book haul | spring 2018

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! It’s been a couple of months since I posted a haul, but today I am going to show you all the books I got in April, May and June! When you click on the picture, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

behold the dreamers

Behold the Dreamers is about a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem. Only one of my Goodreads friends has read it and they didn’t love it, but I’m still keen to read it nonetheless. I love diverse literary fiction and the plot sounds very interesting.

book of swords

I’m interested in many anthologies, but none have completely worked for me. However, I’m still willing to give others a chance, so I purchased The Book of Swords. This book contains fantasy short stories by authors such as George R.R. Martin and Ken Liu.

eleanor elephant

This contemporary debut novel is well-loved by my Goodreads friends, so I was interested to learn more about this book.

foolish hearts

I cannot wait to start reading Foolish Hearts! I’ve only heard positive things about this novel and considering I am a sucker for YA contemporaries, I think this will be right up my alley.

i was born for this

I have yet to read one of Alice Oseman’s books, but I certainly want to. Which one should I pick up first? I’ve owned Radio Silence for about a year and I recently purchased I was Born for This. By the way, I absolutely adore the cover changes!

leah on the offbeat

Naturally I had to pre-order Leah on the Offbeat because it was my most anticipated release of 2018. Sadly, however, it didn’t meet my expectations. It’s certainly not a bad book, but it felt so different from Becky Albertalli’s other work. You can read my full review here.

milk and honey

I struggle reading poetry because I’m not good at deciphering metaphors. That said, I am excited to finally pick up Milk and Honey because it has received so much praise and it seems pretty accessible.

story hour

The Story Hour is about an Indian woman named Lakshmi who becomes friends with her therapist. That sounds incredibly interesting and I hope the subject matter will be dealt with respectfully. None of my friends have read this yet but Joce @ squibblesreads mentioned it in one of her videos, so I am definitely intruiged.

the ship of the dead

I have to admit I’m not obsessed with Rick Riordan’s work, but I couldn’t help buying The Ship of the Dead while it was on sale. I’m really hoping I’ll love this series more than Riordan’s previous work.

what we lose

What We Lose is another literary fiction novel I am interested in picking up despite not knowing much about it. It seems very character-driven and diverse, so I’m looking forward to reading it.


I bought ten books in the last three months, so I’m pretty proud of myself 😀 Have you read any of these books yet? Which ones should I prioritize?

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book haul | March 2018

march 2018.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Today I am going to show you which five books I purchased in March. When you click on the picture, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.


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city of brass

I’ve heard so many good things about City of Brass so I decided to pre-order the UK hardcover despite being in a fantasy reading slump. I mentioned this book in my ‘books set in Africa on my TBR’ post because it takes place during the 18th century in Cairo, Egypt.

children of blood and bone

It’s hard to believe Children of Blood and Bone was only released at the beginning of this month because I’ve been hearing nothing but praise for MONTHS! I am intimidated by the hype, but I have yet to see a negative review, so I’m hopeful I’ll love this too.

ivy aberdeen

Last year I read an ARC of How To Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake and it meant a lot to me. Her newest book Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World is a queer middle grade novel and I want to read it ASAP!

you bring the distant near

I tend to really enjoy multi-generational stories (especially ones featuring marginalised characters) so I’m very keen to read You Bring the Distant Near, about an Indian Bengali family living in the United States. Sadly my copy arrived quite damaged, but I won’t let that affect my reading enjoyment.

the upside of unrequited

Yes, I already own a paperback copy of The Upside of Unrequited, but I couldn’t help buying a hardcover copy while it was on sale on Book Depository. This book was released less than a year ago, yet I’ve read it THREE times already!


This was my March 2018 book haul! Did you get any books this month?

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Kindle book haul|November ’17 – February ’18

Kindle book haul-february 2018.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Today I am going to show you some of the the books I acquired on Kindle from the end of October 2017 until now. I only buy ebooks when they’re on sale, which actually doesn’t occur that often because US sales are almost never internationally. That said, I acquired many ebooks during that period, so I’ll only be talking about the ones I’m really excited to read!

