February Bookhaul (part 1)

Wow, another month is nearly over. Can you believe it’s March soon? March also mean one moth closer to spring. Here in Finland this will likely take another 2 months since real spring won’t starts before the end of April.

Anyway, this month I lost my mind a little when it comes to buying books. I actually said I won’t buy as much as I did in January but well…I got 29 books all together. OMG!
14 regular books and 15 Ebooks. Because it’s such a massive book haul, I will divide it into regular, paperback books and Ebooks.

So that’s the entire pile of craziness that I bought from Academic Bookstore, Suomalainen Kirjakauppa, Sofie Secondhand Bookstore and Rahva Raamat (Tallinn).

So as you can see I really got A LOT of books. But let’s start to get a bit more into detail.

Holy Cow by Sarah Macdonald:

In her twenties, journalist Sarah Macdonald backpacked around India and came away with a lasting impression of heat, pollution and poverty. So when an airport beggar read her palm and told her she would return to India—and for love—she screamed, “Never!” and gave the country, and him, the finger.

But eleven years later, the prophecy comes true. When the love of Sarah’s life is posted to India, she quits her dream job to move to the most polluted city on earth, New Delhi. For Sarah this seems like the ultimate sacrifice for love, and it almost kills her, literally. Just settled, she falls dangerously ill with double pneumonia, an experience that compels her to face some serious questions about her own fragile mortality and inner spiritual void. “I must find peace in the only place possible in India,” she concludes. “Within.” Thus begins her journey of discovery through India in search of the meaning of life and death.

Holy Cow is Macdonald’s often hilarious chronicle of her adventures in a land of chaos and contradiction, of encounters with Hinduism, Islam and Jainism, Sufis, Sikhs, Parsis and Christians and a kaleidoscope of yogis, swamis and Bollywood stars. From spiritual retreats and crumbling nirvanas to war zones and New Delhi nightclubs, it is a journey that only a woman on a mission to save her soul, her love life—and her sanity—can survive.

This was a secondhand buy, but it just sounded too interesting to not take it with me.

The second I bought from the 2ndhand-Store was The Secrets of Nostradamus: A Radical New Interpretation of the Master’s Prophecies by David Ovason.

His name has become a synonym for clairvoyance: Nostradamus, astrologer to the king of France, the most famous seer in Western history. But the real meaning of his prophecies has gone undetected, hidden in a secret alchemical code. Known as the Green Language, it was understood by only a handful of medieval occult scholars, and has been lost for centuries — until now.

David Ovason spent 40 years working on the Green Language, enabling him to finally crack the secret code of Nostradamus. In this book, he reveals with line-by-line analysis the hidden writings of the great astrologer, showing that his dates and details are more exact than any previous scholars have realized. As a master of the arcane astrological traditions practiced by Nostradamus, Ovason provides the most accurate and insightful account ever written of this mysterious figure’s writings, predictions, and life.

I have no idea if I will ever get to read this – at least not any time soon – but there’s nothing wrong in having a book about Nostradamus.

Since I started (hot) yoga recently and I got really interested in that subject, I thought it was nice to get a book about it. While browsing at the Academic Bookstore in Helsinki, Hell-Bent by Benjamin Lorr felt into my hands and I simply bought it.

Benjamin Lorr walks into his first yoga studio on a whim, overweight and curious. A run-in with a competitive yoga champion means his simple desire to tone up soon transforms into obsessive training for a national championship. But this is Bikram Yoga, distinguished from more ‘conventional’ forms by extreme heat, an overt, almost masochistic focus on pain, and the rabid materialism of its founder, the enigmatic Bikram Choudhury.

Hell-Bent is a look at the science behind a controversial practice, a story of greed and corruption, and a mind-bending tale of personal transformation that will change the way you view both yoga and the inspirational potential of the human body.

Another Kind of Country by Kevin Brophy

From Chile to Germany, a heart-wrenching tale of love, loyalty and new beginnings. Santiago, 1973: Rosa is a happy girl, living a privileged life amongst the ruling elite. But when violence erupts with the Pinochet coup, her socialist parents are the first to be taken. Forced to flee across the Andes, she finds herself rescued by a Stasi spy, and escapes behind the Iron Curtain to Germany. East Berlin, 1989: Englishman Patrick Miller has crossed over and is working at the Secretariat for Socialist Correctness in Publishing. Dragged into a dangerous, cynical world of shady dealings on both sides of the Wall, Patrick doesn’t know what he believes in anymore. Until he meets Rosa… Separate currents of the twentieth century have washed Patrick and Rosa up in a divided city that despite everything they’ve both come to love. As the Soviet Union starts to break up around them, the tide of change is too strong for even the much feared Stasi to hold back. But once the barriers are down and the rubble cleared, what kind of country will they be left with?

