Book Haul #5: The Christmas Edition

Posted January 4, 2014 by Debby in Uncategorized

It’s been almost a month since the last book haul, but that’s because I went on a book buying ban to prevent myself from buying books that I would possibly be getting for Christmas. It was a good thing, because my shelves are getting overloaded as it is. But so now, of course, I have a huge haul to show you.

The Christmas Gifts:

I was stunned by how many books I got for Christmas, honestly. And my dad stuck to my wishlist wonderfully, getting me my most highly sought after books.

2013-12-29 19.41.56The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider: Good thing that I got this book, because I’ve been seeing it on a lot of people’s top reads of the year lists. It sounds really good and I just love the yellow cover.
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone: I’m so excited I can finally start this series!!! Seriously. I want to dive in right away. Time travel contemporary romance. Want.
Hourglass by Myra McEntire: EEEEEEE. Time travel for fans of Doctor Whoooooo. I’m so excited about this, I can’t even. And that cover is veryyyyy strokable.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman: Dragons!! *bounces* Okay, so I got the purple cover, but it’s actually not *that* bad in real life. I’m just excited to have it 😀
Legend Trilogy Box Set by Marie Lu: This is probably the biggest hyped recent series that I have not tried out yet. Well. Now I can binge. I am excite.

The Transatlantic Book Order:

A while ago, by which I mean back in September, I found out about Book Outlet. I could not resist. So I ordered a set of books from them and had them shipped to my dad in Texas, knowing that when he came to visit in December, he could bring them to me, and that would save a bundle in shipping costs. Now after waiting for MONTHS, they are finally in my possession.

2013-12-29 19.45.35 Shut Out by Kody Keplinger: I thought I wouldn’t like this one that much (going by others’ reviews), so I got it for cheap as an ebook, but turned out I loved it, so I had to own it. My Keplinger collection is complete!
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama: I’m still desperate for a good mermaid book. I think it was Blythe who recommended this one to me.
Crewel by Gennifer Albin: I’ve been curious about this for a while, and after the cover change, that actually convinced me to rush to get this beautiful unique cover while I could. I’m weird. I know.
Insignia by S.J. Kincaid: This has been hyped a bit, not as much as other books, but some people (*cough*Daph*cough*) won’t shut up about it.
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson: Cue 10 comments telling me this book is beautiful. Yeah, guys, I get it.
The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski: Admittedly I know hardly anything about this book, but … pretty cover? And I want a taste of her writing before The Winner’s Curse. Though I probably won’t get to this book before then, but whatever.
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris: I only hear amazing things about this book, though it seems to be a bit underrated. But I don’t know, it sounds like it has great potential to be one of my favorites.

A Miscellaneous Mix:

2014-01-04 10.39.08 Evertrue by Brodi Ashton: Mel let me borrow her ARC of this as part of our book club Secret Santa exchange. I’ve already read it. And. Well. Yeah.
The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor: Mel also got this unsolicited from Harper, so as part of our book club book trading thing, I picked it up. It sounds like it’ll be spectacularly awful buuuuuut I dunno, if I’m in a very romantic mood, it could work. Plenty of time anyway.
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch: *sigh* I picked this hardcover up for 9 euros at the American Book Center. So… yeah. I gave in. And now I’ll hide and probably put off reading it forever.
The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar x2: I first picked this up as a Secret Santa gift for Daisy, but then the order got lost, then it got resent, then it was too late for Secret Santa, and then I got both. So she’ll end up getting that one anyway, and I’ll keep the other for myself. I read it a while back and really liked it, so I was planning on buying it at some point anyway.
The Archived by Victoria Schwab: This was my Secret Santa gift from Mel! Thanks Mel! I was curious about this for a while, though I first wrote it off since it’s about ghosts. But I’m broadening my horizons and it sounds really great.
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: I had pre-ordered this, but then it got lost. *headdesk* I live in the Bermuda triangle, I know. But then they resent it, and I got it, a bit before Christmas. Anyway. I haven’t read it yet, and the split opinions are now scaring me so I might stay away for a while.

For Review:

Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton: I got this eARC from Hodder right before Christmas. After waiting for almost a month. Errr, so obviously I didn’t manage to read it before its release this past Thursday. I’m reading it right now though, and will hopefully post a review on Monday. It’s… umm… we’ll see.

That’s it! Finally. Phew. What did you get for Christmas?

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14 responses to “Book Haul #5: The Christmas Edition

  1. Haha, I’m sorry for my comment on Tiger Lily, I won’t say anything about it now *zip* I can’t wait to see what you think about The things you kiss goodbye, haha. I hope you’ll like The Archived 🙂 It has been on my wish list for a while so I’m excited to see how you like it. I looked for a copy of If you find me, but they didn’t have it in my ABC 🙁 Crewel is pretty interesting. The love-triangle is meh, but I liked the unique world-building and I agree: gorgeous cover!

    Happy reading 😀

    • You really were far from the only one who said that about Tiger Lily. It’s just like… ugh, too much. Too much the same opinion being yelled at me. *hides*

      I shall report back to you about The Archived! And The Things You Kiss Goodbye for that matter. I’m prepared to just laugh at that book. Forever. And yeah, I was in ABC A’dam, and it was the only copy of If You Find Me they had.

