Book Haul | November & December 2018

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Hello my fellow book lovers! Today I’m showing you which books I got in November and December! Because I haven’t been reading much lately, I also haven’t purchased a lot of books. Here are the four books I got in the past two months.

When you click on the book’s title, you will be brought to the Goodreads page.

our voices, our stories

Throughout December, Riveted by Simon Teen has several e-books available for 24 hours only. I started Our Stories, Our Voices, but I didn’t have enough time to finish it. I immediately ordered my own copy, however, because the essays in this anthology are amazing! The rest of this book is definitely on my January TBR.

fire and blood

My dad gave me Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin for Christmas! I knew I wanted to read it ASAP when it was released, but it is so expensive! While I dislike mass market paperbacks, I guess that would’ve been easier to read than this massive hardcover 😮 Damn, this is a big book, y’all.

mirage

I hope Fadwa @ Word Wonders is proud of me for getting this book, hihi. I don’t know much about the plot of Mirage, but it has received tons of praise from my friends. I was rather surprised when I opened my package though, I had expected the cover to be purple! This one’s nice as well, however, so I’m not upset 😀

december tbr

In November, I bought Fresh Ink, a diverse Young Adult contemporary. I forgot to take a picture of the book by itself, but I don’t have time to take another one since this post has to go up in a few minutes.


Here are the books I got in November and December! Did you get any books during the holidays?

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book haul | October 2018

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! I bought too many books this month, seven to be exact 😮 On the upside, they’re all paperbacks, unlike my other hauls.

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

adam silvera

I finally own all of Adam Silvera’s books. His debut More Happy Than Not is the only one I have left to read, so I’m glad I was finally able to buy a copy!

broken earth 2

I read the first book in the Broken Earth trilogy last month and I highly enjoyed it. In the meantime, I’ve borrowed the second and third book from the library and plan to read them in November. I originally read The Fifth Season on Kindle, but bought a paperback copy while it was one sale. I love buying books after I’ve already read and enjoyed them!

het juiste spoor

I never, ever buy Dutch books, which is my first language. But, when I saw “The Right Track” by Marieke Nijkamp & Corinne Duyvis in my local bookstore for merely 5 euros, I decided to get it nonetheless. After all, I know these authors because they write English books as well.

mythos

I am a history nerd – I graduated as a history teacher! – though sadly, I haven’t read a ton of mythology yet. Stephen Fry’s retelling of these Greek myths will probably be more accessible than the classics, so I definitely want to give them a shot and perhaps read one story each night.

open mic

I like this pic 🙂 Anyway, while doing research for my ‘anthologies & short stories on my TBR’ post, I discovered Open Mic and immediately ordered a copy. This is a tiny, diverse non-fiction anthology.

rainbirds

Rainbirds is a mystery written by an Indonesian-born Singaporean writer. None of my friends have read it yet, but when Joce @squibblesreads mentioned it in one of her videos at the beginning of 2018, I knew I had to read it! I absolutely adore the cover 🙂

what if it's us

Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera’s highly anticipated collaboration What If It’s Us was finally released this month. I talked about this book in my ‘books I want to love, but am afraid I won’t‘ post and I plan on reading it ASAP.


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

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book haul | September 2018

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Thankfully, this month’s book haul is a pretty small one 🙂 I made a post a couple of weeks ago about my read vs. unread ratio on my bookshelves – which you can find here – and the results were quite shocking! As a result, it’s crucial I don’t buy as many books anymore.

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

chamber of secret funko pops

The book isn’t new, but the Funko Pops are! My dad went to New York City and got me this adorable set 🙂

the hate u give

This exclusive edition of The Hate U Give is another gift from my father 🙂 I already owned my own copy, but I’m very pleased with this edition as well!

the leaversI purchased a brand-new hardcover of the Leavers for less than six euros! It’s about the disappearance of Deming’s mother, who is an undocumented Chinese immigrant. This novel has won many awards, so I’m very keen to pick it up!

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My Ashley Herring Blake collection is finally complete! As far as I know Suffer Love isn’t queer – unlike her other novels – but I nonetheless want to read it soon because I’m curious to see what her debut novel was like.


Did you get any books in August?

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book haul | August 2018

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Hello my fellow book lovers! Last month I said I was on a book buying ban because my dog needed an emergency surgery and it was very expensive. Apparently though, I can’t stop myself from spending money and I bought six books this month! Why am I like this??

