Wow. I did not expect to receive this many books in the past three months. I honestly thought that once the holidays slowed down, my book haul would too.
But apparently that wasn’t the case.
I just want to preface this with the idea that if you feel like you’re any less of a blogger/reader/creator for not owning a lot of books–hardback books, for that matter. Sure, having a lot of books help, but ultimately people can still create quality content without lots of print books. (Except it’s a little rough with bookstagram.)
So, if you don’t feel up to looking at all 40-something of these books, don’t sweat. You’re totally free to leave. And without further ado, here they are! (But first, check out this cool GIF of almost all the books I received!)
(Also, the glittery divider indicates the start of a new month.)
1. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Thank you so much to Aitana @ Aitana Reads for gifting this to me as a late Christmas present! I’ve been lusting over this for so long–I can’t believe you totally read my mind! This is such a cool 24 hour novel and Silvera manages to pull out a lot of emotions in such a short period of time. Plus, there’s awesome Hispanic and LGBTQ+ rep that just makes everything come full circle and I totally love this book & definitely recommend!
2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Deluxe Signed Edition)
Me + Library Books for Sale = Buying We Were Liars. I couldn’t help myself because even though I didn’t really like Genuine Fraud, I have heard a ton of great things about this book. A lot of people I know love it so I’m hoping it will end up as a very awesome and interesting, quick read for me!
I’m not too big on mystery and thriller, but I do hope that this turns out awesome and like the fun, suspenseful, and maybe a little dramatic read that I’m hoping for!
3. Exo by Fonda Lee
I love reading Fonda’s threads on Twitter and that’s honestly the main reason why I bought this (keep doing what you’re doing). Plus, I love science fiction and almost anything in the genre appeals to me, so I figured that this would end up as a read I enjoyed based on subject matter and author alone.
I have yet to read it, but I do remember hype about her latest novel, Jade City. This was also bought at Goodwill for less than $4.
4. A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess
I read the first book and even though I wasn’t the biggest fan, I couldn’t resist buying this new book for $7. I am terrible at resisting a sale which is why you should never leave me unattended with the Book Outlet website.
Anyways, I didn’t really enjoy the last one because it felt like a lot of other fantasies, but I do really love this cover and I do think I may give this a second shot. Plus, Marie Lu endorsed it, so…
5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This is something I bought myself off of Amazon because I convinced my AP Lang teacher to let me do it for my book project (say what?!). It’s just the paperback but it is one of the books on this list that I have read after buying it, versus not at all or before buying.
I liked it and I liked the geeky aspects of it, but gamer culture is very white middle-class male dominated and I thought some of the themes needed more development.
6. A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole (Uppercase)
I loved reading the DRC of this so much and was so excited to see it in my Uppercase box! It was such a good science fiction novel and I’d definitely reread (and I can’t wait for the sequel!) and recommend!
Also, fun fact: I somehow acquired a personalized copy of this today (the day before this post went live) which I also love and now I don’t know which version I want to keep (the correct answer is both).
7. My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma (ARC)
Thank you so much to Random House & Nisha Sharma for sending me an ARC of My So-Called Bollywood Life to review! I can’t wait to dive in! This is along the lines of those diverse romantic comedies that are emerging and I am totally in love with.
YA went through a Middle-Eastern fantasy phase and now they’re on a diverse romcom phase and well, I’m definitely not complaining. I still haven’t gotten to this, but I did read a couple pages and I am still so excited for this!
8. Rosemarked by Livia Blackburn
Thank you so much to Auburn @ A Blunt Book Blog for hosting this awesome giveaway and sending me a copy of Rosemarked! I can’t wait to read it and this is such an a cool concept and I also really love the watercolor look of the cover. Everything about this is so pretty and I really want to paint the pages gold.
I really need to get to reading all the books I own but aren’t on a time limit for.
9. My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadow
I did a commission for one of my friends (go check out The Fakers on Amazon!) and she was kind enough to send me one of my favorite books ever. My Lady Jane is such a fun romp across England and a little bit of France and I just love the humor mixed with fantasy and historical fiction in this story so much and would totally recommend everyone read it! It’s just so great. So great.
10. Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones
Thank you so much to The Fantastic Flying Book Club & Macmillan for sending me a finished copy of Shadowsong for review! I loved Wintersong and was so excited to participate in this blog tour and get to read this amazing book before it released! It takes a different turn than Wintersong, but it still remains as lyrical and mysterious as the first book, making it a different yet still great read.
