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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Top 5: Characters who deserve their own books/series?

5. Evanjalin from Finnikin of the Rock

Knowing how the book ends, it would be amazing to read it from her perspective. She has an epic past that would be amazing to explore and a future with one of my first book crushes, so I needs me some of that.

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4.  Zuzana from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series

ZUZANA IS ADORABLE!!! SHE IS BADASS IN HER OWN WAY AND SHE HAS HER OWN CUTE RELATIONSHIP WHICH WOULD BE AMAZING TO READ ABOUT AND UGH! I CAN’T EVEN!

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3. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights

What? I like them brooding and damaged. So sue me.

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2. Jem from The Infernal Devices series

There is so much about him that readers need to know! Sooooo many missing years that need to be explored.

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1. Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series

If I need to explain why this needs to be a thing, I don’t think we can be friends.

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Top 5 Anticipated Pre-Orders for 2015

SO SO SO SO SO!!! THERE ARE NEW BOOKS COMING OUT OVER THE NEXT 5 MONTHS THAT ARE JUST EVERYTHING AMAZING IN THE WORLD AND I CAN’T EVEN!

Here are my Top 5-ish. I am going to pretend that I can’t count and that will be why there are more than five here. Cough.

Here. WE. GOOO!

On the 1st of September, 2015:

Top5 Queen of Shadows

This is legitimately one of my favourite series at the moment and I can’t wait to read more about Celaena. I feel like I have been waiting for this book for a bajillion years – which is a completely accurate measurement of time.

On the 8th of September, 2015:

Top5 Stand Off

JDGJKFGCVNXMCVIUSYJSKFOAISGJHDFJGFKHGDFGFPSGITUEJFDDVL!! <– This is the only way I am able to express my feelings about this sequel.  Just a tad excited.

On the 6th of October, 2015:

Top5 Carry On

Now I am not the biggest fan of Rowell’s – don’t get me wrong, I love her books and I am excited for this but I am not making inarticulate screeches because of it. I am hoping for a winner here.

On the 20th of October, 2015:

Top5 Career of Evil

Queen Rowling – as Galbraith – is back! I absolutely adore her crime novels and I can’t wait to mentally munch on this.

On the 3rd of November, 2015:

Top5 The Revolution of Ivy

These are my feelings:

On the 10th of November, 2015 we have two releases. TWO!

Top5 November 9

Yes. Yes…ALL THE YES!

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A new book by one of my all-time favourite authors? Put me down for 57. Thanks.

Top 5 Chapter Titles

THIS WAS SO FREAKING DIFFICULT!

I very rarely pay attention to these as they can be massive plot spoilers, or they are boring, and sometimes they are even misleading. Anyhoo. Rage over.

These are the Top 5 Chapter Titles from books… (it’s actually more like the ONLY five I could think of, but they are still pretty sweet.)

Number 5: Lord of the Rings

I watched the movies before reading the book so I fell in love with them there. It was amazing to see how faithful they remained to the book by naming the movies’ chapters after the book’s chapters.

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Number 4: Alice in Wonderland

Just quirky and cute. Nothing better.

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Number 3: The Mortal Instruments

These aren’t always over the top and they usually don’t give anything away. I think these books (and any books by Cassandra Clare) are perfect.

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Number 2: Harry Potter

I got shivers the first time I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone just from the first chapter title: The Boy Who Lived

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NUMBER 1: PERCY JACKSON

I have only read the first book but the chapter titles were amazing and hilarious and they slay me dead!

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She Who Must Not Be Named is back

I HAVE BEEN AWAY FOR FOREVER!

AND I MISS THE TALKING AND THE BOOK REVIEWING AND ALL YOU AMAZING BIBLIOPHILES!!

I thought now would be a great time to slowly start up again because I have decided that June is going to be spent rereading Harry Potter. I need it in my life. Again.

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I realised that I hadn’t read the books in a long time and that I hadn’t spent time taking note of my favourite scenes and quotes. I think it is definitely time. I recently purchased a snazzy new set of books:

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(Oh my Lorde, slay me! They are perfect)

…but I pulled out my original, super-loved set. They are so comforting.

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Anyone feel free to join me, I think everyone needs to read Harry Potter at least once a year…once a month…a day. Why can’t I liquify the books and inject them straight into my veins? Come on Science!!