Bookish Birthday Gifts || Book Haul (1).

Hello people!!!! Here I am with one more book haul. I think I buy too much and read too little but that’s who I am!!! The list is long and the space for writing is small. So I will be posting hauls for the rest of the week so that you all can explore the books I bought and get to know about them. I will add a note on the books that I have either read or will be reading but the rest will just be pictures with a summary of the book because…how much is this poor sick girl supposed to type??? So here is the list of the first 10 books, hope you enjoy them. So on that note, let’s get into it, shall we???

1. Dead Famous by Ben Elton.

Summary:

One house. Ten contestants. Thirty cameras. Forty microphones.

Yet again the public gorges its voyeuristic appetite as another group of unknown and unremarkable people submit themselves to the brutal exposure of the televised real-life soap opera, House Arrest.

Everybody knows the rules: total strangers are forced to live together while the rest of the country watches them do it. Who will crack first? Who will have sex with whom? Who will the public love and who will they hate? All the usual questions. And then, suddenly, there are some new ones.

Who is the murderer? How did he or she manage to kill under the constant gaze of the thirty television cameras? Why did they do it? And who will be next?


I just finished reading this book for my book club Bookworm and Wormies (we changed the name from Omnilegent to Bookworm And Wormies) and it was an okay-ish read. I will be elaborating more about this book in an upcoming review that will be posted in the coming week so keep those tiny eyes open.

2. The Rule Of Four by Ian Cadwell & Dustin Thomason.

Summary:

An ivy league murder, a mysterious coded manuscript, and the secrets of a Renaissance prince collide memorably in The Rule of Four — a brilliant work of fiction that weaves together suspense and scholarship, high art and unimaginable treachery.

It’s Easter at Princeton. Seniors are scrambling to finish their theses. And two students, Tom Sullivan and Paul Harris, are a hair’s breadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili–a renowned text attributed to an Italian nobleman, a work that has baffled scholars since its publication in 1499. For Tom, their research has been a link to his family’s past — and an obstacle to the woman he loves. For Paul, it has become an obsession, the very reason for living. But as their deadline looms, research has stalled — until a long-lost diary surfaces with a vital clue. And when a fellow researcher is murdered just hours later, Tom and Paul realize that they are not the first to glimpse the Hypnerotomachia ‘s secrets.

Suddenly the stakes are raised, and as the two friends sift through the codes and riddles at the heart of the text, they are beginnning to see the manuscript in a new light–not simply as a story of faith, eroticism and pedantry, but as a bizarre, coded mathematical maze. And as they come closer and closer to deciphering the final puzzle of a book that has shattered careers, friendships and families, they know that their own lives are in mortal danger. Because at least one person has been killed for knowing too much. And they know even more.


This book sounds like The Da Vince Code and I am damn interested in it. I will try to read this soon as I, at last, ended up finishing The Da Vince Code and it was a great book.

3. Run For Your Life (Michael Bennette) by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge.

Summary:

A calculating killer who calls himself The Teacher is taking on New York City, killing the powerful and the arrogant. His message is clear: remember your manners or suffer the consequences! For some, it seems that the rich are finally getting what they deserve. For New York’s elite, it is a call to terror.

Only one man can tackle such a high-profile case: Detective Mike Bennett. The pressure is enough for anyone, but Mike also has to care for his 10 children-all of whom have come down with virulent flu at once!

Discovering a secret pattern in The Teacher’s lessons, Detective Bennett realizes he has just hours to save New York from the greatest disaster in its history. From the #1 bestselling author comes Run For Your Life, the continuation of his newest, electrifying series.


Just 1 sentence: I AM OBSESSED WITH HIS WRITING STYLE!!!!

4. The Family by Martina Cole.

Summary:

Phillip Murphy is a family man. He worships his old mum; he takes care of his siblings who help run his business empire in Southend; he dotes on his two young sons who will one day take over the reins. And then there’s his wife and saviour Christine, whom he loves with a vengeance. Christine has always understood this about her husband; it was one of the things that first attracted her to him. But there is another side to Phillip, and it’s a side he never wanted his wife to see. Though, even if she did, could she do anything but stand by him? Because Phillip has rules, and he expects loyalty from his nearest and dearest.


