July Book Haul (2017)

Books, books, books!  Gotta love getting more books!  This is literally my favorite time of the month, but it also makes me sad because I now have an even bigger TBR pile than when I started out the month.  Oh, well :).

1) When Dimple Met Rishi by: Sandhya Menon

I’ve heard a lot of people talking about this book lately.  It sounds like such a cute romance story.  I don’t know much more than Dimple is going to a summer program for web developers and her parents and Rishi’s parents are trying to hook them up through that program.  I’m not sure when I’ll get to this book, but hopefully it will be soon.

2) The Traitor’s Kiss by: Erin Beaty

Okay. . . this was a total cover buy for me.  I know absolutely nothing about this book other than the fact that I could not not have a book with a beautiful cover such as this on my shelf.  There are so many different textures in the designs on this cover that I just cannot stop running m fingers across it.  I probably look like such a weirdo petting my book, but I don’t really care. #sorrynotsorry

3) Our Dark Duet by: Victoria Scwab

I’m kinda sad that this series is only a duology, but yay, I don’t have to wait as long for the series to finish.  Now that I have this book I can finally sit down and binge read this series.

4) Stalking Jack the Ripper by: Kerri Maniscalco

This book has been one of my most anticipated reads, but I have no idea why I had not even gotten this book until now.  Well I can’t say that, I normally end up buying other books on my wish list and this one never seemed to make it to the top when I actually had money to buy more than one book.  Anyways, now that I have it I’m definitely going to be taking it on vacation with me in August and devouring it.

5) Zero Repeat Forever by: Gabrielle Prendergast

A boy who only knows his rank, Eighth, and a girl who is isolated in the wilderness after the Nahx attack.  Somehow these two get thrown together and must rely on each other to survive.  This book sounds like it will be action packed and nail bitingly thrilling!  I’m so happy that I was able to snag an ARC to read and review :).

6) Wonder Woman: Wabringer by: Leigh Bardugo

I can’t even think straight I’m that excited that this book is in my possession.  When I first heard of this book, I knew that I had to get a copy of it even if I did have to wait until it’s release date.  Through a few trades I was able to get this book and I just can’t help but freak out.  Eeeeee!!!!  You can bet you bottom dollar I’m gonna review this beauty for y’all!

7) Retribution Rails by: Erin Bowman

Oh. My. God.  I. . .I just. . .I’m speechless lol.  As soon as I finished Vengeance Road I knew that if Erin wrote any more YA western books I just had to have them.  I soon heard that this book was coming out and I just had to have a copy.  I was able to get an eARC on Netgalley, but to complete my physical book collection I needed a hard copy of the ARC.  Luckily I was able to get one through a trade and I was a nervous mess as I waited for it to be delivered.  I just know this book is going to be amazing, and I’m already so excited for Erin to release another YA western.

8) The Dire King by: Willaim Ritter

Technically this is and eARC, but if you have been with my blog since my last vacation last August you will know how much of a fan I am of the Jackaby series.  I literally freaked when I found out that I was selected to get an early copy of this book.  I do realize that I only have a review of the first book up(man I’m slacking lol), but I will be posting the rest and then this one!  If you love Sherlock you’ll love this book!

9) The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by: Mackenzi Lee

This book has been all over my Bookstagram and Twitter feeds recently.  A European cross-country track with a little romance sounds so interesting.  I knew I was going to have to buy this book the next time I had a little bit of money to spare, but I was delighted to get this book in my Owlcrate box for the month of July.  I so badly want to take this book on my vacation with me because who doesn’t want to read about a cross country trek while being on their own adventure?

10) The Library of Fates by: Aditi Khorana

I found this subscription box a while ago called PageHabit and I knew that at one point or another I would have to get a box or two from them.  These boxes are curated by and author and you get two books of their choosing and an annotated copy of their most recent release.  This book was the annotated copy that I got.  It’s been so hard not to flip through and read them all before I actually get to the book itself.

11) Brown Girl Dreaming by: Jaqueline Woodson

This was the second book that I got in my PageHabit box.  I don’t really know much about this book, but it is either a bunch of poems or one big story told in poetry form, which I find pretty neat.

12) The Disappearances by: Emily Bain Murphy

I received this book in my Book(ish) Box for the month of July.  I know this book is a mystery/possible thriller and the main character’s mother somehow disappears or something like that.  This is the type of book that I don’t like to go into it knowing a lot about the plot, I like to go into it knowing almost nothing.

13) This Mortal Coil by: Emily Suvada

I got this book in a kind of random trade.  I know it has something to do with a deadly plague and a girl who can gene-hack which sounds epic!  I’m excited to dive into this book and see what kind of crazy DNA stuff goes on!

So many amazing books to look forward to in the coming months!  Now I just wish I didn’t have to adult and I could just sit home all day to read and review all of these books for y’all.

 

June Book Haul (2017)

This was an amazing book haul month!!  I got to go to Book Con and snag quite a few books there (you can read my all about my Book Con haul here).  #Booksfortrade on Twitter was also very kind to me and I was able to get a bunch of ARCs from there and through a few friends.  I’m so blessed to have gotten all of these books, and I’m very ecstatic that I get a chance to read these books before they are published!

