May 2019 Book Haul
Posted On May 24, 2019
Hey everyone! Welcome to my haul! I just received a huge box
of books I bought on Book Outlet (which is one of my favorite online bookstores
ever), and I also have a bunch of other books to show you that I’ve bought over
the past little while. All total, I have 15 books to share with you today, and
I don’t want this post to be too long, so let’s get started with the book I
Again, but Better by Christine Riccio
This is probably one of the books I’m most excited about out
of this whole haul. Christine is one of my favorite BookTubers, and one of the
very first BookTubers I ever watched. I’ve watched every single one of the
writing videos she made as she was working on this book, and even though I
don’t normally like/read very much contemporary, I’m making an exception for
this one because, well, it’s Christine’s book, and I want to support her.
Plus, it’s about a socially inept girl who goes on a semester
abroad in London as an attempt to right the mistakes she’s made in college. I
also happen to be a somewhat (*cough*) socially inept girl who is in college
and who just got back from my own semester abroad, though mine was in France,
not the UK. Let’s just say that even before reading very much of this book, I
see a lot of myself in the main character. I hope I love it.
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
It may not seem like it, but this book is kind of an… odd…
purchase. I’ve already read and loved this book (and its sequel) in e-book form,
so it’s not that weird that I would want to have a physical copy of it. What is
weird is that this copy is a German copy. Yes, I knew it was in German before I
bought it, and no, I cannot read German.
So why did I buy it, you’re probably asking yourself? Well,
partly because I was in Germany and I thought it would be cool to buy a German
book. But also because I’m hoping that maybe someday if I want to, I’ll be able
to use this book to help me learn German. Maybe that’s a stupid idea, but I
Also, the cover is beautiful. I couldn’t not buy it,
regardless of what language the actual book was in (that’s what I tell myself,
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
You see that Italian blurb on the cover? No, your eyes are
not playing tricks on you—similar to The
Crown’s Game, I bought this book in Italian while I was in Italy, even
though I don’t speak Italian. And I bought it for a lot of the same reasons I
bought the last book.
I do hope that maybe someday I’ll be able to learn both of
these languages, and when I do, well… I’ll be ready with reading material, I
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
I bought this book the other day when my mom and I went to
Barnes and Noble. I don’t really know much about this book other than that it’s
the first book in an adult fantasy series, that Regan from PeruseProject loves
it, and that when I read the first few sentences in the store, I was hooked.
So I bought it. And I’m really excited to read it.
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This is the other book I bought in Barnes and Noble. All I
know about this book is that it’s sci-fi and it’s by the same author duo that
wrote the Illuminae Files, which is one of my favorite sci-fi series. That’s
really all I needed to know to want to buy it, but it also helps that everyone
on book Twitter has been raving about this book since it came out.
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
Here starts the giant Book Outlet order I received. This is
a fantasy book, and I think it’s about a girl who has the ability to time
travel, but I don’t know much else about it. Regan from PeruseProject has also
recommended this book before, though, and she and I have a lot of similar tastes.
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
This is an old BookTube fave, and I’ve never read it because
of my aversion to contemporary books in general, but everyone loves it so much
that when I saw it on Book Outlet I decided why not, and I bought it.
I am genuinely excited to read this book, though. I want to
see what all the hype is about.
Instructions for a Secondhand Heart by Tasmyn Murray
I’ve wanted this book for a long time. I think it’s a
contemporary romance, but I don’t know anything else about it.
I’m really trying to get over my aversion to contemporary,
so I’ve been buying more contemporary books recently.
The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody
In-keeping with the trend of me trying to branch out from
reading only fantasy, I believe that this is a YA contemporary romance that
takes place in an airport on New Year’s. I don’t remember who it was, but one
of the BookTubers I like read this book and really liked it, so I decided I’d
give it a try. Maybe I’ll try to read it when we get closer to Texas’s idea of
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
This is supposed to be a dark retelling of the Little
Mermaid, which is the kind of thing I’m a sucker for—not just a fairytale
retelling, but a retelling of one of my favorite fairytales.
Okay, full disclosure. I’ve never actually read the original
Little Mermaid fairytale, but I know what happens in it more or less, and,
well, thanks to Disney, since my name is Ariel, I feel naturally connected to
anything that has to do with the Little Mermaid, whether it’s based on the
Disney version or not.
The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
I’m going to be honest. I have no idea what this book is
about. I just saw the beautiful cover and recognized the author’s name, so I
I’m normally not the kind of person who buys a book without
knowing anything at all about a book, unless I’m already familiar with the
author, so I don’t really know what came over me with this one, but I’m excited
to have this book in my collection nonetheless.
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
This is a sci-fi book by the same author who wrote Geekerella and The Princess and the Fangirl, both books that I have not but really want to read. I don’t really know what this book is about, though, other than that it’s sci-fi and I think it might be a romance? I don’t know, but it’s beautiful, and a while ago on Twitter I saw the author post pictures of a copy whose edges she had painted galaxy to match the cover, and I fell in love. (Here’s the Tweet if you haven’t seen it.)
So I guess this is also a book I bought without really knowing
anything about it, but I’m okay with that.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Finally, a book I actually know things about! I believe that
this book is about a mysterious lost city called Weep—or at least, everyone
thought it was lost, until they receive a message from this lost city. Our main
character travels to Weep wanting to figure out what exactly happened that cut
the city off from the rest of the world.
Everyone raves about both this duology and Laini Taylor’s
other series, the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, but I’m really only
interested in this duology. Though who knows? Maybe if I really love this book,
I’ll give that other series a try. We’ll see.
In any case, I’m excited to see this beautiful writing
everyone talks about.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This is another old BookTube fave, a YA contemporary
romance, and another of the rare contemporaries I’m actually interested in
reading (mostly because this book is set in France). I know this book has two
companions that go along with it, but unless this book absolutely blows me
away, I’m only interested in this one.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
This is the first book in a fantasy series that I have
already read and loved. It’s set on an island where every generation, triplet
queens are born, each with a different power, and when they come of age, they
have to fight until only one of them is left alive, and then that queen rules
until she has her own triplets, and the cycle continues.
I originally read this book through the library, so although
I own copies of both the second and third book in this series, I didn’t own
this first book. When I saw it on Book Outlet, I had to buy it.
Okay! That’s all the books I’ve bought over the past little
while. What are some books you’ve bought/rented/acquired recently that you’re
really excited about? Let me know down below!
Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you soon.