A Self-Isolation eBook Haul

I may not be reading as much as I could be right now, but why does that mean not buying books?

As lockdown stretches into a month, I thought I would share some of the eBooks I have bought in April. My first haul post, how exciting!

Each of the six books below were purchased for Kindle, as I took advantage of many 99 pence sales.

The pictures aren’t as good when it’s eBooks, are they?

A Memory Called Empire – Arkady Martin

I’m always aiming to read more sci-fi and never do, so this year I thought I’d try and get through as many of the Hugo Award nominees for Best Novel as I can. This book is one of them. It’s honestly been a long time since something spacey captivated me as much as this one does.

Synopsis: Ambassador Mahit Dzmare travels to the Teixcalaanli Empire’s interstellar capital, eager to take up her new post. Yet when she arrives, she discovers her predecessor was murdered. But no one will admit his death wasn’t accidental – and she might be next.

Aurora Rising – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This book has been on my TBR pretty much since it came out. I’m sure I don’t need to explain why, considering the hype around it. Snapped it up while I could!

Synopsis: The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch… And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space.

Warrior Mage: Chains of Honour – Lindsay Buroker

Never heard of this book but I’m intrigued and it has a good rating on Goodreads. Also it was free. Can’t get a better price than that!

Synopsis: His mother was one of the most powerful wizards in the Nurian Empire until she abandoned her people to become a notorious pirate. That choice doomed the family she left behind to a life of disgrace. Yanko White Fox doesn’t remember his mother, but as the only gifted child in the family, he is expected to erase the mark she left on them all.

Highfire – Eoin Colfer

I wrote about this book in my post about YA authors delving into adult fantasy, and added it to my TBR then. I’m expecting lots of hijinx and hilarity.

Synopsis: Squib Moreau may be swamp-wild, but his intentions are (generally) good: he really wants to be a supportive son to his hard-working momma Elodie. But sometimes life gets in the way – like when Fake Daddy walked out on them leaving a ton of debt, or when crooked Constable Regence Hooke got to thinking pretty Elodie Moreau was just the gal for him.

David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

In a recent post about comfort reads, I mentioned how Great Expectations is a book I can go back to time and again, and yet I’ve read so little of Dickens’ other works. The new movie adaptation for this book looks excellent, and I figure now is a great time to read the book, finally!

Synopsis: After his childhood is turned upside down, orphan David Copperfield is forced to navigate and survive the brutal world of the industrial poor. He’ll cross classes and paths with kindred spirits, extended family, eccentrics, and adversaries. Throughout his journey into adulthood, he’ll be befriended, loved, and conspired against.

The Bone Ships – R. J. Parker

I’ve already read – and reviewed! – this book, in a very quick turnaround from the moment I purchased it. Already looking forward to getting my hands on the sequel – maybe even a physical copy! (gasp)

Synopsis: For generations, the Hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of ancient dragons to fight an endless war. Now the first dragon in centuries has been spotted in far-off waters, and both sides see a chance to shift the balance of power in their favour.

As much as I love eBooks, I can’t wait til I can go to bookstores and libraries again!

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