ANTICIPATED BOOKS & LIBRARY READS: February 2021 Book Haul

My February book haul basically resulted from book shopping, book mail, and library holds all from the past week. I’m in the heat of my spring semester right now and how do I deal with stress? Buy books and put more books on hold from the library!

This month, I bought 2 of my most anticipated releases of the year (of course included below) and went on a mini library book spree before the snow storm last week. I am currently reading a certain 700+ page beast and despite a busy week at my internship and grad school requirements…. I’ll probably still (hopefully) have it finished by the end of next weekend, then will be returning to the library books on this list.

Purchased Books

A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns & Roses #4) by Sarah J. Maas – Between the details above and the fact that I am a huge Sarah J. Maas fan, it’s likely no surprise that I bought A Court of Silver Flames. I have a not-so great track record with ordering SJM books online (in short, they either come 2 weeks after the release or they just don’t come at all…), so I ran to Barnes & Noble on Saturday after a few snowy days. I sort’ve wish I went to the bookstore before we got snowy weather on Thursday and Friday to make sure I got one of the B&N exclusive editions, but I fortunately still managed to grab one of the last copies there! As per usual, I like the A Court of Silver Flames cover better in-person than I did seeing the cover online – I also love the orange hardback for some reason? Probably because I’m so in love with A Court of Silver Flames right now, I’m somewhat tempted to add the new hardback and resigned copies of the original ACOTAR series to my bookshelf. 

The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon – I have a really big assessment due for my grad program in early March, and I’m going to treat myself once it is turned in by reading one of my most anticipated romances of 2021, Rachel Lynn Solomon’s The Ex Talk. I devoured Rachel Lynn Solomon’s books in 2020 and as one of my favorite authors, I have my own copies of all her books. I’ve been reading such rave reviews from my book blogging friends and trusted book rec sources about this romance following two exes who co-host a public radio show. 

Review Books/Sent to Me

The Marvelous Mirza Girls by Sheba Karim – I was fortunate enough to receive a review copy of Sheba Karim’s upcoming The Marvelous Mirza Girls. I won’t be reviewing this one on the blog until May (the book comes out on May 18), but I’m really excited to dive into this book following a mother and daughter’s gap year trip to New Dehili. 

Library Books

This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens – I typically don’t wait long for library holds, even when it comes to super popular books like This Time Next Year. I had this one on hold from the library in early December. However, I think since the book semi-revolves around New Years Eve, a ton of readers also wanted to read this one around the holidays and my library has a 3-day quarantine period for returned books.  I just got my hands-on this romance following Quinn and Minnie, both born on New Years Day in the same year, over one year of their lives…and I had it devoured three days later! 

Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper – I’ll be continuing my goal of reading at least 1 non-fiction book every 1-2 months this March with Megan Phelps-Roper’s Unfollow. Based on some of the non-fiction books I read in 2020, I really enjoy non-fiction books about people exploring their past experiences with religion. 

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez – Whenever I’m stressed IRL, contemporary romance (or a big SJM book apparently) is my go-to way to relax. I’m so excited to dive into one of the most-well read romance series of the past two years with The Friend Zone. 

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le – A Pho Love story was an unexpected pick from the library. I went to pick up the other books and saw this anticipated YA 2021 release on display. Everyone knows that enemies-to-lovers has been the name of my reading game for at least a year, and this one follows two high school protagonists whose families own competing pho restaurants. 

What books did you haul in February? Have you read any of the books that I mentioned? Share in the comments! 

September 2020 Book Haul

One of the best ways to welcome in a new season is hauling ALL the books. I was very fortunate to receive a bunch of exciting releases this month from publishers & blog tours, I bought one of my most anticipated 2020 releases, and as per usual, borrowed a book or five from the library. 

Sent to Me/Provided by the Publisher 

Simon & Schuster sent me a package this month with four YA sci-fi and fantasy books that are & have come out this fall. The Nemesis by S.J. Kincaid is the last book in the Diabolic series, which has received great reviews from some of my book blogging friends. They also sent me book #2 in the Shatter the Sky series, Storm the Earth. I think I’m most excited to read Night Shine by Tessa Gratton because it’s been described as a romantic fantasy! It’s been a while since I’ve read a historical fantasy, so I’m excited to check out Magic Dark and Strange by Kelly Powell in October. 

