July Book Haul.

 

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I was meant to be on a book buying ban this month. That lasted like three days? I only bought five books but they did cost me a lot of money… Well not a lot but more than I usually pay for books in a month. But I did get a pretty good deal. I’ll talk about that later though. 1

So the first book I got was sent to me from HarperCollins New Zealand. I’d seen this on Booktube I think and thought it sounded like something I’d enjoy.

I think this is about siblings, a brother and sister, competing for the throne? I’m not 100% sure so don’t quote me on that.

This would totally have been a cover buy for me had I not had the opportunity to review it because this cover is gorgeous.

I think I’ve read two books by Charbonneau. So I’m looking forward to reading this.

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The second book I received to review was from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review. I didn’t realize this was a sequel until it arrived so I won’t be reading it until I have a copy of the first book. Which I haven’t gotten around to buying yet.

I haven’t really read much about this because it is a sequel but I know it’s about mermaids, or a mermaid.. Whatever. I’ll figure it out when I get a copy of Lorelei.

This is another book with a gorgeous cover. And it’s even better in person because the gold scales are holo I think.

The next five books I bought for myself. I went into a local second-hand bookstore and these were sitting on the counter. Apparently they were an unwanted gift and the guy3 took them into the store. I already had the paperback editions of the A Song of Ice and Fire series but I couldn’t just leave them.

So I started talking to the woman in the store about the books and she took $10 off for me and then I was like “okay I’ll take them.” Now I have to sell my other editions.

I have read the series up to A Dance with Dragons twice and I’ve read A Game of Thrones three times. I still want to re-read A Dance with Dragons before the next book comes out. If it ever comes out. So obviously there’s no rush for that re-read.

The next book I got was a surprise from Penguin Random House New Zealand. I’d read 4the synopsis of this but didn’t request it. I do plan on reading this for ARC August though.

So from what I remember of the synopsis a woman is at home making dinner and the next thing she knows she’s waking up in the hospital… The police are saying she was up to no good. Her best friend doesn’t know what to think. Her husband is on her side. But she’s not sure who to believe. I think it sounds pretty good and I’m looking forward to reading it.

I don’t know when I’ll get to it though because I’m in another reading slump at the moment so yay me. I’m reading The Crown’s Game to try to get out of it. 5

Hachette New Zealand sent me a copy of City of Circles to review. This is another book I have on my ARC August TBR.

I think this follows a girl who lost her parents and is trying to find out what happened to them. And something about a circus. But I’m not really sure what.

Fans of Erin Morgenstern will apparently like this. I haven’t read her books though so I’m not sure what to expect. Which I think is good because it won’t let me down.

Okay so this isn’t the kind of book I usually read but it said fans of Jojo Moyes will enjoy 6this and even though I’ve only read two books by her I did enjoy them.

I’m just going to admit that since I read the synopsis a couple of months ago I cannot remember what this is about. But I am looking forward to reading it. It’ll give me a break from the books I usually read, which is always a good thing for me.

I don’t know when I’ll be reading this though. My TBR is a little crazy this month but I’ll hoping that I can get to it soon. There was also something mentioned about keeping the secret once you’ve read the book. Which seems really interesting… 7

Allen and Unwin New Zealand also sent me a copy of Sparrow to review. This was a complete surprise as I didn’t request it. But because it’s by an Australian author I think I’ll give it a chance. One day.

I don’t remember what this is about either. Obviously it has something to do with alligators or crocodiles… I guess I’ll find out whenever I pick it up. I think my mother plans to read it as well. I’m not really sure why… But whatever. I don’t care if she wants to read it first. She probably will get to it before I do.

Hachette New Zealand also sent me a copy of The Taste of Blue Light to review. This isn’t 8out til next month but I do have it on my ARC August TBR. I’ll probably read this at the end of August though.

I think this is about a girl who wakes up from a coma and her dreams, or nightmares, are all in red. I don’t know what that has to do with blue light but I’m sure it’ll make sense when I read the book.

I thought this sounded really interesting when I read the synopsis so I’m looking forward to reading this as well. There’s a note at the start of the book that made it sound really good too but I can’t remember who wrote it.

I can’t remember who sent me a copy of Slave Power. I think it actually came from the author but that’s not who I requested it from…. 9

I did read the synopsis of this but it was so long ago that I don’t remember what the book is about. I know it’s the first in a new series and that it’s meant to have a strong female lead. But that’s all I can remember.

Oh, it’s also by a New Zealand author which is a big reason behind me wanting to read it. I love supporting local authors. I’ve never heard of Raewyn Dawson until I was sent an email about the book.

