February (and birthday) 2017 book haul!

Hello everyone! I got so many more books in February than last month! It was my birthday on the thirteenth, so some books were gifts and others I bought with the money I received! I’m very proud that I’ve already read some of the books I’m going to mention below.


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Paperbacks

The BFG by Roald Dahl

When I was a child, I read some books written by Roald Dahl. That was many years ago and those were Dutch translation. I really adore these editions by Puffin (I’m obsessed with watercolour if you hadn’t noticed yet), so I decided to get The BFG, especially because has been adapted into film and I prefer to read the source material first.

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu

I honestly don’t know about this graphic novel, besides that is was recommended by a bunch of people lately, including my favourite BookTuber Thoughts on Tomes. The author is a woman of colour (her grandparents are Chinese [source]) and I’ve heard it features disability representation!

This was a birthday gift from my friend Luke and it looks absolutely beautiful! I’m not the biggest fan of graphic novels – I never connect with them as much as I do with books – but my expectations are high!

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

Heroine Complex is shelved as a graphic novel on Goodreads, but that is not correct. I don’t mind though; like I’ve said, I prefer books anyway. Some of the characters are Asian Americans, just like the author, so this sounds like another great #OwnVoices book! I also got this one as a birthday gift ๐Ÿ™‚


hardcovers

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: the Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

Originally, I didn’t plan on getting the screenplay of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I didn’t understand why that was necessary, since you can just re-watch the movie instead. But I saw that book everywhere on my Instagram feed and it looked so pretty! So my dad gave it to me for my birthday! It’s been a couple of months since I’ve seen the film, so I might read this one soon. I hope it won’t take me too long to finish it though ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

The World of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

This is another birthday gift from my father! He recently started watching Game of Thrones and he knows how much I love it – especially the books – so he gave me this beautiful book on the history of Westeros. I also got a gorgeous poster covered with quotes from the TV show!

I’m currently reading A Dance With Dragons, so I hope to read The World of Ice and Fire once I finish that one.

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

I’ve been meaning to get We Are the Ants for months and I finally have it! I instantly started reading it and ended up loving it. You can read my review here! It is an #OwnVoices story about a gay boy named Henry. This book deals with a lot of serious topics such as bullying, suicide, depression and sexual assault, yet it still managed to be funny and heart-warming. I’m very much looking forward to reading this author’s other books.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

I’m very happy that I got so many #OwnVoices books in February. Under Rose-Tainted Skies is about a girl named Norah – absolutely adore that name – who struggles with agoraphobia, as well as self-harm, OCD and depression, though I’m unsure whether those parts were #OwnVoices. Anyway, this is another book I read right away, but I unfortunately didn’t love this one as much as I loved We Are the Ants. Though I am very happy this book exists, especially for people with mental illnesses, it couldn’t keep me intrigued. I would still recommend it though! You can read my full review here.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery and A little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I’m not going to lie: these were cover buys. I have no idea what these classics are about, nor am I very interested in reading them. I was doing so good with buying books I wanted to read right away, but I caved when I saw these ones ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Has anyone read Anne of Green Gables and/or A Little Princess yet? Do you think I’m going to like them?

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

I don’t really know much about On The Edge of Gone, but @novelparadise (who you should definitely follow if you aren’t yet) loved this book and I trust her judgement completely! I’ve added so many diverse books to my TBR thanks to T’s recommendations ๐Ÿ˜€ All I know is that On The Edge of Gone is very diverse: the main character is biracial and autistic and her sister is trans. Once I read it, I will provide you with a full list of all the representation in this book.


Funko Pops

Finally, I also bought two Funko Pops! in February: let’s welcome Ariel and Tina to my collection! This is my second Ariel Funko Pop! and even though I am not the biggest fan of Tina, I do love the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts universe, so I decided to get it while it was cheap.


Which books did you get in February? ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you like this slide-show I made, or do you prefer my previous book hauls?

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January 2017 book haul!

Hello, everyone! I’m here with my smallest book haul yet. I only got two books in January! I did get some Funko Pops, but I am still very proud of myself. Because I was too busy studying, I didn’t have time to check Book Depository, Wordery and Amazon daily, like I’m used to. Therefore, it took me over twenty days to finally buy a book.

