Summer Book Haul Part 1

Meet the newest additions to my shelfamily!

But first… a few things.

1. I’ve bought/received sixteen books this past May and June (though I returned two to pick up different editions this month, so I’m not sure if they count towards my May/June hauls, exactly!).
2. I’VE BOUGHT ALL THOSE BOOKS AND I STILL HAVEN’T SHARED THEM IN A HAUL POST YET. YOU CAN SEE WHERE THE PROBLEM IS.
3. I NEED TO CATCH UP. (Obviously!)
4. I’ve been promising a post like this since May. MAYYYY. I need to deliver now.
5. I’m sorry.
6. I’m sorry!

Sooo, I’m combining my May and June book hauls into a “summer haul,” but I’m going to separate them into parts because there’s a lot to go through!

Because, SIXTEEN BOOKS MARIE.
SIX. TEEN.
Why are you looking at me like that? I’M A BOOKAHOLIC. I’M DOING FINE.


1. A Gentleman in Moscow

First up (and I’m abandoning all efforts and chronology and order by the way—what else is new) is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.

I’m actually happy with myself for holding off to purchase this until I read it first and knew I loved it. THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN OFTEN ANYMORE, OKAY? And just look at it… Gorgeous.

Now I can throw it in my friends’ faces and force them to read it!

Just kiddin. WHY DAMAGE THAT BEAUTY???

My review is up here!

2. Gemina

Next up is Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Once I turned the last page of Illuminae (which will feature in one of the next haul posts *cough cough*), I was dying to read Gemina as soon as physically possible, and by the grace of Amazon, it came two days later… I’ll never know how. ;)

They’re beautiful inside and out. AND MY GOODNESS SO CRAZY.

My review is up here!

3. This Side of Paradise and Other Classic Works

Do you know I collect Barnes & Noble leatherbounds? Like, VORACIOUSLY COLLECT THEM?? LIKE WHO NEEDS TO EAT LET’S BUY THIS GORGEOUS BOOK INSTEAD OF MY LAST MEAL ON EARTH*

I’ve got…no problems. CLEARLY.

I read The Great Gatsby last September and fell in love with Fitzgerald’s writing style, so I decided why not buy a little collection. This Side of Paradise and Other Classics Works by F. Scott Fitzgerald has a good selection of about four or five novels/short stories, and I’m so excited to read them!

And yes, I’m going to say it: THE COVER IS SO PRETTY.

I am so shallow.

*Okay that’s a little extreme. But you get my point.


4. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Yes, another leatherbound. I told you I had issues.

I’ve been hunting this particular edition of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare down for ages now, but I finally found it on eBay and instantly snatched it up! The seller was amazing and I was blessed to buy it at a crazy discount—and in nearly perfect condition.

I’m waiting for autumn to dig in to this monster.

It’s intensely thick and it’s sort of terrifying.

Until then, ‘Speare. (You know, because he was totally into informalities.)


5. A Wrinkle in Time (Trilogy)

I…I told you this was a voracious obsession.

Barnes and Noble was running a huge sale and I. Could. Not. Resist.*

Two of my closest friends have read and enjoyed A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle so I actually have incentive to read the trilogy besides the pretty cover. (It’s shameful, really.)

The next time I feel a hunger for children’s sci-fi, I know where I’m going.

*A lame excuse. You know this.


6. The Night Circus

To wrap us up, we’ve got The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I read this a few months back, and I absolutely adored it. So naturally, that led to an impromptu book purchase!

The story was so enchanting, and I can’t wait to revisit it soon now that I have my own copy! :)

My review is up here!

If you made it to the end, thank you so much for reading! It’s so fun to share this with you!

And well. THAT WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING.

Muhahahahaha.

xo, Marie

#MidYearFreakout – I’m Freaking Out, You’re Freaking Out, WE’RE TOTALLY PASSING THE SANITY EXAM

Okay, you might.

I’m kind of…too crazy to pass.

(It’s okay, Marie. We love you, Marie.)

But at any rate, I’m allowed to freak out right now (YES, I AM) because the lovely Cassie at Today I’ve Read (if you haven’t checked out her blog or Instagram you totally should) tagged me to do the Mid-Year Freakout book tag, so LET THE THE MADNESS BEGIN. Muahahahaha.


