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.

June Book Haul.

DDnXvkMUAAE_3FMI got a total of 17 books this month. Three I’ve read previously and just wanted my own copy. The rest I haven’t managed to get to yet.

So I’m just going to jump right into the haul because they always take so long to type up.

So the first book I got was Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I used to have all The

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Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices books but when we moved I got rid of a lot of books and DVDs. But I’ve wanted to read The Dark Artifices for a while. I know the second book came out recently but I’m going to see if I like this before getting a copy of that.

I don’t really know much about this other than Emma wants to know what really happened to her parents.

I don’t think I’ll be reading this any time soon because my TBR is crazy and this is like 800 pages. But I hope to have read it by the end of the year. Maybe…

I wasn’t planning on getting both the hardcover and paperback editions of Philosopher’s 1Stone. I’d pre-ordered the hardback months ago from Book Depository. But then I saw the paperback in a bookstore over here for 20% off and free Hogwarts house postcards. So, I couldn’t say no.

I read the extras inside the paperback edition when I got it and I really enjoyed them. I also love all the new illustrations too. I didn’t have a very long look though. I just sort of skimmed everything. I’ll read them all again one day. There’s no rush.

What Hogwarts house are you in? Are you planning on getting all the house editions or just the house you’re in? 3

I received an ARC of Empire of Salt from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. This is the first book in a new fantasy trilogy (I think) and I’m pretty sure it’s YA… But I’m not 100% sure.

I’m also not really sure what’s it about other than 12 families fighting for one throne. Kind of sounds like A Game of Thrones but I don’t want to compare it to that before even reading it because I’ll just get disappointed. I love the Song of Ice and Fire series. I love fantasy books so I’m looking forward to reading this. I think it’s released in August so I’ll read it closer to the release date.

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HarperCollins New Zealand sent me a copy of The Crown’s Fate to review. I haven’t read The Crown’s Game, even though I’ve had a copy of it since it was released last year.

But I think I’ll be putting The Crown’s Game on my July TBR, which I haven’t even really thought of yet. And if I have time I’ll try to squeeze The Crown’s Fate onto it as well. But knowing my reading at the moment I don’t think that’s going to happen.

I don’t really know much about these other than they’re set in Russia (I think) but I’ve heard really good things about both of them so I’m excited to read them. 5

Hardie Grant Egmont sent me a copy of The Huntress: Sea to review. I think that’s how you do the title? I requested this a few months ago so I can’t remember what this is about anymore. It was sent to my old address so I didn’t receive it straight away and will admit I completely forgot about it.

I will be putting this on my July TBR since it kind of went missing for a while. I don’t know when it was released but I’m probably behind…

I finally bought a copy of Cinder. This was the last book that I needed to complete my6 collection of The Lunar Chronicles. I love this series and wanted them all in hardback because I won a copy of Winter last year I think and it was a hardback so I wanted the rest of the series to match and now they do. I don’t have a copy of Fairest though because I can’t stand Levana and I don’t want that on my shelves. She’s an evil, twisted cow.

I loved this series! I’ve read the first three books twice, I had to re-read them before I could read Winter. But I haven’t read Stars Above yet. I’ll get to it one day. Soon I hope. If you haven’t read The Lunar Chronicles then I recommend finding copies.

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I received a copy of The Ones that Disappeared from Hachette New Zealand to review. I think this is set in Australia by an Australian author but I could be completely wrong.

I think this is about kids disappearing and a fictional version of what may have happened to them. I really can’t remember.

I don’t know if this will be going on my TBR for this month yet. I have another book from Hachette that will be in this post that I want to read more. If I can fit it in I definitely will though. I love this cover. It’s kind of velvety in person and so pretty.

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HarperCollins New Zealand sent me a copy of Godblind to review. I think this is a debut novel and the first in a new fantasy series.

This sounded really interesting when I first heard about it and I am really hoping to get to it this month. I know it’s about some kind of red gods but that’s all I remember. And yes, I can see that on the cover in the photo…

Speaking of the cover, it is so eye-catching. I’m not sure but I think this is an adult fantasy book and not YA but again, not 100% sure. So I’m expecting a lot of death and gore… 10

The next two books were sent to me from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review.

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index follows Juniper after the death of her sister and how she’s trying to move on/put her life back together. And she writes these index cards of happy things. But one goes missing with a big (maybe?) secret on it. And I think the book is what follows. Or something along those lines. I have heard good things about this so I’m looking forward to reading it.

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The second book I received from Penguin Random House New Zealand was Midnight Jewel. This is the sequel to The Glittering Court which I got in a giveaway but haven’t actually read yet. I’m reading it at the moment. Although I’m not really that far in but I have enjoyed what I’ve read so far.

I’ll be putting Midnight Jewel on my July TBR because I need to have it read this month. Hopefully I can get to it soon. But I don’t think I’ll be reading it straight after The Glittering Court. I have too many other books to read first. I think this is out on the 6th? 12

Hachette New Zealand sent me a copy of When Dimple Met Rishi to review. I have heard so many good things about this books and I am so excited to read it. I’ve been getting into contemporary books a lot more in the last couple of months. They’re a nice break from all the fantasy books I read.

