I have been heavily utilizing the library this year, which has been great for my wallet, but Barnes and Noble finally had a sale, and I went crazy. Truthfully, this is only the first part of my haul since I also ordered about seven books online, but these are the ones I picked up in-store. I didn’t mean to pick out a specific set of books, but I think I was subconsciously drawn to historical fiction. I took advantage of the buy two, get the third free deal and 30 percent off deals. Let’s get started!
1. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
The Devil in the White City is a fictionalized account of what happened at the the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. It was made possible by Daniel Burnham, the architect of the event, and it features H.H. Holmes, the famous serial killer that used the fair to lure his victims to their deaths at his Murder House. I’m actually reading this book for book club, but I’ve been wanting to read it for quite some time.
2. Supermarket by Bobby Hall
Flynn’s life is far from ideal, but the supermarket is supposed to be an escape from that. But one day, when Flynn arrives at work, he finds a crime scene. The scene pushes at his memories, and he’s scared to delve further, frightened of what he might find. I picked this up because the cover intrigued me, and after reading the back, I knew I had to buy it.
3. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
It’s 1922 in Russia, and Count Alexander Rostov is confined to his hotel room across the street from the Kremlin. From his window, he attempts to learn what it means to be a man of purpose while watching the madness around him. I picked this up because everyone has raved about it, even though it’s been hard to get into, I’ve heard it’s always worth it.
4. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Evelyn Hardcastle is destined to die day after day until Aiden can discover who is her killer. Aiden thinks he’s just a guest at a party at Blackheath, but when Evelyn is shot, he is destined to wake up in a different guest’s body until he discovers the murderer. What is supposed to be a celebration turns out to be a deadly investigation. I picked this one up because I’ve heard a lot of good things about it on Booktube.
5. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
It’s the story of the woman behind the man. I think this is the book that kickstarted all the Zelda Fitzgerald books that have come out since. It’s a fictionalized account of the relationship between Zelda and F. Scott — how it began, the ups and downs, and the woman Zelda was apart from the relationship. They make anywhere they go seem magical and everything that happens to them is an adventure, or is it? I picked this one because I’ve been wanting to read it for forever.