Crazy Book Haul Part 2

Hello, all!
Since the books that I mentioned in my Crazy Classic Book Haul have finally arrived, I’m going to do my Crazy Book Haul Part 2 as I promised.
It’s supposed to be my Crazy Classic Book Haul Part 2, but I’ve decided to lump them up with some other books I got in the last couple of weeks.

The books that I got are:

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(From top left to bottom right)

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead
  • Tenth of December by George Saunders
  • The Comforters by Muriel Spark
  • The Nightwalker by Sebastian Fitzek
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  • Middlemarch by George Elliot

 

I remember pre-ordering The Hate U Give at the end of last year. It wasn’t like I had my eye on this book but I happened to bump into this book while I was browsing Amazon and the premise caught my eye. I immediately decided to get this book because I thought it would be important to read books like this given the time and the world we live in.
Right now, I’m on a huge Classic kick so I haven’t gotten around to actually reading this, but hopefully I can read this in the coming months.

The Comforters and The Man Who Loved Children are what I got after watching one of my favorite Booktubers, Mementomori video. He vehemently gushed about how much he loved these books and how, without fail, Muriel Spark has hit his comfort button.
Having heard the premise, I decided to give them a try and am looking forward to find out whether these babies will measure up to my expectations 🙂

Although I haven’t even read his latest novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, that came out two months ago, I was itching to read this short story collection, Tenth of December first.
Reading thick books or full novels does take a lot of time and commitment and that’s the beauty of reading for sure, yet whenever I get busy, I tend to get more inclined to read slim books or novellas that I can fly through in no time and that’s how this book fell into my lap.

As for The Nightwalker, I simply fell in love the synopsis. Crime thrillers involving insomnia and night-walking sounds so intriguing and spine-chilling and I just wanted to read this. I’m pretty certain that I’ll get to this book one of these days.

 

Now, with regards to Classic books that I got… I have no idea what had gotten into me, I simply don’t.
All I can say is that I had gotten bitten by a massive Classic bug and just couldn’t resist to get those pretty Penguin English Library editions.
Most of the books that I got over there are from watching Lucythereader videos. As I mentioned in my previous haul post, I know absolutely NOTHING about the synopsis. I don’t even know if my English skills are good enough to read these books.
I may well hit a huge setback in reading them, which is likely the case as a matter of fact,  but I hope that I get to enjoy them all.

 

That’s it, we’ve made it. Those are the books that I got just within the last couple of weeks.
I’ve completely forgotten how many books I actually bought and am quite surprised at the number.

Have you done a book haul recently? If you have, what kind of books did you get?
Whatever the case, thank you for reading guys and happy reading!

Surprise Book Haul!

Hello, everybody!
Although it’s been a while since my last post, I have been reading as rigorously as always.
AND, the same goes for book buying.
Today, I thought it’d be a lot of fun to share with you the books that I got yesterday.

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All right, these are the books that my friend sent me yesterday.

From top to bottom:

  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Windwitch by Susan Dennard
  • Always by Sarah Jio
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

The three from the bottom are actually what I asked my friend to get for me.
Although I had been curious to try Book Outlet or Thriftbooks where you can get books at much cheaper prices, living in Japan literally ruins the perk; it totally depends on how many books you buy and its total weight, but when I once attempted to buy books from Book Outlet, the delivery fees came to about $17.99 while the total price of the books came to less than 10 dollars.
You know what I mean? It is RIDICULOUS.

So, when my Twitter friend with whom I often do buddy reads and who lives in Guam asked me if there were any books I’d been meaning to get so that she could get them on my behalf at more reasonable prices and then send them to me when she’s back in Japan this April, I literally pounced on the offer.  

Unfortunately, only Truthwitch was available on Book Outlet and I ended up getting other two books from either Amazon or Barnes & Noble,  I think I got Truthwitch almost for a song (if my memory serves me correctly, it only cost like $3 or something for a hardcover. That was incredible). So I was happy 🙂

BUT THEN, as you can see, the package sent from her included THREE MORE BOOKS.
Windwitch, Always and Lord of the Flies. 

