September 2017 book haul

september.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Because I’m currently unemployed, I’m supposed to be on a book buying ban. But when I spot a great sale, I just can’t pass it up! That’s why I ended up getting 6 books this month.

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I haven’t read The Star-Touched Queen yet, nor do I own a copy, but I’ve heard great things about its companion novel especially. That’s why I bought a Crown of Wishes. I absolutely love that this is a big-sized paperback.

img_8121My sister bought a paperback copy of Wonder Woman: Warbringer this month. I was planning to read hers, but when it was on sale, I decided I couldn’t wait until she was done with it and bought my own hardcover copy instead.

I recently talked about Written in the Stars in one of my most recent posts: books with Muslim characters on my TBR. I actually started reading this one already and my hopes are high! I’m prepared that this novel is going to be very emotional.

I finished reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians this month, so I finally get to move on to Rick Riordan’s other series. I won’t get to Magnus Chase anytime soon, but this guide was on sale, so I had to get it.

The Girl with the Red Balloon has received quite a lot of hype, and that’s why I decided to buy it while it was on sale. I honestly don’t know what it’s about, except that it’s set during or after World War II? I’m not even sure about that!

The Big Redhead Book was sent to me for review, so I didn’t actually buy this one for myself. I’m hoping to finish it next month. Unfortunately, I’m not enjoying this.


Which books did you haul this month? Have you read any of the titles I mentioned yet?

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August 2017 book haul

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! I finally bought some more books 😀 My previous hauls were almost non-existent, but I have eight beautiful books to show you today!

haul_III.pngSurprisingly, I only bought hardcovers. They look better on my shelves and I prefer reading those. I want my books to look perfect, and paperbacks are much more difficult to keep in a flawless condition.

1. I own Shadow and Bone and Ruin and Rising in paperback, but the hardcover of Siege and Storm was only €8.90, which is basically the same price as a paperback copy. Usually I want my series to match, but I also love a good bargain!

2. The cover of The Library of Fates is absolutely beautiful! I bought this because it’s a diverse YA fantasy standalone, but it’s partially also a cover-buy. Let’s hope the story is just as gorgeous as the cover!

haul I.png3. Initially, Eliza and her Monsters wasn’t really on my radar, but I’ve only heard positive things about this novel! Did you know that it includes illustrations?! It also represents mental health (depression and anxiety), so I’m very excited to read this one.

4. I don’t know much about The Vegetarian by Han Kang, except that it’s apparently very disturbing and only 188 pages long. I’ve been reading more adult fiction lately and I naturally also aim to read diverse novels in that genre.

5. Honestly, I don’t know much about A Study in Charlotte either, except that it’s inspired by Sherlock Holmes. This might cause a lot of surprised reactions, but I feel very indifferent towards Holmes. I haven’t read any of the books, nor seen the film or TV series adaptations. I just don’t really care? But, this cover looks absolutely beautiful and I’ve been in the mood to read mysteries lately.

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6. I initially wasn’t planning on reading Dear Ijeawele because of the transphobic comments Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie made a few months ago. But I decided to give it a shot after I saw it was available on audiobook, and I stand by what I said: this author’s work is very focused on allocishet individuals and excludes trans women entirely from her discussions on feminism. If you can’t acknowledge that, I wouldn’t recommend reading this. If you can admit, however, that her writing is very flawed, I do think she mentions some interesting points on how to raise a feminist. That’s why I decided to get a physical copy after all. You can read my full review here.

7. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams is my very first Stephen King novel. Like I said, I’m really in the mood of mysteries and thrillers lately, so I just had to buy a King book. This one is actually a collection of short stories. I hope they aren’t so scary that I’d lose my sleep, because I get scared very easily!

8. I received a finished copy of Braced by Alyson Gerber from Scholastic Press thanks to Disability in Kidlit. On Twitter, they mentioned they were looking for someone who wears or used to wear a back brace to review this novel, and I contacted them. You can read my full review here.


Which books did you get in August? Have you read any of the titles I mentioned above yet?

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July 2017 book haul

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This month’s book haul couldn’t be more different from my very first haul on my blog. I acquired over 20 books last July, whereas I only got two this month!


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The lovely romiewedeservelove send me her copy of The Upside of Unrequited, after I mentioned on Twitter that I didn’t own a physical copy of my favourite book yet. Thank you so much, sweetie! This means the world to me and I can’t wait to re-read this wonderful novel!

I read the ARC of The Upside of Unrequited a few months ago and I absolutely fell in love with it. You can read my full review here.

 

magnus_chase.pngI’ve only read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, yet I’m hoarding Rick Riordan’s books as if they might go out of print at any time 😀

When I received a notification from The Book Depository that the price of The Hammer of Thor had dropped, I had to buy this beauty instantly. I love these hardcovers so much and am wondering whether I should get the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series in hardcover as well, but I should probably be patient and read the books first before I do that!


This was my very small July book haul. Which books did you get this month?

