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november book haul

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“I buy way too many books.” – Orson Scott Card

 

I, myself, have been on a long drought of not buying books.  I’ve made myself set a book-buying ban (even ebooks!) until Black Friday (aka the monumental day for American Christmas shoppers) so I could save up money to…well, buy more books.  It was a three-month period of aching with want because of all the new releases in September and October.  I might’ve broken it a couple of times (cough, Six of Crows, cough, Magnus Chase…), but otherwise, I came off pretty clean and thought I deserved a reward.  So, when I discovered that Connor Franta was dropping an exclusive, hardcover, signed edition of his memoir A Work in Progress, I had to go to Barnes and Noble at six o’clock in the morning to get it on Black Friday.  And, of course, there just happened to a stand of signed books by my favorite authors right beside it.

Yeah, I totally bought them all.

So here’s a little list of all the books I’ve bought in November/a mini wrap-up sort of thing.

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1) A Work in Progress, Connor Franta

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Connor Franta has to be one of my favorite YouTubers, mainly because he’s always spewing out all this creative content all the time.  This book is filled with his photography, memories, and little short stories plucked out from his life.  I simply couldn’t resist getting this beautiful hardcover version of his memoir.  I mean, look at the gif (which I proudly made)!  Look at how beautiful it is naked!!!  I can’t wait to read this.

2) Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer, Rick Riordan

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For any Riordan fans, Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer is a lighthearted, action-packed novel about Annabeth Chase’s cousin Magnus, son of a Viking god.  Not only are Riordan’s hilarious chapter titles are back (remember the Heroes of Olympus titles?  what a bore, right?), but also Riordan’s writing style is as strong and humorous as ever.   You’ll never look at Thor the same way ever again (that’s to you, Chris Hemsworth).

3) Winter, Marissa Meyer

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BEST.  CONCLUSION.  EVER.  I was so worrisome that this book will screw up the entire quartet for me, but it’s literally one of the best last books I’ve ever read.  This thing is loaded up with 800 pages of intense, fast-paced storytelling as Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Winter (and their beautiful men, of course) fight against the evil Queen Levana to reinstate the true queen on the throne.  This is the last book to the Lunar Chronicles, and if you haven’t picked it up, you need to.  Pronto.

4) Steelheart, Brandon Sanderson

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Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite new authors I’ve read this year, and Steelheart was too good to comprehend.  Superheroes are the villains in this world, and Steelheart has to be the worst of them.  He rules what is present day Chicago, and cannot pierced with bullets, knives, or any form of weapon.  David, a young boy living in the streets of Steelheart’s rule, has seen the evil villain bleed, and will do anything to make him bleed again.  AHHH IT’S SO GOOD.  PLOT TWISTS GALORE.  (I am patiently waiting for the final book to come out in 2016.)

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5) Carry On, Rainbow Rowell

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A spin-off novel from the world introduced in Fangirl, this plot follows Simon Snow and Baz Pitch, the uncanny roommates at Watford School of Magicks who are always at each other’s throats.  This book, in my opinion, takes fan fiction to a whole different level.  It was such a fun and easy read; I flew through it within a day.  And Basilton.  Oh, Basilton.  He’s the most swoon worthy vampire I’ve ever read (yes, that includes Edward Cullens).  Note: did anyone think it was Basil-ton like basil the herb when they first read it?  Because I did, and when I said it out loud for the first time, it was with my book friends, and they gave me all weird looks.

6) The Rose Society, Marie Lu

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I loved The Young Elites; Marie Lu’s fanatic twists were different and refreshing.  It was a very dark theme, and the main character, Adelina, made me question her motives and sanity plenty of times.  In The Rose Society, Adelina continues her journey to tear down the Inquisition Axis.  My friend has been nagging me about reading this ever since it has came out.  According to Goodreads, this is suppose to be even darker then its predecessor, so I cannot wait to dive in.

7) The Full Collection of All of Roald Dahl’s Books (not pictured)

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I’ve read them all, and these books played a huge role in getting me to read.  Once upon a time, Linh did not like to read (gasp!) because it “made her tired and want to fall asleep.”  Nevertheless, her determined parents continued to encourage her, giving her books from Henry and Mudge to Percy Jackson, and then James and the Giant Peach.  Roald Dahl’s writing technique and style lured me into the stories, and each one was its own package of adventure, joy, and excitement.  The illustrations by Quentin Blake only spurred me to delve even further.  Looking at them at Costco brought back a sense of nostalgia.  Now, I have all his amazing stories on my own shelves, and I cannot wait to reread them.

 

ANNNNDDD that’s my haul guys!  Thanks for reading my first blog post (AHHHH) and I hope you gained some insight on what should be at the top of your TBR pile!  Have a lovely day/night/afternoon/morning.

 

love, linh

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