I was like, “OMG, she shouldn’t have!!!”  I momentarily lost for words.
Seriously, who would have imagined that she would throw in three more books!?!

Although I insisted that I would pay for them, she flatly refused saying that it’s been a lot of fun talking with me about books and that I don’t need to think about paying her back.

Oh, my gosh, I am so blessed to have such a wonderful friend 😀
Thank you so, so much!! I can’t thank you enough.

Looking at these books makes me so happy 🙂
They all look so pretty and gorgeous. I LOVE all of them.

 

There you have it, this concludes my Surprise Book Haul.

What are the books that you’ve got recently?
Whatever that may be, happy reading!

Crazy Classic Book Haul! – Part 1

Heavily influenced by BookTubers’ videos, such as Mementomori and lucythereader, I found myself going on a big Classic book haul…

Honestly, I’ve lost count exactly how many books I got in the last couple of weeks, but I thought I’d share some of them with you guys, so here we go 🙂

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From top left to bottom right:

  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • A Room With a View by E.M. Foster

Now, let me tell you – I have never been a Classics type of reader. I hardly read any Classics or Modern Classics in my entire life.
I have watched the movie adaptations of ‘A Room With a View’ and ‘Clockwork Orange,’ but I have never read the books.
As for William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy, I haven’t even heard of them before… where have I been??! That sounds crazy. I’m even ashamed of myself 😄

However, the BookTubers’ videos that I talked about earlier made me kind of intrigued to branch out my reading taste into the realm of Classics (including Modern Classics). So, in a bid to right this embarrassing situation, I decided to go on a big Classic spree and bought them. I know almost NOTHING about their synopsis though…

I’ve only read Fahrenheit 451 and am still muddling through Crime and Punishment, but I am so excited to read them all. Particularly, I am so pumped to read A Clockwork Orange. The movie left such a big impact on me, giving me a sort of distorted, disorienting feelings, I am really curious to see if the book has the same vibe to it.

Next we have Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and Jane Eyre by  Charlotte Brontë.
Yes, the Brontës.

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Again, I have never read any of their books even the translated versions, but I am all up for giving them a try because I’ve heard a lot of good things about them!

In my Reading Habits Tag post, I told you that I now can handle maximum two books at once, but speaking from my meager experience with reading Crime and Punishment (you guys surely know how beefy the book is),  I think such tomes should be given my undivided attention. Otherwise, I’d completely forget how the story and dialogues between characters go.

Anyways, this is the part 1 of my crazy Classic book haul!
I’m still expecting the other half of the books to arrive and it’s most likely to take another week or so, I’ll wrap this up here.
I’ll definitely give you an update once my books have arrived!

If you have any recommendations on what Classic books I should try, definitely let me know!
Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you guys again soon! 😀

2016 Winter Book Haul

Hello, guys!
It’s been a while since I last talked about the books that I bought, but as you guessed already, I bought A LOT in the last couple of weeks.

Today, I’m going to be sharing with you all the books that I bought.
Let’s get started!

First up, I bought the first two books in ‘The Illuminae Files’ trilogy, ‘Illuminae’ and ‘Gemina.’ by Jay Kristoff.

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I don’t quite remember talking about this here in my blogs, but I have been watching an awful lot of BookTubers’ videos and following many of them both on Goodreads and Twitter.
It was the ‘Jessethereader‘ who first brought this book to my attention; he raved about this book in his November wrap-up video saying it was this book that got him out of his major reading slump.
Intrigued, I decided to buy them almost on an impulse.

The next book that I got was Anthony Doerr ‘All the Light We Cannot See.’


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Again, I’d had my eye on this book for quite some time since I started following BookTubers’ Goodreads feeds; I’ve seen this book on many BookTubers’ or Bookbloggers’ ‘Read’ list.
Although this was my first shot for a historical fiction and I had my share of concerns about it,  I’d heard nothing but good things about this book, so I decided to give it a go anyway.

Next, I bought ‘A World Without You’ by Beth Revis and ‘The Nix’ by Nathan Hill.

