Oregon Book Haul!!

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Around this time last year, I got married. My new husband and I flew to Oregon for a small, fun honeymoon in Portland. Of course, I went to Powell’s City of Books. For our one-year anniversary, we decided to road trip with my mom and sister back to Portland.

Of course, I went to Powell’s City of Books.

It’s safe to say I purchased A LOT of books in the past five days. Most of these were purchased from Powell’s at two different branches: the Burnside Branch and the Beaverton Branch. A few were purchased at another favorite independent bookstore of mine: The Book Bin (located in Corvallis, OR).

My goal for this trip was to look for more contemporary books. I absolutely love fantasy, so my entire bookshelf mostly consists of fantasy. However, (most likely because it’s summer) I’ve been in the mood for contemporary lately, but I barely have any. So, my goal for this trip was to stock up on some good contemporary reads, both light and fluff as well as some on the heavier side.

Here are the books I purchased while in Oregon!!

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The Problem with Forever, by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The main thing that caught my attention with this book was its gorgeous cover. I loved the splash of cover, and it definitely trumps her heinous covers for her Lux series! I’ve already read this book, and I enjoyed it. It wasn’t amazing, but it keeps you entertained and makes it difficult to put down.

Here’s the Goodreads link for the synopsis.

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All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven

Definitely on the heavier side.

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Love Letters to the Dead, by Ava Dellaira

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The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson

Everyone is obsessed with this author, so I picked up her books.

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I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson

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The Distance Between Us, by Kasie West

I want to pick up more books by this author because I’ve heard she writes really cute and fluffy contemporary novels…. just what the doctor ordered!

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We All Looked Up, by Tommy Wallach

This book was really hyped when it came out, and I loved the cover, so I bought it. However, I’m now finding there are really mixed reviews on it. We’ll see how this goes!

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The Unexpected Everything, by Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson is the queen of summer YA contemporaries. Obviously I picked this up!

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When We Collided, by Emery Lord

Definitely a cover buy!

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The Song Rising, by Samantha Shannon

A fantasy book and the third book in Shannon’s The Bone Season series, which I’m obsessed with. I’ve been wanting this book for forever, and I was super stoked to find it on sale!

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Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell

Another fantasy book. I listened to this on audible, or at least I tried. I didn’t retain anything from the story, so I wanted to re-read it with a physical copy.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Acclaimed novel with not only hype, but literary awards. I wanted it bad.

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Lizard, by Banana Yoshimoto

I love Banana Yoshimoto.

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Asleep, by Banana Yoshimoto

I love Banana Yoshimoto.

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Goodbye, Tsugumi, by Banana Yoshimoto

I love Banana Yoshimoto.

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It Ends with Us, by Colleen Hoover

Ever since I read Hopeless, I’ve wanted to read everything by Hoover.

I just finished this book. Beautiful.

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Slammed, by Colleen Hoover

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I hope you enjoyed this not-so-little book haul. If you’ve read any of these books, let me know your thoughts on them!!

What books have you guys bought recently?

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Honeymoon Book Haul!

My husband surprised me with our honeymoon. He (and my sister) planned it all out, and we ended up going to Oregon! For those of you who don’t know, I lived in Oregon for two and a half years for school and absolutely adore that state. We stayed in Portland and visited Corvallis, which means: Powell’s and Book Bin!!!!!!

So here follows my Honeymoon Book Haul!

Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes

A satire in which Adolf Hitler comes back from the dead and becomes a YouTube sensation.

Goodreads link here.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Soon to be a major motion picture, Conor’s mother is sick, and he’s been plagued with nightmares. A monster approaches him, but it’s not the monster from his nightmares.

Goodreads link here.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

The first in a series, a young art student in Prague finds herself caught up in an otherworldly war.

Goodreads link here.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Katsa was born with an extreme skill, a Graceling. Because of this skill, Katsa is forced to work as the King’s thug. However, when she meets the Prince, her whole life changes.

Goodreads link here.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Princess Kelsea is ascending to her rightful place on the throne as Queen of the Tearling. She possesses something that many enemies would kill to obtain, summoning an impending war.

Goodreads link here.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

The finale to The Mortal Instruments series.

Goodreads link here.

The School for Good and Evil: A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani

The sequel to The School for Good and Evil, a world in which fairytale characters go through a school to learn how to be heroes and villains.

