April Book Haul (2017)

So many books!  I’m so glad I got all of these books this month, but I know it will be short-lived as I’m going on a serious book buying ban so I can save money.  Anyways enough of the sad news, let’s get on with the books!

1) Blue Exorcist Vol. 6 by: Kazue Kato

This is , of course, the 6th installment in the Blue Exorcist manga series.  I’m slowly trying to collect this series as you will see as I’ll be getting a few here and there throughout the rest of the year.

2) Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 5 by: Sui Ishida

Again, this is the same case as with Blue Exorcist. I really would like to be caught up on buying the series, but it would break my book buying budget for the rest of the month.

3) Blacksouls by: Nicole Castroman

This is the sequel to Blackhearts, which is a back story to the famous pirate, Black Beard.  I’ve got to read this series as I was able to chat with Nicole and she said Teach is based on one of the characters in my favorite show, Poldark.

4) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Adapted by: Elizabeth Rudnick

I’ve got a crazy thing for pirates this month! I’m so excited for this movie to come out that I just needed to have this book to binge read before I see it.

5) Strange the Dreamer by: Laini Taylor

I’ve been so intrigued by this book as soon as I heard it was coming out.  I have yet to read Laini’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, but I did read Blackbringer, the first book in her Dreamdark series, and I absolutely loved it.  So if this book is anything similar to that I know I’ll love it.

6) The Upside of Unrequited by: Becky Albertelli

I got this book in my April Owlcrate and I couldn’t be any happier.  This book is one of my most anticipated reads for this year, and now I’m glad I can jump into it because I have it!

7) Riders by: Veronica Rossi

I don’t know too much about this book other than something happens to the main character and they become one of four horsemen of the apocalypse.  They had me at horse! I have Veronica’s other series, Under the Never Sky, but I have yet to read them so I’m not sure if I’ll like this book.  But, hey, horses :).

8, 9, & 10) Chains, Forge, & Ashes by: Laurie Halse Anderson

Way back in my high school years (like 4 years ago lol) I read the first 2 books in this series and absolutely loved them.  I’m a stickler for a good historical fiction, and this definitely fit the bill.  Since then, I kept thinking back to this series and wanting to get it for my own shelf.  It wasn’t until recently that I remembered this series and found that the third book had finally been released.  So, as you can see, I bought them.  If you like anything based around the American Revolution then you’ll definitely love this series.

11) Bloodlines by: Richelle Mead

I read Vampire Academy years ago, but I never really got the chance to read this series.  I couldn’t pass up getting the first book for $3.  I’ve heard some mixed things on this series, but also that it is better than her previous one.  I can’t wait to read it and form my own opinion on it!

12) Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by: Chris Cleave

I’ve really been in the mood for historical fiction lately, and I couldn’t pass up this book set in WWII London.  This book features little known history and a great love story inspired by his grandparent’s love letters.  I’m very excited to read this book, and get my historical fix on!

13) Luckiest Girl Alive by: Jessica Knoll

When Ani FaNelli gets publicly humiliated, she then tries to reinvent herself.  It may look like she has it all, but there is something that still haunts her from her past.  This book delves into the pressures of women to “have it all.”  But will speaking up destroy everything Ani has worked so hard to change?  I got this book super cheap.  Hopefully it’ll be good!

14) My Last Continent by: Midge Raymond

All I know about this book is it’s about two scientists that fall in love while on a trip in Antarctica.  They end up playing tour guide, but the guy never shows up to board the ship before it leaves.  While out on the frigid waters they hear a distress signal come over the radio and as the girl goes from researcher to rescuer, she discovers that the guy is on board the sinking ship.  I thought it sounded really interesting and like a heart-pounding thriller.

15) Go Set a Watchman by: Harper Lee

I read To Kill A Mockingbird back in high school.  I can remember liking the book but I don’t really remember too much about it.  When I found the sequel for sale for only $4 I knew I had to snatch it up.  I may buy the first book and then read them both.

16 & 17) Undertow & Raging Sea by: Michael Buckley

I picked up this series due to it’s covers.  They look very post apocalyptic and dystopian like.  I haven’t read a book like that in a while so I thought why not.  I do know that the main character is named Lyric which I thought was pretty neat.

18, 19, & 20) The Spirit Well, The Shadow Lamp, & The Fatal Tree by: Stephen R. Lawhead

Back this past fall I house sat for some friends of my family.  While there they said I had access to their bookshelves and could borrow/read any books I wanted while I was there.  As I perused their shelves I saw this series and it caught my eye, but I didn’t have enough time to actually read it so I’ve been slowly collecting them ever since.  I’ll probably start them some time around the winter when I’m in the mood for a good fantasy series.

21) Mosquitoland by: David Arnold

I so badly want to bring this book with me on vacation this summer because it’s about a girl who is traveling across the country back to her mother.  She encounters many new people and learns more about herself.  It just has that perfect road trip read vibe going on.

22) The Lightning Queen by: Laura Resau

Due to my want to read more about different cultures and characters I bought this book.  This book takes place in rural Mexico where eleven year-old Teo and Esme, the Gypsy Queen of Lightning, team together to overcome obstacles like death.  This story is inspired by true stories from rural Mexico and highlights two marginalized cultures–the Romani and the Mixteco indians.

23) Nevermore by: James Patterson

I have been a huge fan of James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series for the longest time, but I read them in ebook form so I didn’t have the physical copies.  I’m hoping to get them all in hardcover in matching editions, but we’ll see about that.  This is the last book in that series so I won’t say too much more about it so I don’t give away any spoilers.

24) Echo by: Pam Munoz Ryan

I know next to nothing about this book.  I got it really cheap at a book sale and really liked the cover.  It also has won the Newbery Honor award so it must be good, right?

Holy crud!  I can’t believe that I got that many books last month!  To my credit, I got a bunch for $2-5 at a large book sale so I didn’t spend too much for all of these.  And like I said earlier, my book buying is soon to go down quite a bit with my new budget constrictions, so I won’t have as many books to haul in the coming months.

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