This is every book that I’ve collected in the mail over the past two weeks. Admittedly, I went a little crazy. I’ve already added these to by TBR list for the year, so thankfully it will not be getting any larger.

This is a simple overview of the books, but within the next few days i’ll be posting mini book haul posts (by pile) and giving you synopsis’ / close ups / reasons as to why I bought them! I’m stoked to show you guys some great new (and old….mainly old) titles!


If you click on the titles, it will lead you to the GoodRead’s pages. :]

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares

Where/when/why did you purchase it?

It was MEGA cheap on (all of these novels were purchased from bookoutlet). There has been so much hype around this novel, and I thought it’d be a cute read for the winter. I did not expect to love it as much as I did. 

Everybody Sees the Ants

Where/when/why did you purchase it?

It was cheap….and there was hype. I’ve heard many good things about this YA novel from booktube, and hopefully it will be a surprising and lovely read.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Where/when/why did you purchase it?

This novel is written by A.S. King (as is Everybody Sees The Ants), so I thought I’d grab it (….because of cheapness/hype). I honestly didn’t remember that i’d purchased the Everybody Sees The Ants before I grabbed this one. Oh well!

The Devil All The Time

Where/when/why did I purchase it?

This was a cheap hardcover that I was pleased to see on bookoutlet! Rinceyreads compared Donald Ray Pollock’s writing to Chuck Palahniuk’s, and i’m a HUGE Chuck Palahniuk fan. She also really enjoyed it, and I trust her judgement!


FIRST OFF: Ignore my gross carpet. 

SECOND OFF: This is the first set of books that I purchased!

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

Where / When / Why did I purchase it?

I was at work (I work at Target) and I spotted it. I had heard Astridthebookworm ( rave about it a while back, and I guess it was just a spur of the moment thing. I read it about a week ago, and completely fell in love. it’s SO SO worth it. If you want to read my gushing review, you can click here.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.
Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle–and people in general–has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.
To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence–creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

Where / When / Why did I purchase it?

This was another ‘spur of the moment’ thing at Target. I was on my break, the cover was beautiful, and I was buying a light blue thermal as well so I thought, “Why not?”. I was also familiar with the title, because RinceyReads ( mentioned that it was a great read.

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

“Sometimes dead is better….” 
When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son – and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all…right down to the friendly cat. 
But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth – more terrifying than death itself…and hideously more powerful.

Where / When / Why did I purchase it?

I’ve been eyeing this book for a while on Amazon, and finally decided to treat myself to a disturbing read. I’ve heard that his novel is very character dominant, which I’m very interested in. I’ve ALSO heard that Stephen King’s wife was against him publishing this certain novel. These two things have just left me incredibly intrigued to read it. I’ve read some of his newer works, and well and his initial pieces, so i’m very ready to pick up this 'middle-man’ novel.

More of these sorts of posts are on their way! If you have any opinions of these books, please let me know!


I hauled my new books!


Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects - and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal…or his life? 

I read volumes 1-6 in 2013, and picked up the volumes 7-12 this month. This manga series was the first i’ve read as a whole, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The illustrations were fantastic (especially the shinigami’s, the monsters shown in the last picture) and I found myself taking extra time to just take everything in within the scenes. There were a few arc’s that I was displeased with, but overall the characters were fantastic and it just ended right. 

Volumes 7-12 review: The middle of the series made me drop interest. It became too informative. Instead of just taking action in a scene, the characters would discuss that action for 5-10 pages beforehand. After volume eight the series continued to do that, but I didn’t mind because each arc was interesting and flowed perfectly. I was given fantastic backstories (although I would have loved one for Watari’s orphanage, I did not get one), and I had the opportunity to get really attached to characters - before they died. Volumes 11 and 12 were so fluid and the pacing was excellent. The ending was appropriate and didn’t leave the reader disappointed. The series overall was well worth the read, and it was a perfect introduction into the world of manga. 

Rating: **** Four Stars

Finished: 1/20/14

Global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, young love, and the secret to eternal life — mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. The Great Recession shuffles Clay Jannon from his web-design drone job to night shift at Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Curiously, few customers come in repeatedly and never buy. Analysis reveals astonishing secrets …

Not only did I stumble across an incredible read with this book, but I also discovered a new favorite author! Robin Sloan made every page a pleasure to read - i’m about to gush super hard about this novel. It was just perfect.