When Dimple Met Rishi will definitely be going on my July TBR. I think I might actually read it really soon. I’ve got my next read picked out but it might be the one after that. Anyway, I’m just rambling now…

I went shopping alone a couple of days ago, which is never a god idea, and I saw a ‘buy

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one get one half price’ on YA books and I just couldn’t resist.

I’ve wanted to read Hunted for a while now. I’ve never actually need it in store till the day I bought it though.

I love Beauty and the Beast and I think this is a retelling. I saw the name Beast when I flicked through the book so I’m pretty sure it is. So I’m excited to read it. I haven’t read a lot of Beauty and the Beast retellings. I’m not sure when I’ll actually be reading it though, probably not any time soon because I have a crazy long TBR. 14

The second book I got was York. It’s the first book in a trilogy/series. I’m not really sure which.

I will admit that the cover drew me in because it’s gorgeous and so much better in person. But the story sounded pretty good when I read the synopsis. And then fact I got it for $8.50 wasn’t bad either.

I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading this. I’m not in a huge rush at the moment. Maybe when the sequel comes out.

I received a 10% off code from Book Depository earlier this month and I used it to buy 15two books. The first book was Our Dark Duet, the sequel to This Savage Song. I read and loved This Savage Song not long after it was released.

I’m hoping Our Dark Duet picks up not long after the ending of This Savage Song. I might have to read the last couple of chapters again to see what happened but I do remember the last scene because that stuck in my head.

This is another book that I hope to read soon but I’m not really sure when I’ll actually get to. These are the first books I’ve read by V.E. Schwab. I have one of her other books, A Darker Shade of Magic, in my Book Depo wishlist. I just haven’t gotten around buying it yet. 16

The other book I got with my code was A Court of Wings and Ruin. I haven’t actually read the first two books in this trilogy yet but now I have them all I don’t really have an excuse, other than my crazy TBR, not to read them.

I know this is like the first three books in the series but also the story in these books has an ending or something. The size of ACOWAR is kind of putting me off wanting to read it soon. I like fast reads at the moment. Much easier to get through and get off my TBR. I need to go on a book buying ban.

The last book I received in June was sent to me from Bloomsbury Australia to review. I love17 this cover and pirates so I cannot wait to read this.

I also can’t remember much about this because I read the synopsis so long ago but I did like the sound of what I read. And this cover is gorgeous!

So that’s my June book haul. I got some amazing books this month that I can’t wait to read.

What did you get in June??

– Aimee.

March Book Haul.

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Last month’s book haul was pretty good. I only bought one book and I won another in a competition on Facebook. The rest were kindly sent to me for review. So, I’ll just jump into it. 1

The first book I received last month was from Penguin Random House New Zealand. This book has 100 stories of women throughout history. I say women but there are some teens and even a five year old (I think she’s five…).

I’ve actually read this and I loved it. The writing is definitely for kids but if you can look past that then it’s a really good read, even for adults. There were a lot of women in this book that I’d never even heard of. I’ll talk more about this in my review which will hopefully be up soon. But if you were thinking of getting a copy of this then I highly recommend it.

I bought a copy of Big Little Lies when I saw it in a store here for $14.99. I wanted to see 2the TV show because it looks really good and I love Reese and Shailene. But I need to read the book first.

I haven’t read this yet and I don’t know a lot about it other than it follows the lives of three women in a small town and one of them is dead or dies.. That’s pretty much all I know. I’ve tried to stay away from spoilers because I want to find out what happens myself.

If I get a chance I might read this in April. I already have my TBR picked for the month but if I get through them then I might pick this up. 3

I received The Roanoke Girls from Hachette New Zealand to review. I actually started this today. I’m not that far in yet but it’s pretty good so far. It’s taken a disturbing twist but I’m interested to see where this is going.

Apparently everyone wants to be a Roanoke girl, but they don’t know what being a Roanoke girl means. The Roanoke girls either run away, or die. Lane made it out once, eleven years ago, but she came back because her cousin, Allegra, is missing. Is she strong enough to leave a second time? That’s what I remember from the synopsis. This book is kind of addicting already.

The next two books are from Walker Books Australia. Pointe, Claw follows two best 4friends. One is a ballerina and the other is turning into a bear.. So that’s all I remember about this. It stood out for a reason. A girl turning into a bear.. Should be an interesting read.

I think the last book I read with ballerinas was Tiny Pretty Things, which I loved. I still need to read the sequel to that.

But look at this cover! I love it. I don’t know why but I do. I can’t remember if I put this on my TBR for April. But if not hopefully I can squeeze it on there. It sounds different. 5

The second book I received from Walker Books Australia was What Girls Are Made Of. I think this follows a girl, Nina, as she tries to figure out love? Her mother told her that there’s no such thing as unconditional love. Now she’s trying to prove to her boyfriend why she deserves to be with him. Sounds like a healthy relationship. I have this on my TBR. It’s only 180+ pages so it shouldn’t take too long to read.

I won a copy of Lifeblood in a competition on Facebook. I haven’t actually read the first book in this series yet but I loved Gena’s other 6YA series, The White Rabbit Chronicles or something like that. So I’m sure I’ll love this when I eventually get around to reading them.

