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June Haul

Hello, welcome to June, and it’s over already! But that’s okay because it’s my birthday next month, and by next month I mean in a couple of days time! Until then these are the books that I bought in June.

Mr Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker

29773957Remember when I said that Jane Eyre is my absolute favourite book in the world? Remember when i said how much I love alternative POV’s? Well my prayers may have been answered with this book. The story of Mr Rochester, the main love interest in Jane Eyre, but wait theres more. This books is first person. I’ll just let that sink in for a moment. First person. Mr Rochester. Don’t get me wrong, I have my reservations, since this obviously isn’t written by Charlotte Bronte, but unless I can raise her from the grave and force her to write this book, Mr Rochester is as close as I’m going to get.

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May Haul

Best. Month. Ever. Why, you may ask? Because I finished my exams? No. Because I finished my final year of university? No? Because it was ACoWAR release month, of course!

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A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACoTaR #3) by Sarah J. Maas

23766634As the final book in the trilogy, although there will be additional books set in Prythian, I have been waiting for this book since I first finished ACoMaF last year. Easily my most anticipated book of the year, and at the risk of this turning into a fan-girl session, it was totally worth the wait.

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April Book Haul

April is supposed to be another busy month for me but I’m still buying books, but in my defence I have started buying some that will go toward my New Years Resolutions, and  here are they are.

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To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (Kindle)

18971949This was cheep enough that I could justify picking it up as this months book for the 100 Classics and Beyond Book Club, over on GoodReads. As I’ve said in my TBR, I am very in the dark regarding the plot of this book, but as far as I can understand it revolves around one family who always spend the summer at their holiday home in Scotland.

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February Book Haul

As of right now I have read 19 book this year which translates to 3 books I’m allowed to buy, so if we ignore the audible subscription I am on top of things. Yay! My new years resolution lasted a month. and here are the books that I bought in February:

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King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard [Released February 9th 2017]

30226723This is one of my most anticipated books this year so I pre-ordered this a long time again and now that time has finally come. King’s Cage is going to be dealing with the aftermath of that shocking thing that happened at the end of Glass Sword. I don’t know about anybody else but the person who Mare is going to be spending a lot of time with is one of my favourites and I’m super glad that we’re going to be seeing more of that person. I’m being so careful about spoilers here, because of the huge plot twist that happened back in book one, but I hope you can see just how excited I am to finally be reading the conclusion to this amazing trilogy.

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January Haul

In an effort to control the amount of books I have hanging around (and maybe even save some money) I’m trying to stick to the ‘read 5, buy 1’ system. I saw this a few years ago in a YouTube video but I just can’t remember whose it was. I think it’s pretty self-explanatory, but what it means is that yo have to read 5 books, before you can buy one. I’m hoping that this will mean my TBR will be super low by the end of 2017.

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Kindle:

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

27074515I actually bought this in paperback the same time as I bought An Ember in the Ashes but just haven’t got around to reading it. Since I read much more on my kindle (and this was free for some reason) I though having it might motivate me to read it. Not that it makes all that much difference but because it was free and already on my TBR I’m not counting this toward my challenge. The Dark Days Club is a YA Historical Fantasy and sounds to me a lot like The Infernal Devices but in the Regency era, rather than the Victorian era. After a mysterious disappearance Lady Helen joins forces with, the hopefully very attractive, William, Earl of Carston, to uncover the culprits. I’m not sure where exactly they come into play but I’m pretty sure there are demons here somewhere, and I love demon-hunting.

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Christmas Book Haul

Another Christmas over and done with and these are the books Father Christmas brought me…

The Hamiltome (or Hamilton:The Revolution) by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

26200563Hamilton is a Tony award winning Broadway musical, from Lin-Manuel Miranda, about the life of founding father and America’s first treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton. The soundtrack is absolutely fantastic as it is very heavily inspired by hip-hop and rap, not something you usually hear in musical theatre. This non-fiction book, offers a unique look at both the history of Hamilton the man and the musical, and I, for once cannot get enough of anything Hamilton so this is a must-read! Not to mention that the hardback is epic, despite on being a couple hundred pages with beautiful deckled edged pages giving it a gorgeously vintage feel.

