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Sam’s July Book Haul

Another month, another pile of books. I really tried to control my buying, and in the end I only bought four books! Everything else was either sent by friends, publishers, or through a book swap. Let’s see what I got.

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I won two giveaways back in June, and the books arrived this month. I got Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness by Jennifer Tseng through a Goodreads giveaway hosted by Peguin Canada. The second came from Olivia @ The Candid Cover, and I won her June Giveaway Hop, so I was allowed to pick a June release. I ended up picking The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes which I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about. After Jennifer Mathiu’s Devoted, I’m up for another book that may be similar.


I ended up purchasing two books this month from Indigo. I flew through Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews and I’m so happy I finally read it. I hope to see the film to compare differences and similarities. Hopefully I see it before it’s completely out of theatres. I also got the final book of the Paper Gods trilogy, Storm by Amanda Sun. I need to know how my new favourite anime-esque novel is going to end!


On July 11th I had the chance to attend the Toronto Book Swap @ The Central. Let’s just say, it was chaos! Lots of people trading books, sharing their love of literature. It was a good event minus some unfriendly folks who attended. In the end I gave five books to the swap and took three, which were: North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley, Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg, and From the Notebook of Melenin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson. I also grabbed The Color of Heaven by Kim Dong Hwa, which I finally found, meaning I can complete this series. I am beyond excited!

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Then more book swapping happened as my co-blogger, River, and friends Liz and Zach also sent me books!

From River:

  • The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
  • Prep School Confidental by Kara Taylor
  • The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
  • A Curious Tale of In-Between by Lauren DeStenfano (!!!!!)

From Liz @ Consumed by Books

  • The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
  • The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker

From Zach:

  • Machine of Death by Ryan North et al.

THANK YOU SO MUCH YOU GUYS! I cannot wait to read these!

simonteenThen Simon Teen Canada sent me this beauty, Stand-off by Andrew Smith. Which, omg I am excited for considering we just read Winger for our Summer Contemporary Fling event we just finished hosting! And uh, if you haven’t read Winger, GO DO IT NOW. NOW NOW NOW.


And then there’s Inspector Pancakes Helps the President of France. This is a… super inappropriate at times picture book that I Kickstarted and this was one of my backer rewards. It’s really funny, kind of disturbing, and some dark humour. It’s definitely not for kids, but look at how misleading it is! Inspector Pancakes, I still love you!


While I ended up already reading and owning a copy of this month’s July Uppercase Box, I decided I am still keeping up with the service. I LOVED Finding Audrey, so I am happy that I can give this extra copy to someone else who I think will love it too (and before anyone asks, it’s already gone and spoken for! Sorry!). But I love the amount of thought that goes into subscription boxes (and I never seem to have luck with OwlCrate, one day!). I loved the socks, which I can totally wear to my library job, I loved the book marks (they feature Paper Towns Quotes) and the little coffee sleeve was a great touch. Looking forward to what they come up with for August (MY BIRTHDAY MONTH!)



And finally Harper Collins Canada were super lovely enough to send me advance copies of What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler  and A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. Both of them sound absolutely fantastic and equally horrifying. Except reviews for both of them on the blog soon.

And that was everything I got in my mail box for the month of July. Did you get any awesome reads in the mail? Have you read any of these beauties above? If so, let me know, I’d be curious about your thoughts.

Sam’s June Book Haul

I admit, I am too shy to get in front of the camera a lot of the time. If I wasn’t, well, you’d probably see haul videos and Vlogs. Unfortunately, I am just not that kind of girl. HOWEVER! River is a good sharer, so I thought for those who don’t follow me on Twitter, here’s a look at all the books I received in the month of June. What I may try to do is just have all the books in one shot at the end of each month, but we’ll see. For now, here’s what I got (which is really what you care about and not my rambles, yes?)




The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton — Ended up reading this as soon as I got it. I really want to use this book in a storytime! It’s very much a book about girls being able to do whatever they want without someone stopping them. It’s sweet, funny and worth the read.

From First Second:



The Divine by Asaf Hanuka, Tomer Hanuka, Boaz Lavie — Ended up reading this during #crushyourtbr. You’ll see a review for it coming very soon. 🙂

From Raincoast Books & Simon Teen Canada

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Here’s the books in more detail:

From Raincoast:

  • Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
  • Your Voice is All I Hear by Lean Scheier
  • A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz
  • Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn (for the Blog Tour!)

From Simon Teen:

  • The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
  • The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (SOHYPEDFORTHIS.)

My June Uppercase Box!



The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh — I’ve never tried a subscription box before, for I decided to opt for Uppercase Box to see what kind of book selections they do for the month. It’s a pretty reasonable service and I plan on reading this book ASAP in July. I was determined to try to get in on an OwlCrate, but damn those go fast. However, I loved all the goodies that came in this book, and I’m excited to see how I enjoy this retelling when I get to it.

From my Husband:



The Color of Water by Kim Dong Hwa — So River actually gifted me the first book in this series and OMG, I was hooked. So much so that I sent my husband on a wild goose chase for the other two since they are both rare and out of print. Well, he found me the second book (which I also devoured during #crushyourtbr) and I need the last one. Come hell or high water, I must find it.