I’m doing Diversity Bingo this year and a lot of the books I plan on reading, will be new releases. Which is another reason why I haven’t bought a lot of books yet. I don’t like pre-ordering, so you’ll see those books in my hauls in a couple of months.


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windwitch_truthwitch.pngTruthwitch and Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Even though I don’t like doing this, I pre-ordered Windwitch, without having read or even owning Truthwitch. I have an excuse though: the hardcover was just over โ‚ฌ10! I had to buy it. In the meantime, I’ve also acquired a copy of Truthwitch. Unfortunately though, both arrived a bit damaged. But there’s nothing I can do about that ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I was actually going to do ‘books for trade’ for the very first time, but the shipping costs were as much as getting the book myself!


Funko Pops!


Which books did you get in January? It’s my birthday on the thirteenth of February, so you can definitely expect more books in my next book haul!

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December haul: 10+ books!

I got tons of new books in December! Normally, I try to buy more paperbacks than december-haulhardcovers, but I completely failed this month. I also spent a lot of money on merchandise! I got six new Funko Pops (and ordered four more) and also got two new wands.

2017 is going to be a completely different year for me: I’m going to graduate and will have to search for a job. Therefore, I think it might be wise to keep track of my spendings from now on. I don’t know how long I’ll be able to do that though, because I think it might be depressing to finally notice how much I actually spend on books each month ๐Ÿ˜ฎ


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Hardcovers

Wonder Women by Sam Maggs

I spotted Wonder Women on Instagram once and it immediately caught my interest. Since reading We Should all be Feminists, I’ve been meaning to read more non-fiction and I already know I am going to end up loving this one!

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan

Even though I’ve only read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, I already own the majority of the books Riordan has written. I’m dying to read them, but (unfortunately) I’ve been advised to read them in order of publication. Therefore, I have no idea when I’ll continue reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series…

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Despite mixed reviews, I’m very much looking forward to reading Three Dark Crowns. Even though some people really dislike it, my hopes are high (which is probably not a good thing, since I’ll end up feeling disappointed)!

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

I read None of the Above in 2015 and finally acquired a physical copy. I plan on re-reading it in 2017!

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

I got The Diabolic because it has received many positive reviews and am always interested in discovering new fantasy standalones. Though I read more series, I tend to not always finish them… So fantasy standalone recommendations are always welcome!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I already own a copy of Gone Girl, but it’s a movie tie-in pocket edition. I know I am going to love this book, since I’ve seen the film many times and still love it as much as the first time I watched it. But because I already owned a copy, I decided to get a used hardcover instead. Unfortunately, I can’t remove the dust jacket and there are also some stickers on it, but I’m still pleased with the condition it arrived in.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

I already own about three copies of Chamber of Secrets, but naturally, I had to have the illustrated edition as well. I was going to put it on my Christmas wishlist at first, but then decided I was going to treat myself instead.

The Case of Beasts by Mark Salisbury

I got The Case of Beasts for Christmas and it looks absolutely stunning! Just like Harry Potter wizardry, it comes with some merchandise, such as a huge wanted poster of Newt Scamander!

A Game of Thrones (illustrated edition) by George R.R. Martin

Naturally, I had to ask for the illustrated edition of A Game of Thrones for Christmas! I’m so happy I got it and the black edition looks so much better than the other one ๐Ÿ˜€


Paperbacks

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Honestly, I don’t know much about The Serpent King, but my Goodreads friends seem to love it. Even though I sometimes feel as if I’ve ‘outgrown’ contemporaries, I still want to read those that cover diverse topics, such as mental illness.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Once again, I don’t really know what The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is about. Some of my favourite booktubers highly recommend it though, so I decided to check it out. The cast of characters is apparently quite diverse, which is only making me even more excited to read this!


Merchandise

Funko Pops!

