Hey! It’s almost end of the year 2017 and here I am posting a year-end blog about my book haul this year. Since this my first time to post such concept, please bear with me if this will take too long… or if I’m not doing it right.
As I was taking photos of the books I purchased and received (thru twitter giveaways, gifts from my husband, friends, siblings and from publishers and authors), I have realized that my book collection have grown this year. There are four categories in my book haul such as purchased books, received as a gift books, twitter giveaway winner books and books from publisher and authors. I have included photos and if you’re curious about the book, just click the title and it will lead you to GoodReads synopsis. So let’s start!
First category in this post is purchased books. Here’s the photo:
- Ricky Lee’s writing always amazed me, that’s why I decided to pre-order his latest book Kung Alam N’yo Lang. If you’re into reading dark and mind-blowing stories, this one is for you.
- Next is, Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories Volumes I and II by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The reason why I bought this set was because I was into Sherlock Holmes at that time. I mean, I’m obsessing Sherlock Holmes on those days or weeks up to months like binge watching movies and TV series with Sherlock Holmes in it and binge reading these volumes. Also, Sherlock Holmes is always my favorite classic. Both my copies at Fully Booked.
- One of the reasons why I bought Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer is because I fell in love with Marissa Meyer’s writing style. I got hooked with Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) then Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2). Originally, I bought Scarlet and Cress together at National Bookstore but I giveaway my copy of Scarlet to my husband’s cousin since she’s obsessing Cinder and I know she’ll badly need to read the second book ASAP.
- I have read good reviews about Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Bejanmin Alire Sáenz. I bought my copy at National Bookstore but I didn’t get a chance to read it. Maybe next year, I’ll be able to open it.
- There are good reviews about A Line in the Dark by Malindo Lo and would like to give it a try because it is a psychological thriller. One of the reasons I bought this book was that I’m stressed out at that time and I need to breathe through book buying.
- There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins was the other book I bought when I was suffering from stress. It’s another psychological thriller and I’m surprised that Stephanie Perkins wrote it. She was known for writing contemporary novels, so I’m really looking forward for this.
- Genuine Fraud by E.Lockhart is also part of the “I’m stress let’s buy books”. As you could observe, I bought three books that are psychological thriller and got my copies from National Bookstore. Genuine Fraud caught my attention because of intriguing plot and I’m also looking forward to it.
- A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of magic #1) by V.E. Schwab (Collector’s Edition) was bought from Fully Booked. Honestly, I haven’t read the Shades of Magic series but I’m planning to read the series early next year.
- Last book is Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. This copy is adopted from Carmel of Bookablereads. More than a month, I’ve been eyeing this book but I didn’t get a chance to buy it for some reasons. So when Carmel told me that her copy of Finding Audrey needs a new owner, I decided to adopt it.
Purchased books from Book Outlet
Since I started this blog on February 2017, I’m not very keen into blogging because of work and graduate school but on August I decided to take a risk on entering the book community on Twitter which I don’t regret because the community is very loving, caring and friendly. I’m very thankful to meet new people from the book community especially from the Filipino Book Community.
Anyway, I saw a Facebook post before from a Filipino blogger about her purchased books from Book Outlet. I got curious and message her how she did it since we live in the Philippines where it seems impossible to buy books from Book Outlet because it’s a US based bookstore. Unfortunately, my message was ignored. Luckily, I gathered all my confidence and message one of the most kindest person I’ve met in the book community and asked the same question. I got a response!!! (I won’t mention who it is because I promised to make it confidential and also we made a deal, sorry guys!)
Below photo are the first batch of the books I purchased from Book Outlet. The main reason why I bought these books is because they are hard to find here.
In the first photo there are books titled:
- Romeo and What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff. If you’re interested with this book, read my review about it and click here.
- Next, 13 Little Blue Envelopes and The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson, both are part of the Little Blue Envelope series.
- I started reading Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius this month and so far it is an okay read. I’m planning to finish the book on January.
- Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber is one of my most anticipated books in 2017. It is also one of my best reads. I enjoyed reading this book so much because of enchanting story. Also, Legendary (Caraval #2) will be out on May 2018 and I’m dying to have it! If you’re intrigued about Caraval, read my review about it here.
- I fell in love with Magnus Bane in The Mortal Instrument series and when I found that he has his own book I couldn’t wait to have my own. Unfortunately, the hardcover copy here is questionably expensive to the point that I don’t want to buy it, but thankfully there is Book Outlet! I bought The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare for cheaper price!!!
Second photo includes:
- Defy the Stars (Constellation #1) by Claudia Gray has great reviews that captivates me. Apparently, I haven’t read it and book 2 entitled Defy the Worlds is out on April 2018.
- Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamiton is a historical fantasy series. Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) released March this year and book 3 entitles Hero at the Fall will be released on March 2018. The series has been in my TBR for so long and I’m planning to read it before they release book three.
- Just reading the reviews of The Art of Secrets by James Klise made me “Okay, gonna buy it right now.” The plot and reviews with comments like mysterious and unique captured my attention.
- Ivory and Bone (Ivory and Bone #1) by Julie Eshbaugh is very interesting It is set in prehistoric age and wouldn’t find it interesting if a novel is set there? Book two in the series entitled Obsidian and Stars was released on June 2017 while the third book is expected to be released on 2018.
- I have read a digital copy of Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton last year and couldn’t provide a review link since I don’t have a blog yet at that time. But anyway, I rated it 3 stars because I enjoyed but it’s an okay book.
- Next is Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum that was released on April 2016. I haven’t read this book and the main reason why I bought this is because at that time I joined a PH Blog Tour of What to Say Next and her writing style attracts me and decided to read Tell Me Three Things when I get my own printed copy.
- Despite the fact the Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke received not quite good reviews but I still want to read it and it really intrigues me. Plus, the book cover sold me.
Last photo on the first batch is The Lunar Chronicles boxed set by Marissa Meyer. I bought this set for a very low price! Yes, VERY LOW! So, when I saw that Book Outlet is selling it what I did was added it to my cart and checked out! And yes, I panicked. I panicked because their supplies are very limited.
P.S. I also purchased The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han but I gave it to my sister and a friend, respectively, that’s why I don’t have any photos here.
Next photo is the second batch of books I purchased in Book Outlet.
- I always love reading historical fiction and fantasy combined, and These Vicious Masks series piqued my curiosity together with good reviews. These Vicious Masks (These Vicious Masks #1) by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas was released on February 2016. While, These Ruthless Deeds (These Vicious Masks #2) was released March 2017. The third book, The Vengeful Souls is set on February 2018 and I can’t wait to have my own copy!
- How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo has interesting plot and I’ll read it next year.
- No Love Allowed (Dodge Cove #1) by Kate Evangelista is a lovable YA contemporary romance. The story may sound cliché but it is not. I hope to grab a copy of her other books. Part of the Dodge Cove series is No Holding Back (Dodge Cove #2) and Second Chances (Dodge Cove #3).
- Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy talks about self-love. It’s amazing to know that this book is set for a movie and expected to release next year!
- I’ve been eyeing Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse after its release and I couldn’t find a copy here, so, when I so that Book Outlet has it I added it to my cart without any hesitations.
- My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows is not your typical retelling of history, it is very unique and hilarious retelling about Lady Jane and Edward, the King of England. This book will always be one of my favorites of all time. Here’s my review about it. On the other hand, GREAT NEWS!!! Book two in The Lady Janies is set on June 2018 title My Plain Jane and I’m dying to read it!!!
- When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon is also one of my most anticipated books this year because of its diversity and interesting plot.
Another book stack were purchased from Amazon.
- Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco is one of my most anticipated books this year. I love how Kerri Maniscalco wrote her first book and I have been so excited to have her second book.
- Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau piqued my interest because of intriguing plot. The story is about the twins on who will rule Eden. Apparently, I haven’t finish reading it but I already started it and it’s good!
