August 2019 Reading Haul / Wrap Up

Why would you combine a wrap up with a haul? Well, I didn’t finish enough books to make the wrap up an interesting enough post. I even took vacation at the end of August and only finished one book. Hence the combination of the two. Anyway, I’m going to start with my sad little wrap up.

WRAP UP

Finished: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Completed entirely: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (an on-the-page buddy read with Krystyna @ Turning the Pages. I will eventually have a review for that up, and I will tell you more about the buddy read in a later post! It’s exciting stuff.)

That’s it—moving on.

HAUL

I collected 18 more wonderful books for my shelves. I have officially filled up a whole bookshelf of (unread) books. I have a different shelf that holds the books I’ve read. Seventeen of the books I am about to haul, I paid for with my own money. One of them I received from Berkley Publishing—Goodreads Giveaway. Fortunately for my wallet, none of these were full price! Exciting, I know.

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey — This was the ARC I received from Berkley/Goodreads. It comes out April 14, 2020, if you’re interested. It sounds super cute!

The Unknown Terrorist by Richard Flanagan

Night by Elie Wiesel

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

The Whisper Man by Alex North— Book of the Month pick.

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout— The only one out of this group that I have already read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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A Column of Fire by Ken Follett

Gould’s Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

A Series of Unfortunate Events (Books 5, 6, & 7) by Lemony Snicket

Do you see any that you have read before? Any of these on your TBR? Let me know down in the comments!


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Library Book Haul!

I love to update everyone on what I check out from the library. I definitely suggest using a local library in your town. It saves you a ton of money and it’s relaxing to just walk around a nice quiet library. Therapeutic, almost. I’m always changing up what I have checked out from my library. Sometimes I just lose interest in what I have and look for something else. I also work at a library so I sort of get first dibs with all the new stuff that comes in. Exciting, I know. Anyway, here is my library book haul! (Let me say library one more time.)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Published 6/13/17 by Atria Books

I am almost 170 pages in and I am loving it! This book is fantastic and very harsh. I love it and will definitely be writing a review for it when I finish it, so keep your eyes peeled.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang:

  • Fantasy
  • Published 5/1/18 by Harper Voyager

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward:

  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Published 9/5/17 by Scribner

I have kind of started reading this, but I put it down because I just wasn’t in the mood. I was also reading another book and here lately I just want to focus on one. I will get to this one though, I promise.

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer:

  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Published 4/3/18 by Riverhead Books

Monsterland by James Crowley:

  • Middle Grade Fantasy
  • Published 8/15/17 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

This has been on my TBR since I started the POPSUGAR reading challenge. It checks off one of the challenges and I just haven’t been in the mood for middle grade. I’ll get to it eventually.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier:

  • Classic Fiction/Mystery
  • Published 3/8/48 by Doubleday

All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson:

  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Published 4/3/18 by William Morrow

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land:

  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Published 1/12/17 by Penguin Books Ltd

Braving the WIlderness by Brene Brown:

  • Non-Fiction 
  • Published 9/12/17 by Random House

If you enjoyed this then give it a like and follow my blog for future library book hauls. I have done a few of these in the past. They are one of my favorite blog posts to write besides reviews. Remember to be respectful and happy reading!

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February 2018 Book Haul!

Hello everyone! Here is my February haul, and it’s a big one with a whopping 27 books. When I took that picture above I realized that I didn’t include a book but that’s okay. Shout out to my wonderful boyfriend for helping with this picture. He loves to tinker around with things and I couldn’t figure out how I wanted my books for the picture. This was the end result thanks to him!

Joseph-Beth Booksellers:

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

The Martian by Andy Weir

You by Caroline Kepnes

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Half Price Books: 

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I am the Messenger by Marks Zusak

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Barnes and Noble:

On Writing by Stephen King

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Illustrated by Jemima Catlin

The Stranger by Albert Camus

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

ARCS from work:

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

Who is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel

Have you read any of these books? If you have you should let me know what you thought of them!

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January 2018 Book Haul!!

When the new year rolled around I knew that I wanted to prioritize reading and my blog. I used to complain that I never had time to read, but now I find time. Even if it is just 5 minutes or 3 hours. Therefore, I have bought/received a lot of books this month. 23 books in total. It’s a lot of books for me anyway. I usually use my library, but I was sick of not owning them. Anyway, let’s check out what books I got in January!

Book outlet: 

A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

Slasher Girls and Monster Boys: Edited by April Genevieve Tucholke

The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

All the Light We Cannont See by Anthony Doerr

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

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Books-A-Million:

Misery by Stephen King

11.22.63 by Stephen King

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K Rowling

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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Amazon: 

Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Netgalley ARC:

I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter

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Physical ARCS: 

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire (ARC from Tor.com)

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All We can do is Wait by Richard Lawson (ARC from Penguin Young Readers)

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EBOOKS: 

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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What’s Eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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Pines by Blake Crouch

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Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

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That’s all the books I have bought/received in January. Let me know in the comments if you have read/liked any of these! Be respectful and happy reading.

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Library Book Haul!

