Book Haul | 9.21.2020

Hello, book lovers! 💕

We’re already halfway through January (which is crazy to think about), and I feel like I haven’t gotten any reading done. That’s probably because I really haven’t. So far this month I’ve only finished a book that I started in December and gotten halfway through a book. It’s been a really stressful first few weeks, and I wasn’t in the mood to do anything.

But I figured I’d update you guys on what I’m currently in the middle of reading and what I plan on reading next. I don’t know how much more I’ll be able to get read by the end of the month, but I’m going to try my best.

So without any further ado, let’s talk about about the book that I’m currently reading!

The book that I’m currently reading (and absolutely loving) is Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. I feel like a lot of people have been talking about this book lately, and for good reason. It’s such an action-packed, fun story.

The following is from Goodreads:

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.

A flying demon feeding on human energies.

A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.

And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.

The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.

She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.

A secret society that hunts demons? Yes, please.

But it’s so much more than that. It kind of reminds me of The Hunger Games, but only in the sense that there are trials for the initiates to compete in. That’s where the similarities end though. It deals with diverse and relevant topics such as racism and discrimination, which makes it so poignant and real.

I don’t want to go into too much detail about the plot of the story so I won’t spoil for those who haven’t read it yet. Not only that, but I haven’t finished the book yet and this isn’t a review. I still have maybe 200 pages left, and I have been savoring every minute of it.

I feel like I say this with every book, but I’m taking my time with this one; I’ve been trying to set out more time in my days to read, but lately it’s only been right before I go to bed. And that’s when I’m the most tired, so I only am able to get through maybe 20 pages before I pass out.

But anyway, once I finish this book (or maybe before I finish it), I plan on taking a day and binge reading the last couple Avatar the Last Airbender comics that I have left. They shouldn’t take me that long to get through; it’s just a matter of sitting down and reading them.

So there you have it. Those are the books that I’m currently reading and plan on reading next. Have you read this book? What book are you currently reading? I’d love to chat in the comments below!

I figured I’d share the most recent books that I’ve bought, and I thought I might do something similar in the future when I buy a handful of books. And I think I’m going to stick to physical books and ebooks only because I don’t buy those types of books that often. And every so often, I want to treat myself to some books, ya know?

So late last week, I decided to order a bunch of books on Amazon. The main reason I bought them is because most of them are on my Fall Reading list. I didn’t own them when I made that, and I thought it was cheaper to get the physical versions of these books rather than the ebooks. Because for some reason the Kindle version for a lot of them were more than the physical? Which I found kind of weird, but that’s besides the point.

I also haven’t bought many books (at least all at once) these last few months besides subscription books (which I haven’t gotten recently). And I needed some retail therapy.

I haven’t been excited to read physical books in a while, and I’m excited to get these in the mail. But without any further ado, let’s get onto the books I bought! I’ll link them to Goodreads if you’re interested in knowing more about them.

The Headmaster by Tiffany Reisz is the only ebook that I got in this haul. It’s pretty short (less than 150 pages), and it was only $2.99 on Amazon. I mentioned in my post on Friday that I was currently reading it, and I still am. It’s a lot steamier than I was expecting, though I knew going into it that there’d be a romance between a teacher and the headmaster of a boarding school. But I thought there were more elements of mystery to get me in the fall mood. And that’s not necessarily the case.

I’m really excited for the rest of the books that I bought, though. To the point where I don’t know which one I’m going to pick up after I finish reading The Headmaster.

The House on the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune is a book that I’ve heard really good things about, but I have no idea what it’s about. But the cover is gorgeous, so I had to pick it up. This was one of the books that wasn’t on my Fall Reading list, but it is now. I’m really hoping it lives up to the hype that is around it.

Another book that wasn’t on my Fall Reading list is If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio. This is one that I saw on Riley Marie’s BookTube video and instantly knew that I needed to read it. Just looking at the cover gave me all kinds of fall vibes. Like look that it. It’s just a skull and looks so ominous and kind of creepy. Again, I’m not sure exactly what it’s about other than it’s a murder mystery. Which isn’t something I’m normally interested in reading, but I’m alway looking to expand my reading.

The last two books that I recently bought were actually on my Fall Reading list, and I’ll definitely be reading them in October for Halloween. Specifically The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury. It’s in the title that it’s a Halloween book. From what I read in the summary, it explores the meaning of Halloween and is a book that inspired Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (which I absolutely love).

I mentioned in a previous post that I really like Francesca Zappia’s books, and I had no idea that she published another book. And of course it’s a book that is perfect for fall and the Halloween season. Now Entering Addamsville has ghost stories, mystery, and something about finding the identity of a killer; that’s all I really needed to know other than the fact that it is by Francesca Zappia. I knew I needed to read it, and I knew I needed to read it in October. If it’s anything like her previous books, I know I’m going to enjoy it.

So those are the books that I recently bought. I’m so excited to read all of them, and they all give me such fall vibes. Have you guys read any of these books? What were your thoughts on them? I’d love to discuss them in the comments below!

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I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary.

5 thoughts on “Book Haul | 9.21.2020

  1. Yes. Just… YES to The House in the Cerulean Sea! I really hope you enjoy it. It’s so heartwarming and ugh, the feels 💙 One of my top 2020 reads for sure! If We Were Villains is on my TBR and it looks/sounds so good! Hope you enjoy all these reads 🙂

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