While I tend to reach for a fantasy or two in October and November, I also especially love thrillers this time of year. Just this weekend, Simon & Schuster also sent me two upcoming YA thrillers, Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffett and Lies Like Poison by Chelsea Pitcher. I’m honestly about to switch up my TBR plans and pick up Those Who Prey immediately because of its college setting – a college freshman gets seduced to join a cult.  Lies Like Poison also sounds like such a unique and mysterious thriller read.

All this Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachel Lippincott (ARC) – I participated in a blog tour for Mikki Daughtry and Rachel Lippincott’s All this Time earlier this month. I thought this was a deep YA read that is perfect for binge-reading and I could see myself picking up their debut, Six Feet Apart, some time in the future. 

Recommended For You by Laura Silverman – I received a finished copy of Laura Silverman’s Recommended For You, and I’m SO excited to add this one to my collection because it’s my new favorite YA holiday read. I participated in a blog tour for Recommended For You in the beginning of September. 

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July Library Book Haul

During quarantine,  checking my county library’s website to see if and when my local library would re-open this summer was a daily routine. Before the library closed back in early March, I managed to checkout 3 books… which I had finished by early April. Fortunately, I’ve had a few review books sent to me and quite a few backlist titles laying on my shelves – and I totally gave into some binge book buying – but I was literally over the moon when my county library system officially reopened for door-side pick-up last week. For anyone who is wondering what door-side pick up looks like, once I receive an automated call saying that my books are in, I go to the library and then call my branch to say that I’m there to pick up my holds. From there, they place my books on a table outside of the main entrance. The checkout period is still 2 weeks and you’re allowed at least 3 renew cycles (so 8 weeks total), but all returned books have to be placed in their outdoor drop box and are then quarantined for 3 days. 

As soon as the website said that the online catalog was open, I ran to my list of must-check-out books (which I had made back in May, oops) and by the end, I had managed to put a casual 17 physical books on hold. I admit that these 17 holds were mostly out of pure excitement, but also out of my fear that the libraries may close again. I picked up 10 of my holds last week, and I’m actually going to be picking up 2 more books later today. Today I’ll be sharing library books I currently have checked out, as well as my current holds. 

Books I Checked Out

The Idea of You by Robinne Lee – The Idea of You is probably the #1 recommended book on Bad on Paper. This romance following a forty year old woman who falls in love with the lead singer of her daughter’s favorite boy band was their go-to quarantine read, and I somehow managed to hold off on until July. I’ll actually be returning this one today, having read it during Fourth of July weekend. I’ll have a review soon, but just know for now that The Idea of You is so worth the hype! 

Playing with Matches by Hannah Orenstein – I wasn’t sure if I would be able to use interlibrary loan (meaning ordering books from other libraries other than my local brands – update, I was) so at first I was putting books on hold that I knew my local branch had on hand, which included Hannah Orenstein’s Playing with Matches. I recently bought her latest release, Head Over Heels, and I enjoyed Love at First Like last summer. Like The Idea of You, I also devoured Playing with Matches this weekend and loved it! 

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – Many of my book blogging friends have loved Talia Hibbert’s recent release, Take a Hint, Dani Brown, so I knew it was time to pick up the first book in this companion series. If I enjoy this one, I’ll definitely put the second book on hold.

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon – If I was going to buy another book before the library reopened, it was most likely going to be Amy Harmon’s From Sand and Ash. I found this historical fiction novel set during WWII through Sarah’s Bookshelves Live (I forget which episode), and it just sounded so unique from most of the WWII historical fiction I’ve read. Read More »

STRESS PURCHASES, ARCS, & LIBRARY HOLDS: April 2020 Book Haul

I’ve been buying more books lately for a variety of reasons including:

  • I want to be supporting the book industry as much as I can right now
  • I don’t know when my county public library will be re-opening. I live in regret that I didn’t put more on hold or borrow more books before everything shut down
  • I need so many, aka ALL, the new releases immediately
  • I have a love for stress buying
  • I live in fear of running out of books to read on-hand
  • I apparently enjoy ignoring the books I do already own and still haven’t read
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I thought about dressing up for this photo, but it’s an honest  depiction of my quarantine outfit: sweatshirts everyday and sunglasses for reading outside!