Anyway, this is on my August TBR, which I will be sharing this weekend.

Bonnier Publishing Australia sent me a copy of And Fire Came Down to review. This is 10the sequel to Resurrection Bay which I read and reviewed a couple of months ago. If you want to read that review you can check it out here.

I really enjoyed Resurrection Bay so I’m excited to read And Fire Came Down. I think Caleb, the main character, is investigating the death of a woman when it leads him back to his hometown again.

I have And Fire Came Down on my August TBR and am hoping to read it soon. But I also have a couple of other books to read first. 11

I received some surprise book mail from Bloomsbury Australia in July. These two were completely unexpected but definitely welcome.

I don’t know when I’ll get to these, hopefully soon, but I have another book from Bloomsbury Australia on my TBR for August. If I can fit one in I’ll definitely will but I’m not sure I will.

I can’t remember what either of these are about but I did like the sound of them when I first read the synopsis.

Walker Books Australia sent me a copy of Tell It to the Moon to review. This is the sequel 12to The Moonlight Dreamers. Which I read recently. I’m not going to talk about Tell It to the Moon because it is a sequel and I don’t want to spoil things for anyone who hasn’t read The Moonlight Dreamers yet.

But The Moonlight Dreamers was so good. It was about four girls, all completely different and from different backgrounds, that come together and not only become friends but better people as well.

I’ve mentioned before that I’ll be holding a giveaway for both books when I post my review of Tell It to the Moon (sometime in August). So if you live in New Zealand or Australia then keep an eye out for that. The books will be sent from Walker Books Australia. 13

The next two books are both from Hachette New Zealand. Friend Request is a mystery/thriller (I don’t know which).

A woman gets a friend request on Facebook from someone she knew in high school. But this friend has book missing for years and people assume she’s dead. So, who’s sent the request? And is this Maria actually dead?

I thought it sounded like something I’d enjoy so I’m looking forward to finding out what’s going on in this book. I do like thrillers so I couldn’t resist requesting this.

I Am Traitor is about an alien invasion and one girl thinks she’s found a way to save 14humanity (I think) but it means trusting the enemy. I’m pretty sure I got that right. But again, don’t quote me on it.

I love alien invasion books. Not that I’ve read a lot of them but out of the ones I have read I enjoyed them.

I can’t wait to see what this alien invasion is about and what exactly is going on. I think this is set in London if I remember correctly. But my memory is shit so I doubt it. I think this is also out in September so I won’t be reading it this month. Unless I can fit it in right at the end. 15

So a couple of months ago I was contacted through my blog about reviewing this book. I don’t normally say yes because it’s always an e-book and I can’t read digital books. But they offered to send me a physical copy of the book.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold has adventure, pirates, stolen gold, criminals, ship wrecks and some curses.

I’d never heard of this before I read the email but I am always happy to help out indie authors if I can. This is the first book in a series and is also on my August TBR.

So the last two books I received in July were sent to me from Hardie Grant Australia to review. I totally forgot to take a photo of these so I’ll have to just link to their Goodreads pages.

The first book was I Have No Secrets and I thought this sounded really good. This is on my ARC August TBR so I’ll be reading this soon. The second book was In the Dark Spaces which also sounded really good. I’m hoping to get to this soon too.

So that’s my July book haul. How many books did you get last month?

– Aimee.

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Tag: Intimidating TBR Book Tag.

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I was going to do my Top Ten Tuesday today but I don’t visit any non bookish sites daily other than Outlook and Twitter so I decided to do this tag instead. I’m not sure how far I’ll get.

What book have you been unable to finish?
The Woman in Black and Other Ghost Stories by Susan Hill. I was sent a copy of this to review from Allen and Unwin New Zealand last year and I think I managed to read three stories and couldn’t get past the fourth. It was putting me into a really bad mood and I could feel a reading slump coming on.
I did feel bad not being able to finish a review book but it was just so badly written in my opinion. The story I gave up on was in two perspectives and there was no clue whose point of view you were in from chapter to chapter. I did want to try again one day but I don’t know if I will.

What book have you yet to read because…

…you just haven’t had the time?
Um, so many.. I’ve had books sitting on my shelves for years unread. But to narrow it down a little I’m going to say the classics I’ve got in the last year. I’ve wanted to be able to just focus on them but I’ve had too many review books and not enough time. Hopefully one day.

…it’s a sequel?
I can think of two off the top of my head. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen and A Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray. I was so excited to get these books and I just haven’t read them.

