Wednesday, July 7, 2021

June 2021 Book Haul


Hello everyone! Whereas June was kind of a meh month in regards of how many books I read versus how big my TBR was, it was a pretty significant month for hauling books! Now, in past years this would have been a really small haul. However, this year I've been trying to cut back on acquiring books until I move abroad and this month ended up a bit bigger than expected. However, I can't complain too much because I am excited about all of these! 



The first book I got was my preorder of One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston. This is the second book by the author of Red, White & Royal Blue (which I really enjoyed). I'll be honest, prior to release I heard nothing but amazing things but now that it's been out for a while, I've been getting a lot more mixed feelings from people I trust. I don't think I'll get to this before I leave next month but I am still interested in reading it and deciding for myself how I like it!

The next book I picked up was my preorder of Grace and Glory by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This is the third and final book in the Harbringer trilogy and I am so excited that it's finally out. This trilogy is a follow up to one of my favorite series from Jennifer and I haven't gotten to read it yet. Now that the full trilogy is out, though, I have plans to binge it all this year and finally be reunited with the characters and world! 

Then, I picked up Check, Please! Sticks & Stones by Ngozi Ukazu. This is the second volume in this adorable graphic novel duology and I'm so excited to finally have it. It came out last year, but with losing my job and everything in the world I wasn't able to get a copy then. Luckily, I had a gift card I was able to use to buy this and I'm very excited to finally see the conclusion of this adorable story! 

Up next I have the first volume of The Way of the Househusband by Kousuke Oono. This is a manga series about a retired mob boss becoming a househusband to support his girlboss wife. It sounds absolutely hilarious and fun and adorable. I've heard nothing but good things and I'm so excited to dive into these when I get to London. The main reason I purchased it now instead of when I arrive, though, is because this first volume has been sold out (last time I checked) for a while in the UK and I knew I'd want to read it. So I'll just bring this one over next month and start reading then!

Then I picked up a copy of The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. This is one that has been on my wishlist for years and I finally decided to take the plunge and get it when I had a gift card. I've heard nothing but cute things about this one and I'm so interested to see how I like Jasmine Guillory's writing since she has written quite a few romcoms that tend to top recommendation lists.

Up next, I picked up a replacement hardcover copy of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I had a hardcover but it got lost somewhere in my frequent moves and storage swaps. With the popularity of the TV show, it's also increasingly difficult to find a hardcover edition without the Netflix sticker and with the sprayed edges that match my sequel edition. Luckily, I found one online for a reasonable price and now have a completed duology again! 

Lastly, I won a signed advance copy of All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman. This comes out in November (I believe?) and is like a darker, queerer Hunger Games. I've heard lots of amazing things and I've enjoyed everything I've ever read from Amanda, so I am quite intrigued by this one. I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to fit this in my suitcase for moving, though, and I might have to hold off for a while. 



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xoxo
Lauren



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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

June 2021 Wrap-Up


Another month, another wrap-up! I can't believe we're already halfway through 2021 and I've read hardly any books compared to usual. I read a total of four books this month, which is better than I did in May. I also read quite a few long books that had been on my TBR for a while. Another bonus is that I loved everything I read! Hopefully, I'll be able to get even more read in July but we'll see if that actually happens. 


1. 
Title: Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey
Author: Ngozi Ukazu
Rating: 5 // 5 stars
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2.
Title: From Blood and Ash
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 4.5 // 5 stars
Review

3. 
Title: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 4.5 // 5 stars
Review TK

4. 
Title: The Crown of Gilded Bones
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 4.5 // 5 stars 
Review TK






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Lauren



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Thursday, June 10, 2021

May 2021 Book Haul

 

Hello beautiful people of the internet! I hope you all are doing spectacular and getting the month of June off to a good start. I finally have my May book haul ready to share and I'm so excited about all of these books! I got a total of eight books, with two of them being sent to me and three of them being ones I used a gift card for. I'd say that's a pretty good month! I don't anticipate getting as many in June, but we'll see if that happens! For now, let's just dive into this haul! 



The first book I picked up this month was a signed copy of Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard. I had some stuff to do and stopped into Books A Million with a gift card to treat myself for finishing my degree. I spotted a signed copy of RB and just had to pick it up as I've heard nothing but amazing things. Despite owning almost every single one of Victoria's books, I still haven't read any of them though. I do have high hopes for this book but I'm not sure when I'll get around to reading it. I just couldn't pass up the signed edition. 

The next book I got was Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer. I also got this at Books A Million while I was browsing through the clearance shelves. As this book has been on my wishlist for a while and was only $3, I decided to pick it up with my gift card as well. This has been pitched to me as V.E. Schwab meets Dexter, a show I've enjoyed immensely over the years. That pitch immediately put it on my wishlist and I'm so excited to finally have a copy.

Up next I have my first copy of Illusionary by Zoraida Cordova. This is the sequel to Incendiary, one of my top three books of 2020. This has been one of my most anticipated releases of this year and I'm so excited to finally have my hands on it. Hopefully I'll get around to reading it this summer but, if not, I also have two more copies that I preordered in the UK shipping to my boyfriend's house that I can read once I go abroad this fall. I am so excited to see what happens with these characters and story but also quite sad that this will be the end of the duology. 

The rest of the books I got this month were all Grishaverse books. The first two were the Netflix tie-in editions of Six of Crows and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I was sent these by the publisher for a blog tour I did in collaboration with Terminal Tours. The two books were included in a giant PR package full of Grisha that, quite honestly, made my entire month. I've read both of these books as well and hope to do a series comparison this summer!

The last three books I got were the new paperback editions of the Shadow and Bone trilogy. I love these new covers but I wanted to get my hands on ones without the stupid permanent Netflix sticker. It took a few days of searching online but I finally got my hands on a box set for a reasonable price and I'm quite excited. They are the UK editions, so a bit shorter and compact, but that's okay since I primarily got them for the beautiful outside box set covers. 



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xoxo
Lauren



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