While I did buy some books in March, I decided to keep my book-buying momentum going in April. I knew I wanted to buy more books in this month (see reasons above) and while watching one of Jessica of Peace Love Book’s April book hauls, she noted that she had ordered books from Better World Books. Better World Books is a company that sells used or donated books and then matches the amount of books you purchase to donate to non-profit organizations. They also have new editions available. I thought this was a great way to buy books while supporting a good cause and saving some money- let’s be honest, buying multiple print copies from a retailer can quickly add up. I ordered four books and they all came in pretty great condition – I think all four came from libraries and it was fairly simple to take off the library plastic covers off the three hardcovers. There’s some glue stuck on the inside, but you can’t tell from the outside and the dust jackets stayed in great shape. My only ‘complaint’  that obviously makes a lot of sense (especially right now) is that they don’t have many new books available at used/bargain prices.

Additionally, I’ve been fortunate enough to receive some really exciting upcoming releases for review. You probably know that I am not the biggest e-book fan, but I’ve been changing my ways lately and have started using Netgalley- despite having an account for two years now,oops! I use an iPad to read e-books, either through Kindle or Aldilko – I tried setting up my Netgalley copies with Kindle and it wouldn’t work. If you’re an e-book reader or want to branch out into them, I’ve been telling everyone IRL to check out Libby, which synchs up to your local library and provides their e-book and audiobooks.

Purchased Books

The Dazzling Heights and The Towering Sky (Thousandth Floor #2 and #3) by Katharine McGee –  The Thousandth Floor series falls into a bunch of my reading moods combined: books I should’ve read a while ago, author whose earlier works I want to check out (PSA TO PLEASE READ AMERICAN ROYALS), and books with a lot of drama and extravagance that are bound to distract me for a while. I read The Thousandth Floor earlier this month and really enjoyed it. I see myself reading the next two books back to back.

The Selection by Kiera Cass – I would just like to note that I ordered The Selection BEFORE the Netflix adaptation was announced. I feel like I’m in this reading mood at the moment where I want to catch up on all the classic YA or hyped reads that I haven’t read. I also really want to read Kiera Cass’ upcoming release, The Betrothed, which isn’t related to The Selection, but I want to read something of hers before that comes out in.Read More »

Book & Fangirl Christmas Haul 2019

The holiday season has always been one of my favorite times of the year. I absolutely love getting into the festive spirit and listening to Michael Buble’s Christmas album. Although I couldn’t be more than excited for the new year ahead, I admit that I still have a little bit of the holiday spirit in me- how could I not when Arthur Christmas was just added on Netflix?? I have a few bookish and fangirl gifts that were generously given to me by Santa (aka my family) this Christmas that I have to look forward to using and reading in 2020.

Books

Rebel (Legend #4) by Marie Lu

Rebel is the much anticipated follow-up fourth novel to Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy. The Legend trilogy were the first Marie Lu books that I had ever read. They still remain as my favorite Marie Lu series. I had intended to reread Legend, Prodigy, and Champion in 2019, but I’ll be 100% honest and admit that I ended up not in the mood to reread them this past fall. Rebel can apparently be read as a standalone, but I really want to re-familiarize myself with this world. One of my reading goals for January and February is reread all three books and then dive into Rebel.

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The Risk and The Play (Briar U #2 and Briar U #3) by Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy is one of favorite new adult authors, having loved her Off-Campus series and really enjoying the first book in the Briar U series, The Chase. Briar U is the spin-off series to Off-Campus. Both books are set at the fictional Briar University and follow relationships between a wide cast of female characters and male Briar U hockey players. I absolutely love sports romance, so I knew I needed to continue on with the Briar U series with The Risk and The Play. Each of these books can be read as a standalone, as they follow different couples in the Briar U world. However, I personally like reading each book in publication order because Elle Kennedy often  features previous main characters. I decided to ask for these books for Christmas because my library unfortunately does not have the Briar U series and I already own The Chase.

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OH MY BOOKISH HEART: Book Expo 2019 Haul

Book Expo, the best week of the year. And yes, in my head, I wrote that line in Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle’s best Treat Yo Self voice.

Book Expo 2019 was my second time attending this book convention centered around the publishing business. I was fortunate enough to be approved for a blogger pass, having the opportunity to meet various bookish people, from publishing staff to my fellow book bloggers. Last but certainly not least, one of the best parts of Book Expo was being able to pick up so many of my anticipated 2019 and 2020 releases.

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In 2018, I combined my Book Expo haul with my Book Con haul, but I decided not to attend Book Con in 2019. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Book Con because it was my favorite bookish experience as a reader before I became a blogger. I decided not to attend in 2019 for a variety of reasons. I felt I had spent enough money on Book Expo between my pass, travel and other expenses. I knew I would likely be physically and mentally exhausted from the 3 days of Expo (which I was correct about, being that I could barely feel my upper back and shoulders Saturday morning after ten hours of sleep). Book Con has honestly gotten crazier and crazier each year, especially for ARC giveaways and signings. If I had attended this year, I likely would have gone for some panels (which are often uploaded to Youtube), socializing, and maybe another book or two.