1. The best book you’ve read so far in 2017

AND I’M FREAKING OUT ALREADY. Why is the hardest question first? THIS ISN’T FAIR! Let me scream like a petulant child and get it out of my system.

OKAY. We’re good now.

When it comes down to it, my favorite has got to be Illuminae(I’m sorry Shadow and Bone… I’m sorry.) It was so unique, so unlike anything I’ve ever read… It was incredible.

Pssst… Wondering what made Illuminae so great? My review is up here.

BUT SHADOW AND BONE, PEOPLE. SHADOW AND BONE WAS AMAZING TOO. I wish I could pick them both!


2. Your favorite sequel this year

Gemina no doubt. It carried the series so well, and continued to captivate me to the extreme. I loved the added layers to the story and all the new characters. (Nik, my dear, I’m looking at you.)

It was absolutely brilliant.


3. A new release you haven’t read but really want to

So my answer to this used to be A Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh…

But then I remembered two books I was super pumped for! Three Dark Crowns came out early this year (or late last year, I can’t remember exactly!) and the premise sounds super interesting! The other was Dividing Eden which has a similar premise, so I guess you can tell what I’m into. 🙈

I have a post with some more of my ancipitated reads of 2017 up here, if you want to check that out as well. ;) (There are only FIVE. You can tell I hadn’t been blogging much. ;))


4. Most ancipiated release for the second half of the year

So again I had a different answer to this before I thought about it some more, and initially, it was Wonder Woman: Warbringer by my favorite, Leigh Bardugo. BECUASE IT WOULD BE HERESY IF IT WASN’T, THAT’S WHY. (It was also in that post ^^ *ahem ahem*) But, bookstagram had to taunt me with the most enchanting looking book releasing this year, An Enchantment of Ravens. The story sounds so unique and it’s fantasy AND WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?


5. Your biggest disappointment

I’ve got three unfortunately. Caraval (please don’t kill me), Carve the Mark, and The Young Elites (which I gave four stars to anyway. Oops). I expected so much more from them even if I was entertained enough to finish them all. 🙈 There was just so much hype…that was drastically unmet.

You should be proud of me, though! I didn’t throw them or maim any of them in any way.*

*I am ridiculous. I’m sorry you have to deal with me.


6. Biggest surprise of the year

I’ll go with The Night Circus for this one! I expected a lot from it, but it truly surprised me with how incredible it really was! It was so mesmerizing and unlike anything I’ve read. I didn’t give it a perfect 5 stars, but in hindsight, it might have deserved them. 😉


7. Favorite new-to-you or debut author

Maggie Stiefvater! Her writing is so gorgeous and the perfect balance of lyricism and prose. I can’t wait to read more of her work! (The Raven Cycle *cough cough* I KNOW, I KNOW.)


8. Your new fictional crush

It’s a tie between the Darkling and Ezra Mason… but that’s between them and me, you nosey people!


9. New favorite character characters

I’ve met so many great characters it feels like picking a favorite child.* NOT COOL.

I’m going to break the rules and rattle off a list.

  • THE DARKLING. I’m sorry but he is fantastic. You should know this by now.
  • Ezra Mason. I don’t want to talk about it… (You know what part I’m talking about…you know.)
  • Nik Malikov. Obviously.
  • Count Alexander (From A Gentleman in Moscow for those unfortunates who haven’t yet met him.) The dude is classyyyyy.
  • Captain Wentworth. Oh, Jane Austen, you’ve done it again.

Oops. They’re all gentlemen.

*Okay, I’m not that weird. IT ISN’T ANYTHING LIKE THAT. You don’t have to worry about me.


10. A book that made you cry

The Scorpio Races where you are forced to cry OVER A STUPID HORSE. LIKE WHY MARIE, WHY ARE YOU SO WEAK.


11. A book that made you happy

A Gentleman in Moscow. That book was so well written… All the characters were so genuine and likable and the story was so, so sweet. It was a book impossible to read without a smile on your face. I loved it so much.


12. Your favorite book to movie adaption that you’ve seen this year

Have I even seen a book-to-movie adaption this year? SHAME ON ME, I HAVE NOT.

NEXT QUESTION, INTERVIEWER!


13. Favorite book post you’ve published this year

Hehehe this is a little mean and cruel, but why not? My review for Caraval was so much fun to write because it was so so negative. I’M SORRY OKAY. I KNOW IT’S BAD.