Generally I find all kind of documentaries about the fall of the Berlin-Wall and the German Democratic Republic super interesting. After all it was a very important issue for me while growing up. I was born in the former East Germany and with the fall of the Soviet Union many things changed. I bet this will be a very interesting read.

The next book has the subject of witches and witch hunt – so  this book basically screamed my name: The Salem Witch Society by K.N. Shields.

Two hundred years after the Salem witch trials, a grisly new witch hunt is beginning.

Salem, New England, many dark nights ago. It is a time of spells and shadows, of black magic and blood. And the most famous witch hunt in history is about to begin…

Years later, a young woman is found savagely murdered, a pitchfork thrust through her neck, her body arranged in the shape of a star: the death pose of a witch. Someone – or something – is reviving the terror of the notorious Salem Witch hunts. And only one man – a brilliant, eccentric loner with a dazzling mind and a fascination with witchcraft – can keep the evils of the past at bay.

Rich in history, mystery, and witchcraft, THE SALEM WITCH SOCIETY is a twisting, terrifying thriller – a dark fairy tale for readers who loved A Discovery of Witches and The Interpretation of Murder.

I’ve been eyeballing this book for a while already and this month I finally bought it. Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh a book about Vampires, Archangel and a Vampire hunter. It has Romance, action and it is said to be sexy. I really look forward reading it. The rating is really good with 4.13 Stars and it’s book one out of seven. The 8. book will be published in September.

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best- but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option—even if the task is impossible.

Because this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt does not destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just might. For when archangels play, mortals break.

Going over to more young and new adult books now…

I’m really a sucker for water-theme books. I love books that handle the ocean, mermaids and all this stuff along with it. My love for the sea is unconditional…if you only knew… That’s why I picked up this following book.

Wake by Amanda Hocking. It’s the first out of 4 books.

Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong.

Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They’re the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone’s attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.

Solitaire by Alice Oseman has been quite hyped with the booktube-community and on Goodreads, so it somehow wandered onto my to be read pile.

The synopsis doesn’t really give away a lot but I’m still very excited to read it.

In case you’re wondering, this is not a love story.

My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.

Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.

I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.
I really don’t.

This incredible debut novel by outstanding young author Alice Oseman is perfect for fans of John Green, Rainbow Rowell and all unflinchingly honest writers.

Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando was really just a random find at my local bookstore, Academic Bookstore. It sounds fun and like a nice ‘in-between-read’.

It’s time to meet your new roomie.

When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl’s summer — and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.

As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives . . . and each other. Even though they’ve never met.

National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr and acclaimed author Tara Altebrando join forces for a novel about growing up, leaving home, and getting that one fateful e-mail that assigns your college roommate.

Then I got the second book, Pieces of you, of the Shattered Hearts Series by Cassia Leo. I loved the first book a lot and knew I would enjoy the second book as well, and I really did. I will post a review of both books at some point here. Since it’s the second book, I won’t post the synopsis here to not spoil but feel free to read about the first book, Relentless, on Goodreads.

But just look how beautiful the cover is! It’s pure covergasm!



Last week in Tallinn I bought the complete Anna and the French Kiss – Series by Stephanie Perkins. I wanted to get these books for a long time already and since the bookstore had them in their shelves, I just bought them all.

Anna and the French Kiss:

Anna has everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?

Magical…really captures the feeling of being in love.” – CASSANDRA CLARE

“Very sly. Very funny. Very romantic. You should date this book.” – MAUREEN JOHNSON

Lola and the Boy Next Door:

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion… she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect for Lola, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend.

That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola’s past be the love of her future?

Fall in love with the international bestseller from queen of young adult fiction, Stephanie Perkins.

Lola and the Happily Ever After:

The café is boiling. The atmosphere is clouded with bittersweet coffee.
Three years of desire rip through my body and burst from my lips: “Josh!”
His head jolts up. For a long time, a very long time, he just stares at me.
And then…he blinks. “Isla?”

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Set against the stunning backdrops of New York, Paris and Barcelona, this is a gorgeous, heart-wrenching and irresistible story of true love, and the perfect conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

I’m very very exited to read them!

And last but not least: The Assassin’s Blade – the Throne Of Glass Novellas by Sarah J. Maas. Even though this books has a 4.54 Star rating on Goodreads, I will try to keep my expectations low because I somehow didn’t really like the first book of the Throne of Glass – Series as much as I expected, so I was a little disappointed at the end but I might re-read it before I will read Crown of Midnight and the other books.

Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins’ Guild and taught her the skills she needed to survive.

Arobynn’s enemies stretch far and wide – from Adarlan’s rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate – and cut her heart in two forever…



So that’s the first part of the book haul. I will post the ebook haul during the weekend, so stay tuned!



Author: Fhina

Ocean soul. 30 years old book lover living in Helsinki, active reader and coffee addict.

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