7/20/14

Mega Book Haul!

I figured what better way to start off this new blog than with a massive book haul! It's summer now which for me, means a lot of pleasure reading. During much of the year, I am busy reading for school and don't have much time to dedicate towards reading for my own enjoyment. In an effort to fight the reading slump that I've been in lately, I went a bit overboard getting some new books to read during the break. (Ok...a LOT overboard!!)




I didn't pick up all of these books at once, but over the course of a month. Some were purchased online and others came from various bookstores. In the first bunch we've got:

  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis - this I picked up from Amazon after watching an Essiebutton video (this girl could get me to buy pretty much anything!!).
  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen - this was a very quick little impulse purchase after Emma Watson mentioned it on twitter. I believe she is in the movie adaptation of this book!
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness - this was merely something I picked up out of curiosity, which is something I do a lot. I like the adventure of gambling on a book!
  • The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer - this book has a lot of hype about it and I finally picked it up online. This is what I'm currently reading - if you would like to see a my thoughts on it (or any others) please say so in the comments!
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare - I picked up the first in the Mortal Instruments series because I've been seeing so much buzz about the books on Youtube and figured I'd give them a go!
  • The Intercept by Dick Wolf - This book was in the bargain section at Barnes & Noble and I could NOT pass on it! Don't know who Dick Wolf is?? He is the creator of one of my ultimate favorite television shows: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. (as well as the rest of the L&O series, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD) I did not know he had any books and cannot wait to read this baby!!
  • East of the Sun by Julie Gregson - this was another bargain book section. I gave the back a quick read and saw that the setting was India, which is a region of the world I love reading about and for under five dollars deemed it worth the gamble!
  • Picture This by Jacqueline Sheehan - here is another glimpse into how bizarre I can be when picking out books! Why did I purchase this? First of all, it was in the bargain section (check). Secondly, it has a black Labrador on the front (CHECK!). My best friend is a black lab named Nessie and I'm a total sucker for anything dog related, but if you have a black lab on the cover...yeah I'll probably buy it!
  • The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom - Yet another bargain book that I picked up on a whim! 
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn - I recently read Gone Girl and really enjoyed it, so I decided to pick up another book by Flynn to try out. If you would like to hear my thoughts on Gone Girl, please let me know! (PS - anyone else super excited for the film adaptation??)



Alrighty! Round two: 

  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith - If you didn't know, Robert Galbraith is just a pen name for JK Rowling. Do I need to explain purchasing this book?? I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, love JK Rowling so this book needed to be in my life!! I had some issues with trying to preorder it so it came a bit late but I dove right in when it finally arrived. I can confidently say that I LOVED this book and am eagerly awaiting the next. Additionally, it really brought me back to the days of Harry Potter waiting with anticipation for my book to arrive. This was my summer tradition back in the day!
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - I read/watched the hype surrounding this book and finally caved and purchased it. The book consumed me and I am looking forward to seeing the film! I strongly recommend reading this book if you haven't already! I would love to hear your thoughts on it in the comments!
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart - Oh my, what can I saw about this book?! I bought it on recommendation, and read it in less than 24 hours. It's that good! It's also a nice easy read and a book I would suggest if you've been battling a reading slump like I was.
  • Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler - I have read all of Chelsea Handlers books prior to this one so it was mandatory that I also pick this one up. I waited a while to finally read it but I don't regret the time I spent with it. While it wasn't my favorite among the books she has released, I did enjoy it. It was a nice break from the other books I have been reading lately.
  • Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding - I have seen the movies for these books as my aunt is utterly obsessed. I've always considered reading these books but when I saw this particular version of the book, I absolutely had to have it! I look forward to reading it soon!
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton - this was a book I added to my cart on Book Depository after reading the preview and finding it interesting. It's definitely an intimidating looking book though and I hope I can get to it this summer!
  • Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham - If you don't know who Lauren Graham is, she is an actress most well known for her role as the mother on Gilmore Girls. I've always seen this book at Target and passed on it, so I finally decided to get it a go!
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri - this is a book I've had on my Amazon wishlist for ages now and finally just purchased it. It's also been made into a film, though I have not seen it. (I prefer to read the books before seeing movies!)
  • Adam by Ariel Schrag - I honestly cannot remember the premise of this book right now as I purchased it last month. All I know is that it seemed interesting to me at the time  - enough to make me add it to my reading wishlist!
  • Paper Towns by John Green - Oh John Green....this is the second book I have picked up from Green. I read The Fault in Our Stars after being a faithful subscriber of Green on Youtube and seeing all the hype. I have yet to see the movie (but actually have plans of going in the coming week or two), but I can say that the book was AMAZING and I look forward to diving into more of his work!!
So I've got twenty books....a couple of which I've read, but many of which I have yet to get to. If you would like to hear my thoughts on any of these books, please let me know in the comments! I'd also love to hear book suggestions anyone might have, based on what I have hauled today!  Now if you excuse me....I've got some reading to do! ;)
 

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