October – December Book Haul

Hello! I know that I haven’t been posting in the longest time (longer than usual), but I have been busy with work and life in general. I haven’t even had enough time to read! Anyway, this is what I got in October:

 

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Harper Collins Fall Preview Tour to gain product knowledge about the new fall releases of 2016. Because of this tour, I was able to learn about more about books I haven’t even heard of before; it also opened my eyes to two YA books I wouldn’t have considered picking up (but you’ll see them further down in this post).

The HC team was nice enough to provide everyone with a swag bag filled with goodies. Kenneth Oppel also made an appearance to talk about his new book Every Hidden Thing and had a meet and greet/book signing afterwards. It was great! Finally, now onto the books:

(synopses linked to Goodreads)

Every Hidden Thing

Carve the Mark

Closed Casket

Map of Bones

Dragon Springs Road

 

As for November, I purchased these books for my birthday. I didn’t have any time to get them in October (when my actual birthday is. Also, Blood for Blood came out on November 1st) so I bought them all at once.

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Gemina and Blood for Blood were some of my most anticipated sequels of 2016. Both books had phenomenal first novels and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on their sequels. The Midnight Star was also one of my most anticipated books of 2016. The series is over and I’m scared to see how it will end. When I first heard about Something in Between, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The main character’s name is Jasmine and she is Filipina. I mean, THAT’S ME! MY NAME IS JASMIN AND I’M FILIPINA. What are the odds? I’ve never read any books with filipino characters, let alone a filipina protagonist! I am so excited to read these books. Here are the books that I bought in November:

The Midnight Star

Blood for Blood

Something in Between

Gemina

December books:

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The Female of the Species and Girl Mans Up are the two books that I picked up after hearing about them during the Harper Collins Tour. They both deal with topics that aren’t really talked about a lot in YA. I bought this version of The Book Thief because of how beautiful it is. I’ve heard some mixed reviews about Heartless but I want to give it a shot myself to see how it will go. I finally got around to buying the illustrated editions of the Harry Potter books; it was a Christmas present to myself from me. HAHA.

The Female of the Species

Girl Mans Up

The Book Thief

Heartless

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


 

And that’s it for now. Thanks for sticking around, and I’ll see you in the next post! Take care of yourself.

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August & September Book Haul & Wrap Up

These are the books that I’ve bought this month:

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(Synopses linked to Goodreads)

Milk and Honey

The Assassin’s Blade

A Torch Against the Night

Illuminae

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The 3 Books I’ve read in August are: 

A Court of Mist and Fury – Rating: 4.75 Stars

This book was probably the wildest book that I’ve read so far this year. I don’t even know where to begin because there is so much to talk about. Since this is a wrap up, I’m going to try to keep it short. When I first started the book, I was worried about how long I was going to get into it because of how lengthy the book is; it’s literally thicker than a brick. I thought that pacing issues were also going to be a thing because of the books length. Many situations can be dragged out or rushed when you have a book this big, but this was not the case at all. Everything felt essential to the story and was well thought out. I greatly appreciated how much Feyre changed and grew as a character in this novel.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Rating: 3 Stars

Whenever I look at this book, I’m never sure how to feel about it. I have had a few people ask me about my thoughts about the novel and all I can ever give them is a shrug and an,”I mean, I guess I enjoyed it”. A few of the things that I did love about about this book is that we were placed back into the world that we want to be in with the characters that we all know and love.

Milk and Honey – Rating: 4 Stars

I’m not entirely sure how I’m supposed to rate poetry, but this was one of the books that hit me so hard in the feelings in such a short amount of time.

 

And now for my September books: 

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June & July Book Haul & Wrap Up

Hellooo, once again! I thought that my posts would look a lot better with a featured image, so I created one. I’m so excited to make these because they are super cute. Anyway, June has been such an excellent reading month for me. A month filled with so much adventure and romance. Here we go!

