February Book Haul.

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I thought it was about time that I shared my February book haul. I know it’s a little late but better late than never I guess. DXZPYvrVQAAJQfO

So last month I got a total of 20 books. I bought ten and received ten to review.

I’d read three before but wanted different copies and out of the rest I only managed to read one last month.

I cannot believe how much my reading has slowed down since last year. But I am watching more TV at night now instead of reading so that might be why? But I like having a break from reading sometimes. I think I burnt myself out last year and three reading slumps were what came of it. Anyway, onto my book haul.

So the first book I got last month was Almost Midnight. I bought a copy of this randomly. 1I wasn’t looking for it. I do have a copy of one of the short stories in this book, Kindred Spirits, but haven’t actually read it yet.

This edition is really pretty in person, it had glitter all over the book. I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading it. Maybe if I fall behind in my reading challenge.

I’ve read a few of Rainbow Rowell’s books and I think my favourite out of the ones I’ve read might be Landline? But Fangirl is still on my TBR. I have a copy of that, I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.

The next book I also bought for myself. I actually sent money to my cousin in England to pick me up a copy of this because I loved the Waterstones edition and couldn’t find it on2 Book Depository. Well, I think it’s a Waterstones edition?

Anyway this is the first book in Philip Pullman’s new series. I have to confess that I’ve only read Northern Lights in the His Dark Materials trilogy but I really enjoyed it and I plan on continuing the trilogy at some point this year. Then I will pick up La Belle Sauvage.

This edition also has a daemon inside the cover. I think there were a few you could get but I can only remember three, the monkey, one that I think was Pan (??) and a cat. I got the cat. There are more photos of the book on my Instagram but I’m sure you could Google to see too.

I also finally got the Shadow and Bone trilogy last month. I’ve been wanting to read these 3for years but the library I used to go to didn’t have them and I never got around to getting myself a copy of them until now. But that doesn’t mean I’ll be reading them anytime soon. I’ve had books sitting unread on my shelves for years and yet I still buy more…

I do want to read at least the first book this year though. At least then I’ll know if I should get copies of the Six of Crows duology. I’ve been really tempted to just buy them now but I don’t even know if I’ll like this trilogy. Which is why I haven’t actually bought them even though the hardbacks are so pretty with their sprayed edges! I love these editions though and the box set even came with a map!

Another book I bought for myself. Well, this one is a graphic novel of a book. I loved 4Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy so when I saw this for only $3 I had to get it. I don’t read a lot of graphic novels. The last one I read was the Northern Lights edition. I don’t know if the other two books have graphic novels though…

I haven’t read this yet. I’m planning to read it if I fall behind on this years reading challenge on Goodreads because graphic novels are really fast reads. And I haven’t read this trilogy in years!

I also want to get this trilogy in hardback too because my copies are different sizes and it frustrates me. I like have a series be the same size.

The next book was sent to me from Walker Books Australia to review. I’ve heard really 5good things about Scythe and I cannot wait to read it. It’s actually on my March TBR but I don’t know when I’ll pick it up…

I can’t remember what this is about and I don’t want to assume things here because I’ll probably just be wrong so I’m not going to. Someone told me that it made her cry both times they read it. It takes a lot for a book. TV show or movie to make me cry. I think I cry more watching something than reading though but there have been books that have made me cry. I can’t remember what the last one was though. I just looked at my reading challenge on Goodreads and none of the books I’ve read this year have made me cry. So I guess I’ll see if this one does when I eventually pick it up.

The next two books were sent to my from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. Firstlife is the first book in a trilogy I think. I think it was something about you live your first life6 and then die and go on to the next one? Which is your actual life? Oh wow that is a crap summary but it’s been a while since I read the synopsis.

That ‘hot price’ on the cover really annoys me because I can’t take it off. Why do you do this to pretty books!!!