…it’s brand new?
None. The latest book I got was The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan and I picked it up as soon as I’d finished Flawed by Cecelia Ahern. Normally it would go to the bottom of my review pile but because it’s Riordan and I love the Percy Jackson world I couldn’t wait that long to read it.

…you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?
I’m going with Rick Riordan again here. I loved all of his books that I’ve read… Except The Kane Chronicles. Those three books took me so long to read and in the end I didn’t even think they were worth me forcing myself to finish them. I’m not sure if it was because I’m not really into Egyptian gods or if I didn’t like the characters.  But these books weren’t for me.

…you’re just not in the mood for it?
Right now I’m not in the mood for a cheesy romance so I’ve been putting off Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. I read Anna and the French Kiss last year and surprisingly really liked it but it was kind of cheesy in places and I just haven’t been in the mood for that kind of drama.

…it’s humongous?
After reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin a few years ago I don’t think anything is as big as that on my TBR. I have been put of by a book’s size recently but I’ve already finished it so I can’t count it here anymore. A Dance with Dragons was 1117 pages, The City by Stella Gemmell (which I read last week) was 550+ and I’d just finished A Feast for Crows which was 700+ pages. I think going from one fantasy to another is what was putting me off.

…because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?
The last cover buy I got was The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. I don’t know if it has poor reviews or not but I still haven’t read it. I have talked to someone who struggled a bit with it which may have put me off a little.

What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile?
I think this will have to be Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I got this for my birthday in January. I really want to read it but I don’t know. I just haven’t picked it up. I need the time and to be in the right mood for it I think.

That wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Especially since I did it all off the top of my head.

– Aimee.

Top Ten Tuesday (May 3rd): Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh.

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I’ve been really slack with my Top Ten Tuesday posts lately. I meant to do this one a couple of weeks ago and missed it. So I decided to do it today because I’m not really into today’s theme.

imrs1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – 

I don’t know how many times I’ve read these books but they still make me laugh. The Weasley twins are hilarious, Ron even has his moments.

I recently read the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and even that had me laughing a few times.

2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians & Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan – 

picmonkey-collage2The sass in these books! I love Percy and Leo, they’re both hilarious. I have read Percy Jackson and the Olympians twice and Heroes of Olympus once.

I’m looking forward to reading The Sword of Summer and The Trials of Apollo. I don’t want to get my expectations up because I didn’t really like The Kane Chronicles but I think that they’re up already. Especially because Apollo will be going to Camp Half-Blood!!

Even the books Rick wrote in Percy’s perspective about the Greek Gods and Heroes are hilarious, if a little disturbing in places.

985870_Fotor_Collage_Fotor3. A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin – 

Okay so these books have a lot of blood and death but they are also funny in places. I don’t know a lot of people who enjoy the books as much as I do but there are some on my Instagram that I talk to.

My favourite character that always makes me laugh is Tyrion. He’s always so sarcastic and uses his wit instead of his fists. It doesn’t always work out for him but he’s always funny when he insults people.

Jaime also has some funny parts. Especially from the third book on. He changed a lot in the books and I hated him at the start but now he’s grown on me.

81N-m6WpExL4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – 

Okay so TFIOS isn’t funny all the time but it did make me laugh even while I was crying.When Issac was doing his eulogy for Augustus (I think I’m far past spoiling this book for anyone but my bad if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie) was really sad but hilarious.

Then there was the part where Hazel, Augustus and Issac egg his ex-girlfriends car. That was funny because Issac couldn’t see and Augustus was trying to help him aim.

I think I’ve read TFIOS three times now and it still makes me laugh and cry. I haven’t read all of John’s books but this is definitely my favourite.

Apparently I don’t read many funny books. The only others I can think of is The Mortal Instruments and that’s only Jace that’s funny for me so I can’t really count it because even though he did make me laugh he’s kind of depressing and frustrating most of the time.

These are the only ones I could come up with. I did Google funny YA books but the ones that came up I either haven’t read or didn’t find funny. Like Me and Earl and the Dying Girl came up a lot and that book was just a waste of time. I regret ever reading that and don’t understand how it was published.

So I’m giving up after only finding four funny books/series to share. Even though every one of these books is filled with death, suffering and blood they are funny too.

What are some funny books you’ve read?

– Aimee.

Top Ten Tuesday (March 1st): Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood To Cry Yourself To Sleep.

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I didn’t know what to do for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday but I thought why not do books that will make you cry buckets. Pass on the sadness and tears. These are some books that have made me cry in the last year or every time I read them.