These are the books that I’ve gotten this month:

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(Linked to Goodreads) 

Lady Midnight

The Rose and the Dagger 

The 8 books that I read in June are:

Stars Above – Rating: 3.5 Stars

I was so excited to read this when I got my hands on the book. When I found out that it came with an epilogue that I needed to read, I couldn’t wait until it arrived at the library. We go to see so much backstory with most of the characters that we know and love, right before they’re introduced. Because of this, the Lunar Chronicles world is greatly explored. My favourite stories would be Thorne’s story, Winter’s story, and the epilogue. In my opinion, any story involving Thorne will always be a great one. Winter’s story gave us insight to more about her character. Compared to the other characters, I think that Winter has the shortest amount of time in the book. With this short story, we get to see in greater detail as to what made her wanting to stop using her powers. I also loved how cute the epilogue was. Seeing the whole gang together one last time was the perfect way to end the series. It’s over and done, but I will always love the Lunar Chronicles.

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods – Rating: 4 Stars

These two books made it possible for me to love Greek Mythology even more. With Greek Gods, I knew some of the stories going into the book, but the way that it’s told in Percy’s voice made it all the more entertaining. I’ve never laughed so much in a book before. This book showcases how awful and childish the gods and goddesses are, and I absolutely loved it. Greek Gods highlighted how much I already knew and educated me in how much I didn’t know. For example, I knew the highlights of the story of Persephone, but I didn’t know how much Zeus and Helios were involved. I think my favourite stories are the ones about the creation of the world, Aphrodite’s, Persephone’s, Artemis and Apollos’, and Hephaestus’. But now that I think of it, the whole book was amazing. The illustrations we extremely on point as well. That goes for both of the books.

Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes – Rating: 4.5 Stars

You can’t read one without the other, so right after I finished Greek Gods, I picked up Greek Heroes and loved it even more. Going into this book, there were some heroes that I didn’t know about. There were some names like Atalanta and Orpheus that were familiar, but I wasn’t entirely sure what their stories were about. If I had to choose between these two Percy Jackson books, I think that I liked Greek Heroes better. With this novel, the tales were abundant with adventure, love, survival, and quests rather than its counterpart about the Greek gods; this made it very interesting with each of the stories. My favourite of the 12 tales are Psyche, Otrera, Daedalus, Atalanta, some parts of Theseus, Cyrene, and Hercules’ story (even thought it was lengthy). Reading these in Percy’s voice once again, was an enjoyable experience. If you’re looking for a great time, I highly recommend these two books.

The Raven King – Rating: 4 Stars

The Raven King was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I had no idea what to expect; the only thing I was sure about was that I was excited to see my favourite characters again. Going back into the world of ley lines, dead Welsh kings, and out of the ordinary powers took a little bit fully immerse myself in the strange atmosphere. The writing, as usual, was hypnotising. We had a lot of questions answered, but I felt like I didn’t get enough closure; I still had few unanswered questions that was floating around in my head. One of my favourite things about the series as a whole, is that the relationship between the Raven Boys and Blue is so strong. They care for one another so deeply and think of themselves as family. There is a new addition to the group, but I wish that he was introduced earlier in the series to make his transition into the gang smoother. I live for the character interactions. The friendship between Blue and Ronan was one of my favourite things to read; everything that came out of their mouths was pure gold. I think the only gripe that I have with this book is that it just ends. There is so much build up throughout the whole series and it ends just like that. I wanted so much more. I wanted to see more of Blue and Gansey interactions, Adam and Ronan together, and Noah in general. I love the series so much but I wish that we got more of a goodbye from everyone. The Raven King wasn’t the best finale that I’ve read, but it was still good. I’ll never forget the fantastic Raven Cycle.

Love & Gelato – Rating: 3 Stars

I thought that Love & Gelato was a great fluffy book to read to get out of my mythology kick. It was incredibly cute, and a quick read. That being said, I couldn’t connect with this novel very much. I thought the plot involving Lina’s mom’s journal about her time in Tuscany and the whole mystery behind it was very cool. One of the strongest points of this novel is the setting; you can perfectly visualise the endless scenery the author paints with her words. The characters felt relatable, but I didn’t care about them very much. I picked up on small hints of instalove. The romance felt bland; there was barely any chemistry between the two leads as lovers. I would have much rather have them as friends. Some of the side characters felt extremely flat, and a few were merely used as plot devices. All of that negativity aside, the book was still a cute read. Anyone looking for a fluffy contemporary should pick this book up.