Goodreads link here.


One of My Greatest Book Purchases

I was browsing through my Goodwill Bookstore, as always, and chose 4 random books that I decided to give a shot. I was waiting for a worker to help me checkout when I happened to glance at a miscellaneous shelf. I should note a fact about me: I’ve been obsessed with the movie, Titanic, since I was like 6 years old, so I’ll immediately spot any photos from the film immediately. On this previously mentioned miscellaneous shelf was a book with Titanic written on the front. As I got closer, I read the words, “James Cameron’s Illustrated Screenplay.”

Safe to say I snatched that screenplay up so fast and read it within the following 24 hours.

It is probably one of my most prized book possessions now. It even includes scripts for deleted scenes and James Cameron’s inside look on the behind-the-scenes evolution of this amazing film.

Unfortunately, I’m in a massive reading slump. I’m trying to get myself out of the slump funk and am now reading Beloved by Toni Morrison. I’m enjoying it so far, but I’m only 40-something pages in.

Hopefully the slump passes soon!

Happy Reading!

Mini Book Haul for the Day!

So, I got off work early today and had some time to spare. As my mother would say, “idle time is the devil’s playground.” Of course, I ended up going to two different Goodwill Bookstores near me. Below will be a very brief list of the books I purchased today (all for under $10!)

  • Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

An autobiography/memoir of Kaysen’s experience with being sent off to a women’s psychward at the age of eighteen, and the two years she spent there.

  • Tatiana and Alexander by Paullina Simons

The second book in The Bronze Horseman series. I own the second and third, have to own let alone read the first book… sorry not sorry.

  • Le Divorce by Diane Johnson

A story set in Paris, France, where a woman falls in love with the city and its handsome diplomat. (I need more fluffy adult contemporary in my life).

  • Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

A soldier goes back to the woman he loves. The story follows his journey back to her, which includes the intimate and, at times, lethal relationships and conversations he has along the way. Apparently it’s a movie with Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellwegger, and Jude Law… I have to get my hands on this film.

  • Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R.R. Martin (Floppy Edition)

My fiancé and I have recently started watching and have become completely addicted to the Game of Thrones HBO series. I figured I should start reading the books. I already own this first book, but it’s a mass-market paperback, and I found this big floppy edition for $2.00 and couldn’t help myself. Again… sorry not sorry.

Well, that’s my mini book haul of the day! Let me know what you’re currently reading, and which books you’ve bought recently.

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April Book Haul

It is safe to say that I bought quite a number of books this month. So let’s just get into it before I get the urge to buy more…

Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

Honestly, the first thing that made me pick up this book was the author’s name. The name “Banana” rarely goes unnoticed, I’d imagine. So I picked up this book Kitchen. I barely read the synopsis; the name and the Japanese woman on the cover smiling back at me was enough to make me buy it from my public library’s used bookstore for $.50. I bought it and read it soon after I finally finished the gargantuan book that is The Fiery Cross; I need something much, much smaller than 979 pages. Going into this story blind, I was so blown away with how profound and resonant Kitchen turned out to be. It covers hard topics, such as love, loss, death, and grief. Please, PLEASE everyone go and read this ASAP, and make sure you get the bind-up version that includes the companion story “Moonlight Shadow.” Absolutely stunning, I gave this book a 5/5 STARS.

N.p. by Banana Yoshimoto

At the time that I bought KitchenN.p. was right next to it at the library’s little bookstore. Considering I wasn’t at all familiar with Yoshimoto’s writing, I only bought Kitchen the first time around. However, the moment I finished it, I knew I had to go back and get her other novel, N.p., that was also for sale before anyone snagged it before me. Thankfully, N.p. was there waiting for me the next day when I went back for it. I’m currently 60 pages into it. The story line is extremely complex and interesting. To save time and my own lackluster interpretation of the plot, I will link the Goodreads page for N.p. here. I’m so curious as to where this story is going to take me!

