September Book Haul!

September Book Haul!

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I’m back today with my September book haul! Now this book haul is actually going to be split into two because my birthday was also in September and I got quite a few gift cards so I thought I would do a separate birthday book haul showing what goodies I picked up. So let’s dive in to (some of) the books I got in September!
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1. Snapshot – Brandon Sanderson

This kindly came in the post from Gollancz and is actually the first book by Brandon Sanderson I’ve ever read. It was a really interesting science fiction mystery and the ending completely blew my mind. I’ll have a review up for this one very soon!
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2. Rosewater – Tade Thompson
I was so excited when this came through the door from Orbit Books because I’m so excited to read it. The parcel also came with the cutest Rosewater enamel pin badge which now sits pride of place on my work bag.
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3. A Blade So Black – L. L. McKinney
A Blade So Black is a new Alice In Wonderland retelling from Titan Books. It was such a fun read and I’ll have a review up really soon. If you’re interested to know more, I participated in the blog tour with an exclusive extract from the book – you can check that out here!

37854049 (1)4. Sisters of the Winter Wood – Rena Rossner
This was a total surprise when it came through the door and I read it immediately. I really enjoyed this creepy fairy tale like story and you can read my full review here. I gave it 5/5 stars and it will definitely be on my favourites of 2018.
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5. Dark Age – James Wilde
This King Arthur retelling sounds amazing and totally up my street. Transworld kindly sent me a copy of Dark Age and I ordered the first book Pendragon online. I’m so excited for it to arrive so I can binge read both of them.
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6. The Caged Queen – Kirsten Ciccarelli
This is the second instalment in the Iskari series and I was ecstatic to recieve a copy. I raced through this and it was another five star read. If you want to check out my review and stop on the blog tour, you can check that out here!

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7. The Winter of the Witch – Katherine Arden
Katherine Arden has become one of my favourite authors with her Winternight Trilogy. I actually screamed when this came in the post because I’m so excited/scared to read it. I definitely don’t want this series to end, but I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

400318068. Soulbinder – Sebastien de Castell
When I saw Soulbinder go up on ReadersFirst I was desperate to be picked to review it. This series is such a fun, fast paced fantasy series and I’ve been racing through the books. I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen in this latest instalment.

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9. The Taste of Blue Light – Lydia Ruffles
Lydia ran a competition to win copies of her book on Twitter and I won! (I never win anything!) Thank you so much Lydia! She very kindly signed it and I’m really looking forward to reading it because I’ve heard so many amazing things.

3951027110. Hallowdene – George Mann
Titan Books very kindly sent me a parcel with some spooky Halloween reads and this was one of them. I am definitely a mood reader and look reading dark and spooky books in October so this is perfect.
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11. Strange Ink – Gary Kemble

This was also in the same parcel as Hallowdene. This is a spooky story about a man who wakes up with a tattoo and more and more keep appearing as the story progresses. I’m on the blog tour for this one too, so check that out on October 16th!

2069853012. P. S. I Still Love You & Always and Forever Lara Jean – Jenny Han
I read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and loved it so I ended up clicking and collecting the rest of the series. I’ve since read them both and they were sweet and cute and everything you need for a perfect contemporary read.
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14. Mirage – Somaiya Daud
I’ve heard quite a few people talking about this book already and it sounds like such a fascinating read so I couldn’t resist ordering a copy online. The story follows a young woman who is forced to be the body double for a princess in case of assassination attempts. I’m hooked already!

39098246 (2)15. The Corset – Laura Purcell
I pre-ordered The Corset by Laura Purcell because I absolutely adored The Silent Companions so I have to have a new book to scare myself silly with. If you haven’t read The Silent Companions yet I highly recommend it. Hoping The Corset will be just as dark and creepy!
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16. The Traitor God – Cameron Johnston
I went to a fantasy author event at Waterstones and Cameron Johnston was the only author who I hadn’t read a book by. After hearing him talk about it I knew it would be right up my alley. He kindly signed it and I’m very much looking forward to reading it.