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December Book Haul

December is my favourite time of the year, and here are the books that I bought for myself this month.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

29415084.jpgTechnically bought in November, it was just a tad too late to get onto my last haul, so I figured it would do for this month. Morgan Matson, has written some great summery YA contemporaries, like Amy and Roger’s epic Detour and Since You’ve Been Gone, and that is exactly what this one is. This follows Andie, an A-star student who is thrown off her pedestal by some sort of scandal. As a result her summer plans have disappeared, and the is left with all this free time and nothing to do with it, a foreign concept for such type-A personality. Since there’s usually a cute romance, I will be expecting one, and I’ll probably wait till Summer to read all about it.

Nocturnal Animals (or Tony and Susan) by Austin Wright

32930916After seeing the trailer for the Tom Ford directed film adaptation, with Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhall, I was really eager to see it. But, as per, I ended up not finding the time and bought the book instead. Previously published as Tony and SusanNocturnal Animas is a thriller, following Susan, now a doctor’s wife, as she receives a package from her ex-husband, containing the manuscript for a novel that he’s written and in the process of publishing. From her on in the narrative is split into three, Susan reading the book (the present), the story within the story (the manuscript), and also a look back at her relationship with her ex-husband Edward (the past). I’m looking forward to seeing how these three narratives intersect, and always love a story within a story.

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

18392459In a YA contemporary, that ventures into the world of sci-fi, the world is about to be destroyed by an asteroid, Tommy Wallach asks us, what we would do if we knew the world was coming to an end. Two months are all four teenagers have left, and even I am wondering how this is going to play out. Despite the asteroid I get the feeling that this is going to lean more toward the coming-of-age type of story, and I can only hope it has the same sort of impact as my favourite coming-of-age, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This is all you get from the blurb, so hopefully, since this seems character driven, the characters will be vivid and fleshed out.

Beautiful Player (Beautiful Bastard #3) by Christina Lauren

17831614This is a new-adult contemporary romance, emphasis on the new-adult, and definitely not suitable for younger readers. Despite technically being a part of a series, each book follows a different couple, so in Beautiful Player we get two fresh faces in Hanna and Will. Hanna is a grad student, who’s a bit of a bookworm looking to get out of her comfort zone, when she meets her brother’s friend, Will, a playboy venture capitalist. Yes, these books can be predictable, full of cheesy moments and happy endings but I love them. They’re super quick, definitely addictive and I am all over anything that I can ship. These books aren’t going to will an Pultizer anytime soon, but they’re really we-written for what they are, and I love them.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

18161930.jpgFrom my experience, Neil Gaiman has his own unique brand of fantasy, but this does make the set-up a little complicated. Out protagonist is a man called Shadow, recently released from prison in an urban-fantasy setting, that leans heavier on the fantasy side. After meeting another man, Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a god, the two set off on a road trip across the USA, as Shadow makes his way home, while the supernatural surrounds them. Honestly, this sounds epic, but I do feel like it’s the sort of book you have to throw yourself wholeheartedly into the concept. I love the idea of Neil Gaiman, and I love both the film adaptation and original book of Stardust, so I’m hoping I’m going to love this just as much.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

17727802Do you like superheroes? Because this is a sci-fi book about just that. From the author of the epic-fantasy, Mistborn trilogy, Brandon Sanderson introduces us to a word where after a certain event it becomes possible for men and women to possess superpowers. These people are called Epics, and are revered by the muggles of the world, but it seems that the Epics aren’t as nice as they seem. As luck would have it there is a band of rebels, the Reckoners, who are willing to take on the Epics. As a huge fan of both Marvel, and DC (judge me if you must) I am all over the superhero craze at the moment and am super excited to see Sanderson’s take on the genre.

Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #2 & #3) by Cassandra Clare

infernal-devicesCassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter world is one that I can never get enough of and, even though I already own these books in paperback, when I saw that the Kindle editions were a daily deal I jumped at the chance. This YA historical-fantasy series takes place in Victorian England, where an American girl with the ability to shape shift falls in with a group of Nephilim (Humans, with Ange blood) whose purpose in life is to hunt down and kill the demos that slip between dimensions. Since I have already read these, a couple of times, you can check out my SPOILER FREE series review HERE.

Keep an eye out for a special Christmas Book Haul and, as always, thanks for Reading!

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November Book Haul

Well, it has been a VERY sparse month for book buying, which is probably a good thing, and I think that was definitely a conscious effort on my behalf. It was also down to a combination of NaNoWriMo (less time for reading) and Christmas shopping (less money for buying), which is definitely a blessing in disguise.