9781408855713_309030Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  by J.K. Rowling
It’s like J.K Rowling looked into my head, saw which characters I loved and killed them. From the first few chapters until the last I remember being in shock every time I read about another character’s death the first time I read the book.

9780670077526The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I’ve cried every time I’ve read TFIOS but it’s also funny and there are parts where I laugh through my tears.

CoverImageMy Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
This is the first book I ever read of Jodi Picoult’s because it was recommended in a bookstore I go to. It had me in tears and shock at the ending. But it was the start of my love for her books.

hunger-gamesThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I cried when Katniss volunteered as tribute, taking Prim’s place and when Rue died. I still cry in those places when I re-read the book.

mebeforeyou21Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
There was one specific part in the book I remember crying at. I can’t really remember crying more than once though. It was more funny until it wasn’t.

hp-5Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  by J.K. Rowling
I’m just going to say one name – Sirius.

Mockingjay_novelMockingjay by Suzanne Collins
There are two deaths in this book that I hate. I still haven’t seen Mockingjay Part 2 and I’m  dreading seeing them die but at the same time I really want to see it.

Offical-Allegiant-CoverAllegiant by Veronica Roth
I know a lot of people don’t like this book but the ending makes me cry every damn time I’ve read it.

9781408855706_309035Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Looks like J.K. Rowling likes making her readers cry.

a-dance-with-dragons-coverA Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
This is another author who keeps killing off my favourite characters. I’ve now learned not to get attached to any new ones and only have two or three left. This book left me in tears because Jon Snow!

None of these were in any kind of order. That would be way too difficult for me to do.

What books make you cry?

Aimee.

Top Ten Tuesday (January 19th): Top Book to Movie/TV Show Adaptations.

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This week is a freebie so I decided to do my top book to movie and TV show adaptations. I’m not going to put these in any order though.

Harry-potter-filmsHarry Potter Series.
There are some things missing from the books that I wished they’d included but there’s only so much they can fit into a movie. I still love these movies (and books).

divergent-and-insurgent-movie-posterDivergent Series.
So far I’ve loved both Divergent and Insurgent. I know a lot of people didn’t like Insurgent but even with the changes from the book I still loved it. I can’t wait for the next ones.

image5_largeThe Hunger Games Series.
I still haven’t seen the last Mockingjay movie but I hope to soon. I have loved all the adaptations so far.

The-100-Season-2The 100.
I watched the first season of The 100 before reading the book because I’d never heard of it before then. I still have the last book to read. But I love the TV show. It’s completely different to the books but I love them both. And I really miss Finn 😦

Game-Thrones-S6-TeaserGame of Thrones.
This is another one where I saw the first season before I read the books. Now that the TV show has caught up to the books it’s going to get interesting. I was going to wait until I’d read The Winds of Winter before watching the next season but I’ve officially given up waiting so when the new season starts in April I’ll be watching.

vampire-diaries-season-7-poster-fullThe Vampire Diaries.
I think I was halfway through season one of The Vampire Diaries when I started reading the books. I can’t remember how many I read, three or four I think, before I gave up. The book were so bad. I didn’t start to hate Elena until she was messing around with both Stefan and Damon but in the books I couldn’t stand her, she was so vain and annoying. I’m liking the TV show a lot more now that Elena isn’t in it. I always preferred Katherine.

shadowhuntersShadowhunters.
Okay so I’ve only seen two episodes but I really like it so far. I saw the movie, City of Bones, and hated it. They changed too much and I could not see Jamie as Jace at all. The cast in Shadowhunters is so much better than the movie. Obviously some things have been changed but not a lot so far.

rs_634x936-151215111412-634.pretty-little-liars-gallery-freeform-6.ch.121515Pretty Little Liars.
I still haven’t finished the books yet but I love the show. This season is kind of annoying so far with Ezria and Haleb not together and I don’t like Hanna’s fiance but that might be because I love Caleb. Anyway, the book series is just so long that I haven’t gotten around to finishing it yet.

Book_thief_movieposterThe Book Thief.
I loved this movie when I saw it two years ago. I did see the movie before reading the book but when I walked out of the cinema I bought the book straight away.

tumblr_mydouiYnl31sfevmio2_500The Fault in Our Stars.
A friend recommended The Fault in Our Stars to me before I’d heard of the movie. As soon as I started it I couldn’t put it down. So far it’s my favourite John Green book but I’ve only read this, Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns.

Those are the ones that popped into my head. What are your favourite movie or TV show adaptations?

Aimee.

Tag: 🎅Bookish Christmas Tag🎅

thebookishchristmastagpicIt’s Christmas Eve here so I decided to do a Christmas book tag.