This month, I welcomed the following Funkos to my ever-growing family:

  • Ariel (Disney)
  • Mulan (Disney)
  • Pocahontas (Disney)
  • Mrs. Potts and Chip (Disney)
  • Diablo (Suicide Squad)
  • Night King (Game of Thrones)

Honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of the final three characters mentioned, but there was a huge sale on Black Friday and couldn’t resist spending my money on them. P.S. I’m sorry but I’m too lazy to take pictures of all the new Funkos I bought.

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I almost forgot to mention that I finally received my Newt Scamander keychain! I ordered it back in September, and I still haven’t received the Harley Quinn one I bought…

Wands

When I went Christmas shopping, I bought Dumbledore‘s Elder Wand in a local bookstore. I didn’t even know they sold those!

My sister got me Percival Graves‘ wand for Christmas! She was planning on buying Narcissa Malfoy’s wand first (which is my absolute favourite), but they didn’t have that in stock anymore. Still, I am very happy with Graves’ wand: it looks stunning and it has made me even more excited to delve into Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them further!


This was my (bigger than expected) December book haul! Which books did you get? And did you receive any as gifts?


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November book haul

Hello everyone! In November, I didn’t buy as many books as in the previous months. I plan on obtaining many more in December, January and February, because of the holidays and my birthday. Still, I’m happy with this haul because almost none were bought at full price ๐Ÿ˜€


all photos featured are my own and some were originally posted on Instagram!

Paperbacks

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll

I already own a copy of Alice in Wonderland, but dropped it a few months ago. It’s a bit damaged, so when I saw this Puffin edition for only a few euros, I decided to buy it. I also own the Puffin Chalk editions of Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz, so I’m going to start collecting them from now on!

Actually, I also own a Dutch edition of Alice in Wonderland. I have no idea where it is though. I picked it up a few times when I was younger, but never finished it. That wasn’t the book’s fault: I rarely managed to read books back then. So I still haven’t read this children’s classic, but I do plan on doing so one day.


Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

I got Radio Silence because if features people of colour and LGBTQ-characters. I’ve been buying a lot of diverse reads lately. I hope it won’t disappoint!


Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior is another diverse book: it features mental health issues and LGBTQ-characters. However, I am much more hesitant to pick this up, mainly because it is written by a male author. Most of the contemporaries I have read by male authors, feature male teenage protagonists who sexualise girls and/or talk about masturbation. That makes me feel very uncomfortable, so I am always wary to pick up books like this. FYI, I’m not a prude who thinks masturbation should never be discussed. I just don’t like how it’s done at the expense of (innocent) teenage girls. The last thing I want to read is a teenage boy fantasising about a girl without her consent. It’s gross. I’m not saying that this is the case in Highly Illogial Behavior (How could I? I haven’t read it yet) but it does make me wary.

Another reason why I probably won’t read this right away, is because the LGBTQ-character is a gay boy. Most of the books that feature queer representation, are about gay boys. And that’s great. But I’m also looking for other representation. So please, if you know any good books I haven’t read yet with bi, trans, lesbian… characters, let me know!

Anyway, why does it sound as if I’m already bashing this book without having read it? I need to chill ๐Ÿ˜‰


Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Even though it has received mixed reviews, I decided to buy Walk on Earth a Stranger. I’ve been buying way too many contemporaries lately (and those are either a hit or miss for me) and need some more fantasies and historical fiction on my shelves.


Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

After reading – and completely loving! – Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, I immediately bought Between Shades of Gray, one of her other books. I’m very excited to read it and probably will soon. Furthermore, I plan on buying more historical fiction, since I’ve only had good experiences with that genre so far.


Hardcovers

Asking for It by Louise O’Neill

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Actually, this should be in my October book haul. But I posted that before I received this book, so I am going to include it here instead.

I am a feminist, so I have very strong feelings when it comes to rape culture. I will always defend rape victims! So, I have to read Asking for It. But the thing is: I know I won’t enjoy it. Just thinking about this book, gives me anxiety. The other characters’ reactions are going to infuriate me. When I read a book, I want to enjoy it. Still, this topic is so important and needs to be discussed, I have to keep an open mind.


Other

Maus by Art Spiegelman

I’m currently studying to become a history teacher and our teacher recommended Maus to us.

