August Book Haul.

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I was planning on going on a book buying ban in August but that didn’t last long. I did only buy seven books but I still broke the ban. I seriously don’t even know why I bother.

Anyway, I’ll just get into the haul. Hopefully this won’t be as long.

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So the first two books I got in August were sent to me from HarperCollins New Zealand. I’ve actually already read and reviewed this. Which doesn’t happen very often in my hauls. If you want to read my review you can click the link here.

I’m not going to go into what The Cause of Death is about here because I have posted my review of this. But I will say that if you love true crime and can find a copy of this then I recommend reading it. Plus, it’s set in the area where I live. So I’ve actually been to some of the places in this book rather than just reading about them. Which was a nice change. And some of the cases were really interesting.

I read The Outliers last year and really enjoyed it. I’ve been waiting for the sequel ever 2since I finished the first book. I don’t remember everything that happened but I do remember how the book ended. I’m hoping to pick this up soon.

I think the first book was about some kind of power? I know someone was kidnapped or ran away and her friend and boyfriend went to look for her. Then things went all kinds of crazy and that’s where I’m missing things. But I can remember the ending which is weird. I might either look up the book or read my review so that I don’t have to re-read the book. I’ll see. Hopefully there’s some kind of recap at the start of The Scattering.

So the next book was a surprise. I don’t remember requesting it but that doesn’t mean I 3didn’t. I’m not good with remembering which books I’ve requested. Anyway, this book was sent to me from Allen and Unwin New Zealand.

I don’t know anything about this. It’s not a very long book so hopefully I’ll get to it soon-ish. I’m assuming it’s about someone who either wants to fit in with everyone else or is being told to be like all the other girls and doesn’t want to. But I can also be completely off. I guess I’ll find out when I pick it up. I’m not exactly sure when that will be with the reading slumps I’ve been in lately. I’m struggling to even start a new book right now….

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was sent to me from Walker Books Australia. I read 4Laurens other books, The Next Together and The Last Beginning. I liked them both so I was excited to see Lauren had written a sci-fi because I love sci-fi books. Although I haven’t read that many…

I think this is about a girl that’s alone and falls in love with someone she’s never met. Or something like that anyway. I might put this on my August TBR. I haven’t even thought about that yet. This reading slump is annoying me and I don’t know what books will help get me out of it this time. Or maybe I should just stop scrolling through social media and actually pick up a book.

The next two books were sent to me from Bloomsbury Australia to review. I have read 5Moonrise but haven’t reviewed it yet. I have read one other book by Sarah Crossan and I loved that so I was excited to receive Moonrise to review.

This book follows Joe as he goes to visit the brother he hasn’t seen in ten years. Ed has been sitting on death row in Texas (I think) and his execution has been set. This might be the last summer Joe and Ed get to spend together.

I found Moonrise really gripping and so hard to put down. And it actually made me cry. Not a lot of book have made me cry but this one did. I’m hoping to post my review of this soon but I’d definitely recommend it.

Bloomsbury Australia also sent me a copy of Because You Love to Hate Me. I know I don’t 6have a very good history with short story books with different authors but there were a few that have written stories for this that I love and I just had to read it. I’m looking forward to reading the stories by Renee Ahdieh, Marissa Meyer, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon and Nicola Yoon. I think some of the stories are retellings and I love retellings so I can’t wait to pick this up.

I think I might put this on my August TBR. I have been wanting to read this since I first heard about it. Maybe it’ll help me with my stupid reading slump. I bet you’re sick of me talking about that now.

The next books I got were the ones I broke my book buying ban for. I had wanted the 7hardbacks of this edition of the Harry Potter series since they came out but my mum bought be the paperback box set. But I got an email from Booktopia with a free shipping code and saw that they were that expensive on there. I’ve seen them listed for double what I paid so I just got them. But I did sell my paperbacks so I don’t have three editions.

I have slowly been re-reading the series. I’m up to Goblet of Fire so I’m thinking I might also put that on my August TBR. I love re-reading the Harry Potter books even though I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read them. It’s one of my favourite series.

The next two books were sent to me from Penguin Random House New Zealand to 8review. I was so excited to see Wonder Woman: Warbringer! It’s one of the books I was most excited to read this month so this is definitely going on my TBR for August.

All I can remember about this book is it follows Diana as she saves a mortal girl, Alia, who is a warbringer descended from Helen of Troy and something about if Alia is left to live and not helped by some spring then she will bring in an age of war.

I loved the Wonder Woman movie and cannot wait to pick this up. I think this might have to be my next read.

