Book Haul: Birthday Style

Earlier this week was my birthday. I am one of the lucky bookworms who has friends and family that usually gives me books for my birthday (or gift cards to buy more books). No exception this year! This year actually blew the record out of the water as I got a whopping 13 books! Some books were given to me directly and some I got through a gift card.

Some of these books are old favorites and some are ones I’ve been wanting to read for ages. Hopefully you’ll find some new books that interest you to add to your TBR pile. If you’ve read any of these books I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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From bottom to top:

Auto Repair for Dummies (Deanna Sclar): Ok you might be wondering why I was thrilled to get this book, but it’s because despite loving cars, I know very little about them. This book is an excellent starting point and despite reading only a little of it, it’s already been a big help.

The Last Herald Mage Trilogy (Mercedes Lackey) Three books in one here! This is a series I have been meaning to pick up for ages, and to have it in such a beautiful edition makes me even more excited to read it. Lackey is one of my favorite authors, not to mention the fact that one of my friends swears by this series. I’m saving it for when school starts cause heaven knows I’ll need some high fantasy!

Batman and Psychology (Travis Langley): Batman is my all time favorite superhero. Psychology is one of my top three favorite subjects. Batman and psychology? Yes please! I’ve been meaning to check this book out for ages and am so happy to finally be able to indulge in my nerdery.

Private, Invitation Only, and Untouchable (The Private series, Kate Brian): Some of y’all might remember me talking about the Private series in one of my previous posts, but this series is one of my all time favorites. It’s a 13 book series and I had all of them. Until I moved and lost the first three books in the series. Unable to go back and re-read the first part of the series, I was never able to finish reading the series period. This has been a problem for the past two years. Now it’s fixed! I now have the first three books in the series, which completes the set. You can bet once I have my reading log cleared I’m binge reading this series.

The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins): Honestly I had no idea that Wilkie Collins was a writer until I ran across him in Drood (Dan Simmons). When I found out that not only was he a real person, but he wrote mysteries, I was in. Not to mention he was a contemporary of Dickens. I finally have Collins’ masterpiece. I’m saving this as one of my October reads.

The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas, and The Oath of the Vayuputras (The Shiva trilogy; Amish): I had never heard of this series until a friend of mine gave them to me. I’m always looking for new authors and more diverse reads and this trilogy covers both! The series follows the adventures of Shiva and blends the history of India with the rich mythology of the country. Not only that, but my friend also has the series, so we can essentially read it together then fan-girl over it.

Last but not least, Coraline (Niel Gaiman): Now I have read this book before. But there is something so special, and so unique about Coraline’s story that I had to add it to my collection (yay gift cards!). While you’re more apt to find it in a middle school library, the story is timeless. Dark, spooky, and yet endlessly hopeful, Coraline is really the sort of story that you carry with you. I’m so happy I got to add it to my bookshelf.

And that is it! Although I still have enough on my gift card to buy one more book, that’s all the books I have at present…and frankly about all the books that I can fit in one picture!

Any of these books catch your eye? Have any book recs for what I should get with the last of my gift card? I’d love to hear about your summer reads or book hauls so far, so don’t be afraid to leave a comment.

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Bookish Recap (April)

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Well during April I’ve spent most of my time studying for school (finals on the horizon ugh), and then adjusting to a new (but great) job. Throughout all of that adjusting I haven’t had a lot of time to read. But I did manage to read some.

As in one book. As in I finally read The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. It was a fantastic book and I really wasn’t expecting it to live up to the intense hype it had. But it really did.

But you can find out about that this Friday.

In the mean time I think that things are finally slowing down. I’m done with school, and I’ve gotten into the swing of things at work. I’ve been keeping a log of ideas I have for the blog, so expect some tweaks in the future. Personally I’m really looking forward to them! Despite the tweaks I’m still keeping the weekly Friday posts for now.

Although I only read one book this month that book made me incredibly happy and introduced me to a new author. The fact I read at all (and am reading a few other books on and off before I go to bed), is great. At least I’m not in a reading slump! And with things finally slowing down a bit I’ll have even more time to read.

I’m looking forward to it. April might not have been a huge reading month for me but I’ve got plenty of great books that I’m looking forward to reading in May (such as finishing The Raven Cycle).