These days I don’t tend to buy many physical books because I have absolutely no space on my shelves (and no space in my room for new shelves) along with the fact that I finally got myself a Kindle. So now, if I ever really need a new book (about every five minutes, but I try to refrain myself) I just get it on my Kindle.
A quick note before we get started, Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Instead of doing this weekly, I’ll only do a haul post for months where I buy a ridiculous amount of books, like this one, because I find them a tad boring otherwise. Anyway, he’s all of the books I bought during this lovely month.
(((Ps. I wrote that nice little introduction before I bought another ten books… so uhm, yeah. Hi, my name is Shannon and I’m an addict.)))
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and actually bought it for my friend for christmas last year. I’m not exactly jumping at the bit to read it, but when I was strolling through Waterstones I found this one which has been signed by the author and just had to purchase it. I had to! I have no will power when it comes to books (even though my bank account keeps begging me to use my discretion).
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
This is another book I’ve heard wonderful things about and I’m sure I will get to when I’m in the mood for a fluffy contemporary. I’ve been on a serious fantasy kick recently, I think it’s because I’ve been reading a ridiculous amount of Shadowhunter related books as of late. Anyway, I digress. This cover just looked really pretty on the shelf in Waterstones so, again, I failed my bank account.
The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
Speaking of Shadowhunters, of course they’d be in this post (have I ever made a post that doesn’t include at least one thing relating to the Shadow World?) I was conflicted about these new covers at first but the spines look so cool, especially when they’re all lined up together. Plus, I think the cover for City of Heavenly Fire is absolutely stunning (even though it’s a picture of Sebastian, bleh).
I actually probably wouldn’t have bought these if they hadn’t been super cheap. They only cost me £15.98 for the whole set! I did buy them from this kind of dodgy website that I’ve never used before, but they got here unharmed 🙂
The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare
Since I bought TMI’s new covers it would sort of be a crime if I didn’t do the same for TID… damn my impulses. I still prefer the original covers for these books, however, the spines on this set also match those of the new TMI covers and I wanted them all to sit together on my shelves so I bought them anyway. I now have three physical copies of each of the Infernal Devices books (I can feel your judgement through my screen).
Oh, if you didn’t already know, TID is my favourite trilogy of all time. It’s wonderful, the characters are amazing, the settings are lush, the storylines are crazy and heartbreaking and shocking and YOU need to read these if you haven’t already. Like right now, off you pop.
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Oh for God’s sake, Shannon, stop buying books you already own! Yup, this has truly been a month of
wasting spending money on books I don’t necessarily need. BUT I DO NEED THESE COVERS, HAVE YOU SEEN THEM?! These new HP covers are absolutely stunning; completely and utterly beautiful. I love how much time and effort has clearly gone into illustrating these and making them the best they possibly can be.
I know these new covers are marketed at “the next generation of young readers” – so children, basically – but I still love them.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
It is finally here. I got it on the day of it’s release. Oh my lorddddddd.
I’m upset to say that I haven’t read this yet because of how much uni work I’ve had to do but this is on the top of my TBR, along with A Gathering of Shadows :))
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Yes, yes, I already own this on my Kindle and I read it in January. I have a reason though! A completely and utterly legit one (in my eyes). I don’t know if this is the same everywhere else but in the UK hardbacks are about £5 more expensive than most paperbacks. Since I’m a student and lack funds most of the time, pretty much all of my books are in paperback. This way I can buy more books which is, by my standards, the better option. However, I have all of my ultimate favourites in hardback edition and usually paperback as well.
Vicious recently became one of these all time faves so I bought its hard back version which was so bloody difficult to find! And then when I found it online, it cost me £20 -_-
Oh, the things I do for books.
The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig
If any of you lovely people have a Goodreads account then this book will probably look familiar, that’s how I found out about this.
I’ve read the synopsis for this book and it sounds incredibly interesting. It’s set in a post apocalyptic dystopianish world where everyone born is a twin, and of these two, one is an alpha – basically perfect – and the other is an omega – plagued with deformity. It sounds pretty cool, right? This one is definitely pretty high on my TBR for this year. Plus, how stunning is this cover?!
