Book Haul: February 2016


Oh man, I failed again this month. I was on a book buying ban last month, which went quite well, but it’s not really a system that’s going to work long term. I also don’t really like the idea of read 5, buy 1… because I can totally see myself cheating. I decided that I would be happy if I acquired fewer books than I read each month, because it would mean that my TBR is consistently shrinking. And I’m ashamed to report that I’ve failed this month already. I read 15 books in February (check out my wrap up here) and acquired 23. I’M SORRY!



After reading Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson last month, I wanted to catch up on all of Morgan Matson’s releases, so I ordered Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and two of her Katie Finn books. I’ve already read Amy & Roger and I can’t wait to dive into the Broken Hearts and Revenge books! The rest of the books were highly anticipated releases of mine and I preordered them all a few months back. I’m usually pretty good at reading preorders as soon as they come in, but I had quite a few review books to read, which stopped me from reading my preorders. I’ve already read Stars Above but hopefully I can get to The Girl From Everywhere and A Gathering of Shadows soon too.



One of my worst habits is walking around Kinokuniya aimlessly because I always end up leaving with something I didn’t intend to buy. And that’s exactly how I managed to buy these five books. I saw this really beautiful edition of Looking for Alibrandi and just had to have it. I happened to go to a book launch where Melina was present, and got my copy signed 😀 . I also ended up coming home with The Blackthorn Key which is Joey‘s favourite book… and I had to see what it was about. And finally, after hearing people rave about Captive Prince for the past couple of weeks, I had to pick up the trilogy. I was lucky enough to get signed copies of all three.



I bought Hate is Such a Strong Word because I was super excited to be going to the book launch of Sarah Ayoub’s new release and thought I should probably read her debut novel first. I didn’t end up finishing it in time for the event but will definitely be picking it back up soon! YOLO Juliet caught my eye during that shopping trip and I just had to buy it because the cover was so funny! And I bought Ink and Bone due to Jeann and Aila’s glowing recommendations!!



And now to the books that I received from others this month. Jeann sent me When We Collided and Beautiful Broken Things to review on Happy Indulgence. I’ve already read When We Collided and I can’t wait to jump into Beautiful Broken Things too! I’ll also be reviewing The Sidekicks on Happy Indulgence next week, thanks to Penguin Teen Australia. I’m currently reading it so stay tuned for my review. I received How Not to Disappear from Simon & Schuster, and This is Where the World Ends and The Yearbook Committee from HarperCollins. I attended the launch of The Yearbook Committee last week and got to meet Sarah Ayoub and have my copy signed! I’m a gold member at Dymocks and was given the opportunity to receive a copy of Anna and the Swallow Man in exchange for writing an honest review on their website. Thank you to Dymocks and Penguin Random House for that! And lastly, I received Bullet Catcher unsolicited from Allen & Unwin. It’s a western, which isn’t really my thing but I might give it a go someday because it’s got great ratings so far.



iBooks had a Valentine’s Day sale on contemporary romances and I picked up Sweet Filthy Boy for $1.99. I’ve been hearing a lot about it lately and I hadn’t read any NA for a while so I decided to just go ahead and buy it.

I’ll do better in March. I have some preorders coming in though, so no promises 😀


25 thoughts on “Book Haul: February 2016

    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I haven’t bought bookmarks for a while, OKAY?! And my bubble tea addiction cannot be cured. I’ve tried. That artificial crap will never leave my system. (Also doesn’t help that my brother is also addicted, leading to lots of “do you want bubble tea cos your brother does?” messages from my mum)


  1. Lynn says:

    Great haul! I got Stars Above this week as well! Can’t wait to read it! I also really want to read A Darker Shade of Magic and Ink and Bone! I hope you’ll enjoy all of them! Happy reading!

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  2. Trisha Ann says:

    Wow that’s a lotta haul! Knowing you, Jenna, I think this is one of the few sets. Haha! But I love the titles here! That Yolo and Juliet seems very interesting. I wonder what the story’s about. I have Epic Detour on my bookshelf since forever and I haven’t picked it up since the time I bought it. Please let me know if it’s good 😀

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Hahah YOLO Juliet is just Romeo and Juliet written in the form of text messages! It was hilarious to read the play written with emojis and slang XD . Amy and Roger wasn’t my favourite of Morgan Matson’s books but I still really liked it. It’s a super quick read and has lots of notes and playlists inside. The beginning is a little bit on the slower side but I really loved the second half of the book!


  3. Liam's Library says:

    Haha I wish I could get as many book as you in a month! But, you know…money. I’m dying to get to the Captive Prince trilogy, I haven’t read from an Australian author in so long and they sound so good. Enjoy all these! (PS. No need to apologise for books 🙂

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I’m actually really jealous of people who have the restraint to not buy everything they see. I don’t feel bad for spending a lot of money on books because it’s money that I would’ve wasted on something else that’s super unnecessary like… expensive T2 teacups (yeah, don’t ask). But I always feel terrible because my TBR just keeps growing and books that I’ve spent money on just never get read… I’ve read the first Captive Prince book and it was just okay. Not really getting what the hype is all about yet but hopefully it gets better in the next two books. As for OzYA, I read The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis and The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub recently and loved both. Definitely recommend!


      • Liam's Library says:

        Hmm that’s a dilemma. I guess I can’t really relate, not because I don’t want to buy books and don’t want new additions to my collection but just because I don’t have the means to be buying books all the time. But you shouldn’t feel obligated to read every book on your TBR, there’s no rule that says so. Ooh T2!! I love that store.
        That’s a shame about Captive Prince, I’ve been hearing such good things. I’ll give those recommendations a look, thanks for that! 🙂


  4. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence says:

    This is a truly epic haul Jenna! I love how most of the books you bought were signed, what a great score! I have that beautiful Looking for Alibrandi edition too, that’s awesome you got your copy signed! It’s a keeper for sure. I always look forward to your book hauls!

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