  2. I JUST read Hourglass and really liked it! I know it was published before either of these books, but to me, it read a bit like All Our Yesterdays + Pivot Point. Not exactly, obviously, but the way time travel works with paradox and stuff in AOY is somewhat similar, and then there’s also some Pivot Point-esque character things(in my opinion, though I ran this by someone else and they didn’t quite see it that way), but still, either way, I really enjoyed it and loved the time travel aspect.
    I recently bought The Art of Wishing for myself, so it makes me happy that you liked it–I haven’t heard a whole lot about it, but I think everyone I am friends with on GR who read it rated it decently high. And These Broken Stars! Love that book.

    My family doesn’t really love getting me books for Christmas, but I did get a few gift cards so I have lots of orders coming on the way. BUT I did get the new HP paperback box set! I think this is the first time they’ve ever actually bought books for me.

    • Oooh yay. I adore the crap out of All Our Yesterdays and Pivot Point, so that sounds promising. I hope I can get to it soon =/

      The Art of Wishing is flipping awesome. I love the romance in there. Love love love.

      Oooh I’ve been seriously debating buying a new Harry Potter box set as well, but one of the hardcover UK ones. I’m totally in love with it. I miiiight save it as a graduation present for this year, but I’m so scared that it’ll stop printing sometime or something lol. At least with gift cards you can make sure you definitely get the highest priority books 🙂

  3. Wow, you got so many great books! I loved Time Between Us and the Legend trilogy. And I don’t know that I’ve read any negative reviews about These Broken Stars and I really liked it as well. I really liked Crewel too. I got The Shadow Society recently from the library but I haven’t read it yet. And I still need to read Witchfinder and review it…that will be my next book. Have fun reading!

  4. I find myself extremely jealous of your haul 😉 But the only thing that stuck in my head is that you’re planning to put off These Broken Stars for a while. Dude, DO NOT DO THAT! Unless, of course, you’re putting it off for a time when you very desperately need a great book after a string of crappy ones (I do that sometimes). But otherwise, read it NOW! It’s like, one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I’m not kidding. Really.

    So go. Read it. 😀


    I just had to do that, LOL. I do love it though, it’s my favorite book I read last year, but I will shut up about it now. Instead, I will squee at Time Between Us and Monstrous Beauty. These books were awesome. Monstrous Beauty is in my opinion one of the best mermaid YA books (which isn’t THAT hard to accomplish, because most of them suck).

    I’m SO excited for Evertrue. But what you said above doesn’t seem very positive. I can’t handle this, I want to love it. But I saw a lot of mixed opinions. All I want is SOME sort of happy ending for Cole. I’m pretty resigned by know that Nikki is not going to choose him (even though I’m still hoping for that) in Evertrue, but I don’t want a shit ending for Cole. That would ruin me.

    I’m amazed at how many of your book orders get lost in the mail. Why does this keep happening to you? You’re VERY unlucky with that. I’m always a little anxious when a book takes longer then normal to arrive, but they did always arrive. I feel bad for you and I hope this will approve with your future orders!

  6. So Lyn and I read Leviathan for our last Forgotten Fridays and it was just kind of meh for me. I did love the gender bending part of it though.

    I love Insignia. It’s pretty much my favorite Sci-Fi YA at this point. Also really enjoyed Monstrous Beauty and I do think it’s the best YA mermaid book out there at the moment.

    You should just read If You Find Me. If you don’t like it Debby, it’s no big deal! I swear! 😀

    • Awww. I’m kind of expecting to be blown away by Leviathan… I hope it works better for me. Gender bending is an instant winner though.

      Ah! You’re another fan of Insignia I remember seeing around all the time, haha. I just don’t feel like that book gets enough hype. But those that I know who have read it all loved it. I really hope Monstrous Beauty delivers. I read the Water series by Kara Dalkey as a kid and LOVED that one, and have been desperate for other good mermaid series since. But no luck so far… 🙁 *shoots Waterfell, September Girls*

      I’ll read it sometime, but probably in secret, telling NO ONE. And I’m going to need to be in the right mood. And that kind of mood doesn’t come around often for me. I just don’t handle grief, abuse, traumatic books well. =/

  7. I loved the entire Hourglass series! The amount of Doctor Who references is bigger in each book too!
    I adored These Broken Stars!

    Very very cool haul! Happy reading!!

  8. GIRL! SO many awesome books! I can’t even start….

    I’m one of the few people who was not crazy over Tiger Lily. Sue me. 🙁

    I have Hourglass…..somewhere. Now you peaked my interest!

    • Haha, honestly, it’s a breath of fresh air to hear someone found it anything but amazing. The hype is getting to me. x_x

      I’m so curious! asdfjkl; but I have so many review copies and new releases coming out the next two/three months. *sigh* not enough reading time.

    • haha, I’m happy I live in the Netherlands, because otherwise I’d be buying books from Book Outlet every other week. Phew. Sorry not sorry though. Your bookshelves will love you 😉