1) Flame in the Mist by: Renee Adieh

I have not yet read anything by Renee(shame on me!), but I do have all of her books.  When one of the Twitter chats I partake in talked about this book I knew I just had to have it!  I heard that it was a lot like my favorite anime, Inuyasha!!  Anything set in feudal Japan is a win in my book!!

2) Seekers by: Veronica Rossi

I got the first book in this series a while ago, but I haven’t had a chance to pick up either book yet.  I was really intrigued by the horses on the cover which is why I bought them in the first place lol.

3) Umberland by: Wendy Spinale

Not only is this cover absolutely stunning, but having another fairytale retelling on my shelf is perfect!  This is yet another second book in a series that I haven’t read the first book :(.  I’m hoping to get to this series fairly soon, but who knows when “soon” will be lol.

4) Saga Vol. 7 by: Brian K. Vaughan

I’m so freaking excited that I have this book!!  I need to continue with this comic series ASAP!  Volume 6 left off on such a big cliffhanger that I almost couldn’t bear waiting for this one to come out.  Now that I have it, I know it will be a quick read and then I’ll be craving the next one!

5) Truth or Dare by: Non Pratt

I got this book in my Illumicrate box for the month of June.  I don’t really know much about it other than it is in the same style of formating as Replica by Lauren Oliver.  I’m very interested in reading this book and I’m glad that I got a copy of this book.

6) The Walking Land by: Callie Bates

I also got this book in my Illumicrate box.  I love how pretty this UK cover for the ARC is!  It’s drop dead gorgeous!!  I’m really hoping that I can get to this book before it comes out so I can review it for y’all.

7) Royal Bastards by: Andrew Shvarts

The premises of this book really had me hooked from the moment I read it.  I know there have been a lot of, for the lack of a better word, bastards in history, but we never really get to hear about them because they were normally kept a secret and hidden from the eyes of the public.  I think this will be a really interesting book and I can’t wait to dive into this side of royal life!

8) Whichwood by: Tahereh Mafi

Y’all!!  I was so blessed to get an advance copy of Furthermore last year(which I have yet to post a review -_-) and now I have an advance copy of the second book!!  I really, really enjoyed the first book so I’m hoping that I enjoy this companion novel as well!  I’m going to be reading this book closer to the publication date so I can post a review :).  I’m really hoping this book is as whimsical as the first!

9) All the Crooked Saints by: Maggie Stiefvater

AFDVJBADFVSJDCNASUOVHO. . . . .  OMG!!  I cannot believe I have this book in my hands!  I have loved Maggie’s writing since I read Shiver way back in 2009.  Since then I have craved more and more work from her.  I was wicked excited when we got the Raven Cycle, but I was also a little nervous to hear what other projects she had planned for after her latest series was over.  When I heard about this book, I freaked!!  I cannot wait to delve into this world of miracles and saints!

10) Warcross by: Marie Lu

My mind is absolutely blown with the fact that I have this book in my possession!  It’s so beautiful and I want to read it, but I’m nervous that this book will not live up to all the hype surrounding it.  I can not believe myself for yet again owning all of an author’s books but not having read a single one!  Shame!  Shame on me forever!  I’ve heard so many good things about Marie’s books, and now I really have to pick them up! Or at least this one lol!

11) Otherworld by: Jason Segel, Kristen Miller

I got this book from a friend who had an extra copy.  This book sounds like a mix of Warcross by Marie Lu and the anime Sword Art Online.  With that said, I need to read this book!  Plus it is written by one of my favorite actors, Jason Segel!  I can’t wait to see what this alternate reality world has in store!

12) Invictus by: Ryan Graudin

More time travel!!  This book will definitely be interesting as Ryan has written history books with a hint of sci-fi and now this is a sci-fi with a hint of history.  If this book is anything like Passenger or any of the other time travel like books I have read I know I will love it!

13) The Cruel Prince by: Holly Black

Looking back, I cannot believe I have not read anything by Holly Black(I’m doing it again -_-), yet I have heard a lot about her fairy books.  It seems like books with evil fairies have been really popular lately, but it sounds like this one will be no exception.  I’ve heard that the main character, Jude is one of the best heroines of YA literature.  If that doesn’t make you want to read this book I have no idea what will!

14) The Sandcastle Empire by: Kayla Olson

I got this book in my June Owlcrate.  I have never heard of this book, but the synopsis sounds pretty interesting.

15) New World: Rising by: Jennifer Wilson

I also got this book in my June Owlcrate(that’s right!! Two books!!) I have had my eye on this book for a while now.  I’ve told myself when I have some spare money I’ll buy this book, and I’m so glad that I waited.  I really could use a good dystopian style book so I may pick up this book fairly soon.

16) Obsidian and Stars by: Julie Eshbaugh

I totally forgot that I had preordered this book until it showed up on my doorstep lol.  It’s even signed and personalized!!  I have yet to start this series, but I couldn’t pass up a series set in prehistoric times.  Hopefully I’ll get to them fairly soon so I can review them for y’all.

17) Dividing Eden by: Joelle Charbonneau

I got this book in my first Book(ish) Box.  I had a bit of money left over from my birthday and I’ve always wanted to gibe this box a shot.  I was thoroughly pleased with everything I got in the box and with this book.  This book has been on my radar since I heard of it, but I have no Idea why I didn’t buy it right when it came out.  Either way, I have this gorgeous book on my shelf now :).