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

bad romance

Bad Romance is a book that is going to be very triggering as it deals with abuse and much more. Nonetheless I want to read it because I think I need it in my life. It has received a lot of praise, so I believe the subject matter will be dealt with respectfully, which is a comforting thought going into a book that will surely make me feel very anxious, angry and sad.

far from the tree

Yes, I own this on Kindle and audiobook. No, I haven’t read it yet. So why did I buy a hardcover copy? Just look at that beautiful cover!! At the end of the day, I prefer physical copies to e-books and when I think I’ll love a book, I prefer to read it first as opposed to listening to the audiobook. Far from the Tree is about three adopted siblings and I’ve never read anything like that before, so I’m keen to pick it up!

girl made of stars

I read an e-ARC of Girl Made of Stars before it was released and I absolutely loved it. The novel is incredibly heavy as it deals with rape, but it was done so respectfully and means the world to me as a survivor. You can read my full review here. Naturally, I had to buy a physical copy as I’m certainly going to re-read it! My Ashley Herring Blake collection is almost complete!

love simon

I usually don’t like movie tie-in covers, but this Love, Simon one is so pretty!

the incendiaries

I pre-ordered the hardcover of The Incendiaries on Amazon because it was cheap and I had heard amazing things from people who had read ARCs. When my order arrived, however, I was pissed: I had received a paperback copy, even though that format didn’t even exist according to the website! I contacted them and I got a partial refund, but they accidentally refunded me twice, so I got the book for free 😀

the seven husbands of evelyn hugo

I’ve read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo twice already this year, so it’s safe to say this is one of my favourite books. I know owning multiple copies of the same books is pointless and privileged, but I cannot help it when it has a different cover and it’s on sale. Besides, Taylor Jenkins Reid assured me that it was not a waste of money, as this make it possible for her to write more books in the future ❤


Did you get any books in August?

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book haul | July 2018

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Hello my fellow book lovers! I bought quite a few books this month, which I absolutely regret doing now. My dog needed an emergency surgery a couple of days ago, which ended up costing €520! It’s safe to say I won’t be buying many more books from now on. Please donate to help me pay for the surgery if you can, it would mean the world to me ❤

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

a girl like that

Though A Girl Like That wasn’t a five-star read, I wanted to buy a physical copy nonetheless. I listened to the audiobook a few months ago and while I didn’t like the mental health representation, this book has stuck with me. It’s unique and tackles so many important topics. You can read my full review here. I really like the cover and the spine is gorgeous as well!

a thousand beginnings and endings

I could listen to this on audiobook, but I think I’d prefer sitting down and reading it. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings is an anthology inspired by East and South Asian folklore and mythology and features authors such as Aisha Saeed and Cindy Pon.

autoboyography

Once again, I could listen to this on audiobook, but whenever I think I’m going to love a book, I prefer to read a physical copy first for some reason. Autoboyography has received a lot of praise for its queer and religious representation, so my expectations are high!

tyler johnson was here

LOOK AT THIS COVER! I’ve wanted to buy this book since the cover was revealed and I’m glad I finally own it. Tyler Johnson Was Here is an #OwnVoices novel about police brutality and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, so I’m keen to pick it up soon!

you'll miss me when i'm gone

Back in January I mentioned You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone on my list for anticipated releases. I love hard-hitting YA contemporaries, so this novel sounds right up my alley.

you're welcome universe

You’re Welcome, Universe has been on my TBR for ages! The main character is a Deaf Indian-American girl. The representation isn’t #OwnVoices, but it did receive a positive review from Disability in Kidlit. Said review has been deleted, however, so I can’t link it. You can find an interview with the author here though.


Have you read any of these books yet? Which ones should I pick up first?

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book haul | spring 2018

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

behold the dreamers

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

book of swords

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

eleanor elephant

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

foolish hearts

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

i was born for this

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

leah on the offbeat

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

milk and honey

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

story hour

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

the ship of the dead

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

what we lose

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


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

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book haul | March 2018

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


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city of brass

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

children of blood and bone

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

ivy aberdeen

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

you bring the distant near

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

the upside of unrequited

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


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

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Kindle book haul|November ’17 – February ’18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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book haul | February 2018

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

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


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a wrinkle in time

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

love hate and other filters

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

inside out and back again

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

the book of memory

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

girl made of snow and glass

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

reign of the fallen

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

poa illustrated edition

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

the seven husbands of evelyn hugo

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

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


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

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January 2018 book haul

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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