April 2019 Book Haul

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Hey, friends! I am officially in Hawaii as you are reading this! I had such a busy April, but my mail-person also had a very busy April, too! I am so privileged and so honored to haul so many of these books! And if you can’t tell by my ebook purchases, I am very much ready to read all things romance on the beach during this vacation!


PURCHASED BOOKS:

The Strangers
Wicked Saints – ★★★★★
The Goal – ★
The Red Scrolls of Magic – ★★★★★
Descendant of the Crane
Normal People


PURCHASED EBOOKS:


A Lesson in Thorns
Enthralled
Arranged


PHYSICAL ARCS FROM PUBLISHERS (and friends):


Red, White & Royal Blue – ★★★★★
City of Bones (Lily, I love you so much) – ★★★
The Monster of Elendhaven
The Unhoneymooners – ★★★★
Well Met
Say You Still Love Me
Serious Moonlight
Heirs of Fate (Thank you, Bethany!)
Sorcery of Thorns – ★★★★



Okay, friends! I think that’s everything! I truly had such an amazing book haul this month! And I will be forever thankful! I hope you’re all having an amazing end to this April, and I hope you’re having the happiest of reading! 💖

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March 2019 Book Haul

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Hey friends! I hope you all are having an amazing end to March! Even though I’m not sure how we are even at the end of March… but regardless, I got some pretty cool books this month! And publishers (especially romance publishers) were too dang kind to me, and I truly am going to be living my bookish romance dream life this Spring!💖


PURCHASED BOOKS:

The Weight of the Stars | Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Near Witch
The Shadowglass | Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Steel Prince, Vol. 1 | Review: ⭐⭐⭐
The Priory of the Orange Tree


EARCS FROM PUBLISHERS:

Aurora Rising
The Right Swipe
The Dragon Republic


PHYSICAL ARCS FROM PUBLISHERS:

You Must Not Miss (Thank you Kayla!)
Wilder Girls (Thank you McKinlay!)
The Wedding Party
Girls with Sharp Sticks
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune
Waiting for Tom Hanks
The Red Scrolls of Magic | Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Thank you Heather!)
Mrs. Everything
Swipe Right for Murder
Holy Sister | Currently Reading



And that’s all of them! Holy moly, this was a much bigger haul than I anticipated! But I am so thankful and so privileged. I hope you all are having an amazing day, and let me know a few bookish acquisitions you got this month! Happy reading, loves! 💖

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November 2018 Book Haul

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Hey, friends! I’m not sure how it is already the end of the month, and already time for another book haul, but here we are! I was so blessed to get some amazing ARCS from publishers who always make my mailbox feel like it is Christmas! And I was also very privileged to pick up a few very anticipated releases! 💙


PURCHASED BOOKS:


The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
Wundersmith
Heartstopper
Skyward | Review: ★★★★
Girls of Paper and Fire | Review: ★★★★★
The Diviners
Lord of Shadows | Review: ★★★★
The Monster Baru Cormorant
Kingdom of Ash | Review: ★★★


PURCHASED EBOOKS:


Merry Inkmas (Free on Amazon US as of today!)


PHYSICAL ARCS FROM PUBLISHERS:


Miranda in Milan
My Favorite Half-Night Stand | Review: ★★★
The Weight of the Stars
The Hod King
The Binding
A Curse so Dark and Lonely | Review: ★★★


NETGALLEY ARCS:


One Word Kill


EDELWEISS ARCS:


The Beholder
With the Fire on High
The Wise and the Wicked
Descendant of the Crane


CATCH UP ON CLASSICS:


Rebecca
Wuthering Heights
A Study in Scarlet
Sense and Sensibility
Anna Karenina
Something Wicked This Way Comes


SUBSCRIPTION BOXES:


BOTM | A Ladder to the Sky


Owlcrate | Girls of Paper and Fire | Review: ★★★★★


Whew! I think that’s everything! Man oh man, did Edelweiss come through for me! So many good books! And I feel so very blessed that I was able to add all of these to my personal library! I hope you all are having a wonderful end of November, and I hope it is filled with amazing books for you, too! Happy reading, loves! ❄⛄

