Book Haul: July 2016


At the beginning of this year, I told myself that I wasn’t going to go on book buying bans or force myself not to buy books. But I wanted to limit my book buying so that I’d read more books each month than I bought. That has completely gone out the window in the last few months and July was no exception. My terrible book buying habits are still in full force. So let’s just get into it.



Aila @ One Way or an Author has been telling me to read Starflight since she read it and I finally got myself a copy! It’s beautiful and I’ll be reading it really soon. I read Red Rising a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it so when I saw Golden Son majorly discounted, I picked it up so that I could continue the trilogy. I’ve been wanting to read The Great American Whatever since it was released and I’m happy that I finally bought it. The other two books, Soppy and Furiously Happy, were books that I bought using the BookTubeAThon discount. I have two other books that I ordered along with them but were shipped out late so they’ll be in my August haul at the end of this month.



I was a little naughty this month and went to Kinokuniya multiple times to browse… which obviously led to some book buying. I’m going to a few David Levithan events in late August and early September so I’m making my way through his books that I haven’t yet read. Obviously I had to pick up his newest release, You Know Me Well, and I also couldn’t keep my hands away from How They Met, which is a short story collection. I’d been wanting to check out a Jennifer L. Armentrout novel for a really long time but I was never really that interested in her Lux series or any of her other books. But The Problem with Forever sounds right up my alley! And it also has a beautiful cover

Kinokuniya had a 14th birthday 20% off storewide sale at the beginning of the July, so I bought a few books then. I purchased The Outsiders, which I’ve always wanted to read. Every Word is the second book in a trilogy and I picked it up because I own the first and third books. I also picked up Between the World and Me and The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You because I’d heard some good things about them. Finally, I got the Alex + Ada volumes because it’s been a series that I’ve been eyeing for a while and I liked that it was a completed series.



Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is finally here! I preordered it and picked it up on July 31st because I was so excited about it! The book itself is so beautiful. The naked hardcover is stunning, as are the end papers. I try to go to #YABookmeet each month, hosted by Emily from Dymocks Sydney, and the theme for last month was disability. She recommended Maggot Moon and I snatched up the last copy. I also did a bit of a browse and bought a copy of Where Things Come Back, because I loved John Corey Whaley’s Highly Illogical Behaviour. Emily also convinced me that I needed a copy of Seven Ways We Lie, which she special ordered for me. In July, I also went to the Sydney launch of Nevernight and got myself an early release copy. It was absolutely amazing!



I was really fortunate this month to receive lots of books from publishers and from my coblogger, Jeann @ Happy Indulgence. Jeann moved house in July, so she sent me a package of books to review on Happy Indulgence before she packed them all away. She sent me her extra copy of When Michael Met Mina, and review copies of The Other Side of Summer (thanks to Penguin Random House Australia), Whisper to Me (thanks to Bloomsbury Australia) and Nothing Tastes As Good (thanks to Allen & Unwin). I received Arena 13 as a trivia prize at the #YABookmeet.

From Allen & Unwin, I received for review The Boundless Sublime, Maggie’s Kitchen, With Malice and London Belongs to Us. Fremantle Press sent me Saving Jazz and I received Trial by Fire from Pan Macmillan Australia. Thank you to all these wonderful publishers.



The author of Unicorn Tracks, Julia Ember, asked if I wanted to review her book and of course I said yes because UNICORNS. BABY UNICORNS.

Check out the books I read in July and what I thought of them in my July Wrap Up!


20 thoughts on “Book Haul: July 2016

    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I’ve heard lots of amazing things about Starflight! I can’t wait to read it and I’m hoping to find time to read it soon! It sounds right up my alley! Furiously Happy will probably be one that I won’t get to for a while but I’ve heard countless great things about it and I’m sure it’ll be an impactful read.


  1. Lynn says:

    Soppy!! I’m dying to read that! How they met and other stories is. I loved the majority of the stories. The escalator is one of my favorites😄 You got some really great books, can’t wait to hear what you think of them!

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Awesome! I’m probably going to dive into that one sometime in the next week or two. I’m meeting David Levithan at a few events in the upcoming weeks so will definitely be reading How They Met before then. Soppy is brilliant! It’s such a quick and heartwarming read. I loved it.


  2. Nick says:

    I can’t wait for you to read Starflight. I think you’re going to like it a whole lot. And I’m sensing an awesome binge-read in your future with the Every series. Ahhh, I hope you’re going to be obsessed as I am with Mycroft and Rachel. These two are so OTP material!
    I want to read The Only Thing Worse Than You Is Me. I’ve been hearing some fabulous things about it.
    Anyways, happy reading, Jenna and I hope you enjoy all of these!

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Aila loved both Starflight and The Only Thing Worse Than You is Me so I’m really keen to read those soon. And yes, I’ll definitely be binge reading the Every series in the coming months. I love all things Sherlock so I’m pretty sure I’m going to love the trilogy too.


  3. Kim says:

    Wow, lots of amazing books here! I’m so jealous of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Nevernight! I’ve read You Know Me Well and gave it 5 stars, and I hope that you do too! 🙂

    Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor: BLOG || VLOG

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  4. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence says:

    I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Golden Son! OMG IT IS SO GOOD. And once I’ve heard your thoughts on Starflight, I might just have to pick it up! So many great books you picked up from Kino! I still need to read the Every series, but I’ve heard good things about it. I actually quite enjoyed Trial By Fire! Wasn’t a fan of the sequel though.

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I have no idea when I’ll actually get around to reading Golden Son T_T. Red Rising was just so emotionally intense that I think I still need a longer break before I can pick up the sequel 😀 Haha okay, good thing I asked them to only send me Trial by Fire instead of the whole trilogy.


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