Hamilton the Revolution – Rating: 5 Stars

My two favourite things coming together: Hamilton and books. The Hamiltome was a nice change in my reading pace. I absolutely love the musical, so I had to read this as soon as possible. Seeing how the play came together from the first idea all the way up to opening night was a journey in itself. The book was filled with all of the behind the scenes work, rough drafts, costume designs, and some scans from Lin’s notebooks. It really put in perspective how much time and effort it took just to start the development of the whole production. The annotations and footnotes of the song lyrics really made the book for me. While I loved seeing the behind the scenes pictures and cut songs from the musical, Lin’s annotations brought his thoughts and little comments out into the light and showed me what his thought process was like when he was writing. Just hearing Lin’s voice through the pages made me really happy. I feel like any big fans of the musical should give this book a read through just to appreciate it more.

The Fill-In Boyfriend – Rating: 3.5 Stars

The Fill-In Boyfriend was one of the fastest books I have read this month. It literally felt like I flew through the pages because of how quickly I was reading. This book was also an incredibly cute contemporary read and really enjoyed it. I am absolute trash for the ‘fake relationship’ trope so this book hooked me right from the get go. I thought that the characters were very real and relatable for the most part. I had some fluctuating good/not so good feelings towards Gia. She was shallow, selfish, and most of her thoughts and concerns revolved around boys.  Some of the things she would say or do made me roll my eyes a great deal, but she really grew into a better person by the end. Bec was so incredibly real and straight to the point. I think she was my favourite character. I also really loved Fake Bradley ( I want to keep his name a mystery). I love it when characters have hobbies and other interests going for them outside of the main romance. Speaking of the romance, I could actually feel it coming through the pages. Gia and Fake Bradley had so much chemistry I was so here for it. The one thing that frustrated me the most was the miscommunication and lying that went down. So much could have been avoided if things were explained. I loved how entertaining this book was.

The Darkest Part of the Forest – Rating: 3 Stars

I think that The Darkest Part of the Forest is my first book in the fae genre. I typically don’t reach for fae books as often as other people, so I didn’t know what to expect going into this book. My favourite aspect about the book was that anything involving magic and all things unusual was the norm in the town of Fairfold. I am so used to seeing stories about outside world being clueless about the existence of other-worldly beings, that reading about a town that knows about fairy folklore and superstitions was very refreshing for me. I didn’t have an attachment to any of the characters, but the story was very interesting. When the plot got closer to the end, I never felt like the characters were in any danger. I don’t know, but I just found myself not caring as much as I normally do. And I hated feeling that way! I wanted to care, but there wasn’t much for me to grasp onto. There were some plot twists and character reveals that I greatly appreciated; they highlighted parts of the story and made it more interesting. This book was good, but not very memorable.

THANK YOU PHILIP FOR GETTING THIS BOOK ON MY BIRTHDAY. YOU’RE GREAT

And now for my July book haul

The local bookstore had a buy 3 for $10 deal on classics. The new covers were gorgeous and the deal for them was great, so why pass up the golden opportunity to score some great books?

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April and May Book Haul & Wrap up

I’m back again, and NOT THAT LATE THIS TIME. I’m slowly getting my reading groove back into place. I bought some books, and read some more. Here we go!

These are the books that I’ve bought this month:
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(Linked to Goodreads)

The Winner’s Kiss

And these are the books that I’ve read in April:

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Rating: 3.5 Stars

This was another book where the movie trailer motivated me to pick it up. I thought that this book was solid. One of my favourite aspects of the book were its mysteriousness and chilling atmosphere. This is particularly evident in the beginning, when you’re thrown into a world you know nothing about. If you’re worried about this book being scary, don’t worry because it didn’t feel scary at all. The creepiest thing about the book are the vintage pictures. I found the characters likeable, although I didn’t feel any connections to them. Their peculiarities made me feel like it was X-men but with children. (super coolsssss) I think that this book could’ve done without the romance. I couldn’t pick up on any chemistry between the two people, but that is just how I feel. The plot moved in a slow to medium pace to set everything up and in motion, but picked up towards the latter half. Overall, I enjoyed this book and will definitely pick up Hollow City very soon.