Last month, I vowed to never buy paperbacks from Book Depository anymore. But when I saw a copy of Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds Historyย for only a few euros there, I caved. Since, I have bought even more books there. I’m trash, sorry!


ย Harry Potter magical creatures colouring book

I already own the Harry Potter colouring book and have only coloured in it once! Still, I found it necessary to buy the magical creatures colouring book as well. Don’t judge me: it was less than five euros!


Next month, my haul is certainly going to be much bigger. On Black Friday, I ordered six Funko Pops and three more books, which haven’t arrived yet. I’m already looking forward to my December book haul (though not to checking my back account…). How many books did you get this month?


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October book haul!

I can’t believe October is almost over! I got about 10 books this month, which is too much, october_haulbut it could’ve been worse (I stopped myself from getting even more).

This month, I ordered books on amazon.fr for the very first time. I always used either Book Depository, Wordery or amazon.de, but decided I wouldn’t order any more paperbacks on Book Depository: they constantly arrive damaged, even the replacement copies. Amazon.fr has some very cheap books (like Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda for โ‚ฌ5!!!), but I unfortunately own almost all of those already ๐Ÿ˜‰ Still, I will continue to use it, so prepare for large book hauls in the future!

Let’s get started! Here are the books I got in October:


all photos featured are my own and some were originally posted on Instagram!

Fiction (hardcovers)

This month, I acquired three new hardcovers. Well, actually four, but one hasn’t arrived yet (Asking for It by Louise O’Neill).

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae was the second book I read this year, and I loved it! I’m in a reading slump so I haven’t picked Gemina up yet, though I want to. Perhaps I should re-read Illuminae first though, my memory isn’t that good.

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard

Ignore what I just said: I’m even more excited to read Girl Mans Up, even though I don’t know much about it. I’ve talked about this book a couple of times already and will start it as soon as I finish And I Darken.

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

I haven’t started Red Rising yet. Nor do I own the second book in this series. But when I saw a hardcover copy of Morning Star for merely 8 euros, I had to have it!


Fiction (paperbacks)

As much as I love to look at hardcovers, I will continue to buy more paperbacks (my wallet will be thankful). I got these in October:

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke

Because of Halloween, everyone is reading thrillers and horrors. Though Halloween isn’t really celebrated in my country, I was still in the mood for those kind of books. I added Slasher Girls & Monster Boys to my wishlist in 2015, though I only bought a copy this month! I haven’t read that many short stories before, but I’m hopeful it will get me out of my reading slump!

Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie

When I went shopping in Ghent the other day, I visited a couple of used bookstores. To my surprise, they were actually quite expensive! So I ended up buying only one book: Three Act Tragedy. Will I read it soon? No. But I couldn’t go home empty handed. Well, I did get tons of new clothes (maybe I should do a haul for that one instead ๐Ÿ˜€ ), but no other books.

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

I was hesitant to get this. I loved All The Bright Places, but I’m afraid I won’t anymore if I re-read it. I’m a different person now, and so is my reading taste. Furthermore, a lot of people say Niven e.g. romanticises depression, so I’d definitely pay more attention to that. Still, I decdided to get Holding Up the Universe when I found a copy for merely five euros!


Non-fiction

Surprisingly, I also got some non-fiction books this month!

Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe

I don’t know much about Girl Hearts Girl, besides that it is about LGBTQ and is written by a YouTuber, who I have never heard of. Once again, I got this because it was very cheap (less than three euros!) and I always find LGBTQ interesting (obviously, since I am a part of the community).

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We Should All Be Feminists  was so good, I ended up buying three copies! I highlighted pretty much every sentence in my first copy, so got another ‘clean’ one and one for my sister to read as well. This essay convinced me to read more non-fiction.

The Xenophobe’s Guide to the Belgians

I got this because I have to do an assignment on Belgian culture (or the lack thereof).


Funko Pops

Finally, I also got two Funko Pops this month! I added Finn from Star Wars and Gretchen from Mean Girls to my collection!


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September book haul: 15 books!