Penguin Random House New Zealand also sent me a copy of A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares to review. I can’t 9remember what this is about but I’ve heard good things about Krystal Sutherland so I wanted to give this book a chance.

I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading this. Hopefully sometime this month but who really knows at this point?

I know Krystal is an Australian author and I need to read more NZ and Aussie authors. I haven’t actually read that many. Although I don’t know of a lot of NZ YA authors so that’s also a problem I need to fix. Maybe one day. I think I need to read my books first.

So a few of weeks ago I was contacted on Instagram by a company asking if I’d like a 10review copy of The Crowns of Croswald. I looked the book up on Goodreads and thought it sounded interesting so i said yes. Then at the end of August this box of goodies showed up. It’s such an amazing box full of things that relate to the book and I can’t wait to read it.

I’ve seen a lot of people on Bookstagram have loved this so I think I might pick this up soon-ish.

This isn’t the best photo of everything that came in the box so I might have to take a better one when I start the book because so much went into it.

The last two books I received in August were sent to me from Allen and Unwin New 11Zealand. I can’t remember what drew me to S.T.A.G.S but when I requested it I thought it sounded like something I’d enjoy.

Maybe it was because it sounded kind of similar to The Hunger Games with the “deadly weekend” thing? I really don’t remember. But who doesn’t love reading about death?

Anyway, I have seen a couple of people picking this up on Bookstagram and saying it was better than they expected to I guess I’ll find out what they’re talking about when I get around to picking it up. Whenever that will be.

The last book I received in August was Genuine Fraud. I have only ever read We Were 12Liars by E. Lockhart and I wasn’t really a fan of the main character, she was really annoying, so I couldn’t get into the book. I did see the twist coming though.

But I did like the sound of Genuine Fraud so I thought I’d give this a chance. Although I can’t remember what it’s about now.

So that’s my book haul for August. What books did you get last month?

– Aimee.

 

 

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December Wrap Up & January TBR.

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I know I’m a little late posting this but I’ve been a little busy moving out of my old house into a temporary place until our new house is ready. It’s been a little crazy around here but hopefully I can get back into things soon.

Anyway, I’ll just jump into my December wrap up now.

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Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin – ★★★★/5
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – ★★★★★/5
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – ★★★★/5
Someone I Wanted to Be by Aurelia Wills – ★★★/5
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling – ★★★★★/5
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – ★★★★★/5
The Jewel by Amy Ewing – ★★★★/5
Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling & Jim Kay – ★★★★★/5
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – ★★★★/5

I don’t think I did too badly in December considering I read A Game of Thrones which was over 800 pages. The Wrath and the Dawn isn’t pictured because it’s a library book and was returned before I took the photo.

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I don’t know how many of these I’ll actually get to read this month. My reading did slow down for a bit with all the moving but I’m hoping it’ll pick up again soon.

I have read a few in this photo and finished The Invasion of the Tearling which I started in December but didn’t finish.

What did you read in December? Anything exciting on you January TBR??

Aimee.

December Book Haul.

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It’s been so long since I’ve posted to my blog. I thought it was about time I got back into it. I’m not sure how often I’ll post because there’s a lot happening right now but I’ll try to start reviewing again soon.

Anyway, onto my December book haul. 1

So the first book I received in December was from Penguin Random House New Zealand. I’ve never read a book my Tahereh Mafi before. I keep hearing about her Shatter Me series though. I’m not really sure why I wanted to read this but it stood out last year. And the cover is beautiful. This is on my TBR for January and I’ll definitely be reading it soon.

This follows Alice, a colourless girl in a world of colour as she looks for her missing father. That’s all I can remember at the moment but I think there’s also magic in this book as well. I’m looking forward to reading it.

The second book I received from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review. Norse Mythology 2is out sometime this month so I’ll hopefully be reading it soon.

I’ve also never read a book by Neil Gaiman before but I wanted to read this because it’s about Norse myths which I’ve been getting into a lot recently.

I think this just tells you about the Norse myths but I could be wrong. I love the cover of this too with a beautiful take on  Mjölnir. Well, I’m assuming it’s  Mjölnir on the cover. I haven’t actually had a proper look at the book. It’s packed in a box at the moment because we’re moving and it sucks. I hate not having my books. Anyway, I can’t wait to read this.

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This is another book from Penguin Random House New Zealand. I think Flora, the main character, has memory problems. As in, she doesn’t retain new memories. I think. Or she doesn’t remember anything? I don’t know.

But then Flora meets someone and remembers them the next day. Which never happens.

When I received a copy of the book to review it also came with a letter (I don’t know if it’ll be in the book) that was written to Flora from her mother and at the bottom someone has written “can I trust mum?” That has my really wanting to read it soon. I think I put this on my January TBR too.

