HUGE Christmas 2016 Book Haul


It’s finally book haul time! Woohoo! These are books that I bought a few days before Christmas, got for Christmas, and got right after Christmas! There are quite a few books here guys so buckle in!

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The Physical Books!

(I got a lot of these from Book Outlet during their Boxing Day Sale just a little FYI)

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

I actually have already finished this book since I got it and will hopefully have a review up for it soon because it is dark, twisted, and just all around amazing! I can already say I highly recommend reading it.

In Real Life by Corry Doctorow

One of the many graphic novels I see others reading and recommending so I wanted to give it a try especially since it’s about female gamers…which I am also.

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Anderson

A collection of hilarious mini comics that I found to not only be funny but also very relatable! I am not sure if I’m going to have a mini review for this one or not and I’m also not sure it’s worth $10 even if it is hilarious because it was so short and quick….hmmmm.

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

This one I am a little leery of because it’s out of my comfort zone and it seems people either love it or hate it but I might as well give it a go because I got it pretty cheap from Book Outlet! This is a steampunk/historical fiction combo about girls attending a boarding school where they learn…well etiquette and espionage.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

I actually picked this one up after seeing Regan talk about it on her Youtube channel Peruse Project. It sounded really interesting and the title is pretty self explanatory.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I actually find the WWII era very interesting but unfortunately I don’t always enjoy historical fiction. This book is about a pair of women on a vital mission for the Allied war effort but one has to bail out of their plane over enemy territory and is capture, she then recounts her tale for her captors.

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Another graphic novel I’ve had recommended to me many times about a girl who finds herself befriending a ghost who she meets at the bottom of an old well.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Another book I picked up because of Regan at Peruse Project, this book is about a woman convicted of the murder of her former master and is sent to live with a family and await execution. So I’m thinking this will be a sort of character study/family study.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I FINALLY GOT A COPY! I can hopefully start it soonish but right now I have too many ARCs that need reading. I don’t think I need to explain why this one is so exciting.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Once I read the description I was SOLD, I absolutely love Greek mythology so a sort of retelling of the Trojan War sounds amazing! Plus I like picturing Achilles as Brad Pitt from “Troy”……if you haven’t seen that movie I highly recommend it not only for the plot but also the eye candy…..

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Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

This just sounds like a fun book and a little out of my comfort zone but I’d like to give it a shot. It’s about a Southern belle who suddenly finds herself part of an ancient order of guardians and must protect a school reporter. Like I said it just sounds like a fun book.

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

I like Nova Ren Suma’s type of “weird” and I think she has a unique style of writing just that had me interested in this book. It’s also apparently a mystery/thriller with a horror/paranormal twist, which I’m all about.

Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

This one is a retelling of the Bluebeard fairy tale and just that had me sold on this book plus it was only $0.99 on Book Outlet so that helps.

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

I’m actually not quite sure how to describe this book or really what it’s even about but it’s a contemporary and it’s highly recommended by everyone who’s read it. I have very good feeling it will make me cry and break my heart though.

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

Lots of reviewers I trust enjoyed this book and it sounds interesting, like a good mystery/thriller on top of some urban fantasy.

In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

I read and loved her other book “The Steep and Thorny Way” she blends historical fiction and the paranormal together seamlessly. So for someone like me who gets bored pretty easily with historical fiction Cat Winters makes it very interesting.

The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

I thought Lukavics other book “Daughters Unto Devils” was fantastic and actually scary and suspenseful! So of course I want to read her new book that sounds and LOOK equally as terrifying!

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

A YA horror book that also has some Irish mythology and I’ve seen this book floating around with great reviews so I’m excited to see what this one’s all about.

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

An epic fantasy book (that will be a series) about spirits who want to rid their land of humans and the queens who use magical abilities to protect them. Just sounds awesome and I am a stickler for fantasy.

Survive The Night by Danielle Vega

I really liked Vega’s other book/series “The Merciless” so of course I’m curious about this other book of hers. I haven’t exactly heard too many great things about it but for $5 I figured I’d take my chances.

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

I’m kind of “meh” about this book because on one hand I hear it’s FANTASTIC and on the other hand I hear it pokes just a little too much fun at social anxiety to the point where it can be taken as offensive or insulting. Now I wouldn’t say my anxiety is directly linked to being social because I get it whenever, wherever but I DO suffer from anxiety so is this book offensive to me? I guess I’ll find out! I also got this for free so really I’m not losing anything here.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Um…this book’s description is kind of a jumble of a lot of different things I’m not even sure I understand what it’s about. I know it’s a dystopian and it’s about a theater troupe. That’s about it. Yet another recommendation from Reagan at Peruse Project.

