Book Haul | October 2016

Every month I spend all the money all the books.

This is what sent me broke this month:

1. Every Move You Make: Chilling True Stories of Stalkers and their Victims | Victoria Heywood
2. Deadly Games: Kids Who Kill Kids | Gabrielle O’Reilly and Liz Frame

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I have recently gone into this True Crime Binge that is creepy as f*** and there are so few people in my circle of friends that I can fangirl over this stuff with. But to quote the great T-Swizzle, “Haters gonna hate!” You only need one true crime true friend who really understands you to get through this.

3. The Last Beginning | Lauren James
4. Gemina | Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
5. Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated edition) | JK Rowling
7. The Four Legendary Kingdoms | Matthew Reilly

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This was a month of sequels – ones that I have been highly anticipating!

The Last Beginning is part of The Next Together duology (I screamed when I found out this was a duology) and the first book made me so ridiculously happy. It’s not quite like anything else I have read before and it is about the reincarnations of these two people who are, for lack of a better term, soul mates.

GEMINA! Do I really need to talk about this? Surely you are just as excited as I when it comes to the Illuminae Files by these beautiful Australian authors. I will never not be proud that they are Australian and have written one of the most badass books (and I assume series) in the world. In case you have just abandoned your hermit life and the first thing you did was check out my blog then Illuminae is a story told in report style – about two people who escaped their destroyed planet and are now dealing with a plague aboard their spacecraft that is doing some real nasty shit to people. Gemina picks up minutes after the end of Illuminae and I can’t wait to devour this book (by the time this is released I may have read it already *spooky*)

Crooked Kingdom is my life. This is the book I am going to read for my really huge Goodreads event – my 1000th “read” book!! *and the crowd goes wild*

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This is another duology, one that I am desperate for. I took a while to read Six of Crows because I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Grisha trilogy – I only ended up reading the first two books :\ But SoC was beyond epic, the characters were intriguing and different, the story was badass AND IT ENDED ON THE BIGGEST CLIFFHANGER WHICH IS THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO TO A HUMAN BEAN!

The Four Legendary Kingdoms is something I read almost immediately after buying because I couldn’t hold out any longer.

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You can find my review here.

8. Three Dark Crowns | Kendare Blake
9. Vassa in the Night | Sarah Porter
10. Holding Up The Universe | Jennifer Niven

Three Dark Crowns was The YA Chronicles’ September book (as well as Owlcrate’s), so now I have two delicious copies of the book. I didn’t know that Kendare Blake had started another series until I opened up my Owlcrate and it was sitting there winking at me. It was a scream of excitement for the ages. This is a story about three sisters – triplets – that must fight to the death for the position of Queen. Oh, and they are sixteen…

Vassa in the Night is the book I prayed for in Owlcrate’s October box AND I GOT IT! It is a Russian folklore retelling, and I heart me some retellings.

11. Lumberjanes Volume 1 | Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis & Brooke A Allen
12. The First Third | Will Kostakis
13. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire | Rosamund Hodge

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Lumberjanes is by Noelle Stevenson. That’s all I needed to know before I made the snap decision to buy it. I don’t know what it is about apart from 5 kickass ladies doing their thing. I am sure it is going to be perfect.

The First Third is the second book by Kostakis. I have read his most recent novel “The Sidekicks” and adored it with every fibre of my being. A friend told me they liked TFT even more than the The Sidekicks so not buying it wasn’t even an option. The ‘thirds’ are described like this: “Life is made up of three parts: in the first third, you’re embarrassed by your family; in the second, you make a family of your own; and in the end, you just embarrass the family you’ve made.” I can already tell that this book is going to make me laugh and cry so hard.

Rosamund Hodge has easily become one of auto-buy authors. Her books aren’t perfect, but they are always interesting and I never regret reading them. There is always a unique universe that I am diving into and the female characters are always strong but vulnerable, flawed but enviable. She is one of my Queens of Retellings and this latest book is a Romeo and Juliet retelling. With necromancers.

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First Book Haul of 2015!

First thing you should know about me: I lack self control, especially when it comes to book stores. I float through the stores and pretend that my wallet is The Cave of Wonders from Aladdin – just a bottomless pit filled with all sorts of swag.

Recently I went to three different book shops over two days and ended up with eleven books, which wouldn’t be a big deal if I hadn’t just visited the library and borrowed another ten…yep. This is not a situation which I would consider “a problem”. I am quite happy to be cavorting amongst all the books. They are my babies.

Anyhoodle. The books which I hauled from shops.

From Good Ole Target I got these three beauties:

Joe Hill’s ‘Horns’ and Cecilia Ahern’s ‘Love, Rosie’ are being turned into movies that look amazing! I usually like to read a book before I see the movie because it adds so much more to the viewing experience. Also, it makes me feel superior to all those people who haven’t read the book. ‘A Thousand Pieces of You’ by Claudia Gray has been on my to-read pile for a while now after seeing in a BookTuber video. You really can’t go wrong with a book about alternate universes.

Then I went the greatest book store in all of Sydney – Kinokuniya. I have to hold back the tears when I visit this place because it is just so beautiful and peaceful. I want to live inside their YA section. I couldn’t stop myself from picking up these:

I can not get enough of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books! Her characters and the universes she creates make me happy. Keep up the good work, young lass! I hadn’t heard of ‘Winger’ by Andrew Smith until a friend forced it into my hands. Not something I would usually go for, but I trust her book instincts.

And finally, Basement Books: where all your dreams come true. This is basically a discount outlet for books. Cheap books. Books on sale   *DIES*

This is where I lost my plot and any self respect I may have had.

I don’t want to go through all of these because I am fairly lazy, but it’s safe to say I have an amazing taste in books and these all look pretty exciting. Have some romance, some historical fiction, some fantasy! All that one really needs to live the Bookish Lifestyle.