Anyway, when you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

fifth season.pngI barely read any science fiction and fantasy books in 2017, so I’d really like to read more this year. I’ve heard nothing but positive things about The Fifth Season, so I’m hoping this one will make me more interested in the genre again.

i let you go.pngBoth Joce @ squibblesreads and BooksandLala rated I Let You Go 4.5 stars and I trust their judgement. I enjoy reading mystery novels, but I’m not shocked easily. I hope this one is going to meet or exceed my expectations.

far from the treeFar From the Tree, a YA contemporary novel about adopted siblings, has received so much praise, I cannot wait to read it!

under the udala trees.pngUnder the Udala Trees is about a forbidden romance featuring two girls, set in Nigeria! You have no idea how excited I am to read this, even though no one I know has read this yet. I really hope I am going to end up loving it.

born a crime.pngI enjoy watching The Daily Show from time to time even though it isn’t perfect (e.g. anti-fat remarks, ableist jokes), so I was excited when I discovered the e-book of Born a Crime was on sale, especially because it has received many positive reviews.

strange the dreamer.pngI’m still amazed I was able to buy Strange the Dreamer while it was on sale. I don’t really know what this book is about, but it’s very popular. I should probably make my way through the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy first though.

women & power a manifesto.pngI am familiar with Mary Beard’s work because it was often discussed during my history courses in college. Though this is non-fiction, I am so excited to read this feminist manifesto!


So these are some of the ebooks I bought recently and am excited to read! At first I did plan to post a full list of my purchases, but it was getting out of hand 😀

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book haul | February 2018

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! I got quite a lot of books in February – 9 to be exact – but it was my birthday this month, so I decided to treat myself 🙂 Furthermore, two of these were given to me as gifts and I purchased a couple of the books back in January but they took a while to arrive.

When you click on the picture, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.


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a wrinkle in time

As a child I wasn’t much of a reader, so I didn’t know the upcoming film A Wrinkle in Time is based on this children’s book. The adaptation is receiving a lot of hype, which is why I would like to read this classic beforehand.

love hate and other filters

I personally like the hardcover edition more, but this cover is really pretty as well! I already read Love, Hate and Other Filters and I highly recommend this YA contemporary! You can read my full review here.

inside out and back again

I had never heard of Inside Out & Back Again until Romie praised it. Since then Russel @ Ink and Paper Blog also recommended it, so I decided to purchase it. This is a story about immigration and is written in free verse, so I am intrigued.

the book of memory

When I watch bookish videos on YouTube, I take a screenshot when they mention a book that sounds interesting. I think it was Joce @ squibblesreads who mentioned this in one of her videos. when I added it to my TBR, I discovered the hardcover was on sale on Book Depository, so I of course had to order it right away. The Book of Memory is about an albino woman in Zimbabwe who has been convicted of a murder. I really want to read more diverse adult fiction and Petina Gappah is Zimbabwean, so I hope I’m going to love this!

girl made of snow and glass

Girls Made of Snow and Glass is a feminist fantasy retelling of Snow White featuring queer characters! Many of my friends really enjoyed this, so I decided to purchase it while it was on sale.

reign of the fallen

Isn’t this cover absolutely beautiful?! The bisexual representation is #OwnVoices and since I have heard nothing but positive things about this YA fantasy starring a ton of queer characters, I cannot wait to pick this up!

poa illustrated edition

My dad got me the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban for my birthday! As much as I dislike J.K. Rowling, my collection will probably continue to grow. That said, she’s definitely trying very hard to taint my love for this series. I wish she would just shut up already.

the seven husbands of evelyn hugo

I AM SO HAPPY I FINALLY OWN THIS BOOK! This was another birthday gift from my father! I’ve been meaning to read this beauty ever since it was released, but adult literature is sadly very expensive. I definitely plan on reading this soon; my expectations are high!

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The final book I got this month is Let’s Talk About Love. The protagonist Alice is biromantic asexual, so I can’t wait to read it! This book looks even more beautiful in real life ❤


 So these are all the books I got in February! Which books did you haul this month?

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January 2018 book haul

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! I got a total of six books in the first month of 2018! It’s actually been a while since I purchased a couple of paperbacks. Three more books should come in the mail soon, but I will include them in my February book haul instead. When you click on the photo, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.


