Saturday, 26 September 2015

My Weekly Book Haul: 26/09/2015


Image result for can't sleep gifIt feels nice to finally be back on the blog, after I took some unplanned weeks away. I'd been struggling really badly with insomnia, caused by a medication I am currently taking. It is horrible! I thought I'd suffered from it before, but clearly I had absolutely no idea what I was talking about before. It has been really hard and I had started to feel like a bit of a zombie. But I am finally getting used to the medication, which means the insomnia is getting better. So I hope to get back to blogging now.

I've been feeling the urge more and more to do book review/discussion videos, as well as tag videos. I love discussing books and I just find it easier talking about them, rather than trying to get my thoughts typed up. But editing videos is actually hard as hell. How do people do it?!?! But it is also so fun to film them and do them. Then it is just hard to watch them. It's very cringe worthy. But it is A LOT of fun, so I will definitely be continuing doing them from now on.

In my break I managed to complete my reading goal for the year, I have now read over 100 books and I am really happy. I have also become a little bit (seriously!) addicted to this show my sister showed me, called Switched at Birth. I am now addicted. I've watched almost 40 episodes in 4 days. I can't stop. My Daphne and Wilke feels are far too real.

My haul this week is rather huge, but that is because I won an amazing giveaway that Maximum Pop Books was running on Twitter. I retweeted a picture of this massive pile of books... AND ACTUALLY WON! I couldn't believe it, especially when hundreds of people had retweeted it. I even decided to post an unboxing haul when it arrived.



Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott  The Martian by Andy Weir
Flawed by Kate Avelynn

I absolutely had to buy myself The Martian. I need to hurry up and devour that book before the movie comes out, as I am rather desperate to see it.






Flesh and Blood by Simon Cheshire | Dark Room by Tom Becker | Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini | Firewalker by Josephine Angelini | Suicide Notes for Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten | I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson | What We Left Behind by Robin Talley | Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa | Black Cairn Point by Claire McFall | Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromley | Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Demon Road by Derek Landy | The School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani | The Monkey's Secret by Gennifer Choldenko | The Self-Esteem Teams Guide to Sex Drugs & WTFs by The Self-Esteem Team | Wannabe by Tessa Clayton | Survivor by Tom Hoyle | Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe | Zayn: A New Direction by Sarah Oliver | Being Conchita by Conchita Wurst | Unbecoming by Jenny Downham | The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johanssen | Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell |

HOW AMAZING WAS THAT WIN!?!? SOOOO MANY BOOKS!!! I admit that I actually have quite a lot of these, so any I already have will probably be given away at some point. 



The Light That Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew | When I Was Me by Hilary Freeman |
Cloud 9 by Alex Campbell | A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson | Magic Flutes by Eva Ibbotson |
The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson | A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson | The Secret Countess by Eva Ibbotson |



I also want to show off the incredibly cool book necklace that Cait from Paper Fury sent me! She not only sent me this beautiful ACOTAR one, she also sent me a Half Bad/Half Wild one that you can flip. I LOVE THEM!!! She does these, as well as so many other amazing things, over on her Etsy store.



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46 comments:

  1. Awesome haul. A Crown of Thorns and Roses was so good. I hope you love all your new books.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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  2. Damn, you won a lot of books!
    I have been hearing such good things about Switched at Birth. Ever since I finished with Hart of Dixie, I've been looking for a show that could give me the same things Hart of Dixie did - relationship drama, romance, humorous scenes etc. and a couple of people have suggested Switched at Birth. I'm just afraid it is too filled with teen drama/high school drama... is it?

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    1. I know, it was a huge box from Maximum Pop books and I was so happy. Switched at Birth is soooo addictive. It's less about the high school life and more the whole family. I loved it, and I am NOT a fan of teen drama. I still recommend it. It will give you the same as Hart of Dixie - relationship drama, romance, humorous scenes.

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  3. How do you win so many books? Great haul:D I hope you feel better!!

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    1. I got really lucky, it was one massive giveaway box of books that I won :)

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  4. You got a lot of fantastic books this week! I hope you enjoy them all!

    Lindsey

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  5. Wow, I thought I'd gotten a lot of books but you put me to shame with your haul, I'm actually a little bit jealous, but then I think about how intimidated I'd by all those books and I'm not anymore.I'm a little bit intrigued by Switched at Birth but I really struggle watching teen dramas (yet can easily read them in book form and love them as films) because I get bored of the dragged out drama that happens on TV. I may be able to try again for a good high school drama though.

    Anyway, I'm glad you're back blogging and hope you manage to get over this bout of insomnia, there is nothing worse than lack of sleep, especially when you are doing everything humanly possible to try and get it and you just can't sleep.

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    1. It is far too intimidating. It is months later and I still haven't found a place to put most of these. It's a BIG problem haha! :)

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  6. OHMYGOSH THEY'RE SO BEAUTIFUL. Demon Road is absolutely AMAZING and I'll Give You the Sun is just...flawless. I read it last week and it just blew my mind asdfjkgls.