🎅 Father Christmas: Name a book you received as a child that you treasure to this day.
poohcolourWhen I was a kid I asked for a Winnie the Pooh teddy bear. When I opened my presents on Christmas morning there was no bear but I did get a copy of this book. I’ll be honest, as a seven year old I wasn’t too happy to get a book and not the bear but it’s one of the only presents I’ve actually kept from my childhood so it shows I changed my mind about books eventually.

🎅 The Ghost of Christmas past: Is there a book or series you like to revisit each year at Christmas time?
imrsI know Harry Potter isn’t a Christmas series but I think Christmas comes up in every book. I normally read one of the books at Christmas but I’m not this year. I decided to take a break.

🎅 Friends and family: Name a book with fantastic characters.
9781743319710I would have put Harry Potter for this as well but I already use that too much. The next book that popped into my head was Their Fractured Light. I loved this book when I read it last month and the characters.

🎅 Decorations: Name a book with a gorgeous cover you would proudly display on your shelves.
51BnBUYXmBL._SX423_BO1,204,203,200_I’d definitely display this all year round.

🎅 Christmas cards: Name a book that carries a great message.
25380845I wouldn’t say it carries a great message but it definitely has a deeper message that what I thought it had.

🎅 Ice and snow: Name a book that you were hoping to love but which ultimately left you feeling cold.
5119iHf8luLI love The Lunar Chronicles, well the ones I’ve read anyway (Cinder, Scarlet and Cress) and I was expecting to like Fairest just as much but I hated it. Not because it was about Levana but because of what Levana did. In the process of controlling her “husband” who she forced to marry her (pathetic) she basically rapes him too because if she gave him back his free will there’s no way he’d sleep with her at all. It was disgusting. I’ll never read it again or be buying a copy. I hope she has a horrible, painful death.

🎅 Christmas lunch: Name a book that was big and intimidating but oh so worth it in the end.
9780739375976Despite the ending of A Dance with Dragons I enjoyed reading it. My copy has 1117 pages and it’s the longest book I’ve ever read.

🎅 Mince pies: Name a book you found sweet and satisfying.
15844362After getting over my anxiety over America and Maxon I can say I did find The One sweet and satisfying.

🎅 Presents: What book do you wish you could give everyone to read?
20950716It’s hard to just choose one book for this but I have to go with Spark by Rachael Craw because not only do I love it and the sequel but I don’t know many people who have read it.

🎅 Spreading the festive cheer: Tag some friends to help spread the festive bookish love.
I tag everyone who wants to do it.

Have a happy Christmas or holiday, whatever you celebrate. I’ll be back after the holidays.

Aimee.

Tag: The Lunar Chronicles Book Tag!

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This is just a random book tag I found online and thought I’d do. Plus, I love the Lunar Chronicles.

Cinder – The Cyborg:Linh_Cinder_PortraitA book that’s often misunderstood or unappreciated – 
Spark by Rachael Craw.

Kai – The Prince:
Kaito_PortraitA book about royals/royalty – 
The Selection by Kiera Cass.

Adri – The Evil Step-Mother:
A book with a horrible/cringe-worthy parent – 
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

Iko – The Spunky Sidekick:
lunar_chronicles___android_iko_concepts_by_lostie815-d7nhc1tA book with your favourite happy-go-lucky character – 
The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. Both Percy and Leo fit into this one.

Scarlet – The Rescuer:
lunar_chronicles___scarlet_benoit_by_lostie815-d6wlfy0 A book with a character on a mission – 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling.

Wolf – The Fighter: 
wolfA book with a brutal fight – 
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin.

Levana – The Villian:
Levana_PortraitA book with the worst villian – 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling.

Thorne – The Rascal:
Carswell_Thorne_PortraitA book with the biggest schmoozer – 
The Infernal Devises Trilogy by Cassandra Clare.

Cress – The Hacker:
Crescent_Moon_Darnel_PortraitA book about technology or sci-fi – 
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

Erland – The Doctor:
A book with an illness or revolving around medical issues – 
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult.

Winter – The Unsound Mind:
lunar_chronicles___princess_winter_by_lostie815-d76289cA book with the craziest character you’ve ever read – 
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

Jacin – The Soldier:
Jacin_Clay_PortraitA book with a military theme – 
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson.

I liked this book tag. Obviously I couldn’t find any fan art pictures of Adri and Dr Erland which kind of annoys me because now the whole thing is messed up but oh well.

I haven’t read Winter yet because I want to re-read the Scarlet and Cress first (I’ve already re-read Cinder). So now spoilers please.

Aimee.