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kiss of deception.jpgI’m trying to reduce the amount of backlist books on my TBR – especially non-diverse ones – but I couldn’t resist buying The Kiss of Deception while it was on sale. I adore the covers in this series and am intrigued by the hype. Admittedly, I do not tend to enjoy YA fantasy series with a heavy emphasis on a M/F romance, but I’m keen to read about a thrilling political intrigue with a good forbidden romance and I hope The Kiss of Deception won’t let me down.

big little liesI wanted to read Big Little Lies before watching the TV show adaptation, but once I watched the pilot I couldn’t help but binge-watch the entire series! Although I love to read mysteries, the plot twists can often be very problematic. Thankfully, I didn’t think that was the case in Big Little Lies. I definitely plan on reading the source material and checking out this author’s other work as well.

all the rageI keep purchasing books that deal with sexual assaults, but I never actually read them. I definitely want to read these novels because of their importance, but I need to be prepared. Anyway, I’ve had my eyes on All The Rage for a couple of years now and I finally bought it.

piecing me togetherI’ve heard many positive things about Renée Watson’s work, so I want to read Piecing Me Together soon! It’s less than three-hundred pages long and the cover is so unique, which only makes me want to read it even more!

nimona.jpgMy friend Elke @ BEroyal gave me a copy of Nimona! How nice is that?! I mentioned in one of my ‘Down the TBR Hole‘ posts that I wanted to read Nimona despite not reading graphic novels often (or ever, to be honest).

want.jpgI have yet to see a single negative review of Want by Cindy Pon! Apparently it has a crew of complex diverse characters, a heist and a subtle romance, so this sounds right up my alley! Fans of Six of Crows: check this one out!


So this was my January book haul! Have you read any of these books yet? Did you get any books this month? If so, which ones?

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2017 book haul: 10 most beautiful books

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Every month I post a book haul, but today I wanted to do something special with the books I got in 2017. I made a list of the ten most beautiful books I got this year. It’s controversial, but yes, I judge books by their covers. When I’m not convinced whether I’ll love a book but I am intrigued, a beautiful cover will convince me to make the purchase.

I have to admit I haven’t read most of these books yet, but that’s not what today’s post is about. Enough chit chat, here are the ten most beautiful books I hauled in 2017! This is in no particular order.


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a crown of wishes

synopsis of A Crown of Wishes: An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer…

She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

I haven’t read The Star-Touched Queen yet, but I plan on reading A Crown of Wishes first because I’ve especially heard many positive things about this one. I love the colour combination of teal and purple! Additionally, I’m a huge fan of these large-sized paperbacks and wish all paperbacks were like this.

bone witch

synopsis of The Bone Witch: The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

The gold details look absolutely perfect on this gorgeous deep purple cover. Unfortunately I don’t like the cover of the sequel, but I’m still interested in reading this series despite the mixed reviews.

history is all you left me

synopsis of History is All You Left Me: When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

I didn’t buy the hardcover copy of History is All You Left Me because I wasn’t a fan of the cover. I definitely prefer the cover I have thanks to the colours and minimalistic design. I also adore the cover of They Both Die At the End because the deep blues and white work very well together.

library of fates

synopsis of The Library of Fates: No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.

The palace is soon under siege, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

The Library of Fates has one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen! For some reason it never looks as gorgeous in my pictures as it does in real life, but believe me: you’ll want this one on your bookshelves. Ombre colour combinations are a bit difficult when you arrange your shelves by colour though 😀

nowhere girls

synopsis of The Nowhere Girls: Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

Who are the Nowhere Girls?

They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:

Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.

Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.

Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.

When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.

This cover is fairly simple, but I love it. The flowers look so classy next to the black background and the yellow strokes add just the right amount of colour.

queens of geek

synopsis of Queens of Geek: Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

The cover of Queens of Geek looks so fun and that’s exactly what comes to mind when I think of this book: a whole lot of fun! I also adore how the font is incorporated in the background.

saints & misfits

synopsis of Saints and Misfits: How much can you tell about a person just by looking at them?

Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box.

And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him—Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t date. Or won’t? Janna is still working all this out.

