Fall Time Book Haul

I haven’t done a haul since August. Wow. Well, I don’t think I’ve accumulated that many books, but then again, Christmas did just happen, sooooo… Yeah. Books.

Let’s get into it, shall we? These aren’t going to be in the order in which I got them, but they are from September until now.

Physical Books

  • The Raven Boys cycle, 1-3, by Maggie Steifvater. Okay, technically I’ll be getting the paperback version of the third book tomorrow, but close enough. And it will be hauled in December, so there.
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik. This was a book highly recommend by Sam of ThoughtsonTomes, so I really wanted to check it out. Fantasy, romance, political plots, oh my!
  • The Amazing Book is Not On Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester. I am a phan. I cannot help it. I also only discovered them right around the time their book came out in America, so this was just kind of like it was meant to be.
  • Binge by Tyler Oakley. I’ve been following him for several months on Youtube, and I do find him to be funny and weird and goofy, so I thought I’d give his book a go. And it’s a lot heavier than you’d expect (high quality paper).
  • The Fever series, books 1-3, by Karen Marie Moning. A series that Sarah Jane from TheBookLife loves to pieces, and several other Booktubers gush over, so I had to give it a go. Plus, faeries. I’m in.
  • Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner. I LOVE THIS COVER. And this book. I just. It’s amazing. Go read it and check out my review before you do.
  • Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes. This is the fourth installment in this six book series, and I am really digging this cover! It’s definitely my favorite cover out of all of them, and though I haven’t read the third book yet, I’ll definitely get to these two soon.
  • Carry On and Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I love Rainbow’s books! She’s seriously amazing and I just can’t wait to read these ones by her. I now own all of her works that are published, woo!
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. This book was so sweet and so filled with the need and desire to experience things before you realize what you’ve missed out on. Check out my review for more on what I thought.
  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. If you didn’t see my gigantic review post on this book, where have you been? I obviously got this the day it came out and loved it to pieces.

Audiobooks

eBooks

Well, 22 books over four months isn’t horrible, right? Right. I’m actually kind of surprised this was all I got. Maybe I got more, but I honestly can’t remember, haha!

What books did you get for the holidays? Any you plan on getting soon in the new year? Let me know!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read in 2015

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely peeps over on The Broke & The Bookish. Today’s topic is all about our top ten best books that we read this year.

For my list I’m basing the books I picked based off of my overall enjoyment of them, so that doesn’t necessarily mean they were 5 stars, but most of these probably were. So here is my list, in no particular order, of the best books I read this year:

  1. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – This book was everything and more that I wanted from this series. Romance, action, blood, witches. It was amazing and definitely the best book in the series so far.
  2. This Shattered World and Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner – These two books blew me away and hit me right in the feels. I loved the world building, the relationships, the action, the mystery.
  3. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi – The character arc in this series is incredible and definitely my favorite part about this series. And Warner. You know.
  4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater – The uniqueness of the plot, mixed with amazing individual characters, plus the magical elements, made for an amazing read.
  5. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – It made me laugh out loud – literally – and it made me want to cry happy tears. This book hit me SO HARD in the feels and I loved it.
  6. Daughter of Smoke & Bone and Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor – These two books are amazing in story, characters, setting, and more. Not only is this a unique spin on a fantasy tale to include chimera and angels together, but then throw in everything else going down? Holy carp, hell yes these two were two of the best books I read the whole year.
  7. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson – I love it so muuuuucchhhh. Romance, action, politics, deceit, loyalty, betrayal, and so much more. Amazing!
  8. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – Beautiful setting, intriguing characters, amazing plot line, and so much more, this book was everything I wanted and more.
  9. The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell & Phil Lester – The audiobook version was soooo hilarious, and I just love that these two really put in as much effort as they did for what they do. Kudos to them.
  10. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – I just. I mean. I can’t. It was the perfect wrap up to the first three books and it had so much action, so many times that made my heart stop, so many times where I swooned and gushed and made all that weird noises. Yes.

Okay, I know that’s more than ten books, BUT I COULDN’T HELP IT. I loved all of these books so, so much, and this wasn’t even a complete list of the best books that I read or listened to.

What about you? What were the best books you read in 2015? How many did you have? Let me know!

The Amazing Book is Not on Fire Review

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Title: The Amazing Book is Not on Fire: The World of Dan and Phil
Authors: Dan Howell (danisnotonfire) and Phil Lester (AmazingPhil)
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Genre: Nonfiction – Biography, Humor
Pages: 224
Format: Purchased Hardcover & Audible Audiobook

“The Amazing Book is Not on Fire” is a book that was written by two YouTube stars who are best friends: danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil. The book is kind of like a companion to their channels and who they are as people and reflect their personalities in the pages. It’s a biography with lots of humor, advice, and crazy stories, and if you’re a fan of these two YouTubers I highly recommend you pick up their book.

So I find it difficult to talk about nonfiction. With fiction I can go on and on about character development, plot devices, settings, etc. But with nonfiction it’s like I’m judging the actual people and that’s, well.. Scary? Empowering? Mostly scary.

But I recently started watching these two right after the time their book came out in the U.S. I found them to be hilarious, charming, and totally… awesome! Really. So when I saw one of their videos where they talked about their book, I knew I had to get it – to get into more of the world of Dan and Phil.

The book started from their birth – literally – where the two asked their moms about what it was like giving birth to them and all that. They talk about growing up, their school lives, and their YouTube origins. Normally I’d probably find this kind of thing boring, but I think that because I had seen them, saw their personalities on video before reading that I was able to get the humor and logic behind some of what they talked about.

And not only did they talk about growing up, they gave advice for those who might want to start their own YouTube channels: why you want to do it, what kind of content you want to make, how to make it happen… And it’s all really simple, easy to take advice! As I started my own YouTube channel last year, I’ve been learning and developing ever since (except the last few months where I haven’t made anything… lazy!). But it’s always good advice to think about as a possibility for a different channel or different content – or even just a reminder about why I made my channel in the first place.

It’s got fanfiction written by them about them (and I was really impressed with Dan’s story), it’s got deep discussions, it’s got stories about their time meeting One Direction, what really happened in Las Vegas, and they even share bits of their diaries from when they were preteens.

There’s lot of funny, goofy, and lovely pictures throughout the entire book; the book itself has a pretty kind of reflective, high quality paper that’s good for photos. So, really, it made it a lot more entertaining with the pictures.

Overall, I loved this book and I thought it was a great addition for fans of these two to have and that it really gave a nice shine and look into who Dan and Phil are a bit more.

I rate this book 5/5 stars and highly recommend it, especially if you’re into YouTube.