March & April Book Haul

My goal for 2017 is to try and buy less books overall and to try to buy more that I will read this year. Here’s how I did this month.

I plan on reading The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers around July. I had a few credits on BookMooch so this was basically free.

Booktuber and YA author Maggie Ann Martin sent me Hotel Ruby for a giveaway I entered. I plan to read this one around Halloween. It sounds similar to Evil in the Walls so I am curious about it.

I got The Daughter of the Pirate King with my March Owlcrate box. If I have time this summer, I definitely want to squeeze it in. I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel that focused on pirates.

All of the wonderful bookish goodies in my Owlcrate.

I plan to read Rise of Empire next month. I also hope to squeeze the 6th One Piece manga in for this month. I may read Proven Guilty later on this year if I have time. I saw the Irish Fairy and Folk Tales and had to get it. These were bought used on eBay and Amazon.

James Alexander released a new sweary coloring book called Road Rage. It is hilarious. I sat on my patio and laughed until I cried as I flipped through the pages. Unfortunately he is having some issues with Amazon and CreateSpace refusing to stock his work. I am really glad I grabbed it when I did and hope they will re-instate his books.

I didn’t care for any of the library editions for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn so I decided to get this adorable Puffin edition off eBay. I plan to read this for my classic next month.

I found Illuminae at my local Ollie’s Discount store for $6 so I found it hard to resist. If I don’t get to it this year, I would like to make it a goal to read it next year. Sci-Fi is a genre I rarely read from and this one actually interests me.

James May’s Toy Stories was at my library’s outlet store. I scored it for a couple of bucks and will probably gift it to my Father-in-law, who enjoys James May and these sort of books.

I got Suite Scarlett with BookMooch points.

I also got Vampirella, a comic, and Shark Movie Mania in March’s Horror Block. I definitely want to try to get to both of these this year since I am obsessed with sharks and would like to read more comics.

I have been hearing great things about You and I found a brand new hardcover of it at Dollar Tree. Definitely going to get to it soon.

This isn’t a book but since it’s book related, I thought I would add it. I found this at Target.

I also found these adorable Harry Potter magnetic book clips at Target!

 

I acquired 15 books during these months and plan to read 9-10 of them this year. Not bad!

 

Late Autumn & Christmas Book Hauls!

Hi guys and apologies for the hiatus! I managed to get sick yet again right before Christmas. I’ve also been working and visiting family and friends but I have some time off coming up so hopefully I will be able to post more and then back to a regular weekly schedule!

Since December isn’t quite over and I still have time to accomplish my December goals as well as my books, I thought I would share some of the books I’ve gotten since my last haul. These are from October to Christmas!

 

Can you believe I got these for a dollar each at Dollar Tree? Always check the book section. Usually I don't find anything but every once in a while I am surprised!
Can you believe I got these for a dollar each at Dollar Tree? Always check the book section. Usually I don’t find anything but every once in a while I am surprised!
I got this big stack for a few bucks at our local library's big book sale they always do in October. The deal was $3 a big brown bag and that's exactly what I paid here. Some books I am taking to the used book store or gifting but overall they are ones to add to my TBR.
I got this big stack for a few bucks at our local library’s big book sale they always do in October. The deal was $3 a big brown bag and that’s exactly what I paid here. Some books I am taking to the used book store or gifting but overall they are ones to add to my TBR.
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This super cute tea themed coloring book was $1 at Dollar Tree!
I got these at my library outlet's store for a few bucks.
I got these at my library outlet’s store for a few bucks.
Here is a closer view of the "pretty" little books I found for my decorative shelf.
Here is a closer view of the “pretty” little books I found for my decorative shelf.

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I got all of these at Ollie's Discount Outlet for a few bucks.
I got all of these at Ollie’s Discount Outlet for a few bucks.
I needed this for the election.
I needed this for the election.
I got this in my last Horror Block!
I got this in my last Horror Block!
Book Outlet was having a Black Friday sale so I could not resist.
Book Outlet was having a Black Friday sale so I could not resist.
I got this to color during the Christmas season.
I got this to color during the Christmas season.
Here's how the cover turned out with Lolliz gel pens!
Here’s how the cover turned out with Lolliz gel pens!
My awesome in-laws got me some Harry Potter items for Christmas!
My awesome in-laws got me some Harry Potter items for Christmas! I have an item on the way from my husband as well but I will share that in my next haul!
Also a Christmas present from the in-laws. The movie was "fantastic"!
Also a Christmas present from the in-laws. The movie was “fantastic”!
Christmas gift from in-laws.
Christmas gift from in-laws.
Have I mentioned that my in-laws are way too good to me?
Have I mentioned that my in-laws are way too good to me?
My in-laws are super awesome.
My in-laws are super awesome.
I also got this because I was impressed with the last book and it was on sale.
I also got this because I was impressed with the last book and it was on sale.

