It has been a couple years since I have ordered from Book Outlet and I had forgotten how amazing the deals are! I managed to grab seven books from my TBR for under $50, which is pretty unheard of here in Canada. I thought it might be fun to share them with you! If you follow me on Bookstagram you would have seen these already, but sharing them on my blog allows me to explain why I added them to my TBR in the first place.
Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marias
Life under Apartheid has created a secure future for Robin Conrad, a nine-year-old white girl living with her parents in 1970s Johannesburg. In the same nation but worlds apart, Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman in a rural village in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, struggles to raise her children alone after her husband’s death. Both lives have been built upon the division of race, and their meeting should never have occurred . . . until the Soweto Uprising, in which a protest by black students ignites racial conflict, alters the fault lines on which their society is built, and shatters their worlds when Robin’s parents are left dead and Beauty’s daughter goes missing.
After Robin is sent to live with her loving but irresponsible aunt, Beauty is hired to care for Robin while continuing the search for her daughter. In Beauty, Robin finds the security and family that she craves, and the two forge an inextricable bond through their deep personal losses. But Robin knows that if Beauty finds her daughter, Robin could lose her new caretaker forever, so she makes a desperate decision with devastating consequences. Her quest to make amends and find redemption is a journey of self-discovery in which she learns the harsh truths of the society that once promised her protection.
I have had my eye on Hum If You Don’t Know the Words since it’s release in 2017! I was thrilled to find the paperback on Book Outlet from just over $5. I have been on a bit of a historical fiction kick lately, and I appreciate that this one is set in South Africa during the Apartheid. It seems to focus on family dynamics, something I love to read about in fiction. It is just a bonus that Bianca Marais is a Canadian!
The Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.
Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.
The Natural History of Dragons is a book that I have had my eye on for years but never bought because it is so far out of my comfort zone. So, when I saw it on Book Outlet for $12 I could pass on it! I love the idea of dragons, but I am realizing that I do not often read about them. I have heard that it reads as if it were nonfiction even though it is clearly fiction- I love that!
IQ by Joe Ide
East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood’s high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can’t or won’t touch.
They call him IQ. He’s a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. He charges his clients whatever they can afford, which might be a set of tires or a homemade casserole. To get by, he’s forced to take on clients that can pay.
This time, it’s a rap mogul whose life is in danger. As Isaiah investigates, he encounters a vengeful ex-wife, a crew of notorious cutthroats, a monstrous attack dog, and a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic. The deeper Isaiah digs, the more far reaching and dangerous the case becomes.
The description of IQ gives me modern day Sherlock Holmes vibes and I am hear for it! Isaiah seems to be the kind of character that I absolutely adore and I can not wait to fall in love with him. IQ sounds like it is going to be a fun, action-packed mystery, which is something I have been in the mood for lately. I actually bought a scratch and dent copy for $3 and it looks to be in perfect condition to me!
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Great Britain circa 1985: time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. Baconians are trying to convince the world that Francis Bacon really wrote Shakespeare, there are riots between the Surrealists and Impressionists, and thousands of men are named John Milton, an homage to the real Milton and a very confusing situation for the police. Amidst all this, Acheron Hades, Third Most Wanted Man In the World, steals the original manuscript of Martin Chuzzlewit and kills a minor character, who then disappears from every volume of the novel ever printed! But that’s just a prelude . . .
Hades’ real target is the beloved Jane Eyre, and it’s not long before he plucks her from the pages of Bronte’s novel. Enter Thursday Next. She’s the Special Operative’s renowned literary detective, and she drives a Porsche. With the help of her uncle Mycroft’s Prose Portal, Thursday enters the novel to rescue Jane Eyre from this heinous act of literary homicide. It’s tricky business, all these interlopers running about Thornfield, and deceptions run rampant as their paths cross with Jane, Rochester, and Miss Fairfax. Can Thursday save Jane Eyre and Bronte’s masterpiece? And what of the Crimean War? Will it ever end? And what about those annoying black holes that pop up now and again, sucking things into time-space voids . .
Still Life by Louise Penny
As the early morning mist clears on Thanksgiving Sunday, the homes of Three Pines come to life – all except one…
To locals, the village is a safe haven. So they are bewildered when a well-loved member of the community is found lying dead in the maple woods. Surely it was an accident – a hunter’s arrow gone astray. Who could want Jane Neal dead?
In a long and distinguished career with the Sûreté du Quebec, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has learned to look for snakes in Eden. Gamache knows something dark is lurking behind the white picket fences, and if he watches closely enough, Three Pines will begin to give up its secrets…
Another Canadian author whose work I have heard amazing things about. So many people adore this series! The only thing that has prevented me from picking it up is that there are so many books in the series- I think the fifteenth one just came out. I was happy to find the first book in the series for $8. If I enjoy it, hopefully I will be able to track down the rest of the books at a reasonable price!
Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
I am actually currently reading Raven Black and very much enjoying it. I will say it has taken me awhile to get used to the writing style but now I am complete absorbed in it. This is the series that the TV show Shetland is based on, and that is arguably my favourite show of all time! I love that I am getting the same vibes from the book that I get when watching the show. I also love that I grabbed it for $7, although they seem to have sold out. There are other books in the series though and from what I can tell they can each stand on their own.
I know this seems like a sponsored post or something- I wish! I was just reminded how much I love Book Outlet and wanted to share in case you have never heard of it before.
Have you read any of these books? Which one should I pick up after I am finished with Raven Black? I am leaning towards either IQ or Still Life!