Library Haul!

It seemed like it has been awhile since I went to the library and grabbed way more books than I can carry so I figured why not do a haul today? It’s very strange to go to the library you work in when you aren’t working.


My original intention was to pick up just Looking for Alaska, but like always, I left with four other books. Oops! (Sorry not sorry!) The librarians and I were joking about how I was going to get them all home. Luckily, I had my backpack so I just shoved them all in there and haphazardly carried my other things in my hands.

I’m already 100 pages through L.F.A and I love it so much. It’s funny, sad, and oddly you want to keep reading even though it’s not an action story of any sort. I only stopped reading because it was getting dark outside, and I was reading on the porch.

I finally decided to pick up Insurgent because I read Divergent way back when, when it was just a book that sounded kind of like the Hunger Games and wasn’t yet going to be a movie. Now that Insurgent is out, I feel a little behind and I can’t watch the movie without reading the book. (Yes, I am one of those people.)

I am super excited to read everything I picked up! Are any of these on your TBR lists??

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Library Haul!!

Hallelujah it’s haul time!! I was working and I kept passing the YA section and thinking, dang I want to look at books so badly. So as a reward, I let myself go nuts looking through books in the last few minutes before closing. Here’s what I picked up..


Yes, I know I’ve hauled These Broken Stars before, but I didn’t actually finish it last time before it was due! So I returned it and now it is back in my hands.

When I’m in between books, I like to read something light or fun. I saw William Shakespeare’s Star Wars and thought, huh, that’s an interesting mix. It is a retelling of the classic Star Wars story…in iambic pentameter.

I checked out Life as We Knew It in the hopes of it being like The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. I doubt it will be as good, but I can hope.

Lastly, by the time you see this, I will have already finished The Half Life of Molly Pierce. Expect a review this Wednesday! 😀

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Book Signing Haul!


As you can see the event was a success!! I couldn’t believe how many authors were there and I wish I had time to speak to all of them! I only got a picture of this group since the other rooms were quite congested. But you get the idea; all the authors were seated in a circle behind displays of their books and swag.


But anyway, here are the things I picked up:


I purchased the sequel to Waterfell by Amalie Howard and got it signed by Amalie herself! I couldn’t believe how nice she was and when I told her how much I adored Waterfell, she made sure I got the next item.


Her table was covered with swag. I took a couple temporary tattoos, a seahorse charm, and a Keep Calm and Find Aquarathi bracelet. Sweet!

When everyone got to the bowling after party, they saw this feast awaiting them; tables full of book stacks.


Yes, ladies and gents, those are free books. You were allowed to take one book from each of the five tables to start. I skipped one table as by the time I got to it, as the selection was extremely limited and there was nothing of interest to either me or my family. I figured why take a book I wasn’t going to read that someone else might have wanted?


All of the books I chose were books I already wanted to read which was awesome. Not only does Let’s Get Lost have a beautiful cover, I’ve heard the story is amazing too. I can’t wait to read it.


Sorry about that lens flare there. I found an arc of Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas hidden amongst the piles. It is expected to be published in December 2014. Yay for arcs!


I could not keep my hands off of The Falconer by Elizabeth May, which I just put on my tbr a couple weeks ago. I could not believe nobody else took it before I did. As soon as I finish writing this post, I’m going to be reading it!

Everyone was also offered a copy of A Taste of Forever, which is a sampler of various New Adult romance e-books.

What do you think of the haul? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments below!

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Beginning of September Book Haul!


Haul time! *Does a happy dance*

When I got out of work, I speed-walked my way to the young adult section to pick up some new reads.

First we have Impostor, which I mentioned in last week’s Friday’s Finds. It is about a girl named Tessa who can somehow mimic other people’s appearances and pose as them by “absorbing their DNA.” (Which sounds absolutely terrifying by the way). While working for the FBI she is assigned to pose as a local teen named Madison to stop a lurking serial killer. A lot of reviewers are comparing it to X-Men.

Counting by 7’s doesn’t really say what it is about on the book jacket. It just goes on about what a heartwarming and well written story it is. I figure my librarian ordered it for a reason and I might as well be the first person to check it out and review it.

