November through May Book Haul // Christmas, Travel, Birthday gifts & more!

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done a book haul. The last one was in October if you can believe that. I’m confident I’ve now accumulated enough books to write another one! So, her’s my November through May book haul!

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CHRISTMAS

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28919058Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Goodreads

My godmother gave me Autoboyography by Christina Lauren for Christmas. I have since read it and gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed it. This was a lot more dark than I had expected; It was a love story, but very heart-breaking at the same time. The characters were realistic. I also think the religion part of the story was done well. The book discussed some of the faults of the LDS religion, but did so with respect. This book didn’t bash the religion and I appreciated that. Overall, I would recommend this!


TRAVEL

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30754000Here We Are : Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen

Goodreads

Both of these books I picked up when I was in London over spring break. I got them at Foyles and I have read both of them. Here we Are I gave 3.5 out of 5 stars. It was a disappointment in the sense that I had expected to give it 5 out of 5. Some essays I liked, some I didn’t. The range of voices we got to hear from was so wonderfully diverse though. I really liked all the different perspectives. However, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the lay-out. The red edges and the decoration stood in contrast with the essays. It was very much in your face and it distracted from the content.

29236299Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

GoodreadsMy review

This quickly became one of my favourite books. 5 out of 5 stars! I’m so happy I picked it up in London. For starters, I love how different this book is from most. The mixed media gives it another layer. The plot was very fast-paced and action-packed. I didn’t want to put the book down at any moment. I read over three hundred pages of it in the same day! I loved the characters. I got off on the wrong foot with Nik and Hanna, but quickly grew to love them. I liked their romance. My absolute favourite character was Ella. She was badass, sassy, funny and good-hearted. Overall, I would most highly recommend this!


NEW RELEASES

These two books I bought as new releases, because I was so excited about them.

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Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Goodreads

After loving Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, I just had to pick up this book. I loved seeing the characters again and getting more of Simon and Blue’s relationship from the previous novel. As always, I loved Becky Albertalli’s writing. She gets teens and doesn’t make it cringe-worthy. I liked the plot of the novel as well. I do think the end could have used a couple more pages. It felt a bit abrupt. I totally ship the romance. I love those two together! Therewas one thing I didn’t appreciate in this novel , but I can’t tell you about it without spoiling. Overall, I gave this 5 out of 5 stars and even though it’s not as good as Simon vs., it still deserves its spot on my favourites list!

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard; The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

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Goodreads

The Ship of the Dead came out in Dutch a couple of months ago, so I bought it. Rick Riordan has become an auto-buy author for me. I’ve been collecting his books in Dutch, because the way Greek and Roman names are butchered in English annoys me. This book in particular was a disappointment in comparison to the previous books in the Magnus Chase series. I took me over half of the book to get into it. The characters were good though and as always the book made me smile or laugh once in a while. The ending was a bit too clean and easy for me though. It wasn’t thrilling, because I knew the characters would end up just fine. The stakes where constantly repeated, but it felt as if they weren’t there are all. This whole book was just okay for me and I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.


BIRTHDAY

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24909347.jpgObsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Goodreads

The last three books in this haul were all birthday gifts. Obsidio I got from my friends. After loving Gemina, I had put it on my ‘wish list’ shelf on Goodreads. I think my friend saw that and I’m very happy she did ;). Like every other book in this series, this was very fast-paced and action-packed. It didn’t feel like a 600-page book. The way it’s told is very engaging and unique. I liked where the plot went and was satisfied by the conclusion of the series. I liked the new characters and enjoyed seeing the characters from the previous books again. However, this book just wasn’t as good as the previous one. Gemina remains my favourite out of the three. I gave this a solid 4 out of 5 stars and I would definitely recommend this series as a whole!

33295690Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens

Goodreads

I read this book during Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon at the end of April and I absolutely loved it! It became a new favourite of mine. I loved it so much that I asked for it as a birthday present from my brother. I’m so happy I now have my own copy to annotate and re-read! The characters are what I loved most about this novel. I loved their dynamics! Billie is a great main character and different from most protagonists you get in YA. She wasn’t perfect and made mistakes. She wasn’t shy either. The plot was entertaining throughout and kept me hooked. The writing style was lovely and I even laughed once in a while. I gave this 5 out of 5 stars and I would highly recommend it! It’s so underrated!

34930815.jpgWires and Nerve; Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer and Stephen Gilpin

Goodreads

Lastly, I bought this book myself with some money I was gifted. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite series, so I’m happy with anything that enables me to spend some more time with the characters. I liked the first volume in the Wires and Nerve graphic novel series and I’m so excited to continue on! I’ll start reading this the second I finish my current read!


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Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Tell me down below!

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Love,

eva 2.0

 

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