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January Book Haul

Bought at Chapters

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
1001 Ways to Confidence by Anne Moreland

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Bought at local bookstore

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Ben H. Winters & Jane Austen

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Bought at

Prodigy by Marie Lu

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September Book Haul

Relatively short book haul… I was good this month!

Bought online at

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Every Day by David Levithan

Bought online at

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Review: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson [website]

Published: March 2009 by Viking Juvenille

Format: Hardcover, 278 pages

Source: Bought in store at Chapters




Lia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia’s mother is busy saving other people’s lives. Her father is away on business. Her step-mother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia’s head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way—thin, thinner, thinnest—maybe she’ll disappear altogether.


Cover Art: Very nice artistic cover; love the blue-green and the girl in the background.


In a sentence: Insightful, heart-wrenching, realistic novel.

The struggle Lia goes through and the portrayal of her thoughts and feelings were very well done. The book takes on a very personal outlook on the life of an anorexic girl. It can be scary and sad and disbelieving throughout the entire story, and for being able to bring out those emotions in the reader, I have to commend Laurie Halse Anderson.

However, I found it difficult to read almost throughout the entire novel: annoying strikeouts, metaphors, flow of the story interrupted with randomly

 changing fonts and typography size.

I realize that this is exactly how these types of issues would be dealt with within the person’s mind, but reading it was just really really difficult. Because of the not so nice content and difficulty connecting with the characters and the story, I found it hard to pick up the book again once it was put down.

It is a well-written novel. I do recommend it IF you are able to read this sort of book – the kind that delves into the mind of a troubled youth and brings the feelings to life.

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June Book Haul

Goodreads Giveaway

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid (Giveaway hosted by Harper Teen, thank you!)

Bought in-store at Chapters

Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann

Bought online at

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick [Review]

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Paper Towns by John Green

Bought online at

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente
Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Free at a used book sale

The Artemis Fowl Files by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident (Graphic Novel)

Borrowed at the library

Legend by Marie Lu

Deadly Sin Sunday #2

Adapted from the “7 Deadly Sins of Reading” TAG that is going around the BookTube community. This tag originated from BookishlyMalyza’s Video,


My most inexpensive book is probably $0.75.
I absolutely love browsing used thrift stores or used book stores for good deals. Granted, the times when I find something absolutely awesome and cheap are few and far between, but when there is something, my change pocket is almost always emptied.

I live in Canada and there aren’t many bookstores such as “Half-Price Books” here (other than Chapters, but that store doesn’t sell less than the cover cost unless it’s in the bargain section or if it’s on special). So lucky you, folks!

 I like being cheap, and with books, I often don’t mind buying at full price. However, it’s not something I do a lot since it can get really expensive. And I’m a starving student here!

April Book Haul (LATE!)

Goodreads Giveaways:

Crimson Groves by Ashley Robertson
[Giveaway hosted by Ashley Robertson]

Destined by Aprilynne Pike
[ARC Giveaway hosted by Harper Teen] [Review]

Bought in store at Chapters:

Darkest Light by Hiromi Goto
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

Bought online at

Lies by Michael Grant
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Spells by Aprilynne Pike [Review]

Bought online at

Wings by Aprilynne Pike [Review]
Illusions by Aprilynne Pike [Review]
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Bought in store at The Bookwarehouse:

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Emily the Strange: Stranger and Stranger
Emily the Strange: the Lost Days

Bought in a used thrift store:

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

February Book Haul

I don’t have too many books, considering what several others haul each week. I have just started getting back into the swing of reading [hmm… although, I have borrowed some books from the library every now and then… scratch that] getting back into browsing bookstores and purchasing books. I’m a student and my income is limited, so I am not going to be hauling 10 books each week, especially if I have to buy them at full price! I figure over a month, 3-4 full priced books seems reasonable. As well, since my hauls will be pretty thin, I’ll be doing these posts most likely once a month.

Anyways, the book haul!

So I was browsing our local Chapters and Cinder by Marissa Meyer caught my eye and started this whole love of books over again. I could not resist purchasing it and totally loved it. [Review is here if you want to read.] Chapters always has great deals as well in the bargain section. And what did I find there but a hard-cover 1st edition of  Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld… for only $1! So I browsed the Scott Westerfeld section and found Behemoth, the second book to the Leviathan Trilogy. It was full priced and paperback (I like my series’ books to be consistent), BUT it was a signed edition So I bought that as well. Just the other day, I was looking around Chapters again and ended up picking up Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I’ve started reading it and it is so difficult to put down! Look for a review soon!

A few weeks ago, I stopped by the thrift shop near my house and looked through their bargain paperback books for $0.75 each. I ended up coming out with 4 books for only $3 total: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth SteinOdalisque, by Fiona McIntosh, A Walk to Remember, by Nicholas Sparks, and Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. I have been meaning to pick up some Nicholas Sparks books and I’m glad I found this one. It’s a little beat up on the spine but I loved the movie and can’t wait to read it. When I bought Angels and Demons, I thought I didn’t have it [I knew I was missing one of the Robert Langdon books], but turns out I did. I’m now on the look out for The Lost Symbol!

Also, I signed up for GoodReads this month, I believe. I entered a few of their giveaways not expecting anything. But I ended up winning two non-fiction books [I really wasn’t very picky when I chose which book giveaways to enter]. I received The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg from Random House and The Power by Rhonda Byrne from Simon and Schuster Canada. Very interesting books. They can be boring if you aren’t into the informative type of readings, but they held fascinating facts and insights. I will be reviewing these two soon. So look for those as well.

Thats all for the month, folks! Let’s see what March brings!