Birthday Book Haul 2017

Apologies for the hiatus. It’s been a bit of a crazy month. My birthday was this month so I obviously bought myself some books.

I got The Chemist from my library’s outlet store. The top four books were from Book Outlet. Tiny Pretty Things, The Merciless 2, Get Even, & Partials. The rest came from my local used book store–all of these were about $4 because I took in some old books for store credit.  Two Animorphs, Just After Sunset, Dead White, The Unwelcomed Child, The Snow, Surrogate Child, A Gift of Magic, and Summer of Fear (which I already had a copy of but I liked this cover better and am planning to send the other to someone).


I got the Goosebumps book from Ebay so I can do the Goosebumps-along that Richard @ Richard’s Book Nook is hosting again this year. Join us! This Star Won’t Go Out, All the Light That We Cannot See, and Dumplin’ came from my local Goodwill.

So that’s a total of 18 books for my birthday, which is perfect since it landed on the 18th! Complete coincidence!


I took in about 15 books for store credit so at least I got rid of some of my collection. I probably won’t read any of these this year except for the Goosebumps book. Still, I feel like I’ve done better with book buying this year than I did in 2016.


What books have you bought lately?



August Book Haul

I’ve been a little bad again.



I got Ban This Book by Alan Gratz from a Goodreads giveaway. It will be a perfect Banned Books Week read!


Cold Summer by Gwen Cole was another book I won on Goodreads. I’ve actually already read and reviewed it (highly recommend!) I already own Dissonance by Mariella Hunt but I liked the new cover better so I snagged it off of Amazon. I also bought a signed copy of Cursed With Power by Lindsey Richardson from the author herself.


I got Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (JKR) from Amazon. I read it last month.


I got Dancing Through It and the Etchings coloring book at Dollar Tree. I pre-ordered The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin from Book Depository and she sent me some goodies to go with it, including a signed bookplate!


Halloween came early with the Owlcrate August box! I got two books with it, The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones & Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. Love the fountain pen and “Poe-ka dot” socks, too!




I got these wax melts from Frostbeard Studios as an early birthday present to myself. Dandelion Wine smells so divine!


So that’s 10 books total. I’ve already read three and plan to read another. If I have time, I might be able to squeeze in something else. So not too bad. September is my birthday month so that will be the one I’ll probably go crazy with.


What books have you bought lately?


Books in August 2017

For 2017, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. In August, I read seven.


New Favorites: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh & I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.

Classic: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

I enjoyed everything I read this month. The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush (very bottom of pile) by Tomie dePaola was technically a re-read from my childhood. I also liked the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them handbook, Rebel Heart (Dust Lands #2), and the 6th OnePiece manga.


My new favorites for August.


My classic read for the month.

Can we just admire this edition? It’s interactive, too, and has lots of fun and well designed elements inside (my favorite is a map!).

Since I have decided to re-read the Harry Potter books this year, I decided to read the other related books that go with them. This is a pretty edition but sadly lacked the illustrations I’m pretty sure other ones have.

The illustrations in this are stunning.


And here’s what my cat does while I take pictures on the patio. Every time.


So what did you read in August and what were your favorites? How many books are you tackling for 2017?


August Writing & Reading Goals Check (September Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.



✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read The Jungle Book for my classic book
✓ Finish Whispertown edits from beta reader
✓ Read The Wrath and the Dawn
✓ Read I Hunt Killers
✓ Read Rebel Heart (Dust Lands)
✓ Read I’ll Give You the Sun
✓ Read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them handbook
✓ Participate in Pitch Wars
Do Book Pics

I feel I did pretty good with this month’s goals. I’ve started editing Whispertown with my beta reader’s edits and sent out the first chapter to another potential reader. I finally read The Wrath and the Dawn and I loved it! I plan to get to I Hunt Killers (accidentally had that as I Heart Killers, ugh) by October at least.

