Book Haul #5: The One Where I Flail About Contemporaries

Posted January 19, 2014 by Debby in Uncategorized

I’ve finally accumulated enough books again to be worth sharing and YES I decided to show them to you in a VLOG. *screams* This is my first vlog since September or so. So that’s interesting. But it was actually really fun, so I’m going to try to keep doing this for book hauls. Also, book hauls with 9 books = so much easier than book hauls with 24 books. So let’s not do that again.


How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan
Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

For Review

Royally Lost by Angie Stanton (Thank you HarperCollins!)
The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer (Thank you Balzer + Bray!)
Meridian by Josin L. McQuein (Thank you Greenwillow Books!)

Bloggers Mentioned

Christina from A Reader of Fictions

What did you get this week?

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14 responses to “Book Haul #5: The One Where I Flail About Contemporaries

  1. I so wish we had a fairyland theme park. I totally see myself walking there as a Disney princess. I’m reading Graceling now and Katsa is so kick-ass πŸ˜€ and I think you’ll be shipping her and Po too! Haha *gush* I’m quite happy that Scarlet is our pick – who am I kidding, I’m freaking excited. I believe I also got The secrets of Lily Grave just to try her work. Happy reading!

    • I’m reading Zoe right now and it is DEFINITELY adorable so far. I mean, fairyland theme park! Guys dressed up as princes! YAY FLUFFY. πŸ™‚ I wasn’t expecting to love the Scarlet cover so much but YES PLEASE. πŸ™‚

  2. Ooooh, the Scarlet cover does look much more beautiful in person than it’d seem online! I’m quite sure I need to read that one soon!

    Happy reading!

  3. Ooh! I have How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True on my pile of books, and I’m saving it for a day when I feel like reading a light contemporary novel. It sounds really good!

    • I decided to pick that one up next πŸ™‚ and it’s sooooo cute, Alexa, I can hardly bare it. Seriously, the fairyland theme park is like the best thing ever. CUTE GUYS DRESSED UP AS PRINCES!!!!!

  4. Oohh! You got The Darkest Minds! I’ve heard so many good things about that book. It’s on my Nook app, and I’ll probably get around to it eventually πŸ˜› And I’ve heard that Being Sloane Jacobs is cute. Contemporaries are always fun to read (:

  5. I can’t wait to see what you think abotu Scarlet and the level of difficulty to read it, as a non-native English speaker, I’d like to read it but am not ready to do it yet, because I’m afraid I would struggle with the dialect parts.

    Oh and Being Sloane Jacobs sounds so amazing, too bad I’m not very fond of harback covers, so I need to wait for the paperback!
    Speaking of which, the last books I bought were Meant to be by Lauren Morrill so basically, cannot wait to swoon all over it. And also The statistical probability of love at first sight by Jennifer E. Smith, already begun, love it already!

    • FYI, I am a native English speaker, so I doubt I’ll be useful to you then. Dialects aren’t particularly difficult for me, I just tend to dislike them.

      • Alright, that explains the perfect accent then! πŸ™‚ I guess I’ll judge the level of difficulty by myself, maybe the dialect won’t be too difficult. Anyway, your review will still be useful to me, even without this part!

  6. The eye-dialect has been the one thing stopping me from buying Scarlet. I usually HATE that kind of style in writing. But everyone has been flipping out about it on twitter since they’re all reading Lady Thief, and I’m kind of falling for the hype. So as someone who doesn’t do dialect, I’m looking forward to your review and how much it might get in the way of reading.

    Graceling! Graceling is one of my top books of all time. When I finished reading it, I sobbed for like twenty minutes, flipped back to the first page, and read it again. I absolutely loved it. Lots of people say they loved the companion novel, Fire, even more, but I wasn’t one of those people. But Graceling is amazing and beautiful and the characters and *gush gush gush* I really hope you love it, too.

    • I know what you mean, haha. I really hate dialect as well, and it wasn’t until after I had bought it, I think, that Christina told me it was like that. Which may be better in the long run. But it was for Book Club anyway, so I’d be forced to read it one way or the other. We’ll see how it goes. This is also why I haven’t read the Chaos Walking series yet. =/

      Ha, wow, but no pressure xD

  7. I’VE NEVER SEEN YOUR FACE BEFORE THIS IS SO EXCITING. I still haven’t read How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True. I bought it, but then I ended up giving it to a friend. It sounds super cute!

    • ahhhhhh *hides*


      I just finised How Zoe last night and it was adorable. It’s like The Devil Wears Prada with heaps of sugar added xD So yeah, it’s really fun, but I did have some issues with it. It’s not going to be my favorite fluffy contemporary, sadly.