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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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.

 

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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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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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