I know I said a few months ago that my hauls would be getting a lot smaller than they had been in the past.  In my defence, I did get a lot of these books through trade or with access birthday money.  I definitely won’t turn down the opportunity to get a book though lol.  I cannot wait to get to read and review these lovely books for y’all!

Book Con Haul 2017

This spur-of-the-moment trip had to be one of the BEST trips I have ever taken!  Last year I had planned to be in Texas at this time which meant I wasn’t planning on going to Book Con at all.  Due to some circumstances, my Texas trip was pushed back a year freeing up my time to plan this trip.  I really had no idea what I was going to do there because I didn’t get a chance to snag any signing tickets.  Those things were all gone within MINUTES!  Ain’t nobody competing with crazy book lovers lol!  So essentially, I just planned on going and dragging a few books with me in the off-chance that I got to see an author while meandering around, and maybe if I was lucky, I could snag a few ARCs.  But being an introvert I sought out another Book Con newbie through their app and together we put her spread sheet of ARC drops to good use.  This girl was wicked prepared where I was lacking.  Even a lot of these ARCs ended up in our hands just by chance.

1) Ringer by: Lauren Oliver

As I was waiting for my new friend to find me, I wandered around the Harper Collins booth and just happened to hear a girl asking about how to get this ARC.  Apparently you had to purchase the first book, Replica, at one of the other booths and then come back and show the lady both the book and the receipt and then she;d hand you the ARC.  Simple enough.  I kindly asked the girl’s father if he could grab me a copy of Replica, handed him $20, and he scuttled off to get us the books as we stood there eagerly waiting.  As he was gone, my friend found me and we explained why we were waiting.  When the girl’s father returned, he sullenly shook his head saying they were out of that particular book.  The girl and I must have given the lady our best puppy-dog eyes because she put her finger to her lips and told us not to tell and handed the girl, my friend, and I Ringer and The Dazzling Heights!

2) The Dazzling Heights by: Katharine McGee

I was ecstatic to get this book!  I heard so many people say that they only gave out around 20 copies of it and I feel very grateful that I was able to get it!

3) Gunslinger Girl by: Lyndsay Ely

As my friend and I wandered around again we happened upon a rather long line and asked the lady near the end what she was standing in line for.  She explained that it was a line for a couple ARCs that were getting signed by the authors.  My friend and I happily walked to the end of the line only to find it had been capped off.  The lady at the end of the line was kind enough to tell us that the same authors would be signing more ARCs later that day in one of the meeting rooms.  I hurriedly wrote down the information and when the time came we raced to the meeting room.  When we got there we each got a sticky note with our name written on it and were told that they would be capping the line soon and we had just made it under the 100 person limit.  I was able to meet the lovely Lyndsay and get my book signed by her!

4) Hunting Prince Dracula by: Kerri Manscalco

Along with Gunslinger Girl, I also was able to meet Kerri and get an ARC of her next book.  Granted, I have not read Stalking Jack the Ripper (Shame on me :(!! ), but that book has been on my TBR since it came out and I plan on getting to both books before the release date of HPD so I can have a review up for y’all :).

5) A Map for Wrecked Girls by: Jessica Taylor

As my friend and I waited at the Penguin booth for a chance to win something else, a line had formed for this ARC.  I quick snuck over and got in line.  I swear I didn’t cut and I even asked a ton of people where the end of the line was.  Well the lady handing out the books must have seen me standing off to the side a minute ago and she gave me a hard look.  I turned around and no one else was behind me and turned back to her and said I’m at the end of the line.  She begrudgingly handed me a book and gave me a glare as I scurried away with confusion probably smudged across my face.  It wasn’t like a budged and I even asked tons of people who were apparently in line for something else if they were in the right line.  Either way, I was able to get this book, and I can’t wait to read it!

6) Zenith by: Sasha Alsberg, Lindsay Cummings

Getting this book was the BIGGEST highlight of going to Book Con.  I never expected to get any of the big name ARCs that would be available there just because I knew there would be swarms of people wanting the same book. (The rush for Warcross on Saturday was insane!)  On Sunday, my friend and I met up right before the show floor opened up at 10am.  Once we were all allowed in we rushed to try for another ARC, but they were all gone by the time we got there so we just wandered around waiting for the next ARC drop on her list.  We both knew that we wanted Zenith desperately, so we made it a point to make sure we were ready to line up before it was dropped at 1pm.  As we walked around one booth, I just happened to hear someone behind me say, “I can’t believe they’re lining up for Zenith already.”  I turned to my friend and then to the woman in a line near us and asked what they were waiting for.  Sure enough, Zenith.  We quick walked around looking for the end of the line.  In each person’s hand was a sticky with a number and we dreaded watching the numbers climb.  24….37….45….59….70.  We prayed that they had at least 100 ARCs as we scrambled to the end of the line and got the numbers 71 and 72.  The woman handing out the sticky notes explained to us how they may only have 100 ARCs so they were handing out numbers and once they got to 100 they would explain that after that point people could meet Sasha and Lindsay, but they may not get a book.  So at 10:30am we waited 2 and a half hours to meet Sasha and Lindsay and get their book!  I loved getting to chat with they as they signed my book.  I’ve always been a big fan of Sasha’s Youtube channel and it was almost strange that I was seeing her in person and not on my phone screen lol.