A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir

25716704I received this gem courtesy of Harper Collins and a Goodreads giveaway and I am super grateful for that. I read it straight away and have posted a review which you can check out for more information. A Torch Again the Night is the second book in a YA fantasy series that deals with a slave girl and a unwilling mercenary in training, Laia and Elias, with heavy Roman Empire influences, and slow burning fantasy elements. Obviously I can’t give any detail about plot because of spoiler for the first book, An Ember in the Ashes, but I can tell you that it’s amazing. I also have review here that is SPOILER FREE for this book, but not for the first, if you would like my thoughts in a bit more depth.

Map of Bones by Francesca Haig

 

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unexpected in the same package, which was a lovely surprise. I’d never heard of either the title or the author but the ARC is quite lovely, a lot of pinks and orange and black. The cover you can see here is the final art, and while it’s a shame that I couldn’t find a picture of the ARC art, this one is also quite beautiful. After some research I discovered that this is actually the second book in the Fire Sermon Series, which is a YA dystopian series. From what I understand the first book tells the story of twins, Cassandra and Zac, teens living in a post-nuclear world where people are separated into two groups, Alphas and Omegas and they are actually on different sides. It sounds really intriguing, and I’m interested in why and how these sibling are operated, hopefully it’s going to be told in dual perspective, but I don’t know, so we will just have to wait and see. Since this remise does sound elaborate I think I will try to get hold of the first book in this trilogy before picking the second up.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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And, here we are, with Leigh Bardugo once more. You must be sick of me talking about her by now, does a post go by where I do not mention this duology? Here we go again. Crooked Kingdom is the final book in a duology about a bunch of thieving misfits and picks up right where Six of Crows left off. I pre-ordered this on my kindle, because I knew I had to have straight away, but got sent a signed bookplate thats to a pre-order promotion with Books With Bite, so now I have a paperback to put it in. And that is why I needed a second copy of this book, just in case you were wondering. As you probably know by now I do have a SPOILER FREE review just waiting for you to take a gander at here.

Fantastic Beats and Where To Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K Rowling

30030950.jpgAllow me to transport you back a few months ago where I can specifically remember saying the following words to my friend: “I don’t think I’ll be buying the screenplay, it’s just a waste of money.”. I ordered this from Amazon on Friday the 18th of November, the day the film came out, hours after I came out of that midnight showing. Yes, that’s the sort of willpower I possess when it comes to J.K Rowling, and just books in general. I regret nothing. Just in case you have no idea what this is about, if follows the adventures of Newt Scamander, author of the textbook that Harry & Co. use in their lessons, as he accidentally looses some of his creatures in 1920’s New York. Obviously it is a screenplay, so you don’t get anything more than you did in the film, it’s just a matter of noticing some extra bits that you might not have picked up on. It’s also beautiful, while I’m not a huge fan of Hardbacks, I can’t deny the gold lettering against the midnight blue is going to look gorgeous on my shelf.

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

30367320.jpgNext I got Stealing Snow, a urban fantasy re-telling of one of ‘The Snow Queen’, by Danielle Paige. We kick off with our protagonist Snow, committed to a mental asylum after her fist kiss turns her boyfriend, Bale, violent, I guess if you’re familiar with the source material you will recognise that little incident. Urban fantasy is one of my favourite genres and I’m also always up for a retelling and ‘The Snow Queen’ is one of my favourite fairytales so I look forward to seeing how it’s been retold.  I’ve never seen if in YA before, or really anywhere other than a straight forward adaptation, so it will be super interesting to see how that is interpreted and adapted for a modern day setting. I’ve also heard that Paige’s other series, set around Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz is really good too.

Bucky Barnes: The inter Soldier Vol.1; The Man on the Wall by Ales Kot, Marco Rudy and Langdon Foss

25661166Finally, as a little motivational treat I downloaded this graphic novel on my kindle.Bucky is my favourite character in the marvel universe, so it was an easy choice to make, even though I haven’t heard fantastic review. This takes place after the tragedy of ‘The Original Sin’, which, even though I had no idea what that was, wasn’t something that I could find out about from this books itself. I am thinking of writing a proper review for this at some point, but I will say that it is set in space and the art is gorgeous, even on my iPad. This will be my third graphic novel this year, and my first ever one from Marvel, as I begin to further explore this intriguing medium.

And that’s that. Like I said I showed a lot of restraint this month, or maybe it was just a lack of time to shop, who know, either way this looks sensible. You will be seeing a few of these also make an appearance in my November Wrap-Up so keep you eyes peeled for that.

What’s your favourite book you bought in November? Have you seen Fantastic Beasts yet?

Thanks for reading?