Book Haul|| February.

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Time for another book haul already? I bought a few books this month and was sent some Spring ARCs from a publisher. I’ve been trying to be super picky with the books that I buy over the last couple years, especially this year. I’m not currently working, so this is one of the big reasons why I have to be so picky when deciding when and what to buy. Let’s face it…I want ALL THE BOOKS. 😛 So this month I did buy a few books, but I unhauled quite a few (like 50+) books too! It’s hard saying goodbye to books, but it had to be done. I got rid of books that I didn’t love and books that I lost interest in and knew I would probably never get around to reading.

There’s a used bookstore in my area that  takes book donations for trade credit (store credit), so that’s what I did. They gave me $94 in trade credit and I was actually shocked! For some reason I thought it was going to be A LOT less. A great thing about the credit is that it is good for two years! So that meant that I didn’t have to spend it the same day. I ended up getting one book and still have $88 to spend whenever I pop over there and check out what new books they get in throughout the year. 🙂 I’m thinking I got so much because I got rid of a ton of pretty popular ones including: the Throne of Glass series, the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, Illuminae, The Hate U Give, Children of Blood & Bone, and a bunch of others.

Anyway, enough about unhauling books, below are the books that I got this month. You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and my physical books.

Books I Bought:

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Heartstopper: Volume 3 by Alice Oseman
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Of course I had to buy Heartstopper: Volume 3, because I love these graphic novels so much. I love my boys. I already read it and loved it. Maybe Someday is one of my favorite Colleen Hoover books and I didn’t actually own it, so I decided now was the chance to buy it since my husband is reviewing it for my blog. Hopefully his review will be coming soon. He actually already finished the book. I found The Bromance Book Club at a used bookstore and I had to get it. I’ve been off and on about wanting to read it and since I had trade credit from the books that I donated I decided to get it.

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Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer
Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer

I loved Not Even Bones when I read the ARC a couple years ago and I’ve been wanting to get the sequel ever since. I didn’t actually buy the sequel at the time it was released because I didn’t own the first book, so I found Not Even Bones at a discount store and bought it for like $3. As soon as I got to the car I ordered the sequel, Only Ashes Remain. I am so stoked to read it.


Books from Publishers:

I received a box of Spring 2020 ARCs from Fierce Reads, which I was so stoked to receive. It had mostly contemporaries in it and I love that. Below are the books that I received and their release dates.

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I Am Here Now By Barbara Bottner (Release Date 5/19)
Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest (Release Date 6/2)
Not Another Love Song by Olivia Wildenstein (Release Date 7/7)

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Love is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann (Release Date 7/14)
The Con Code by Shana Silver (Release Date 8/25)
Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena (Release Date 6/23)
A Peculiar Peril by Jeff VanderMeer (Release Date 7/7)

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Netgalley:

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Admission by Julie Buxbaum (Release Date 5/5)

I couldn’t help requesting Julie’s new book Admissions when I seen it on Netgalley. I really enjoy her books, so I can’t wait to read it.


E-Books:

There were so many e-books on sale in February that I wanted, but I ended up telling myself “no”. I can go crazy with e-book buying if I don’t stop myself. Here are the ones that I said “yes” for and ended up buying.

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I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
No Filter by Orlagh Collins

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The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg
Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker
In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn

What new books did you get in February? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul post, so I can check it out!

That’s all for this blog post! I will have my wrap up probably posted on Monday as I am hoping to finish one more book before then. This month has not been my month with reading, but more about that in my wrap up. Catch up with you guys later today or tomorrow. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Review|| Girls with Razor Hearts.
Friday Finds #86.
2 Star Reads of 2019.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Review|| Girls with Razor Hearts.

Heads up that this review is for the sequel to Girls with Sharp Sticks, so if you haven’t read that book yet and you don’t want to be spoiled I would skip reading. I’m trying to leave this as spoil free as I can of the first book but the book description is below and so this review may contain spoilers of the first book in the series. You can check out my review of the first book (Girls with Sharp Sticks) over here if you’re interested!

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Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young
4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: It’s been weeks since Mena and the other girls of Innovations Academy escaped their elite boarding school. Although traumatized by the violence and experimentations that occurred there, Mena quickly discovers that the outside world can be just as unwelcoming and cruel. With no one else to turn to, the girls only have each other—and the revenge-fueled desire to shut down the corporation that imprisoned them. The girls enroll in Stoneridge Prep, a private school with suspect connections to Innovations, to identify the son of an investor and take down the corporation from the inside. But with pressure from Leandra, who revealed herself to be a double-agent, and Winston Weeks, an academy investor gone rogue, Mena wonders if she and her friends are simply trading one form of control for another. Not to mention the woman who is quite literally invading Mena’s thoughts—a woman with extreme ideas that both frighten and intrigue Mena. And as the girls fight for freedom from their past—and freedom for the girls still at Innovations—they must also face new questions about their existence…and what it means to be girls with razor hearts.


I was sent an ARC copy of Girls with Razor Hearts from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It will be releasing on March 17th.

