The Unemployed Bookworm’s January Book Haul

This is going to be my last book haul for a while since I’m…you know, unemployed (that word hurts me so much). Anyway here are my books for Jan:

There’s my regular SPCA finds (I’m going to miss the SPCA. Who’s going to help save the dogs???)

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And then there’s my books from Bargain Books.

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I just started Rebel of the Sands and it’s impossible to stop reading.

What books did you buy during Jan? I’d love to know below.

Five Books I Really Wanted to Read (But Never Got Around to Doing So)

FIVE BOOKS I REALLY WANTED TO READ (BUT NEVER GOT AROUND TO DOING SO)

Every once in a while there is a book that I absolutely have to have but can’t afford. I rarely buy books at the regular price so sometimes I wait years for books to go on sale before I finally buy them. 2016 was a really great year for books I really wanted. However those books are now just sitting on my bookshelf gathering dust. Here are five books that I really wanted to read but never got around to doing so:

 

1) City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare- I read the first three books in this series when I was in matric and never got around to finishing the series. I read spoilers online however and now I don’t feel like reading the last three books. This sucks since these books were part of my present and I can’t read any of Cassandra Clare’s other books until I finish this one.

2) Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare- I got a signed copy from Reader’s Warehouse which I never read because I wanted to finish The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices first. So yeah…probably not going to read this any time soon.

3) Soundless by Richelle Mead- I was beyond thrilled when I found this in the bookstore. But I’ve read the first chapter thrice already and it just doesn’t seem to hold my attention.

4) The Jewel by Amy Ewing- I don’t remember what this is about but I know I saw it on Booktube and fell in love. This book came home with me from the bookstore and went straight onto the shelves.

5) The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer- I got this in a mystery book box from Exclusive Books but never read it. I found Twilight difficult to get through during my last rereading so I don’t think I can read any more of Meyer’s work for a while.

 

Are there any books that you were excited to buy but never got around to reading? I’d love to know below.

 

Fiction Friday: Book Review- The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. Since this was dubbed “the debut of the year”, I was really excited to review it. This was everything I didn’t know I wanted and needed in a book. Seventeen-year-old Flora has amnesia and forgets things after every few minutes. Her only memories are from before she was ten.
But then Flora kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend (or ex-boyfriend but they broke up like two seconds before Flora and Drake kissed. This reminds me of Rachel and Ross’ “we were on a break argument” but never mind). When Flora wakes up the next day, she remembers that she kissed Drake and decides tracks him down because she is convinced that a) she is in love with him and b) she is convinced that he holds the key to her memory.
Honestly the first part of the book doesn’t have much in the way of plot but it’s oddly intriguing to watch Flora go through her daily life. I think she does pretty well for someone with amnesia especially when she decides to travel on her own- something her parents definitely don’t want her to do.
This book exceeded my expectations and was so different. I loved that I was unable to predict the ending. This was incredibly well-written and I finished it in one go. I couldn’t stop reading.
This is a book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys YA.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake 

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So many questions. So many twists. So many characters. I have no idea what I’m going to do with my life now that this book is over. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I’ve been obsessed with this book ever since I’ve heard what it was about and was so glad to finally be able to read it.
However I found the first 50 pages difficult to get into. Each of the three sisters have a separate love interest, friends, foes and family which made it very confusing for me. There was far too much new information all being introduced at once and I hated it. But like I said before, I waited ages for this book and I was determined to see it to the end no matter what. So I pushed through and I was glad that I did.
“Three Dark Crowns” tells the story of three sisters with three different powers. The sisters need to fight to the death in order to win control of the crown. This is a book with betrayal, deception, corruption, politics, lies and secrets. It was amazing!
I loved how different each sister was and even though I tried my hardest not to get attached to them, it broke my heart whenever I thought of any of them dying. This story left me with several questions and I need the sequel ASAP to give me answers. I think that this is a book that anyone who appreciates YA fantasy and strong female characters will enjoy.

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Blog Tour Review: Ready Set Rogue

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I’m so thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for “Ready Set Rogue” by Manda Collins. I loved this book and couldn’t read fast enough (full review below).

READY SET ROGUE  by Manda Collins

From the bestselling author of The Lords of Anarchy series, comes the exciting first installment of Manda Collins’ new Studies in Scandal series: READY SET ROGUE (St. Martin’s Paperbacks; January 3, 2017; $7.99; 978-1-250-10986-6). Collins is back in the Regency era with a passionate, yet unexpected romance that comes in the wake of a thrilling murder mystery.   