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May & June book haul

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Hello, book lovers! Today I’m going to talk about the books I got in May and June. Even though I’m combining two months, there isn’t much to discuss. I’ve been too busy to buy books and have been spending my money on craft supplies instead. Still, I’m satisfied with this haul because I only bought books I really want to read and all books are diverse 😀


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Hardcovers

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Let’s get this one out of the way first: I regret buying this book. As soon as I ordered it, the author decided to defend 1) a biphobic author and 2) a “reviewer” who has harassed many people and even went after a bisexual author. As far as I know, Heilig hasn’t apologised yet, but I probably wouldn’t know since I immediately unfollowed her on Twitter. I want to read this since I spend money on this, but on the other hand, I don’t want to support this author anymore.

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

I already planned to read this book, but pre-ordered it right away when I learnt there was an international pre-order campaign going on! I’ve never been able to get any pre-order goodies, because they’re rarely available internationally.

Unfortunately, I ended up disliking this book (to put it mildly). The author said on social media the main character identifies as bisexual, but that’s not true. Read my review if you want to know why I wouldn’t recommend picking up Ramona Blue.

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

I’m not the biggest sci-fi fan, but I had to buy Empress of a Thousand Skies nonetheless. The cover looks absolutely stunning and it has received many mixed reviews, so I want to make up my own mind. In my opinion, some people are much more critical of diverse books (whether intentionally or not) and that’s not fair.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Of course I had to buy When Dimple Met Rishi. Everyone has been raving about it for months, even though it was only released on May 30th! I’m currently reading this one, actually 🙂

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

A lot of reviewers have called We Are Okay boring, but that’s somehow making me want to pick this up even more. I prefer character-driven stories anyway, so I have the feeling I’m going to love this one. Besides, I’m always looking to read more books featuring queer girls.

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Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

I honestly don’t know much about this book, but it has received raving reviews! I follow the author in Twitter and she seems very nice. Unfortunately, the weather in Belgium is currently dreadful , and I’d like to read this one on a nice summer’s day.


Like I said, I didn’t buy many books this spring! Which books did you get? 🙂

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April book haul

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book haul.pngHello, book lovers! Before I talk about my April book haul, I have an announcement to make : I’m going on a hiatus. I’m currently doing teacher training (hence why this post is already a few days late to begin with) and I have tons of assignments and exams in May and June. I’m set to graduate soon, so I want to focus on that for the time being. Please bear with me. I promise I’ll be more active once all of that is over. I’ll try to schedule posts whenever I have some spare time, but I can’t make any promises.

At the beginning of the month, I bought a lot of books. But I was able to hold myself back for the rest of the month, so I’m very happy with the amount of books I bought. On top of that, they’re all diverse books!


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Hardcovers

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Labyrinth Lost
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I tried reading Labyrinth Lost as soon as I got it, but I’m putting it down for the time being. I hope this isn’t a permanent thing, but I can’t seem to get into fantasies lately! I’m only in the mood to read YA contemporaries anymore. Still, I will definitely give Labyrinth Lost another chance, as I did like everything I had read so far.

American Street
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Most of the YA contemporaries I read, feature LGBTQIAP+ characters and/or mental illness representation. I really ought to pick up more books featuring characters of colour, so I think I’m going to enjoy American Street! I haven’t seen many readers talk about this book, but it sounds great.

The Bone Witch
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Once I’m in the mood again to pick up fantasies, The Bone Witch is going to be on the top of my TBR. I absolutely love the cover – there should be more purple books! – and I think this novel is going to be very original.

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Flying Lessons and Other Stories 
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I’ve already read this anthology and I would recommend it to everyone. Every story features diverse characters (primarily people of colour) and even though this is a middle grade, I loved the writing style. I do have to admit that I immediately forgot what most stories were about and I think it lacked other representation, such as mental health and queer characters.

Iron Cast
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I haven’t seen a lot of people talk about Iron Cast either, but I also got it because it’s a diverse book. These days, that is honestly enough to convince me to pick up a book. Diversity does mean quality. I’ve loved nearly all the books I read so far in 2017, and nearly all were diverse books (and #OwnVoices).

The Miseducation of Cameron Post
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This YA contemporary looks HUGE, but all I needed to hear was “queer female protagonist” and I picked this book up. I just hope it’s going to have a happy ending…. I really wouldn’t know since I haven’t seen a lot of people talk about this book. I really hope the representation is done right.

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Future Leaders of Nowhere
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I received a book for review this month! The author of Future Leaders of Nowhere contacted me and asked me whether I was interested in reading her #OwnVoices LGBTQ story. Naturally, I immediately said yes! I can’t wait to pick this one up; I really think I’m going to love it 😀 It’s not the first time an author has contacted me via my blog, but it’s the first time I’ve actually replied and let them know that I wanted to read their book.

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Far From You
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Finally, I also got Far From You by Tess Sharpe. I follow her on Twitter, so I’ll probably love this book! I only got one paperback this month, which is very unlike me. But literally all my paperbacks from Book Depository arrive damaged and I’m sick of it. I’d rather invest in hardcovers than spend my money on damaged goods.