I was so excited when I received a copy of Girls with Razor Hearts, because I loved the first book so much! Girls with Razor Hearts was a really great sequel and I enjoyed it so much. Just like the first book, Girls with Sharp Sticks, it continued to deal with some really heavy issues and once again they had similarities to things that are happening in the world today. Mainly being how women are treated in the world by men and how it’s hard for women to stand up to these men, because it just causes further damage and hurt toward them.

The girls had to navigate a new life and essentially a new world while also dealing with their traumas that they experienced at Innovations Academy. It didn’t get easier for them when they left the academy. Men dominate the world and walk all over the women. The girls are trying to put an end to this and are faced with a lot of realizations and trouble along the way. They don’t know who to trust and neither did I as I was reading the book. I loved the continued bond between the girls and the love they have for each other. There’s so many untrustworthy people but at least they have each other to try to figure it all out!

I ended up giving Girls with Razor Hearts one star less than I did the first book though. It was a little hard for me to get into it at the start but once I did, I was fully invested in the story and the girls again. I don’t want to go into too many more details because I don’t want to risk any spoilers. I highly recommend checking this series out. It’s so relatable and so far it has been such a powerful story. A lot of what is happening in the story and was talked about needs to be heard. I am eagerly waiting for the third book!

In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #86.
2 Star Reads of 2019.
3 Star Reads of 2019.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Friday Finds #86.

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These are books that I have added to my Goodreads TBR shelves recently. I don’t own them (YET), but they are books that I really want to read one day!


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I have five books that I recently added to my Goodreads shelf to share with you today. I’ve included the book descriptions below and linked them to Goodreads as well, in case you want to add them to your TBR. You can see more of my TBR shelves over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Goodreads Description: In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes. As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next. The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost. The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told. The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide.


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The Regrets by Amy Bonnaffons

Goodreads Description: For weeks, Rachel has been noticing the same golden-haired young man sitting at her Brooklyn bus stop, staring off with a melancholy air. When, one day, she finally musters the courage to introduce herself, the chemistry between them is undeniable: Thomas is wise, witty, handsome, mysterious, clearly a kindred spirit. There’s just one tiny problem: He’s dead. Stuck in a surreal limbo governed by bureaucracy, Thomas is unable to “cross over” to the afterlife until he completes a 90-day stint on earth, during which time he is forbidden to get involved with a member of the living — lest he incur “regrets.” When Thomas and Rachel break this rule, they unleash a cascade of bizarre, troubling consequences.


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This Is My Brain in Love by I. W. Gregorio

Goodreads Description: Jocelyn Wu has just three wishes for her junior year: To make it through without dying of boredom, to direct a short film with her BFF Priya Venkatram, and to get at least two months into the year without being compared to or confused with Peggy Chang, the only other Chinese girl in her grade. Will Domenici has two goals: to find a paying summer internship, and to prove he has what it takes to become an editor on his school paper. Then Jocelyn’s father tells her their family restaurant may be going under, and all wishes are off. Because her dad has the marketing skills of a dumpling, it’s up to Jocelyn and her unlikely new employee, Will, to bring A-Plus Chinese Garden into the 21st century (or, at least, to Facebook). What starts off as a rocky partnership soon grows into something more. But family prejudices and the uncertain future of A-Plus threaten to keep Will and Jocelyn apart. It will take everything they have and more, to save the family restaurant and their budding romance.


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The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

Goodreads Description: Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences. Nirrim keeps her head down and a dangerous secret close to her chest. But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away who whispers rumors that the High Caste possesses magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted.


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Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Goodreads Description: Elvis Babbitt has a head for the facts: she knows science proves yellow is the happiest color, she knows a healthy male giraffe weighs about 3,000 pounds, and she knows that the naked mole rat is the longest living rodent. She knows she should plan to grieve her mother, who has recently drowned while sleepwalking, for exactly eighteen months. But there are things Elvis doesn’t yet know—like how to keep her sister Lizzie from poisoning herself while sleep-eating or why her father has started wearing her mother’s silk bathrobe around the house. Elvis investigates the strange circumstances of her mother’s death and finds comfort, if not answers, in the people (and animals) of Freedom, Alabama. 

All of these books sound so amazing and I am dying to get my hands on them. Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR recently. 

In case you missed it;
2 Star Reads of 2019.
3 Star Reads of 2019.
Happy Valentine’s Day|| 10 of my favorite romance books.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

2 Star Reads of 2019.

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I thought it would be fun to do blog posts showing the books that I read throughout the year and what I rated them. This list is my two star reads. This is the last post of this little mini series, because I didn’t have any one star books in 2019. They are in the order that I read them. You can check out a list of all the books that I read in 2019 over here.

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There There by Tommy Orange (audiobook)
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (audiobook)
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim (audiobook)

I had so much high expectations for these books and I wanted to love them so much, but they ended up being just okay to me. I had way too many issues with them or I found them to be mostly boring. What books did you give two stars to in 2019? You can check out my other star rating posts linked below.

3 Star Reads of 2019.
4 Star Reads of 2019.
5 Star Reads of 2019.

It was a lot of fun looking back on all the books that I read last year. Looking forward to seeing what my lists will look like this year! I’ll be catching up with your posts and comments today. 🙂

In case you  missed it;
Happy Valentine’s Day|| 10 of my favorite romance books.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

 

3 Star Reads of 2019.

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I thought it would be fun to do blog posts showing the books that I read throughout the year and what I rated them. I meant to have this posted the first week of January, but just never got around to it. This list is my three star reads of 2019. They are mostly in the order that I read them, I did group book series together. You can check out a list of all the books that I read in 2019 over here.

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The Wicked King by Holly Black
The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton
Circe by Madeline Miller

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Release by Patrick Ness
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Verity by Colleen Hoover

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You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (audiobook)
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena (audiobook)

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The Broken Girls by Simone St. James (audiobook)
The Vegetarian by Han Kang (audiobook)
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (audiobook)

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (audiobook)
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan (audiobook)
Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash

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Wilder Girls by Rory Powers
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How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway
Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman
A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson (audiobook)

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Inspection by Josh Malerman
Dr. Mutter’s Marvels by Cristin O’keefe Aptowicz (audiobook)
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen (audiobook)
For Everyone by Jason Reynolds

These are all books that I liked, but wasn’t blown away. A lot of these I had really high expectations for, but was let down in some way. What books did you give three stars to in 2019? You can check out my four star and five star posts linked below.

4 Star Reads of 2019.
5 Star Reads of 2019.

I wanted to post this last week but I ended up posting other things instead. My two star rating post coming up this week; probably tomorrow or Wednesday. I’m still battling this reading slump and I think it actually got worse since last month, sigh. Hopefully more reading and more blogging soon.

In case you missed it;
Happy Valentine’s Day|| 10 of my favorite romance books.
WWW Wednesday #68.
Review|| Darling Rose Gold.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Happy Valentine’s Day|| 10 of my favorite romance books.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! In the spirit of the holiday I thought it would be fun to make a list of my favorite romance books. I thought making this post would be a lot easier than it actually was. I guess I don’t read a ton of romance and when I do, I don’t usually give them five stars (LOL). Here are ten “romance” books that I absolutely loved so much and they received five stars from me. I say romance in quotation marks because I don’t know if they all fall into that category or not, lol.

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P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
When It’s Real by Erin Watt
Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Bright Side by Kim Holden
F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

What are some of your favorite romance books? Have you read any of the ones I mentioned?

Do you have any plans for Valentine’s Day? We don’t always celebrate Valentine’s Day (we’re not those kind of people, I guess), but this year we decided to get each other a small gift and card. We’ll probably stay at home tonight. I’m sure so many people will be out tonight and I don’t like crowded places and I don’t know…going out on Valentine’s Day seems strange to me, especially because we never do it. It’s like everyone is sharing their love together in the same place and I don’t know, it’s weird (and awkward) when I think about it and I also don’t really like PDA. Maybe I’m just weird and unromantic, haha. That all probably sounds so confusing but I don’t know how to put my exact thought into words about it. It’s great and amazing if you celebrate and love that kind of thing though! I’m just strange, lol.

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday #68.
Review|| Darling Rose Gold.
4 Star Reads of 2019.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyred

WWW Wednesday #68.

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*All books linked to Goodreads below.


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So far in February I haven’t really been reading as much as I would have liked to, which is sad and annoying. I don’t know what is up with  me lately, but I just haven’t really felt like reading and that sucks! I’ve also been pretty busy the past two weeks with dogsitting so many dogs. I had a plan to read all day yesterday, but that ended up not happening because I watched the entire season (12 episodes) of The Circle on Netflix. I got so into it and couldn’t stop! If you don’t know, The Circle is this social media competition show. Hopefully today will be different? Fingers crossed. Anyway, here is what I read recently and may (or may not) read next.

Currently Reading:

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Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young

I am currently reading Girls with Razor Hearts. It’s the sequel to Girls with Sharp Sticks. I really loved Girls with Sharp Sticks, so I am excited to be reading the sequel. I’m only about 50-60 pages into it, but so far I like it. If you’re interested and have Kindle Unlimited, Girls with Sharp Sticks is free on Kindle Unlimited. Girls with Razor Hearts will be released next month (March).


Recently Finished:

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Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

I recently finished Darling Rose Gold. It reminded me a lot of the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case, but it also was like a different twist on that real life story. I really liked this one and at times it was hard to put down. Most of it was really great, but I wasn’t too happy with the way it ended. You can check out my review linked at the end of this post.


Reading Next:

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Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
Heartstopper: Volume Three by  Alice Oseman

I am not really sure what I am going to read next. I have a few more ARCs that I have planned to read and then my copy of Heartstopper Volume 3 was just delivered to me the other day, so I may end up reading that as soon as possible. Dragon Hoops is one of the ARCs that I plan to read this month, so maybe my next reads will be some graphic novels, so I don’t feel so bad about not reading a ton this month. I usually fly through graphic novels in a day. Maybe they’ll also get me excited about reading again and get me out of this slump or whatever it is I’m in.

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out!

In case you missed it;
Review|| Darling Rose Gold.
4 Star Reads of 2019.
Introducing: Andy Reads.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack