I have been having a difficult lately with life and I apologize for being scarce. A few things have come up, which led to a strange metamorphosis. It is a process so I need to take the time to follow through with what the pain is teaching me. In other words, excuse my late book haul for July 2018.
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As a bookworm, it is the greatest joy in life to haul some books. Nothing beats the possibility of acquiring stories that bring inspiring characters. It is even more amazing when these characters are put on great quests. I cannot wait to tell you about the stuff coming in the mail. Here are the book gems I nabbed for June 2018.Bookworm’s Dream Book Haul: Series
I have gathered up some courage to embrace my love for Sarah J. Maas. Actually, I have been listening to her interviews and she sounds so delightful. I acknowledge that elements of her writing are problematic. However, her characters have stayed with me all the way since February.
My book haul included stories from her two series.
A Court of Thorn and Roses series
I have ordered a copy of the first two book in this (so far) trilogy. Feyre is all over Tumblr and I want to see if she will resonate with me, or if some other character will strike a sense of familiarity and representation.
Throne of Glass series
The first three books in the series were all I could afford for now. The plan is to pick up a book or two per month, depending on how much they cost at that point. As I was able to read the first five books from the library, I want to make my purchases up until Tower of Dawn and maybe reread parts of Empire of Storms when I get my own copy as well.
I remain unsure of whether the novellas are something I need soon or later on. Sam and the feels need to be in my life at some point.
Bookworm Goals: Try New Series
I picked up the first book in the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. While the series received mixed responses, I like what I have seen from the fandom on Tumblr and YouTube. Besides, I enjoyed the author’s ideas when she was on a panel with Sarah J. Maas, Alexandra Bracken, and Susan Dennard. The panel brought joy to me, so much that I often think of the discussion brought up within said panel.
Bookworm Quest to Better Self:
And finally, I purchased a used copy of Gala Darling’s book called Radical Self Love. Her videos have been a great guiding tool for me so I aim to carry on my journey for healthier relationships.
If you have not seen videos of Gala or visited her blog, you totally should check her out. Here’s a link to the blog.
Another figure that has come up so far through podcasts and videos is Katie Dalebout. She wrote a book on journal-writing that I have snagged a copy of. It’s called, aptly, Let it Out.
Your turn! Share your own June purchases (or plans of what you’d like to haul this month).
See you in comments.
For May 2018, I decided to branch out more than usual. I gathered some used movies and books that I have been wanting to get a hold of for quite some time now. There are some exciting stories coming into my little world. Are you ready? Let’s go.
Lady Bird has garnered some wonderful feedback from audiences over the past year. I like Saoirse Ronan’s portrayal of a daughter who is in conflict with her mother. It does sound like a story I would connect with as someone who does clash with her own mother as well. Besides, it seems like a sweet coming of age story that could be a feel-good tale to battle the blues that I experience.
Almost Friends is one of the very few Freddie Highmore recent films I could find. His film with Emma Roberts titled The Art of Getting By is charming and hilarious, so I obviously wanted to watch more films with him in the lead role. In Almost Friends, Freddie Highmore plays a chef who happens to be a prodigy but then ends up not becoming successful and has to live with his mom. The story takes off from there. Highmore has this timeless self-deprecating humor that I adore. I look forward to seeing him in this coming of age story as well.
The Kings of Summer reminds me of this other film I have called Son of Rambow in the sense that it focuses on the friendship between boys as they navigate the path to finding their identity and independence while balancing their connections with other people simultaneously. This story features Nick Robinson who plays Simon Spier in Love, Simon.
I am including links to the films’ trailers so you can get a feel for what I am going for.
Glimmerglass by Jenna Black has one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen. It is a book I have always wanted to read. Even though The Cruel Prince was not my perfect approach to faeries, I still find myself intrigued by faeries’ lore and mythology. Perhaps Jenna Black will nail the balance between the cute and mysterious. I know faeries are not typically nice, but can we not have broad generalizations sweep over a whole set of creatures?
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole was a book I once owned (I had the first two books in the series) and then I got ashamed of being interested in something based on tarot, which is silly of me. I want to give these books a chance. Plus, I like the idea of archetypes in a dystopic setting. Fun!
The Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin was a book I saw Gail Carriger highly praise it. While I am not quite sure how I stumbled upon the title, seeing one of the coolest authors ever like it compelled me to get my own copy. I am excited to read it.
Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins. Since I adored Rebel Belle, I am ready to explore the next installment in this series. Furthermore, I am planning to check out more of Rachel Hawkins’ other work as well. Right now, I have Hex Hall on my shelves awaiting my squeals.