While her heart might be leading her in one direction, her mind is spinning in others. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster. Except she knows a monster…one who happens to be parading around as a saint…Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tightknit Muslim community think of her then?

This is another book cover with ombre colours that I absolutely love! The font is gorgeous as well. Have you seen the naked hardcover spine yet? It’s beautiful!

under rose-tainted skies

synopsis of Under-Rose Tainted Skies: At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.

Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?

I make watercolour art from time to time, so I really appreciate this book cover. I also like the gradient font. I could do without the caged bird, but I understand the symbolism.

we are the ants

synopsis of We Are the Ants: Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button.

Only he isn’t sure he wants to.

After all, life hasn’t been great for Henry. His mom is a struggling waitress held together by a thin layer of cigarette smoke. His brother is a jobless dropout who just knocked someone up. His grandmother is slowly losing herself to Alzheimer’s. And Henry is still dealing with the grief of his boyfriend’s suicide last year.

Wiping the slate clean sounds like a pretty good choice to him.

But Henry is a scientist first, and facing the question thoroughly and logically, he begins to look for pros and cons: in the bully who is his perpetual one-night stand, in the best friend who betrayed him, in the brilliant and mysterious boy who walked into the wrong class. Weighing the pain and the joy that surrounds him, Henry is left with the ultimate choice: push the button and save the planet and everyone on it…or let the world—and his pain—be destroyed forever.

I love everything about We Are the Ants‘s hardcover copy: the naked spine, the colour, the geometric lines, the simple font…

homegoing

synopsis: Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

The colours in this cover really complement each other. On top of that, the cover says something about the content of the book as well.

 


These were my top 10 most beautiful books I purchased in 2017! Wild Beauty is an honourable mention. I won the ARC and while it looks beautiful, I know the hardcover edition is even more pretty, but I don’t own that yet.

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December 2017 book haul

december.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! In December, I got 11 books, 8 of which I bought myself. I initially didn’t want to post this month’s book haul because I’m ashamed I spent so much money on books. My dog Sansa needed an emergency surgery and I ended up spending over €500, which is something I can’t afford. I am currently unemployed because of my mental health, so I’m not earning any money, yet I keep on spending it. Anyway, I absolutely wish this haul wasn’t as big, but it is what it is.


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synopsis: On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

I have access to the audiobook of They Both Die at the End, but I stopped listening to it after one minute already because I wasn’t feeling the narrator. I know, I know, I probably needed to get used to it, but I would rather read a physical copy instead anyway. I read History Is All You Left Me a couple of months ago and really liked it, so I can’t wait to pick this up. I’ve been meaning to read More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera for years, but the price never drops, so I still don’t own that book!

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synopsis: In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned — from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren — an enigmatic artist and single mother — who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng is one of my favourite books of all time, so I had to buy Little Fires Everywhere! I wanted to read it ASAP, but I’ve been saving it as my first read of 2018. I hope my expectations won’t be too high, because I’m expecting to love it as much as Ng’s first novel!

aminas voice

synopsis: Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she’s in middle school everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the “cool” girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something more “American.” Does Amina need to start changing too? Or hiding who she is to fit in? While Amina grapples with these questions, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized.

I am so excited to read Amina’s Voice, which is a diverse middle grade novel. It’s only 208 pages long, so I’ll probably read it soon. I possibly love the spine of this book even more than its cover; the colour is gorgeous.

forbidden wish

synopsis: When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

Fadwa @ Word Wonders adores The Forbidden Wish, and since we seem to have similar reading tastes, I decided to purchase it. I’m very keen to read more fantasies in 2018, especially standalones.

furthermore

synopsis: There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit—and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

I am not a fan of the Shatter Me trilogy, but I’ve heard Furthermore is entirely different. In 2017, the majority of the books I read were young adult contemporaries. Though I really grew to love that genre, I’d like to read a variety of genres next year, including middle grade novels. I especially love the cover of Whichwood, so I really hope I’ll love this novel so I can buy the next instalment.

the female of the species

synopsis: A contemporary YA novel that examines rape culture through alternating perspectives.

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it.

Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone.

