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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Happy World Book Day!

Today, April 23, is World Book Day, a day that was created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This day is special because it is the day that three authors – Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega – all died in 1616. It is also the birth or death date of some other prominent authors. It’s a day in which UNESCO wanted people to celebrate books, especially young people, so that they’d gain a new found appreciation and love for reading.

On this day, many are celebrating their love for reading. I know I am. I actually didn’t know about it until I saw it was trending on Twitter, but that’s okay. I’m still celebrating my love of books by currently reading “Clockwork Angel” by Cassandra Clare (among others at the same time, one e-book, one audiobook).

World Book Day is a wonderful thing and I think we should all celebrate in our own way. Reading is a door to other lives, to the past, present, and future; to other worlds, dimensions, time periods; to every gender and color and species under the sun. Reading is beautiful and fun and magnificent.

Please pick up a book today and enjoy the love of reading. Read something you love, something that’ll make you cry, get angry, feel all mushy inside. Whatever you pick up, just remember how much you love books. Read diversely, read series, read comics, read non-fiction, read religion, read politics, read whatever makes you happy.

Happy reading and happy world book day!

Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Made You Think

Hey, it’s time for Top 5 Wednesday again! This week is all about books that made you think. Well, hmm, that seems a little vague. But I guess find the deeper meaning or made me think about something that reflected in my life? Sure! We’ll go with that!

houseofthescorpion5. “The House of the Scorpion” by Nancy Farmer

I know I used this book in last week’s T5W, but this book was just so impactful on me as a teen. It made me think more about what if: what if we lived in a society like that? What if I was a clone and had to give my life to someone I didn’t even know (myself, essentially)? What if I hadn’t read this book; would I still love reading as much? (Yes, most definitely.)

thisstarwontgoout4. “This Star Won’t Go Out” by Esther Earl

This book was non-fiction and had many writings by Esther, as well as her parents and others. It was a true story about her life with cancer and how she ultimately died from that cancer. It just made me think what if I had cancer? Would I keep my faith like her? Would I have so much will to live and vitality as Esther? Would I blog about it? Start a charity around it for those with the same cancer?

acertainslantoflight3. “A Certain Slant of Light” by Laura Whitcomb

This was one of my favorite books as a teen (plus it was the only book I ever actually read for required summer reading) and it had a big impact on me and why I loved to read. It was beautifully written and was a great tale about love, loss, and dealing with being dead. It made me think about just how beautiful it would be to live the life the characters did and how they lived could affect others, ultimately making them better people. It’s amazing the power of a story, really.

trolls2. “Trolls” by Brian and Wendy Froud

I love their art and storytelling, I really do. This book is more art than story, but it still tells a great many tales about trolls that I had never known about. It made me think of how much of the magic we had as a kid gets lost as we grow older, dealing with “reality” rather than “unreality.” I love to think that there are things out there, special things, magical things. It makes the world just a little bit more interesting.

stardust1. “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman

As my first Gaiman book, this was a beautiful piece of art. Seriously, art. I loved the way he wove the story and told it from so many perspectives, eventually linking them all together and having the story come together as one. It made me think of my own writing and how I want to become a published author one day. His style is definitely an influence on my own and I just think that his writing has its own life, breathing and alive. I want to strive to get my own words to be like that one day.

So that’s it for this T5W! Let me know what your top five picks would be for this topic!