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer is one that I have seen around for years. Needless to say, I am venturing into the world of werewolves now that I have started Stiefvater’s Shiver. I am into paranormal and urban fantasy books and I am embracing said love.
Finally, I got myself Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow, a book I know very little about. It was on this list I found featuring books similar to Hex Hall. I read a bit of that book, liked it, and searched for stories that have the same feel as Rachel Hawkins’ stories.
What about You?
Did you get any fun books, films, or shows for May? If you did not purchase them yet, share your plans in the comments!
Thanks for stopping by!
Welcome to my book haul for the month of April 2018. I do my hauling on the last day of the previous month. So, as I write this, I am still in the high of book-buying excitement. Thank God for parents who supply me with books.
By the way, I have been hauling my books from Thriftbooks.c0m, which has used books at awesome prices that are more affordable.
So, I finally dared to get the first two books of the Mara Dyer trilogy: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I am hoping that the stories are more paranormal and less “horror.” This is mostly because I do not handle scary things too well. Chiara did comfort me by talking about the books. Plus, Noah Shaw needs to be in my life.
My fingers are crossed big time for this series. I just hope we get along together and it serves as a good experience.
Joining the Coolest Kids in Town
The Dresden Files have been on my radar for a while now. I have just been seeing it favorited by really cool people online. Naturally, when I saw the books on the Thrift Books at an affordable price, I decided to give the first two books a try. Storm Front and Fool Moon should give me a feel for what the stories of Harry Dresden feel like. I did hear that there is a bit of Urban Fantasy and Steampunk involved with the stories, which are things I enjoy.
Ely, my Love
I was looking through some of Michael Grant’s work, and I found my friend Ely’s comments on his Front Lines book. It is a historical fiction, world war 2 (I think?). Ely is a World War II buff, so seeing her liking this series made it even more intriguing.
Also, I know Michael Grant has had some backlash from book community members. But, I gathered up the courage to start repurchasing his Gone series. I like his writing a lot, and I think I want to balance being aware of his problematic responses to criticism without being ashamed of liking his work.
With that said, I did purchase the first two books from the Soldier Girl trilogy (series?) and Gone series too.
Chiara, my Love:
My friend Chiara posts pictures of really pretty books. I like her attitude towards series that are often shunned by the “cool” kids. One of them is Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. This series features fairies, and it is one of the original gangsters when it comes to dealing with these creatures. I am excited!
I am trying to read a self-care book once in a while (okay, more frequent than that. So, if you have any favorites, please share them with me). Radical Beauty by Kimberly Snyder and Deepak Chopra is the one I am hoping to get to this month.
I thought I’d share my book and film haul for March 2018. As someone on a tight budget, it is hard to find entire series at a reasonable price. Thank goodness for online thrift shops dedicated to books. I have so much to share. Let’s go.
I don’t want to list each book in these series because we can be here all day for this long monologue. Still, I want to discuss my relationship with literature and shame. Often, reviewers will say things that feel like jabs at book fans. I remember someone saying that the Percy Jackson books were Harry Potter rip-offs. Other people called them “childish.”
My own self-worth is usually quite tied to people’s perceptions of me. For whatever reason, people assume that someone who went to graduate school for literature has to be into literary fiction. I am not. Sometimes, I feel interested in reading some classics, but not often.
After much hesitation, I decided to gather some of my favorite middle-grade books once more (and actually, this extended beyond a genre. I assure you that I will be mostly reading books that are a fun experience, are affordable, and interest me).
In short: Percy Jackson books are on their way to me, just in time for a reread. Furthermore, the Spiderwick Chronicles are also coming home to me as well.
I did also manage to purchase the Percy Jackson movies, even though people criticize those movies too. Listen, that cast is way too pretty for me to pass up a chance of ogling them. Also, I was lucky to find the Spiderwick movie for cheap too.
Starting in March, I am implementing a search for good self-help books. I grabbed a couple of writing-related works: Spunk and Bite, and also Sin and Syntax.
In an effort to also care better for my health, I got Kimberly Snyder’s The Beauty Detox (I am in love with her attitude toward health. Way back when, I had this book, and then I passed it on to someone who needed it much more than I did at the time. But, now, I need to get my health under control). And finally, Kris Carr, my vegan hero, I got her Crazy Sexy Kitchen.
That’s it! My March 2018 Book and Film Haul in a quick summary for you. I cannot wait to read these books and enjoy them. Also, those films will be cherished, I assure you. Thank you for sticking with me as I try to unpack this shame that I have with books and films– and just interests as a whole.
