Oct 24, 2017

FALL BOOK HAUL + MINI REVIEWS! // hardcover books are lit


HELP ME, I'M BROKE BUT I CAN'T STOP BUYING BOOKS!!!

THIS COULD BE A PROBLEM ??? 

BUT I REALLY CAN'T STOP ??? 

AND I'M ACTUALLY NOT TOO WORRIED ABOUT IT ??? 

#yolo


I actually convinced my loving mother to let me buy these books, even though I have 50+ unread books on my bookshelf atm.

Me: Mom, if you let me buy these now you won't have to get me ANY gifts for Christmas! Or my birthday even!"

Mom: Yeah right, you liar.

Long story short, I used my amazing begging skills to get her to let me buy them... with my own money.

Which is why I'm now broke.

Actually, I'm really not that broke. Just kinda like, if I were to run away for some reason (maybe my parents burned all my books or a wizard sends me on a quest or my parents said they were going to put the family on a diet or something less drastic), and I had to get myself dinner... I'd probably only be able to afford a straw. And maybe maybe a napkin.

Because those things are both free.

And money doesn't exist anymore.

So I'd be in trouble hahahaaa *nervous laughter dies*

#yolo!!
tbr

I have been lusting after this book "The Nightingale" for quite some time now.
 Like, since the beginning of this year. BECAUSE LOOK AT HOW GORGEOUS. This is the epitome of utterly tragically gorgeous. I saw it first on Goodreads and I was SO in love, I was like, "I will have you, you divine creature of beauty if it's the last thing I do in this mortal realm." And I courted it for months. They carried it at the Costco nearby for a while and whenever I would go on the weekly shopping trip there with my mum, I would go over to the book section, touch "The Nightingale" and say, "Don't worry. Soon, you'll be mine in hardcover. Soon, luv."

And sure enough, one day when I decided I had the money to spend, I went on Amazon and bought the gorgeous hardcover copy of this book. love love love Haven't read it yet, but I plan to. Just need to find the time to just revel in its gorgeousness without being pressured to read/review anything else. THE TIME WILL COME I SWEAR I'M ONLY 11 BOOKS AWAY.

5 stars

I read this book this summer and HOPELESSLY LOVED IT SO MUCH. I had read a lot of reviews about how amazing it was and then the cover was just so lovely that I decided to give it a shot. AND SHOOT. It didn't take long to get me hooked and in love and greedily soaking in every word. I just.... I LOVE the plot! THE CHARACTERS WERE SO AHHHH. It's a romance, but it's not like a stupid romance. It actually has a real plot and then the romance and then it was great and I HAD TO BUY IT. Don't make that face. When you find a book that you love like I love this book, you are literally required to buy it. No excuses. 

JUST A NOTE: turns out, this book is actually based on another book (which I read) called "Daddy Long Legs", although this story is more in-depth and emotional. 

5 stars

So this was another 2017 summer read for me, because of all the hype (!) I was like, why don't we give this a shot, eh? TURNS OUT, IT'S ACTUALLY A REALLY GOOD BOOK........ Not to mention those absolutely killer aesthetics. Seriously. Have you ever seen such a magical, sparkly, enchanting, beautiful cover? Honestly, I was expecting to not really care for this book just because I've heard so many "ehhh" reviews on it. Like, I went in knowing that I was going to be disappointed and I was honestly just bored with my other options and I just kinda wanted to taste a hype-book just for fun. AND THEN I ACCIDENTALLY FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. Oops. *naughty grin* The story was so fun and exciting and emotional I read this in practically a day. No regrets.

5 stars

I was just curious about Middle-grade fiction, I wasn't expecting to be on a week-long book hangover after reading this. Let's be honest: Middle-grade fiction is REALLY GOOD. This book was exceptional. As in, really really really exceptional. In the best way. Ever. Because it was about an 11-year-old, I was kinda like, "This should be interesting in an uninteresting way." Idek why I got it from the library. Maybe the title convinced me? I do like the title. ANYWAYS. I was shocked at how much I loved this book! I was completely taken unaware and just out of nowhere I was like SO EMOTIONAL at the end. I didn't want it to end. Ever. Just Alex's voice and the overall plot and just.... UGH. So that's why I bought this one. Emotional attachment and all that. This is a powerful novel, never underestimate Middle-grade fiction. It'll tear your heart to shreds when you're not looking. 

