September 2016 Book Haul.

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It’s that time again. Another book haul. I got 11 books this month. I bought one and the rest I received from publishers. 1

The first book I received from HarperCollins New Zealand. I read An Ember in the Ashes last year and really enjoyed it. I’ve got it out from the library again because I wanted to re-read it before I started A Torch Against the Night but I don’t think I have the time with all the other review books I have to read. I did try to use a website that was supposed to give a summary of what happened in AEITA but it wasn’t that great.

I’m still trying to decide if I should re-read AEITA or just go straight into ATATN. But I’ll probably just pick it up and read it with out re-reading the first book like I do all the time.

The next two books were also sent to me from HarperCollins New Zealand for me to 2review. American Monsters is the last book in the Demon Road trilogy. I’ve read and reviewed the first two books and am looking forward to finding out how this trilogy is going to end.

I’ve been seeing The Thousandth Floor online lately and thought it sounded like a futuristic Gossip Girl, which I loved, so I was definitely interested in reading this.

I’m hoping to read both books this month but my reading has been so slow lately. Fingers crossed I can get to both of them.

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Penguin Random House New Zealand sent me a copy of The Hypnotist to review. I’d never heard of this before it arrived at my house but when I read the synopsis I thought it sounded interesting.

If you’ve been reading my monthly book hauls for a while you’ll know how bad I am at remembering what books are about once I’ve read the synopsis. I read this one at the start of September and it’s October 3rd today so there’s no way I’d remember it in between then and now. But I do remember that I was interested in reading it when I read it.

Empire of Storms is the only book I bought this month. I still haven’t caught up on the 4Throne of Glass series but I have finally re-read the first three books (Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire) and I want to read Queen of Shadows this month. I’m not sure if I’ll get to it or not but I have put it on my October TBR anyway.

I know a lot of people have a problem with Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storms but obviously I haven’t read them yet and I try not to judge books with out reading them first. There are some exceptions but I do try. And I love the first three books (plus Assassin’s Blade) so I do want to keep reading the series. I hope I still like them when I’ve read the next two books because buying the hardbacks wasn’t exactly cheap… 5

I was so excited to receive Replica from Hachette New Zealand this month. I’ve read a few of Lauren’s books and have liked two or three of them… But Replica is such an interesting idea. I’m hoping I’ll love it. I think this is the first book in a duology.

I think this pretty much follows the “there’s two sides to every story” thing. I’m not sure whose side to start with… Is Lyra first because Gemma is at the back of the book? I have no idea.. But I have figured out that I’ll be reading one chapter of Lyra then flipping the book to read a chapter in Gemma’s perspective. So, this will be the first book where I’ll have to use two bookmarks. Replica is also on my TBR for October.

Allen and Unwin New Zealand sent me a copy of Swarm to review. I read the first book in 6the trilogy last year and liked it. It wasn’t my favourite book of the year but I did like it and wanted to read the sequel when it came out this year.

I’m not sure when this picks up after the first book but it follows the Zeroes as they come across two strangers with powers as they wreak havoc in their illegal underground nightclub. After following the strangers they learn that they’re running from someone even worse than them. Someone they call Swarm. And he’s coming to town. But each Zero is also dealing with their own problems too. How do I know the synopsis of this and hardly any other book in this haul? I started it today so I can’t say much about it but I like it so far. 7

Allen and Unwin New Zealand also sent me a copy of Paper and Fire to review. I read Ink and Bone last year and love it. And it’s also another book I can’t really remember much about other than the fact I loved it. I don’t know if I should try that recap site again or just pick Paper and Fire up and read it. It’s not like it helped when I looked An Ember in the Ashes up on there.

Obviously I can’t tell you anything about this because I can’t even remember the first book. I did give it five stars and I remember wanting the sequel straight away so I must have liked it. I’ll see what happens when I get to this.

Hachette New Zealand sent me Nicholas Sparks’ new book to review. I have read all of his 8books, except this, and have enjoyed most of them. I think there are a couple I didn’t really like but I’m not going to get into them here.

I think this follows a guy, can’t remember his name, as he splits up with his wife and has to adjust to being a single father. Not sure if he has full or part time custody though. Then he meets an old girlfriend again and obviously things start to happen. That’s about all I can remember and even that could be wrong…

A lot of Sparks’ books feel the same but different at the same time. I am really not into romance but there’s just something about his books that I love. I don’t know what though. Two by Two is also on my October TBR. 9

Penguin Random House New Zealand sent me a copy of Holding up the Universe to review. I read All the Bright Places last year and really liked it so I am excited to read this.