Hello, friends. Today, I am going to recollect my February 2018 book and film haul. This haul was inspired by a video essay that I will link here. In this essay, Lindsay Ellis analyzes the backlash against the Twilight series. It resonated with me quite a bit. (I can talk about it for ages).
I basically hauled the Twilight movie saga (used, but it’ll be cherished. Currently, I am waiting for the collection to arrive). In particular, I am curious to revisit Alice Cullen and Jacob Black, who will forever be my favorite characters in the series.
Thriftbooks is a new site that I tried with my mom this month. Hopefully, it will be a hit for me. I was able to purchase more books for much cheaper than usual, so that’s a nice thing to experience. I’m wondering about the quality of the books. We shall see, won’t we?
Twilight and New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Let me revisit the point of the video essay I linked earlier. Look, every piece of literature or art, or whatever you want to use as an example, whatever it may be, it has problematic facets. We are human, with flaws in our perceptions. I feel tired of having to create a show of my intelligence by reading the latest, most hip and seemingly pristine reputation. Ultimately, all pieces of work will have a crack in their portrayals of society.
Needless to say, I am very well aware of the problematic nature of Twilight as it pertains to race, gender, sexuality, and relationship norms. I still like reading those books and watching the movies. So…I am going to consume the stories with an awareness of their problematic nature.
*Gets off the soap box*
Hush, Hush and Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
I read this series ages ago, and I still think of Patch and Nora. A lot. So, to bring them back to me is such a privilege. Yes, I know the story is not perfect and there are harmful relationship examples in it.
Body image is something rather mysterious to me. A series of circus mirrors line my vision when I encounter my body. There is so much dissonance and noise when I try to face what I have become in a physically tangible way. I am trying to incorporate movement to my day. Naturally, for February, my quest involved the inclusion of self help fitness books.
Hot Body, Year Round by Cassey Ho
She is my favorite Pilates instructor. Her videos always feel genuine and sweet. In no way do I think I’ll ever be thin, but I would like to create a ritual of movement with precision and purpose. When I am in a manic/hypo manic phase, I do not know how to cope. Rather than floundering about, I would like to follow some sort of routine to tire me out. This book is lovely. I read it ages ago. I had my own copy however I could not reconcile my own fatness with wanting to be fit.
Tone it up by Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott
Another one of my favorite fitness figures out there. They have a wonderful spirit and a positive outlook in general. While I do find that fitness tends to be conflated with thinness very often, I still think this book could be really helpful in guiding my manic episodes.
Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen
Ugh, she is the best. I have a lot of yoga teacher loves, but she touches my heart with her podcasts and Instagram videos. Rachel has a beautiful sense of resilience and transparency. Nothing but love for her and her work.
I don’t know how to start this post, because I am extra awkward today. A book haul is in order for January 2018. Here are the books I got for this month.
Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood.
The first book in this trilogy kind of rocked my world through its dealing with feminism within a very conservative patriarchy. There is a queer character in there, and I am curious to see how things will work out for her, if at all. Also: the bond between the sisters is sweet, but also stressful, given that a separation between them is eminent.
Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi
From all the reviews I have watched and read about this book, one thing remains clear: it is a sequel, because Alice and what’s his face appear in this book. My feelings regarding this fact remain quite mysterious, mainly because I don’t know how much of the story will revolve around Alice. I want to read about a brown kid who has to clean dead bodies, please and thank you.
Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Hang on. Let me just fling myself at the book and everything about it. Nobody writes fae books as well as Holly Black. My body is ready for the heartbreak, cruelty, and adventure. I don’t even know the details around this story. All I heard was that this is by far Black’s best novel to date, and that makes me so happy.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
I will admit that I have been scared of Sylvia Plath, because she tends to be romanticized as a person who was mentally ill. Like, people idolize the illness, and it always upset me. But, I have felt a tug toward her all along, because she managed to create in spite of all the pressures of illness. It is something I wish I could manage. Plus, I think she may actually be, you know, actually good. What comes to mind if John Green’s video about her. I think about that video often, to be honest.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Nope, not reading it because of the series on television. If anything, I am reading this initially because Ely mentions Atwood a lot in recent videos. I wish I could be half as smart as this friend of mine, so I have a good feeling about Atwood. I have personal reasons for reading this story, too, and I hope the story relates to my experience as a woman particularly when I was living in the Middle East.
so…yeah. okay, bye!
Welcome to my final book haul of 2017! Abiding by the rules, I have gotten some pretty nice series. If you have seen my November wrap up, you probably noticed that I read a lot of stand-alone novels and self help books. Because of this, I didn’t get to read as many series as I hoped.
stand alone novels
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
This author stole my heart, seriously. I just want to read all her work. But, I think McGinnis writes about sexual abuse in some form or another in her books. To me, she approaches these issues with sensitivity yet with frankness. A Madness so Discreet sounds somewhat Holmes-ian, with a touch of darker tone.