Lifeblood is an ARC so I’ll have to buy a copy of the finished book when I see it. I haven’t seen it in the stores I go to yet. I don’t actually know when this was released so I’ll just have to keep an eye out for it. Not like I’m in a rush though because I still need to read them and I have the ARC for now.

I love these covers. Although you can’t see the first book in this photo it’s just as good as Lifeblood. 7

Walker Books Australia also sent me a copy of Shadows on the Moon to review. This is a retelling of Cinderella set in fairy tale Japan. It’s a companion to Barefoot on the Wind which is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, also set in fairy tale Japan. Apparently you can read these in any order but Shadows on the Moon was written first.

I’ve actually read this and it was pretty good. Although I kept forgetting that it was a retelling of Cinderella and not Aurora. I don’t know why. I’ll be talking about this more in my review, which I’ll hopefully be posting soon.

Hardie Grant Egmont sent me a copy of The Secret Science of Magic to review. I’ve never 8read anything by Melissa Keil before but I liked this. It’s a contemporary, which I don’t read a lot of.

This follows Sophia and Joshua in their last year at high school. Sophia is a child prodigy but is freaking out about her future while Joshua isn’t giving his a second thought.

There’s more to it than that but I don’t know how to word it right now. I need coffee. It’s also diverse and by an Australian author, set in Melbourne I think. I’ll be reviewing this soon. I think the book came out today. 9

The next two books I received from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. The first is A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom. I read his debut novel last year, Not if I See You First, and I loved it so I can’t wait to read this. Not that I can remember what it’s about. I think someone’s brother died or something like that. But I could be completely wrong.

I’m hoping to read this in April but I don’t know yet. We’ll see how the month goes. I think I can feel a slump coming already.

10The other book I received from HarperCollins New Zealand is Allegedly. I think this is a debut novel but I’m not really sure.

I finished reading Allegedly yesterday and it was sooooo good! It has an amazing twist to the story that I was not expecting but really should have seen coming. I gave it five stars.

This follows Mary, who was convicted of killing a three month old baby when she was nine. Now she’s seventeen (I think) and pregnant. The state wants to take her baby away from her. Mary never had the chance to set the record straight before, but now she needs to. For her and her baby. I’ll be reviewing this soon but it was really good, I could not put this down. 11

Hachette New Zealand also sent me a copy of New York 2140 to review. I really liked the sound of this when I read the synopsis and the cover is gorgeous but I was not expecting the book to be so long…

I think this follows some people that live in one of the skyscrapers in New York which has flooded and now each skyscraper is an island. Or the sea levels rose.. I’m not really sure. But I love these kinds of movies, like Day After Tomorrow and 2012, so I’m hoping this is just as good as watching a movie.

The next book was sent to me from Penguin Random House New Zealand. I wasn’t 12expecting this. It’s by a New Zealand author, which I don’t read a lot of so I’ll definitely give it a try.

But it follows a guy in a war. I don’t remember which war. I think it was WW2 but don’t hold me to that. I’m not really into reading books that focus on the war. I mean, I’ve read some but not a lot.

Anyway, I’ll definitely give this a chance. If I have time I might read it sometime this month. But I have other books to read first. It’s not a very long book so I should be able to read it quickly.  C8H_vdLVoAg_9R5

The last book I received this month was from Bloomsbury Australia. This is the new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It has six new beasts and a new forward by Newt Scamander which talks about his time in New York from the movie.

I’m hoping to read this after I finish The Roanoke Girls. I’ve read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them before but I’m looking forward to reading about the new beasts and more about Newt. And I cannot wait for the next movie to come out. I hope Jacob is in it because he was hilarious. And the Niffler!

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

– Aimee.
 

February Book Haul.

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I didn’t get photos of every book I got in February. I received 16 books from publishers and I bought two for myself. So, I’ll just jump right in.

The first five books I got while I was staying at a friend of the family while we were waiting to move into our new place. The first book I got was Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom. I don’t have a photo of this yet. With all the moving and unpacking I fell behind with my book haul last month on my bookstagram. I haven’t read Cruelty yet but I hope to get to it soon.c4k-6xrucaav53l

The next two books I received from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. Wayfarer is the sequel and conclusion to Passenger. I read Passenger last year and I thought it was okay, not the best. But the cliffhanger at the end of the book made me want to read the sequel.

I’ve actually read this. I still had the same problems with Wayfarer that I had with Passenger but I think because I was expecting them that I was able to ignore and skip over the parts that had too much detail. Like the friggen ending. I’ll talk about all that in my review though. Which I hope to have up soon. I’ve fallen behind on a lot of this with the move but I’m hoping to catch up soon. c40ckgevcaajvd

The other book I received from HarperCollins New Zealand was Aerie. This is the sequel to Magonia. This is another one where I wasn’t really sure about the first book but I still wanted to see what the sequel was like. It’s not that I didn’t like Magonia, it was just different. But not in a bad way.

Amway, Aerie is on my March TBR so hopefully I’ll get to read it soon. I don’t know what to expect with Aerie but I’m looking forward to reading it. I don’t know if this is going to be a duology or a trilogy/series.. c5js__vumaadwcx

I received Defender from Hachette New Zealand to review.

When this arrived I didn’t remember what it was about but I must have requested it for a reason. I think it’s about voices… I’m not really sure.