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

A YA fantasy about a princess who falls in love not with her prince but the prince’s sister instead. That right there makes me want to read it even though I’ve seen a few negative reviews I still want to see what this one’s like myself.

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

This is a YA mystery/thriller about six kindergartners who go missing and 11 years later only five of them come back. I think this sounds super intriguing!

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

Yet another book recommended by Reagan at Peruse Project and it’s got a very unique premise. It’s told from the perspective of a death row inmate who watches as an investigator tries to uncover the truth about the prisoners and save them from execution. That’s the overall gist of it anyways.

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins

Another graphic novel that comes pretty well recommended that I picked up on Book Outlet.

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

A pyschological mystery/thriller that has some stellar reviews and is also a movie starring Nicole Kidman that I have yet to watch.

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

An epic fantasy book that comes with some pretty good reviews and I was interested enough to give it a try.

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Now onto the E-Books I picked up as well!

These were all part of a one day Kindle deal for 80% off of Goodreads Choice Award nominees.

The Bird and the SwordAll the Ugly and Wonderful ThingsMy Best Friend's ExorcismRebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)

The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

I’m not actually 100% sure what this book is about other than it’s a fantasy novel and about a girl with magical abilities.

All The Ugly And Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

I’ve honestly heard nothing but good things about this book and also I need to prepare myself to cry while reading it apparently. I’m not ready! This one is about a daughter of a meth dealer who tries to raise her younger brother and also develops a relationship with one of her father’s thugs.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

I was actually a little miffed when I saw this book as a part of the Goodreads Choice deals because I didn’t even know it existed! And it combines two of my favorite things: horror and ’80s things! So this is about two BFFs Abby and Gretchen and when they enter high school Abby notices Gretchen is acting differently and thus comes to the conclusion that she must be possessed.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

I STILL haven’t read this book and I love YA fantasy!

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Have you read any of these books?

What did you think of them?

What books did you receive or buy for Christmas?

Let me know in the comments!

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Christmas Book Haul Part 2

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So the books I ordered FINALLY arrived! They’re a part of my Christmas book haul since I ordered them on Christmas with money I was given for Christmas.

Book Outlet is pretty awesome guys, and I promise you they aren’t giving me anything to say that! You can get some awesome books for $5 and under, so couldn’t stop putting books into my cart.

I already did some descriptions of these books in my other Christmas Book Haul post which you can find here. Since I already did that I’ll mostly just be showing off the pictures of these awesome books.


So I’m super excited to read all of these, although I’m starting to think one of these days my TBR pile of books will fall and crush me…..

Aren’t these covers gorgeous though? I love when hardcover books have “two” covers!

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I also finished off said Christmas money by buying FOUR more books, I really need to be stopped. I just really love buying books though!

I got 3 new releases that came out this last Tuesday AND one that was recommended to me.

  • “Truthwitch” by Susan Dennard
  • “Passenger” by Alexandra Bracken
  • “The Impostor Queen” by Sarah Fine
  • “Nimona” by Noelle Stevenson

All three of the new releases I bought because they sound AMAZING and there’s a ridiculous amount of hype around “Truthwitch” and “Passenger” so I’m expecting a lot.

“The Impostor Queen” has a lot of good reviews as well and it really piqued my interset, I do love fantasy books!

Last but not least I bought a copy of “Nimona” because not only does everyone seem to LOVE it but it was also recommended to me by Ariana at The Quirky Book Nerd. (Sorry I keep tagging you in stuff but I want you to get credit for these recs!) Since she loved it I’m sure I will too just because she recs great books and we seem to have a mostly similar taste!

Unfortunately none of these babies have come in yet, I’m expecting “Nimona” today and the others tomorrow. Remember that January TBR post I made? Yeah I might not be sticking to that quite so much anymore….shame on me!

Of course I’ll finish some I planned on reading this month but the lure of these four new books might be enough to tempt into reading them first….

Have you guys read any of these books? Did you pre-order any of those new releases as well? Let me know in the comments, I love to hear from you!

Christmas Book Haul!

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Hey everybody! Hope you all had a wonderful, book-filled holiday! I know I did, so I’m going to show off all the bookish goodies I received this Christmas!