11. Graceling by Kristen Cashore
Thank you to HMH Teen (and happy belated birthday) for hosting this awesome birthday giveaway! I’ve heard great things about Graceling being a classic fierce female main protagonist book and I’m so excited to read it! I am woefully bad at reading books I own, but I’m definitely going to try during summer break! And the cover is just so shiny!
12. I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter (ARC)
Thank you so much to The Fantastic Flying Book Club & Macmillan for sending me an ARC of I Stop Somewhere for review! This is such a dark yet important book that touches on the topic of rape culture and feminism and so many other topics, although I do think you have to be in the right mood to read it because it does get very, very dark. I would totally recommend to anyone who’s okay with a heavy read as long as it has a meaning!
13. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
You know how in 9 I talked about how much I love Ana Easterly? Well, she’s amazing and she sent me more books T.T (that is the way to my heart). I am so happy to own these and thank you so much again to Ana for sending me 9, and an unexpected 13-15. 13-15 came on a day where I had been at school for an absurdly long time and needed a pick me up and then I found a marvelous box of books on my doorstep!
Plus, this book is such an interesting urban fantasy and the plot is absolutely killer!
14. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
This is one of my guilty pleasure reads because although it is a lot of rich kids doing bad stuff, it’s so entertaining. I am so happy to own this partly because the cover is gorgeous and partly because the book is just so fun.
And sure, maybe it’s not the super meaningful read you’re looking for, but it is great for relaxing and worrying about someone else’s problems!
15. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
This one, however, is such a poignant commentary on rape culture and I personally preferred it to The Female of the Species. It is a novel that is so complex and has that layer of morally grey that I’m finding very common in all of McGinnis’ works.
If you’re looking for books that will make you think, I urge you to read McGinnis’ novels which come from a broad range of genres. All of them talk a bout subjects in a way that will keep you up at night thinking about it.
16. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
I have finally completed my set. Thank you Goodwill for providing this to me because my Kane Chronicles were woefully sad without book 1. I am still behind on owning the Percy Jackson series and the Magnus Chase and Trials of Apollo ones…
Still, this is a very Riordan-esque novel and in my opinion, not as goofy as some of his other works. Great for lovers of Riordan, bad for haters.
17. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
I have no idea why I bought this, not gonna lie. I still haven’t finished Heir of Fire, but I saw it at the bookstore the same time I went to get The Red Pyramid and I was feeling a little sad about my bookmail being slow. So I bought this, even though there’s a very high chance I’m not going to read it.
I may still try it, though, and annotating or painting the pages or doing art in it sounds cool to me! There are a bunch of pages in this giant book…
18. Genesis by Brendan Reichs (ARC)
Thank you so much to Penguin Teen for sending me an ARC of Genesis to review! I loved reading Genesis and it was even more epic than Nemesis!
And the cliffhanger (AHHH) left me screaming and I must have the next book sooner *grabby hands*. If you haven’t gotten to reading this series yet, please proceed to drop everything now and go and read it.
19. Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener
Thank you so much to Swoon Reads for hosting that awesome Read Month giveaway for books and lots of awesome swag! I can’t wait to dive into these two titles! (19 & 20).
I love science-fiction and princess so princess in space seems like such a cool thing and plus, the cover is so pretty and aesthetic. I can’t wait and am proud to own my first Swoon title!
20. A Prom to Remember by Sandy Hall (ARC)
I totally wasn’t expecting an ARC in this, but it came and this made me so excited! This sounds like such a cute story and prom season is coming up (I watched 4 promposals this weekend). Plus, this is such a diverse title which makes it even more cool.
And oh yeah, I also got a ton of bookmarks and this really cute tote in the mail with it! This was such a cool package, not gonna lie.
21. Beneath the Haunting Sea by Joanna Ruth Meyer (Signed)
Thank you so much to Joanna Ruth Meyer for hosting this giveaway and sending me a copy of her debut, Beneath the Haunting Sea! I had a friend read it before I did because my TBR is killing me, and she really enjoyed this!
Plus, there’s a whale embossed on the hardcover. What more do you need, honestly? If you can resist a whale stamp, I mourn your soul.
22. The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross (Uppercase)
Another month of Uppercase and I’m happy to say that this was a title I haven’t read! And I still haven’t read and it’s April! But, this does seem like an awesome book and I don’t know what to do because it’s so gorgeous and sounds so interesting yet I’m so busy.