Anyway, Firstlife is on my March TBR too. I don’t have my TBR in an order of when I’ll read the books. I just pick up a book I’m in the mood for. I think I tried to have them in some kind of order once and it never worked. Looks like I’m a mood reader. Especially if it’s a contemporary. I have to be in the mood for one of them to read them.

HarperCollins NZ also sent me a copy of Zenith to review. I love sci-fi books but I haven’t 7been hearing good things about this and to be honest it’s kind of put me off a little bit. I mean, I’ll read it eventually because it’s a review book but I’m just not in the mood for it yet. I will say that my expectations have dropped though. I’m not going to go into it expecting to have the same opinion as everyone else but the things I’ve heard just aren’t making me excited to read it.

I do like the cover though and the story still sounds good. I kind of hope I like it but if it’s as bad as I’ve heard it is then I also don’t want to at the same time? I don’t know.

I bought the hardback edition of Illuminae last year when I saw it at a local store for $7. So obviously I had to have the other two in hardback. Gemina arrived last month and it is8 gorgeous! I love the Illuminae Files and can’t wait for my copy of Obsidio to arrive. It’s finally been shipped!!

I really want to re-read this trilogy but it’ll have to wait until later in the year or next year. I have too many review copies I need to read first.

If you haven’t read Illuminae and Gemina then I cannot recommend them enough. They’re so unique and amazing and Gemina has beautiful illustrations by Marie Lu too. I gave both books five stars and I’ve already read them twice. I actually re-read them when I heard Obsidio’s publication date had been pushed back.

Walker Books Australia sent me an ARC of Small Spaces to review. This is a debut novel (I 9think) and comes out in April. It’s also a YA thriller and I love thrillers so I’m hoping to pick it up soon.

I can’t remember what this is about. I do remember requesting it and I think I read a synopsis but I’m not sure. I think I read it last year… My memory is crap though.

I think this is also from an Australian author too. I don’t read many ‘local’ authors. I mean, Australia isn’t really local, I’m in New Zealand, but it’s not like Australia is that far away. And I know a couple of New Zealand authors that fall under the LoveOZYA category so I guess we share…

Allen and Unwin New Zealand surprised me last month and sent me a copy of Obsidio to10 review. This is the only review book that I received last month that I read. There was no way I was waiting until closer to the review date to read it. That would drive me crazy. My review will be up when Obsidio is officially released in New Zealand but I will say that I gave it five stars too. This trilogy was amazing! But I’m not saying anything else here. You’ll just have to wait for my review.

The ANZ edition is so shiny though! I had to angle the book away from me because I kept showing up in the cover. I can’t wait to see what the hardback looks like in person. I don’t think it’s shiny though.

The next two books I got because I am buying The Selection Series in the hardback 11editions. Now I have the first three. When I first picked up The Selection and The Elite a few years ago I heard The CW were making it into a TV show and I wanted to read the book first. Well that never happened but I did fall in love with the story and America and Maxon.

I didn’t acutally think I would because it’s kind of like The Bachelor except with royalty and also sort of dystopian. The third book, The One, has a lot more action. Well, when I say action I really mean death. Which I did not see coming by the way. I know people don’t like The Heir and The Crown but I did. Eadlyn was annoying at first but as she grew up I found her less annoying. 12

I’m planning on buying The Heir, The Crown and Happily Ever After in hardback too. I’m not in any rush because I’ve read the series so I know what happens.

I was planning on re-reading them as I got them too but that hasn’t happened yet. Probaby because I need to catch up on my review books from last year and this year first. Taking a break over the holidays really put me behind and I haven’t caught up yet. I don’t even know if I will unless I stop requesting more books. Which I probably should. But there are so many good books coming out this year!

I bought a copy of The Librarian of Auschwitz from Book Depository when I saw it for 13$14. That’s not bad for a hardback in New Zealand. Anyway, this is based on a true story and has been translated into English. I haven’t read a book set in Auschwitz before so it’ll be different. I’ve read The Diary of a Young Girl a few times and Anne Frank Remembered, which was so sad but really good too.