I don’t know when I’ll get to read this. My reading has slowed down so much in the last couple of months. I hope now that we’re settled into the new house that things will get back to normal but who knows..

I received a copy of The Edge of Everything from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review. c5edcoyukae99bbThis is actually the first book mail I received in my now house.

I haven’t read this yet but it is on my March TBR so I’m hoping to get to it soon.

If you’ve read my book hauls before then you know I suck at remembering what books are about and I’m just too lazy to look them all up. It takes long enough to do a book haul post. I cannot be bothered looking up every book too. I don’t have time for that.

Anyway, I love the orange pages. The photo doesn’t do them justice because they’re so bright. c45b1mrvmaak19c

Hachette New Zealand sent me a copy of King’s Cage. Yes, I know it wasn’t in my book haul photo. That’s because I forgot where I put it and by the time I found it I couldn’t be bothered taking a new photo. Lazy, right?

Anyway, this is the third book in the Red Queen series and I’m actually reading this at the moment. I’ll be finished today because I need to know how this ends but at the same time I really don’t. Victoria’s cliffhangers are normally kind of shocking and painful. And then there’s a really long wait until the next book is released.

I love this series. King’s Cage was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017.

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Walker Books Australia surprised me with a copy of The Light Fantastic. I’d never heard of this until I opened the box it came in.

Again, I’m not sure what it’s about but I hope to read it soon. I made quite a big March TBR considering I didn’t read much in January and February. If I get through the books that I plan to read in March early then hopefully I can squeeze this on. Maybe. I don’t know. I don’t even know what this is about…

Also, you’ll have to excuse the really crappy photos in this post. I don’t have a lot to work with here, flowers and tree wise. There’s two tiny trees in the backyard. c5ydlcfvmaakpks

Penguin Random House New Zealand sent me a copy of See You in the Cosmos to review. I thought this sounded really interesting when I read the synopsis.

It’s about Alex, who’s made recordings on his iPod to send into space for other forms of life to see what it’s like on Earth. Then he goes on a road trip with his dog, Carl Sagan, to launch it into space but gets a lot more than he expected.

See You in the Cosmos is on my March TBR. I actually held a poll on my twitter to see what my next read should be. I can’t wait to read the book that won but I also wanted to read this too. I’ll read it after the book that won so it’s okay. c5tbbnyucaaxaab

Another surprise from Walker Books Australia. I’d seen this on bookstagram but didn’t really know what it was about. Then it appeared one day and I was really excited to read it.

I don’t know when I’ll get to it though. And, yes, since receiving a copy I have forgotten what it’s about. I’m sure it has somethings to do with running though.

I love getting surprise book mail. Who am I kidding.. I love getting book mail. It’s the best part of my day sometimes. Does that make me a really boring/sad person?c5oj3gxukaepmvq

Hachette New Zealand sent me both He Said/She Said and The Girl Before to review. These both sound really good. I think they’re both psychological thrillers but I’m not 100% sure.

My mother took The Girl Before the day I got it and has already read it. She said she really liked it. I think it’s been picked up for a movie but I could be wrong.

He Said/She Said is about a couple witnessing a crime, I think, and then not reporting it? And then whatever happens in the book picks up a year last? I don’t know. It sounds familiar but I could be completely wrong. c5jr9o-vmaajubd

Allen and Unwin New Zealand sent me a copy of Traitor to the Throne to review. This is the sequel to Rebel of the Sands. I read Rebel of the Sands last year and I loved it. I can’t remember what happened in it and I don’t want to re-read it so I might have to look up a recap somewhere. If anyone knows a good site please let me know!

I have Traitor to the Throne on my March TBR and I cannot wait to read it. But it’ll have to wait until I find a good recap site. I did have one last year but it sucked. I needed a recap of An Ember in the Ashes and it said something like “blah blah person reveals secret to another person” but not what the freaking secret was. What kind of half assed and completely unhelpful recap is that? Anyway, if you know a good site what actually recaps books properly please let me know!c5o3sy3uoaavvim

Penguin Random House sent me a copy of Into the Water to review. I loved Paula Hawkins’ first book, The Girl on the Train so when I saw she’d written another psychological thriller I had to read it.

I’m assuming this has something to do with water because again, I can’t remember what it’s about. I mean, it doesn’t actually matter. I loved The Girl on the Train so I don’t need to know what this is about to know I want to read it.

This doesn’t come out here till May so I will be reading it closer to the release date. c5ixfvbu0aaivm3

Walker Books Australia sent me a copy of The Hate U Give. This has been one of the books I’ve wanted to read for so long and it’ll be my next read after I finish King’s Cage.

I think this was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the song Thug Life by Tupac. But don’t hold me to that.

The Hate U Give follows Starr as she witnesses a policeman shoot and kill her unarmed best friend, Khalil. As the only witness to the crime what Starr does next could tear her community apart. It could also get her killed. I think this sounds like a book everyone needs to read and I can’t wait to pick it up. c5tvjy-uyaqkcfe

The last book I have a photo of was sent to me from Hachette New Zealand to review.

I have read Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and wasn’t a fan. But Strange the Dreamer sounds interesting so I can’t wait to read it.

This is on my March TBR so I’m hoping to read it before the release date so I can have my review done in time. That hasn’t happened for a looong time now.