And there you have it! What were some of the books you recieved in the month of June? What are you most eager to read from your haul? Not going to lie, I’m actually excited to read all of these, and the ones I have already read, I quite enjoyed. 😀


I’m Getting Married! Also Library Shower!

Soooo, I may have been hinting at it for awhile (or some of you all just know, which ever) but I am getting married! In August! To man I’ve been with almost nine years! He’s adorkable, and I love him. It’s kind of crazy to think you could be with one person for a long time and then poof! You’re getting married! But yeah, I’m really excited to start the next phase of my life with my fantastic and quirky fiancée.

In any case, after talking with my mom and the amazing Kiki came up with the idea that for a bridal shower, we’d shower me in books. The reality is, I don’t need no pots, pans, etc, but I do need library resources. I’m training to be a children’s librarian and my friends and family are aware of this, so I challenged them to go shop in the children’s, middle grade, and YA sections of their local book stores OR select something that was a favourite of theirs from when they were growing up. The results are pretty crazy, let me tell you!






Needless to say, my family and friends spoiled me rotten (and apparently this isn’t all of it either, which scares the crap out of me). I am the type of person who would rather give gifts than receive them, so I was shocked at the out pour and love I received that day. It’s crazy to know and think how much people truly love you, and these women are some of the strongest, smartest, and most thoughtful people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing in my life. I’m eternally grateful to each and every one of them. I only hope I do each one of them proud.

Looks like I’ll be on another book buying ban soon, because I have a lot of reading to do!


November Book Haul!

BakoIvwCcAA3TcKSo much like my co-blogger, I have “an acquiring too many books and not reading them all” problem. I cannot help myself! Though to be fair, in the case of November I didn’t a lot of the books I received are either for review or were gifted to me. I need to work on having some control, a book banning may be in order for realz because as my spouse put it, “The Shelf of Shame is growing.”

I can’t help how easy it is to make The Shelf of Shame grow. Although seriously, I kinda want to see other people’s shelf shame of backlogged books, because I sure as hell know I’m not the only one with this problem.

On to the books!

So from Razorbill Canada I received:

  • “The Rule of Three” by Eric Walters (Check back here on January 22nd, where in we are taking part in the Blog Tour for this title).
  • “Landry Park” by Bethany Hagen (which doesn’t release until Feb 2014)
  • “The Investor’s Secret” by Andrea Cremer (which doesn’t release until April 2014)
  • “Half Bad” by Sally Green (releases March 2014)
  • “Under the Egg” by Laura Marx Fitzgerald (Middle Grade, March 2014)
  • “The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky” by Holly Schindler (Middle Grade, Feb 2014)

Razorbill Canada, you spoil me. Huge love to Vikki and Razorbill Canada for sending me this wonderful pile of ARCs to work through. I can’t wait to share my reviews of some of them too!

From friends I received: 

  • “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” by Holly Black from Kiki. We both love Holly Black so this was a “We’ll share!” purchase.
  • “Studio Ghibli: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata” by Colin Odell & Michelle Le Blanc and “Dragon Age: Asunder” by David Gaider from Kimberley. Kim knows two of my favourite things — video games (Particularly my insane love of Dragon Age) and Studio Ghibli. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into both of those reads.  🙂


  • “The Real Boy” by Anne Ursu — I have heard such amazing things about this book, particularly from Misty over at The Book Rat. I read and adored “Breadcrumbs” and the moment I got home with “The Real Boy” I immediately started reading it and I have since finished it. Easily a favourite this year.
  • “Fiddlehead” by Cherie Priest. — I am a huge Clockwork Century nut, so naturally I had to have this… except I haven’t read the book that comes before this one. I need to make the time to read them both!
  • “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate — Animals, middle grade, adorable cover, heard nothing but amazing things about it. Grabbed this in Indigo’s recent 3 for 4 sale.
  • “Curtsies & Conspiracies” by Gail Carriger — It’s no surprise that Gail Carriger is a favourite author of mine. Her books always manage to make me laugh and smile. This was a pre-order that finally came in, read it as soon as I got it and loved it to pieces.
  • “Soulless Vol. 3: Blameless” by Gail Carriger & REM — Manga version of Gail Carriger’s Soulless series. These adaptations have been fabulous so far so I’ve made it a point to keep up!
  • “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher — This is a book that comes up a lot in discussion about best books that handle the subject of bullying. It’s been floating around library lists and other bloggers I follow adore this novel. I’m hoping I can get into it myself.

So there’s the books. This is not including all the e-ARCs I am sitting on… which is an insane amount that I should be slapped for. Let me know what you think of my haul, what interests you from the pile, and if you’ve read any of these, let me know in the comments which ones I should be pushing to the top of the TBR pile. Also send me your pictures of your “Shelf of Shame.” I’d love to see them!

…I think this means I really do have to go on a book ban for December. Someone scold me if they see me trying to buy books!