Saturday, February 29, 2020

Book Haul: For Grown Ups

Welcome to Stacking the Shelves and Mailbox Monday, where I get to show off the books I’ve gotten recently. I’ve been acquiring a lot of books for children and teens lately, so I thought I’d balance it out with some grown-up stuff.

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For Grown Ups

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother’s death, she’s accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred. But she can’t stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who’s disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces half a globe away, Isma’s worst fears are confirmed.

Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg

There was me–my name is Green–and my little sister, Blue. There was October, who we called Toby, and Ellensia, Dylan, Liberty, Pet and Egg. There was Richard, of course, who was one of the Founders. And there was Freya.

We were the Family, but we weren’t just an ordinary family. We were a new, better kind of family.

We didn’t need to go to school, because we had a new, better kind of education. We shared everything. We were close to the ancient way of living and the ancient landscape. We knew the moors, and the standing stones. We celebrated the solstice in the correct way, with honey and fruit and garlands of fresh flowers. We knew the Bad and we knew how to keep it away.

And we had Foxlowe, our home. Where we were free.

There really was no reason for anyone to want to leave.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (The Shining #2)

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky 12-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the "steam" that children with the "shining" produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father's legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant "shining" power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes "Doctor Sleep."

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan's own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra's soul and survival.

The Wolves Of Winter by Tyrell Johnson

Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn’t help you survive.

Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As memories of her old life haunt her, she has been forced to forge ahead in the snow-covered Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap to survive.

But her fragile existence is about to be shattered. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community—most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who sets in motion a chain of events that will force Lynn to fulfill a destiny she never imagined.

Children of the Cave by Virve Sammalkorpi

1819. Iax Agolasky, a young assistant to a notable French explorer, sets off on a journey to the Russian wilderness. They soon discover a group of creatures living in a cave: children with animal traits. But are they animals, or are they human? Faced with questions of faith, science and the fundamentals of truth, tensions rise in the camp. Soon the children’s safety becomes threatened and Agolasky needs to act.

Have you read any of these? What did you think?


  1. Enjoy your books! I loved Doctor Sleep.

  2. I also loved Doctor Sleep. Have a great reading week!

  3. I didn't like The Shining so I haven't read Doctor Sleep. I haven't read any of them but a few people I know seemed to enjoy The Wolves of Winter. I have it on my TBR but I'm not sure it is my kind of thing!

  4. I really enjoyed The Wolves of Winter - it had some good twists and the setting is fantastic!

  5. Great picks! I love the Home Fire cover. Hope you enjoy them all!

    Anika |

  6. All new to me, though I actually know who Stephen King is. Hope they are all winners for you

  7. Foxlowe sounds so creepy! Happy reading :)

  8. Nice assortment...happy reading!

  9. I loved the Wolves of Winter! I hope you do too. :)

  10. The Wolves of Winter seems something I would love to read.

    Happy readings!
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

  11. Home Fire is AMAZING! A tough read though - one that makes you think. And I loved Dr Sleep, it's awesome :) (Digging the new blog design btw!)

  12. I do want to read Doctor Sleep! I want to work my way through all of King's work. Enjoy!

  13. Oooh Wolves of Winter! It was good! I actually still really hope the author writes a follow up, and you have reminded me to check on that! Hope you enjoy them all!

  14. Lots of good books. The Foxlowe cover drew me in.
    I totally enjoyed The Wolves of Winter. I hope you like it and all of the others.
    Happy Reading!

  15. The only book I am familiar with on this list is Doctor Sleep and I haven't even read it myself yet. I will be curious to see what you will make of all of these. Some of them have such beautiful covers and interesting premises...