I say it on my title like I have bought too much. Haha, I don’t have a lot to share on this haul post but I’d have to say I am still happy with this loot. I might not get to post a lot of haul for the next coming months because well, I have to save and my room is (again) literally cluttered with books everywhere – not that I’m complaining. Someday soon even my bed will have books on them.
Anyway, to get to the chase, here are the books that I was able to get this month:
Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay
Most of you know where this gem came from ❤ Boyfriend got this for me on Valentine’s. And it’s the perfect gift any bookworm and potterhead girl could ever ask for.
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
– is the book I bought myself after I finally had the strength to get out of bed. It’s kind of like a celebratory gift to myself for finally being well (or just an excuse to buy a book, haha). This book is not a novel, it’s a collection of short stories.
Trigger Warning explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves. Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion. In “Adventure Story”–a thematic companion to The Ocean at the End of the Lane–Gaiman ponders death and the way people take their stories with them when they die. His social media experience “A Calendar of Tales” are short takes inspired by replies to fan tweets about the months of the year–stories of pirates and the March winds, an igloo made of books, and a Mother’s Day card that portends disturbances in the universe. Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on Sherlock Holmes in his award-nominated mystery tale “The Case of Death and Honey”. And “Click-Clack the Rattlebag” explains the creaks and clatter we hear when we’re all alone in the darkness.
Towering by Alex Flinn
– is a buy that I could not resists. It was so cheap and it’s a hardcover and did I forget to mention it is an absolute cover buy?! Towering is a stand alone retelling of Rapunzel (which is a character I love), plus Alex Flinn is the author of Beastly which I also loved. Here’s a blurb from goodreads:
High in my tower I sit. I watch the birds fly below, the clouds float above, and the tall green forest stretch to places I might never see.
Mama, who isn’t my mother, has kept me hidden away for many years. My only companions, besides Mama, are my books—great adventures, mysteries, and romances that I long to make my reality. But I know that no one will come to save me—my life is not a fairy tale after all.
Well, at least no one has come so far. Recently, my hair has started to grow rapidly and it’s now long enough to reach the bottom of the tower from my window. I’ve also had the strangest dreams of a beautiful green-eyed man.
When Mama isn’t around, I plan my escape, even if it’s just for a little while. There’s something—maybe someone—waiting for me out there and it won’t find me if I’m trapped here Towering above it all.
Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick
– bought together with Towering. I am feeling a little “Dangerous Girls” vibe to it so I decided to buy this one too. I’m a sucker for mysterious crime thriller stories so yeah..
A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.
Stella Gordon is not her real name. Thunder Basin, Nebraska, is not her real home. This is not her real life.
After witnessing a lethal crime, Stella Gordon is sent to the middle of nowhere for her own safety before she testifies against the man she saw kill her mother’s drug dealer.
But Stella was about to start her senior year with the boyfriend she loves. How can she be pulled away from the only life she knows and expected to start a new one in Nebraska? Stella chafes at her protection and is rude to everyone she meets. She’s not planning on staying long, so why be friendly? Then she meets Chet Falconer and it becomes harder to keep her guard up, even as her guilt about having to lie to him grows.
As Stella starts to feel safer, the real threat to her life increases—because her enemies are actually closer than she thinks…
Before Wings by Beth Goobie
– is on freaking sale on a Leap Day! It costs so little and the cover is soooo beautiful it reminded me of The Shock of the Fall. I also saw it has a fairly good reviews on Goodreads so I bought it as well.
Fifteen-year-old Adrien barely survived a brain aneurysm two years earlier, and is haunted by the fact that she could die from another one at any time. In fact, issues of life and death completely fill her world at Camp Lakeshore, owned and operated by her Aunt Erin, a woman with a haunted past of her own. Adrien bonds with Paul, a teen who is convinced that he has dreamt of his own death and that it will happen on his next birthday. She also seems to be experiencing events in the lives of five girls, a group of campers who died long ago in a tragic accident. Anyone who ever spent time at a summer camp will recognize Camp Lakeshore, with its bad T-shirts, cliques, bullies, and time-honored rituals. Adrien is a sympathetic and believable character: intelligent, stubborn, funny, filled with confusion and doubt, but ultimately open to the possibility that she just might have a future after all. This could have been a terribly bleak and depressing book, but it isn’t. Its engaging characters, realistic setting, and upbeat ending will satisfy teen readers.
And lastly, a leap-day buy as well..
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
– I saw a fellow Filipino bookstagrammer post a picture this one so I asked her where she bought it because I’ve been looking for this book everywhere. And angels bless her, she told me she has an extra copy reserved for her and she could transfer it to my name. Gaaaah! Thank God for good people. So yeah I got this and there’s no one stopping me. Lol.
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever
There you have it, my not so much haul on this year’s February. Have you been on a book buying splurge this month? Or on a book buying ban? Let me know what books you got or wanting to get in the comments! I’d love to hear some recos. 🙂
Till next time!