I wish I was a professional reader. Really really. But yeah! Cool book and I still really want to read this fantasy (I hope it turns out above average!)
23. Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett (ARC)
Thank you so much to Mindee Arnett for hosting this giveaway for her street team! I cannot wait to dive into Onyx and Ivory, and the cover is just so beautiful! I already read the first chapter (and you can too on the Onyx and Ivory Tumblr) and it was such an emotional rollercoaster that I know this book is going to be awesome.
It’s a fantasy, but hopefully it’s super unique and well written! I’m keeping my fingers crossed
24. Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
Thank you so much to Linsey Miller (the amazing author of Mask of Shadows) for hosting this flash giveaway and sending me a copy of Beasts Made of Night! I cannot wait to dive into this fantasy!
This has such a pretty cover and the reveal for book 2 came out a little while back and it’s navy and yellow which is my favorite color combination and I’m just dying inside wow. So gorgeous.
25. The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan by Gia Cribbs (ARC)
Thank you so much to Gia Cribbs for hosting this awesome giveaway and sending me an ARC of her debut! I cannot wait to read this and I’ve definitely been getting more and more into mystery and thriller so this makes me so excited to read!
I think mystery is one of those genres that are more usually used as a subplot, but I’m now very excited for these full on mysteries. And maybe with them, I can start transitioning to horror!
26. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore (ARC)
Thank you so much to Tracy @ Cornerfolds for hosting this giveaway and sending me these three lovely ARCs! (26-29) This is one of those books that I am just so excited to read and haven’t had a chance to! I still haven’t seen it at the library, but I’m happy I have access to a copy now and can read it!
Not gonna lie, a large part of my motivation lies in the beautiful cover. And also witches.
27. The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana (ARC)
I loved reading this and it was such a rich and cultural standalone which I loved and wish there were more of. I found it to be both romantic but also mystical and having a great plot and in general just such a great novel. And now I have an ARC copy which is super cool! Backlist ARCs are something that I don’t mind having, although I’ll almost always trade them for finished copies though, unless I have a particular sentimental value in a specific ARC.
28. Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust (ARC)
This was such an awesome queer Snow White retelling that touched on the stepmother and the stepdaughter! I loved reading this a couple months back and found it to be very enjoyable and such an engrossing read.
It was also super pretty and magical and wintry and I definitely recommend if this sounds like something that is right up your alley!
29. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Not gonna lie, I kind of bought this one because of the end papers. But aren’t they gorgeous? So flowery and I also really love Victorian stories that aren’t just romance, so paranormal mixed in this historical story is such a cool idea!
My local Barnes and Noble finally stocked up on bargain books and the temptation is so strong to buy one of them!
30. A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen (Annotated)
Thank you so much to Rachel Allen for hosting this awesome giveaway if you made a taxonomy! (I stuck mine below :P) The package came with two surprise ARCs and a lovely note which totally made my day! (30-32)
I just loved the annotations inside which I totally took a peek at even though there are spoilers. Some of them area so hilarious, and I’m proud to say that I am on the level of “OMG Pancakes!.” Uh huh. You can’t compete with that.
31. Busted by Gina Ciocca (Signed ARC)
This is something I am so excited to read because Gina is also hosting a really cool giveaway about her two books if you leave reviews! So I really need to get onto reading this ARC!
It sounds like that fun, flirty type of contemporary that I would really enjoy as a relaxing read. I am so excited to read Busted and I think the cover is so cute! Plus, photography is so cool.
32. Jane, Unlimited by Kristen Cashore (ARC)
AHHHH. Two Kristen Cashore books in three months and I had no idea the Graceling author was the same as the Jane, Unlimited one. But I’ve heard so many amazing things about both books and I’m totally missing out??? Why haven’t I read any of her works yet???
This sort of magical but contemporary story is a genre that I’m totally digging and really hope we get more of in YA!
33. Ink, Iron, and Glass (Uppercase)
Alright, I admit that I might not have been the most happy with how this book turned out, but even I can’t avoid how gorgeous this is. I’m keeping it on the basis that I paid twenty dollars for this book and that the cover is really pretty and I can use it for stuff.
But yeah, it definitely wasn’t my favorite debut of the year or anywhere near that. It felt a little mediocre, but kudos to the cover designer because they did a great job in my opinion! And I used my last loyalty points for this amazing Risa Rodil totebag (YASS).