So that’s a ton of books! I definitely got way too many but I don’t regret a single one of them. What books have you hauled recently?

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Summer Book Haul 2016

I figured that with summer being so short that I wouldn’t have a problem not acquiring a lot of books. Obviously I was wrong. Somehow, from the end of May to now, I have managed to acquire 67 books! I definitely have a problem. I’ve been using my local library more for books I’m currently reading but that doesn’t seem to deter me from getting more books.

Thankfully I have 20-30 ready to take to the used bookstore, though that will end up being more books. I plan to get rid of more, though (like that second copy of Night Film–I couldn’t pass on the signed one, which I saw after, for $2!) I know summer isn’t technically over yet but my birth month is September so any books acquired during then are going to be counted toward my Birthday Haul! Hopefully I won’t get too carried away over the rest of the year.

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What I Got from BookMooch:

Full Dark No Stars by Stephen King
Beastly by Alex Finn
Fear by R.L. Stine & other authors
The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

What I Got from my Library’s Store:

Dearly Devoted Dexter (Dexter #1) by Jeff Lindsay
The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Pretty Little Liars: Toxic by Sara Shepard
The Magician by Lev Grossman
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Night Film by Marisha Pessl (Signed)
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

What I Got from Book Depository:

Summer Days & Summer Nights UK edition edited by Stephanie Perkins

What I Got from Amazon:

Animorphs #21: The Threat by K.A. Applegate
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
My True Love Gave to Me UK edition edited by Stephanie Perkins
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

What I Got from Book Outlet:

Rage Within by Jeyn Roberts
Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
Winterspell by Claire Legrand
Falls the Shadow by Stephanie Gaither
The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Extra Credit: Missing You (Degrassi the Next Generation #3) by J. Torres
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Little Women (Puffin in Bloom Classics) by Louisa May Alcott
The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

What I Got from Ebay:

Barnes and Noble Leatherbound Edition of The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, The Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury (not pictured)
A Tale of Two Cities & Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

What I Got from my local used bookstore:

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti
The Secret of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks
The Return of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks
The Mystery of the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks
Mary, Jane by Judith O’Brien
Ruined by Paula Morris
Animorphs #27: The Exposed by K.A. Applegate
Animorphs #29: The Sickness by K.A. Applegate
Animorphs #31: The Conspiracy by K. A. Applegate
Cat Magic by Jonathon Barry & Whitley Strieber
Butterfly (Orphans #1) by V.C. Andrews
Crystal (Orphans #2) by V.C. Andrews
Brooke (Orphans #3) by V.C. Andrews
Raven (Orphans #4) by V.C. Andrews
Misty (Wildflowers #1) by V.C. Andrews
Star (Wildflowers #2) by V.C. Andrews
Jade (Wildflowers #3) by V.C. Andrews
Cat (Wildflowers #4) by V.C. Andrews
Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

What I Got from Goodwill:

Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han
Entwined by Heather Dixon

What I Got from Goodreads Giveaways/Publishers/Authors:

Caraval ARC by Stephanie Garber
Gilt Hollow ARC by Lorie Langdon
Escape from Witch Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek (ebook, not pictured)

What I Got from Dollar General:

Color Me Lisa Frank — 3 adult coloring books (not pictured)

What I Got from Nerd Block:

C. Montgomery Burns’ Handbook of World Domination by Matt Groening
What I Got from Family:

In the Name of Love by Ann Rule

 

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Book Adaptation Wishlist Tag

This book tag was created by Booktuber She Might Be Moncia. Click here to check out her video!

Source: Source: movie-memories.net
Source: Source: movie-memories.net

1. Movie: Without Tess by Marcelle Pixley could be really interesting.

2. TV Show: Jasper Dent series by Barry Lyga.

3. Cartoon: Sarah Scribbles by Sarah Anderson is an online comic but I think it would be adorable as a cartoon series. So relatable and funny.

4. Graphic Novel or Comic: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I’ve only read the first two but I think it would be very cool to see illustrations of the characters and story.

5. Play: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.

6. Musical: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler. OK, while the MC can’t actually sing, I still think she could do so internally and it would be really interesting when she has to find other ways to sing along with the cast without actually singing (dancing, gestures, looks, etc). If that makes any sense.

I TAG: Ari @ thequirkybooknerd, Mariella @ mariellahunt.com, Hollie Ohs @ hollieohsbookreviews (who just joined WordPress so go check her out!) & anyone else who would like to do it!

What do you think of my choices? And if you decide to do this tag, leave a link or comments down below so I can see your choices!

 

jnc

Poke’mon GO Book Tag

While I haven’t gotten addicted to this app like most people (probably due to where I live), I’ve been a huge Poke’mon fan since I was younger. I first saw this video on SuperSpaceChick’s Booktube channel. The original creator is credited on her video.