As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

The Female of the Species has received so many glowing reviews, I couldn’t help but be interested in it. Admittedly, I keep purchasing books that examine rape culture, but I don’t pick them up because I know those reads won’t be comfortable. I really need to prepare myself to read them, but one day I will because I know how important these books can be.

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synopsis: Reina Castillo is the alluring young woman whose beloved brother is serving a death sentence for a crime that shocked the community, throwing a baby off a bridge—a crime for which Reina secretly blames herself. With her brother’s death, though devastated and in mourning, Reina is finally released from her prison vigil. Seeking anonymity, she moves to a sleepy town in the Florida Keys where she meets Nesto Cadena, a recently exiled Cuban awaiting with hope the arrival of the children he left behind in Havana. Through Nesto’s love of the sea and capacity for faith, Reina comes to understand her own connections to the life-giving and destructive forces of the ocean that surrounds her as well as its role in her family’s troubled history, and in their companionship, begins to find freedom from the burden of guilt she carries for her brother’s crime.

The only person I “know” who has read this book, is My Name is Marines. I read a couple of adult fiction books this year and I really enjoyed them, so I want to read even more literary fiction in 2018.

Is it just me, or are adult fiction novels more expensive than young adult ones? I was able to find a copy of The Veins of the Ocean for only €10, but most of the time, hardcover editions of adult fiction are easily twice that much!

yes please

synopsis: In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.

I don’t own many physical copies of non-fiction books, but I bought Yes Please for less than €3! Perhaps I will read the paperback and listen to the audiobook in the meantime, because I’ve heard many positive things about the latter.

fantastic beasts

synopsis: An approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander’s years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail … Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur magizoologist. Dip in to discover the curious habits of magical beasts across five continents …

I read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them exactly a year ago, but I wasn’t a big fan of it. You can read my review here. One of my main complaints was that I couldn’t visualise the fantastic beasts. Recently, however, an illustrated edition was published, so naturally I had to add to my ever expanding Harry Potter collection! I received this gift from my dad ❤

far from you

synopsis: Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.

That’s how long recovering addict Sophie’s been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong – a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.

Forced into rehab for an addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie’s finally out and on the trail of the killer—but can she track them down before they come for her?

Far From You by Tess Sharpe is one of my favourite reads of 2017. You can read my review here. I already owned a paperback copy, but I prefer hardbacks, especially of books I really love. This was another gift from my father.

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synopsis: Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

I only got three gifts this Christmas and all were from my dad. Homegoing was the third present. I borrowed this novel from the library and absolutely loved it, so I had to own a hardcover copy. You can read my full review here.


These were all the books I got in December. I really hope I won’t buy as many books in 2018 because 1) I have enough books on my TBR already and 2) I’m running out of money. Having said that, so many amazing books are being published in 2018, I don’t know whether I’ll be able to stop myself from purchasing them.

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November 2017 book haul

november.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Today, I am going to show you the books I bought in November. I actually ordered these back in October, but as usual, they took a while to arrive.

I had expected to buy more books this month, but the sales on Black Friday were incredibly disappointing; I didn’t buy a single book that day!


More photos can be found on my bookstagram!


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synopsis: Genie Lo is one among droves of Ivy-hopeful overachievers in her sleepy Bay Area suburb. You know, the type who wins. When she’s not crushing it at volleyball or hitting the books, Genie is typically working on how to crack the elusive Harvard entry code.

But when her hometown comes under siege from hellspawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are dramatically rearranged. Enter Quentin Sun, a mysterious new kid in class who becomes Genie’s self-appointed guide to battling demons. While Genie knows Quentin only as an attractive transfer student with an oddly formal command of the English language, in another reality he is Sun Wukong, the mythological Monkey King incarnate—right down to the furry tale and penchant for peaches.

Suddenly, acing the SATs is the least of Genie’s worries. The fates of her friends, family, and the entire Bay Area all depend on her summoning an inner power that Quentin assures her is strong enough to level the very gates of Heaven. But every second Genie spends tapping into the secret of her true nature is a second in which the lives of her loved ones hang in the balance.

