July Book Haul

So today I thought I’d post my July book haul since it is the end of the month! It’s a very small one compared to others because I only got 12 books.This month I bought 5 books on my own, received 4 for review and my mother bought me 3 as well. Let’s just get started.

The first book I got at the start of this month is Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I, of course, pre-ordered this book from Amazon expecting it to arrive days after the release but it arrived on the day which I was incredibly happy about! I have of course read this book and have reviewed it, so click here if you are interested in reading it.  If we carry on that trend, the next two books I got were also by Rainbow Rowell and they were the special UK editions of Fangirl and Eleanor and Park. My mother bought me these and I was so happy when I got them. The UK special edition of Fangirl is probably the most beautiful book I have ever seen before in my life. I love it so much. I now own two copies of both of these books but I don’t mind because I love them both so dearly.

This month I got two books from the lovely YABirmingham group which I am eternally grateful for. I probably say this so much but I love them so much and I would like to thank them for everything they’ve done for me. Definitely go check them out(they have some amazing events coming soon). This month they gave me a beautiful finished hardcover copy of Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis which I have already read, loved and reviewed so click here to go read my review of it. They also kindly gave me a proof copy of the sequel, In A Handful of Dust which doesn’t come out until September. I haven’t read this one yet because I’ve been quite busy recently, however I shall be picking it up very soon and writing a review.

I only got two books via Bookbridgr this month. I’ve requested 5 this month yet only this two has arrived. Hopefully, the others should be arriving soon. The one I got was The Book Of Life by Deborah Harkness, which is the final book in the All Souls trilogy. As soon as I requested this one I regretted it because I haven’t read the first two in the trilogy and while they seemed interesting at first, they have become less interesting over time. However, I have got the other two on my kindle so I shall hopefully be reading this trilogy at one point! I did however feel really bad after requesting it and I wish there was some way that I could have cancelled my request. The other book I got was Conquest by Jennifer Ridyard  and John Connolly. I had never heard of this book before seeing it but after reading the synopsis I got hooked. I shall definitely be reading this soon. This book doesn’t come out until late August so hopefully I shall read it before it’s release.

I got three books from the Works from when I went shopping earlier this week. If you are unaware about what the Works is, it is this UK based store that sells a whole range of things at ridiculously low prices. The books are always 3 for £5 or £1.99 each which is ridiculously cheap. Usually they don’t have a good range, but they get new stock every few weeks and they sometimes have some good books. However, if you see a book in the Works, it is recommended you buy it there and then because once they sell out of that particular book, they don’t restock it. I learnt that the hard way with the Delirium trilogy! However this month I got The 100 by Kass Morgan. The TV series recently started in the UK and there has been a lot of buzz about it recently. I really want to watch the TV series but I feel like reading the book first especially since it is a stand alone and it probably won’t take me that long to read. I also got A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I have been wanting to read more classics and the Works have a whole classics section with matching covers so I thought I’d buy one of those. I chose this one particularly because this book is talked about quite often in YA novels and I never know what they are talking about so I wanted to read it. The final book I got that day was a bind up of The Hound of the Baskervilles and the Valley of Fear both by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I got this because next year for my English GCSE, we have to read The Hound of the Baskervilles but I thought I’d get a headstart and start reading it this summer.

Yesterday while at Waterstones, I decided to buy two books that I’ve wanted for a while. I finally bought a physical copy of Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. This is one of my favourite books so of course I’ve been dying to get a physical copy. I was also planning on buying a physical copy of Anna and the French Kiss but they didn’t have any. Hopefully when I buy Isla, I shall also buy a copy of Anna as well so that I can own the whole series. I then bought the  Clockwork Princess Manga. I own the other two in Manga form and I have read them and loved them so I can’t wait to dive into this one. However I am not looking forward to reading certain scenes and actually seeing them as well.

So that’s all the physical books I got this month. As always, I got many books on my kindle but again that list would be too long to share with you and it would make me feel guilty for getting so many! See you soon with another post.

Sofia

 

July Wrap Up

So another month has come and gone which means it’s wrap up time! I did well this month because I reviewed quite a lot of the books I read! I did however read a few short stories and novellas that are online for everyone to see so I have some I haven’t reviewed. I won’t be saying too much about the books I read this month because most of them have reviews or are short stories but I thought I’d do a reading wrap up anyway. I didn’t read as many books this month as I did in June because I’m feeling slumpish at the moment. However I still thought I’d do one anyway because I feel like blogging.

The first book I finished this month was Landline by Rainbow Rowell. This book came out on the third in the UK and of course, I had pre-ordered the book expecting to arrive over the weekend but it came on the day! I finished it 2 days later and of course I absolutely loved it. I did a review on it so click here if you want to read it. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars and I definitely recommend it if you like Rainbow Rowell.

This was basically how I felt throughout the whole book.
This was basically how I felt throughout the whole book.

The next day I read On the Fence by Kasie West in one sitting. I loved this book because it was just a nice simple contemporary. It was fun and light hearted just as I expected. I also did a whole review based on this book so click here if you want to read it. I ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars  and I recommend it as a fun light hearted read.

Next up I finally finished Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I started this book in June but never finished it because I found it so incredibly boring. I really did not enjoy this book because it was not at all what I expected. Instead of being a fun romance, it turned out to be a self discovery book and I really didn’t enjoy it even though I had expected to. I love If I Stay by Gayle Forman so I’m incredibly disappointed in it. I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars unfortunately.