Like I said at the start of my post there are a few books I didn’t manage to take photos of. I’m just going to list them here.

Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom,
Caraval by Stephanie Garber,
Heartless by Marissa Meyer,
The Great Shelby Holmes: Girl Detective by Elizabeth Eulberg,
This Beats Perfect by Rebecca Denton.

Cruelty was sent to me from Walker Books Australia to review. I bought Caraval and Heartless for myself. The Great Shelby Holmes: Girl Detective was surprise book mail from Allen and Unwin New Zealand and is a middle grade retelling of Sherlock Holmes. And I won a copy of This Beats Perfect from Hachette New Zealand.

So that’s my book haul for another month. How many books did you get in February?

– Aimee.

October 2016 Book Haul.

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Another month, another book haul. I didn’t realise I’d gotten so many books until now. But I was good, I only bought myself two books this month. The rest were kindly sent to me from publishers to review. 1

The first book I received in October was from HarperCollins New Zealand. I’d heard good things about this and when I read the synopsis I really wanted to read it too.

Girl in Pieces follows a girl who cuts herself. I’m not really sure why but I guess I’ll find out when I read the book. If it was mentioned in the synopsis I can’t remember.

I knew two girls in high school that used to cut themselves. One had a happy ending and the other didn’t so I think this will bring back some memories for me. We’ll see though.

Allen and Unwin New Zealand sent me a copy of Stealing Snow to review. I’ve heard really 2mixed reviews of this but I still want to read it.

The only thing I know about the original fairy-tale, The Snow Queen, is from Frozen but I do have a copy of it so I might read it after I’ve read this. I’ve been wanting to read the original fairy-tales for a while now. Maybe over Christmas..

Anyway, I think this is set now but I’m not really sure. I’m hoping to read this soon-ish. I have to finish my current read and then I want to read Holding up the Universe. Ugh, bookworm problems!!

Penguin Random House New Zealand surprised me and sent me a copy of Nicola Yoon’s new 3book. I liked Everything, Everything when I read it last year even though I figured out what was going on really early in the book.

I think I’ll be starting this again but I can’t remember what this is about at all. I know I wanted to read it but I can’t remember why…

I love this cover though, all the pretty colours. I don’t own a copy of Everything, Everything because I got a copy through NetGalley when I still used that but I loved that cover too. Nicola has pretty book covers!

I have no idea when I’ll get around to reading this because I have so many books to read right now. 4

Hachette New Zealand sent me a copy of Blood for Blood to review. I read Wolf by Wolf last year and really enjoyed it so I can’t wait to see what happens in this.

I’m not sure if this is a series/trilogy or a duology. If you know please leave me a comment!

I love that Wolf by Wolf was a twist on Hitler and what might have happened if he won the war. With a little twist to the story.. I cannot wait to see what Yael does next. The ending of Wolf by Wolf was so good!5

The next four books are all from Walker Books Australia. I didn’t know this was a graphic novel when I requested it but I’m still going to read it. It’s not like it’ll take long.

I love fairy-tale retellings which is why I requested this. I probably would have requested it if I’d known it was a graphic novel but I’m not sure.

Anyway, Snow White is set in New York during the Depression era. I’ve flipped through the book and the illustrations are really good. I think I’ll be putting this on my November TBR because like I said, it won’t take long to read.

The Back Key is the third book in the Lone City trilogy (pretty sure this one is a trilogy). 6I’ve read the first two books, The Jewel and The Black Rose, and really enjoyed both. I’m hoping I won’t have to re-read the first two books before I start this but I most likely will. I have made the mistake of not re-reading the first books in a series before reading the latest book this year and I really don’t want to do it again. They didn’t take me that long to read the first time so hopefully it’ll be the same when I re-read them.

Anyway, I might put The Jewel on my TBR for this month and just see what happens with my reading. It’s definitely getting better and I think I’m finally out of my slump!!7

The Lat Beginning is the sequel to The Next Together which I read last year. I could not put that book down! I’m hoping The Last Beginning will be just as good and I’ll get my questions answered from the first book because that one left me hanging at the end. (One book I can remember!!)

I can’t really say what The Last Beginning is about without spoiling the first book and I really don’t want to do that. If you haven’t read The Next Together then I definitely recommend finding a copy . It was kind of cheesy in places but I still liked it.

The last book I received from Walker Books Australia is Beck. I know you’re probably sick 8of hearing this but I can’t remember what this is about. I know the synopsis sounded good when I read it and my mother wants to read it after I’m done with it.

I’ve read one other book my Mal Peet and it wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read but it also wasn’t the best either. I’m hoping I have better luck with this one because like I said, I did like the sound of the synopsis when I first read it.

I don’t know when I’ll be reading this but I’m hoping it’ll be soon. I have a lot to do this month so I’m not sure how much reading I’ll be able to do. I’ve been a little distracted the last two days. 9

Allen and Unwin New Zealand also sent me a copy of Gemina to review. I loved Illuminae when I read it last year. It was so unique and addictive. I could not put it down.

Gemina is the only book I’ve read from this haul. I just couldn’t wait to read it. It was just as good as Illuminae and I also couldn’t put this down. I almost had a heart attack at the end of this book but then a few pages later I was smiling. It was so good!

