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.

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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??

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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.

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April Book Haul.

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It’s that time of the month again when I post my book haul. I did forget two book in my photo (above) but I will include them in the post. By the time I realised I just couldn’t be bothered getting all the books back because I’d already put them away.

So, onto my haul. I got a total of 21 books in April and I’ve only read three. I have started another one from this haul today though.1

The first book I got was sent to me from HarperCollins New Zealand. Perfect is the sequel to Flawed, which came out last year and I loved. These are Ahern’s first YA books.

I haven’t read this yet but I am hoping to read it in May. I was hoping to get to it last month but I couldn’t fit it in.

I can’t really talk about Perfect without giving things away for those that haven’t read Flawed yet. If you haven’t read Flawed then I definitely recommend finding a copy. I couldn’t put it down when I read it.

The second book I received this month was a surprise from Pan Macmillan New Zealand. 2I was not expecting this at all. This is one of the three books I read this month from the books I hauled.

This is about an alien invasion and takes place in Australia. The invasion has a virus type thing that changes not only people but also plants and animals into this alien species? I don’t know. But they aren’t themselves anymore.

So when Callie finds out her little sister has started Changing she runs away to find this Zone to hopefully find help but what she does find will change her life.

I liked the story and I also want to know what’s next after the ending. That was a bit of a surprise. You can read my review of The Silent Invasion here3

The next three books were sent to me from Bloomsbury Australia to review.

I read When We Collided by Emery Lord last year and really enjoyed it so I’m looking forward to reading The Names they Gave Us soon. I don’t think this is out until June so I’m hoping to get this read soon but it’s not high on my TBR right now.

I can’t actually remember what this is about now but I liked the sound of it when I read the synopsis a couple of month ago.

I also think The Possible comes out in June so I’ll be reading this around the same time as 4I read The Names they Gave Us. I also can’t remember what this is about I did like the sound of this too when I read the synopsis.

Anyway, I’ve never read a book by Altebrando before but I did want to read The Leaving when it came out last year. I never got around to getting a copy. Maybe I will after I read this.

I love this cover though. My photo doesn’t really do it justice. It definitely looks better in person. If you can’t tell I’m just rambling now because I have no idea what to say. I really should get these done with the synopsis.5

The last book Bloomsbury Australia sent me to review was The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. This is another book I’ve actually read from this haul.

I will have my review of this up soon so I don’t want to talk about this too much. And I think I’ve got to be one of the very few people who haven’t read this series yet so I’m not going to go into what this book is about because I’ll probably just bore everyone.

I really enjoyed this and can’t wait to read The Mime Order. I’ll have to get a copy of that soon before I forget what happened in this one. 6

Hachette New Zealand sent me a copy of But Then I Came Back by Estelle Lure. This is the last book I’ve read from my April haul. I’ll also be reviewing this soon so I don’t want to say too much about it here.

This follows Eden whose been in a coma and wakes up to a different life. Or, she feels different, like a part of her is still in the ‘in between.’ I didn’t really know what to expect with this but it did enjoy it. It’s a bit weird in places but I think it just added to the story. Anyway, you can read more when I post my review.

7HarperCollins New Zealand also sent me a copy of The End of Oz to review. This is the last book in the Dorothy Must Die series. I think.

I started this today. I’m not that far into it yet, because I decided to post my book haul and this takes me forever, but I have liked what I read so far. I especially like that Madison is in this one more. I liked her in Yellow Brick War and am looking forward to seeing what happens to her now.

I’ve enjoyed this series, even though I have found the storyline predictable at times. I’m looking forward to seeing how the story ends.

I bought a hardback copy of Fangirl, which I haven’t read, from Book Depository because 8I saw it on there for $16 and I couldn’t resist. So I’ll be passing on my paperback copy so I have more room on my shelves.

I’m not in a huge rush to read this. I’ve had the paperback edition for a couple of years now and haven’t felt a real pull to read it but I will get to it one day.

I’ve heard good things about Fangirl but I’m not sure I want to read Carry On. I’ve heard mixed reviews on that one… Maybe I’ll see what I think when I actually read Fangirl. I did see a copy of Carry On for $5 but I didn’t get it. 9

I received a copy of Silver Stars from Hardie Grant to review. This is the second book in the Soldier Girl series. I read Front Lines in April and really enjoyed it. I’ll be posting a review of that soon.

These books take place in an alternate universe where young women have been called to fight in WW2. It’s a really interesting idea and I have really liked reading this. It’s a little frustrating with all the crap the girls have to put up with from men at that time and all the racism, sexism and prejudices of the 1940’s but it has to be included to make the story more real… I guess.