All in all this trip was a huge success!  There were a couple of books that I desperately wanted and didn’t get, but there’s always a chance with giveaways or #booksfortrade of Twitter!  I definitely would go back to Book Con in the future, but it might be a few years until I can go again.  Now that this trip is over I can’t wait for Yallfest!

May Book Haul (2017)

This is literally my favorite time of the month!  I love getting to share with you what books I got during the month and how excited I am to read them.  This month may not have been one of the best months for me haul wise, but I did get a fair amount of new releases.

1) The Song Rising by: Samantha Shannon

I’m so ecstatic that I was able to snag a copy of this book that will match the rest of my books in this series.  Don’t you just hate when publishing companies change the covers right in the middle of the series?  This series is supposed to have 7 books and they changed them after the third!  The THIRD! Why?!?!?  This makes my reader OCD go crazy.  Thankfully you can still get a limited edition copy that will match the original covers.

2) A Crown of Wishes by: Roshani Chokshi

I have yet to read this series, but I’m glad I preordered this book.  I almost had forgotten that I had purchased it until it showed up on my doorstep.  Have any one of y’all read this series yet?  Let me know in the comments!  No spoilers though please!

3) A Court of Wings and Ruin by: Sarah J Maas

EEEEPPP!!  This book!  **swoon**  I don’t even know what to say lol.  I want to break out my paint brushes and paint the living snot out of this cover and make it as gorgeous as my copies of ACOTAR and ACOMAF!!

4) Hunted by: Megan Spooner

I bought this book to read with my book club.  I really enjoy fairytale retellings and this book was no exception!  My full review of this book will be up here in the next week or so.

5) The Vanishing Throne by: Elizabeth May

Scotland.  That is all I have to say….  Just kidding!  I picked up the first book in this series just because it was set in Scotland and I was thrust into on of my top favorite reads of this year.  As soon as I finished that book I just had to order this book.  I’m currently reading it now and I couldn’t be more in love!

6) Eliza and Her Monsters by: Francesca Zappia

This book came in my Owlcrate for the month of May.  I have to say that the exclusive cover looks so beautiful!  I don’t really know much about this book, but I’ve read Francesca’s other book and I really liked that one so I hope I like this one as well.

7) The Crown’s Fate by: Evelyn Skye

This is yet another book that I forgot that I preordered until it showed up.  I got a bit of preorder swag with it which was pretty awesome!  I can’t wait to get to this series!!  Is it actually a series or is it just a duology?

8+9) Lord of Shadows by: Cassandra Clare

I have been waiting for this book to be in my possession since Lady Midnight came out.  Now it finally is!!  I got 2 copies of this book so I can read one and keep my limited edition Waterstones copy on my shelf next to my limited edition copy of Lady Midnight.  I’m so excited to get to this book and see how many times I get whiplash from the twists and turns.  I’m sure this book will ruin me like the first one did.  My heart is ready for this!!

Even if I didn’t get as many books as I normally do, I still had a very great book haul.  Next month will probably be very similar, but I still enjoy getting books no matter what!

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.

March Book Haul (2017)

Yay!  Even more books!  I love being able to haul these books for you guys and show off how my collection is growing.  This month I got quite a few new releases that I cannot wait to get to.

1) Blue Exorcist (Vol. 2-5) by: Kazue Kato

About a month ago, my brother convinced me to watch an anime that he thought I would really like.  now, my brother and I have different likes and dislikes when it comes to anime. A lot of times when he recommends me a show I don’t end up watching more than the first couple of episodes, but this show.  This show was amazing and I needed more!  Blue Exorcist was so funny and yet it had a bunch of serious moments as well.  Only after I watched all the episodes did I find out that it didn’t follow the manga.  So, if you know me, I had to start getting the manga so I could grasp the real story.  I’m so excited to dive into these books!

2) Lifeblood by: Gena Showalter

This book is the sequel to Everlife.  I have not read either of these books, but I do know it is about a girl name Tenley.  There are 2 rival afterlives you can choose from when you die, but Tenley’s choice will affect which afterlife wins the battle.  This synopsis really grabbed my attention.  I need to get to these books as soon as possible!

3) The Ship Beyond Time by: Heidi Heilig

This book is the sequel to The Girl From Everywhere.  I have also not read either of these books, But I plan on getting to them fairly soon.

4) The Bone Witch by: Rin Chupeco

As soon as I saw the ARCs for this book I knew I had to have a beautiful copy for my shelves.  When Tea shows an affinity for necromancy, she leaves her homeland to study under an wise bone witch.  While away, war is brewing between the eight kingdoms that could threaten the survival of everyone Tea holds dear to her.  She must train hard and become the strongest bone witch that she can be.

5) P.S. I Still Love You by: Jenny Han

This is the sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.  I’ve heard a lot of great things about this series, and since the third book is coming out soon I thought I would snag this book so I can read them right away.

6) Long May She Reign by:Rhiannon Thomas

Being 23rd in line to the throne, Freya never dreamed shed ever be on the throne until a tragic event thrusts her into the highest position in the kingdom.  Yet no one respects her or listens to her.  She can’t trust anybody either.  Her loyalties are tested and she must decide if she is really cut out to rule or not.  This book sounds amazing!  I need to pick it up soon, but my TBR pile is so large.

