Whose Ready for a Book Haul? (July 2015)

Hey everyone!

Due to a really busy and long weekend, I decided to push some posts around for this week.  Instead of today’s Bookish Monday, I will be featuring July’s book haul in its place! 🙂


I got a couple books over the last month that I have been wanting for a REALLY long time.  So let’s get into the fun part!:

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee


– Most of you may already know this book, or were forced to read it once or twice through schooling, but since the new sequel came out, I was gifted with this copy from my mom.  While traveling, she came across an indie bookstore (that I will feature in a future post) and came back with this classic along with the bookmarks that you will see below!

–  Goodreads’ Blurb:

  • The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior—to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

Spelled by Betsy Schow


– While browsing the young adult section in Barnes & Noble, I found this cover to immediately stand out to me.  I love fairy-tale retellings, so this is a must read that I am highly anticipating!

Goodreads’ Blurb:

  • Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the brooding prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.Talk about unhappily ever after.

    Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called “Kansas.” Now it’s up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse…before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.

Fierce Reads : Kisses & Curses


–  I have not had the chance to read an anthology, but I think this will be a great way to start! I also purchased this from one of my trips to Barnes & Noble.

Goodreads‘ Blurb :

  • A fabulous collection of short stories from your favorite Fierce Reads authors, perfect for fans and new readers!Beloved of readers and booksellers, our Fierce Reads program has garnered tons of enthusiastic fans since its inauguration in 2012. Now, the authors you know and love are coming together in one book! With standalone short stories from a handpicked set of FR authors, this fabulous collection will include a mix of original content and popular favorites, and will often feature characters or worlds from existing Fierce Reads books. Extended, personal introductions from each author will make this a must-buy for fans as well as a fantastic portal for engaging new readers with the program. With a wide range of genres and subject matter, there will be something here for everyone!

Paper Towns by John Greene


– When I saw the movie-adaptation was about to come out and the thousands of bookstagram photos, I wanted to give this book a shot.

Goodreads’ Blurb :

  • Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…

I also got the movie soundtrack while at Target 🙂


Partials by Dan Wells


– I saw this book in Barnes & Noble probably a year ago and I have been putting it off until now!

Goodreads’ Blurb :

  • Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. But sixteen-year-old Kira is determined to find a solution. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that that the survival of both humans and Partials rests in her attempts to answer questions about the war’s origin that she never knew to ask.Playing on our curiosity of and fascination with the complete collapse of civilization, Partials is, at its heart, a story of survival, one that explores the individual narratives and complex relationships of those left behind, both humans and Partials alike—and of the way in which the concept of what is right and wrong in this world is greatly dependent on one’s own point of view.

Nil by Lynne Matson


– I recently saw this book featured in one of the BookTube videos that I watched and decided to get it once I saw it on the shelf!

Goodreads’ Blurb :

  • On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days–to escape, or you die.Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time.


Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz


Goodreads‘ Blurb :

  • What’s your worst nightmare?For Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it’s bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams.And for seven essay contestants, it’s their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project. Ivy doesn’t even like scary movies, but she’s ready to face her real-world fears. Parker’s sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up. . . at least for now.

    Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It’s bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere with this group—the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; “Mister Sensitive”; and the one who’s too cheery for her own good. Someone has to make things interesting.

    Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing.

    By the time Ivy and Parker realize what’s really at stake, it’s too late to wake up and run.

5 Cute Pocket Notebooks


– If you read my post on how I take notes for my reviews, you will notice that these are the same little notebooks but with different designs.  I absolutely love these! (which is why I got so many)

Bookworld Bookmarks & A Book Bracelet


– These bookmarks were also given to me when my mom came back from the indie bookshop, Bookworld!

I would say that this is a pretty good book haul! I purchased 7 books along with 9 bookish items. My bookshelf is definitely growing to where I may or may not need a second shelf 🙂

What do you all think of these books?  If you have read them, let me know what your thoughts were in the comments below! I am really excited to dive into these in the next few weeks 🙂

See y’all tomorrow when I post MY FIRST BLOG TOUR review!



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