Books from the Backlog #264

Posted May 4, 2023 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 14 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #264Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Alex Stern #1
Published by Flatiron Books on October 8, 2019
Genres: Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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From the author of Shadow and Bone, now a hit NETFLIX series

The smash New York Times bestseller from Leigh Bardugo, a mesmerizing tale of power, privilege, and dark magic set among the Ivy League elite.

"The best fantasy novel I’ve read in years, because it’s about real people....Impossible to put down." —Stephen King

Goodreads Choice Award Winner
Locus Finalist

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug-dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most prestigious universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. Their eight windowless “tombs” are the well-known haunts of the rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street’s biggest players. But their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living.

Don't miss the highly-anticipated sequel, Hell Bent.

Why did I add Ninth House to my bookshelf?

I have never read any of Leigh Bardugo’s books even though I have read a lot of great reviews for them. This book really appealed to me as soon as I read the description and I added it to my Book of the Month box right away. I put it on my shelf once I received my copy and it has stayed there ever since. I do hope to give this one a try sometime soonish.

A Quick Update

Shingles has kicked my butt. Seriously. I only get 2 sick days per year at my job. I took one on Monday and have worked part of the day on both Tuesday and Wednesday. After a few hours at the office, there is just nothing left. I can’t concentrate long enough to read or write reviews. Hopefully, I will be back to normal sometime soon!

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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14 responses to “Books from the Backlog #264

  1. I’ve not tried her books yet, either, but this does sounds good.

    Ah man, too bad about the struggle to work and get through the shingles. Wish you well, Carole!

  2. You’re not alone on this one! I’ve read most of Leigh’s books…still need to read her King of Scars duology but I’ve had this on my TBR since it released! She actually came here on tour for it. So it’s been that long! Lol.

    Sorry to hear you’re still not feeling well! I hope you get better soon!

  3. It would appeal to me too Carole but this is also a new to me author
    Gosh I hope you feel better soon.
    I got the shingles shot a few years ago when Medicare started paying for the majority of it.

    • The shingles vacinne is currently recommend to people over 50. I am not yet 50 so it has never crossed my mind to ask for it.

  4. I’m sorry you are having shingles and I hope you really get better quickly.

    I LOVED Ninth House and the next one in the series. It’s very odd in some respects but it was 5 hearts from me.

  5. You have never read a Bardugo book? That surprises me. I have read a few (Six of Crows was amazing). Hope this one wins you as a fan

  6. I haven’t read anything by this author either but like you’ve I’ve heard fantastic reviews. Get as much rest as you can and let your body recover! We will be hear when you feel better.

  7. Oh no! I hope you feel better soon. Only 2 sick days??? And I thought my last agency was bad with only 6. I still need to read this book too but it didn’t stop me from buying the second in the series.