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As for ‘A World Without You,’ I got this book having watched one of my favorite BookTubers’ video. She was literally crying in the video and if you didn’t know this already, I LOVE books that emotionally break me. I don’t think I am masochistic, but I appreciate the bittersweet, poignant feelings that books give me much more than the happy, uplifting ones. Solely for that reason, I bought this book and I am super psyched for reading this!

Although I hadn’t even known about it until the end of last year, but a Japanese book reviewer, Yukari Watanabe and her comrades have been holding an annual event on Twitter where they pick out some ‘must-reads’ and discuss what book deserves the appellation of ‘The Best Book of the Year’ and ‘The Nix’ by Nathan Hill was chosen for the Grand Prize last year.
The book hadn’t even been on my radar up to that point, but my friends and I decided to give it a try having followed the Twitter feeds. I don’t even know much about the book but am really excited to read it.

Lastly, let me present to you the books that have just arrived at my doorsteps today 🙂

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I don’t think I need to delve into what kind of books they are as they are already super popular in the BookTube or Bookblogger community, and I know I’m pretty late to the party, but I really wanted to get these books. Particularly, the newly-released ‘Under Rose-Tained skies’ by Louise Gornall is one of my most anticipated books. Again, this book is mentioned in Mollie Reads’s video and I got intrigued by the fact that this book is actually written by the author who has been struggling with agoraphobia herself. I have never read books dealing with mental illness and this book may wreck me emotionally, but I really wanted to read this.

 

Okay, these are the books that I bought recently and I’m currently trying to refrain myself from buying any more books this month (because the sum exceeded way over my budget), but I’m pretty much sure that I’ll succumb to temptations both by BookTubers and my Twitter friends.

How many books that I’ll end up buying this year, I wonder?

Talk to you soon!

November Book Haul -Part 2

Hello, all! I gushed a lot about my November Book Haul in my last post, but let me tell you this – there were even MORE. I actually bought loads of books in the month of November.

Without further ado, let’s dive right into it!

The first two books that I’m going to show you are “Finding Father Christmas / Engaging Father Christmas Bundle” by Robin Jones Gunn

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I actually read ‘Finding Father Christmas’ on my kindle this time last year, but I haven’t read its sequel ‘Engaging Father Christmas” yet. I had been on my hunt for Christmassy books when I found this bundle and I immediately put it in my cart and ordered it.

The next book is ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ by Trisha Ashley. 
Big confession time – I picked up this book for its cover 😄

I was originally debating whether to get Fern Michael’s ‘Wishes For Christmas’ which has got an amazing, festive cover. But having run through the reviews both on Amazon and Goodreads, I started wondering if it was a good idea to pick it up without having read any of her previous books. A lot of reviewers are actually suggesting one should read her other books first because the characters from her other books do make an appearance and the author doesn’t take much time to explain who they are 😦

I wanted to get that book so bad but didn’t want to risk wasting my good earned money, so instead, I picked up this Holiday fantasy book. I don’t know much about the synopsis, but do hope it’s good.

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Next book is ‘Everything Everything’ by Nicola Yoon.
I’d had my eyes on this book for quite some time since I watched a BookTuber’s video.
A story about a girl who is in a quite unique, sterilized environment where she only comes into contact with two people – her mom and her nurse sounds very promising and interesting.

I didn’t used to read a lot of YA books before, but I now realize I’m starting to be liking it. Taking into account a lot of high reviews, I know this book is going to be a fun, delightful read 🙂

The books I’m going to share with you from now onwards are the ones that I ordered in November but haven’t received yet.

First up, The Mist Born Trilogy Box Set by Brandon Sanderson! Yayyyy!
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I’ve always wanted to read this trilogy but as I told in my post on ‘Cinder,’ I always feel intimidated out of concern that I might fail to have a good grip on the world or the settings.
However, the more I heard about good things about this Trilogy, (About ‘The Final Empire’ to be more precise), the more antsy I became and I just couldn’t resist getting my hands on it.