Hachette New Zealand sent me an ARC of Caraval to review. I’ve wanted to read this for so 4long now and I cannot even remember what it’s about. I know it’s meant to be like The Night Circus but I’ve never read that.

I think I’ve put think on my TBR for January but I can’t remember. I know I want to read it after Furthermore but I’m tossing up between this and Frostblood and I don’t know which one to pick…

I keep hearing good things about this which makes me want to read it soon. I guess I’ll have to look up which one comes out first, Frostblood or Caraval, and read that one first. That will make it so much easier on me. Yes, that’s what I’ll do. 5

Hachette New Zealand also sent me a copy of Who’s Afraid Too? to review. I really liked the first book, Who’s Afraid?, when I read it last year and am looking forward to seeing what’s going to happen in this book.

I don’t have this on my TBR at the moment because I don’t know how many books I’ll get to read this month with all the crap that’s going on but if I can fit it in I definitely will.

I don’t remember a lot about the first book except some of the ending and I can’t just go look because that’s in a box too. So I’ll just have to pick it up and see if things come back to me.

HarperCollins New Zealand sent me a copy of Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact to 6review. This is the sequel to Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club.

I enjoyed the first book when I read it earlier this year and am looking forward to reading this. But, this is another one where I can’t remember what happened in the first book and it’s also it a box. Moving is so frustrating and annoying. Not to mention stressful.

Anyway…. I hope there will be a recap or something I can read before I pick this up. If you know where I can read that let me know. Or if you know how it ended please let me know!! I can remember where Helen is but not why… 7

HarperCollins New Zealand also sent me a copy of The Watcher to review. This is like Girl on the Train, as in a psychological thriller. I love psychological thrillers. Especially ones that have me guessing to the end.

This is another one where I can’t remember what it’s about but when I read the synopsis I c needed to read it.

I think I read somewhere that it’s been picked up to be a movie but that could be another book. I get them mixed up sometimes. I want to read this in January but I don’t know if I’ll have time.

My mother got me the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for 8Christmas last year. She’s planning on getting me each one for Christmas now because apparently I’m really hard to buy for.

I have already read this edition and loved it just as much as the illustrated edition of Philosopher’s Stone. I did a review on that book last year. Not the story but the reasons I loved it. I don’t know if I’ll be doing the same thing for this or not. Let me know if you want to know what I thought of this one or not.

I cannot wait to get Prisoner of Azkaban!! Its my favourite book in the series so it’s going to be one of my most anticipated books of 2017. 9

Allen and Unwin New Zealand sent me a copy of the new edition of Quidditch Through the Ages to review.

I have read the original copy (it’s also in a box) but I can’t remember a lot about it. I don’t know how much different this one will be but I guess I’ll find out when I read it.

There are also new editions of The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them coming out this year too. I’ve also read both of those but I’d love to read the new editions too.

My lovely friend Jenn sent me two books for Christmas. The first one was Frost like Night, 10the last book in the Snow like Ashes trilogy. I’ve only read the first book but I loved it and I cannot wait to read the other two books.

I’ll have to re-read Snow like Ashes first because I read it so fast that I can’t remember a lot of what happened but I did figure out the twist with Meira. That I remember.

I’ll probably be reading these later in the year. I have too many review books to read at the moment so I want to read those first and then I’ll be free to read some of my books. Like these and finally finishing the Throne of Glass series. Which I am so behind on. There’ll probably be another book released but the time I catch up. I have Queen of Shadows to read next.11

The other book Jenn sent me a copy of was Shiny Broken Pieces. This is the sequel to Tiny Pretty Things which I read last year and loved. I cannot wait to read this!!

I also don’t know when I’ll get to read this but I’m hoping maybe March/April. When we’ve hopefully moved into our new house. (It’s a long story.)

If you haven’t read Tiny Pretty Things I highly recommend finding a copy because it was sooo good!!

I received some bookmarks from Midnight Alley Designs last month. I’ve only got two photos to share here.c0aclzquaaagwry I haven’t taken a photo of the last one yet.

But anyway I bought myself a Ravenclaw bookmark. I didn’t have one and I saw this on their Instagram and could not resist.

I’ll definitely be using this when I re-read the series later this year.

There are some other Harry Potter inspired bookmarks but this one I loved. I have ordered another one but it hasn’t arrived yet.

The second one I received in a rep package. I’ve been one of the reps for Midnight Alley c0gw8yzuaaavwcwDesigns for a few months now. They had a different name but changed it and their site late last year.