Up next were the books I bought during the Manila International Book Fair 2017 at SMX Convention Center. It’s always an exhilarating book buying experience. Below are the books I bought from National Bookstore:
- First book is Warcross by Marie Lu. After joining the PH Blog Tour of Warcross hosted by Raf of The Royal Polar Bear Reads (thank you for the opportunity, Raf!) I really want to have my own copy. So when I saw it during MIBF 2017, without a doubt I put it in my basket.
- Second is my copy of Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy is signed. I got lucky to grabbed it since it’s the only copy in the shelf when I saw it. I’ve read good reviews about it and I’m planning to read it later next year.
- Third, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han. When I saw it in the shelf of National Bookstore, again, without any uncertainty I grabbed it and hug it then put it in my basket. Great news is that To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has a movie adaptation and is set to release on 2018. P.S. I Still Love You is the second book in the series that continues the story of Lara Jean. Moreover, Always and Forever, Lara Jean is the last installation on the series. Click here for TATBILB, here for PSISLY and here for AAFLJ.
- Last, The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare. I’ve got paperback copies of Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) and Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2). If you know me personally, you know that I’m a Cassandra Clare fan and these books are addition to my CC collection. The third book titled Queen of Air and Darkness is set on December 2018. That means we need patience, a lot of patience!
Moreover, here our the books I bought in Fully Booked during MIBF 2017:
- First, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens and The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli . Both books are standalone and very interesting concept. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens got a deal for movie adaptation and will be released next year with a title Love, Simon (see trailer here).
- Second book is One of Us Lying by Karen M. McManus. I’m delighted to have this printed copy because I really liked it. It made me come up with different theories and almost couldn’t predict the twists. Read my review here.
- Last book I bought from Fully booked is Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo. It is part of the DC Icons series together with Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu (it will be released on January 2, 2018, YES! I know, only 2 days left), Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas (expected release date is August 7, 2018) and Superman by Matt de la Pena (expected publication date is January 10, 2019).
Books from publishers and author
As you can see from the photo below, I received few books from publisher in exchange of honest review.
- The Advanced Reader Copy that I’ve ever received is Caraval by Stephanie Garber. This book was sent to me by the amazing and very kind people from Flatiron Books. Up until now, I’m still thankful from them.
- Mechanica (Mechanica #1) and Venturess (Mechanica #2) by Betsy Cornwell, and these books were sent by wonderful people from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Young Readers Division).
- I got a chance to read Mind Games by Andrew Field thru NetGalley and when I sent my review, Mr. Field contacted me thru email and sent me a copy of Wicked Games.
- The copy of A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor is a big mystery. I received it around November without any idea of who the sender is. I’m assuming that the lovely people from Penguin Random House sent it to me.
Books I won from giveaways
Below are the books I received from winning giveaways. I’ll just make a list of the books below with its link. All you have to do is click the title and it’ll lead you to GoodReads synopsis.
- History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
- Midnights in Bali by Carla de Guzman
- A List of Cages by Robin Roe (here’s my review)
- They Both Died at the End by Adam Silvera
- Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
- Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George
- It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne (review here)
- Vinyl (Vinyl #1) and hummingbird by Sophia Elaine Hanson
Books as a gift
I received plenty of books from my husband, siblings and a friend. I’m thankful that they given me these amazing books.
- I received Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts and Harry Potter and the Harry Potter Philosophopher’s Stone Hupplepuff Edition from magnificent Sarah. I met her on Twitter through the book community and she’s really kind. Up to present, I couldn’t believe that she sent me these books as a graduation present.
- These books was given to me by surprise of my adorable husband and even asked me if he got it right. So, I’ve got Monster of Verity series: This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) and Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab, and Little Monster by Kara Thomas
- The last book that I received was Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo. This boxed set was from siblings as their birthday and Christmas present. I’m thankful because I love this series so much!!! Read my review of Six of Crows here.
So that’s it! To wrap up, most books I’ve got this year even though I purchased it or it was given to me, are my most anticipated books and part of my long list of TBR. It’s a growing collection and I don’t regret having any of these books.
Thank you for reading my blog until the end!!!
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero