May Book Haul.


Watercolor flower wreath background for beautiful designI’m going to be posting the books I bought and received to review in May. I think I only bought one book in May and I’ve read it before but it was pretty and I couldn’t resist. But I don’t have a photo of it yet so I can’t show it in this haul…

Anyway, onto the book haul! 🙂 1

The first book I received in May was sent to m from HarperCollins New Zealand. I’ve heard really good things about Dear Ijeawele and I was surprised that it’s under 70 pages.

I haven’t read this yet and I have no excuses because it’s such a small book that I should have been able to fit it into May but I just didn’t pick it up. Hopefully I’ll get to it sometime in June because I really want to read it. I haven’t read a lot of books about feminism.. Or any really now that I think about it. So it’s about time I do something about that.

2I also received a copy of The Cows from HarperCollins New Zealand. This is on my June TBR.

I don’t know much about this and I kind of want to keep it that way. I do know it follows the lives of three different women. I’m not sure if they know each other or not. But this sounds like a really good book and I know a few people who have read and loved it so I’m excited to read it.

The Cows will actually be my next read. I’ll probably be starting it tomorrow after I finish my current read. Which I’m hoping to finish today. 3

The next three books I also received from HarperCollins New Zealand to review.

I haven’t read a lot of LoveOzYA books and I’ve only read books by three of the authors who wrote short stories for this collaboration. I’ve read books by Amie Kaufman, Lili Wilkinson and Melissa Keil. But I’m looking forward to reading all the stories in this book. I think I put this on my TBR for June so hopefully I can pick this up soon. I’ve seen some good things about this but I haven’t looked into it because I don’t want to read any spoilers.

4I was intrigued by The Lucky One when I read the synopsis in April but now I cannot remember what it’s about. April was a loooong time ago and synopsis never stick in my head.

So, clearly I haven’t read this or I’d be able to talk about it. I haven’t put this on my TBR because I have so many books I want to read and I don’t want to pressure myself because that’s when I get into reading slumps. And I’ve already had too many of them this year thank you very much book gods.

If I have the time I’ll try to squeeze it in though. 5

The last book I received from HarperCollins New Zealand was Red Sister.

I haven’t read this but I do remember what it’s about because it reminds me of Nevernight. This is about female assassins. And they’re Nuns too I think. So I have to read it because it sounds badass.

I really want to read this in June but it’s kind of big and I have a full TBR right now. I’ll just have to see how the month goes. I’ve been reading about 10 books a month so maybe.. Maybe not though.

The next two books I received from Bloomsbury Australia to review. I think Royce Rolls 6is about a reality show following the Rolls family but Royce wants out? Kind of reminds me of Keeping Up with the Kardashians which is probably why I remember what it’s about.

I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading this. It sounds okay. I mean I watch KUWTK so I’ll probably actually enjoy this. It’s just I have so many books to read already. But I’m not complaining. It means I’ll never need to join the library anytime soon. I’ve heard my local one is rubbish anyway. I really hope not though. I like going to libraries.

The second book I received was Letters to the Lost. I actually read this last month and I really enjoyed it. I don’t read a lot of contemporaries but I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve read 7recently so maybe I should start reading them more often. They’re a nice break from all the fantasy books.

Anyway, this book follows Juliet and Declan as they write letters to each other. But they don’t know they’re writing to the other person, when they start its anonymous. But then something that happened in both their lives could tear them apart before they get a chance to be together.

It sounds really cheesy but it wasn’t for me. I liked this and the only other book I’ve read by Brigid too, Thicker Than Water.

I did a book swap with someone on Twitter last month. I got rid of an ARC that was just 8sitting on my shelf and I have a finished copy of and got Roseblood. I’ve never read anything by A.G. Howard or about The Phantom of the Opera but I thought this sounded like something I’d like and I love the cover.

I’m not sure if I should read the original story or not before I read Roseblood. I never have before when I read retellings so I’ll just read it.

I’m not in any hurry to read this because I wasn’t sent it to review. So it’s just sitting on my TBR shelf for now. It can go with my small collection of ARCs when I’ve read it. 9

Bonnier Publishing Australia sent me a copy of Ida to review.

I can’t remember what this is about now but when I was offered a copy to review I thought it sounded like something I’d enjoy.

I’ve put Ida on my June TBR. It’s not a very long book so hopefully I can read it quickly. This is a LoveOzYA book so that’s two on my June TBR. I need to find some good NZ YA books as well!!

The next two books were sent to me by Allen and Unwin New Zealand. The first book, 10The Girl from Everywhere is about time travelling pirates. I think. I love books about time travel and who doesn’t like pirates? Sounds like an awesome combination to me.

There was something about a girls boyfriend being kidnapped and trapped in time somewhere by her father or something like that.

But I think this sound amazing and I can’t wait to read it. I’ve seen a different cover of this book and I have to say I prefer this one. I don’t think thee sequel has a cover like this though so that sucks.


The other book I received from Allen and Unwin New Zealand was Defy the Stars.

I recently finished the last book in The Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray and wanted to read more of her work so this was great timing.

I’m not too sure if I’ll like this or not. It sounds a bit weird to me but I’m willing to give it a chance. I know there’s a romance or something going on in this but I think there’s a twist to it. Something about artificial intelligence. I think. Don’t quote me on that because I could be way of the mark. But that’s why it sounds weird to me.

I received the next two books from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. I’m a12ctually reading One of Us is Lying at the moment. I think I’ll be finished with this later today because I need to know what the hell is going on.

This has reminded me a lot of Gossip Girl and I can see why people are saying its like The Breakfast Club too. But I didn’t like that movie. I prefer this to be honest,

Like I said, I’m sure I’ll finish this today. But if you loved Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars (because it’s got that kind of vibe too, although there are no texts) then I definitely recommend getting a copy of this.

The second book I received from Penguin Random House New Zealand was Pieces of 13You. It also came with an awesome box full of things I assume relate to the story.

I haven’t read a lot of New Zealand YA books so I’m excited to read this. I think this is another contemporary but I’m not really sure what it’s about. I guess I’ll find out when I read it.

I really want to squeeze this onto my June TBR because it came out June 1st so fingers crossed I can.

I did share what’s in the box on my Snapchat when I first got it. The chocolate has gone but everything else is still in there.

The next four books were sent to me from Hachette New Zealand to review. The first is 14Contagion which is the first book in a new series by Teri Terry. I’ve read a few of Teri’s books so I was looking forward to reading this and it did not let me down.

I read this last week I think. It was the first book I read in June anyway I know that much.

This follows Shay and Kai as they look for Kai’s sister Callie. Callie went missing a year ago and Shay remembers seeing her. Their search takes them across the country to the heart of a new, incurable, virus.

I really enjoyed this but I’ll be talking about this more when I post my review. 15

I finally have the last book in the Waterfire Saga and I cannot wait to see how this series ends.

I’m not going to say anything about Sea Spell because it is the last book in the series and spoilers but I will say that the first three books were really good and I could not put them down.

I think it says on the first book that it’s like the Percy Jackson series with mermaids and I have to agree. It’s not Percy but it has some badass mermaids!

I also received Flame in the Mist and I am really looking forward to this. I don’t think I have to say what this book is about because it’s been everywhere for months. But I have 16heard that it’s a Mulan retelling set in feudal Japan. I’ve never seen Mulan so I’m not really sure what it’s about other than some badass woman saving her country.

Anyway, I’m not sure if any of that is correct but I’m just going to move on. I’ve been sitting on this computer too long and my back is killing me. I need to finish this post soon.

So, Flame in the Mist is on my June TBR and I’m hoping to read it soon because it sounds really good. Should I watch Mulan first though??


The last book I received Hachette New Zealand was Since We Fell. And yes, you’re right, I can’t remember what this is about either. But I think it’s a psychological thriller and I love those kinds of books so I’m looking forward to reading this.

I didn’t put this on my TBR because it was already so I might just put this on my July TBR. Maybe. I don’t know yet.

Omg I forgot how long these posts take me to type up….

I received another four books from Bloomsbury Australia. I wasn’t expecting these at all. 18I’ve already read The Possible and really enjoyed it. I have The Names they Gave Us on my June TBR.

But I don’t know when I’ll get to the other two yet. They both sound really good and I will read them but I’m just not sure when. I think these are all out this month some time. But I’m not sure when, the media releases just said June.

I think I’ll read Countless first though. It grabbed my attention more than Stargazers for Beginners did.

The last book I received in May was from Walker Books Australia. I think this is about the19 Roman Empire and I haven’t read a lot about that time so I’m looking forward to reading this.

I think I put this on my June TBR so I will be reading it at some point this month. If I stick to it this time.

Anyway, that’s my book haul for May. My back is killing me so I’m done. I can’t sit here anymore.

What books did you get in May?

– Aimee.


Top Ten Tuesday (August 23rd): Ten Books That Have Been On My Shelf Since I Started Blogging That I STILL Haven’t Read Yet.


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. I changed this week’s theme for me because 1. I was too tired to actually read what I was meant to be doing and by the time I realised I’d already finished the post and 2. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get to the books that were on my TBR before I started blogging. So I changed it to books that have been on my shelves since I started blogging that I haven’t gotten to. If I did what’s still on my TBR instead of unread books on my shelves it would be a very looong list. But, I don’t care if my Top Ten Tuesday is different from everyone else’s.

1. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
I’ve had this book sitting on my shelves since I bought it in January 2015. I love Jodi’s books so I have no excuse for not reading this.

2. Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
y450-293I loved the first book, A Thousand Pieces of You and was really looking forward to reading the sequel. I just havent read it yet.

3. Ice like Fire by Sara Raasch
17404295I think the reason I’ve been putting off reading this is because I need to re-read Snow like Ashes first. I read that so fast that I’ve forgotten a lot of what happened, which is why I need to read it again before I can read Ice like Fire.

4. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Partick Ness
TROUJLH-hb-cover-640x1024I won this in a giveaway and I’ve heard so many good things about Ness’s writing. I’ve read The Chaos Walking trilogy and When a Monster Calls. I also have More Than This sitting unread on my shelves…

5. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
MTI4ODM3MzYwOTk2NzUxODM4I got this as a gift on my birthday this year. I want to read more classics but I just haven’t picked it up.

6. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
movie-tie-in-Fellowship-of-the-RingI got the first book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy free through a rewards system here in New Zealand. I read The Hobbit a few years ago but I wanted to have all the books in the trilogy before I read the first book. I do have the other two now so I want to read them soon.

7. Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
Black-Widow-Forever-RedI received this as a gift for Christmas. I love Natasha in the movies, I don’t really read graphic novels, so I wanted to read this when I heard about it. Again, I just haven’t picked it up.

8. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
tumblr_nkyfe6XEWj1u0il5ao3_500I wanted to re-read the first books in the series before reading QoS. I have read Throne of Glass again but that’s where my re-read of the series ended. Now need to get to them soon because Empire of Shadows is going to be released soon.

9. Winter by Marissa Meyer
Winter_CoverI won this in a giveaway last year and it took the person who held the giveaway so long to send it that I never thought I’d actually get it. I think I’ve had it a few months now. I’m reading it as part of the Read-Them-All-Thon so I’ll be reading it in the next few weeks.

10. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
5174bb6ee422c0029a4c3a60a53bc933I got Frankenstein in a book swap. Like I said earlier I want to read more classics and this is one I’ve wanted to read for a while. When I saw it in the pile of books someone wanted to swap I was happy to take it off their hands. Hopefully I’ll read it soon.

So those are the books that have been sitting on my shelves since I started blogging.

What are some books that have been sitting on your shelves for years?


Top Ten Tuesday (February 16th): Top Ten Books I’m Dying to Read.


It’s been a while since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday. I don’t like the one that’s meant to be today’s so I’m going to do something different.

132069001. Winter by Marissa Meyer. 
I’ve been re-reading The Lunar Chronicles before I read Winter and I’m up to Cress. My copy should arrive soon so hopefully I can get to it this month. I don’t know when I’ll get a copy of Winter though.

Harry-Potter-portrait2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K.Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.
I am definitely dying to read this but at the same time I don’t want to get my hopes up. So I’m going to wait for the book to come out and see what it’s like first.

233581093. Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl.
This was a gift from a friend and I still haven’t read it. I love Natasha.

Alexandra-Bracken-Passenger4. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken.
I’ve wanted to read this since I read the synopsis last year.

Queen-of-shadows-uk5. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.
Kind of embarrassing that I haven’t read this yet.

160690306. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.
I’ve had this book for over a year and haven’t read it.

180812287. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows.
I’ve wanted to read this since I first heard of it.

182094548. The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham.
Because Veronica Mars.

172346599. Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray.
Another sequel I own but haven’t read.

1740429510. Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch.
And another one.

These aren’t in any order, just the order they came to mind. It would take way too long to figure out which order I’d want to read them in.

What books are you dying to read?


Top Ten Tuesday (January 19th): Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR.


I’ve added a lot of books to my to-read shelf on Goodreads lately. This is where I’m getting the ten books from.

y6481. Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman.

248494222. Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel.

265942173. Who’s Afraid? by Maria Lewis.

tumblr_nte78oHlFj1qdlytco1_5404. The Siren by Kiera Cass.

9780141040363-us-3005. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

movie-tie-in-Fellowship-of-the-Ring6. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien.

img_00187. Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine.

233581098. Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl.

9. The Crown by Kiera Cass.

81qBmqMWSvL10. Twilight Special 10th Anniversary Edition by Stephenie Meyer.

I’ve added a lot more but have been reading a lot faster over the holidays.

What books have you recently added to your TBR? Leave me a comment and let me know.


December Book Haul 2015.

It’s the 1st of January today in New Zealand so I’ve decided to share my December book haul. I probably should’ve have posted this already but oh well. I’ll be doing my December Wrap Up tomorrow.