Allen and Unwin New Zealand sent me a copy of Avenged by Amy Tintera to review. This 10is the sequel to Ruined which I read and reviewed last year. I wasn’t sure if I’d like Ruined or not but I loved it and I cannot wait to read Avenged. Although I can’t stand the AU covers…

I’m hoping to read Avenged sometime in May. I’m not sure when yet but it’s definitely on my May TBR.

If you want to read my review for Ruined you can here. I think I might have to re-read Ruined before I can get to Avenged, which will really annoy me, but I might try to read my review first. 11

The next two books were sent to me from Walker Books Australia to review.

Finding Nevo follows Nevo as they come to terms with their sexuality, themselves as a person and transition. I’m going to read Finding Nevo this month but I did flip though it to find out which pronouns to use when I talked about Nevo and their book. Nevo prefers they/them and he/him pronouns so I’ll be using the they/them pronouns.

Fining Nevo sounds really good and I cannot wait to read it. It’s on my May TBR.

The other book Walker Books Australia sent me was Release by Patrick Ness. I can’t 12remember what this is about but I’ve really enjoyed most of the books I’ve read by Ness so I wanted to read this one too.

I think both Release and Finding Nevo are out at the start of May. Or even out today. I’m not really sure. But I will be reading both of them this month.

I have two other books by Ness sitting on my shelves that I haven’t read yet. I don’t know when I’ll get to them but hopefully sometime this year..

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This is the second book I bought in April. I saw a friend share that she bought a copy of The Bone Witch on Book Depository for $18 so I quickly found it and bought a copy too. I don’t know when I’ll read this but I’ve heard really good things about it so I’m hoping to read it soon-ish.

I think I need to mix up my reading a bit. Throw in some of my books in with the review books. I get into really bad reading slumps sometimes so I think if I read a book that’s been sitting on my shelves for years may help. It might not but there’s only one way to find out I guess. I hate reading slumps.

I also bought a copy of Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I saw this in a clearance 14bin for $5 and I couldn’t resist. I love this edition, the cover and spines are gorgeous. Now I just need to buy the first two books to have the trilogy.

I have read these books before but it’s been years. I’d love to read them again. I loved Will!!

I still don’t know if I should read the new series. I can’t even remember what it’s called. I was excited to read it when the first book came out last year but I never got around to it and now I’m just like “meh, I can’t be bothered.” If you think I should read whatever the new series is called let me know.

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Penguin Random House New Zealand sent me a copy of The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan to review. I loved The Hidden Oracle when I read it last year and cannot wait to read this one. I loved being back in Percy’s world and back at Camp Half-Blood.

I don’t want to say anything about The Dark Prophecy because it is a sequel and I don’t want to spoil anything for those that haven’t read The Hidden Oracle yet. And if you haven’t read The Hidden Oracle and are a fan of the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus books then what are you waiting for?? You need to find a copy!

The last four books I received last month to review were from Bonnier Publishing 16Australia. I think two of these books are released this month, Fatal Crossing and The Hot Guy, and The Student is release in June? But I’m not 100% sure. And I don’t know when Resurrection Bay was released but it will be the first one I read out of these.

I’m really looking forward to reading Resurrection Bay ad Fatal Crossing, although the other two sound good as well, but these two are definitely high on my TBR.

I wanted to thank all the publishers (again) for sending me these books to review. I’m always grateful that I get to review books. Untitled

I wanted to share this last month at the end of my March book haul but I forgot. I got a Book Sac last month with left over birthday money and I love it! I’ve always wanted something to put my books in when I take them out in my bag because I have damaged a few.

I’ve wanted a book beau or whatever for ages but the shipping is always so expensive to New Zealand so I’m really happy that I found Book Sac. They’re located in Australia so the shipping isn’t that bad and was really fast.

My Alice in Wonderland Book Sac is so pretty and looks so much better in person. If you want to check out their store you can here. They open every Monday and Friday Australia time. I cannot recommend their products enough.

What books did you haul in April?

– 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.

November Book Haul.

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I got way more books than I expected in November. There’s no way I’ll get this much in December. We have to move (but haven’t found a place to go yet) so I have to pack up all my books. Sigh. 1

Anyway, I’m just going to get into my book haul.

The first two books I got in November were sent to me from the people who have published The Estate, the sequel to The Industry. I think this series is now self published but I’m not sure. They contacted me a few months ago asking if I’d be interested in reviewing the first two books in the series.

I have The Industry on my TBR for December but with all the crap going on right now I don’t know how many books I’ll actually get to read.

I received the next three books from Walker Books Australia. I think a lot of people have 2heard of My Lady Jane by now. It was in one of the monthly book boxes a few months ago. This edition has a ridiculous cover though..

Barefoot on the Wind is a Beauty and the Beast retelling set in fairy-tale Japan. I love Beauty and the Beast so I cannot wait to read this.