If you want to check out their website you can click here. To see their full range of bookmarks go to products and all their bookmarks will come up.

They’re currently having an end of year sale so if you use the code HEY2017 at the checkout you’ll receive 40% off your order. There’s only two more days left for the sale so get in quick.

So that’s my December book haul. If you’ve read all of my rambling then thank you!!

What books did you get in December?

– Aimee.

#RainbowBlogChallenge: Day 4 –The Great Outdoors.

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It’s already the fourth day of the Rainbow Blog Challenge. I’m a little late in posting today but better late than never I guess. I’ve chosen to talk about the  literary locations I’d like to travel to.

I think Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon books have given me so many places in France and Italy that I’d want to visit. But Paris is definitely at the top of my list. I’ve always wanted to see Paris. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe and don’t forget the food and coffee!

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Technically I was born where this next book is set but I left when I was two and a half. I’ve been back once but I was only seven so I can’t remember much. I’d like to go back now that I’m older and can decide where I want to go and who I want to see. Or, who I don’t want to see.

There was never specific location mentioned but the main character, Green, said she could see The Cloud (which is a weird name for a hill) from their house and that, the hill, is really close to where I used to live in England. But then if I was in England already I’d go to London and other places. Not just where I was born.

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Speaking of going to somewhere else in England I’d definitely want to check out King’s Cross, because Harry Potter obviously. I’m sure I read somewhere that the movie was filmed across the road in St Pancras Station so I’d have to at least get some photo of that too. I’d also go on the set and location tours.

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So my next location isn’t just for the city… Or even mainly for the city. I’m picking Boston because they have a Wahlburgers restaurant and I really want to try one of their burgers!! I’ve been watching the show, Wahlburgers on Bravo (it started like three weeks ago) and I love it. But I would check out the city too.

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The next stop on my little trip is New York. I couldn’t go to America and not visit New York.  I love this city and would love to visit it one day!!

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So that was so much harder than I thought it would be. What are some of the places you’ve read about in a book and would love it visit?

Tomorrow’s prompt is “Feeling Blue” – Favourite books with mental health issues // Importance of mental health in books. If you’re taking part in the Rainbow Blog Challenge leave me a link to your post so I can check it out.

Don’t forget Elle.Biblio is holding an INTERNATIONAL giveaway as part of the challenge, it’s not too late to enter! Click the link here to check it out.

– Aimee

Top Ten Tuesday (August 2nd): Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. You can check out the themes (if that’s what they’re called…) here. This week’s theme is going to be really easy. I’ll just go to my Book Depository wishlist and done. These aren’t going to be in order though because I cannot be bothered with that.

1. The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan.
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2. Heartless by Marissa Meyer.
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3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling & Jim Kay.
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4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll & Anna Bond.
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5. Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton.
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6. Frost like Night by Sara Raasch.
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7. Replica by Lauren Oliver.
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8. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.
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9. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh.
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10. A Tyranny of Petticoats by Jessica Spotswood. 
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What are some of the books you’d buy if you had a fully loaded gift card?

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.

 

Tag: Harry Potter Book Tag.

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I saw Nicole do this tag on her blog on the weekend and I love Harry Potter so I decided to do it too. You can check out her post here.

Like Nicole, I have no idea where the spell images came from. I took them from her post.

img_9908A book you found interesting but would like to rewrite:
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I found this interesting and I did want to know what happened to Janie and Micah but I didn’t like the characters very much (Janie not at all) so I’d re-write them to be more likable.

img_9909The first book in a series that got you hooked:
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There are so many books I could put here (Percy, Harry, The Lunar Chronicles) but I wanted to do something different. I read These Broken Stars last year and loved it so I had high expectations for the other two books in the trilogy and even though the second wasn’t as good the last one made up for it. But overall I loved this trilogy.

img_9910A Book that you wish you could have right now:
Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I’m really looking forward to this book!

img_9911A killer book:
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I know a lot of people didn’t like this but I loved it! And that ending… OMG!

img_9912A book you find confusing:
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img_9913Your spirit animal book:
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The Harry Potter Series always makes me happy and I have a lot of happy memories reading this series when I was younger.

img_9914 (1)A dark, twisted book:
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I don’t know if this was dark but it was definitely twisted. I think all of the books by Gillian Flynn that I’ve read have been dark and twisted.

img_9915A book that surprised you in a great way:
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I loved Kiera Cass’s The Selection Series so when I heard her first novel was being released (re-released??) I was excited to read it. Then I figured it was a love story and was a bit put off but I kept going and it was even better than I expected. I’m glad I gave it a chance.

I’m tagging anyone that wants to do it!

Aimee.