Book Haul | February ’17

Hey, everyone! I hope you’re all well and that February was a good month for you and that you took advantage of all the great releases last month to buy everything (muahaha, I’m the devil on your shoulder.) I was doing so well with limiting my book-buying the past few months, and as soon as I increased my reading a bit, of course my buying went up. This is the biggest haul I’ve had in a while, I think, which led me to make the 5-book pact. Which basically means that I’m going to buy one book for every 5 books I read that I already own. I’ve never even attempted to do that, but ever since I signed up on Overdrive, I’ve gotten free access to so many titles. Which might really help me out!

So, enough rambling. Let’s get to the haul.


T H E  S T R A N D  B O O K S T O R E

I was perusing through my favorite place in the entire world one day, trying to find some new-release steals (because they often have new hardcovers for $9), and I found three books.

Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond, which is a superhero type story with an interracial couple at its forefront. It has lots of illustrations, and despite not being an #OwnVoices tale, I read a few reviews by people of color, and decided to go for it. Helped that it was also only $5.

♡ Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson, which is about a young girl who’s put into juvy for six years, and then into a group home for allegedly killing an infant. I’ve heard great things about this, that it tackles important issues, and is a must-read. Found it for $10 the day of the release, so obviously, I couldn’t resist.

♡ The Secret of a Heartnote by Stacey Lee is a magical realism novel about a girl with supersensitive sense of smell. She mixes aromas to make potions that help people fall in love, but guards her own heart closely. I’ve heard such great things – also, I believe there’s a Muslim side character, which just made me very excited. Got it for $9.


♡ A List of Cages by Robin Roe. I read and reviewed this book (I was sent an ARC from the publisher), and I honestly loved it so much that I had to buy myself a finished copy. It’s about two former foster brothers – both neurodivergent – who meet four years after last having seen each other. I love it so much- you can read my review here.

♡ Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson. This is a book about a young black teen who’s living in a low-income neighborhood, who believes she needs to ‘escape’ to be successful. It explores themes of identity, privilege and race-relations, and I’m so excited to read it.

♡ American Street by Ibi Zoboi is a story about a young girl who’s migration to the US from Haiti. Her mother is detained during the process, and she’s left to navigate through American culture and the city of Detroit by herself. Considering today’s sociopolitical environment, this sounds like an important story, and I’m so excited to dive into it.

♡ Caraval by Stephanie Garber, which is probably one of the most hyped-up books of this year. Firstly, it’s freaking beautiful. Secondly, it sounds like it has some of my favorite tropes – two sisters escape their cruel father to participate in a legendary once-in-a-year show. Then, one sister disappears.

♡ A Conjuring of Light by Victoria Schwab- the third and final book in the A Darker Shade of Magic series. I’m over halfway through this, and I’m dying because it’s so good, and I really don’t want to part with this world or the characters. The series is being made into a movie (AHHHH). It’s incredible, so if you haven’t yet given it a chance, what are you doing?!


F O R  R E V I E W

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven was sent to me for review via Blogging for Books. I haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet, but I’m interested. It’s a romance between an overweight girl and a guy who has prosopagnosia. I’m hesitant, because it’s been called out for bad representation, but as someone who is overweight herself, I’d still like to read it.

B O O K  O F  T H E  M O N T H

This month, I opted for a mystery/thriller called, Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. I’ve come to have such a fondness for the thriller genre; I realized that some of the books that remained un-disappointing in 2016 were mysteries and thrillers. I’d really like to dive deeper into the genre. Reading them also allows me to take a break from YA, because most of the thrillers I read are adult- sometimes, taking a break from the same genre can do wonders for your reading experience.

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Alright, those are all the books I purchased in the month of February. Have you read any of these books- and if so, what did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below – and as always, thanks for stopping by and happy reading!


  1. Those photos are absolutely divine! Just beautiful. I hadn’t heard about Jennifer Niven’s latest and the poor representation actually, only the discussions that surrounded that terribly worded synopsis which made me hesitant to read it too. I enjoyed it for the most part and thought she was portrayed pretty well. I appreciated that she made her own choice by wanting to live a healthier life and as a result, she lost weight before she started attending school. The male love interest on the other hand, nope. I just couldn’t with him and wanted to launch him into the sun st one point. I’m really excited to see what you think of it. What a gorgeous haul of books sweetheart and so envious that you can pick up books do cheap there. A paperback here is around $25 each now. Thanks so much for sharing <3

  2. I love your haul and the 5-book pact is a great idea! I can’t wait to start ACOL myself; I’m cursing my pending ARCs right now haha. Lovely photos as well! <3

  3. I just finished A Gathering of Shadows this week and I don’t know how ACOL could possibly get any better. I am actually attending the book tour tomorrow night for ACOL and get to meet Schwab herself. I am super excited. I think it will be bitter sweet to read the conclusion to a series that quickly become one of my favorites.

    • I’m only halfway through ACOL, but let me tell you that it’s really something. I can’t find the will to continue because I KNOW I’ll whizz through it and I don’t want it to end, ha. I hope you had (or are going to have) a wonderful time at the signing! She’s so incredibly sweet; definitely one of the nicest authors I’ve ever met! x

  4. Wow, nice haul! I get really excited when I see people picking up A Conjuring of Light, as it’s my most anticipated book of the year and my copy finally arrived today! You’re photos are brilliant too, do you use a camera or your phone? 🙂

      • Ah nice, which model is it? I’ve got a canon EOS D60 (one of the really old models), but I haven’t been using it much recently. I should really get it out and take more photos! I actually haven’t started it yet because I’ve been in Edinburgh for the weekend! Hoping to get into it today though! Thank you 🙂

  5. I only heard about holding up the universe having bad representation after I’d read it but I didn’t see it myself. I really loved it!

  6. This is a great haul! I absolutely adored The Secret of a Heart Note and Piecing Me Together. I haven’t had a chance to read ACOL or American Street yet, but I’m really excited about them!

  7. Wow! What an awesome haul! I am super jealous of the cheap new releases, but I don’t have much space for more books in my life. I’d definitely get buried under all those books I acquired!

    I just picked up A Conjuring of Light. I can’t wait to read it! AGOS had the most terrible cliffhanger!

    • The Strand is definitely very bad for my potential book buying bans; they always have such steals and I find myself justifying buying them because they’re cheap, but you know, it’s still money. D: Hope you love ACOL. Only halfway through, still, but loving every word! ♡

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