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October 2018 Book Haul

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Hey, friends! Okay, so October was the book release month of 2018, apparently! Also, I was so very privileged and fortunate to receive so many amazing ARCs from publishers this month, too, which I am forever thankful for. And I for sure spent the last of my birthday money on Muse of Nightmares subscription boxes! (Yikes!) But I hope you all enjoy this (not so) little haul! 🎃🍂✨

 


PURCHASED BOOKS:


Small Spaces | Review: ★★★★★
Shadow of the Fox | Review: ★★★★★
Aquicorn Cove | Review: ★★★★
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy | Review: ★★★
The Bane Chronicles | Review: ★★★
Soulbinder
Six of Crows | Review: ★★★★
Strange Grace (That you, Taylor, I love you!) | Review: ★★★★★
Blanca y Roja | Review: ★★★★★
What If It’s Us | Review: ★★★★★
Sawkill Girls | Review: ★★★★
Sadie


Muse of Nightmares:


Muse of Nightmares | Review: ★★★★★


PURCHASED EBOOKS:

 

The Lost Sisters | Review: ★★★★★
Kingdom of Ash | Review: ★★★


PHYSICAL BOOKS FROM PUBLISHERS:


The Beasts Heart
Middlegame
Wicked Saints
Gates of Stone
The Matchmaker’s List
Once & Future
A Brightness Long Ago
The Winter of the Witch (That you, Lilly, I love you!)
The Girl He Used to Know
Enchantée
The Women’s War


NETGALLEY ARCS:


The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees


EDELWEISS ARCS:

 

A Place For Wolves by Kosoko Jackson
The Queen’s Resistance (The Queen’s Rising #2) by Rebecca Ross


SUBSCRIPTION BOXES:

BOTM | An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Winter in Paradise, & The Lies we Told

Owlcrate| Pride & Shadow of the Fox

LitJoy 

Illumicrate (Still in stock as of 10/28!)

Candles in Bookland


Okay, friends! That is everything. This is the biggest haul I’ve had all of 2018, and I can’t see November or December beating it! But tell me your favorite book that you hauled this month; purchase, arc, or borrow! I’d love it hear it! And I hope you all are having an amazing end of October! Happy reading, friends! 🎃🍁✨

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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ARC provided by Dey Rey in exchange for an honest review.

“Bring me the winter king, and I will make you a summer queen.”

Spinning Silver is one of the best books I’ve read all year. I loved this story with every fiber of my being. And Naomi Novik is a master at storytelling and interweaving stories together. You all know that this is a very loose reimaging of Rumpelstiltskin but I’d say it’s more of an empowering tale of three girls, all on three different paths, all promised to three different men, while all being looked over by three different mothers. Three is such a constant theme in this book, too, and it really helps reinforce that this story feels like a tangible piece of magic in your hands while reading. This book is nothing short of a masterpiece.

“The real story isn’t half as pretty as the one you’ve heard.”

The Three Girls:
Wanda – a girl who has had to be strong, because it’s the only life she has ever known. Wanda has spent her short life taking care of her brothers and trying to please a father who is impossible to please. But that all changes once she is the only way to pay back his debts.
Irinushka – a girl who has been born into royalty but has never known love from her blood family. Irina is still determined to save her people, by any means necessary.
Miryem – a girl who will do whatever it takes to save her family. Miryem is strong, and relentless, and one of the very best characters I’ve ever read in my entire life. And she becomes one of the most feared moneylenders in her village, and she discovers that she awfully good at turning silver to gold. But she is not the only one that notices.

“That part of the old story turned out to be true: you have to be cruel to be a good moneylender. But I was ready to be as merciless.”

The Three Mothers:
A Passed Away Mother who continues to look after her children.
An Adoptive Mother who has unconditionally loved her child from the start.
A Birth Mother who wants nothing more than her child safe and happy.

“A robber who steals a knife and cuts himself cannot cry out against the woman who kept it sharp.”