(side note. I don’t like how they switched up Emma’s fire powers to air for the movie. WHY?)

I’ll Give You the Sun – Rating: 5 Stars 

This book was exactly what I was looking for to get me back into reading. I LOVED this book! Our main characters Noah and Jude are so rich with personality, depth, and are appropriately flawed. I loved reading about them so much. Within the first two pages, I was hooked into the story; the writing was so beautiful I couldn’t put the book down. I’ll Give You the Sun is told in alternating POV’s when the twins are 13 and 16 (Noah’s POV when they’re 13, and Jude’s POV when they’re 16). Reading the story like this kept me wondering about what happened in between those years to mess up their unbreakable bond. I absolutely loved how close they were with each other. Whenever I read a part that unlocked a piece of their problem, I wanted to scream for a little while into my book. More than anything, I wanted Jude and Noah to talk everything out and set everything straight. There were so many things I loved about this book! Reading about lgbt+ diversity was brilliant as well. Noah and his neighbour are SO CUTE. This book deals with relationships, love, loss, sexuality, art, and expression. The only downside I can think about is how everything neatly wrapped up pretty quickly but other than that, I thought this book was perfect.

For my May book haul, I purchased these books:

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February and March Book Haul & Wrap Up

I think that I’ll start doing wrap ups for every two months from now on. I didn’t buy any books in February, but I did read a total of 5 books this month. I would also like to say that I had a fantastic reading month.

These are the books that I’ve read in February:

 

Me Before You – Rating: 5 Stars

I want to start off saying that I loved this book so much. I have so many feelings towards this book. I put off reading Me Before You for the longest time ever, until I saw the trailer for the movie. Our main two characters felt so real. I thought Louisa was a very relatable protagonist; she reminded me about myself and how she isn’t the most ambitious person on the block, but is extremely caring, thoughtful, and hard working . And then you have Will. Before his accident, he was an ambitious man of adventure and exploration. Together, they change each others’ lives and learn from one another. I really loved their relationship and how much they grew in their character arcs. The writing was so easy to fall into. I ended up reading more than half of the book in one night. Long story short, I highly recommend this book. Just be prepared with tissues handy.

The Mark of Athena – Rating: 4.5 Stars

We’re back with another instalment of our favourite heroes. I think my favourite part about this book was that we got to see everyone come together as a team and kick butt. I don’t know what it is, but there is something awesome about people with powers/abilities grouping up and working together (the avengers, justice league, xmen) that I just love and we got to see it in this book with our crew. I don’t know how Rick Riordan does it, but his books are hilarious! As always, the book is an action packed and fast paced experience. And especially with that book ending, I need to read House of Hades as soon as possible.

Wolf by Wolf – Rating: 4.5 Stars

From the moment I heard what this book was about, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I love reading books involving history. This story tells an alternate version of World War 2 and how Germany and Japan won against the Allied Powers. The two countries, Germany and Japan, hold an annual motorcyle race throughout the continent to commemorate their victory of the war. At the end of the race, the winner gets to meet Hitler. This is where our main protagonist Yael comes in; she is a former death camp prisoner in charge of impersonating a previous winner to get into the race.Her abilities as a skinshifter (she can change her appearance at will) are utilized to complete her only goal: to win the race and kill Hitler. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought that the pacing was great, and the characters were so interesting. To me, I felt like I couldn’t connect to Yael as much as I could with other characters. I also feel like it is justifiable because of her ability that has her take the place of so many people. I just hope that she finds her own identity in the next book. I felt like I couldn’t trust any of the other characters because of how backstabby and cutthroat they were; that made me love them more. I didn’t know if I could trust anyone at all. All in all, this book was very enjoyable.

November 9 – Rating: 5 Stars

Colleen Hoover is so great with her contemporaries. I loved the concept of the characters meeting every November 9. There were so many highs and lows within this book; it had me jumping up and down with excitement one moment and screaming while chucking the book towards the other side of the room in the next. Colleen Hoover’s writing is so addictive that it felt like I flew through the whole book in a matter of minutes. I don’t want to say too much about this book because I feel like it’s best to just to read and go along with it all.