5 stars

AGAIN, hype-book. I first read this cuz I had heard SO much about it and I LOVE the pastel aesthetics and the author's name. AND THEN IT JUST KINDA SORTA SMASHED MY SOUL. At first, I hesitated to read this book because it's in a college setting and there is a romance and I just wasn't sure how that was all gonna play out. But oh-my-dude this was hands down one of the best books I've read this entire year. And that's saying a LOT. 'Cause I've read a lot of good reads this year. Honestly, I have no idea what makes it so perfect (I say perfect, but that doesn't mean there aren't any yuckies-- for now, just know that there are a few things BUT in this review, I'm JUST talking about the good things because there are SO MANY good things about it). I adore Cath and all her introverted-ness, just #bless. I'm not introverted, so I couldn't really relate to her necessarily, but I have so many friends that do the things that she did (actually, she's basically my sister lol) and I just LOVED it so much. And then her relationship with everyone was just. UGh. It's so good. I had to buy it because this is the kind of book I'd like to write eventually IT'S AMAZING AND SO BEAUTIFUL AND SO MANY FEELS. I literally didn't want this book to end EVER because of how emotionally invested I was invested in the characters and their stories. 

5 stars

JSYK I hate this book with a passion. BECAUSE ONE WORD: JEST.
Not cool, Marissa Meyer. Not cool at all. MY LIFE IS WORTHLESS THANKS TO YOU. I am in love love love love love with the Lunar Chronicles, so obviously I was compelled to read Heartless. BUT I shoudln't HAVE. I am SO emotionally wrecked when it comes to this book wordsasd;fjallskfsa failasdlf;jsaf meeesaldksjf. There aren't enough tears for this book. Because... because.... blehsaf;sjdlfsas. I CANNOT EVEN WRITE THIS. I got this book because it ruined my life and I must have it on my bookshelf; ISN'T IT JUST SO FREAKISHLY GORGEOUS?!?! I like can't get myself to say that I love this book because I DO BUT IN THE MOST BITTER-SWEET KIND OF WAY. It's so HARD to love when it destroys me so tragically. *runs away crying*

*comes back to finish review*

5 stars

HOLY HOLY HOLY COW THIS IS NOT OKAY I HATE THIS SO MUCH I HATE IT ALL I CAN'T EVEN NOPE NOPE THIS IS NOT HAPPENING. Jk it's happening. AGAINST MY WILL. Wow. My heart. My poor, poor heart. Nobody should feel this kind of pain, okay? This is so wrong. I should not be so mad at this. I shouldn't have woken in the middle of the night after finishing this book, in tears, my chest literally aching because of these stupidly adorable characters. This should not be a thing! I'm not kidding! Actually I am! Becuase I LOVE how achingly beautiful and SAD and heartbreaking this is! Again..... IT'S SO COMPLICATED. Literally, I finished this the day I bought it because I couldn't put it down and I cried probably a total of 3 times in it-- mind you, this wasn't just tearing up kind of crying. I had to shut the book to protect the pages from the flood of tears that were literally dripping off my cheeks. IT WAS THAT KIND OF DEVASTATING SADNESS THAT REEKED FROM THIS BOOK AND IT WAS SO WORTH IT. I had read "The Lady and the Lionheart" and LOVEDDD it so much that I had to buy this, despite all the warnings that so many people had cried in it. I basically lost my heart with this book. I can't even look at the Tucker that I know the same. Like. That's not okay. 

INITIAL REACTION ON GOODREADS: 
WHATTTTTT IS THIS???! THIS IS NOT OKAY!! I AM NOT OKAY!!!!!! YOU SE THAT *points* THATS MY HEART TORN UP, TORCHED, AND STAMPED ON BY THIS BOOK. YOU WANNA KNOW WHY I WILL NEVER TRUST JOANNE BISCHOF AGAIN, TWO WORDS: TUCKER O’SHAY. I HOPE YOURE HAPPY JOANNE, YOU HAVE ACTUALLY OFFICIALLY RUINED MY LIFE UGH.

5 stars

I teared up when I read the blurb on Goodreads, so I convinced myself to buy it. HUGE mistake. I read this around the same time I read "This Quiet Sky" and I BAWLED myself to sleep AGAIN. Why do I do this to myself? Dunno. I'm an idiot, probably. Literally, I can't get over just how powerful of a punch this short novel (novella?) delivered. I was blown away by the writing and the plot and the characters and the character's relationships and THEN THE ENDING CAME AND I LOST IT. All of it. I couldn't hold myself together, I was literally flailing on the ground, just writhing in pain. It was SO well written. Usually, I dislike short books that try to capture such heavy topics, but this was so incredibly perfect.... I finished it the evening I got it in the mail. AND DIED.