These Broken Stars is one of those books you’ve probably heard way too much about. I never got around to reading it, but I’ve passed it on the shelves and thought to myself how gorgeous that cover is. From what I know it is some sort of epic survival sci-fi romance, and since I finished the Across the Universe trilogy, I figure why not!

And lastly, Defiance by C.J Redwine. I am also late on this bandwagon (did I seriously just say bandwagon?) but never say never, right? (And now you’re quoting Justin Bieber?!) As I’m reading the Goodreads description, I’m realizing it sounds a LOT like After the End, which I reviewed in July here. But maybe Defiance has more to offer, being a series and all. I’d like to see if the super enthusiastic reviews on this book are right or if I side with the negative reviewers.

Hope you enjoyed my haul! What are you looking forward to this month? Discuss in the comments below!

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Cookbooks Haul!?

So to break up my usual YA fiction library hauls, I thought I would show you two teen cookbooks I got from the library as well.



I haven’t actually made anything from these yet but I’ll tell you that I have made note of a lot of recipes I want to try. I can’t cook; I’m one of those does making toast count? people. I consider cooking to be toast or frozen food. So healthy! (Not). That isn’t to say that’s all I eat obviously. I’m just saying I lack the ability to cook anything else.

Anyway, these books are aimed at teens and explain everything in a very beginner/easy to understand fashion, while the recipes are still jazzy and delicious looking. They even give you tips to avoid common disasters. (Such as when I tried making a pizza from scratch the other day, I made an Under the Dome style pizza by accident. By that I mean the pizza was literally dome shaped. Thankfully, it wasn’t the size of the dome. Now, I understand my mistake)

Can you cook? Anything you’d recommend? Let me know down below!
P.S I leave tomorrow for the beach! Like this post if you want to see lots of photos and maybe even videos of my vacation!

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I checked out MORE books?!?


In case you couldn’t already tell, I LOVE trying new books. In other fields, I can be a little more picky. But with books, I find myself to be pretty open minded. I’ll dabble in the mysteries one day, then voraciously read some contemporary novels, before moving onto a paranormal book. So, trying any book is exciting.

One of my favorite books in this haul is Beth Revis’ Shades of Earth. Its the last book in the Across the Universe trilogy. After I read the first book, I was hooked. I haven’t read a trilogy since the Hunger Games and Divergent, which for me was what feels like quite a while back.

Then I picked up not one but two Jennifer Armentrout books! (I’m sure you are all as excited as I am..)

If you read my Friday Finds from last week you know that I came across Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan. Well, I’ve got it now.

And then there’s Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, also part of a series, and Life, After by Sarah Darer Littman. I read one of SDL’s books way back when in Middle School but haven’t perused her shelf of books in the library since. I’m curious to see how I like this one.

I’ve got my work cut out for me. But what’s harder than reading all these books is picking which one to start with… Its like picking a favorite child. I love them all, how do I start with just one??

What do you recommend? Let me know in the comments!

This week’s TBR/Library Haul!


So I went into the library to put a few books on hold and to possibly check out a book if anything caught my eye. Well, as always, I put about six books on hold and checked out four. Oops.

I finished Jonas Jonasson’s book, The 100-Year-Old Man who climbed Out of His Window and Disappeared, and immediately began My Life Next Door.

Speaking of that book, can we talk about that book spine? It is so cute! I don’t know why I think of the 1950s when I see it but it just looks so adorable and retro to me. Then we’ve got the gorgeous front and back covers.

I decided to read it because of a) the adorable cover and spine and b) it was recommended to me by a literary agent friend of mine. How could I not give it a whirl? After all, I’m just a teenager with nothing to do in her summer but practically live in the library and tell you all about my literary endeavors.

And sadly, I won’t be participating in the current Booktubeathon because of this impromptu haul but I may try the Readathon that is this August. Someone remind me of its name!

Update: it’s called Bout of Books

Thanks for reading and leave me comments below! What’s on your tbr pile this week/month? Are you doing the BookTubeathon?