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April 2019 Birthday #BookOutletHaul – Part 1


Yes, you did indeed read that right.  I bought so many books, I couldn’t even fit them all into one post.  I guess this is what happens when you place yourself on a year long book buying ban with the exception of special occasions, you go a little overboard when you do allow yourself to buy books.

Here is a little sneak peak of just how many books are included in the first part of my haul…




Is there any better feeling then seeing one of these boxes on your front porch?  I think not!


I’m going to warn you, coming off #MiddleGradeMarch really got me excited to read more middle grade books.  Out of the 11 books I bought for this part of the haul, 7 are middle grade.


» Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine


At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the “gift” of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: “Instead of making me docile, Lucinda’s curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally.” When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella’s life and well-being seem to be in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery as she tries to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you’ll ever read.
Gail Carson Levine’s examination of traditional female roles in fairy tales takes some satisfying twists and deviations from the original. Ella is bound by obedience against her will, and takes matters in her own hands with ambition and verve. Her relationship with the prince is balanced and based on humor and mutual respect; in fact, it is she who ultimately rescues him. Ella Enchanted has won many well-deserved awards, including a Newbery Honor.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you may know that Ella Enchanted holds a special place in my heart.   I remember reading this book for the first time in the 3rd or 4th grade, and it was the book that made me fall in love with reading.  This is one of my all time favorite books from childhood.  I remember dressing up as Ella in the 6th grade for fictional character day at school 🙂  I’ve gone through a few paperback copies of this book that were all well loved.  When I saw a hardback copy on Book Outlet, I just couldn’t say no.

» Challenger Deep by Neil Shusterman



Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.
Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behaviour.
Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence to document the journey with images.
Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.
Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.
Caden Bosch is torn.

I’ve never read a Shusterman book, but people LOVE his books.   I own Scythe, but have yet to read it.  This was $3.29 on Book Outlet, so I went ahead and picked it up.  Which book should I read first?  Scythe or Challenger Deep?

» Redwall (Redwall #1) by Brian Jaques


A quest to recover a legendary lost weapon by bumbling young apprentice monk, mouse Matthias.
Redwall Abbey, tranquil home to a community of peace-loving mice, is threatened by Cluny the Scourge savage bilge rat warlord and his battle-hardened horde. But the Redwall mice and their loyal woodland friends combine their courage and strength.

I’ve never read any of the Redwall series, but I know it is beloved my many.  Actually, this is a series that my husband remembers reading and loving as a child.  My husband is not a reader, so I figure this is bound to be a good book if he liked it.  We are probably going to read this one together with our 12-year-old reluctant reader.

» The Wild Robot (The Wild Robot #1) by Peter Brown



When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz’s only hope is to learn from the island’s hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her….

Not going to lie, when this book first came out, I did not think it was going to be my type of book.  I don’t think I’ve ever read a story about a robot before…. I’ve only seen people rave about this book and the sequel, The Wild Robot Escapes, so I decided to pick up a copy and give it a go.


» The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart



“Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” ad attracts dozens for mind-bending tests readers may try. Only two boys and two girls succeed for a secret mission, undercover and underground into hidden tunnels. At the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, the only rule is – there are no rules.

Another popular MG series I’ve never read before.   Once I saw that it was a school setting, I just had to have it.

» The Penderwicks (The Penderwicks #1) by Jeanne Birdsall



The Penderwick sisters busily discover the summertime magic of Arundel estate’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. Best of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, the perfect companion for their adventures. Icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is less pleased with the Penderwicks than Jeffrey, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Is that any fun? For sure the summer will be unforgettable.

This book is being hailed as a “modern classic” and a timeless story for all ages.   Well now I just HAVE to read it.

» The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronauts #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal



On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process.
Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too.
Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.

I’ve had my eye on this one ever since it was recommended by Patrick Rothfuss at one of his events I attended.  You can read more about that event here ⇒ Book Event: An Evening with Patrick Rothfuss.

» Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk



From the author of the critically acclaimed Wolf Hollow comes a moving story of identity and belonging.
Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift on a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow’s only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar.
Crow has always been curious about the world around her, but it isn’t until the night a mysterious fire appears across the water that the unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger.
Vivid and heart wrenching, Lauren Wolk’s Beyond the Bright Seais a gorgeously crafted and tensely paced tale that explores questions of identity, belonging, and the true meaning of family.

This book is written by the same author that wrote Wolf Hollow, which I also own, but have not read yet.  Both of these book have rave reviews.


» The Devil’s Thief (The Last Magician #2) by



In this spellbinding sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Last Magician, Esta and Harte set off on a cross-country chase through time to steal back the elemental stones they need to save the future of magic.
Hunt the Stones.
Beware the Thief.
Avenge the Past.
Esta’s parents were murdered. Her life was stolen. And everything she knew about magic was a lie. She thought the Book of Mysteries held the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but the danger within its pages was greater than she ever imagined.
Now the Book’s furious power lives inside Harte. If he can’t control it, it will rip apart the world to get its revenge, and it will use Esta to do it.
To bind the power, Esta and Harte must track down four elemental stones scattered across the continent. But the world outside the city is like nothing they expected. There are Mageus beyond the Brink not willing to live in the shadows—and the Order isn’t alone in its mission to crush them.
In St. Louis, the extravagant World’s Fair hides the first stone, but an old enemy is out for revenge and a new enemy is emerging. And back in New York, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor in a city on the verge of chaos.
As past and future collide, time is running out to rewrite history—even for a time-traveling thief.

I bought the first book in this series, The Last Magician, off Book Outlet a few months ago.  I haven’t read it yet, but I took a chance that I’ll end up liking it, so I went ahead and picked up the second book.

» The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero



In the land of dolls, there is magic.
In the land of humans, there is war.
Everywhere there is pain.
But together there is hope.
Karolina is a living doll whose king and queen have been overthrown. But when a strange wind spirits her away from the Land of the Dolls, she finds herself in Krakow, Poland, in the company of the Dollmaker, a man with an unusual power and a marked past. 
The Dollmaker has learned to keep to himself, but Karolina’s courageous and compassionate manner lead him to smile and to even befriend a violin-playing father and his daughter–that is, once the Dollmaker gets over the shock of realizing a doll is speaking to him. 
But their newfound happiness is dashed when Nazi soldiers descend upon Poland. Karolina and the Dollmaker quickly realize that their Jewish friends are in grave danger, and they are determined to help save them, no matter what the risks.

This was a cover buy.  #SorryNotSorry

» Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) by



While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.
Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.
Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.
As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.
Welcome to the Sixth World.

This book has been getting some good hype lately!  Plus, the main character is an Native American monster slayer?  Yes, please!



Have you read any of the books I hauled?  If so, what did you think?

Comment below & let me know!

11 thoughts on “April 2019 Birthday #BookOutletHaul – Part 1”

  1. Happy Belated Birthday!
    Dollmaker of Krakow was a cover buy for me too, and I’d love to get the Wild Robot books. I love their covers. I’ve never read Ella Enchanted, but I enjoyed the movie. And I hope you have better luck with Redwall than I did.

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  2. “This was a cover buy. #SorryNotSorry” XD Girl, I love you. Never change.

    This is an awesome birthday haul! And only the first post related to it?! Hahaha– You really took birthday month books seriously. Is this still going to be the only time this year you buy yourself books? 😉

    Of the books up here, I’ve read Ella Enchanted and Redwall. The Wild Robot, The Calculating Stars, The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Penderwicks are all on my TBR.

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