Book Haul: Jan-April ’16

It’s Book Haul Time!

I don’t know about you, but I always enjoy seeing what books have caught people’s eyes enough to purchase. So here are the books I’ve acquired so far this year!

(Books 1-5 are from Owlcrate boxes. Maybe I’ll do an unboxing or discussion post at some point.)

  1. Flawed by Cecelia Ahern — This one is from the most recent (April) box. It’s the first installment of a YA dystopian series, and it has pretty solid ratings on goodreads. It’s not high up on my TBR, but I’ll definitely give it a try when I’m in the mood for a dystopian. It does sound like quite a few other dystopian series–girl going with grain, then going against it, trouble ensues–but I’m sure it’ll still be enjoyable since I haven’t read a dystopian in so long.
  2. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner — This is a YA contemporary with excellent reviews. It honestly doesn’t sound like anything else I’ve read, centering around 3 high school seniors living in a rural town and dealing with all that goes into living in a conservative, small town. This is definitely a book I’ll consider during the summer months when I typically read more contemporary stories.
  3. The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry — This is a YA Romance Sci-fi book that sounds pretty freaking cool. I mean, it’s a love story with premonitions and time travel. Come on. It has somewhat mixed reviews on goodreads, but I’m convinced I’ll enjoy this one.
  4. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells — This one came with The Love That Split the World in the sci-fi themed Owlcrate box. It’s a gosh-darn beautiful cover, and I’ve never read this classic. It’s pretty short and I’ve heard good things.
  5. Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley — This YA historical fiction novel doesn’t have the best reviews on goodreads (which I take into account 95% of the time when choosing what to read) so I’m not sure when I’ll actually read this. The concept does sound pretty cool; it’s a fictionalized account of the Bronte sisters. I’ve read Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Bronte, and even though it was extremely melancholic (even for my taste) I did rather enjoy it. So we’ll see about this one.
  6. Making Comics by Scott McCloud — I don’t know if I’ve talked about this much, but I’m pretty into drawing. I have a vague dream of writing and illustrating children’s books, and another where I write and draw my own comics. Hence the book about comics.
  7. Giant Days, Vol. 1 by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, & Whitney Cogar — A comic about 3 best friends in college. The art style is right up my alley and I bet the story will be endearing. Definitely one of the next graphic novels I’ll read.
  8. Rat Queens, Vol. 3 by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Tamra Bonvillain, & Tess Fowler — The third installment in a graphic novel series about kick-ass ladies in a fantasy world. According to some reviews, it looks like the art style has changed quite a bit, so that’s disappointing. But still looking forward this one.
  9. Saga, Vol. 4 and
  10. Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples — I snagged both of these along with Rat Queens for an Image Comics sale at B&N. Admittedly, I’ve only read volume 1 so far, but I’m pretty convinced that I’ll continue to love the series. (I already owned 1, 2 & 3).
  11. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf — I finally visited a used bookstore after passing it everyday to & from work for months, and I snagged this copy of a classic I’ve yet to read. I know I read A Room of One’s Own in college(?) and enjoyed it, and I’ve heard great things about Woolf in general, so this is another classic to add to my growing collection of books I’ll eventually feel guilty about not picking up yet. Oops?
  12. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier — A close friend recommended this to me, convinced I’ll love it. She hasn’t let me down with her recommendations thus far, so I’m pretty sure this’ll be another winner. I need more Gothic Romance in my life.
  13. Bossypants by Tina Fey — Two close friends and I decided to start a book club (though we haven’t actually discussed the book yet on any of our coffee dates) and this was our first pick. I haven’t read enough to offer a fully-formed opinion, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it so far. It’s very pleasantly Tina Fey-esque in all the best ways. Maybe I’ll write a review once I’m done? Maybe.
  14. Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman — It would be the surprise of the century if I ended up disliking this, being the Gaiman-obsessed person that I am. His writing is magical.
  15. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin — This was the second of two books that I picked up at that used bookstore. It was a bit of a spontaneous buy, but I did thoroughly enjoy Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by the same author, so I’m looking forward to this one. The plot sounds pretty darn interesting. There’s a girl who dies, ends up in a place called “Elsewhere” and she’s now aging backwards. Stories involving different after-life scenarios can be very cool. Stoked.

I’d absolutely appreciate any thoughts on these books, maybe which ones I should push to the top of my list! Thanks for reading 🙂

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