34. The Window by Amelia Brunskill (ARC)
Thank you so much to Delacorte Press and the Fantastic Flying Book Club for sending me an ARC of this! This was such a fantastic read and what really spurred me to reading more mysteries. I had such a great time unraveling the story.
But what I loved most was how the main character was introverted yet that was okay and how concise the writing was, which really helped match the tone of the story! Also, look at this freaky photo I made.
35. Spindle by E.K. Johnston
I really enjoyed A Thousand Nights, but Spindle was much better in my opinion, maybe because I was more familiar with how the magic worked. But either way, this is such a lyrical and magical story.
Also, I cried at the end? Like what? It was just so sad what happened and I’m still distraught over it months later. I was so happy to see this and the next two books at Goodwill in great condition (yay!)
36. Hunted by Meagan Spooner (Uppercase)
I thought this was an engrossing Beauty and the Beast retelling and had such a great time reading. It was engaging and the right balance of romantic that made it less (not at all) Stockholm Syndrome-y, which I was a fan of.
Plus, Meagan Spooner is great at just getting readers invested in the story, and I totally sped through this one in a day. So seeing the Uppercase version at Goodwill was an automatic reaction for me to buy!
37. Roseblood by A.C. Howard
This books sounds really cool but I do want to read The Phantom of the Opera first. But A.C. Howard is kind of renowned for writing these really dark retellings and I am all for something twisted and unusual.
I just need to read the real thing first. Maybe I can use it as a book report…
38. Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke
Thank you so much to Judy I. Lin for hosting this amazing giveaway! I loved reading the ARC of Nice Try, Jane Sinner and I’m so happy I own my own copy! Jane is such a dry character and everything she does is honestly such a mood and totally cracks me up.
I just really love the humor of this book and totally recommend it to those people who really appreciate that sort of dry humor.
39. Genesis by Brendan Reichs (Finished Copy)
You remember #18 a few (aka many) books back where Penguin Teen was kind enough to send me an ARC for the Genesis blog tour? Well, it just so happens that I managed to win a finished copy on Twitter three months later, which was such a lovely surprise!
I switched halfway through the ARC, actually, to read the FC which ended up working really well because my ARC was getting worn down and the FC wanted to be given some love. And I finished it. And it was epic.
40. The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse (ARC)
AHHH thank you so much to The Novl for sending me this ARC for review! I love reading summer romances and cannot wait to dive into this one! I also really love books set in Europe and I’m hoping this is going to turn out really, really epic.
It has such a cute cover that really embodies what I imagine to be the real theme of the novel. And I’ll totally get back to y’all with what I though of the book!
41-43. Truthwitch, Windwitch, and Sightwitch by Susan Dennard
Thank you so much to Ink Feather Book Reviews and Tor Teen for hosting this awesome giveaway of all of Susan Dennard’s Witchlands books! This is such an awesome series and I cannot wait to dive into Sightwitch!
I love all of this series and it’s such a developed world that is very cool and you can see how much work Sooz (I feel weird saying this but also Sooz!!!) puts into this. And Bloodwitch is going to be epic.
Plus, I also received some awesome swag from authors/publishers/giveaways etc.!
Three Sides of a Heart Stickers + Bookmark
Thank you so much to Natalie C. Parker for being a queen and sending me a bookmark (I have used it and it’s the perfect thickness) plus these stickers that I’ll never use because I’m too scared to have an incomplete set. Sigh.
But this anthology is one I’m super excited to read and I wished I read anthologies more. Or actually finished them in general. It’s only the first person who I really end up reading, unfortunately.
The Impossibility of Us Bookmark
Thank you so much to Katy Upperman for sending me a bookmark for her upcoming novel, The Impossibility of Us! She also was the sweetest and added a Kissing Max Holden cookie recipe, which will definitely be put to good use…
I am so excited to read these because sometimes you just need that sweet romance when you’re in a “LOVE IS DEAD” sort of mood. Yup.
Bygone Badass Broads Hatshepsut Enamel Pin
Thank you so much to Abrams Books for hosting that awesome giveaway of the exclusive enamel pin of the amazing female historical figure, Hatshepsut, one of the Egyptian pharaohs, and sending me this pin! I’m so excited to read Mackenzi Lee’s (author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue) new book, Bygone Badass Broads, full of all sorts of amazing historical females!
This pin is also so top notch and high quality, I love it. I really need more enamel pins.
I purchased 13/43 of these books and the rest were from giveaways, gifts, authors, or publishers.