The writing was fantastic. The overall style was sarcastic, which was lovely, and pages had a sort of automatic flow to them. There were chapters, but one followed up the next perfectly. Connections were made constantly, and lines were repeated, but not in a way where it was obvious. They were just there, and once I noticed that I read it before, but in a different setting, I got completely over-excited. 

This novel was SO immersive. It’s essentially a quest involving modern culture, newfound technology and ancient novels. WHO WOULD NOT BE INTERESTED? There are also no cliches within this novel. It’s a typical nothing. The novel started out with just one character; our narrator. By the end the story had multiple characters, each of whom had a closed storyline. Many of the different storyline’s gradually developed throughout, and each of them kept my full attention. 

The ending was just fantastic. When there were just twenty pages left, the story stayed unpredictable. I’m incredibly interested in reading more from this author. I’d recommend this read to anyone, especially someone who’s looking for a novel to ‘introduce’ them to the adult fiction genre!

Rating: ***** Five Stars!

Finished: 1/11/14

288 Pages 

I bring these items with me everywhere I go.

  • The book i’m reading (which is currently Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris)
  • The journal I use to write my initial thoughts and first drafts of reviews.
  • Page Flags to mark significant pages or chapters.
  • A good pen.
I felt as if I was about to be in a reading slump.

I read 11 pages of Everything is Illuminated and set it down.

I read 17 pages of White Noise and set it down. 

These are two book i’m ridiculously interested in, but just had no interest in reading either in that moment. 

So I decided to pick up If I Stay by Gayle Forman, and I feel like this is going to be the start of a nice long afternoon of reading. <3



These are novels that take about an afternoon to read, but they are the ones I recommend to people the most. They leave a lasting impression, and that afternoon, as you read, you will feel every emotion possible. They’re just books I completely adore. The GoodReads’ pages for each are linked below if you’d like more information about them!

Dog by Daniel Pennac

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Daniel Pennac

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Wonder by R.J. Palacio


FIRST OFF: Ignore the gross carpet.

SECOND OFF: I am continuing with the immense haul!

Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salerno

Based on eight years of exhaustive research and exclusive interviews with more than 200 people—and published in coordination with the international theatrical release of a major documentary film from the Weinstein Company—Salinger is a global cultural event: the definitive biography of one of the most beloved and mysterious figures of the twentieth century.
For more than fifty years, the ever elusive author of The Catcher in the Rye has been the subject of a relentless stream of newspaper and magazine articles as well as several biographies. Yet all of these attempts have been hampered by a fundamental lack of access and by the persistent recycling of inaccurate information. Salinger remains, astonishingly, an enigma. The complex and contradictory human being behind the myth has never been revealed. Until now.

When / where / why did I purchase this?

This one was a Christmas gift! I did ask for it though. This book goes along with the documentary that just came out named Salinger. I’m a huge fan of Nine Stories and Catcher in The Rye, and i’m interested in learning about the oddities within this author.

Horns by Joe Hill

Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache … and a pair of horns growing from his temples.

When / where / why did I purchase this?

In addition to this being a hilariously intriguing plot line, i’ve never read any of Joe Hill’s work; and he’s Stephen King’s son. I love Stephen King, and it’ll be interesting to compare the writing styles. I’ve also heard that there’s a movie adaption of this one coming out soon? With Daniel Radcliffe in it? I may be wrong. Either way i’m interested, and I purchased this one very cheap on Amazon!

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

Welcome to Chromatacia, where the societal hierarchy is strictly regulated by one’s limited color perception. And Eddie Russet wants to move up. But his plans to leverage his better-than-average red perception and marry into a powerful family are quickly upended. Juggling inviolable rules, sneaky Yellows, and a risky friendship with an intriguing Grey named Jane who shows Eddie that the apparent peace of his world is as much an illusion as color itself, Eddie finds he must reckon with the cruel regime behind this gaily painted façade.

Where/when/why did I purchase this?

If this is not an intriguing plot, I don’t know what is. I originally heard of this novel through TheReadables ( It was in my Amazon wishlist for about a year, and I finally decided to pick it up!