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I also got two new Funko Pops this month: another Ron Weasley Funko Pop and another addition to my Disney collection: Rapunzel (and Pascal)!

How about you

This was my April book haul! Which books did you get last month? 🙂

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March 2017 Book Haul

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march haul.pngHello, my dear followers! Today I am going to talk about all the books I got this month. I bought waaaay to many books in March! I bought tons of diverse books the past couple of weeks, but Book Depository is so slow! Therefore, the majority of my haul hasn’t even arrived yet, so my April book haul is definitely going to be a big one as well!

To prevent this list from becoming even longer, I won’t include any of the e-books I bought. I’ve never talked about the latest additions to my Kindle and I don’t plan on doing that now either. I don’t know why, I just don’t really consider them a part of my haul. Anyway, let’s get started!


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Hardcovers

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Book Depository | Wordery)

My pre-order of The Hate U Give took much longer to arrive than expected, but I managed to read it in the meantime and just like everyone else, I absolutely loved this book! You can read my review here. I would recommend it to everyone. It certainly deserves the hype it has received!

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon (Book Depository | Wordery)

I honestly I have no desire to even read this series anymore. The Bone Season romanticises slavery and I really don’t want to support problematic books. But I spent a lot of money on book one and two (I own them both in hardcover, as you can see in the picture), so it was actually cheaper for me to buy the third book as well, instead of never reading this series and therefore wasting my money. If money wasn’t an issue for me, I’d never touch those problematic books.

Recently, Diana Gabaldon, the author of the Outlander series posted some very shitty things on Twitter, so I don’t want to support that author either. But I already own the first six books in the series. That’s a lot of money! And therefore, I can’t afford to neglect them.

Anyway, since I kind of have to read these series because of my money issues, I might as well discuss all the problematic aspects while I review it. I did some research and couldn’t find many people who talked about those issues. I’m a white person so I’m definitely not the best person to call out the romanticisation of slavery, but I will definitely read this series very critically.


Paperbacks

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History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (Book Depository | Wordery)

I haven’t read any of Silvera’s books yet, but I definitely want to! I have the feeling I am going to love them, but I’m also afraid I might end up feeling disappointed. I know I’m not the only one who postpones reading books because of this 😝

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard (Book Depository | Wordery)

Unlike History is All You Left Me, A Quiet Kind of Thunder is not an #OwnVoices story. However, I have yet to see a negative review. Everyone says this book deals with the diversity (one character is deaf, the other selective mute) very well and I hope people who are selective mute and/or deaf agree. This story sounds incredibly cute! Though it isn’t what I’d normally reach for, I think I’m going to love this book!

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde (Book Depository | Wordery)

I mentioned this book in my Spring TBR and I am so excited to read it! I’m currently reading A Torch Against the Night, so I think Queens of Geek is going to be my next read. I’ve heard nothing but positive things about it!

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Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway (Book Depository | Wordery)

You’ve probably heard me say that I am not a fan of Young Adult contemporaries anymore. Well, I was absolutely wrong! I read some brilliant contemporaries recently such as The Upside of Unrequited and Noteworthy, so I decided to buy more books in that genre. I spotted Emmy & Oliver for a very cheap prince and it had been on my TBR for a while.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (Book Depository | Wordery)

I’ll be honest: I got the following three books because they were cheap. And I regret that decision, because I’m honestly not that interested in reading them. Anyway, I have no idea what Snow Like Ashes is about! All I know is that this is a YA fantasy trilogy and people seem to agree that this series went downhill… So, this one is definitely not on the top of my TBR.

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (Book Depository | Wordery)

The Silkworm is the second book in the Cormoran Strike series by J.K. Rowling. I’ve owned the first instalment for a couple of years already, but haven’t read it yet. Nor do I plan to anytime soon. Though I know for a fact I will read it one day when I am in the mood for an adult mystery. For the time being, however, I’ll stick to YA 🙂 This seems like a series for adults and even though I’m 22 years old, I don’t consider myself an adult 😀

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (Book Depository | Wordery)

I read I’ll Give You the Sun by Nelson last summer and while I quite liked it, I ultimately did feel disappointed. You can read my full review here. So I’m not dying to read this book right away. Like I’ve said, I mainly got it because it was so cheap.


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My dad went to New York City and brought back some souvenirs for us. I actually wanted some Hot Topic exclusive Funko Pops, but apparently, they don’t have that store in NYC. Still, I am very happy with these two new additions to my collection! Let’s welcome Hagrid and Fred Weasley to my Funko Pop family!

I ordered two Funko Pops myself this month, but they haven’t arrived yet.


Which books did you acquire in March? Have you read any of the books I bought yet?

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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 🙂


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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 😮

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 😦 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 😀 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? 🙂 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 €10! 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 😦 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 😮


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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 😀


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 😀


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 😉


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 History for only a few euros there, I caved. Since, I have bought even more books there. I’m trash, sorry!


 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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