My mother is reading this at them moment. Well, she’s been at 21 pages for the last two weeks so I can’t say she’s actually reading it. But she knows I won’t be picking it up any time soon so there’s no rush for her to finish it. I do want to read The Librarian of Auschwitz this year though.

Lighthouse Media New Zealand sent me a copy of Children of Blood and Bone to review. I’m actually reading this now and it’s so good! The release for New Zealand is the 13th I14 think so I have time to finish it and get my review up. I do recommend reading this though, it’s so good!!

I’ve also bought a copy of the Barnes and Noble special edition. I’m hoping it arrives in once piece. I’ve never bought anything from them before but I couldn’t pass up that edition! It’s so pretty. I also chose the cheapest shipping which means the longest. But I didn’t need it straight away because I have this to review.

But if you haven’t got a copy or weren’t planning on getting one then you definitely should! Or get it from a library! The magic and characters are amazing! And the cover is gorgeous.

HarperCollins New Zealand sent me a copy of The Queen’s Rising to review. This also has 15a pretty cover. And no I don’t remember what it’s about. But I’m assuming it’s about a queen.

This isn’t on my TBR for March but I think if I get time I might squeeze it on? But I’ll have to see what happens. So far I’ve only read The City of Brass, which was good, and I’m 3/4 way through Children of Blood and Bone. They are both big books though and my copy of Children of Blood and Bone has tiny text. Hopefully I’ll finish it in the next couple of days. And then I’ll figure out what I want to read next. I have six books to choose from. I also still need to post my March TBR…

So the last books I received in February were the 10th anniversary editions of the Chaos Walking Trilogy. These editions are beautiful and even have black sprayed edges. I’m 16hoping to read The Knife of Never Letting Go soon. I don’t have it on my TBR but hopefully my reading picks up again soon. I don’t know why it’s slowed down so much.

What books did you get in February?

– 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.

 

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.

 

Tag: The Lunar Chronicles Book Tag!

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This is just a random book tag I found online and thought I’d do. Plus, I love the Lunar Chronicles.

Cinder – The Cyborg:Linh_Cinder_PortraitA book that’s often misunderstood or unappreciated – 
Spark by Rachael Craw.

Kai – The Prince:
Kaito_PortraitA book about royals/royalty – 
The Selection by Kiera Cass.

Adri – The Evil Step-Mother:
A book with a horrible/cringe-worthy parent – 
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

Iko – The Spunky Sidekick:
lunar_chronicles___android_iko_concepts_by_lostie815-d7nhc1tA book with your favourite happy-go-lucky character – 
The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. Both Percy and Leo fit into this one.

Scarlet – The Rescuer:
lunar_chronicles___scarlet_benoit_by_lostie815-d6wlfy0 A book with a character on a mission – 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling.

Wolf – The Fighter: 
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A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin.

Levana – The Villian:
Levana_PortraitA book with the worst villian – 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling.

Thorne – The Rascal:
Carswell_Thorne_PortraitA book with the biggest schmoozer – 
The Infernal Devises Trilogy by Cassandra Clare.

Cress – The Hacker:
Crescent_Moon_Darnel_PortraitA book about technology or sci-fi – 
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

Erland – The Doctor:
A book with an illness or revolving around medical issues – 
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult.

Winter – The Unsound Mind:
lunar_chronicles___princess_winter_by_lostie815-d76289cA book with the craziest character you’ve ever read – 
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

Jacin – The Soldier:
Jacin_Clay_PortraitA book with a military theme – 
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson.

I liked this book tag. Obviously I couldn’t find any fan art pictures of Adri and Dr Erland which kind of annoys me because now the whole thing is messed up but oh well.

I haven’t read Winter yet because I want to re-read the Scarlet and Cress first (I’ve already re-read Cinder). So now spoilers please.

