January – April Book Haul

Hey bookends,

I haven’t hauled in a long long long time, so I though I would show y’all the books I’ve gotten over the past 4 months.

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January:

I received Roseblood by A.G. Howard from my January Owl Crate (I had a post but the pictures got messed up after I posted it for some reason). I then received a gift card from my family for my birthday so I bought The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz.

 


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February:

This month I got a lot of books. I bought The Merciless by Danielle Vega, Dangerous Deception by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stool, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, Liar of Dreams by Libba Bray, and The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm,  both by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling). Then in I received Caraval by Stephanie Garber in my February Owl Crate.


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March:

I bought Drama by Raina Telgemeier, It’s Not Like I Planned It This Way by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Uglies: Shay’s Story by Scott Westerfeld, Legend by Marie Luand Gerald’s Game by Stephen King. There is also my March Owl Crate book in this picture but I don’t want to spoil the box before I post it.

 


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April:

I bought Broken Hearts by R.L. Stine, The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Claire, and  The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey. I also reviewed my April Owl Crate book but, again, I haven’t posted that unboxing.


So that is all the books I have gotten over the past four months. I would love to know if you have read any of these books and if so what you thought of them.

April Wrap Up

Hey Bookends,

So in the past month I have read a total of two books. I did truly enjoy both books and will be posting reviews for them soon. Anyway here they are.


The first book I finished was The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling). I had put this down for awhile but was swept back into the world as soon as I opened it back up. This was an amazing mystery novel which I gave 5/5 stars. 

cuckoosA brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.


After that I finished Heartless by Marissa Meyer. This novel is a retelling of how the Queen of Hearts came to be. Oh this book, I don’t want to talk too much about it before my review but it had me a every page. I did not see all of the twist and turns it took until I got there. I also gave this 5/5 stars. 

heartlessCatherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


So these are the two books I read in the month of April. I truly enjoyed both books and can not wait to continue on with the Corman Strike series. I would love to know what you read over the last month and,  if you read these novels, what you thought about them.

Book Traveling Thursdays

Hey Bookends,

It is time for another Book Traveling Thursday. This is a meme in which you pick a book based off of a theme. After that you pick that you look through all of the different editions and show the original cover, the cover from your home country, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover. You can go to the goodreads group to find out the weekly themes.

This weeks theme is: a book you loved from a genera you don’t read often. 

For this prompt I picked The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams because I don’t usually read straight humor. Sure, I read some funny books, but never straight humor. Anyway I decided to just show you guys my favorite and lease favorite covers. Here we go.


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This is my least favorite cover. In fact, I absolutely hate this cover. The collage of colors and pictures hurts my eyes and the text gets lost into the background.

 


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This is my all time favorite cover. Maybe I’m bias because this is the edition I read but I love this. I like that there are only two colors and one graphic on the whole book. Sometimes I think simpler is better when it comes to book covers. This is one of those times.

 


So that is all I have for this post. I would love to know your thoughts on either of these covers for this book and what book you would choose for this topic.

February Owl Crate

I know this is super late but I though that I would show y’all what I got in January’s Owl Crate. The theme for this box was Circus, items inspired by, you guessed it, the circus.  If you would like to know more about the Owl Create subscription service then click the link here.


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First thing I pulled out of the box was this beautiful tote bag inspired by The Night Circus, created by Evie Bookish

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Next came this amazing smelling, candle called Le Cirque des Rêves by Frostbeard Studios. It came with a little book mark, something I always need, has a mix of “Carmel Popcorn, Roasted Chestnuts, and Bonfire fragrances”, and was made especially for Owl Crate. 

 

 

 


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Then I grabbed a lip balm by Geek Fire Labs in the flavor, Midway Mini Doughnuts which is delicious. 

 

 

 

 

 


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After that I got this awesome notepad made from recycled casino cards by Attic Journals. 

 

 

 

 

 


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Next I pulled out this adorable page flags bGirl of All Work. There are 5 different designs that I absolutely love. 

 

 

 

 

 


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There was also this little card to download samples of the Carival and Star-Touched audio books. 

 

 

 

 


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Finally I pulled out the book, Caraval by Stephanie Garber!! I don’t know exactly what this is about (I’m trying to avoid spoilers), but I did place it on my top five debuts of 2017. The book came with a letter from the author, a signed bookplate, and an exclusive quote card. 

 

 

 


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And here is the design on the spoiler card and the matching pin .

 

 

 

 

 


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Last but not least we have the spoiler for March’s box. The theme was Sailors and Ships, and Seas. The sneak peak reveals that there will be an item from BoyGirlParty in that box. 

 

 

 


So here is everything in the February box. I hope you enjoyed this post. If you received an owl crate, which item do you think is the best? whole box