First Half of 2017 Book Haul

First Half of 2017 Book Haul

Hi everyone! As you can probably tell by the title, today I’m going to share with you all the books I accumulated throughout the first half of the year! Since I don’t always get a lot of books each month, I didn’t want to do a separate book haul post every month. Instead, I’m continuing to format my book hauls like this (check out my posts from last year: First Half of 2016 Book Haul and Second Half of 2016 Book Haul). I’ve organized the post by separating the books by the month I got them in and where I got them from. Each book title links to the book’s Goodreads page. Without further ado, here are all the books I’ve accumulated between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017. Enjoy!


January

Traded for on Twitter

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Received as a Gift

Blood For Blood

Books in January: 4

February

Target

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  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Thanks Mom!)

Amazon

Some Kind of Happiness

Barnes & Noble

A Conjuring of Light

Traded for on Twitter

The Cursed Queen

Books in February: 4

March

Book Outlet

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Traded for on Twitter

The Winner's Kiss

Barnes & Noble

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Books in March: 14

April

Bought on Twitter

The Heroes of Olympus series

Barnes & Noble

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Library Book Sale

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Books in April: 10

May

Traded For / Bought on Twitter

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Book Outlet

Vicious V.E. Schwab

Received as a Gift

Defy the Stars

 Books in May: 5

June

Barnes & Noble

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Traded For / Bought on Twitter:

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Books in June: 5

Total Books Accumulated So Far in 2017: 42


How many books (approximate or exact) have you accumulated so far this year? Where do you usually get your books? Let me know down in the comments!

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#39)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Author: Mackenzi Lee

Series: N/A

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy

Pages: 528

Synopsis: An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

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Happy Book Birthday to Mackenzi Lee and her newest novel! Is this book on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

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Friday Finds #38

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm where you spotlight books that you’ve recently added to your To Be Read list. Shown below are all the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads in the last few weeks!


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What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do we share any of the same books? Comment down below or link me to your Friday Finds post!

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#38)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Bad Romance

Bad Romance

Author: Heather Demetrios

Series: N/A

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 368

Synopsis: Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape.

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.

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Want

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Author: Cindy Pon

Series: N/A

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 336

Synopsis: From critically acclaimed author Cindy Pon comes an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller, set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, about a group of teens who risk everything to save their city.

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?

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Are either of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#37)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Once and for All

Once and For All

Author: Sarah Dessen

Series: N/A

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 400

Synopsis: As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

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Tash Hearts Tolstoy

Tash Hearts Tolstoy

Author: Kathryn Ormsbee

Series: N/A

Publisher: Simon & Shuster

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 367

Synopsis: After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?

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Song of the Current

Song of the Current

Author: Sarah Tolcser

Series: Song of the Current #1

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 373

Synopsis: Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.

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The Sandcastle Empire

The Sandcastle Empire

Author: Kayla Olson

Series: N/A

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Pages: 464

Synopsis: Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.

Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves—but the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected.

This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.

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Are any of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one(s) are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!

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May Wrap Up

May Wrap Up 2017

Welcome to June everyone! It seems like May came and went just as fast as the previous months did. I can’t believe we’re almost half way through the year! This is particularly bad considering I’m currently 3 books behind schedule on my Goodreads goal for the year… oops! Well, I ended up having a really good reading month in May! I managed to read 8 books with a total of 2,767 pages. That’s the most I’ve read in a month so far this year!


Books Read in May

Last 3 reads (145)

Considering the last book I finished in April was The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine, I of course had to kick off May with the companion novel, The Cursed QueenThe Cursed Queen takes place pretty much at the same time as The Impostor Queen and has a different narrator named Ansa. Unfortunately, I didn’t really care for Ansa that much. It seemed like she never really had her own opinion – she kept flip-flopping sides throughout the book. Overall, I didn’t like this book as much as The Impostor Queen but I still enjoyed it. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the story wraps up in The True Queen!

After finishing The Cursed Queen, I wasn’t sure what to read next. Before going to bed, I decided I would pick up We Are Okay from the stack of library books I had checked out and read a few pages. Before I knew it, it was almost 3:00 in the morning and I had read 150 pages! After getting some sleep, I finished the book later that day. Even though it was short, it still packed a punch. The story was very emotional and was also told very beautifully. I really enjoyed it and I’m so glad I decided to randomly pick it up!

Next, I read By Your Side, which my friend had lent me after she read and really enjoyed it. Now, my friend and I usually have different reading tastes (I enjoy fantasy more while she likes to read romance/contemporary) but I ended up really liking this book! There was mental illness rep (anxiety/panic attacks) that I felt was very authentic and well done. I have anxiety myself and I could really relate to the main character’s thought processes and such!

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The next book I read was Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey and as you can tell by my rating, I wasn’t a huge fan. This was mainly because I was extremely bored throughout this book. The whole kidnapping thing that was mentioned in the synopsis was resolved way too quickly (I think the whole thing only lasted like 20 pages) and the characters left a lot to be desired. While I did enjoy some parts of this book, I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend this book to anyone.

Next, I read one of my most anticipated books of the year – The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. Just like Becky’s first book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I read this book in less than a day. While I didn’t love this book quite as much as Simon vs., I still really, really enjoyed it! My favorite parts had to be the characters and how diverse they all were! It was really spectacular. I can definitely see myself rereading this book sometime in the future!

Last 3 reads (148)

After reading several non-fantasy books, I knew I had to get back to my favorite genre. And what better way to do that than to reread a Rick Riordan book? I decided to reread The Sword of Summer because I wanted to read its sequel, The Hammer of Thor, but I hardly remembered anything from the first book. I really enjoyed rereading The Sword of Summer! I definitely liked it just as much as the first time around!

After rereading The Sword of Summer, I was planning to immediately jump into the next book, but I saw Hotel Valhalla: Guide to the Norse Worlds (a companion book to the series) at the library and I decided to read that first. It was short (less than 150 pages), but I really liked reading it!

Finally, the last book I read this month was The Hammer of Thor. I really wanted to finish this book before the end of the month so I read like crazy on the 31st and ended up finishing it! I read about 75% of the book in only one day. I find that pretty impressive considering the book is about 460 pages long! I really loved The Hammer of Thor!! It was even better than the first book in the series! I especially liked the new character, Alex, and reading about all the wild things the characters had to do save the world (well, worlds). I cannot wait for the next book but I’m going to have to because it doesn’t come out until October!


Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in 5 reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share my progress with you all. That being said, my monthly wrap ups will all include updates on my progress. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 75 books

Completed in May: 8 books

Completed in 2017: 28 books

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 backlist books

Completed in May: 2 books

Completed in 2017: 9 books

3. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 fantasy books

Completed in May: 4 books

Completed in 2017: 18 books

4. Library Love Challenge

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My Goal: Read 12 library books

Completed in May: 3 books

Completed in 2017: 11 books

5. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read a book for each letter of the alphabet (The words “The” and “A” can be skipped; the first word after that will be counted)

Completed in May: 2 letters

Completed in 2017: 15 letters


Was May a good reading month for you? How many books were you able to complete? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!

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