That’s totally a different issue that I get to read them all, I may not finish reading them by the end of this year, but it certainly gives me peace of mind that I now actually posses the series.
It’s already been dispatched from Book Depository and is on my way to my doorstep. Just can’t wait to get it!

Next up is another series that unexpectedly got me hooked – ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ by Marissa Meyer.

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I don’t think I need to talk much about this series; I already gushed enough in my ‘Cinder’ post about how much I ADORE this series despite not having read them all.
That said, I would argue that reading Cinder was enough to hold me in thrall and make me hopeful for the whole series.

I placed an order last Saturday afternoon but has yet to be dispatched.
Oh, no. I just can’t wait to read the next!
My heart is just screaming for the sequels!

Last but definitely not least – Yes, I bought another hyped Duology  – ‘The Six of Crows Duology’ by Leigh Bardugo. 

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Despite all the reasons that I mentioned earlier, I’ve been meaning to read this duology for quite some time.
Unfortunately, I had to get two books separately rather than getting a box set due to the payment method which was available at the store.
‘Crooked Kingdom’ will be arriving tomorrow while I’m going to have to wait until middle of the month to get ‘Six of Crows,’ but I’m so excited to finally read the duology!

Now, I’m so surprised at how many books I bought this month. It’s way out of my monthly budget but honestly, I don’t regret having bought these books 🙂

I love having physical books in my hands, I adore seeing my books on my shelves.
Will I ever stop buying books?

Probably NOT.

November Book Haul -Part 1

I’ve been buying books like crazy in the last two months.
I used to primarily buy Kindle books because it doesn’t need any physical space to store my books no matter how many I may buy, and of course, for its convenience; I don’t have to haul several books around with me when I’m on the go, it also allows me to fly through one book to another with one fluid swipe on the screen. As a mood reader, I really appreciate the convenience.

However, for some reason, something clicked and then I started to crave physical books; the warm, distinct feeling of a book in my hands and the sound of paper rustling as I flip through pages.
They have now become sustenance for my soul. I don’t think I can ever stop buying physical books, at this point anyway.

I wrote a post on my October Book Haul and told you that I bought seven books in October, but to tell the truth, I bought many more than that.  Some of them didn’t make it by the end of October, so I think I’ll lump them in my November Book Haul and here it is;


Cinder by Marrisa Meyer

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I bought this book having read my Twitter (and Goodreads) friend’s quick review on Goodreads. She seemed to adore the first installment of the ‘Lunar Chronicles’ so much and I decided to give it a try myself.
I don’t usually read Sci-Fi nor Fantasy, but I found the synopsis very interesting thus I decided to give this a go.


NOS4A2 by Joe Hill / Luck, Love & Lemon Pie  by Amy E. Reichert

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I ordered these books about a week after I made a first purchase from Book Depository.
Having been mesmerized (sort of) by ‘The Fireman,’ I was bound and determined to read another Joe Hill’s book and my friend’s review on Goodreads came at the right time – Bam!  I placed another order before I knew it along with the book I’d been meaning to read for some time; ‘Luck, Love & Lemon Pie’ by Amy E. Reichert. As I adored her book, ‘The Coincidence of Coconut Cake’ so much, I have high hopes on this book, too. (And look at the cover- that’s a beauty!)


Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan / Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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I knew Holiday season was still a month away – but I just couldn’t resist getting Jenny Colgan’s new Christmas themed book; ‘Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery.’ This book literally stole my heart when I first laid my eyes on its cover.  Although I have never read any of her books, but I know I’m going to like it. Even if I don’t, I’ll at least get to appreciate its beautiful cover 🙂
As for ‘Dark Matter,’ I’d wanted to get this thriller so bad; it seems to have gotten a lot of positive reviews and my favorite Booktuber raved about it. The premise also sounds quite riveting and promising, so I’m really looking forward to reading it.