I ordered the Epic Crush of Genie Lo on Book Depository, but I received a completely different book – one I had never even heard of – instead! I was so angry, but thankfully, I did receive the correct book after all, though I’ve had numerous bad experiences with that seller. Unfortunately, it’s the cheapest option for me (especially since the changes on Amazon lately are a disaster) so I guess I have to keep buying from them, even though I don’t really want to.

Anyway,  this novel sounds really fun and all my friends loved it. I’m hoping to read it in early 2018.

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synopsis: Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

Who are the Nowhere Girls?

They’re every girl. But they start with just three:

Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.

Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.

Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.

When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.

After I bought this book, I learned that this book about rape culture is very flawed (as you can read in this article, for instance). Well, I own the book now, so I might as well read and review it one day. I was excited to read The Nowhere Girls, but very hesitant as well because 1) this is not an enjoyable topic to read about and 2) it can go wrong in so many ways. I just hope there will be some redeeming aspects.

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synopsis: Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

I hesitated whether I should buy The Language of Thorns, because I still haven’t read the Shadow and Bone trilogy yet. But I highly enjoyed the Six of Crows duology and these short stories have received such raving reviews, I was intrigued. I already had a peek at the inside and it looks beautiful!

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synopsis: A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair.

When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand—a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik’s cube—they know it’s up to them to defeat the game’s diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. But first they have to figure out how.

Under the tutelage of a lizard guide named Henrietta Peel and an aeronaut Vijay, the Farah and her friends battle camel spiders, red scorpions, grease monkeys, and sand cats as they prepare to face off with the maniacal Lord Amari, the man behind the machine. Can they defeat Amari at his own game…or will they, like the children who came before them, become cogs in the machine?

I’ve had my eyes on The Gauntlet ever since it was released. I’m interested in reading it for similar reasons as The Epic Crush of Genie Lo: this book sounds incredibly fun and my friends love it! Additionally, I really want to read more middle grade novels. I’m in a massive reading slump at the moment, so this could help me out.

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synopsis: As the tomboy daughter of the town’s preacher, Billie McCaffrey has always struggled with fitting the mold of what everyone says she should be. She’d rather wear sweats, build furniture, and get into trouble with her solid group of friends: Woods, Mash, Davey, Fifty, and Janie Lee.

But when Janie Lee confesses to Billie that she’s in love with Woods, Billie’s filled with a nagging sadness as she realizes that she is also in love with Woods…and maybe with Janie Lee, too.

Always considered “one of the guys,” Billie doesn’t want anyone slapping a label on her sexuality before she can understand it herself. So she keeps her conflicting feelings to herself, for fear of ruining the group dynamic. Except it’s not just about keeping the peace, it’s about understanding love on her terms—this thing that has always been defined as a boy and a girl falling in love and living happily ever after. For Billie—a box-defying dynamo—it’s not that simple.

Dress Codes for Small Towns hasn’t received a lot of hype, but it sounds like the kind of books I love! And my favourite BookTuber BooksandLala adores it, so that’s a plus!


So these are the five books I got in November, and of course they’re all hardcovers 😀 Which books did you acquire this month? Did you have better luck than me on Black Friday?

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Kindle book haul

Kindle book haul.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Today I am going to talk about some e-books I acquired over the past few months. I don’t include these in my regular book hauls, so I thought it might be nice to show you some books that are on my Kindle TBR. I got all of these while they were on sale. I never pay full price for an e-book, except if they don’t cost much to begin with. I’d never pay as much for an e-book as a physical copy, so that’s why I check from time to time whether any books I’m interested in are on sale.

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synopsis: Harper has tried to forget the past and fit in at expensive boarding school Duncraggan Academy. Her new group of friends are tight; the kind of girls who Harper knows have her back. But Harper can’t escape the guilt of her twin sister’s Jenna’s death, and her own part in it – and she knows noone else will ever really understand.

But new girl Kirsty seems to get Harper in ways she never expected. She has lost a sister too. Harper finally feels secure. She finally feels…loved. As if she can grow beyond the person she was when Jenna died.

Then Kirsty’s behaviour becomes more erratic. Why is her life a perfect mirror of Harper’s? And why is she so obsessed with Harper’s lost sister? Soon, Harper’s closeness with Kirsty begins to threaten her other relationships, and her own sense of identity.

How can Harper get back to the person she wants to be, and to the girls who mean the most to her?

