February 2018 Book and Film Haul (Guilt-Free Edition)

 

 

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).

Film Haul

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.

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.

self improvement

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.

 

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January 2018 Book Haul

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.

sequels

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.

series starters

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.

stand-alone novels

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!

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Last Haul of 2017: December 2017 Book Haul:

 

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.

your turn

What did you plan on getting for December? Have you heard of any of the books on my list? Share your thoughts in comments.

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November 2017 Book Haul

 

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.

Stand-Alone Novels:

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.

Sequels:

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?

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Book Haul: October 2017 Book Haul

 

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.

New Series

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.

 Stand Alones

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).

Sequels

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).

 

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September 2017: Book Haul

 

It is time for my September 2017 book haul. As you may have read in Monday’s post, I have been limiting the number of books I ask for each month. Basically, I am buying books I will get to within months.

Here are the book I was lucky enough to get.

Prequels

Huntress by Melinda Lo. I had read snippets of Ash from the library, and I realized that I need this story in my life. I am hoping to pick up Ash by the time this book comes in the mail.

first book in a series

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig involves pirates and time travel. I think it’s own voices for bisexuality and bi-racial characters? Please correct me if I made a mistake here. For reasons involving my senile mind, I am not remembering where I read about this book. But, I want to read it with the Passengers duology I got by Alexandra Bracken.

Sequels

First, I got the next installment in the Poison Study-verse: Shadow Study. From what I know, this will focus more on Valek, which is something I am just ready for. Hopefully, I can fly through these books like I did with the first book.

stand-alone novels

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera. I may need to displace my sadness on some other story. This one has the aftermath of a suicide, which may be a tear-jerking experience. Perfect.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. This person is fantastic, and I just love her writing (except for that David Levithan collaboration. We don’t talk about that here). Another sad read, from what I hear, but it may help me get some perspective on grief.

 

Your Turn:

What are you hauling this month? Have you decided which books you’re going to read first? Let our conversation continue in the comments.

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Monthly Book Haul: August 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standalone novels 

Ash by Malinda Lo
I haven’t read many retellings so far, and I want to remedy that. All I know is that this is an #ownvoices queer retelling of a fairy tale. Her video for the It Gets Better project is very sweet and moving.

More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera
Every once in a while, I look up interviews of authors to see who would click for me. Some authors, I just read and review their work. But, then, there are people who somehow tap into who I am as a person. Adam Silvera seems to be an interesting person, and, like, maybe an inspiration for me? He’s a Slytherin! Like him, I tend to write pretty dark things. Anyway, this video with Jesse the Reader made me like him quite a bit. “Oh, I wouldn’t mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.” That is all.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
As a rule, I no longer follow authors on Twitter or social media. But, every time my friends retweet Mackenzie Lee’s commentary about life or history, literary figures, I feel like she probably creates funny and honest people in her books. I don’t even know if this is her first novel. But, I have heard a lot of good things. Also: #ownvoices bisexual representation sound A+ right now.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Conventions, bi-racial and bisexual characters in this book are particularly why I gravitated toward it. Also, it has such a fascinating cover. I’m just really curious about how this novel will handle anxiety (because, I don’t know about you, but going to cons would have made me struggle quite a bit). Looking forward to it.

Sequels

The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May
Wrapping up that trilogy this month, I hope that it ends on a strong note. So far, I have been loving that series. Plus, that last book ended on such a scary note. I cannot even explain how much Aileana means to me. (And Catherine…and Derrick. Okay, all of them are awesome. Not Daniel, though).

I have held off on the continuation of the Poison Study series (the following series starts with Shadow Study). Hopefully, I’ll be reading the first trilogy this month, so I can pick up the next book soon. I’m trying to make sure that I read what I buy, or at least make a dent on what is incoming.

Your Turn :

What are some books you’ve purchased this month? Which ones are you most looking forward to reading? Share in the comments!

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Monthly Book Haul: July’s Books

I’m starting a new feature on here dedicated to my book hauls. For me, I order books once at the beginning of the month with my mom. Let’s begin.

New Series

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Her Girl of Fire and Thorns novel made quite the impression on me. I need to finish her first trilogy, and then get into this one. There’s a Native American character in these books, and I want to read more diverse stories. Plus, this is historical fiction with a touch of magic. I haven’t read any Gold Rush stories yet.

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
I got the first three books (the first series). The author just sounds AMAZING and I adore her already. So excited to read this series. Again, Chiara has quite the collection of these stories, and I want to experience it for myself.

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Westerns are another genre I have not fully experienced. I have only read Revenge and the Wild which was a steampunk Western. From that experience,  I found myself very interested in this kind of storytelling.

Sequels:

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

I have not read the first book in this series, but I WILL. Chiara talks about this series a lot, and I want to discuss them with her. It’s definitely something I’m into: Victorian Scotland with fairies and a huntress.

The Elite by Kiera Cass
Finished the first book a few days ago, and had to order a new copy of the second one. Very curious to see what will happen in this book. In fact, I already have the final book ready to go. I’m kind of doubtful that I’ll read after the trilogy, so I have no plans on getting the last two books.

Your Turn:

What did you get to order for July? Any new releases you’re psyched for?

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