November Book Haul

IMG_9316-2October/November was a month that I went, one could say, a little book crazy. I got really into ‘book-tube’ also known as the book black hole of YouTube – which I love – where there are so many amazing people with incredible recommendations. Most of which this haul is based off.

Through my job, I have been able to really get back into reading, which i take as an incredible blessing. My book binge began from there with three fiction books and a text book on the go at any one time. One of the things i love about reading.

These are just some of the books i picked up.

IMG_5381-2‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ Illustrated edition. I’ve been wanting this 20 year anniversary edition of the first Harry Potter book since it came out. Finally i just bit the bullet and bought it, no regret there!

‘The Gender Game’ By Bella ForrestIMG_9358-2
Book #1 in the Gender game series.
‘A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates’s world by gender. 
Women rule the East. Men rule the West. 
Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus. 
Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet’s life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes. 
But one decision could save her life. 
To enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit. 
Everything about the patriarchy is dangerous for a rebellious girl like Violet. She cannot break the rules if she wishes to stay alive. 
But abiding by rules has never been Violet’s strong suit.
When she’s thrust into more danger than she could have ever predicted, Violet is forced to sacrifice many things in the forbidden kingdom … including forbidden love. 
In a world divided by gender, only the strongest survive…’

I’ve already finished this book and I LOVED it, Review to come!

IMG_1430-2‘The Gender Secret’ By Bella Forrest
Book #2 in the Gender game series
Gliding over the treacherous Green in a shaky aircraft that she has no idea how to land, Violet Bates is still in shock. The harrowing events of the previous night play over in her mind as she asks herself question after question.
Why did Lee Desmond Bertrand behave the way he did?
What is the truth about the mysterious silver egg stowed beneath her seat?
What happened to Viggo and where is her brother? Is either of them still alive?
When Violet manages to reach the toxic ground alive, she has landed in a world of unimaginable danger. She has barely time to catch her breath before she is sucked into a perilous journey at breakneck speed – to uncover secrets guarded for centuries and find the only two people that matter.

The Gender Secret is on the to read list, its so hard to decide what order to read in!

‘What Would Nietzsche do?: How the greatest Philosopher’s would solve your everyday problems’ By Marcus WeeksIMG_6322-2

What Would Nietzsche Do? uses the key ideas of more than 80 philosophical thinkers, past and present, to shine new light onto today’s everyday problems. Ever wondered if Schopenhauer could fix your broken heart? How Heraclitus might help you if you lost your phone? Given the chance, would Foucault leave the toilet seat up? With sections on Relationships, Self and Identity, How to Live, Art and Aesthetics, and Politics, there is an answer to each of modern life’s questions here. Each section is comprised of a collection of questions, from ‘Is Shakespeare better than the Simpsons?’ to ‘Should I get a takeaway tonight?’; from little niggling questions, to the great mysteries of human existence. With Marcus Weeks’s illuminating commentary on each philosopher’s answer to the question at hand, you’ll be spouting Socrates and discussing Descartes before you know it. A guide to life, of sorts, and also a fantastic introduction to philosophy for anyone looking to broaden their knowledge of the subject.

I’ve loved this book so far, I love the use of different philosopher’s thoughts through the ages. It’s a great book to pick up and work through slowly over time. I’ve been working through it one everyday life question at a time.

IMG_1244-2‘Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me’ By Lily Collins
In this groundbreaking debut essay collection, featuring never-before-seen photos, actress Lily Collins—star of Mortal Instruments and the upcoming Rules Don’t Apply—is opening a poignant, honest conversation about the things young women struggle with: body image, self-confidence, relationships, family, dating, and so much more.
For the first time ever, Lily shares her life and her own deepest secrets, underlining that every single one of us experiences pain and heartbreak. We all understand what it’s like to live in the light and in the dark. For Lily, it’s about making it through to the other side, where you love what you see in the mirror and where you embrace yourself just as you are. She’s learned that all it takes is one person standing up and saying something for everyone else to realise they’re not alone.
By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Lily’s honest voice will inspire you to be who you are and say what you feel. It’s time to claim your voice! It’s time to live your life unfiltered.

Another on the TO READ list. I’m a big fan of Lily Collins and con’t wait to read this one.

IMG_7481-2‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ By Jenny Han
Book #1 in the Series
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?
Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

To all the boys I’ve loved before was one of the first contemporary young adult fiction book I’d read in the longest time. It was so worth it! It was such a good book and an easy read, a great step back into the world of books! Would definitely recommend this book (and series) to anyone who enjoys the contemporary young adult fiction genre, or really any genre.
Completed and enjoyed!

IMG_4251-2‘P.S. I Still Love You’ By Jenny Han
Book #2 in the series
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

The second book in the ‘to all the boy’s I’ve loved before’ series. Just as good as the first one. I was worried about starting it because I always feel so disappointed when the first book in a series is amazing but the second isn’t as good, NOT THE CASE. The second book is just as good.
Another I can check off as completed.

‘Always and Forever Lara Jean’ By Jenny HanIMG_3198-2
the 3rd book in the series
Lara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.
Life couldn’t be more perfect!
At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news.
Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

On the to read list.

IMG_2344-2‘The Thousandth Floor’ By Katherine McGee
Book #1 in the thousandth floor series
A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.
A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.
LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.
ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.
RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?
WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.
And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.
Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….

From what I’ve heard, this book is very gossip girl/pretty little liars- esque. Ready to read this one on a nice summer day lounging on the beach.

‘Roar’By Cora CarmackIMG_7073-2
Book #1 in the Roar series
In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.
Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.
To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.
Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage. 
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough. 
Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

Another on the COMPLETED list. Roar is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It was so good. I was addicted to reading it, I couldn’t put it down.

IMG_8777-2‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’ By Rick Riordan
Book #1 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

The Percy Jackson series is one that I’ve always wanted to read but the mixed reviews really got me and I couldn’t commit… until now! Excited to start this series and see what my own thoughts on it are.

‘The Young World’ By Chris WeitzIMG_7610-2
Book 1 in the young world trilogy
After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he’s secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos.

But when a fellow tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure for the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip, exchanging gunfire with enemy gangs, escaping cults and militias, braving the wilds of the subway – all in order to save humankind.

This is a book that I started but then put down, I really love the concept and dystopian society books are my jam but for some reason in the moment in time that i started it I couldn’t get into it. I am going to try again over the summer when I’ll have a bit more time, fingers crossed.

IMG_0984-2‘The Selection’ By Kiera Cass
Book #1 in the Selection series
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

I picked up this book from my local bookstore while I was waiting for an order from I didn’t have much time to actually read it unfortunately so it is still on the to read list.

‘A Thousand Pieces of You’ By Claudia Gray IMG_2360-2
Book #1 in the Firebird Series
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.
A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

I love the idea of the multi-universe. I am so excited to read this book.

IMG_2335-2‘The Secret of Spellshadow Manor’ By Bella Forrest
Book #1 (of 6) in the spellshadow manor series
What would you do if you spotted a man following a young woman, but no-one else could see him?
Like most sane people, student Alex Webber thought he was hallucinating – perhaps he’d consumed something bad at the party he’d been attending that night, or he was severely overtired. But when he sees the mysterious man following Natalie again the very next day, he can no longer disbelieve his eyes.
Although Natalie denies the man’s existence, Alex sees her walking with him down a road in his neighbourhood he’s never seen before – and can’t help but follow. After a bizarre, but strangely short journey, he finds himself standing before a towering iron gate wreathed in grey ivy, behind which looms a decrepit old mansion named Spellshadow Manor.
Spellshadow, with its beautiful yet sinisterly decorated hallways, ever-changing outdoor scenery and very unusual residents… Alex will quickly learn it is a place that is as wondrous as it is deadly.
Especially for a normal person like him.
What if you found yourself recruited to an institute of magic, only to discover you really couldn’t do magic?
What if your enrollment there was all one big, terrible mistake?
If you were at Spellshadow, you’d keep it a secret. A deep, dark, deadly secret…
Because Spellshadow’s elusive Head is hiding a secret of his own, one that Alex soon realises he and Natalie must uncover at all costs if either of them wishes to leave the Manor alive… and before it’s too late.

Excited to read a second series from Bella Forrest! I am a big fan of the way she writes.

‘The Young Elites’ By Marie LuIMG_9182-2
Book #1 in the young elites Trilogy
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

Another book in a dystopian society, I wasn’t lying when I said i love them! Still on the to read list.

Last but not least…

IMG_7007-2‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ By J.K Rowling & Illustrated by Jim Kay
Book #2 in the Harry Potter series.
again, no synopsis needed!
Once I saw the illustrations in the first book I knew I needed the second!


To anyone who made it to the end of the post, thank you from the bottom of my heart.











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