I can’t remember what it’s about but I think it follows a teenage girl that’s overweight? But again, I could be completely wrong.

I think Holding up the Universe comes out this month. Soon I think so it’s definitely on my TBR for October.

And the last book I received from Walker Books Australia to review. 10I’ve never reviewed a children’s book before but A Child of Books stood out to me because it includes classics in the illustrations.

Obviously this won’t take me long to read because it is a children’s book. My mother has already read it and she really liked it. I think I’ll take some photos of my favourite illustrations for my review as I read it.

I don’t know when I’ll be reading it yet though. It’s not on my TBR yet. If I have time I might squeeze it in.

The last thing I got that was bookish in October were two bookmarks from Confessions by Court. I’ve only taken a photo of one of the bookmarks though. Courtney is on holiday at11 the moment but she does beautiful wooden bookmarks inspired by a few different fandoms and some with flowers on them. If you like anything in her store when it opens again you can get 15% off with my discount code – AimeeReads15.

My favourite bookmark is still the Stormtrooper Alice that I bought a few months ago.

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

– Aimee.

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Top Ten Tuesday (September 27th): Books On My Spring TBR List.

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is going to be pretty easy. I’ve changed it from Fall to Spring because I live in New Zealand and we’re now in Spring 🙂

Let’s get into my TBR!!

1. Replica by Lauren Oliver. 5
I’ve seen this all over Bookstagram and I thought the idea behind this was interesting. There’s always two sides to every story. I’m still not sure how I want to read this. I think that if I read Gemma’s perspective first and then went and read Lyra’s I’d already have formed an opinion of her from Gemma’s story. And I don’t want to do that. So I might have to read one chapter of Gemma’s story, flip the book and read one of Lyra’s. I’m sure it will annoy me but I think that’s the way I’ll end up reading it.

If anyone has read Replica please let me know how you read it.

2. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir.
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I really want to read this soon but I think I may have to re-read An Ember in the Ashes first.. Which I really don’t want to do. Not that I didn’t like it, I loved it, I just don’t really have the time to re-read it. I managed to figure out Glass Sword without re-reading Red Queen and I really needed to so I might just pick it up and see how I go. I remember most things, I think, it’s just tiny details I’ve forgotten.

3. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.
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I still haven’t read Queen of Shadows. But I have finished my re-read of the first three books, which I also didn’t have time for but somehow fit them in. I wanted to jump straight into Queen of Shadows when I finished Heir of Fire but I had to read some review books first. I’m hoping to get to it soon.

4. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas.
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I can’t wait to continue the Throne of Glass series. I hope to read both Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storms next month. I love these covers!

5. Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine. 
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I loved Ink and Bone when I read it last year and have wanted to read the sequel as soon as I finished it. I don’t know when I’ll read it but it’ll be on my October TBR. And I love this cover!!

6. Unrivaled by Alyson Noel.
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I received a copy of Unrivaled from HarperCollins New Zealand a couple of months ago. I wasn’t expecting it but I thought I sounded like something I’d enjoy. I still haven’t read it yet though.

7. United as One by Pittacus Lore.
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The only photo I have of this is with Black by Fleur Ferris (which I also need to read). I am excited to finally see how the Lorian Legacies will end. I’ve really enjoyed this series.

8. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer.
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This is the last book that I have to read in The Lunar Chronicles. I finally finished Winter at the start of this month. I know this is novellas and I have read two of them when they were e-novellas. I read Glitches and something else but I can’t remember which one.

9. Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti.
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Swarm is the sequel to Zeroes, which I read last year. It wasn’t my favourite book of 2015 but I did want to see how the next book in the trilogy went.

10. Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks.
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I got this in the mail yesterday. I don’t normally read romance books but there’s just something about Nicholas Sparks’ books that I love.

What books are on your Spring/Fall TBR?

Aimee.

Top Ten Tuesday (June 14th): Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year.

There are so many books being released this year. Why is is so hard to come up with ten? So I cheated and used Book Depository to help. With all the books on my wishlist that I want to pre-order but haven’t. I ended up finding more than ten. These aren’t in any order but the two Harry Potter books are definitely at the top.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling and Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay
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Heartless by Marissa Meyer
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The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
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The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
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Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton
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Shield by Rachael Craw
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Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Mass
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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
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A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
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The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
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Frost like Night by Sara Raasch
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I’m not going to go into why I’m anticipating each book because I’ll probably be repeating myself a lot.

What books are you looking forward to?

Aimee.