Aimee.

Tag: Frozen Book Tag.

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Frozen Heart. – Beautiful! Powerful! Dangerous! Cold! What character do you think of when you hear this description?
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The first character that comes to mind for this one, for the first three anyway, is Celaena from Sarah J. Mass’s Throne of Glass series. Obviously cold doesn’t fit but the first three definitely do. I mean, Celaena can come across as cold but deep down she really does care. If you’ve read this series I don’t think I need to explain why I chose Celaena for this one. If you haven’t read it then I highly recommend that you do.

Do You Want to Build a Snowman? – A character you want to build a snowman with?257329272d51fd744afb0c5345b39850.800x600x1I don’t even know. There’s no one that comes to mind when I think of building a snowman.. How about Jon Snow from A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin? Because then he’d be alive and I’d be happy. 

For the First Time in Forever – You haven’t been able to read anything in a long time and your TBR pile has been growing larger and larger. What book (of your TBR pile, so no rereads) would you pick?
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I’ve recently purchased a copy of this and I have a lot of review copies of books to get through so I don’t know when I’m going to be able to read this. But this is the first book that popped into my head when I read this question.

Love Is an Open Door – With what book or which character (or both!) would love be an open door with it? Or for what book/which character would you close the door?
e674382dcc6b9802480edc2339488c39Love is a closed door book – 
Anything by E.L. James.
Love is a closed door character – Travis from Beautiful Disaster because no. The whole “bad boy with a tormented past to cover up how much of an asshole he is” just doesn’t work for me. Giving someone an excuse to treat you like a doormat and control you are just stupid life decisions and I cannot see how girls are falling for this type of character in books and movies.

Let it Go – A book or book series you used to love but you let it go.
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I’m not sure. Every series that I loved that I read years ago I still love now so I don’t think I can answer this one. I have a trilogy that I wish I’d given up on after the first book but that doesn’t count.

Reindeers Books Are Better Than People – Let’s say you’re tired of people today. What book would you rather spend the day with?
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This is my favourite book in the Harry Potter Series so if I can only pick one book I’d read this but I can read any book over being around people to be honest.

In Summer – A book perfect for summer!
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I don’t really do “summer reads/winter reads” it’s more like whatever I’m in the mood to read when I need to choose my next read. But I think I’m going to read Fangirl this summer.

Fixer Upper – A book that’s a bit of a fixer-upper and should be fixed with a little bit of love?
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This has always been my least favourite book in the series. I’m not really sure why but I think it’s because of Sirius. So if I could fix anything I’d delete that little bit about Sirius so Harry could at least have some family left.

Feel free to do the tag if you want to.

– Aimee.

July Book Haul.

11655505_10155661007960018_1242313319_n I didn’t get many books this month. I’ve been trying to stop buying new books, which isn’t always possible, because I’ve gotten over 50 so far this year and I’m running out of room for them.

The first book I got this month was This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I wanted to get this last month when I got These Broken Stars but couldn’t find a copy. Then a week later there it is, in the clearance sale with another sale on top of that. I think it had 30% off it’s clearance price and came to $7.50. So I’m glad I waited the extra week to get it.

I haven’t read these books yet. I’ve wanted to for a while and I had eBook copies of them but I still like to read physical copies of books even though my tablet is filled with eBooks. I have to start reading them soon.

I love the covers on these books. They’re so colourful. After all the library books, which is a never ending pile on my bookcase, I might read These Broken Stars.

The next books I got in the same clearance but a few weeks later when the sale on the clearance books were 50% off. I couldn’t pass up on a sale like that.

The first book I saw was Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid. I haven’t read it, which it probably why it caught my eye first. I’ve 11694336_10155689710735018_847827163_nwanted to read it. I was approved to read Adi Alsaid’s Never Always Sometimes on NetGalley but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I think I might have to read this first. Not because they’re linked, but because I’ve wanted to read it longer.