I can’t wait for the next book. I’ve heard The Illuminae Files is a trilogy but I want it to last longer than three books. Also, Marie Lu’s illustrations were beautiful!!

This Savage Song was sent to me from New South Books Australia. I’m actually reading 10this now so I can tell you what it’s about if you don’t already know.

Kate and August live in V-City, a city that has real life monsters. The city has been split in half by their fathers after a war and held by a truce. One that’s on the verge of breaking. Kate and August are thrown together after a failed assassination attempt. Now they’re trying to figure out what’s actually going on while trying to stay alive. The twist is that Kate is human and August is a monster.

I’m really enjoying this though. I’m not that far in and like I said I’ve been a little distracted these last two days but it’s really good. 11

Simon and Schuster Australia sent me a copy of Hotel for the Lost to review. I’ve never read anything by Suzanne Young before.

I was going to read this for Halloween but decided to read This Savage Song instead. I have heard that there’s insta-love in this (ugh!) and it’s kind of cheesy so I’m not sure how much I’ll like this… But I am going to read to see what it’s like for myself. I don’t judge books on other people’s opinions, even if I do trust them.

Anyway, I think this is about a haunted hotel, where the people who go there never leave.. Or something like that. Then again I could be wrong.

This is one of the books I bought this month. I haven’t seen much about this online but it 12sounded interesting. And this is another one my mother wants to read. I actually gave it to her to read first because I have no idea when I’ll get around to reading it.

Front Lines follows a war, I’m not sure which one, but in this version women had the option of enlisting and fighting for their country beside men instead of staying home. Or taking on the men’s jobs that were at war. Because I’m pretty sure a lot of women had to do that.

I thought this sounded interesting when I read the synopsis and I was sure it would be something my mother would read. I think this is the first book in a series. 14

HarperCollins New Zealand also sent me a copy of A Million Worlds with You to review. I have read the first book, A Thousand Pieces of You and loved it but haven’t gotten around the second book, Ten Thousand Skies Above You, yet. Now I have no excuse.

So, obviously I don’t know what the third book is about because I haven’t read the second and I’m sure if I read the synopsis it would just have spoilers.

I think Ten Thousand Skies Above You will also need to be on my November TBR because I really want to read it.

Penguin Random House New Zealand also sent me a copy of Magnus Chase and the 15Hammer of Thor to review. I read The Sword of Summer a few months ago and really liked it so I’m looking forward to reading this one.

I don’t know much about Norse mythology. Obviously I’ve watched the Thor movies (can’t you tell from my Funkos?) but those are based on comic books, not the myths. I do love the movies though.

Anyway, I am definitely putting The Hammer of Thor on my TBR for November. I’ve loved most of Riordan’s books. The exceptions were The Kane Chronicles but then I’ve never been interested in Egyptian mythology. That’s more my mother’s thing but I’m not sure she’d like them either. 16

The last two books were both from Hachette New Zealand.

They surprised me with The Witches of New York. I wasn’t expecting it but they were kind enough to send me a copy because they thought it would be something I’d like.

Obviously it’s about witches and I think it has something to do with the Salem Witches but I’m not sure how much.

I don’t know when I’ll be reading this yet. I love this cover though!

So the last book I received last month was The Whistler. I’ve read all of the John Grisham 17books that my mother owns, she’s a huge fan. I got another book from Hachette NZ by him last year and guess where that ended up? I’m sure this one will go the same way…

I’m going to say this for the last time in this post but I don’t know what this is about. I’m not sure I even read the synopsis when I requested it because I enjoy Grisham’s books and I’m sure this won’t be any different.

Anyway, I think my mother has already claimed this so she can read it first so I don’t know when I’ll get to it. I think we both read the other book at the same time last year. She takes so freaking long to read a book..cvkuzvgvyaamxz3

This isn’t really book related but I won too tickets to The Girl on the Train last month. I saw the movie on the weekend.

I was going to do a review on the movie compared to the book but I’m not sure if I should. If you want me to let me know..

I will say that I enjoyed the book more.

How many books did you get in October?

– Aimee.

 

August Book Haul.

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I know it’s meant to be Top Ten Tuesday today but when I saw that today’s theme or whatever was about 10 favourite TV shows I knew I’d be here all day trying to narrow it down. So I might try to figure it out over night and share it tomorrow. It’s still Tuesday somewhere in the world tomorrow..

Anyway I thought that I’d share my August book haul instead. I got 15 books last month. I bought five (so much for my book buying ban), one was from a friend and the rest I received from publishers to review. 1

The first book I got in August was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child from a friend of mine. I got a surprise owl mail the day after it was released, totally unexpected, with the coffee and chocolate.

I dropped my current read and read The Cursed Child that day because it’s Harry Potter. It came first. I haven’t reviewed it yet because I wanted to give people a chance to read it but I will say here that I really enjoyed it. This is the first time I’ve ever read a play and it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. I think going into it know it wasn’t going to be like the first seven books was important because this is a play, not a novel. I’ll be reviewing The Cursed Child this soon.

The second book was a pre-order that I got from Book Depository. I was not expecting this 2to be over 600 pages but I’m excited to have the complete trilogy now. I’ve read The Kiss of Deception but I wanted to wait until I had The Beauty of Darkness in case there was a cliffhanger in The Heart of Betrayal.