This book is very huge like 500+ pages and sounds a bit creepy so I am trying to avoid it but will pick it up when I feel like reading something in this weird aura.

5. I, Alex Cross (Alex Cross, #16) by James Patterson.

Summary:

Can Alex Cross survive his most chilling – and personal – case ever? Pulled out of a family celebration, Detective Alex Cross gets awful news: A beloved relative has been found brutally murdered. Vowing to catch the killer, he quickly learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington, D.C.’s wildest scenes. And she was not this killer’s only victim . . .

The hunt for the murderer leads Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, to a place where every fantasy is possible, if you have the credentials to get in. Soon they confront some very important, very protected, and very dangerous people who will do anything to keep their secrets safe. As Alex closes in on the killer, he discovers evidence that points to the unimaginable – a revelation that could rock the entire world.


ONE WORD: OBSESSED!

6. 10th Anniversary (Women’s Murder Club, #10) by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro.

Summary:

Detective Lindsay Boxer’s long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals – but that the victim may be keeping secrets.

At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her life – a woman who has been accused of murdering her husband in front of her two young children. Yuki’s career rests on a guilty verdict, so when Lindsay finds evidence that could save the defendant, she is forced to choose. Should she trust her best friend or follow her instinct?

Lindsay’s every move is watched by her new boss, Lieutenant Jackson Brady, and when the pressure to find the baby starts interfering with her new marriage to Joe, she wonders if she’ll ever be able to start a family of her own.


SAME WORD REPEATED HERE: OBSESSED!!!!

7. The Remorseful Day by Colin Dexter.

Summary:

For a year, the murder of Yvonne Harrison has baffled Thames Valley CID. But one man has yet to tackle the case – and it is just the sort of puzzle at which Chief Inspector Morse excels. So why is he adamant that he will not lead the reinvestigation, despite two anonymous phone calls that hint at new evidence? And why, if he refuses to take on the case officially, does he seem to be carrying out his own private enquiries? When Lewis learns that Morse was once friendly with Yvonne Harrison, he begins to suspect that the man who has earnt his admiration, and exasperation, over so many years knows more about her death than he is letting on . .


This book looks a lot different from the normal ones that I read so I am super intrigued to pick it up.

8. Rise Of Wolf (Wereworld, #1) by Curtis Jobling.

Summary:

Imagine a world ruled by Werelords – men and women who can shift at will into bears, lions, and serpents. When Drew suddenly discovers he’s not only a werewolf but the long-lost heir to the murdered Wolf King’s throne, he must use his wits and newfound powers to survive in a land suddenly full of enemies. Drew’s the only one who can unite the kingdom in a massive uprising against its tyrant ruler, Leopold the Lion. But the king is hot on Drew’s tail and won’t rest until he’s got the rebel Wolf’s head.


I am trying to read a lot of fantasies so here is a new book on animal-based fantasy. I am trying to collect all the books in this series before starting it.

9. The City Of Ember (The City Of Ember, #1) by Jeanne DuPRAU.

Summary:

Many hundreds of years ago, the city of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked…but now the storerooms are almost out of food, crops are blighted, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all—the lights are failing. Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness…

But when two children, Lina and Doon, discover fragments of an ancient parchment, they begin to wonder if there could be a way out of Ember. Can they decipher the words from long ago and find a new future for everyone? Will the people of Ember listen to them?


I am collecting this series too in the fantasy genre as it seems really interesting to me and something unique in reading too. I will take some time but I will finish collecting the Wereworld and The City Of Ember series.

10. Asylum (Asylum Series, #1) by Madeleine Roux.

Summary:

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it’s a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it’s no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.


I am almost done with this series. I have finished reading 3 out of the 4 main books and 2 out of the 4 novellas. I am loving the series a lot and am so excited to review it. I am trying to review the whole series together back to back so I am not writing anything about it now but this series will be reviewed soon.

So that’s it for today, here I am back with a new thing and will try to be back soon again too. See you all soon. Until then…

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1 thought on “Bookish Birthday Gifts || Book Haul (1).

  1. Martina Cole books are very popular here. You have a lot to read! I hope you are feeling better.
    Best wishes, Pete. xx

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