birthday book haul!

I was equally excited to receive each of these books last week, though I only carried one of them around like Gollum with the One Ring... (it happened to be the first one I unwrapped, and it's enormous and smells wonderful).

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
I haven't borrowed this sequel from the library yet because I was stubbornly waiting to have my own copy. The first book was that good. And while The Name of the Wind is over 700 pages long, this one tops 1,000. It's a little daunting, but I'm very excited to read it.

Two Renegade Realms by Donita K. Paul
Another sequel! With dragons. I like dragons. I always enjoy Donita K. Paul's colorful characters, and I can't wait to read more about Bixby!

The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris
I've actually read this one before, and I'm so excited to finally have a copy of my own! In fact, it's one of my absolute favorite books, which is quite unusual for a work of non-fiction. I'm thinking about re-reading it this summer, outside on Sunday afternoons (my favorite way to read non-fiction).

Have you picked up any great books lately? Any sequels you're excited about, or perhaps a new favorite you've been waiting to get your hands on?


  1. Birthday book hauls!? They're the best! Thank goodness for family who knows we're happy with books. :)

    Happy (belated) birthday, Serena. :)

  2. Happy belated birthday!! BOOKS FOR BIRTHDAY ARE THE BEST. It's like the ultimate wonderfulness of a birthday. Ohhh, I'd like to try Patrick Rothfuss someday. Once upon a time I would've screamed and run at that size of book, but I quite like Game of Thrones and the book I'm up to has like 1,400 pages or something!
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

  3. Thank you both!

    Cait, you should definitely read The Name of the Wind; it's one of my absolute favorites! If you like fantasy, you'll like Patrick Rothfuss. :)

  4. Happy birthday! I think books are the best gift ever :)

  5. New books are always SO exciting!!

  6. Thank you, Opal!

    Jack, I agree! I love getting new books,whether it's a bagful from a book sale or a gift on my birthday. It may sit on my shelf for weeks (months?) before I finally read it, but it brightens my day nonetheless.

  7. Happy Belated Birthday! And nice haul! I started Name of the Wind--it was very good--but I had so many other books on my plate at the time. I had to put it down for a little while, but I'd still like to finish it!

    1. Thanks, Ally! You definitely need to finish The Name of the Wind. :) I'd love to hear your thoughts on it when you do!

    2. Thanks, Ally! You definitely need to finish The Name of the Wind. :) I'd love to hear your thoughts on it when you do!