Girlhood might sound a bit cliché, but it has a lot of elements that I generally love: boarding school, grief and queer characters!

I noticed that the author’s book covers match, and I really like that! Hopefully, I’ll end up loving Girlhood so I can buy a physical copy.

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synopsis: When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.

On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.

I’m wary of things with “crazy” in the title, but everyone seems to agree this is a quick and enjoyable read. This book series came on my radar thanks to Joce @ squibblesreads, who is one of my favourite BookTubers!

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synopsis: The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

Flame in the Mist has received some mixed reviews and I have barely read any fantasy books lately, but I could not buy this when it was so cheap!

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synopsis: Her story begins on a train.

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo.

Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move.

But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

I really want to read more historical fiction and this alternate history sounds very intriguing. I, however, have heard some bad things about the sequel (a romance between a Nazi and a Jewish person), so I’m not too keen to pick it up.

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synopsis: We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.

I love to read YA contemporaries, but my interest goes way down when the focus of the story is a M/F romance. Still, I am willing to give When We Collided a chance because of the mental illness representation.

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synopsis: Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes’s death looms, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.

I can’t wait to pick up this historical fiction novel! I’ve heard so many positive things about it. I actually had my eyes on a hardcover copy, but I couldn’t find it anywhere, so I settled for the e-book while it was on sale.

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synopsis: Cas has fought pirates her entire life. But can she survive living among them?

For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water.

There’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.

This is another one I am very excited to read! The Abyss Surrounds Us apparently features lesbian pirates, multiple women of colour and a F/F romance, so I will probably devour this novel! Admittedly sci-fi isn’t my go-to genre, but I’m always willing to make an exception when the synopsis sounds so amazing. ripped pages.png

synopsis: Princess Valentina lives a reasonably comfortable life, but after her mother’s death, her father gets tired of taking care of her and locks her in a tower. She spends years on her own, talking to the birds on her windowsill, and reading books with adventures she will never experience. Her plans of running away are usually left for another day because she knows the vast forest surrounding her tower is too dangerous to cross alone.
Until one day, another girl passes by on her horse and Valentina wonders if she’s finally brave enough to seize her chance of freedom.

This F/F YA retelling of Rapunzel is only 60 pages long, so I’d like to read it soon. I’ve loved Hollis’ other work and I hope Ripped Pages won’t be an exception. My hopes are high!

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synopsis: The city of Parole is burning. Like Venice slips into the sea, Parole crumbles into fire. And trapped inside is an entire population of people with bizarre, beautiful and terrifying abilities – people who really should not have them. When Regan, an anxiety-ridden hitman with the peeling skin of a lizard meets Evelyn, singer, revolutionary, and unofficial superhero, it’s up to them to get to the heart of the mystery of Parole and its quarantined inhabitants. Along with a diverse group of superpowered friends, they will evade a deadly totalitarian police force, discover the truth about their entwining pasts, and together find the strength to survive a cataclysmic disaster.

Honestly, I would never have picked this up if it hadn’t been recommended to me multiple times. I really, really don’t like the cover…

This Young Adult sci-fi novel appears to include queer characters and anxiety representation, so I’m certainly willing to give it a shot!

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synopsis: Cecily lost her soulmate years ago, leaving her with nothing but the clockwork heart that once beat in Caroline’s chest. They say it’s impossible to bring back the dead, yet Cecily’s resurrection spell is nearly complete and grows more powerful by the day.

But when a cowboy she barely knows is fatally injured, the only way to save him is by sacrificing an essential piece of the resurrection spell—and all possibility of seeing her lover again.

I’m also very excited to read Caroline’s Heart. I have no idea what’s it about, to be honest, but I enjoyed Coffee Boy, one of Austin Chant’s other books.

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synopsis: If you’re a fan of fiction that is more than just black and white, this latest story collection from #1 New York Times bestselling author George R.R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with subtle shades of gray. Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals.

I think I have only read one or two anthologies before and I wasn’t blown away by either, but I will continue to try others. I think it’s a great way to discover new authors and get at least some reading done when I’m not in the mood to read much.