I have no idea when I’ll be getting to the last two books in this trilogy because I have so much to read but I’ve decided to give myself a chance to read my own books as well as the review books. I think that may be why I get into so many slumps. There are books on my shelves that I am dying to read but I haven’t gotten around to them. I hope it will help because nothing else has yet. I’ve just been forcing myself to read books. Any tips for getting out of a reading slump would be great!3

I received a copy of The Sword of Summer from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. I was really excited to receive this because I’ve loved both Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series. Oh, and I really enjoyed The Hidden Oracle when I read it earlier this year.

I have reviewed The Sword of Summer and you can read it here if you want. I won’t go into it here because it’s all in my review but I will say that I enjoyed it and I cannot wait to read The Hammer of Thor when it comes out later this year. I think it comes out in October but I could be wrong.

Hachette New Zealand sent me an ARC of Revenger. Apparently fans of Star Wars and 4Firefly will like this (hence the Funkos, which aren’t mine). I’ve never really gotten into Star Wars and I’ve never seen Firefly so they weren’t the reason I wanted to read this book. I’ve been getting into sci-fi books a bit more lately and this caught my attention.

I can’t remember when this is coming out, I think it’s this month but I could be wrong. I’m not very good with remembering release dates. And on top of that I can’t really remember what it’s about other than it being set in space. I’m really that good. But this happens every month so it really shouldn’t be a surprise if you read my book hauls. I don’t know when I’ll get to this but I’m hoping soon. 5

I received a copy of The Bronze Key from Penguin Random House NZ to review. I have read the first two books in this series and have been trying to remember how the last book ended without success… I don’t have time to re-read it so I’m just going to hope that this one will have some kind of refresher at the start.

Anyway, The Bronze Key is the third book in the Magisterium series. It follows Cal, Aaron and Tamara as they learn magic at the Magisterium and all the trouble that kids come across while learning magic.. Like some evil guy trying to kill people. I heard this was like Harry Potter which is why I read the first one and there are definite similarities but Harry will always be the best. I have reviewed both The Iron Trial and The Copper Gauntlet.  You can click the links if you want to read them.6

Walker Books Australia sent me Shield by Rachael Craw. This is the last book in the Spark trilogy. I have read and reviewed both Spark and Stray. You can click the links if you want to check them out.

I have read Shield and I loved it. I wasn’t ready for this trilogy to end but I really enjoyed the book. I’ll be reviewing it soon. It came out five days ago so I wanted to give people a chance to read it before I posted my review.

If you haven’t read Spark you should definitely find a copy because I couldn’t put it down when I read it last year. And it’s being made into a movie.

Hachette New Zealand also sent me a copy of Court of Fives to review. Again, I can’t 7remember what this is about. I know, I suck. I think this is the first book in a series but I’m not really sure. The second book is on the back of the book, which confused me, but NZ always gets books later than the rest of the world so it shouldn’t really surprise me.

I plan to read it soon so hopefully I’ll be able to tell you what it’s about. I know I could just look it up on Goodreads but I really don’t have time for that today. Which is why I’m rushing through this. I wanted to do this throughout the month as I got books so I could talk about what they were about when I’d read the synopsis but it slipped my mind. I will do it in September though so I don’t look like a complete moron again. 8

HarperCollins New Zealand sent me a copy of Amy Schumer’s book to review. I have only read the synopsis and the letter at the start of the book but both of them made me laugh out loud so I am hoping that the rest of the book will too.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo is on my September TBR so I will definitely be reading it this month. I have heard really good things about this so far and I am looking forward to reading it. Has anyone read this yet?

I received Run from Hachette New Zealand. I haven’t read any of Kody’s other books but 9I’ve heard good things about them. I wanted to read The DUFF before I saw the movie but I haven’t gotten around to either of them. I’m not sure the movie is my kind of thing and I think that goes with the books so… I’m not sure if I’ll read it.

Run, I think, follows two teenage girls as they go on the run but I can’t remember what they’re running from. I do know one of them in blind and her parents don’t like her friend. I guess I’ll see what happens when I read it. Whenever that will be I’m not too sure. It’s not a big book so I don’t think it will take me long to read but with this weird slump I’m in who knows. 10

So, I broke my book buying ban to buy the first four books in the Throne of Glass series in the US hardback editions. I did have the UK editions but I don’t like how the lettering on the cover rubs off really easily so I’m going to unhaul them.

I was re-reading the series so I’d finally have Queen of Shadows read by the time Empire of Storms was released but that didn’t really work out because I didn’t want to ruin the rest of my books like Throne of Glass had been. Now that I have these (and have pre-ordered Empire of Storms) I can pick up where I left of (Crown of Midnight) and finish my re-read of the series. It’s kind of embarrassing that I’ve had a copy of Queen of Shadows since it was released last year but I’ve never read it.

The last books I got in August were from Penguin Random House New Zealand. I am really 11looking forward to both of these. United as One is the last book in the I Am Number Four series. Is that what it’s called? And Fleur Ferris is an Australian author that I’ve been hearing really good things about. Black is her second novel. I haven’t read Risk, which was her first. I’m pretty sure.