September_bookhaul.pngHello everyone! September was over so quickly! Unfortunately, I didn’t read nearly as many books as I had hoped to, but I’ll complain about that more in my September wrap-up. I did, however, buy a lot more books than I should’ve. I only buy about two books at a time, so I didn’t even realise how many I had actually acquired.

This month, a couple of BookTubers organised #diverseathon. I didn’t join myself, because I have never done a read-a-thon before. But I did buy a lot of the books that were recommended by those who did join! I am actually writing a thesis on diversity on Young Adult novels, so these books are going to help me out with that as well!

Let’s get started: here are the (fifteen!) books I got in September:


all photos featured are my own and were originally posted on Instagram!

Diverse books (not all featured in pictures):

All the Feels by Danika Stone (paperback)

I got this one based on one single review: there is a bisexual boy, and they actually mention he is bi! That was enough for me to get this ๐Ÿ˜€

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (paperback)

I have already talked about the importance of ‘own voices’ in one of my Diversity Spotlight Thursday posts. And I have specifically discussed this book. I haven’t read If I Was Your Girl yet, but I know it is about a trans girl, written by a trans woman.

And I Darken by Kiersten White (hardcover)

This was partially a cover buy. I wanted to buy it for a while, but the mixed reviews kept me off. But when I found out this features diversity (I don’t know what specifically), I went for it!

Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman (paperback)

I had never heard of Noughts & Crosses before, but when doing research on diverse books, I found the premise of it very interesting!

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour (paperback)

This is high on my TBR-pile! I don’t think I have ever read a book with a lesbian character, besides Ash, which I am currently reading. When books, films or TV shows feature LGBTQ-representation, it is often gay men. I don’t want to sound ungrateful, because it is good that they are represented, but other people from the community should be too. I hope Everything Leads to You isn’t going to disappoint ๐Ÿ˜€

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (paperback)

The synopsis doesn’t seem that appealing to me – I’m not a big of fan young adult romance contemporaries anymore, and this one sounds like one – but I’ve only seen positive reviews!

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin (paperback)

Unfortunately, my copy of Golden Boy arrived damaged, and I’m sad to say this happens often. Thankfully, Book Depository is going to send me a new one! Golden Boy is about an intersex boy. Last year, I read None of the Above, which was about a girl who found out she was intersex. I really enjoyed that and I hope Golden Boy will be as good.

Ash by Malinda Lo (paperback)

When Riley Marie mentioned Ash in one of her wrap-up videos, I was instantly intrigued. A lesbian retelling of Cinderella? Sign me up! I’m currently reading this, but I’m only a few pages in.

One by Sarah Crossan (paperback)

I honestly don’t know much about One. I know it’s written in verse, which would be new for me. Who am I kidding: this was a cover buy! I saw the hardcover at a reasonable price and decided to go for it, even though I have no clue what it’s about.


New releases:

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (hardcover)

A Torch Against the Night came out on August 30th, but I received it a few days later. I re-read An Ember in the Ashes because I didn’t remember much, but I still haven’t started the sequel in the meantime. Hopefully, I won’t forget the events from the first one again once I actually do pick it up.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (paperback)

Crooked Kingdom was one of my most anticipated of releases of the year. As you can see on the photo, I own the hardcover edition of Six of Crows. I plan on getting Crooked Kingdom in hardcover as well, but it is too expensive now. The price is probably going to drop in a few months, so I forced my sister to buy a paperback copy. That one actually arrived a few days before the official release date! I have already finished it (you can read my review here), and am a bit disappointed. Once again, I will talk about that more in my September Wrap-Up.


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I never buy books in bookstores anymore. They are much more expensive than the retailers online. But I had a coupon and if you bought two books, you got one for free, so I also got the following books this month:

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (paperback)

Last year, I started Shadow and Bone, but didn’t finish it. I wasn’t in the mood for it. But because I love Six of Crows, I want to give it a second chance. I got Ruin and Rising, because they didn’t have Siege and Storm.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (paperback)

When Passenger came out, it was all anyone could talk about it. Since then, the hype has died down, but I still decided to get it. I have no idea what it’s about, but when enough people love it, I am always intrigued ๐Ÿ™‚

Legend by Marie Lu (paperback)

I did not like The Young Elites by Marie Lu. But this series by her is even more popular, so I decided to get the first instalment.


