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New Books I’m Interested In (But Might Not Buy)- April 2023

For a variety of reasons, I haven’t been able to go out as much as I thought I would. Even though the economy does play a part in my desire to stay home, there are other reasons, including road construction that started late last year and won’t stop for at least another month. (I think…) Since I’m staying home so much, I began to read more than I planned to. After reading many of my books, I began to search for new releases that may peak my interest.

So far I have found so many books that I’m having a hard time narrowing them down. Instead of focusing on sorting through my list offline, I decided to talk about my thoughts and opinions about the books that caught my eye the most. I don’t know if I will ultimately buy and read them, but right now I’m interested in them.


Assistant to the Villain by Hannah Nicole Maehrer

The title immediately caught my eye and, like what happens whenever I see a title like this book’s, my imagination immodesty began to run wild with all the variations of how the villain will be like and who the assistant is. The book’s blurb indicates that the assistant is a woman, the villain is a man, and she is initially unnerved by the fact that she works for such a bad guy. This could be a really good book, and I’m still wondering who the villain is. (Is he like a James Bond villain, a villain from a superhero movie, a gothic book or movie, or something completely different?!) Yet, I still hesitate about reading it. I’m very skittish around books with a lot of violence and plenty of descriptions about the gore that is left. So, I’m worried about it. Despite this, I’m still curious about it. I’m waiting until it is released and I can find a copy of it in store. Or go to the library to borrow one.

Eragon: The Illustrated Edition by Christopher Paolini and Sidharth Chaturvedi

Many years ago, I used to spend time around a group of people that loved Eragon. I never caught onto the love of Eragon, but that was normal for me back then. Since then, I began to form my own opinions about the book and the whole entire series. Even though it is still not my cup of fantasy novel tea, this new edition caught my eye. Just like the Harry Potter novels, Eragon will now have an illustrated version of it. I am thinking about buying it, yet I don’t know if it will change my mind about the series. Still, I feel like I can make space in my bookshelf for it.

Murtagh: The World of Eragon by Christopher Paolini

The character from Ergaon that the group of people I used to spend time with loved more than Eragon is Murtagh. Now that there is a new novel about this character coming out, I am curious about buying it and reading it. I want to know what Christopher Paolini’s story about Murtagh is.

The Lonely Hearts Book Club by Lucy Gilmore

The Lonely Hearts Book Club is the newest book on my seriously considering to read list. The book is about two book lovers, one a female librarian and the other is an old curmudgeon, become friends. It sounds cute, sweet, and just the kind of book I’m looking for.

The Way of the Bear by Anne Hillerman

Anne Hillerman is the daughter of Tony Hillerman, a writer of crime novels that take place on the Navaho Reservation. I grew up knowing about these books and even watched two of the movies based off his books. Tony passed away years ago but his daughter continues to write books about the same characters in the same location. The Way of the Bear is the newest book by her, so I am curious about reading it. The premise is interesting and I am very serious about reading the book.

Atalanta by Jennifer Saint

Atalanta is a retelling of the Greek legend of Atlanta. Atlanta is the only female member of the Argonauts. The Argonauts are a group of warriors that accompanied Jason as he sought out the Golden Fleeces in the Greek legend. This book, which will be released in May, is part of a series of novels by Jennifer Saint about women from Greek legends. The book’s premise peaks my interest, as well as the fact Atalanta is not very well known.

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