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synopis: The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

Confession time: I never finished We Were Liars. I picked it up one afternoon in 2015 and about halfway through, I realised I didn’t like anything about it. I don’t regret that decision and I wasn’t planning on reading anything else written by E. Lockhart, but like I’ve said, I can’t ignore Kindle sales!

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synopsis: ‘Are you happy in your life?’

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he wakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before the man he’s never met smiles down at him and says, ‘Welcome back, my friend.’

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined – one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

This is another book I probably wouldn’t have picked up if it hadn’t received such raving reviews. I don’t know why, especially because I don’t even know what it’s about, but Dark Matter never really appealed to me. Perhaps because I’m very hesitant to read science-fiction novels. Anyway, this was on my TBR for Spookathon but I didn’t get around to it, so I’d like to read it early 2018.


These are the vast majority of the e-books I have purchased these last few months. Have you read any of these books yet? Which ones would you recommend?

Did you like seeing this haul? Should I do another in the future, once I’ve acquired some new ones?

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October 2017 book haul

october.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Today, I am going to show you the books I got in October. Like I’ve been saying in my previous hauls, I am currently unemployed, but sometimes, I really can’t resist the urge to buy books.

I actually went to a library book sale on Friday, but I didn’t buy anything. I was very excited to go there, but you have no idea how many people were interested in going as well! Large crowds and small spaces are a recipe for disaster, so I had to get out of there ASAP.

Anyway, these are the five books I got in October!

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synopsis: For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

I actually won an ARC of Wild Beauty, which is one of my most anticipated releases of the year! If I love it (and I most likely will) I plan on buying a hardcover copy, but there’s no rush since I can read this beauty instead.

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synopsis: In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs — including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties — addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate — Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

I haven’t read a single Stephen King novel yet. I really want to read thrillers more often, but I’m afraid his work is too scary, too much horror? Still, I couldn’t resists buying this new hardcover copy for only €4.99!

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synopsis: How much can you tell about a person just by looking at them?

Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box.

And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him–Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t date. Or won’t? Janna is still working all this out.

While her heart might be leading her in one direction, her mind is spinning in others. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster. Except she knows a monster…one who happens to be parading around as a saint…Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tightknit Muslim community think of her then?

Saints and Misfits has received some mixed reviews, but I am very keen to read more #OwnVoices books featuring Muslim characters. Besides, I tend to love contemporaries that deal with serious topics, and Saints and Misfits apparently talks about sexual assault.

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synopsis: Mercedes Moreno is an artist. At least, she thinks she could be, even though she hasn’t been able to paint anything worthwhile since her award-winning piece Food Poisoning #1 last year.

Her lack of inspiration might be because her abuela is lying comatose in faraway Puerto Rico after suffering a stroke. Or the fact that Mercedes is in love with her best friend, Victoria, but is too afraid to admit her true feelings.

Despite Mercedes’s creative block, art starts to show up in unexpected ways. A piano appears on her front lawn one morning, and a mysterious new neighbor invites Mercedes to paint with her at the Red Mangrove Estate.

At the Estate, Mercedes can create in ways she never has before. She can share her deepest secrets and feel safe. But Mercedes can’t take anything out of the Estate, including her new-found clarity. As her life continues to crumble around her, the Estate offers more solace than she could hope for. But Mercedes can’t live both lives forever, and ultimately she must choose between this perfect world of art and truth and a much messier reality.

I am a sucker for hard-hitting, character-driven contemporaries (such as We Are Okay, Far From You and Written in the Stars) and The Gallery of Unfinished Girls seems like a novel I could absolutely love. I’m taking a bit of a risk here since it has less than 200 ratings on Goodreads and I’m not familiar with magical realism, but I’m very willing to give it a chance.

synopsis: All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend–who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

I read an e-ARC of How To Make a Wish in March. It’s one of my favourite books of the year, so I had to buy a hardcover copy. Actually, this book was quite hard for me to read the first time around, since it hit so close to home. Grace’s life was incredibly relatable, so this wasn’t exactly an enjoyable read for me. But when I’ll re-read this novel, I’ll be prepared for what’s to come and be adore it even more.


So these are the books I acquired in October. Have you read any of the books I mentioned yet? Which novels did you haul this month?

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