 

When scholarly Miss Ivy Wareham receives word that she’s one of four young ladies who have inherited Lady Celeste Beauchamp’s estate with a magnificent private library, she packs her trunks straightaway. Unfortunately, Lady Celeste’s nephew, the rakish Quill Beauchamp, Marquess of Kerr, is determined to interrupt her studies one way or another…

Bequeathing Beauchamp House to four bluestockings—no matter how lovely they are to look at—is a travesty, and Quill simply won’t have it. But Lady Celeste’s death is not quite as straightforward as it first seemed…and if Quill hopes to solve the mystery behind her demise, he’ll need Ivy’s help. Along the way, he is surprised to learn that bookish Ivy stirs a passion and longing that he has never known. This rogue believes he’s finally met his match—but can Quill convince clever, skeptical Ivy that his love is no fiction?

Don’t miss Ready Set Rogue, the first in Manda Collins’ new series set in Regency England!

 

AUTHOR BIO: Manda Collins is the author of The Lords of Anarchy series, which includes Good Earl Gone Bad and A Good Rake is Hard to Find, as well as several other Regency-set romances. She spent her teen years wishing she’d been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. When she’s not writing, she’s helping other people use books, as an academic librarian.

MANDA COLLINS SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Twitter: @MandaCollins
Facebook: @MandaCollinsAuthor
http://www.mandacollins.com/

MY REVIEW:

Quill is furious when he learns that his beloved aunt, Celeste has bequeathed her home to four blue-stockings. Convinced that the women are nothing but con-artists, Quill rushes to the estate to somehow save the property that he considered his home. However sparks fly when Quil encounters one of the blue-stockings, Ivy. Ivy soon discovers a letter from the late Celeste in which she shares her suspicions that she may have been murdered. Quill and Ivy need to work together to find Lady Celeste’s killer before he/she strikes again.

I’ve never read a historical mystery novel so this was something new to me. I usually find myself skipping to the end of mystery novels because I’m too impatient to wait to see how everything plays out but this wasn’t the case. I was too captivated by the plot to even consider skipping to the end and I was glad I did. The ending was totally unexpected and I was left shocked.

I really liked the characters of Ivy and Quill. Their chemistry is tangible and I loved their scenes together. The characters in this book are incredibly well-written and real but I strongly felt like the character of Daphne  stole the show. I can’t wait to read a book about her. I actually can’t remember the other blue-stockings and I just felt like they were background characters while Ivy and Daphne dominated their little group.

This is an incredibly well-written book that I couldn’t put down or read fast enough. I recommend this book to all fans of historical romance and mystery novels. I’ve never read a book by Manda Collins before but now that I have I can’t wait to read more!

 

6 Reasons Why You Should Start a Book Blog

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1) You have a valid excuse for buying stacks of books:
Every time I go overboard at the bookstore (which is pretty often- you can’t price recent books at R69 and expect me not to buy them), I assure myself that it’s a very necessary blogging expense. Truth be told, there are times when I want to review a book that is mine and not a recent release so I love buying books for this reason. Also I love reviewing books just to say “omg I loved this book” or “this book was okay” as opposed to reviewing to create buzz for a book.
2) You have a valid excuse for reading that stack of books:
You have a legitimate excuse for doing nothing but reading. “I’m working on my blog” sometimes means I’m drafting blog posts but usually it means that I’m reading. Whatever. It’s still blog-related.
 
3) You may get free books:
I know free books is not a reason to start a blog but it is certainly a great perk. I love finding a really great book and then being approved for it on Netgalley before it releases. I will forever appreciate being able to read “With Malice” by Eileen Cook six months before it’s actual release date.
4) You get to meet the bookish community and make friends who understand all the crazy feels you get from books:
It is so great to be part of a community that understands crazy book habits. I feel like I’ve found my “people”. Book-lover unite and take over the world!
5) You discover new authors and new books:
Authors may ask you to review their books allowing you to discover new authors and books that you may not have found without your book blog.
6) It makes for a pretty fun hobby:
If I could describe book blogging I would say that it’s like living in a universe full of books. You read books, review books, write about books and so on. Just thinking about it makes me giddy. So many bookish stuff to do.
Do you have a book blog? What made you decide to start one? I’d love to know below (Also, feel free to share the URL below).

My Most Anticipated Reads for 2017

Happy New Year everyone! I’m so thrilled that 2017 is finally here because there’s so many great books coming out! Here are a few of my most anticipated reads for 2017:

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1) The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
2) One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
3) Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
4) A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
5) Now I Rise by Kiersten White
6) Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
7) Because You Love to Hate Me by Various Authors
8) Caraval by Stephanie Garber
9) Firstborn by Tosca Lee

 

What books are you most looking forward to reading in 2017?