Kane & Abel by Jeffery Archer / The Pact by Jodi Picoult

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Coinciding with the launch of his latest novel ‘This was a Man,’ I have seen his name everywhere.
It is so embarrassing to admit it, but I have never (once again) read his book before.
Being a fledgling bookworm, I now realize there are so many authors whose book I need to tackle before the flame of my life finally flickers out – which is, for your information, far, far ahead 😛
I asked my Twitter friends what Jeffery Archer’s book would make a good entry and they said “Kane & Abel” seemed fit, thus here it is; I’m excited to read it.
As for Jodi Picoult, I have seen her name here and there but have I never read her book sadly to say. Skimming through the synopsis of several of her books, I found ‘The Pact‘ most interesting. I was in the mood for some heart-wrenching books that would bring tears to my eyes or rip my heart open. From that viewpoint, I think ‘The Pact’ will fit the bill.


Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K. Paul

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Just like everybody else I assume, I get an itch to read Christmas-themed books when December rolls around.
I think I read more than 10 holiday-themed books back to back last year and I’m sure this year will be no exception; I’ve already bought three holiday-themed books from Amazon (aside from aforementioned Jenny Colgan) and this one arrived just yesterday.
I still have about 20 holiday-themed book from last year waiting on my Kindle, yet I’m afraid I just can’t keep my hands off books with cute Christmas-ish, festive covers 😦

There you have it; there are some of the books that I have bought this November.
I’m still expecting three more books to arrive, so I’ll update you once they’ve arrived.

Thanks for reading as always, and I hope you have a wonderful reading month! 😀

 

October Book Haul!!

Hello, hello! 

The books that I got from Amazon and Book Depository have just arrived safe and sound. 
Look at the books that I got in the month of October!!

book-haulThese are what I got in the early October. I bought ‘It Ends With Us’ myself, but the other two were sent from my Twitter friend who has been so, so… incredibly nice to me since I got to know her 🙂

I got ‘The Fireman’ by Joe Hill and ‘Hope was There’ by Joan Bauer.

I have already read ‘The Fireman’ and am definitely going to read ‘Hope was There’ sometime next month.

Now on to the books which have just arrived today!

The one at the bottom is ‘Sweetbitter’ by Stephanie Danler.  One of my favorite BookTubers raved about this book in her videos saying that the writing is so beautiful, and as you might already know, I am a kind of person who picks a book by its cover knowing how shallow it sounds 😦   But hey, I’m not ashamed of being a ‘cover lover’! Book covers do play a huge role in choosing books to read because it’s the first thing that jumps to the eye!

The sefullsizerender-1cond from the bottom is ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
Again, this book was
mentioned in my favorite BookTuber’s video and I got it when I found it 50% off at Book Depository!  Who could resist such a good deal? Bearing in mind that ‘Now or Never’ and I just snatched it. My goodness, how beautiful it looks. It’s got a sparkly cover! 😀

Next,  I got ‘Will You Remember Me?’ by Amanda Prowse.
To tell the truth, neither have I heard of Amanda Prowse nor have I read her books before.
I was just browsing Book Depository when I found this one; again, the beautiful cover caught my eye yet I must say that the synopsis also grabbed my attention.
No matter how beautiful the cover may be, I wouldn’t buy a book if the book failed to intrigue me. Never.

Lastly, the top one – ‘Hope Springs on Main Street’ by Olivia Miles.
Earlier this month, I just wanted to read something that gets me in the autumn mood and I found this book in Bookbub’s list of ‘books that set the mood for Autumn’ or something like that. I literally fell in love with the autumn foliage in the background and envisioned how beautiful and autumnish to have books like this in my bookshelf.

Now that I spelled out the reasons why I picked them up, it sounds like I’m only interested in their beautiful covers, but I am really, really looking forward to getting my hands on these books! Hope they are all measure up to the hype and my expectation!

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Before I go…:  Look at how jagged the edges of the pages are… I know I ordered a ‘rough-cut’ copy of ‘Sweetbitter,’ but I wasn’t expecting this… it knocked me off a little bit. I didn’t know the notion ‘rough-cut’ besides the title means books with uneven or ragged edges!
I am not that upset, but I just think it might be a bit hard (or next to impossible) to turn pages with one hand 😄