Since some of you said they wanted to read more about the non-fiction books I’m reading and want to read, I thought I’d do a little book haul. If you’ve read my last post, you’d know that I’ve been falling a little out of love with YA lately (I’ve actually gotten a little bit back into it since the last post) and I’ve fallen in love with non-fiction. I’m reading mostly memoirs and feminist non-fiction and occasionally popular science so you’ll be seeing more of that in the future. You might also be seeing some other things in the future that are a little different from what you expect on my blog.
You all seemed to be quite excited about the idea of posting a book haul so here we are. Not all of the books have arrived yet but that doesn’t stop me from writing this post. This post will have 3 sections: books I bought, books I won and ARCs. The links refer to the goodreads pages!
Books I bought
You might not recognize it, but this is the alternative cover for The Serpent King. I’m not a huge fan of the original cover, I think it has to do with the color (I’m also not a fan of the other Jeff Zentner’s other book’s cover), but I fell in love with this pretty edition! I love this book but I did not own a copy before.
I preordered All The Crooked Saints! It is my first ever preorder and I can’t wait! This is the new book by Maggie Stiefvater and so far I’ve loved all her books (and I think I also read almost all her books, so…)
Illuminae I got in my local bookstore and I still can’t grasp how pretty it is in real life. This is a sci-fi story and I don’t really know much about it except that there’s an AI in the story which is pretty cool.
Let’s Get Lost I also got from my local bookstore and I’ve actually had for a month or so, I just love the cover and I read the first chapter and loved it. I’m saving this one for my trip to Hungary for the summer because it’s a road trip book and what’s better to read on a road trip, than a book about road trips?
I finally bought A Darker Shade of Magic after long deliberation because I actually love the other cover so much more but it was more expensive and oh well, this one is pretty as well!
Crooked Kingdom!! Must I say more?
Books I won
I won both Something Beautiful and Chasing Eveline from Armchair BookExpo (both ebooks), which was an online book expo running simultaneously to the real book expo in New York. I already read Something Beautiful, which is about mental health and fluid sexuality. I wasn’t even planning on reading it right away but I started with the first chapter and I couldn’t stop! Chasing Eveline is apparently a book about music, romance, and awkwardness, which sounds really good!
I won This Savage Song from Austine’s (from NovelKnight) giveaway and it was a surprise book, so I didn’t know what it was, but I was incredibly happy with This Savage Song because I’ve been wanting to read it for so long!
ARCs I got
I got Fallen Flame via Netgalley and don’t you just love the cover?? It’s so pretty!
City of Strife and City of Betrayal (the sequel that doesn’t have a cover yet) I got from Claudie Arseneault and you might remember her from her guest post months ago for the Bad Book Project. I am currently reading the first book!
The Butterfly on Fire I got via a review request and though I don’t like the cover, the story really sounds intriguing.
This list does not include the books I might or might not buy on book depository later because there’s a sale and I have very little self-control 😛
Are you planning on reading any of these books (or perhaps, you’ve already read them)? What books did you get lately? Did I buy good ones?
I went to the library. Not such a good idea when you promised yourself to finish Persuasion by the end of the week and have lots of homework to do. But I did it anyway. I planned only to get one, maybe two, books, but I just couldn’t leave these pretty books there!
The four books I got are:
- The Distance from Me to You by Marina Gessner
The story sounds really cool and cute. The beginning of the blurb almost made me put it back on the shelves but the rest made up for it.
“McKenna Berney is a lucky girl. She has a loving family and has been accepted to college for the fall. But McKenna has a different goal in mind: much to the chagrin of her parents, she defers her college acceptance to hike the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia with her best friend. And when her friend backs out, McKenna is determined to go through with the dangerous trip on her own. While on the Trail, she meets Sam. Having skipped out on an abusive dad and quit school, Sam has found a brief respite on the Trail, where everyone’s a drifter, at least temporarily.
Despite lives headed in opposite directions, McKenna and Sam fall in love on an emotionally charged journey of dizzying highs and devastating lows. When their punch-drunk love leads them off the trail, McKenna has to persevere in a way she never thought possible to beat the odds or risk both their lives.”
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
I did not every recognize this book, in Dutch the title is (direct translation) “All You Hold Dear” and the cover is really different too. But when I started reading the blurb, I immediately recognized it. I have had this book on my goodreads tbr ever since it came out and I am really looking forward to reading it. Also, there’s a movie coming out soon!
“My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.”
- Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
I already have my doubts about this book, because of the whole “dead boyfriend”-thing but I will give it a go anyway. I really like the organ donation theme.
“When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.
After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.
Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn’t want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they’re connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.”
- Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
I read this book like five years ago and I don’t remember much about it. But I’ve been dying to read another Morgan Matson book and I have heard so much about this book lately that I thought, why not read it again? Fun fact: in Dutch, Roger is called Jake.
“Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.”
Do you go to the library often? And do you also have the same problem that when you do you come home with a big pile of books?