The Three Marriages:
Filled with Hate because even in 2018 some men want to believe that they know what’s best for a woman, no matter the cost.
Filled with Fire because some people are born into a world without a chance, regardless of money, power, and privilege.
Filled with Cold because protecting the thing you love is sometimes something you’re willing to do anything for.

“…someone had climbed down and looked through our window: someone wearing strange boots with a long pointed toe.”

And these three girls, with their mothers, forced into their three marriages, all come together and create something so beautiful that I don’t even have words to express it. I will say that Miryem is for sure the main character. I will also say that we get to see a lot more points of view than these three girls and their betrothals. And the story is something that is so whimsical, so feminist, and nothing short of an honor to read.

Trigger and content warnings for hard scenes to read about loss of a parent, siblings, and death of children, for extreme parental physical abuse, brief mention of animal deaths, mention of past rape, sexual assault, alcoholism, torture, violence, murder, and use of the word Jew (not negatively, but it still didn’t feel good to read at times).

But one thing I did want to touch upon is how much Judaism plays such an integral role in this story. Miryem and her entire family are Jewish, and from the first to last page this plays a pivotal role in the story. I am not Jewish, but I still loved this inclusion so very much. Also, I’m adding “go to a Jewish wedding” onto my bucket list immediately. To my Jewish friends: please, invite me to your weddings.

Spinning Silver is such a love letter to found families everywhere, too. You guys know I love reading about found families, but all three girls in this book are the epitome of found families. Unconditional love is truly the strongest force in this universe, and not only does this book showcase that, it also celebrates that.

Overall, this just felt like a story that was single-handedly created for me. From the Staryks, to the Winter King, to the traveling between places, to the so very strong female cast, to the magic, to every single word on every single page. I swear, opening this book felt like magic and I never wanted to shut it. And I know I am being rather vague with my synopsis, but I truly believe that this book is probably best to go in not knowing much, and to just experience this otherworldly story firsthand. Without a doubt, this will make my “best of 2018” list and will forever have a place on my favorites of all-time shelf. Thank you so much, Naomi Novik, for a story I will cherish forever. And that last line will take my breath away every reread. Perfection.

“Because that’s what the story’s really about: getting out of paying your debts.”

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July 2018 TBR

JulyTBRHello, my friends! How is it already July, I have no idea! But I started to feel a little slumpy in the month of June, so I really want to focus this month on reading things that I truly want to read that I know will make me happy! 💗📚


Yet, I do have some August ARCs that I know I will and need to get to in July:

➽ The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark
August 21st 2018 by Tor.com
I totally didn’t mention this to Lilly or Alexis, but… do you both fancy a buddy read? Also, I’m 99.9% sure I’m going to fall so deeply in love with this one.

➽ Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
July 31st 2018 by Little, Brown
Yikes! Does it really say July 31st above this sentence? Okay, this one is for sure top priority! I have heard really good things about this one, so I’m excited to dive in!

➽ Foundryside (Founders #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett
August 21st 2018 by Crown
I’m reading this one with my dear friend Michael, and I have the highest of hopes that we are going to love this! This will be my first book by this author, but he is beloved by so many of my SFF friends!

➽ Ruin of Stars (Mask of Shadows #2) by Linsey Miller
August 7th 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire
I didn’t love book one in this series, but I was completely invested! I’m very hopefully that I’m going to really enjoy this second book, that stars a gender fluid main character!

Bloody Rose (The Band #2) by Nicholas Eames
August 28th 2018 by Orbit
I received this ARC on the last day of June, but I couldn’t resist immediately adding it to my TBR! Not only did I love book one with my whole heart, this is the very first book that I’ve ever been in the acknowledgements for! Seriously, friends, I can’t wait to devour this one! And my heart is so very happy! 💖


But here are just some pure enjoyment reads that I really want to get to this month:

➽ Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu
I am going to buddy read this with my friend Alexis at The Sloth Reader, mostly because she loves Marie Lu, Batman, and me. Wow, such good picks.

➽ City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare
If I realistically want to read Queen of Air and Darkness upon release, I need to get started on reading all these damn books. I hope to at least knock out this trilogy thingy before July is over!