4 stars

I read this from the library, and basically, read it in a day, and pretty much I REALLY REALLY LIKED IT. And it's lovely lovely cover. So.... words? Idek. This book has its set of quibbles but whenever I tried thinking of contemporary books that I enjoyed this year, this one kept on haunting that list. LIKE, IN THE DEPTHS OF MY SOUL, I KNOW I ACTUALLY LOVE THIS BOOK. It was pretty much just all the language that I didn't really dig in this book. Mim was a very relatable character and I found myself really caring about what happened to her and the rest of the characters. Like, I honestly didn't know what I was going to get out of it when I first picked it up. The reason I decided to read it, in the beginning, was the cover and the name; I was intrigued, to say the least. AND I ACTUALLY ENJOYED IT. Like a lot. I loved the vibes I got. I adore the road-trippy books and this book definitely radiated those feels. It was VERY memorable. 

infinite stars

NOW THESE BOOKS I REALLY DON'T KNOW HOW TO WORD MY LOVE FOR THEM. AS;DJFLKSA;JFK;AJSLDKF;JALKJS;LAFKSJF;AJSFHWOYETHWJBF;SBKAJPWUQRIWQTKQIRKGNMXZVZKJLAKHPWHJSKHALFKJSDAFLEW;LRHPQIUYWKFSKAJFH. THAT SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT. FEELINGS AND WORDS AND EMOTIONS AND YOU GUYS.

THESE ARE MY BABIES.

NOT EVEN JOKING.

LIKE AT ALL.

AND I FINALLY BOUGHT THEM BECAUSE LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO NOT SURROUND YOURSELF WITH YOUR FAMILY AND THOSE YOU LOVE.

Me: Mom, can I buy the Lunar Chronicles?
Mom: How much are they?
Me: Like 50 bucks for all of them.
Mom: That's too much for books. Why don't you just wait till they are marked down?
Me: BECAUSE YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. THEY WON'T BE MARKED DOWN. It's like marking down classic Disney movies on DVD: it just doesn't happen.
Mom: Well, why don't you ask your father? (she thinks he'll say no because of the price... but I know better)
Me: Okie dokie.
@ dinner 
Me: Daddy?
Daddy: Yes?
Me: Can I buy some books?
Daddy: You have money?
Me: Yes sir.
Daddy: Sure.
Mom: Tell him how much they cost first. 
Me: They're 50 dollars...
Daddy: You got 50 dollars?
Me: Yes sir.
Daddy: Well there you go. 

#success

This is SO HARD just because I love these books SO MUCH. To say the cliche "love this so much I died" doesn't fit this AT ALL. That's why I've never really reviewed any of these. It's so bloody hard to review magical books that have you SO SO SO INVESTED IN THEM. Literally. I don't think I can actually do this. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH IF YOU SAID ANYTHING MEAN ABOUT ANY OF THEM IN MY PRESENCE I'D PROBABLY PRAY HELLFIRE TO RAIN DOWN. Maybe not THAT dark.... but you see the depth of my feelings.

It's indescribable.

Just know this: these are unnaturally mercilessly perfect you can't describe them at all, just go read it now. 

I think that should suffice. For now. I'm still too fresh, you guys. These books are LITERALLY MY ENTIRE LIFE and Marissa Meyer is touring in my area soon and I'm KINDA LOSING MY SANITY LITTLE BY LITTLE FROM THE EXCITEMENT. I'm too fresh to write coherent thoughts. Sorry :)

AND THAT'S IT Y'ALL. So, whatcha think? Have you read any of these books? If not, are you planning to now? They really ARE so amazing. I love them so much............... AH. That's how much I love them :)
what books have you bought lately? how did you like them? 

15 comments:

  1. I love your reviews. You crack me up. This was hilarious. And Heartless. I just can't put good thoughts together anymore because I FREAKING LOVE THAT BOOK!!!

    And The Lunar Chronicles are just so good. Why are they so good? Oh my word, I just can't... *Ivie dazes out in wonder and amazement at The Lunar Chronicles and Heartless*
    *Comes back to earth* Okay, I'm okay. Not really, but this post is awesome. I love it. Also, did you redo your header? It looks awesome! :D

    ~Ivie
    iviewrites.blogspot.com

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    1. Also, what camera do you use? Those pictures are stunning!

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    2. Holy heck, Ivie you're so sweet <3 *gives you icecream* I love making people laugh, it makes my day, like literally. I'm just like, Golly I'm actually good for something! Yay :D
      HEARTLESSALSKDFJ;SLASDJFSKLA;LSKDJF. << my thoughts and feels summed up.