But it was still fun. 😏

If I want to be nice, though, I was so thrilled with how much y’all interacted with my Heartless review. That was priceless. ❤️


14. The most beautiful book you bought/recieved this year

AHHH there’s been so many! An Ember in the Ashes shocked me with how gorgeous it was when it came in the mail, but I don’t think anything could surpass the Barnes & Noble leatherbound of The Picture of Dorian Gray that came in earlier this year. THE BOOK IS. A. STUNNER.

(You’ll see them both in a book haul post coming soon! 😉)


15. What are some books that you need to read by the end of the year?

More than is healthy.*

Let me spit them out.**

  • Middlemarch by George Eliot – I bought this one recently to get myself back into the classics (which is kind of rationalizing another book purchase because I have tons of unread classics already like WHAT MARIE WHERE ON EARTH IS YOUR BRAIN) and I absolutely must read it this year because I’ve been waiting foreverrrrrrrr.***
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – See? UNREAD CLASSIC ALERT UNREAD CLASSIC ALERT NOTIFY MARIE OF HER ERROR. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Jane Eyre and it has literally been on my TBR for years. It’s so lonely on my shelf and it shouldn’t be…
  • Lés Miserables by Victor Hugo- I told you I had a lot of unread classics. I’m going to try to tackle this sucker this year because I’d rather my friends not kill me and make me suffer through the movie without me having read the book first (you know who you are).
  • An Ember in the Ashes + A Torch in the Night by Sabaa Tahir – On this month’s TBR (and actually reading them as we speak! Type?)… I’m ahead of the game. *swells with pride*
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – YES FINALLY. FINALLY I WILL READ THE SUPER HYPED UP BOOK/SERIES AND HOPEFULLY ENJOY IT BECAUSE IF I DO NOT IT MIGHT NOT END WELL. …for the book…cover. (I’m way angrier in my head.)
  • The Two Towers + The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien – Again, so a certain friend doesn’t kill me. ❤️ So much lurveeee.
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – Once more, to avoid friendly torture. Gee, it sounds like I’ve got some murderous friends.

I’ll stop now because I’m daunting myself. LONG LIST, LONG LIST, LONG LIST…MUST…CALM DOWN…

*Just kidding. No amount of books can be unhealthy! (Okay, maybe if the weight like squashes you so you suffocate or something. But other than that…)

**No need to be terrified. My mouth isn’t THAT big. (And I’d never subject my books to that much…er…moisture.)

***Since last September. I tend to exaggerate. You know this.


Whew! You made it!

2017 has obviously been awesome, and I’m clearly done my share of freaking out over how amazing the first half was!

SO, tell me…

What has been the best part of 2017 so far, and what are you most excited for in the upcoming months?

xo, Marie

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: 5/5 Stars

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – Review

It’s been five months since I’ve read Shadow and Bone and now I’ve finally read the sequel.

It’s sad, I know.

BUT OH MY WORD, WHAT A SEQUEL.

I finished Siege and Storm a whole day ago and I still can’t speak. (Okay, I might be stretching that a little, BUT I’VE TRIED TO START THIS REVIEW LIKE TEN TIMES SO…)

Excuse me, that was unprofessional.

Siege and Storm was everything I could want in a sequel. It started off intensely fast, and didn’t let up until the last page was turned. It was brilliant, and I can’t wait for more.


NOTE: Due to the nature of this review, as Siege and Storm is a sequel, if you haven’t read Shadow and Bone or if you have but want to make sure you’re not spoiled for the next book, I’d stop here and read up before checking out this review! :) I don’t want to spoil you on accident (and if I do I’m really sorry!) so it might be safer to skip my nerdy ramblings for now and get your hands on the books. ;) I try to keep my reviews spoiler-free, but sometimes I start ranting and forget! So before you continue on, just make sure you’re okay with that, savvy?


Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: FantasyAction/Adventure / Content: 16+ / Recommended

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

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June Wrap-Up: The Bibliologist

June Wrap-Up + The Highly Anticipated, Glorious, Mid-Year Recap Remiscing My Favorite Reads of 2017 So Far

June Wrap-Up: The BibliologistSo. It’s the second of July. 2017 IS MORE THAN HALFWAY GONE. That means we’re due for a nostalgic discussion of the best books I’ve read this year.

Ignore my evil laughing in the distance. It’s totally normal. You’re gonna be fineeee.