7) Starfall by: Melissa Landers

This is the sequel to Starflight.  I’ve been in the mood for a good sci-fi series lately.  Although, I’ve heard that this series might not get finished due to lack of people buying it.  I have yet to read them, but I find that very sad when I’ve seen so many people with these books.

8) The Hate U Give by: Angie Thomas

With all of the events that have been happeneing in the United States recently this book brings light to a big issue; racism.  After Starr moves from a poor black neighborhood to the fancy suburbs, she witnesses the murder of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer.  What Starr says or doesn’t say could change things for her and everyone involved.  I’ve heard so many good things about this book and can’t wait to see how it unfolds myself.

9) Glitter by: Aprilynne Pike

This book takes place in Versailles! I repeat, this book takes place in Versailles!  This makes the historical nerd in me very happy!  The main character has to go to extreme measures and sells the drug Glitter to be able to afford and escape from her arranged marriage.  This book sounds like it will be one wild ride!

10) The Daughter of the Pirate King by: Tricia Levenseller

I don’t know what it is with YA and pirates all of a sudden, but I am so onboard for it!  I got this book in my March Owlcrate, and I need to get to it! I’m really looking forward to reading about a strong willed, outgoing female version of Jack Sparrow!

11) Bungo Stray Dogs (Vol. 1&2) by: Kafka Asagiri

For the past few months this anime has been capturing my attention.  Every one of the characters is named after an author and has powers based on the work of literature that made the author famous (Example: John Steinbeck has the Grapes of Wrath power where he can create vines and control plants).  I recently found out that the manga is being translated into English so I purchased these two books and preordered the next two.

12) Wait For Me by: Caroline Leech

I was sold on the fact that this book is set in Scotland.  Set in 1945, Lorna’s family is assigned a German prisoner of war to help them out on their farm.  As Lorna spends more time with Paul she learns of the boy behind the soldier.  As she starts battling her own heart tensions are rising and she must decide what she’s willing to give up before the end of the war determines their fate.

13) Transcendent by:Katelyn Detweiler

I picked this book up at an Indie bookstore near me just because I had read the authors previous book, Immaculate.  I’m hoping this book is as good if not better than her other one.

14) Sherlock: A Study in Pink by: Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Jay

SHERLOCK!  Need I say more?  I am obsessed with this fictional man.  When I fould this manga adaptation of the TV series, I needed to have it whatever the price.  I’m so excited to read this over and over again!

How do I keep ending up getting so many books every month?  I don’t feel like I spend that much money, but it always seems like I get a crud ton of books.  Anyways, a good majority of the books I got this month are sequels that I still need to get around to reading the first book.  I really need to get cracking with my reading again!

October Book Haul (2016)

Last month was full of so many new releases that my wallet is seriously hating me right now.  I’m definitely excited to get to all of these books in the near future.

1) Like a River Glorious by: Rae Carson

Last year I saw Walk On Earth a Sranger and even without knowing anything about the book I had to have it due to its beautiful cover.  The second book in this series is no exception!  I have yet to get to these books because I’m weird and like to have a complete series before I start them so I can binge read them all.  I may not get to this book for a while, but at least I have the pretty thing on my shelf. 🙂

2) With Malice by: Eileen Cook

This book has been on my radar since it came out.  While on a trip in Italy, eighteen-year-old Jill Charron is involved in an accident and wakes up in a coma with no recollection of what happened.  When the story goes to the press, Jill finds herself wrapped up in a murder mystery.  This book sounds like it will be a great thriller with lots of twists and turns.  I plan on picking this book up in December or January.

3) Empire of Storms by: Sarah J. Maas

I know this is going to sound awful, but I own every single book in the Throne of Glass series and I have yet to pick them up.  I have absolutely no excuse at all since I do own the books.  I’m thinking that over the next few months I will read one book in the series every month.  That way I can get through them at least before the last one comes out next year.

4) Replica by: Lauren Oliver

This was one of my most anticipated reads of this year.  I have yet to see another Young Adult book that is written like this.  I was incredibly jealous of all the people who got ARCs of this book as they were gorgeous.  I’m hoping to get to this book within the next few months.

5) Frost Like Night by: Sara Raasch

I am seriously not prepared for one of my favorite series to end!  I started this series earlier this year not sure how I would like it, but when I finished the second book I knew that it would be a very difficult wait for the third and final book.  And now that it is here, I almost don’t want to read it.  I’ve heard so many great things about this book, but I’m still not sure I want to pick it up and finish the series.

6) The Rest of Us Just Live Here by: Patrick Ness

The synopsis of this book really intrigued me.  Instead of following “The Chosen One” we follow the characters that are not.  I don’t really know too much more about this book as I want to go into it blind.  I may pick this up when I’m in need of a quick read as it is a fairly short book.

7) The Midnight Star by: Marie Lu

This is the last book in Marie Lu’s The Young Elites series.  I don’t know much about this book other than it follows a main character that is like a villain or something like that.  I have heard so many great things about this series so I will have to binge read all three books fairly soon.

8) A Sky Unbroken by: Megan Crewe

Again, another final book in a series.  All I know about this book is that it takes place in space.  And the cover is absolutely stunning and oh so soft!!  This is another series that I plan on binge reading soon.

9) Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki by: Mamoru Hosoda

Now that I am really starting to get into reading bigger and more in-depth books, I love to have manga on hand so I can read something quick. I’ve seen this around bookstagram and I would really like to watch the anime that is based on this.  It is about a girl named Hana, who falls in love with a man who can turn into a wolf.  They end up having two kids together that also can turn into wolves.  One day he goes missing, and Hana spots some police men hovering over the body of a dead wolf she presumes to be her children’s father.  This anime tells the story of Hana struggling to raise wolf children by herself.  I thought it sounded cute and I just had to get it.

10) Seconds by: Bryan Lee O’Malley

This is another book I got so I can read it between big books.  It’s a graphic novel that has something to do with restaurants, mushrooms, and forgotten memories.  That’s honestly all I know about it.

11) Aerie by: Maria Dahvana Headly

This is the sequel to Magonia.  I actually got the ARC of this book a while ago, but I just had to have to finished hardcover for my shelf 🙂

12) Gemina by: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman

This is the sequel to Illuminae.  Illuminae was one of my top reads of last year and I cannot wait to read this book.  I actually got to see Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff at Yallfest so both my copy od Illuminae and Gemina are signed by them.

13) Vassa in the Night by:Sarah Porter

I got this book in my October Owlcrate.  I don’t know much about this book other than it has to do with a Russian folktale or something to that extent.  I’m going to try to get to this book soon and get a review for it up too.

14) The Golem and the Jinni by: Helene Wecker

I know nothing about this book.  I heard Hannah from A Clockwork Reader on Youtube talk about this being one of her favorite books.  Both Hannah and I have similar taste in books, so I bought it.  Plus the cover is really pretty!

15) The Woman In Cabin 10 by: Ruth Ware

Winter is the time of year that I love reading thrillers and mystery novels.  This one fits the bill.  Lo Blacklock, a travel journalist, scored an amazing week-long trip on a cruise ship.  The skies are clear and things seem to be going extremely well until Lo hears the one thing you never would want to happen on a ship; a woman being thrown overboard.  But as Lo tries to inspect things, she finds that all the passengers and crew are accounted for.  The ship sails on, but Lo is stuck feeling like something has gone terribly wrong.  I definitely want to pick this book up sometime this winter!

I still cannot believe how many books I got this month.  I’m running out of space for them in my room.  I seriously cannot wait until I have my own room dedicated to just books in my own house.

September Book Haul (2016)

So much for curbing my book buying!  13!  I got 13 books this month!  Someone needs to take my money and hold it secure so I don’t buy so many books especially because these next few months are full of so many releases that I desperately want. Anyways, back to the books I bought last month:

1)This Is Where It Ends by: Marieke Nijkamp

This book has been on my radar since it came out.  With a lot of school and other shootings becoming prevalent in today’s society, this book’s premise really draws on that.  One thing that really interests me about this book is that it takes place in a span of 54 minutes.  That is one of the shortest timelines that I have ever seen in a YA book.  Needless to say, I’m very excited to get to this book.

2) Crooked Kingdom by: Leigh Bardugo

This book is gorgeous!!!  I can’t belive I have it in my possession.  This is the second and finale book in the Six of Crows duology.  I don’t know much about this series other than there is a large heist and it is set in the same world as the Grisha trilogy.

3) The Thousandth Floor by: Katharine McGee

I don’t know much about this book as I would like to go into it blind, but the cover and endpages are stunning.

4) The Diviners by: Libba Bray

This is yet another book that I don’t know much about. It has gotten many good reviews and I have heard a lot of people saying it’s creepy.  This book sounds like the perfect read for this time of year!  My hard cover copy is beautiful under the dust cover!!

5) A Torch Against the Night by: Sabaa Tahir

This is the second book in the An Ember in the Ashes series.  I don’t want to say too much because of spoilers, but this is one of my most anticipated reads of the year.  I heard some mixed reviews on this book so I’m nervous that it won’t live up to my expectations.

6) The Bone Season by: Samantha Shannon

What if you had a special ability that as long as you are living you are commiting treason?  Paige Mahoney has this issue.  One day she is kidnapped and forced to work for her natural enemy. She must play by the rules to get her freedom back.  I’m super excited to see how this series starts out. I can’t believe that there are going to be seven books and only the first two are out!!  I have no idea if I could wait that long to have the whole series!!

7) The Forgetting by: Sharon Cameron

Could you imagine forgetting everything?  Every twelve years in the city of Canaan it’s citizens forget everything accept Nadia.  Nadia remembers everything.  As the next Forgetting approches, Nadia and Gray, a handsom glassblower, must stop and unseen enemy that threatens the city before people forget.  Both the synopsis an the cover of this book had me hooked from the moment I found out it was being published.  I can’t wait to get to this book!

8) Three Dark Crowns by: Kendare Blake

Three sisters all battling for the crown.  Special powers and lies surounding having or not having them.  The moment they turn sixteen, they will fight to the death to rule.  Everything about this book sounds fast paced and action packed.  I’m definitely going to be picking this book during the winter as things can get slow for me that time of year and I’ll need a good action packed book.