Hello everyone! I wanted to do a library book haul since I haven’t bought many books in the last few months. I have, however, recently been hired as a circulation attendant at my local library so here we are. It’s a fantastic job if you love to read. No, I do not sit and read all day because I know that’s everyone’s misconception of librarians. A lot more goes into the job than you think. Anyway, here are the 7 books I have checked out from my local library.

The first one I have to talk about and have started reading is Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson. This book is about a young female protagonist named Lee “Leah” Westfall, who has the ability to sense gold. This novel is set during the Gold Rush so you could see how this ability is a blessing and a curse. Her life then starts to fall apart and she makes her way west to California.

I am about 140 pages into the novel and I am loving it. It’s full of all these hardships that our main character goes through and there is never a dull moment for Lee or the reader. Rae Carson does very well writing the novel to seem like it was written during those times. Sometimes I do feel like she tried to hard to make it sound authentic but other than that it has been a fantastic read. I will keep everyone posted on my thoughts when I am finished reading it.


An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin is the next novel I checked out from the library. Yes, the author is the Steve Martin. This novel is just a fiction book that is “written” by a man named Daniel Franks that follows a woman named Lacey Yeager. This is a girl he just can’t seem to get out of his head. Lacey is ambitious enough to take on the art world of New York City. She works in a Sotheby’s, the worlds largest brokers of fine art as well as other fancy artifacts. As she climbs the social ladder it shows just how dark the art world becomes from the 1990’s and so on.

I have also started this novel and I am a little over 60 pages in. Can I just say that I never expected Steve Martin to write such a beautiful novel, especially about art! The words flow smoothly and the story is interesting. As a person that took art every year and every semester in high school I enjoy this book. If you want to know about art and you are just starting out I’m not sure this book would be for you. If you know a lot about art and just want to know a little bit more, this book is great. That said, if you just want to pick it up because it seems interesting to you, then all the power to you! It’s a beautiful book so far and I will also be doing another review on this book when it is finished.


Attachments by Rainbow Rowell is a book I checked out because I have heard mixed reviews about it. This is one of Rainbow Rowells adult books. This novel is about two women Beth and Jennifer that work for a newspaper. They are aware their emails are monitored but they continue to gossip over email. Lincoln O’Neill then becomes one of the internet security officers and ends up reading Beth and Jennifer’s emails. He realizes he starts falling for Beth but it may be too late to even say anything to her.

I have not started this novel, but I am excited to get to it. The good thing about working at the library is I get an extra week to have the books!


Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders is a historical fiction book about President Lincoln’s son Willie who falls ill and dies. George then twists the story to show Willie in purgatory or the “Bardo.” It’s a transitional state before deciding where he goes. Willie comes across ghosts that gripe and mingle so to speak.

I have also started this book and I have only reached page 18. I don’t know if I’m ready for a historical fiction, but I just couldn’t get into it. I couldn’t understand what was happening even after reading the synopsis. I may put it down and pick it up sometime down the road. As of right now, not a fan. If you’re into historical fiction then I recommend picking this up.


The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom is a young adult novel that follows Gwendolyn Bloom. Her father disappears and she decides to change her identity and find her father. It takes place in a world with a fair amount of spies, assassins  and criminal masterminds. It’s all about her journey.

I have not started this book but I am excited to go along with Gwendolyn on her bad A journey!


The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti is about a young twelve-year-old male protagonist named Ren. Ren has lost his left hand but has no idea how or why. He is abandoned at an orphanage for boys and goes on a journey to find out who his parents are and what his life was like before. Benjamin Nab then enters his life claiming to be his brother and tells him a story of his parents. Ben convinces the orphanage to let Ren go to discover himself. It follows Ren and his adventure with scammers, thieves and even grave robbers!

I haven’t started this but it sounds like a novel that I haven’t really read before. This was a novel my boyfriend picked up at the library and asked me to read it so lets see where this goes.


Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor is a novel that follows multiple friends of a man who winds up dead in an abandoned apartment. It is all of their stories pieced together. It deals with drugs and distress. They live in a parallel world where they are out of reach from the outside world. When they all suddenly die they realize they were treated with more respect that when they were living their short lives.

This story sounded odd and when I was looking for one of his other books I came across this. I haven’t started it but I am very excited to see what that synopsis even means. I’ll definitely keep you all posted.


The last novel I checked out from the library is a recommendation from my co-worker, This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. This is a fantasy that follows Kate Harker and August Flynn. Kate wants to be ruthless but she was in boarding school for five years and now that she’s released she wants to prove she can be just as ruthless as her father. August wants to be human but he’s stuck as a monster that steals souls with songs. The city they live in is divided and they are the only two that can understand both sides. They are the only two that can do anything about it.

I haven’t started this book but I have heard mixed reviews about it. I decided I would pick it up soon and give it a read. I will keep everyone posted!

Sorry this is a long post, but I wanted to give insight about the books I read. If you want to see other books I’m interested in you can visit my goodreads account as well as all my other social media. They are all linked at the top of my blog page.

Thank you for reading and don’t be afraid to tell me your opinions. No spoilers on any of these novels please!

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