So, that’s my August book haul. I wanted to thank my friend Kelly for sending me The Cursed Child and all the publishers for the review copies. I also wanted to apologise to anyone that’s actually read to the end about the lack of information on some of the books. Well most of them. I will try to do better next month.

What books did you get in August?

– Aimee.

July 2016 Book Haul.

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I got 12 book in July. I bought one, won one in a giveaway and the rest were sent to me from publishers. So I’m just going to get into this because book hauls always take me so long to do. 1

The first two book I got were sent from Hachette New Zealand for me to review. The Memory Book by Lara Avery sounds really good and very emotional. It’s about a teen girl who has been diagnosed with a rare disease (I think) that will eventually take her memories. So she’s creating a memory book so she’ll at least have some things to look back on.

Blind by Cath Weeks is about a women that gives birth to a baby that’s blind and follows her as she learns how to take care of her child. That’s as much as I can remember.

I took this quote from Goodreads “Blind is about how hard we battle for our children and how blind we can be to the secrets of those closest to us. It’s a story that delves into the very heart of our dangerous yearning for perfection.”

This is the only book I bought this month. I’ve wanted to read Legacy of Kings for so long 2now. When I saw it was in a clearance sale at a store over here I decided to just get it.

I’ve heard really good things about this and it sounds like the kind of book that I love to read. I have no idea when I’ll get around to reading it though.

Legacy of Kings is apparently like Game of Thrones with a twist of actual history woven though the story. I’m not going to go into it thinking it’s like Game of Thrones though because it’ll probably just ruin the book for me.

P.S. I am very sorry for the crap photo. The lighting has been really crap lately and I just couldn’t be bothered trying to figure something else out. 3

Quarantine: The Loner was sent to me from Walker Books Australia to review. From what I can remember it follows kids in a high school after an explosion. When they discover that the kids can’t touch adults without killing them, they’re left at the school under quarantine. Now they’re all in little cliques, fighting to survive.

Or something like that anyway. I thought it sounded interesting when I read the synopsis so I’m looking forward to reading it. Hopefully I’ll get to read it soon.

I don’t know if the other books in the series are already out but I did see them on the Walker Books Australia website.

HarperCollins New Zealand were kind enough to send me The Darkest Minds trilogy to 4review. I’ve read Passenger by Alexandra Bracken and thought it was okay.. I’ve heard good things about these books so I wanted to see if I’d like these.

I plan on reading The Darkest Minds this month as part of a read a thon I’m taking part of. I’ll be sharing my TBR for that soon hopefully, when I figure out one of the books…

I love these covers. The colours are really pretty together. I’ve seen the US editions online but can only remember the first one.

I’m hoping that I’ll like these better than Passenger. It’s not that I didn’t like Passenger but there was just something that was off for me. But I loved the ending. 5

Penguin Random House New Zealand were awesome and sent me a copy of And I Darken to review. I haven’t read it yet but really want to soon.

I’ve heard some mixed reviews about it but I am very excited to read it. I love books that have strong female leads and can’t wait to read about Leda.. I think that’s her name.

Anyway, I’m not sure that I have to give a little synopsis of this because I’ve been seeing it on Bookstagram a lot lately, thanks to The YA Chronicles box which I was going to buy but am glad I didn’t because I would have two copies.

A New Zealand author contacted me earlier this month and asked if I would be interested 6to review his book. I thought it sounded like something I’d like so I said yes. It’s the first time an author has found me through my blog and asked me to review their book.

Again, I haven’t read it yet but I plan to this month. I have another book that was sent to me from an author to read first though.

I’m just going to copy and paste the synopsis from Goodreads. “Spending your life underground isn’t living, it’s surviving.
But with the surface of the earth left ravaged from war, those surviving in the Burrows might be all that’s left, and their lives come at a cost.

As an orphan born in the depths of the Burrows, Foren has spent his life dreaming of this day. Amongst a group of unlikely friends, he’ll step foot on the Surface for the very first time. Together, they’ll pay their dues to the Burrows as they search for what’s needed to keep the human race alive.
They don’t exactly know what they’re looking for, what they do find … will change them forever.”

I took part in the Neverland Book Bingo a couple of months ago which was held by Nicole 7from Away in Neverland. I won her giveaway and the book I chose arrived this month. I’ve
heard mixed reviews about The Glittering Court but I’ve wanted to read it since I first heard of it.

I’m not sure when I’ll get around to reading this because my review book have priority but I do want to read it sometime this year.

I’ve read all of Richelle’s books and my favourites are the Bloodlines series. I’m slowly collecting those books. I think I have two left to buy now.

I don’t think I need to say what this book is about either because I’ve seen this a lot online too. If you’ve read this let me know what you thought in the comments.

CofZQi3VIAApHMIThe last to books I got in July were sent to me from Hachette New Zealand. I’ve only managed to get a photo of one of them so far though.

So Justin Ctonin is coming to New Zealand later in the year and I thought it was about time that I read The Passage. I’ve wanted to read this for a long time so I was happy to be able to review it for Hachatte NZ. I did not realise it was 950+ pages though… It might take me awhile to read, especially with the reading funk I’ve been in lately.

The second book I received was To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey. I don’t know why this one captured my attention but it did. I think I’ll just link you to the book here if you want to check it out.

So those are the books I got in July. What books did you get?

– Aimee.