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I also got the US hardcover of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I already own that one about five times, but all of my editions are ones published in the UK. Therefore, I want to collect these US hardcovers. But because I have already spend hundreds of euros on the Harry Potter series and am still collecting the illustrated editions as well, I will get used copies. I didn’t pay a lot of money for Deathly Hallows, but the condition is still pretty decent ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s always scary to buy used books online, but my experience has been pretty good so far.


Finally, I also got a couple of Funko Pops this month!

I got Wonder Woman, Margaery Tyrell and the Hogwarts Express with Hermione! Now I have three different Hermione Pops!


These were all of the books I got in September! I wish my wrap-up contained as many books as my book haul! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

August book haul!

This month, I didn’t get as much books as last month, but I did get a fair few. Most of them were hardcovers, actually. Here are all of the books I got in August:


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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (hardcover)

I pre-ordered this back in February, yet Harry Potter and the Cursed Child still arrived three days late. I read it right away and absolutely hated it. You can read my full review here (beware: it contains spoilers!).

The Bone Season and The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon (hardcover)

I haven’t started this series yet, but when I saw The Mime Order in hardcover at a great price, I decided to buy it. I am sad they decided to change the covers; I really don’t like the new ones. So, I am planning on buying the collector’s editions, even though I don’t even know whether or not I’ll like this series!

As you can see on the photo, I own The Bone Season in paperback. In the meantime, I have actually ordered it in hardcover too, which arrived today. This really shows how obsessed I am with making sure my series match ๐Ÿ™‚

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (paperback)

I’m a fan of the Outlander TV series and am currently reading the first book. Because they were for sale, I decided to get the second, third, fifth and sixth book as well. The fourth one was more expensive, so I’ll get that another time.


Fairest by Marissa Meyer (paperback)

Last month, I bought the books in the Lunar Chronicles I didn’t own already. This month, I acquired Fairest as well. I didn’t love Cinder,which I read in July, but I know the series only gets better!

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (hardcover)

Illuminae is one of the best books I have read this year and Gemina is one of my most anticipated releases. I’m excited to start Nevernight, even though I’ve read mixed reviews!


Heroes of Olympus (hardcover boxset)

A couple of months ago, I read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and really enjoyed it! However, I haven’t continued the series yet because Riordan’s books are ones I want to finish in one sitting, and I just don’t have the time for that now. Still, I plan on reading all of his books. Normally, this box is over โ‚ฌ80, but I only paid โ‚ฌ50 for it!

A Dance with Dragons (hardcover)

I already own the mass paperback edition of A Dance with Dragons, but those editions really aren’t sturdy. Since I plan on re-reading the entire series over and over again, I want to invest in hardcovers. But those are really expensive! I saw this used copy on Amazon for less than โ‚ฌ3 and decided to go for it. I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived; I never expected the condition to be this good. Neither did I expect it to be this huge! For some reason, I thought the hardcovers weren’t going to be as thick as the paperbacks. Boy, was I wrong!


Finally, I also got some new Funko Pops! I already own a Harry and Hermione Funko, but I kind of want to collect all Harry Potter related ones!

July Book (and merch) Haul: 20+ books!

(Please ignore the incredibly crappy photos, I’m still figuring out how to make them look beautiful on WordPress!)boekenfestijn

I went a little crazy in July and bought over twenty books! Though I bought the majority at Boekenfestijn, which is a book outlet that was only temporarily in my home town. I bought the following twelve books there, for only 40 euros in total:

1. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (hardcover)

During the summer of 2015, I read The Song of Achilles and I absolutely loved it. When I saw the hardcover at Boekenfestijn, I nearly freaked out: I had been looking for it everywhere, but it was either really expensive or out of print.

2. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (paperback)

While I didn’t love the books I have read by Patrick Ness so far, I did decide to buy The Knife of Never Letting Go. After all, it was only four euros!