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This book is a feminist fantasy standalone and I’m so excited to read it. Simon and Schuster very kindly sent me a review copy and I’m making it a priority to get to during my Halloween readathon. The story follows death traders in search of glory so what could be more appropriate for Halloween?
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18. Scrublands – Chris Hammer
This was a surprise piece of post from Headline books. A dark crime mystery due for release in 2019, I’m really excited to sink my teeth into this story! The book has been on the bestseller list for weeks in Australia so I’m definitely looking forward to picking this one up.

So that’s my September book haul! Which books did you pick up in September? And if you’ve read any of these I’d love to know your thoughts!

September Wrap Up!

September Wrap Up!

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October is here! October is definitely my favourite reading month, I love reading a dark and spooky read with a cup of tea and a warm fuzzy blanket. I’m hoping to get through quite a few books in October but for September I managed to read twelve books and one short story. So without further rambling here are the books I read in September!

1. Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo14061957
I FINALLY READ IT. Even though I loved the first two books in the series and have read them more than once I had never read Ruin and Rising. I finally read it in September and it was amazing. I’ve grown so attached to these characters and I thought it was the perfect ending to the series. I’m so excited to continue on with reading Leigh Bardugo’s books because she does such an amazing job of creating these complex characters you can’t help but love. (5/5 stars)

401893842. Snapshot – Brandon Sanderson
This short little book is a science fiction story in which snapshots of an event are taken and police officers can enter the snapshot to find out exactly what happened and help to solve a case. The book does a lot in such a short amount of pages and the ending completely blew my mind. This is definitely a must read for Brandon Sanderson fans. (3/5 stars)

3. P.S. I Still Love You – Jenny Han20698530
I picked up the next instalment of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series and I enjoyed this one just as much as the first. Sweet and cute, this is the perfect light and fun read. I raced through it and really liked the introduction of John. (4/5 stars)

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4. Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
This is one of those well known books I’ve been meaning to read for a long time and honestly, I’m not really sure I got it. I didn’t like the writing style at all and I didn’t connect with any of the characters. Fight Club definitely wasn’t a book for me. (2/5 stars)

5. What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli & Adam Silveria39704614 (1)
THIS BOOK IS SO CUTE AND ADORABLE. I love Arthur and Ben so much. This story is so fun and enjoyable and I raced through it because I loved the characters so much. I did feel the plot was a little on the predictable side, but overall this is a gorgeous contemporary story that fans of these authors will absolutely adore. (4/5 stars)

34220480 (2)6. Another Place – Matthew Crow 
This was the first book I read for Contemporary-AThon and I really enjoyed it. The story is a mystery following the disappearance of a young girl and I enjoyed the twisty turny parts of the story. I won’t go into much detail because you can get more of my thoughts from my Contemporary-AThon wrap up here! (4/5 stars)

7. A Thousand Perfect Notes – C. G. Drews36389267 (1)
This was another read for Contemporary-AThon. It was a really beautiful, emotional read and I’m so glad I picked it up after sitting on my shelves for a few months. It’s definitely stayed with me even after finishing it. (4/5 stars)

39018329 (1)8. Easy Prey – Catherine Lo
I hadn’t expected to love this book as much as I did. This story follows three students blamed for releasing racy pictures of a teacher online and all three claim they are not responsible. The story jumps between time and character until the perpetrator is revealed and it was such a fantastic read. (5/5 stars)

9. Always and Forever Lara Jean – Jenny Han35247769 (1)
I used the Contemporary-AThon to read the last book in this lovely series. It was bitter sweet and I enjoyed it so much. I’m definitely going to be picking up more Jenny Han books in the future. (4/5 stars)

40127369 (1)10. The Gilded King – Josie Jaffrey
This fantasy novel blends so many different elements, from immortal vampires to a post apocalyptic world with zombies like beings. Told in alternating points of view it was such an intense, gripping read and I enjoyed it from start to finish. (4/5 stars)

