Calliope Writing

Book Haul Time! Check Out My Latest Bookstore Buys

After dinner with a friend, said friend asked for recommendations for good quote books. Since I don’t have any, I told her going to a bookstore and browsing was her best bet.

And what better time than right then?

So we headed to Barnes & Noble, and I all-too-quickly loaded up my arms with boooooookkkksss. My favorite thing.

Here’s what I got:

book haul bellman and black

What initially caught my eye about Bellman & Black wasn’t that I’d heard about it before, or that I was a fan of the author’s. No, it was the cover. I just dig a cool book cover.

Then I read the back cover blurb, and I was in:

Caught up in a moment of boyhood competition, William Bellman recklessly aims his slingshot at a rook resting on a branch, killing the bird instantly. It is a small but cruel act, and is soon forgotten. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to have put the whole incident behind him. It was as if he never killed the thing at all. But rooks don’t forget…

Years later, when a stranger mysteriously enters William’s life, his fortunes begin to turn—and the terrible and unforeseen consequences of his past indiscretion take root. In a desperate bid to save the only precious thing he has left, he enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner. Together, they found a decidedly macabre business.

And Bellman & Black is born.

book haul creative writers notebook

I’m always looking for great tools and resources to help me become a better writer…especially since I’ve been struggling with writer’s block on and off for the past couple of years.

So picking up a copy of The Creative Writer’s Notebook: A Creative Journal for Fiction Writers was a no-brainer. The collection of writing exercises is set up journal-style – another plus for me, since I’m trying to journal on a regular basis.

book haul creative writers notebook interior

Tattooed-man paperweight not included.

book haul grays anatomy

I’ve been wanting a copy of Gray’s Anatomy for years now. I think it’s a must-have resource for writers and editors, particularly if and when the body and all of its parts come into play (think: fight scene, details about character’s injuries, etc.). This one includes the classic illustrations (see below), and it had a super affordable price tag.

book haul grays anatomy brain

book haul grays anatomy arm

So, yeah. Now I can know everything about anatomy. BOOM.

book haul notecards

Who doesn’t love getting a card in the mail? I’ve recently gotten more into sending notecards (thanks to the same friend who accompanied me to B&N the night I acquired these great finds), and these cards by Preserve Brands caught my eye. They’re handmade and brightly colored, on heavy and textured paper…and I love the flowers.

I mean, look at those sweet embossed flowers.

book haul notecards closeup

book haul nietzsche

In college, I took an existentialism class and LOVED it. I was introduced to Dostoevsky, Sartre, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche, among others. So when I walked by a display with this copy of Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, there was no hesitation.

And these uneven, rustic pages. I love these pages.

book haul nietzsche pages

book haul the bees

Last, but certainly not least, I picked up a hardcover copy of Laline Paull’s The Bees. First, look at that cover in detail:

book haul the bees closeup

Now read the back cover blurb:

Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive where work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and worship of the beloved Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. With circumstances threatening the hive’s survival, her curiosity is regarded as a dangerous flaw but her courage and strength are an asset. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect pollen. She also finds her way into the Queen’s inner sanctum, where she discovers mysteries about the hive that are both profound and ominous.

But when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all—daring to challenge the Queen’s fertility—enemies abound, from the fearsome fertility police who enforce the strict social hierarchy to the high priestesses jealously wedded to power. Her deepest instincts to serve and sacrifice are now overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce maternal love that will bring her into conflict with her conscience, her heart, her society—and lead her to unthinkable deeds.

Call me crazy, but THAT sounds badass.

What books have you recently purchased, and which are you most stoked to read?

Freewrite Update!

I know – you’re wondering what the hell happened with my Freewrite. Well, as I mentioned earlier, there were technical difficulties. The good news? A Freewrite that works perfectly is now in my possession, so the writing has commenced.

Expect a thorough review in a month or two.

*Want to buy any of the books mentioned here? Click on the links to purchase from Amazon; since I’m an affiliate, your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*


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The Gray’s Anatomy is an awesome idea.

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Comment by Walker Phillips

Some say I’m full of those. 😉


Comment by Katrina

Wonderful book haul!!!

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Comment by nannygrannie

Thank you kindly!


Comment by Katrina

I have a very old Gray’s Anatomy book that never ceases to fascinate me. Your post highlights the importance of having an awesome book cover. Great writing.

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Comment by Poet Rummager

I’m so glad I finally got a copy! So invaluable. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

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Comment by Katrina

Looks like you’ve got summer reading covered.

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Comment by Karina Pinella


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Comment by Katrina

You got a good excuse now to stay home. You don’t have to say you need to shampoo your carpet. Instead, you got some serious (and fun) reading to do.

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Comment by Karina Pinella

Very true! But really…who shampoos their carpets? 😉

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Comment by Katrina

Haha. I thought that very thing when I wrote it, but it’s all the more reason it makes for a lame excuse.

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Comment by Karina Pinella


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Comment by Katrina

Great post, Katrina!

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Comment by Adam

Thank you, Adam!


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