3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith (hardcover)

I don’t like reading classics. I had to read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin in college, but I didn’t finish it. Lately, I’ve been seeing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on Bookstagram often, as well as the Funkos from the film adaptation. So, when I saw this very beautiful copy at a very cheap price, I bought it.

4. The Book Life by Deborah Harkness (paperback)

Oh my god, I had no idea this was the third book in the All Souls trilogy until I just now looked it up on Goodreads. Well, that’s embarrassing. I had heard of this book and that’s why I got it, but I wouldn’t have if I had know it was the final book in a trilogy…

5. Heir of Novron by Michael J. Sullivan (paperback)

I did know that Heir of Novron is the third volume in The Riyria Revelations (I didn’t make the same mistake twice ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). While I don’t even own the first two volumes, I did decide to buy this since I’ve seen positive reviews of this series and I’d like to read more Adult Fantasies.

6. Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach (paperback)

While I love reading mysteries, I rarely buy them! The synopsis seemed interesting, so I bought it.

7. The Illiad by Homer (paperback)
8. The Odyssey by Homer (paperback)
9. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthrone (paperback)
10. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (paperback)

As I’ve mentioned before, I rarely read classics. Still, I bought some; I am an English teacher so I feel obligated to read more classics, even though they’re not what I’d pick up otherwise.

11.Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States by Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie and Kay Whitlock (hardcover)

As someone who cares about the issues LGBT people have to deal with, I am interested to read this book. I know I’ll get frustrated while reading because of all the injustice, but that’s real life; it isn’t fair…

12. In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate by Nancy Gertner (paperback)

I’m a feminist and someone who loves shows and books about crime, so this was like written for me!


julyI also ordered a bunch of books on Amazon this month! Receiving bookmail is always so much fun, except when it arrives damaged…

13. Cress by Marissa Meyer (paperback)
14. Winter by Marissa Meyer (paperback)

The covers are so beautiful. I hesitated for a long time whether I should buy them in paperback or hardcover, and ended up buying them all in paperback (which I’ll probably regret). Meanwhile, I have started reading Cinder and I’m enjoying it much so far.

15. Salt to the Sea (paperback)

Again, I hesitated whether I should get the paperback or hardcover. I already regret my decision, since the paperback arrived damaged! Still, I’m excited to read this, because I think I’ll end up loving it.

16. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
17. The Wizard of Oz

I’ve been meaning to get these for a while. They’re absolutely beautiful! And, they have deckled pages! Funny story: I saw someone on Amazon who was pissed because he thought his copy arrived damaged! Guess he had never heard of deckled pages before ๐Ÿ˜‰

18. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

I know many people had trouble finishing it since it’s really depressing, but it seems like something I’ll ‘enjoy’.

19. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

While this is a very popular book, I haven’t seen it a lot on BookTube, Goodreads and Bookstagram. I’m not the biggest dystopia fan, but I finally bought it because it was so cheap.

20. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

After finishing the second season of Outlander, I immediately had to have this book, even though I’m still reading the first one!


july2My friend Luke Taylor (who published his YA Fantasy Vault of Dreams today!) gave me this beautiful SIGNED hardcover copy of Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh! It has a personalized message for me and I love it so much. Because I live in Belgium, I rarely get the chance to acquire signed books, so this gift is very meaningful to me!

And J.R. Knight sent me this pre-release copy of his novella The Cure! This is going to be released in August ๐Ÿ™‚ It was wrapped beautifully and it looks like a very short and fun read!


exhibitionOn July 15th, I went to the Harry Potter exhibition in Brussels. It was a lot of fun and I bought the Marauder’s Map and Snape’s wand. It was really expensive, but I don’t get the opportunity often to buy real Harry Potter merchandise!

I pre-ordered Harry Potter and the Cursed Child back in February and I unfortunately haven’t received it yet. I’m honestly upset about that since I could have gone to the store on Sunday and I would have already finished it…Anyway, I’m going to include it in my August wrap-up and haul instead!


funkoWelcome the following Funko Pops to my family! I acquired all of these in July:

  • Poison Ivy
  • Batman
  • Claire Randall
  • Harley Quinn
  • Cersei Lannister
  • Drogon
  • dementor
  • Poe Dameron