      I HAVE NO IDEA BUT I LOVE THEM SO MUCH AND IT'S TOTALLY NOT AN OBSESSION ACTUALLY IT IS BUT I TOTALLY AM NO WORRIED ABOUT THIS SHOULD i BE? PROBABLY.

      Thank you thank you thank you! <3 You're WAY too sweet. Yes I did, I felt like I needed something more me-ish, and how about a touch of aesthetic-ness? Thanksss.

      And actually, I just use my iphone! But thanks, girl! If I had a camera (that would WORK PROPERLY *glares at Canon on desk* than I'd have better ones. :)

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  2. I totally relate... having spent like 70 bucks on books in the last month... But IT'S FINE.
    Middle grade is my fave I love it //so much// if you ever need recs just let me know *thumbs up*
    ~ Abby {novelsdragonsandwardrobedoors.blogspot.com}

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    1. OH TOTALLY. Perfectly normal. It's like, EVERY bookworm struggles with this, but #NOREGRETS we would NEVER return the books. It's just not something that is done.

      I do too fam! ayyyeee I mean I'm always open to adding books to my TBR cuz it's DEFINITELY not long enough so sure I'm all ears! << not sarcasm :)

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  3. SO MANY BEAUTIFUL HARDCOVERS <3

    Is Dear Mr Knightley a retelling of Daddy Long Legs?? *slams it onto TBR*

    So... was that a "READ HEARTLESSS" or a "DON'T READ HEARTLESSS"? And you have Stars Above! I've heard it has more Cinder x Kai? *grabby hands*
    - Jem Jones

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    1. GAHHHH ISN'T IT LIKE HEAVEN IT'S HEAVEN I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

      LOL YES. But honestly, I thought it was better cuz it was DEEPER and all the FEELS. Good for you.:)

      READ HEARTLESS IF YOU HAVE THE STRENGTH TO BUT IF YOU ARE NOT EMOTIONALLY PREPARED THAN DON'T BECAUSE IT MIGHT KILL YOU. I LOOOOOOOOOVE Stars Above <3<3<3 AND UHM WELL................... you just have to read it, hun. :)

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  4. Okay, how in the world did you hit the jackpot of "World's Most Beautiful Book Covers"? Those are all GORGEOUS!! :D

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    1. HAHAHA! No idea.... huh xD Thanks Kate!! I KNOW I AM SOOO IN LOVE WITH THEM ALL!

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  5. Your pictures tho... <3 <3 and This Quiet Sky!! *heart eyes*

    By the way, how's the language in Fangirl? I heard there was a lot of foul language....true?

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    1. Thanks, Faith! AND I KNOW. Heckin' love that book AGH.

      To be COMPLETELY honest, there is quite a bit. For me personally, I can ignore language for the most part, so this wasn't SUCH a big problem for me. However, I wouldn't recommend this book to the younger crowd, or if you have a problem with strong cuss words. Cuz it's 100% there. Hope that helps! :)

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    2. Gotcha. Yep, helps a lot. Thanks!! :D

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  6. BASHSDJALKJEIKAJKLJAKZKLFDJALKJADKSKSSKSIAHJFJK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    SO UM I JUST FINISHED THE LUNAR CHRONICLES AGAIN. UM AND I ALSO JUST FINISHED HEARTLESS. UM CAN I HAVE A HUG I JUST CAN'T. I AM SO DISTRAUGHT I CAN'T EVEN COMMENT ON THE OTHER BOOKS.
    (at least not until tomorrow)

    literallymyheartisbrokenicriedsohardihatemarissameyersomuchrightnowbutalsoiloveherbecausesheisamazingandthewhole50dollarbookconversationyouhadwithyourparentswashilariousbutiaminnomoodtobelaughingiamdyinginsidebeCAuSEJEEEEESSSSTTTTTT*dies*

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    1. OMG I FORGOT TO RESPON HAH IM THE WORST HUMAN EVER KBYE.

      But seriously IKR THE LUNAR CHRONICLES ARE LITERALLY MY LIFE FANDOM πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ MY HEART AND SOUL BELONG TO TLC YO. BUT DUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE THAT BOOK IS SO DISGUSTINGLY MORBID AND YET ITS SO BEAUTIFUL BUT DUUUUUUUUUDE ALL THE FEELS.

      seriouslyifeelyoulikenojokeimcryingjustrememberingthatbooklikeJULIANYOUCRAZYAWESOMEBEANbutanywaysimsorryittooksolongtorespondLIFEHASBEENCRAYCRAYYOokayimgonnagonowbyeeeeeegurl

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hai there, fran. be awesome. be nice. eat oreos.