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1. STARTERS: The book(s) that started your love for reading:

I’ve loved books since I could read so it’s hard to say which book for sure started it all, but the Goosebumps series really amped up my love for reading.

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2. PIKACHU: An iconic classic that you’ll always love:

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews, even though age has made me not enjoy the sequel as much as I used to.

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3. ZUBAT: A book you lost interest in because it’s literally everywhere!:

I cannot think of anything off the top of my head (seeing a book everywhere doesn’t make me dislike it now)  but back when I was on inkpop.com, I did not want to read Paranormalcy because it was always being advertised in annoying ways on the site. A pity because when I finally gave it a chance, it was pretty good!

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4. DITTO: A book that reminds you of other books (tropes) but you still love anyway:

I don’t tend to like books that remind me too much of another, but Under the Dome by Stephen King felt similar to the Gone series by Michael Grant (though they are really completely different as the book(s) go on). But I feel that the two were different enough overall and the authors seem like they are fans of one another so maybe that helps.

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5. SNORLAX: A book/series you have not started because of sheer size:

Either the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson or Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve read a few intimidating looking books this year so maybe I’ll get over it (Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan, The Fellowship of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, etc). I’m not sure how anything can intimidate me after Stephen King’s The Stand and Under the Dome, though!

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6. GENGAR: A book that kept you up at night:

Fear by Michael Grant.

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7. NIDOKING/QUEEN: Your bookish OTP (One True Pairing):

Definitely Heaven Casteel & Troy Tatterton from the Casteel series.

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8. RAPIDASH: A fire-hot, fast-paced read:

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

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9. EEVEE: A series you’ll never get tired of seeing spin-offs for:

Harry Potter. There’s just so much material and characters to work with.

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10. MAGIKARP: A book/series that was surprisingly awesome:

Vampire Academy series. I hesitated a while before trying them because it seemed so many vampire books were trying to be the new Twilight. This series was actually more like Buffy, if she’d been half-vampire!

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11. LEGENDARY: An overhyped series you’re still excited to read:

Throne of Glass OR A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

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12. MEW & MEWTWO: A collector’s edition you wish you owned:

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King and Illustrated by Vincent Chong. Seriously, if you loved this one, go check out the illustrations!

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13. POKE-EGG: A debut novel you’re very excited for:

The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude.

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14. LURE MODULE: An auto-buy author:

Stephen King.

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15. SERVER’S DOWN: A book release you’ve been waiting on forever:

Okay, not a book per say, but a new YA from Laurie Halse Anderson. I miss her books!

 

This was a pretty fun tag and if you’d like to do it, I TAG you! Please leave a link in the comments because I’d love to see your answers! Also, who’s your favorite poke’mon? Mine is Charmander!

 

jnc

The Book vs the Movie: The Fifth Wave

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Book written by Rick Yancey, 2013
Movie directed by J Blakeson, 2016

 

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

 

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

 

 

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 3.5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: Character development, plot, creepier atmosphere, believable romance.

Things the Movie Did Better:  It was well cast–Chloe especially did a great job. The only casting I wasn’t thrilled with was Ringer, who was supposed to be Asian.

Verdict?: The book. I was told ahead of time that the movie was terrible but I actually liked it. It stayed pretty true to the book, but as usual it had a lot cut and the atmosphere was less creepy, which I think hurt it.

Should the movie be re-made?: Nah.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!

 

See more Book VS Movie posts HERE.

 

jnc

Reading Goals 2016 Check: TBR

At the beginning of the year, I made some reading goals for myself. Since we’re almost through the middle of the year, I thought it would be interesting to see how those goals are going.

 
16 Books I Want to Read in 2016 

1. Finders Keepers by Stephen King
2. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
3. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
5. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
6. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
7. The 100 by Kass Morgan
8. Warriors: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter
9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
10. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
11. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
12. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
13. Beastly by Alex Finn
14. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
15. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
16. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I’m halfway, so I feel I’m progressing nicely. I have a feeling I won’t get to all of these, but if I can get to most of them, I’ll be happy.

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16 Books on My Shelf that I Want to Read in 2016

1. Broken China by Lori Aurelia Williams
2. The Sharp Time by Mary O’ Connell
3. Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
4. Dust Lands (Dust Lands #2) by Moira Young
5. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han
6. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
7. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
8. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
9. The Raft by S.A. Bodeen
10. Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler
11. I Know It’s Over by C.K. Kelly Martin
12. Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
13. The Murmurings by Carly Anne West
14. Kiss by Ted Dekker
15. Smashed: The Story of Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas
16. The Witches by Roald Dahl

I’m almost halfway through this list so I feel my progress is going well.

 

Overall, I’m happy with the way my goals are looking. If I can get at least 3/4 of these books read, I’ll be ecstatic.

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