I got a total of 21 books this month and I’ve read eight of them.


The first book I received this month was from Hachette New Zealand. This is an ARC of The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood.

I haven’t read this yet because I can’t post my review until after the book has been released in New Zealand, which is on the 12th so I’ll be reading it really soon.

I actually prefer this cover to the actual one.

2The second book I found in a shop over here for $3. I didn’t know that it was the second one in a spin off series though.

I have found an e-Book Dangerous Creatures, the one that comes before this, for my tablet. I will get it eventually, when I can find an actual copy of it.

I read the Castor Chronicles (is that what the series is called??) three years ago and thought it was okay. I may have to re-read them first before I start these two. 3

The next two books I received from Walker Books Australia and New Zealand to review.

I’ve read both of these and really liked them. The Bane Chronicles was my favourite. I loved it.

I’ll be putting my review up of both these books soon. I have a few books to review first but they should be up this month.

I4 received The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly from HarperCollins New Zealand to review.

I’d wanted to read this for a while and could not put it down once I’d started it.

I’ve already read and reviewed this book. You can read my full review here.

I hope Stephanie Oakes writes another book soon. This one was really addictive.


I received a box of books from Scholastic New Zealand. I was not expecting anything from them, like last time they just turned up one day at my door.

There were eight books that were sent to me to review and so far I’ve read five of them. I’d never heard of any of them before.

I’ve reviewed Shadows of the Master by Emily Rodda on here already. You can read that here.

The books I received are –
Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender,
A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Neilson,
Sanspell by Elizabeth Pulford (read),
Bragonsthyme by Elizabeth Pulford (read),
Shadows of the Master by Emily Rodda (read),
Two Moons by Emily Rodda (read),
Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (read),
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah.

6I received a copy of Demon Road from HarperCollins to review.

I read this a few days ago and it was really good. I was first drawn to this because the synopsis reminded me of Supernatural but although it had similar supernatural creatures and a road trip across America, they’re not really that similar.

I’ll be posting my review of Demon Road soon so I won’t be going into it here.

7 Hachette New Zealand sent me a copy of The Darkest Part of the Forest to review.

I heard about this last year I think and though it seemed like something I’d like. When I saw this in their monthly book news I thought I’d request it.

I love the cover with all the bugs. The photo isn’t that good because the only one that shows clearly is the blue butterfly but there are two more I think.

I’ll be reading this one soon too.


Allen and Unwin sent me a copy of Thicker Than Water to review. This book comes out on my birthday in New Zealand, on the 5th.

I’d seen this on Bookstagram and thought I’d give it a go. I don’t usually read new adult books but I want to start giving new books and genres a try instead of just saying I won’t like them.

And I really like the cover of this book.9

For Christmas this year I received four books. The first one I opened was the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay.

I’ve wanted a copy of the since it came out and was so happy to finally have a copy. This is my favourite book out of all the books I got in 2016. I cannot wait to read this. I don’t know if I want to read it straight away or in winter when I can curl up in a blanket with the fire going and just sit and read.


These are the other books I received. I used the money my Nan sent me to buy The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan and Ice like Fire by Sarah Raasch. Even though I did buy them myself I still consider them Christmas presents because it was Christmas money that paid for them.

I received Black Widow: Forever Red from my lovely friend Jenn. She also has a blog called The Bookish Hipster. You should check it out 🙂

The last book I got this month is Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass. I went Screenshot_2015-12-28-13-12-15-1-1out in the Boxing Day sales and came home with this and the Harry Potter Pop Vinyls (which are technically a birthday present but I resist taking a photo of them).

I still haven’t read The Heir yet but hopefully I’ll be able to get to it and Happily Ever After before The Crown comes out this year.

So those are the books I got in December. I cannot wait to read them all. Or the ones I haven’t read yet.

What books did you get in December? Did you get any books for Christmas? Leave me a comment and let me know.

– Aimee.

Top Ten Tuesday: 🎄Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year🎄

a-little-bit-swirly-3I usually don’t get books for Christmas unless I use the money I get to buy them myself after Christmas, which is still books as Christmas presents but they’re never under the tree.

I hope this year will be different 🙂

51BnBUYXmBL._SX423_BO1,204,203,200_1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay.

The_Sword_of_Summer2. Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan.

174042953. Ice like Fire by Sara Raasch.

233581094. Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl.

215695275. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson.

248932416. A Mad Zombie Party by Gena Showalter.

TheYoungElites7. The Young Elites by Marie Lu.

233991928. Rook by Sharon Cameron.

84755059. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins.

51kV9KtmyCL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_10. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge.

So there’s my bookish Christmas wishlist. Fingers crossed!