9) Lament by: Alexandra Adornetto

I haven’t even read anything on this book.  I initially picked it up because of the cover and then saw who it was written by and just had to have it.  I still have to read the rest of Alexandra’s Halo series, but I’m interested to see how this book is.

10) Ruined by: Amy Tintera

Fantasy. Thats about as much as I know of this book.  Of course the beautiful cover won me over.  I heard that something happens within the first chapter that really sets the story rolling.  I’m hoping that this book is fast pageturner with lots of fight scenes.

11) The Graces by: Laure Eve

This story is about Graces, who I think are witches.  The storyline follows three of Graces and one girl that desperately wants to be one.  I think it will be interesting to see how everyone’s story intertwines and if River does become a Grace.

12) The Storm by: Virginia Bergin

This is the sequel to H2O, and again, I don’t want to say too much because of spoilers.  I find it interesting how the disease in this book is carried in the rain making it extremely deadly.  It’s almost scary to think of deadly rain.  If that happens I’m heading to the desert!

13) The Girl of Fire and Thorns by: Rae Carson

I first heard of Rae Carson when her book Walk On Earth a Stranger came out, but I had no idea she wrote another series prior to that one.  So now I am slowly getting this series and plan on reading it before I get to her newer series.

Phew!  That’s all of them!  If you made it to this point, thanks for sticking with me :).  I’m definitly going to try and curb my book buying next month, but there are so many good books coming out.  My poor wallet!

August Book Haul (2016)

I feel like I didn’t get very many books this month as I have cut down ordering from Barnes and Noble because of how pricey their books are.  This month I ended up getting quite a few of these books on other discount sites or stores or I won them in a giveaway.  With the amount of books in this list, I am not going to give a full description of each of these books.  Without further a do, let’s get into the books!

1)Paper and Fire by: Rachel Caine

I don’t know too much about this book or the series it is a part of.  What I do know is that there is a library and knowledge is regulated.  Because of the weirdo that I am, I have yet to pick up these books because I want the series finished so I can binge read it.  I probably won’t get to this series for a while, but at least I have the book in my possession.

2) H2O by: Virginia Bergin

When I heard the premises of this book I knew I had to have this one on my shelf.  Only .27 percent of the population is still alive, but Ruby holds out hope that her father is still alive.  She must battle the ever decreasing drinkable water supply and the killer rain to decide to risk it on her own or embark on a treacherous journey to find her father.  Not to mention, this books cover is so beautiful with its strategic raindrop cutouts.

3) Recreated by: Colleen Houck

This is the second book in Colleen’s Reawakened series.  I do not know much about it other than it has a lot of Egyptian mythology in it.  I’m trying not to get into this series until it is complete because I want to binge read it all.  If it is anything like her Tiger’s Curse series, I know I’m going to love it.

4) The Keeper of the Mist by: Rachel Neumeier

On my vacation I got to go back to the bookstore that I met Maggie Stiefvater in and peruse their shelves again.  This particular book was there when I saw Maggie, but I didn’t have the extra cash to get it until now.  This book is about a girl named Keri that is thrown into a powerful position after her estranged father’s death.  She must overcome her fear of the spotlight to lead or risk losing it all.

5) The Heart of Betrayal by: Mary E. Pearson

This is the second book in the Remnant Chronicles.  I don’t know much about this series other than it’s about a girl that runs away from an arranged marriage and a good guy and a bad guy are following her but you don’t know who is who.  I really want to go into this series blind and discover this world for myself.

6) Nevernight by: Jay Kristoff

Yet another book I know little about.  Honestly, I bought it because the author co-wrote one of my favorite books.  This book looks like it will be a dark and epic fantasy and I’m super excited to dive right in!

7) Furthermore by: Tahereh Mafi

I got this ARC from a friend of mine and flew through it in a couple of days.  I loved the book and the cover is to die for.  Never have I felt a more “buttery” soft cover.  I’m working on a review for this book currently.

8) Saga Vol. 6 by: Brian K. Vaughan

When I finally had some extra cash I knew I needed to pick this book up.  This graphic novel series is amazing and this book does not disappoint! I’m working on my review of this series so keep an eye out for it.

9) The Beauty of Darkness by: Mary E. Pearson

This is the third book in the Remnant Chronicles.

10) P.S. I Like You by: Kasie West

Lily scribbles some song lyrics on her desk one day and the next day finds that someone has continued the lyrics and added a message.  Soon they are sharing letters and secrets and Lily finds she is falling for her secret pen pal.  As Lily tries to find out who he is, she must juggle school, friends, and family. But love isn’t always spelled out for us.

11) Beneath Wandering Stars by: Ashlee Cowles

After her brother is wounded in Afghanistan, Gabriela must honor her vow and walk the Camino de Santiago.  But she must travel with her brither’s best friend-a boy she despises.  With no time to waste she must decide if it’s worth risking her own happiness to keep her promise.

12) Ghostly Echoes by: William Ritter

This is the 3rd instalment of the Jackaby series.  I loved the first two books in this series and hated waiting for this one to arrive on my doorstep.  Probably by the time this goes up I’ll have finished this book and be dreading the wait for the next one.  I’m also working on getting the reviews for this series up so stay tuned.