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
I first found out about these books when I saw its movie adaptation, The Golden Compass, in 2007. Back then I didn’t realise it had been adapted from a book series but I do now! If you haven’t heard of this series it’s set in an alternate world where plain old dust is a strange phenomenon (lol what?) and, if I recall, the people in this world all have some form of animal soul mate?
I keep seeing these books in Waterstones so I’ve decided to finally purchase them and hopefully read them in summer. If I can read them before summer then great but I doubt it considering how many other books I want to read, plus uni is a killer.
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
One of my all time favourite books is All The Bright Places and this one has been compared to that, so I’m definitely interested. Plus, how amazing is the title? (answer = very).
I know this is a dark story and that’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I quite like reading a novel that gets deep or doesn’t have a happy ending.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This is another very highly anticipated book which I have been hearing wonderful things about for years. And this is the year! I will read this book before 2017, I will.
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
You might know about this book from seeing its TV on Amazon Prime which has been getting super popular. I haven’t seen the TV show but I’m definitely interested and would like to watch it at some point, so I’ll read the book first in order to have a greater understanding.
The only thing I actually know about this book is that is in a sort of alternate universe where Nazi Germany won WW2, and this book shows the repercussions of that victory. Historical fiction is a genre I want to delve more into this year and this seems like a good place to start.
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
This is definitely a must read for everyone and it’s about time I finally get around to reading it. I don’t think I need to tell you about the premise of this story.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Okay, if you haven’t heard of this book then where the hell have you been for the past few months! This book has been adapted into a highly anticipated movie which will come out this year and I am super excited to go see it. I really need to read this before I watch the movie though, it sounds like such a lovely and heartwarming story so I don’t want to be spoiled by the movie.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
I’ve had my eye on this book for a good old while now, and after I read Vicious by the same author I knew I had to devour this straight away. I also knew that A Gathering of Shadows had just been released at the end of February and I wanted to get on the band wagon of excitement with everyone else.
This was a great little read! If you’d like to see my full review of it then click here 🙂
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
I bought this straight after finishing A Darker Shade of Magic and I need to read it soon. It’s definitely up quite high on my TBR!
BEFORE WE CONTINUE – I genuinely told myself that I wouldn’t buy any more books than the ones I’ve previously mentioned but then I started scrolling down Amazon’s monthly deals on my Kindle… so the list continues (I hate myself, so does my bank account).
The Selection by Kiera Cass
I actually have no idea what this book is about. Genuinely none.
The only reason I bought this was because it was on sale and people on my Goodreads and Book Tube make a big deal about this whole series and shower it with praise. I’ll hopefully get around to this at some point but I doubt highly that I’ll binge read the whole series back to back (unless I get hooked, will I get hooked? Have you read this?).
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
This, like the last book I mentioned, is something I know absolutely nothing about. I enjoy going into a book with no knowledge of what its contents are, but sometimes I can get the wrong impression from the cover and end up not liking it as a result of expecting something completely different.
I don’t know what it is about this book, but I sort of silently vowed never to read it a while ago. My only real reason for this is because, according to some people on the inter webs, it includes a lot of classic tropes which are so two thousand and late (did anyone get that reference?) Anyway, back to the book. Yeah. I might pick this up some time if I’m bored but meh. I probably shouldn’t have bought this one, oh well.
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
This, quite possibly, might be the most ridiculous and unnecessary book purchase I’ve made this month. Right, here’s my history with this book: I’ve always enjoyed Greek mythology and I like books so, naturally, I picked this one up. I think I read this in 2009, when I was eleven years old. I also enjoyed the movie when it came out (my judgment was slightly fogged due to my age, of course) and then I picked up the second book. This is where I had a problem. I don’t know why, but I just couldn’t finish Sea of Monsters. I always found that strange because of my love of books and Greek Mythology but alas, I never picked it back up.
Now, here I am, seven years later buying the first book again (I still have the whole set in paperback but the pages have warped over time and just look a bit fugly). I’d love to pick up this book again and re-fall in love with Percy, Annabeth and Grover. Hopefully I will.
Thanks for reading,