The Martian by Andy Weir

I have heard countless amazing things about this books all throughout the book community. All I really know about the plot is that an astronaut named Mark Watney finds himself stranded on Mars after a disastrous dust storm. I believe the novel revolves around Whatney trying to get back to Earth. I have heard nothing but amazing things about both this book and its film adaptation, so I’m excited to get around to this one eventually.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

As is the case for most of the books in this haul, I also picked this one up at the secondhand bookstore in my local public library. I like to go into most of my books blind, especially if it’s a thriller like this one, so I don’t know too much about this book aside from some of the info provided on the back of the book in the synopsis. A woman  finds a letter from her husband addressed to her to be read after he dies. The letter reveals some deep dark secret that may change everything about her relationship with him. The major problem is: she finds this letter while he is still alive. The plot seems really interesting, and I absolutely love the covers or Moriarty’s books (although I have yet to read one). Hopefully this one will make me want to pick up more of her books.

Unearned Pleasures by Ursula Hegi

I mainly picked this up for three reasons: it’s extremely short, the title, and it’s a collection of short-short stories. I’ve never read a collection of short stories through and through, so I figured a good place to start is an extremely short bindup of short stories. I started this prior to starting my current read (Silver Bay) and unfortunately, I was not gripped by any of the four stories I’ve read so far. I decided to put it down in order to avoid falling into a reading slump. I’ve been on a huge reading streak, and I don’t want a boring book to bog me down. Hopefully, I’ll be able to pick this back up later on and finish it off. It has pretty mixed reviews, so I’m really not too sure. I’ll leave the Goodreads link here so you can see the synopsis and reviews for yourself.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Yes, I’ve already read this book 12 times; yes, I already own my original copy of this book; and yes, I bought another copy for $.50. Here’s why: I absolutely adore this book. It’s one of my all-time favorite books, if not my absolute favorite. I find myself constantly recommending this book to anyone who asks me for book recommendations. I bought a second copy because when it comes to my favorite book, I’d like to have spares on hand to give to special people who ask for recommendations and seem interested in reading it. I first thought of this when an ex of mine just gave me his copy of Jonathan Livingston Seagull just because I wanted something to read. He said he purposely keeps several copies because he believes everyone should read that book. I thought that was so awesome, and I wanted to be able to do the same thing with my favorite books. The Time Traveler’s Wife is an amazing debut novel. It’s not just a romance; it’s so much more than that. A man stuck with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel, brought together by fate or pure coincidence with a woman named Claire. I still have the urge to read this book even though I’ve read it so many times before. I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of this book.

The Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie

Last year I took a class on Native American literature. I primarily picked this up because of the author. I don’t even know what this novel is about, but I was interested to see how this novel compares with the Native American literature I’ve studied before. My little sister read another novel by Alexie and really liked it, so I figured I’d pick this one up, since it was only a mere $.50. I’ll leave the Goodreads link here.

44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith

This story is about a young woman who moves into a flat with an athletic, handsome young man named Bruce, with an eccentric widow and a single mom and her son as neighbors. This seemed like a fluffy contemporary, perfect for summer. PLUS, it’s set in Scotland, which I absolutely love.

The Silent Wife A.S.A. Harrison

This is the second thriller I bought this month. Again, I don’t know much about this book, and I’d like to keep it that way. It follows the deteriorating marriage of Jodi and Todd. He is cheater, and she lives in denial. The tension continues to build between them, rushing “haplessly toward the main event.” For more information, click here.

Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes

I have yet to encounter someone who read Me Before You and didn’t fall in love with it. I absolutely loved that book, so I’m really interest in reading Moyes’s other books and seeing if they’re just as good. I went to my Goodwill bookstore and found that familiar loopy font that is signature for Moyes’s covers. I grabbed Silver Bay so quickly without even looking at the synopsis and went straight to checkout. This book is about a quiet oceanfront town. A single mother named Liza and her daughter live there in isolation, peace, and safety with a family member. That is until English business man, Mike Dormer comes to town with unknown intentions and threatens the peaceful quiet life Liza worked so hard to maintain. I’m a little more than halfway through this book and I’m totally loving it. It’s contemporary romance that covers hard topics such as loss, family dynamic, infidelity, and man’s impact on the nature surrounding him, with a bit of mystery as well! There are some mixed reviews on Goodreads, especially regarding the pacing of the book; many complained it was painfully slow, but I disagree. I think the pacing is just right, and the story really immerses the reader in the story. I find myself craving to move to a quiet Australian oceanfront town myself! I can’t wait to plow through the rest of the novel and see how everything pans out.

That concludes my book haul for the month of April. I hope you enjoyed and perhaps feel inspired to read some of the books I’ve listed. What books have you splurged on this month? What books are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!

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Happy Reading!