The last book, Here I Stand, is a book of short stories, poems and even a comic of the freedoms we have today and those we still fight for. It’s endorsed by Amnesty International. I haven’t read a lot of books like this so I wanted to see what it was like.

None of these made it to my TBR but hopefully I can get to them all soon. 3

HarperCollins New Zealand sent me a copy of Dear Charlie to review. I’m pretty sure this book is also endorsed by Amnesty International too.

This follows a boy as he struggled to understand what his brother, Charlie, did. One day Charlie went to school and killed other kids and then himself. At least that’s what I think it’s about. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a look at the book.

I was hoping to squeeze this onto my December TBR but I just don’t know how much reading I’ll get done. Hopefully I’ll be able to find it after we move. I plan on separating my TBR from my other books.

I received a copy of Rise of the Erifs from the author to review. I’d seen her book on her 4Instagram a lot and then received an email one day.

I love reading books from authors and helping to get their book out there a little more. I don’t have a lot of followers but I hope I can help.

Rise of the Erifs is on my December TBR and I hope to read this soon. The day it came my mother read the synopsis and said she’s read it too. But she reads less than I do so I have no idea when she’ll pick it up.

If you’ve read my book haul posts before you’ll know I really suck at remembering what books I received the month before are about. This one sounded good when I read the synopsis but I cannot remember what it’s about. 5

The next three books were sent to me from Walker Books Australia.

I have Someone I Wanted to Be on my December TBR. It sounds pretty good. I don’t know where the story is going to go but I’m looking forward to reading it.

It Looks Like This and Phantom Limbs also sound really good. Phantom Limbs is about overcoming loss and moving on (I think) and It Looks Like This is about two boys and the struggle they go through with other people in their lives, making judgments.

All three books sound good and I am looking forward to reading them.

Hachette New Zealand sent me a copy of The Chemist to review. I’ve read The Twilight 6Saga and The Host so when I heard Stephenie was writing another book I knew I had to read it.

I’m pretty sure I read that The Chemist was inspired by Jason Bourne. I don’t know if it was the books or movies. I’ve only seen the movies but I love them.

That’s about all I know about The Chemist, other than that the main character is a woman and it’s kind of like Jason Bourne.

This is also on my December TBR. Hopefully I’ll be able to fit it in. It’s kind of a big book so I’m hoping it’s a fast read. 7

HarperCollins New Zealand were kind enough to send me a copy of the 20th Anniversary Edition of A Game of Thrones to review. This is also an illustrated edition.

I have read A Game of Thrones twice so when I do my review I probably won’t be talking about the story because I already know what’s going to happen. But that doesn’t mean I don’t still love to read it.

I’m actually reading this at the moment. I think I’ve read like 50 pages so far but I still love this series and the illustrations I’ve seen so far are amazing. This edition has over 800 pages so I’m aiming to read 100 pages a day.

Simon and Schuster Australia sent me a copy of Ink and Bone to review. I have no idea 8when I’ll get to this. I can’t even remember what it’s about.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book by Lisa Unger before so I am looking forward to reading this. I think it’s a crime type book but don’t hold me to that. I could be way off.

I love this cover though. The trees are creepy looking so maybe it’s a psychological thriller. I don’t know. Guess I’ll find out when I pick it up.

It’s not on my December TBR. I’ll be sharing that and my November wrap up tomorrow. It’s a little bit too much at the moment and I doubt I’ll read them all.9

I wasn’t expecting this but Allen and Unwin New Zealand sent me a copy of The Song from Somewhere Else to review. I have no idea if I requested this or not.

This is such a beautiful book. I haven’t read it yet but I flipped through it and there are some illustrations in it. And under the dust jacket there are leaves. I couldn’t get a good photo of them though.

I’m not sure if I put this on my TBR for December or not. It’s obviously not a very long book so it shouldn’t take me long to read whenever I get to it.

Allen and Unwin New Zealand also sent me the next two books but I was expecting these. I 10love Jodi Picoult’s books and cannot wait to read this one. I have most of her books. I don’t really like the ones she wrote with her daughter, they’re too cheesy for me. They are the only ones I don’t have. And I’ve read all of them except Leaving Time. I got a copy as soon as it came out but I never read it.

Small Great Things is on my TBR for this month. I usually love Jodi’s books so I’m pretty sure I’ll like this one too. Jodi usually write about controversial topics and this one is no different. I think this one follows a white family or just the father (I’m not sure) not wanting a black nurse to touch their child. But the baby is in trouble and (I think) dies. She’s the only nurse available so they blame her. I think that’s what the synopsis said. 11

The other book Allen and Unwin New Zealand sent me was The Graces. I’ve heard mixed reviews of this but I still wanted to give it a try. It sounds really good. I love this cover but the US edition is gorgeous!

I was hoping to read this in December but I don’t think I can. Who know? I might be able to fit it in. But I doubt it.