Bite Me by Christopher Moore

The undead rise again in Bite Me, the third book in New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore’s wonderfully twisted vampire saga. Joining  his farcical gems Bloodsucking Fiends and You Suck, Moore’s latest in continuing story of young, urban, nosferatu style love, is no Twilight—but rather a tsunami of the irresistible outrageousness that has earned him the appellation, “Stephen King with a whoopee cushion and a double-espresso imagination” from theAtlanta Journal-Constitution and inspired Denver’s Rocky Mountain News to declare him, “the 21st century’s best satirist.”

When / where / why did I purchase this?

…Well. I did not realize until now that this was the third in a series. HOWEVER! I haven’t read any Christopher Moore novels yet, I figured I should, and I haven’t read about vampires in a while. Ergo, the purchase (which was at a bargain price on Amazon).

Q Road by Bonnie Jo Campbell

Greenland Township, Michigan: On the same acres where farmers once displaced Potawatomi Indians, suburban developers now supplant farmers and prefab homes spring up in last year’s cornfields. All along Q Road – or “Queer Road,” as the locals call it – the old, rural life collides weirdly with the new. 
With a cast of lovingly rendered eccentrics and a powerful sense of place, Q Road is a lively tale of nature and human desire that alters the landscape of contemporary fiction.

Where / when / why did I purchase this?

What really drew me in with this was was the promise of thorough character development. I love contemporary fiction and this just seemed like a perfect read to analyze. I found this one for very cheap on !

More of these book hauls are coming out soon! If you have any opinions on these books, please let me know!

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. 
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

This was awesome. Completely worth the hype. I don’t know why I waited so long to read it. It’s a fairytale retelling, so I suppose I thought that it’d be kind of dull since I ‘already knew the story’. Quite the contrary! Knowing the skeleton of the story made everything so much better. For example, I knew Cinder (the cyborg cinderella) would end up going to the ball at the end. However, Marissa Meyer made it seem pretty much impossible that she’d be going. I ended up being shocked that the story ended up exactly where it was supposed to be.

The skeleton, the original fairytale, was embroidered into this retelling with quirky characters, a fantastically powerful world and ridiculous events. Everything put together added up to such a great story to read, and Marissa Meyer made each event sequentially perfect.The fact that it was told in third person left room to flesh out nearly every character, which was lovely. I ended up loving Cinder-based chapters more than the rest. I usually don’t find myself loving the girl-dystopian-young adult-protagonist chapters. But I did! She was a great character, as was Iko and Dr. Erland. I loved everybody, but those three are my favorites. Their quirks were too lovable. 

My ONLY issue was that I figured out the massive plot twist half way into the novel. However, it didn’t make the novel less enjoyable. In fact, once I figured it out (I was literally 50%) done with the novel), I decided to make a trip to Target to snag Scarlet. I realized I’d be with this series for the long haul, so grabbing the sequel was a must. The novel is VERY well deserving of it’s hype, and though i’ll be taking a small break from the world, I know i’ll be forced to read Scarlet soon by my curiosity. 

Rating: ***** Five Stars!

Finished: 3/14/14

387 Pages

Originally published in 1973, the ground-breaking, uninhibited story of Isadora Wing and her desire to fly free caused a national sensation—and sold more than twelve million copies. Now, after thirty years, the iconic novel still stands as a timeless tale of self-discovery, liberation, and womanhood.

For all of its class-bound preoccupations and the cramped horizons of its political vision, Fear of Flying does remain an important document, of both the literature and the emerging gender protest of its age. Its greatest triumph is the depiction of a female psyche battling the forces of loneliness while still yearning for pleasure. It’s a brilliant portrayal of how differently women experience existentialism, romance, and solitude. —Natasha Vargas-Cooper

It’s sad. Halfway through the novel, I checked GoodReads to see everyone’s reviews about this book, convinced they’d all be raving. Apparently, this is one of those controversial books that people either love or hate. I don’t understand how one could hate it. I’ve never read anything like it, this novel was GORGEOUS. Some said the writing was less than average in quality, others said it was beautiful. I say it’s stunning.

