informed look behind the scenes at a world many people fantasize about, but few really know.

moloka'iMoloka’i – This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai’i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place—and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.

Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka’i. Here her life is supposed to end—but instead she discovers it is only just beginning.

I saw this movie on Netflix and it’s a mix of scifi and horror and completely bizarre in all the ways I love best. I used my free credit to oder the audiobook in May and decided a needed a physical copy as well. I look forward to seeing how similar the book and movie are.

john dies at the end

John Dies at the End – STOP.

You should not have touched this book with your bare hands.

NO, don’t put it down. It’s too late.

They’re watching you.

My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours.

You may not want to know about the things you’ll read on these pages, about the sauce, aboutKorrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it’s too late. You touched the book. You’re in the game. You’re under the eye.

The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why? You just have to trust me.

The important thing is this:

The drug is called Soy Sauce and it gives users a window into another dimension.

John and I never had the chance to say no.

You still do.

Unfortunately for us, if you make the right choice, we’ll have a much harder time explaining how to fight off the otherworldly invasion currently threatening to enslave humanity.

I’m sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind:

None of this is was my fault.

Saw the movie and loved it. This book is on the BBC top 100 Books List, so I figured I should read it.

angela's ashes

Angela’s Ashes – “When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.”

So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank’s mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank’s father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy—exasperating, irresponsible, and beguiling—does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Frank lives for his father’s tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies.

Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank’s survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig’s head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors—yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance, and remarkable forgiveness.


paper magician series

The Paper Magician Series – Which I posted about here.


paper magician series

The Paper Magician Series – Since I own the kindle version, I was offered the audiobooks for an equally cheap price, so why would I say no to that?!

As you can clearly see I have a problem with buying books before reading the books I currently own. My library is getting out of control (which is not a bad thing) and there is no end in sight. I hope I have interested people in some new reading. See ya for the July Haul!!


2 Comments Add yours

  1. *SIGH*…uh huh…I’m just as bad as you are…more books added to “Want To Read” pile. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Virago1977 says:

      Birds of a feather…

      Liked by 1 person

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