Before we get into that, though, I’m going to wrap up June real fast!

I’m wrapping up the month a little later than usual because I was scrambling to finish one last book and bring my reading total from three to four, which is still kind of sad, but what can I do.

(That effort was a failure, if you’re. I never finished the fourth book in time. #MORTIFIED.)

Even if I didn’t read all that much this month, I had such a fun time of it!! I got to indulge myself in sci-fi with Illuminae and Gemina and in fantasy with The Young Elites. I’ve been wanting to read something by Marie Lu for a long time, so it was great getting to do that!

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The Post Where I Finally Tell You the Announcement I’ve Been Holding Since May… #Awkward

Remember that surprise I was talking about that I was supposed to announce last month? Well your dear Bibliologist is a little lazy and forgetful, and she forgot to make the announcement. 🙈 SHAME ON ME, SHAME ON ME.

But I’m finally making it, so…lay off.

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu: 4/5 Stars

The Young Elites by Marie Lu – Review

This was a strange book.

Seriously, it was.

It had a different feel to it than any book I’ve read before, and even reviewing it feels different. It was really difficult to decide whether it crossed the line to four stars or stayed back at three, and honestly, if I wasn’t reading the sequel right now and enjoying it, I’d give it a three star rating, no recommendation, and call it a day.

But I’m finding that it’s worthwhile to read for the next installment. Even if my feelings for The Young Elites were…different.


The Young Elites by Marie Lu: 4/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: FantasyAction/Adventure / Content: 16+ / Not Recommended

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.

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: 5/5 Stars

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review

Sequels are hard. They’re hard to write, they’re hard to read, they’re hard to enjoy. And it’s super hard to not compare them to their precursor.

Remember InsurgentCatching Fire, and Glass Sword? Case in point.

At first, Gemina was a little like that. After all, it’s only expected, right? I’m pleased to inform you that it didn’t stay like that for long. It was out of this world.

(…had to.)

I’ve had to wait a bit before writing a review for Gemina because I needed to calm down. And give myself some therapy. And ceremoniously return it to its place on my shelf. You know where I’m going.

So I present to you, The Review. Pray I make sense.

BEWARE, THOSE UNFORTUNATES OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT YET READ ILLUMINAE. YOU MAY BE SPOILED.

If you are one of those unfortunate beings, let me steer you over here instead, where we can chat without spoiling the series for you. You’re welcome.


Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: Science FictionAction/Adventure / Content: 16+ / Recommended

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: 5/5 Stars

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review

It’s been a few days now since I finished Illuminae. Maybe a week. I’ve been trying to write a review ever since I flipped the last page, and the words just don’t come.

I NEED SOME TIME, Y’ALL.

Illuminae blew me away.

It’s one of those books that leaves you slightly breathless, and well, speechless too.

I’m hoping a week is long enough to let the book settle and fade so I can write a mildly coherent review. Though it’ll probably just sound like vague screaming anyway. THIS IS GOING TO BE A MESSY REVIEW, JUST SAYING.


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: Science FictionAction/Adventure / Content: 16+ / Recommended

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

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My Summer TBR + Summer Recs

Guys it’s June! It’s JUNE! It’s. Finally. Summer!

Which means, above all else, there’s more time to read. (Because, books.)

So to make a dent in my excessively long tbr for 2017, here’s ten books I’m promising myself I’m going to get to this summer. Hold me to it, guys.

There’s a short little rec list at the end of great books to read this summer as well. :)

Let’s get into it!


1. Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

I read Shadow and Bone a few months ago (my review is up here), and I’ve been dying to finish the series ever since. This series is the last one I have left unread of Bardugo’s, and she’s basically my favorite YA author ever, so I’ve been holding out, saving the rest of the Grisha trilogy for as long as physically possible. My self control is wearing out…

So of course book #2 is on my list.

First.

FIRST.


2. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Obviously a continuation of the same thoughts above. ;) Though I’m going to have such a hard time finishing it because I JUST CAN’T TAKE IT WHEN I FINISH SERIES’ OKAY?! (Especially Leigh Barudgo’s… *blubbers in the distance*)

I’m still super excited to finish the series, though, and finally find out what happens in the end!

The characters are all written so well, the plot is so fun, and the world is so vivid and beautiful that I can’t wait to return! ;)

So consider a visit back to Ravka in my future, yeah?

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