January Book Haul + Mini Reviews


This is my first post that isn’t a book review. I’m really excited for this post because I want to branch out. When a blog sticks to just reviews it can get kind of stiff and boring and I don’t want this blog to get stuck in a rut. I want to cultivate relationships with readers and I want to accumulate a group of regular readers. So here I am branching out. Wish me luck!
The first month of the year really was a book buying binge. I think that this is the largest amount of books that I have ever purchased in a single month. I know that isn’t saying much, but with my limited funds and normally very good saving skills, it really was very out of the ordinary for me. Some of these books were pre-meditated buys, but a few of them were spur of the moment purchases that I can’t say that I regret. So here is my January book haul, plus mini reviews of the books that have already read.


Shouldn’t You Be in School? (All The Wrong Questions #2) by Lemony Snicket
I bought this book at Barnes and Noble right after I realized that it had been released. I already own and have read the first two books in the series, Who Could That be at This Hour? and When did You See Her Last? The first two books in the series, although classified as children’s books, were very interesting and engaging. I have started this book but I have not yet finished it. I truly look forward to writing a more extensive review when when I finish reading it. I have high expectations!


Dear Life by Alice Munro
This book was a spur of the moment buy at Barnes and Noble during their “Buy 2 paperbacks, Get 1 free” promotion. I had never heard of this book or of Alice Munro before I picked it up and read the back, but it sounds intriguing and I look forward to reading it.


Longbourn by Jo Baker
This book was purchased during the same promotion at Barnes and Noble, although it was partially pre-meditated. All I know about this book is that it is supposedly Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of the servants. I had been seeing this book at a lot of bookstores and online, so when I saw it at the store, I had to get it. (You know how it is with books.)


The Martian by Andy Weir
This book was the third and last book bought during the Barnes and Noble paperback promotion. This book is sci-fi and after hearing about on Twitter, I finally caved and bought it. It’s is about an astronaut stranded on Mars, and that is the extent of my knowledge about it. I have heard a lot of praise for it, so I look forward to reading it and writing my own review.


Austenland by Shannon Hale
I must ashamedly admit that I bought this book at Barnes and Noble and read it after seeing (and adoring) the movie adaptation. Thankfully, I am able to partially redeem myself by truthfully saying that I really did like the book more. It was more realistic than the movie and it was exactly as believable as a story about a regency era LARP can get. I finished it in about six hours and it was an easy read, but it was very entertaining. Love stories always get me.


The Summer Series Box Set by Jenny Han
I bought this box set after I read another book by the same author, which I will talk about later in this post. I bought it on Powell’s website with free shipping.
The Summer I Turned Pretty
This is the second book on this list that I have finished reading. It was another easy to read love story. It was entertaining, although I can’t say that I enjoyed it as much as Austenland or as much other books by the same author.
It’s Not Summer Without You
I am currently a little more than halfway through the second book in this series and I am enjoying it significantly less than the first one. I enjoyed the first one, so I am sort of let down by this book so far.
We’ll Always Have Summer
I haven’t read this book yet, but I have heard that it is the best of the three, so I hope that I enjoy it more than the second book.


Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowel
I bought this book at Barnes and Noble after starting a small book club with one of my friends and I enjoyed it very much. This is the first book by Rainbow Rowell that I have read, but I really like her writing style, sometimes described as YA crossover. The main character is a typical fanfic writing book geek and she was very relatable. The story was really interesting and I am excited to write a more extensive review on it next week.


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
This is another book that I bought at Barnes and Noble for my newly established bookclub. I haven’t read it yet, but for YA it has some pretty stellar reviews so I am excited to start reading it.


To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I already wrote and published a review for this book, but I must reiterate how much I truly loved it. The main character was a typical teenage girl, but with more a more realistic thought process. This book really comes from the perspective of a torn and heart broken girl that I believe all women could relate to.


Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
This book was an author recommendation. I bought it at my local indie bookstore, Page 1, which is an amazing store. While I wait for the next book in the Red Rising series, author of the series, Pierce Brown recommended this book to readers as a book hangover cure while we wait for the third and final book in the series. I am excited for this book and for the rest of this four part series. This series is also being turned into a television show on the SyFy channel in the fall. I am excited for the series so am going to try and read at least the first two books in the series before the end of the summer, among my other 2015 reads.


Golden Son by Pierce Brown
This book is in my top ten reads of all time. As I already stated in my review, I loved this book and I love the series. I preordered this book online in December at Powell’s website, and it was my first read of 2015. I have two copies of this book because my fabulous mother conspired to get me a signed and personalized copy at one of Pierce’s book signing at the beginning of this month. This book is wonderful and I highly recommend it.

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