13) Orange: The Complete Collection 1 & 2 by: Ichigo Takano

I have seen this manga circle around Instagram and Youtube lately and it intrigued me enough to get them.  Lately I have been in a manga/graphic novel mood after reading Saga.  This manga is about a girl who gets a letter from herself 10 years in the future.  Her future self tells of some regrets she would like fixed in her life.  The girl blows it off until things said in the letter start coming true.  She must learn to face her fears and find her voice if she ever wants a chance to change her future.

14) Little Women by: Louisa May Alcott

It’s sad to say that I have never read this book.  I’ve heard a lot about the characters and the bond that these sisters have.  I was so excited to find a copy of this book in the Puffin In Bloom edition for only $3.99!  There was no way I could give up a deal that good!  Needless to say, I can now get to reading this book hopefully sooner than later.

15) Name of the Star by: Maureen Johnson

I actually already have this book, but I could not pass up a $2 hardcover with deckled pages.  Yes, I am that person that would rather have a hardcover than a paperback.

16) Tarnish by: Katherine Longshore

I don’t know much about this book other than it has to do with King Henry VIII.  I kind of want to keep it that way and go into this book blind.  I’ll definitely pick this book up when I’m in the mood for some historical fiction.

17) The Infinate Sea by: Rick Yancey

This is yet another book that I already have, but in paperback.  I found the hardcover for $2 and decided to part with my paperback.

18) The Ranger’s Apprentice Book 8 by: John Flanagan

I picked this book up because I want to complete my collection of the Ranger’s Apprentice books, but didn’t find out until I got home that it is a completely different edition from the ones I already own.

July Book Haul (2016)

This month I got quite a few books.  But it’s actually a bit less than I have gotten in previous months. I’m not going to give a complete synopsis for each of these book as this post would be miles long :p. Anyways, let’s get to the new books I got….

1) The Unexpected Everything by: Morgan Matson

  • This book was all over my Instagram this past month.  Now I’m not normally one for contemporary novels, but a lot of people who I follow on Instagram and YouTube loved this book.  I hope I like this book also and don’t find it cheesy like some of the contemporary novels I’ve read in the past.  With all the dogs on the cover I don’t think I could go wrong with this book.

2) Saga Vol.1-5 by: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

  • These have to be some of the greatest graphic novels I have ever read.  This series follows two soldiers from opposing sides of a galactic war that fall in love and have a baby.  Both fighting side do not want news of this baby to get out, and so ensues the race to find the deserters and their child and dispose of them.  I literally read all five of these books in one sitting, and I can’t wait to put up my review of them for you guys.  There is some mature content in these graphic novels so please read at your own discretion

3) Obsidian by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

  • This is the first ever Jennifer L. Armentrout book that I own.  I see her books everywhere and decided that I would give her a try.  Obsidian has been recommended by a lot of people, but the only things I know about it are there are alien and something about light.  Hopefully I can get to this series rather quickly.

4) Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

  • After surviving and F-5 tornado that killed his parents, Vane can only remember a beautiful, dark haired girl.  She now haunts his dreams, and he desperately wants her to be real.  Audra is real and she is Vane’s guardian and she must protect Vane as they both run from those who killed their parents.  When I first heard this premisis I knew I had to have this book, and now I do 🙂

5) Let the Storm Break by: Shannon Messenger

  • This is the second book in the Sky Fall series.  I have not yet read anything of the premisis because I dont want to spoil the first one.

6) Blue Exorcist Vol. 1 by: Kazue Kato

  • Barnes and Noble had a sale on Manga a few weeks back, and I decided to get this one.  I’ve heard a tiny bit about it, but my brother watched the anime and really liked it.  So hears hoping that this manga is great!

7) The Black Prism by: Brent Weeks

  • If you guys follow Regan or PeruseProject on YouTube, then you have probably heard how much she fawns over this book and series.  I had been looking for a new chunky high fantasy read and picked this one up due to her recommendation.  I’m super excited to read this and see how the magic system works in this book.

8) This Savage Song by: Victoria Schwab

  • This book was one of my most anticipated reads of this year.  I have not yet read anything by Victoria Schwab, but just about everyone I know loves her writing and recommends her a lot.  This book will definitely be interesting because it is a YA book that does not contain any romance whatsoever.

9) And I Darken by: Kiersten White

  • I absolutely love Target as they have a pretty great selection of YA books, but they also get a bunch of signed copies.  One day I had a bit of time to spare and I browsed to books and found the last signed copy that Target had left.  Of course I couldn’t pass it up!  I don’t know much about this book other than it is a Vlad the Impailer retelling that is gender flipped.

10) The Demon King by: Cinda Williams Chima

  • This is yet another book the Regan at PeruseProject recommended.  Again, I wanted more high fantasy books to read and figured I’d give this one a go too.

11) A World Without You by: Beth Revis

  • I read Beth Revis’ Across the Universe series in June and loved them.  When I found out she was coming out with a new book and really soon, I just had to get it.  There have been some mixed reviews on this book, and I’d really like to read it and make my own opinions on the book.  I’m hoping to get to this one rather soon and quench my craving for some more of her writing.

Well these are all the books that I got in the month of July.  Let me know if you guys have read any of these books and if there are any more that you would recommend I read in the comments.  I’d love to hear from you!