I think this is about witches but don’t hold me to that. I’m sure it says something about witches in the synopsis though.

The next two books were sent to me from Hachette New Zealand. These aren’t out till 12January here so I won’t be reading them any time soon.

I’d seen Frostblood on Twitter a lot earlier this year and thought it sounded good. This is an ARC and I love it. There’s also a fire one but I love winter and this cover is gorgeous.

Like I said, this is out January in New Zealand so I’m going to be reading it closer to the release date. If I like it I plan on getting a finished copy too because that cover is just as good as this one.

The other book Hachette New Zealand sent me is The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman. I think 13Hattie is killed at the start of the book, or even before the book starts, and then it’s about
finding her killer. I’m pretty sure she’s killed…

This is also an ARC. I don’t know if this is the final cover but it’s so pretty. I love the colours.

This books also isn’t out until January in New Zealand so I’ll be reading this closer to the release date too. Or hopefully before.

I’m so behind on my review books it’s not even funny. My reading slowed down a lot in the last six months and I have no idea why. But I am going to try to catch up over the next couple of months. It’s almost Christmas holidays and that means more reading time! Well, in between packing a house…

I saw A Tyranny of Petticoats on Book Depository for $9 and I just couldn’t resist. I’ve 14heard really good things about this and have wanted to read it for a while. Plus, a hardback for that price is amazing. They’re normally $25+ in NZD.

This is full of short stories about some badass young women by various authors. I think Marie Lu is one of them..

Anyway, because this is a book I actually bought myself I probably won’t read this any time soon. I have a problem with buying books and never reading them.

Penguin Random House New Zealand sent me a copy of The Fate of the Tearling to review. 15I loved The Queen of the Tearling. I haven’t read the second book yet but plan on reading the last two books together now that I have both.

I first heard of The Queen of the Tearling from my local librarian. She’d read it because she heard Emma Watson was going to be in the movie. No idea what’s happening with that though.

Anyway she recommended it to me and I loved it. I found a copy at a Red Cross book sale for $3 two years ago and have read it twice now. I can’t wait to continue with this series and find out what Kelsea does next.

Walker Books Australia sent me a copy of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. I’ve 16read The Mortal Instruments series and even though Simon was my least favourite
character I am looking forward to reading this.

This is a bind up of short stories while Simon is learning to be a Shadowhunter. That’s basically all I know about this book. I am expecting to see familiar characters in it.

I haven’t read Lady Midnight yet. I don’t even know if I’m going to so hopefully those characters don’t make an appearance because I have no idea what’s going on in that series other than a complicated relationship between Emma and Julian (I think that’s his name) that I could see coming in City of Heavenly Fire.

The next two books were sent to me from Hachette New Zealand. This one, Runemarks, is 17about Norse mythology. I’ve been getting into the Norse myths a lot lately so when I saw this I knew I wanted to read it.

I also have The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris. I bought it in a clearance sale last year because Loki but I’ve never read it. I’m hoping it’s not linked to this but I’m not sure.

Anyway, I can’t wait to pick this up. I think it follows a girl as she finds out about the Norse gods but I’m not sure.

This cover is gorgeous and so is The Gospel of Loki. Hopefully I can read it sometime soon. 18

I am so excited to read the screenplay of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I’ve been told I should see the movie first so I will. I have tickets to see it so hopefully I can go this weekend and then I can re-live it when I read this.

I saw the behind the scenes special of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on the weekend and the movie looks amazing. Especially because this will all be new because there’s no books to compare it to. I mean, obviously the magic isn’t new but the characters, story and magical creatures will be. I cannot wait to see the Niffler! It’s adorable.

Simon and Schuster Australia sent me a copy of The Women in the Walls to review. It 19sounds like a ghost story with a character in the book saying she hears whispers in the walls..

I bought Daughters Unto Devils on a couple of weekends ago because I saw the reviews on the back of The Women in the Walls and it sounds good. Plus, it was only $5. I probably won’t be reading either of them this month but they aren’t very big books so they won’t take long to read whenever I get to them.

I can’t remember what Daughters Unto Devils is about. Something about killing people but again, I just can’t remember. I thought it sounded good when I bought it. 21

The last book I received in November was from Penguin Random House New Zealand. It was so pretty when it arrived, wrapped in the map from the book and it also came with a letter from the author.

This is by a New Zealand author. I’ve never read anything by him before but this sounds really good. I think this is a fantasy but it’s a standalone and isn’t very long. The Severed Land doesn’t come out here till January so I’ll also be reading this closer to the release day. I also love this cover!

So that’s my November book haul. I definitely won’t be getting that much in December. This in my biggest book haul in a while.

If you’ve read all of this then thank you for putting up with my rambling.

How many books did you get in November?

– 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.

 

September 2016 Book Haul.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Aimee.

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.