This novel is written in the style of a memoir, which is my most preferable medium. The woman protagonist, while trying to figure what she wants and what her place is in this world, constantly contradicts herself - and she’s well aware of it. Despite Isadora (said protagonist) being so outlandish at times, she’s a COMPLETELY relatable character! As she vents about her struggles of developing through her womanhood, her words touch issues that are never literally spoken in todays society. And this novel was published in 1973! It was so completely before its time, so blunt, raw, thought provoking, satirical and intellectual. This is a novel I can learn more from each time I pick it up, which is just lovely. Isadora shares the fears of every woman, and every person who fears to go against society’s general stereotypes. I love her, and this novel for that. I feel more comfortable with my own body and mind after reading this, which is more than I have to say for any other book i’ve read. Ever.

Rating: *****Five Stars!

Finished: 3/10/14

299 Pages.

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”
So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Timesbestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

This book SHOCKED me. I knew people raved about it, but ever since Will Grayson Will Grayson I haven’t been a fan of David Levithan’s writing. Wowwowwow. I was so wrong in my former judgement - this came together perfectly. I have never met more likable, individualistic characters. I had virtually no sad feelings throughout the novel, just raw, happy feelings. I’ve already purchased three copies for people in my life that I think would enjoy just getting to know the characters. It was exquisitely written (I underlined a ton) and the development throughout was grand. It was just a wonderful book, quite deserving of it’s hype.

Rating: ***** Five Stars!

Finished: 1/21/14

260 Pages


FIRST OFF: Ignore that gross carpet: Again.

SECOND OFF: Book Haul, part two!

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Do you believe there are ghosts and demons and Diviners among us? Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfurled in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened…. Where/when/why did I purchase this? I honestly felt compelled by the internet to purchase this one off of Amazon. It’s cheap, for one thing. It was $6.60 with prime shipping on Amazon, and with the page count (which is 608 pages) that’s just a steal. It’s also been reviewed highly by much of the booktube community. Therefore, it needed a place on my shelves. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss.
She wouldn’t have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn’t have hit her head on the steps.
She wouldn’t have woken up in an ambulance with amnesia.
She certainly would have remembered her boyfriend, Ace. She might even have remembered why she fell in love with him in the first place.
She would understand why her best friend, Will, keeps calling her “Chief.” She’d get all his inside jokes, and maybe he wouldn’t be so frustrated with her for forgetting things she can’t possibly remember.
She’d know about her mom’s new family.
She’d know about her dad’s fiancée.
She wouldn’t have to spend her junior year relearning all the French she supposedly knew already.
She never would have met James, the boy with the questionable past and the even fuzzier future, who tells her he once wanted to kiss her.
She wouldn’t have wanted to kiss him back.
But Naomi picked heads. Where/when/why did I purchase this? Somewhere along the line, probably about a year ago, I found out about this book and put it on my Amazon wish list. While I was going on my Amazing buying spree two weeks ago I saw that it was on Bargain Books, and was going for $3.60, with prime shipping. So, so convenient.  Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry So wrong for each other…and yet so right.
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth.
But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common.
Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can PUSH THE LIMITS and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her HOW TO LOVE AGAIN. Where/when/why did I purchase this? I read this novel on my kindle last year (because the cover is just embarrassing) and FELL IN LOVE. It’s a wonderfully written contemporary young adult novel that keeps the reader captivated. When I went to the Book Expo of America (BEA) last summer, I received the companion novel, Dare You To in paperback (which also has an embarrassingly hideous cover). Since we cannot jude books by their covers, and I wanted the companion novels to be companions on my shelf, I purchased this novel in paperback. I highly recommend it, it’s a fantastic young adult read. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut–young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers, Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister. 
Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If the world survives, that is. Where/when/why did I purchase this? I first read (listened) to this book on, which I DEFINITELY recommend doing. Reading this novel via audiobook was absolutely fantastic. However, there were so many fantastic quotes that I wanted to ‘underline’, and I can’t underline a spoken word. Therefore, about six months after the novel was first read to me, I purchased a physical copy on Amazon. This book is what made me start thoroughly enjoying science fiction. Who wouldn't  want to read about battle school?! More of these sort of reviews are coming your way soon! If you have any opinions on any of these books, feel free to share them! 

Also, here is my blog blog post in which I talk about TBR ‘shaming’!