In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis
This a sequel/companion to Not a Drop to Drink. My understanding is that the hero in this novel is different but it is set in the same world. Post-apocalyptic and poised to make me think hard about humanity and my values, I am keen to read this one very soon.
new series: beginnings
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
I used to have a copy of this series, and then I gave it away because of issues with miscommunication. Anyway, I remember loving the series so much. I’m slowly making my way with acquiring it. I love Sophie, the main character, and her roommate Victoria. In fact, I still remember much of their story together. I miss them.
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
This one was really popular for a while. I like this author’s humor and characters. So, I am excited to see what the hype is about. All I know is that involves a southern belle. I am here for it.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Sisters fighting each other for the throne. Two of the sisters have power, one doesn’t. Who will survive and become queen?
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
I read this book ages ago. Then, I felt ashamed because of the reviews on it. I love this story, and I want to reread it in Halloween or even in the winter-y months. I’ll always like the main character, his friends, and my dear ghost Anna.
What did you plan on getting for December? Have you heard of any of the books on my list? Share your thoughts in comments.
Ah, yes, it is time for my monthly book haul. November 2017, I was lucky to haul five book. I cannot wait to share the titles with you. Let’s go! PS: As always, I’m so thankful for my mom, who buys me the books.
First in a Series:
Born Wicked—by Jessica Spotswood
This book suddenly became expensive, and I was so sad. Anyway, I managed to find it used. Everyone, join me in my prayers for it to be in good condition.
Timekeeper–by Tara Sim
Steampunk is still something of a mystery to me. This books was mentioned by Annemieke and Chiara, who have good taste in books in general. I am looking forward to this one. I hear there’s a sequel coming out in 2018. Maybe I can catch up just in time for it. Here’s hoping.
Turtles All the Way Down–by John Green.
Are you even surprised? John Green is like an essential part of my reading journey, so I am happy to read his newest novel. Granted, I waited a month to buy it, however, I am very much enthusiastic about reading it. Besides, it features a character with OCD. I have OCD!!
Wild Beauty–by Anna Marie McLemore
This person cannot do any wrong in my book. Currently, I am reading her The Weight of Feathers and adoring the characters so much. McLemore writes divine, deep, and dark stories that are still brimming with culture and folklore. I love her work so much.
Night Study—by Maria V. Snyder
For some bizarre reason, this book was expensive last month, and I couldn’t afford to squeeze it in my budget. In fact, it remained quite expensive until the night before my mom would order the books. Needless to say, I was very excited. Obviously, I have to catch up on the series now. This, by no means, is a task. It’s all fun, actually. I love this series.
That’s it for my November book haul! What did you get this month?
Hi there! So, it’s finally October. As a very lucky girl, I get to have my order of some books every month with my mom. Here’s my October 2017 Book Haul.
To All The Boys I Have Loved Before by Jenny Han
I have been seeing graphics and mood-inspired things on Tumblr regarding this book series. Perhaps I’ll one day talk about this in more detail, but I was kind of shamed out of owning these books. In asking for the final one as a birthday gift for myself as a thirty one year old, I’m reclaiming my own connection to a sweet story. Quite frankly, Lara Jean makes me happy, and brings a sense of innocence to me. It’s like the most ultimate Hufflepuff book series ever.
Embracing the Hufflepuff.
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Um. Chiara has a strong influence on me? I am curious to read things a bit out of my comfort zone. This one is perfect for the fall season. Also: I don’t think I have read much 20’s inspired fiction. I was thinking back of Beauty Queens and how much I enjoyed it. Plus, I have the A Great and Terrible Beauty trilogy. Perhaps a reread is in my future.
They Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera
I just have a really good feeling about this author. I’m going to read his first book this month (at least. I may read more of his stuff, since I have amassed his work over the past two months).
PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Bought this one used, so I hope it gets here in good condition. I’m hoping to read more about Lara Jean, especially when things get kind of dark for me (um, emotionally. Not light-wise, you know).
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
I asked for this one as a gift. My birthday is around the end of the month, and I wanted to celebrate the day by enjoying cute, fun, sweet stories. Plus, I haven’t read this one yet. I read the first two ages ago, so a reread is definitely in my future.
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
The thing is, this author is quite clever in her works. I did find an aspect of her Gemma Doyle books annoying (Anne. I just loved her a lot, and she was not treated that well). But, I decided to give her a second chance, particularly since people speak highly of The Diviners series. And, it seems more like my jam (kind of).