Here’s my goals for next month:


✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Hamlet for my classic book
✓ Finish Whispertown edits from beta reader
✓ Read The Tales of Beedle the Bard
✓ Read Ali’s Pretty Little Lies
✓ Read Star Cursed
✓ Read Afterparty
✓ Read Meg
✓ Participate in #PitMad on Sept 7
Do Book Pics

Wish me luck! Did you have any goals for August? If so, how did they go?





Harry Potter Re-Read 2017 (HP & The Goblet of Fire)

For 2017, I decided I wanted to re-read the Harry Potter books since it has been a long time, and to also read HP related books. In April, I read the fourth book in the series, The Goblet of Fire.


This has always been one of my favorites but it made it to the second position for the re-read, which had previously belonged to Prisoner of Azkaban for many years. I have fond memories of first reading this in the car on the way to the beach.

The plot is probably one of my favorites in the series and there’s so many scenes I loved it might take a novel to list them all. I definitely loved when Mad Eye Moody turns Draco Malfoy into a ferret and like the second task best.

I have always loved Cedric Diggory. So much that I actually named my albino guinea pig after him when I first read the book (RIP both Cedrics). I feel like the character development, particularly of the trio, especially gets interesting.

The movie was better than I remembered and I liked that Neville got more screen time even though it took more away from Dobby. Aside from Cedric, I loved the addition of Mad Eye Moody/Barty Crouch Jr.

I am so glad I decided to re-read this series.


Harry Potter Re-Read 2017 (HP & The Prisoner of Azkaban)

I’m really behind on these but I promise that I will finish them!

For 2017, I decided I wanted to re-read the Harry Potter books since it has been a long time, and to also read HP related books. In March, I read the third book in the series, The Prisoner of Azkaban, in the paperback edition.

Since I’ve already completed my re-read of the books, I’m going to go ahead and say that this one is my third favorite of the series. It used to be my second favorite but somehow GOF beat it with this re-read.

I love the plot and new characters (Professor Lupin, Crookshanks, and Professor Trelawney). It was also interesting seeing how some of the older characters, such as the trio, continue to develop. Their development seemed a bit more apparent in this one.

Sadly I didn’t make any recipes from my Harry Potter cookbook. I haven’t made any since January. Hopefully I can resolve that next month!

The movie is probably my favorite out of all of them so far (I am way behind on my re-watches).

I loved a lot of scenes but The Knight Bus & the Boggart scenes are probably my top favorites. This movie’s climax also worked really well. I’m always sad when Harry has the chance to finally have a nice home life and has it ruthlessly taken away from him though.

I am so glad I decided to re-read this series.



May-July Book Haul

Here are my most recent additions!

I got P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han from eBay but it didn’t have a dust jacket so I ended up buying an edition that had it. Animorphs #33: The Illusion came from BookMooch.

Here’s the other copy of P.S. I Still Love You. I’ll probably trade the other one in at the used bookstore or donate it. Lux Beginnings by Jennifer L. Armentrout came from BookMooch.


When I heard Hulu was doing a series, I decided to get The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood from Book Depository because it was taking so long to get from the library. And even though I already own a copy, I got this edition of Oliver Twist from the library outlet. It also has golden edged pages.


I got all of these at my library’s outlet store.



I loved this book (Heckedy Peg) as a child so when I saw it on eBay, I couldn’t resist.


My last Owlcrate came with TWO books! The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson & New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson. This was a great box.


I also tried out Nerdy Post and got some cool bookish/fandom items, including some really nice bookmarks. I’ve been using the one on the left for a couple of months now.


Along with the Owlcrate books in a previous picture, I also got Of Fire and Stars (originally from Owlcrate but I found it on Ebay), a Jeremy Clarkson book (library outlet), Outlander (library outlet), Anna and the French Kiss (Book Outlet), & Sweep (Book Outlet).


I think that’s it. Summer tends to be a big book buying time for me so I don’t feel I did as bad as last year and while I don’t regret any of my purchases, I probably won’t get to most of these this year. I did read The Handmaid’s Tale, though!


Still, 16 in 3 months isn’t too bad for books themselves. I’m not counting the extra Jenny Han since I’m getting rid of it.


What books have you bought lately?