Good morning! You read that title correct, I started the month off with a trip to the bookstore! We took a little trip over to Philadelphia on the long Labor Day weekend and somehow managed to stay right across the street from a bookstore. So after dinner we took a little trip over to the bookstore and I got to spend quite a bit of time just perusing the shelves (thanks to my husband who took the toddler to a different store and my sweet little baby for sleeping the whole time 🙂 ). Most of the time when I go to the bookstore I have a somewhat list or idea as to the books that I want to get. This was the first time I just picked books out at random. I picked out a lot of books and then narrowed down my selection to just 5 books to purchase. I am also including the two other items that I purchased while we were in Philadelphia.
*For each book I’ve included a link to more information about the book itself.
Finders Keepers by Stephen King: I sure do love a good Stephen King novel and with the Halloween season coming quickly, I am in the mood for his writing and ability to turn even a mystery novel into a creepy read. This is the second book in the Bill Hodges Trilogy and as I loved the first (review HERE), I am looking forward to picking this one up soon!
The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory: I am quite the fan of Phillipa Gregory. I love historical fiction and the time period and location that she typically writes is my all time favorite. I’ve been wanting to pick up The White Queen for a little while (I am determined to read these books before watching them on screen) and finally grabbed it this time!
Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm: This was a complete impulse buy. I’ve never heard of this book and I just happened to see it sitting on the shelf in the History section. The book that I am currently reading (Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein) has a main character who is imprisoned at the Ravensbruk Concentration Camp and I realized out of all of my knowledge about the concentration camps and WW2, I don’t have much knowledge about Ravensbruck. So, I grabbed this book!
Black Mass by Dick Lehr, Gerard O’Neill: I’ve been wanting to purchase and read this book for quite some time now as the real crime stories just intrigue me. I love listening and reading first hand accounts and hearing from the people who commit the crimes. It gives a look into the crime in a unique way and is fascinating to me (maybe that is a strange thing ,not sure!). I can’t wait to get to this book in the upcoming months.
The Last Days by Joel C. Rosenberg: I was perusing the shelves and happened on a book by . The title interested me almost immediately and the back cover kept my interest. While reading the back cover I got the feeling that this book was part of a larger series and I started to look around for which book would be considered the “first” book or the start of the series. I missed the mark a smidge as this is the second book, but I’m ordering the first book (The Last Jihad) as I type this. I am just really intrigued by these books as they seem like a current times thriller. These are definitely next on my list!
One of the places that we visited while in Philadelphia was the Museum of the American Revolution. On a non book related note- this museum is absolutely fantastic and I highly recommend anyone to visit it if you are in the area. It is fully immersive and there is an area for kids to get involved as well. I stopped in to the gift shop on the way out and picked up two things, a book and a blend of tea (how very me!).
Becoming Valley Forge by Sheilah Vance: I’ve been looking for a story from either the American Revolution or the Civil War (really both since they are very different time periods) that goes into what every day life was like back at home. We have a huge wealth of information about what the war was like for the soldiers, but I haven’t found as much about every day life back at home. This novel is the closest that I have found as of yet and I’m looking forward to reading it!
Colonial Bohea Tea: Oh gosh. I would go all the way to Philadelphia and of all things, come back with tea! This type of blend was very popular in colonial times (fun fact: Bohea -pronounce Boo-Hee – became a very common word for tea) and the blend was imported in very large quantities; much more than any other blend of the time. This blend was also the blend that was destroyed during the Boston Tea Party! I just had to pick it up when I saw it in the shop! It smells like a hearty smoky black tea blend and I cannot wait to steep a cup!
I would say that my September and Autumn is off to a great start! I’ve got a good amount of reading ahead of me and I can’t wait to get started!