This is basically how I felt throughout the book.
This was me during this. Sorry.

For some reason I decided to read Just One Night by Gayle Forman next which again took days for me to read despite it being a novella. I again found this incredibly boring and didn’t enjoy it at all. This again got a 2 out of 5 stars from me.

I then read Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis which I got from the lovely people at YABirmingham so thank you very much. I really enjoyed this book because it was a fast paced dystopian read which I loved. I wrote a whole review on this book so click here to go see it. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and I recently got my hands on the sequel so I shall be reading that very soon.

The next book I read was A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer which is the third book in the Land of Stories series. I absolutely adored this book. It was definitely my favourite out of the series so far. If you haven’t picked up this series yet, I strongly recommend you do. I wrote a whole review on this book so click here to go read this review. I, of course, gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

I then read Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally which was the fifth book in the Hundred Oaks series. I really loved this installment and this book was definitely my favourite of the books so far. I strongly recommend this series as a nice fun contemporary series. I again wrote a whole review on this book so click here to go read it. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

I then went on a short story binge and read all these free short stories online from some of my favourite series. I first read The Meeting by Richelle Mead. I didn’t enjoy this much and that was probably because I don’t particularly like Dimitri. I ended up giving this book 2 out of 5 stars. I then read Adrian’s Lost Chapter by Richelle Mead. I loved this book because Adrian is one of my favourite characters so I of course loved reading from his perspective. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I then read Homecoming by Richelle Mead, another short story about Dimitri. This one I enjoyed slightly more but again didn’t like that much. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

I then read the two Throne of Glass short stories which I absolutely loved. The first one I read was the Assassin and the Princess which I absolutely adored and then I read The Assassin and the Captain which I also loved. I love these stories and I can’t wait for Heir of Fire. I gave both of these stories 5 out of 5 stars.

The last short story I read was Vulcans Are Hot by Stephanie Perkins. I absolutely loved this one because it was so amazing and funny. I, of course, gave this one 5 out of 5 stars.

The last book I read this month wasBiggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols. This was another cute contemporary which I flew through. I read it so quickly that I honestly don’t remember much of it so I won’t be writing a review of it. However I loved the main girl because she was different and unique. Will, the love interest, was alright but I didn’t fall in love with him. I’m excited for the rest of the books in this new series by her because I think they will just be nice and fun. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Monthly wrap up:

Favourite book: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Books at each star level:

1 star: 0 books

2 stars: 3 books

3 stars: 1 book

4 stars: 5 books

5 stars: 5 books

 

That’s all the books I read this month. It was an up and down month and I wish I had read more but I don’t mind reading less. I’ve been doing other things this month. Hopefully in August I shall read more.

Sofia

August TBR

I’ve never done a TBR before because I don’t like to plan what I’m going to read ahead of time but I think planning ahead of time is easier because it will make me stick to the schedule of days that I have to finish the book by and I will therefore read more books. So welcome to my first ever TBR! I plan to hopefully read a total of at least 10 books this August. I’m hoping I surpass this because it is the summer holidays and I do have a lot more time. Let’s get going with my TBR.

The first book I plan on finishing is Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead. This book came out on the 29th July but I unfortunately had to wait 2 extra days to read it due to being busy. I’m currently reading this but I’m not very far in. Since it is Richelle Mead and bloodlines and since I’ve been waiting for this book for months, I shall hopefully finish it very soon.

The second book is another one that I’ve started but I haven’t finished and that book is Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. This book actually isn’t released until September but I received a copy via netgalley. This is my first Scott Westerfeld book and I’m really enjoying it. It’s just slightly confusing and quite long. Hopefully I won’t take too long reading this book.

The next book I have to read is another proof copy and that is In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis. This is the second book in the Not A Drop to Drink duology and isn’t released until September but I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy. I shall be reading this very soon especially since I really enjoyed Not A Drop to Drink(check out my review here).

The next book I plan on reading is Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I have yet to get my hands on a copy of this book but I shall be soon. I AM FINALLY GOING TO READ THIS SERIES. This is apparently a great YA fantasy and I love me some YA fantasy so I’m excited. Hopefully, I’ll be drawn in and I will read it extremely quickly.

The next book I plan on reading is Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore. This is another cutesy YA contemporary and I love them. I read this romances quite quickly so hopefully I’ll read it in a day.

The next book I plan on reading is an August release and that is Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. IT’S COMING OUT THIS MONTH AND YOU CAN BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR THAT I’M GOING TO BE READING IT ON THE DAY. The amount of excitement that I have for this book is unreal and I just need it ASAP.

After Isla, I need to read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I need to read this over the holidays for English so I shall definitely be reading it at some point this month.

Then since I’ll be going on holiday, I’ve picked three quick and easy books that I should hopefully fly through. The first is Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. There was a lot of hype about this book when it originally came out so I really want to read it. This is apparently a very funny book and I generally fly through those books easily. The next book is Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I’ve never read a book by Morgan Matson and this is her latest one. There has also been a lot of hype around this one since it came out and it’s again another contemporary which I shall hopefully fly through. The final book I have planned for this month is Alienated by Melissa Landers. This is a YA paranormal romance I believe and if it is anything like the Vampire Academy series in terms of pacing, I should hopefully fly through it really quickly.

That’s all the books I have planned for this month but I shall hopefully be receiving some books via Bookbridgr soon so I might end up reading those since they are review books. As part of my August wrap up, I’ll compare what I read to my TBR to see how well I stuck to it. Hopefully I’ll stick to it but also read more.

Sofia