The second book I picked up was Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I read Landline last year in one sitting. I really liked it. I don’t really know why, but I couldn’t put the book down. I’ve read three of Rainbow Rowell’s books, Landline, Attachments and Eleanor and Park (which I reviewed on here). I think I liked Eleanor and Park and Landline the most. I didn’t really like Attachments so I probably won’t get a copy of that. I do want my own copy of Eleanor and Park though. I also have Fangirl but haven’t read it yet.

And the last book I got was A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. This one first got my attention on Instagram because someone said it was told in a squirrels point of view about a love story. I’m not really into love stories but I was kind of interested to see what the squirrel had to say. I think there are more POV than just the squirrel though. I’m not sure what I’ll think of it but for $3.50 I’m not sure it matters.

10654153_10155707443040018_1944407616_nThe last book came in the mail form a publishing company in New Zealand. This is the first time I’ve received a book in the mail in exchange for an honest review. Hachette New Zealand sent me The Father by Anton Svensson. I’ve read this book so that I have a review ready for when the book is released next month.

All I can say for now is that this book is inspired by a family in Sweden and what came from their story to inspire this one is completely crazy. But you’ll have to wait for my review next month to hear more. I’ll say now that it was a story that I was desperate to know the ending to.

So that’s it for July. I’m not sure what’s going to happen next month with me and books. I’m not expecting to buy many but I have said that before.

Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments.

– Aimee.

Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

Eleanor is the new girl. With her unpredictable life at home, bright, curly red hair, weird 11692864_10155641257650018_340293667_nstyle in fashion, she couldn’t stand out more if she was trying.

Park sits at the back of the bus. Always listening to music and reading comics, Park thinks he’s succeeded in turning himself invisible. But Eleanor can see him.

Over stacks of comic books and a pile of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park slowly start falling for each other. It’s first love for both of them. The kind when you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.

This is the third Rainbow Rowell book I’ve read. Also, her first young adult novel for me. I really liked Landline but Attachments, not so much.

I liked Eleanor and Park though. The story is set in 1986 which I kind of kept forgetting while I was reading the book, even with the mix tapes and boom boxes. I was just sucked into their story and the year didn’t matter so much.

Eleanor’s home and family are a mess. She lives with her mum, stepfather, brothers and sister. None of them are happy but are too scared to admit it. Her stepfather is an alcoholic and an ass. There’s a reason Eleanor dresses the way she does. My heart went out to her. I wanted to reach into the book and pull her out of that house. Knock some sense into her mother at the same time.

Park’s family is the complete opposite of Eleanor’s. But even though his parents still love each other and their kids, Park feels like he doesn’t fit in there or at school. His mother was annoying at times, at the start, but as she got to know Eleanor I liked her more. His dad seemed hard on him about some things but when it mattered the most, he was there for Park.

The writing on Eleanor’s text books and who was doing it was a complete surprise for me. Although I did find him creepy at times I didn’t pick the two together. Even though the notes were disgusting, they seemed even more so coming from him.

The ending was disappointing. It happened to fast. I would’ve liked to know what happened with Eleanor and her aunt and uncle. What happened to her mother and siblings. But only vague things were mentioned. I didn’t get the ending I wanted. I mean, they were seventeen. But after reading the note from Rainbow Rowell at the back of the book, I think I did get what I wanted. Or I’m going to believe that I did anyway.

I think this is my favourite Rainbow Rowell book so far. I still have Fangirl to read though.

I really liked the relationship between Eleanor and Park. I liked how it wasn’t love at first sight. Or anything at first sight really. Their relationship grew slowly over time. I liked how awkward they were with each other, because that’s how first love is. They are both really different, with different views of the world, but they work together. They bring out the best in each other. I wish everyone’s first love could be like theirs.

Have you read Eleanor and Park? Which is your favourite Rainbow Rowell book? Let me know in the comments.

– Aimee.