➽ City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1) by Victoria Schwab
August 28th 2018 by Scholastic
I’m looking and May and Ju right now. Once my two favorites pick a date, I can’t wait to read this with them! 💕

➽ Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton
September 18th 2018 by Margaret McElderry Books
I’ll be honest, I feel a little uncomfortable reviewing Tessa Gratton’s work after the sexual assault allegations came forward earlier this year. But I do love her writing with my whole heart, and I did request this ARC, so I’m going to go in and hopefully enjoy it. Also, this is my first buddy read with Candace and I’m so damn excited!


Also in the month of July, from the 9th to the 15th, Lainey and Riley are hosting #SMUTATHON! Which is an amazing readalong where we are all going to read a lot of romance! There are seven prompts, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to fulfill all of them, but these are the four romances I really want to get to:

➽ A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole
Category: friends to lovers!

➽ The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Category: fake dating!

➽ A Daring Arrangement (The Four Hundred #1) by Joanna Shupe
Category: arranged marriage!

➽ The King of Bourbon Street (NOLA Nights #1) by Thea de Salle
Category: I have no idea, but I’ll make it work after I read it, because this is the July pick for the Book Hangover Book Club that Julie and Chelsea host! ❤


Okay, and I think that is everything! Holy moly, I hope that’s everything! I can’t believe we are already into summer 2018! This year has just been going to fast! But I have a few cool things happening this month: A new segment that I’m kind of nervous to start, and the first post goes up this weekend! I also have a very special post on the 27th that I hope you’ll all be participating in! But I hope this month is filled with love, health, happiness, and good books for you all! Happy reading, loves! 🌻

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June 2018 Book Haul

JuneBookHaulHey, friends! I hope you all had an amazing June and an amazing Pride! June was very chaotic for me, but I was able to add some amazing books to my never ending library that I will cherish forever and ever! 💕📖


PURCHASED BOOKS:

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The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan – ★★★★★
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman – ★★★★★
The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang
Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber – ★★★★


PURCHASED EBOOKS:

 

Cocktales by Penny Reid
soft in the middle by Shelby Eileen


AUDIOBOOKS:

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Autoboyography by Christina Lauren – ★★★★★


PHYSICAL BOOK FROM PUBLISHERS & FRIENDS:

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Small Spaces by Katherine Arden –  Sep 25th 2018 by G.P. Putnam & Sons
Bloody Rose (The Band #2) by Nicholas Eames – Aug28th 2018 by Orbit
Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore – Oct 9th 2018 by Feiwel Friends
The Shadowglass (The Bone Witch #3) by Rin Chupeco – March 1st 2019 by Sourcebooks
City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1) by Victoria Schwab – Aug 28th 2018 by Scholastic
Rule (Rule #1) by Ellen Goodlett – Sep 11th 2018 by Little, Brown
The Darkdeep by Ally Condie & Brendan Reichs – Oct 2nd 2018 by Bloomsbury
In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4) by Seanan McGuire – Jan 8th 2019 by Tor
Shoot Down the Wendy Bird: A Collection of Short Stories & Poetry by Julie Zantopoulos
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – July 10th 2018 by Del Rey – ★★★★★
Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor – ★★★★★


NETGALLEY ARCS:

 

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria – Oct 9th 2018 by Amulet
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White – Sep 25th 2018 by Delacorte


KICKSTARTER:


I donated to this project after falling completely in love with Radio Silence by Alice Oseman in June! You have until Fri, July 20th, 2018, at 2:31 AM MST to donate to the Kickstarter and receive a printed copy of this beloved webcomic! (And it’s already been funded!) 💕


SUBSCRIPTION BOXES:

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Candles in Bookland – “THE THIRTEEN” – June’s Limited Edition Box
Use code: Meltotheany10 for 10% off!


Okay, loves! I think that is everything! I had such an amazing June! And I am forever thankful to all the wonderful publishers that send me things. Also, I’m even more grateful for my wonderful friends who think of me and bless me everyday with their friendships! Lilly, JulieLourdes, and Mia are confirmed angles, and it is an honor to call them my friends! I hope you all had a fantastic June that was filled with five star reads! ❤📚

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