First off I only have one picture of half of my haul, I received these from my parents and boyfriend. The OTHER half of my haul has yet to arrive….

My grandparents gave me the gift of money, knowing I would use it to buy whichever books I chose. So I went onto Book Outlet (seriously a great store, and no they aren’t paying me to say so) and ordered SEVEN books! I got all of them for a grand total of $30, I don’t know about you but getting that many books for $30 is a pretty solid deal. So hopefully those will be arriving soon, in which case I can do an unboxing post! Woohoo!

So without further ado let’s show off the haul!!!!!



So these obviously aren’t ALL books but also bookish paraphernalia…

  • Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland) pillow as well as a bookmark. For any of you who DON’T know this, I am HUGE Cheshire fan….a lot. So I’m pretty pumped about these little goodies.
  • A Song of Fire and Ice Grown-Up coloring book, once again I’m a big fan and an adult coloring book makes me pretty happy. Even though I can’t imagine coloring such detailed people will be all that easy for me……I also got another coloring book for grown ups but that’s mostly flowers and graphic designs, still cool though. Plus a shit ton of colored pencils to go with them.
  • “Girl of Nightmares” by Kendare Blake. The sequel to “Anna Dressed in Blood” so I really needed it obviously. I read, reviewed, and LOVED the first book so I needed the next one. Hopefully it’s just as good!
  • The ENTIRE Monstrumologist series in a box set!!!! I can thank my boyfriend for this one…..this is proof that he either A.) Listens occasionally or B.) Reads my blog to find out what I want…….hm. Anyways I’M SUPER PUMPED about this box set! I have started reading the first one already and IT IS AMAZING!!!


So now for the SECOND half of my Christmas book haul! Like I said earlier these are books I ordered with Christmas gift money that have yet to arrive into my awaiting embrace.
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“5 to 1” by Holly Bodger

This is a book that I’ve briefly seen around the book blogging community and it has a SUPER interesting blurb. Plus look at how gorgeous the cover is! For the most part the reviews seem pretty positive so I’m hoping I love the inside of this book as much as the outside.


“Antigoddess” by Kendare Blake

So I’ve had my eyes on this book for a while since I LOVED Blake’s other book “Anna Dressed in Blood”. There seems to be some mixed feelings on this book but since I really love both Kendare Blake AND anything that has to do with mythology I’m hoping I’ll end up loving this book/series.

Born of Illusion (Born of Illusion, #1)

“Born of Illusion” by Teri Brown

Ok so this book has pretty good reviews as well AND it’s set in the early 1920’s AND it’s about stage magic! I don’t know about you guys but I find books/movies centering around stage magic to be absolutely fascinating. I really loved Nolan’s film “The Prestige” and I keep picturing this book to be like that. Hopefully it lives up to my expectations, I won’t be comparing it to that movie…that’s setting the bar way to high.

Guardian of the Dead

“Guardian of the Dead” by Karen Healey

About 5-6 years ago I spotted this book in a bookstore and desperately wanted it. The blurb sounded pretty creepy and therefore very interesting to my 15 year old mind. Unfortunately I never did get my hands on a copy until now and hopefully it’s as entertaining as I thought it would be 6 years ago.

Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles, #1)

“Perfect Ruin” Lauren DeStefano

I’m actually not to sure about what I’ll think about this book when I read it. The blurb sounds OK and the reviews are pretty mixed but I’m a sucker for a pretty cover……besides when I can get a paperback copy for around $3.00 it’s worth the gamble.


“Revolver” by Marcus Sedgwick

I read Sedgwick’s other book “Midwinterblood” and absolutely loved it, I’ve heard that this book is just as good too. So that’s pretty self explanatory. I had to buy it, plain and simple. Marcus Sedgwick is awesome.

The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)

“The Bone Season” by Samantha Shannon

There are SO many mixed reviews on this book, people seem to either love this book or loathe it. I’m hoping that I’ll love it since I’m a big fan of great world building and this seems to have some very intricate world building. Plus as I’ve said before I’m a sucker for a great cover and the cover under the dust jacket is pretty dang gorgeous. This was pretty much recommended to me by Alysyn over at Rein Reads, she told me about the beautiful hardcover copy you can get over at Book Outlet for $2.99!

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That wraps up my Christmas book haul this year and hopefully my Book Outlet order comes in relatively soon so I can do an unboxing post!

I hope you all had a great Christmas as well, can’t wait to see your loot!