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.

Goodreads link

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Love Letters to the Dead, by Ava Dellaira

Goodreads link

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The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson

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

Goodreads link

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I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson

Goodreads link

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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!

Goodreads link

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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!

Goodreads link

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The Unexpected Everything, by Morgan Matson

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

Goodreads link

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When We Collided, by Emery Lord

Definitely a cover buy!

Goodreads link

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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!

Goodreads link

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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.

Goodreads link

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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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December TBR!

For the past few months, I’ve made monthly TBR’s and completely ignored them for the entire month. I blame school. But this month, I’m really going to try to stick to a TBR and set reading goals for myself. So below is a brief TBR list for the month of December.

  • A Torch Against the Night, by Sabaa Tahir (currently reading)
  • American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang
  • Heir of Fire, by Sarah J. Maas
  • (I’m thinking of re-reading The Wrath & the Dawn and The Rose & the Dagger)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor
  • Across the Universe, by Beth Revis

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March TBR

A little bit late, but I wanted to put out my March TBR and share with you the books that I really want to get around to reading sometime this month!

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Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

I already read Cruel Beauty earlier this month, and man was I extremely disappointed. This was a Beauty and the Beast retelling interlaced with some Greek mythology, so I had really high hopes. However, I found myself extremely letdown by the end of this book. I’m not going to go into too much detail because I will be posting a full book review for Cruel Beauty very soon.

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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

just finished this book, and oh my gosh it was amazing. The books in The Mortal Instruments series seem to just get better and better. Again, I don’t want to talk too much about this book here because I will DEFINITELY be writing a full review for this book very soon as well. Bottom line: it was amazing, and I’m so glad I finally got around to reading the third installment of this series.

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City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Considering City of Glass was so amazing, I feel like the pattern of increasing quality with each book in the series will carry on with this fourth installment. With everything that happened in the ending of City of Glass, I’m not really sure what this book is about, and I actually want to keep it that way. I haven’t looked at the synopsis or anything, but I’m really excited to see what happens next in the Shadowhunter world!

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Although I’m pretty late to the Harry Potter game, I am truly loving this series. There is so much validity in the statement that Harry Potter is enjoyable for people of all ages. As an adult, I still find these books so meaningful and adventurous, and so entertaining. I can’t wait to see what happens next. I was so devastated at the end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but still feel so giddy about going into Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts. I already know there are so many more deaths I am to expect in the final two books of the series, but I can’t help but feel overwhelming excitement and eagerness when thinking about reading them!

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City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

I don’t want to have any sort of hiatus between each book in this series because I know I tend to fall into slumps when I do that. Therefore, I definitely want to get around to reading the fifth book in The Mortal Instruments series. Again, I have no idea what this installment is about and would like to keep it that way. I’m surprised at how successful I have been at avoiding spoilers for this series considering I’m usually always spoiled when it comes to popular books.

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Extra Credit: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

I know that all of these books I’m listing are pretty hefty, so it’d be a miracle if I can get around to reading the last Harry Potter book, but I’m hoping I can! I’m actually a bit sad that I’m nearly done with the Harry Potter series!


 

Well, those are my reading goals for March 2016! Let me know what your TBR is looking like! And don’t forget to follow me on IG: @bookrecs625

Happy Reading!