37854049 (1)11. The Sisters of the Winter Wood – Rena Rossner
This has got to be my favourite book that I read in September. The tale of two sisters who can shape shift – one into a swan and the other a bear – and what happens when they are left on their own while they parents visit a dying relative. It was dark, creepy and fairy tale like and I absolutely loved it. You can read my full review of this book here! (5/5 stars)
2464180012. The Demon in the Wood – Leigh Bardugo
This is a very short story following the Darkling before the events of the Grisha trilogy. It was really fascinating to see another side to his character and learn more about his life with Baghra. My only complaint is that it was too short and I would love a whole novel about him and how he became the Darkling. (5/5 stars)

13. Slade House – David Mitchell24500887
This is another book that has been on my shelves for ages. It follows a brother and sister who lure people into their house in order to use their souls to give them ever-lasting life. I listened to this on audiobook and while I enjoyed the story I think perhaps I might have enjoyed it more if I had read it rather than listened to it. (3/5 stars)

So that’s my wrap up for September! What did you read in September and have you read any of these? If you have let me know what you thought!

Contemporary-athon TBR!

Contemporary-athon TBR!

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So last month I managed to read thirteen books. This month has been pretty busy and I was ill for a week so I haven’t gotten through that many books yet (current tally is 5 books). I’ve also been really enjoying reading contemporary books recently which is absolutely not my usual genre. I figured the perfect solution then was to join in with the contemporary-athon, which is happening from the 17th to the 23rd of September and is hosted by @BookHangover_ on Twitter and Youtubers Page and Pens, Chelseadolling and MyReadingIsOdd.

There are seven challenges and I doubt I’m going to manage all seven but I will try and see where we end up!

342204801. Read a book with orange on the cover
I toyed with a few different books – my first instinct was to go with I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman but I spied Another Place by Matthew Crow on my shelves and I have been meaning to read it forever. I tried to go with shorter books so I can get through all seven, but this sounds like a really gripping read and it has orange on the cover!

2. Read a book that is dark/taboo/spooky
39018329I found it difficult to pick just one book for this because I have quite a few spooky books I’m dying to read. I decided to go with Easy Prey by Catherine Lo as it’s coming out in October and means I can get a review up when I’m done. Easy Prey is a mystery following three high school students who are suspected or releasing racy pictures of a teacher online. Each of them has a motive, but which one is guilty? This sounds so intriguing and I can’t wait to read it!

352477693. Read a diverse book
I first picked up The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas because I still haven’t read that yet (I know I’m terrible), but I’ve really been loving the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before books so I thought I could round off the series with Always and Forever Lara Jean. I really enjoyed the first two and I raced through them so hopefully that will help with reading seven books in such a short time period!

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I was a bit unsure about what this meant but the description says it can be anything whether that’s a graphic novel, an audiobook or a ebook. I had a look at my audiobooks and I didn’t have anything that fit the bill but I do have a ebook of Sarah Nicole Lemon’s Valley Girls, so I picked this. I loved Done Dirt Cheap so I’m hoping this is just as good! I’m not a big ebook person as they tend to give me headaches, but I do also have a physical copy and can cheat a little!

38185855 (1)5. Read a book with your initials on the cover
For this I’m going with The Con Artist by Fred Van Lente. I was sent this by the lovely folks at Quirk Books a couple of months ago but I haven’t had the chance to pick it up. It looks so cute and fun that I thought it would be the perfect choice. My initials are NLS so they all appeared on the cover too.

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Pretty much every book I picked up for this readathon fitted this category. I’m hopeful that if I don’t get all seven read I can double up with this challenge as well. In case I manage to fly through them all I’ve gone for A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews. I got this in an Illumicrate and have been meaning to read it ever since.

359608147. Read a predicted five star read
This was another that I had loads of choice for but I ended up going with The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan. I’ve been meaning to read this for ages and it sounds so good. After getting caught hooking up with her best friend’s ex boyfriend, Kendall just wants to keep her head down and graduate but she is drawn into a web of drug dealing after her online identity is hacked and used to steal from a dealer. It sounds so intense and gripping and I really hope it will be a five star read!

So that’s my Contemporary-AThon TBR. Are you participating in the readathon? If you are what are you reading? And if you’ve read any of these let me know if you enjoyed them or I should swap them for something else!