    ENJOY! <3

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    1. I have to admit to not loving I'll Give You the Sun... I'M THE ODD ONE OUT!!!

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  7. That's a huge book haul! Should provide you with a lot of pleasurable reading time. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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  8. I didn't realise that The Martian was a book! I'm desperate to see the movie as soon as possible, the trailers look amazing. But I'm not sure if reading the book first will spoil the movie - I normally hate screen adaptations of books that I like...

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  9. So many fantastic books! That was definitely a great win!! Hope you enjoy them all.

    Beatrice @ Book for Thought

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  10. Loving all these videos I am seeing come through! I love filming booktube videos too and can agree - sometimes it is just so much easier to film your thoughts than type them up! And what an amazing haul it must have been so great to win those books! So many great reads in there x

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    1. I was enjoying it. It just took a lot of time. Maybe I will do more soon.

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  11. AFJDKLAD I'M SO GLAD YOU LIKED THE ACTOAR NECKLACE. :') And, zomg what a WIN. That is so awesome and amazing!! (And that first photo is also incredibly beautiful too btw. Books. omg. Why are they so devastatingly gorgeous.)

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  12. Congrats on winning so many books (and amazing ones at that)! Insomnia sucks, I hope everything gets better soon. :/ That necklace is beautiful! As a side note, congrats on reading 100 books. I have always set that goal for myself but I think the closest I have ever gotten was 62, I just never seem to have enough time. I hope you enjoy all of your new books! :) Here's my STS: http://unearthlyreviews.blogspot.com/2015/09/stacking-shelves-10.html

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    1. By the way, I'm a new follower! I love your blog, it's gorgeous! :)

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  13. Wow, that's a haul! Congrats on the win. I hope you enjoy The Martian - I just read it ready for the movie and absolutely loved it. Couldn't put it down! :-) I'm sorry to hear you haven't been well. I hope you continue to feel better!

    My StS!

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    1. Thank you. Now just to find the time to read them all :)

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  14. Cloud 9 catches my eye in your wonderful haul. Haven't read the book, but I'm looking forward to the Martian film too.

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  15. GAH! Seeing your hard cover copies of ToG makes me think I'm going to have to buy second copies, maybe when they're all out. Great haul!

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    1. I ended up buying second copies too! They are just soooo pretty!!!! :)

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  16. The Martian is a lot of fun! It made me laugh a lot, while also being tense/exciting. I need to see the film too. Great haul! Also, medication-induced insomnia is just... gah. I used to get it a lot.

    My STS.

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  17. You must have been buzzing with that huge book win! Ooh I'd love to win something like that but I never remember to enter! Congrats and I hope you enjoy reading all your new stuff!

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  18. That is an amazing book win! Wow! Several of them are on my TBR and a few others I think I now need to go look up. I hope you enjoy all these! Happy Reading!
    Jamie @ Vailia’s Page Turner .

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    1. I know, I was so happy and surprised when I won it!

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  19. AHHH. SO MANY FABULOUS BOOKS CHARNELL! I absolutely loved Red Queen, The Martian and I'll Give You the Sun so I hope you end up liking them as much as I did. And your Sarah J Maas books look gorgeous - especially with that necklace! Thanks for sharing and, as always, happy reading! ♥

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    1. I only loved The Martian out of those two.... ooops!!! :)

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  20. OMG CAN I PLEASE ASK YOU TO SEND SURVIVOR TO ME BECAUSE TOM HOYLE AND I LOVED HIS OTHER THINGS, I'LL PAY THE POSTAGE AND EVERYTHING. Such a great haul there Charnell, and I'm pleased your starting to feel better in yourself, self-care is so important and it's something we all forget. So much good stuff! :D

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    1. Ahhh I only just got to my comments. OMG THAT HAS TAKEN ME FOREVER. MONTHS!!! 4 MONTHS!!! Is it bad I haven't even gotten to Survivor yet?

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  21. WOAH congrats on that massive haul Charnell! That is a truly epic haul to feast my eyes on hehe. I'm so glad you're enjoying booktube! It takes me hours to edit because I am OCD about the transitioning and editing lol. I have this obsession with either making things 5 minutes or 10 minutes, because I'm convinced if it's longer then no one will bother watching lol. So gorgeous with the SJ Maas books too!

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    1. I know. I want to go back to vlogging but the editing was taking me HOURS!!! Like so many hours that it is actually a little ridiculous.

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  22. Woahhhh amazing haul and - YESSS YOU GOT A COPY OF SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL! Man did I love that book. You got some really interesting non-fics as well. But can we just talk about the Josephine Angelini covers for a moment? .... WOW they are really something. Enjoy your books :)

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    1. I KNOW!!!! I HAVE to read it. I know it was one of your favourites :)

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