However, as you’ll be able to see by my haul, having books to read won’t be a problem for a while! I am absolutely head over heels in love with my Book Expo haul. Out of the 40 books that I picked up over the week, I only went for books that I knew I want to read or sounded like something I will actually read. It’s definitely easy to be caught up in all the free books and hype. I am so beyond ecstatic and thankful that I got all of my must-have ARCs. I ran a Twitter poll on Friday to best decide how to break down my haul, and the most popular answer was my haul for each Book Expo day. I’ll also be including the current release date for each title.

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FINALS AND FANGIRL READS: April TBR

April showers means spending more time inside with ALL the books right? This April is going to be a very busy month for me academically and socially, as the spring semester of my third year of college comes to a close. Yes, I’m probably freaking out about this just as much as stressing out over the size of my TBR.

Anyway, despite my finals load this month, I’m definitely going to need some time to escape to reading! Just thinking about all the books I’ll be able to read once school is over makes me want to also plan out my May TBR!

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Bloodwitch (Witchlands #3) by Susan Dennard

I devoured Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch and Windwitch this winter, so I’m excited to move on to the latest installment in the Witchlands trilogy, Bloodwitch. While I’ve seen much love for this series’ novella, Sightwitch, I’ve decided to become a bit of a test subject and read Bloodwitch without having read the novella. What can I say, I’m too impatient to reunite with Safi, Iseult and co.!

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (reread)

After recently doing a mini reorganization of my book shelves, I’ve recently decided that I want to dedicate some time to rereading in 2019. I really want to remind myself why I consider certain books to be my favorites, like Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss. Your girl is of course in the mean for contemporary all the time. What better way to escape finals season then through a trip to Paris, featuring St.Clair)?

 

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March Favorites & Book Haul

While I’ll sometimes discuss my book hauls and non-bookish favorites in my monthly wrap-ups, I wanted to use another space to discuss my favorites and the books I picked up in March. The books that I read and TV shows and movies that I watched in March will be in m wrap-up on Sunday.

Favorites 

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Anastasia on Broadway My college hosts about 1-2 Broadway trips every semester, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to attend at least one show! I had heard fairly positive things about Anastasia, based on the 1997 animated film,but I didn’t really have any expectations. In short, I enjoyed Anastasia so much! I particularly loved the set and costume design (so many jewels!) and I loved the music. I had forgotten that Cody Simpson played one of the lead roles, Dmitry, and I was honestly blown away by his

performance. I don’t really remember listening to his music growing up, but nonetheless, my pre-teen friends and I would probably have been screaming! My favorite songs are “Journey to the Past,” “Once Upon a December,” and “In a Crowd of Thousands.”

I’m really happy that I had the opportunity to see the show before it closes on March 31. My roommates are seeing The Prom (my school’s other spring Broadway trip that I really can’t miss class for) this week, so I’m excited to hear their thoughts.

Zoella x ColourPop Brunch Date 

Zoe Sugg of Zoella is my favorite non-bookish YouTuber, although I do love her collaborations with WHSmith and when she does discuss her reading life. Since her beauty and lifestyle ranges are less available here in the US than in the UK, I was beyond excited by her Brunch Date collaboration with ColourPop! One of my co-workers highly recommended ColourPop, so I was very excited to try their product collab with Zoella.

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January Book & Library Haul

Starting off the new year with a bunch of new books is the perfect way to kick off 2019. Today I’ll be sharing the books I received in January through publishers (thank you!) and my local library.

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Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee (courtesy Rick Riordan Presents & Disney Book Group)

Dragon Pearl was the perfect way to start my middle grade reading in 2019. I’ve been using my Dragon Pearl water bottle almost every day at school and I can’t get over the lollipop that came along with the book.

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FANGIRL CHRISTMAS: Book & Fandom Haul December 2018

While the new year is such a refreshing time, this fangirl is still getting over her Christmas spirit. Christmas time is always a good time for this reader and fangirl. While I wasn’t expecting too many fangirlish presents from Santa (my family) this year, I was so surprised, excited and fortunate enough to receive the following bookish and fangirl items.

Books

I didn’t go all out asking for books on Christmas list this year, mostly because I’m running out of bookshelf space and your girl loves supporting her local library.

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