Frozen Tides – Rating: 4.5 Stars

I didn’t know that it was possible for the series to get even better, yet here we are. I absolutely loved Frozen Tides. The plot definitely picked up towards the second half of the story but it was all so great. I do want to have a full review about my thoughts and feelings towards this book so I don’t want to say too much yet. Just know that it exceeded my expectations and the fifth book isn’t coming fast enough.

 

And now for my March book haul. These are the books that I have bought this month:

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December and January Book Haul & Wrap Up

This post has been so overdue but here it is! My book haul and wrap ups starting with the month of December.

Here they are (with linked synopses from Goodreads): 

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Everything, Everything 

Fangirl

Carry On

The Rose Society

My True Love Gave to Me

The Lost Hero

The Son of Neptune

The Mark of Athena

The House of Hades

The Blood of Olympus

And these are the books that I’ve read this December:

All the Bright Places – Rating: 4 stars

Thank you to my friend, Kyla for giving this to me for my birthday. This book caught me by surprise. I loved the two perspectives that we got to look through, but I enjoyed reading through Finch’s POV more than Violets. This book made me want to wander and find places in my area to explore with someone.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters – Rating: 4 stars

I have succeeded in my goal of finishing the trilogy off before the year ended! It took a little while for me to get back into the world after reading the second instalment months ago. This book had the same unique characters, insanely rich world, and beautiful romance between Karou and Akiva. It was a beautiful ending.

My True Love Gave to Me – Rating: 3.5 stars

This collection of stories is perfect for the holiday season. Although they were cute and fun to read, I genuinely liked about 3 or 4 of the stories. My favourites would have to be from Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Gayle Forman, and Kiersten White. If you’re looking for something light and breezy to read, you should pick this book up.

The Lightning Thief – Rating: 4.5 stars

My plan is to finish the Percy Jackson series and The Heroes of Olympus in time for the release of the Trials of Apollo. It was just like how I remembered it when I first read this book in the 7th grade. TLT was action packed, hilarious, full of mythology, and great characters. Percy is so great.

The Sea of Monsters – Rating: 4 stars

I enjoyed SoM as well, but not as much as TLT. I kind of wish that the book was a little bit longer. I love how each book is a new quest that builds up into the greater story. Percy, Annabeth, and Grover are as fun as ever in this new adventure. We are introduced into some new characters, backstory, and even more mythology. I love where this series is headed.

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November Book Haul & Wrap Up

I have been so busy lately! I have recently gotten a job at a bookstore and most of my time has been devoted to that. I almost never have a book haul this huge, but this month was a special one. I celebrated my 18th and I received some books from my friends and family.

Here they are (I will also link their synopses from Goodreads):

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Heir of Fire

Winter

All the Bright Places

Half Bad

A Monster Calls 

The Darkest Part of the Forest

Six of Crows

These are the books that I’ve read this month:

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Half Bad – Rating: 3.5 Stars

I thought Half Bad was a solid book. The beginning and end chapters of the book were the most exciting for me to read. I felt like there were some parts in the middle where it dragged on and nothing much happened. I think that I will continue with the rest of the trilogy.

Six of Crows – Rating: 5 Stars

Six of Crows was everything I wanted and more. I fell in love with the Grisha world once again thanks to queen Leigh Bardugo. The characters made the whole story for me; I truly cared about all of the mains and hoped that the heist succeeded. I think Inej is my favourite out of the whole squad. The writing is so darn beautiful. My expectations for this book was incredibly high because of my love for the Grisha Trilogy, but I’ve got to say that this book has surpassed them. I am so glad that there is going to be a sequel.

A Game of Thrones – Rating 4 Stars

It was so refreshing to finally read and finish the book that started my favourite TV series. It took me a heck of a long time to finish the book because I kept setting it aside to read other books, but when I found the time to read it, I couldn’t put it down. The book gave me insight to the characters’ thoughts the way the show couldn’t. It was great.

So yeah, this month hasn’t been the best reading month for me, but I have a lot of books that are on my TBR now. Talk to you soon!