Book Haul: September 2016


I think I was much more restrained this month than in previous months when it comes to my book haul. Even though I acquired lots of books, I only bought 14 of them! Which is still a lot… but it was my birthday this month and I didn’t buy as much as I thought I did. Book haul justified.



I love how Crooked Kingdom and The Thousandth Floor have the same pretty black and gold colour scheme! It’s soooo pretty. Half of these purchases from Book Depository were preorders. I preordered Crooked Kingdom, The Thousandth Floor and Phantom Limbs. Milk and Honey was a book that I picked up on a bit of a whim but I’ve since read it and absolutely loved it. I purchased P.S. I Like You because I love Kasie West’s fluffy contemporary romances and this one was just as good as her other ones have been. Finally, I picked up The Encyclopedia of Early Earth (which I used to have a copy of but gave it away to a friend who I thought would also love it) and Isabel Greenberg’s new graphic novel, The One Hundred Nights of Hero. I can’t wait to read it!



On the first day of September, I went to the #YAFanFest, hosted by Allen & Unwin, to preview some upcoming titles. There were also some amazing Aussie YA authors there and books for sale by Kinokuniya. I ended up picking up a copy of Swarm 4 weeks before release at the event and got it signed by Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti. I also bought a copy of Garth Nix’s Goldenhand before release at the event too, which I gave away to a friend. The following day, I went to a Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan event at Kinokuniya and I picked up two David Levithan books that I don’t already own, Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Are We There Yet? Finally, for my birthday, I bought myself Embrace by Jessica Shirvington because I’ve really enjoyed the three books of hers that I’ve read so far, Disruption duology and Between the Lives.



I’ve been saving up my Dymocks credit points since July so that I can spoil myself on my birthday. However, when I went to the store, there weren’t actually that many books that I wanted to buy. I ended up picking up Graffiti Moon and a finished copy of Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley. I also bought Graeme Simsion’s new novel, The Best of Adam Sharp, which was signed. Funny story, after I bought this book from Dymocks, I went to Kinokuniya to browse, and 5 minutes after I left Kinokuniya, I checked my Instagram feed and saw a picture of Graeme Simsion signing copies of The Best of Adam Sharp at Kinokuniya, posted 15 minutes ago. Totally could have gotten my copy personalised if I was paying more attention!



At the #YAFanFest event that I went to, there were goodie bags for all the attendees. In my bag, I received The Diviners and London Belongs to Us. Because I’ve already read and reviewed London Belongs to Us, I ended up swapping with Emily @ The Loony Literate for Cooper Bartholomew is Dead. At the event, I also won an ARC of Garth Nix’s Frogkisser! in a lucky dip that he was running. It sounds hilarious and I’m so excited to read it. From publishers, I received Swarm from Allen & Unwin, Replica from Hachette Australia, Witch’s Pyre from Pan Macmillan Australia, and Empire of Storms from Bloomsbury Australia. Empire of Storms actually came last month but I didn’t include it in my book haul last month. My coblogger Jeann @ Happy Indulgence sent me Open Road Summer for my birthday and I’m so happy to now have it in my hands!!

Phew! All done! Which books did you purchase in September and what are you most excited to read?


21 thoughts on “Book Haul: September 2016

    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I finished Replica yesterday! My review is posted here. But overall I thought it was really enjoyable even though there were some things that needed a bit more development. There were some plot twists that I really enjoyed. Even though it’s a pretty fat book, I finished it quite quickly because it was so engaging. I can’t wait to read Will Grayson, Will Grayson! I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with John Green’s books but I’m really keen on reading David Levithan’s Will Grayson.

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  1. BeanCountingBookworm says:

    I’ve just finished Swarm and it was really good! Zeroes isn’t talked about much as a series but I really enjoy the different take on it. Swarm is full of action and I really enjoyed how much you got to delve into the characters and backgrounds of each and the relationships between them all. Hope you enjoy it if you get around to it. 🙂

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I’m not completely sure if The Diviners will be my cup of tea (plus it’s a massive book!) but I really like this edition as well so I might hold on to it for a while. I’m so excited to read Frogkisser! I might wait until the end of the year before I read it though since the release date isn’t until February.


  2. cw @ readthinkponder says:

    Your hauls are so therapeutic to look at. They’re a marvel every month.
    (And wow, Crooked Kingdom and The Thousandth Floor DO look good together.)

    I bought myself 6 books (which is the most I’ve ever bought in one go I KNOW I’m a peasant) but they haven’t arrived yet. I bought myself The Young Elites trilogy, Morning Star, The Girl From Everywhere for the Keep it Diverse Bookclub read, and Not Your Sidekick. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THEM TO ARRIVE. :’)

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Omg I want my entire shelf to just be copies of Crooked Kingdom and The Thousandth Floor. That’d be so beautiful *_*

      I wish I had the self-control to just buy 6 books. I’m already double that number for October and we’re only 1/3 of the way through the month!! I’ve always been intrigued by The Young Elites because I like the idea of an anti-hero main character so I might check it out at some point. I always see you talking about it on Twitter!! And I really need to read Golden Son as well… TOO MANY BOOKS.


  3. Lydia Tewkesbury says:

    Crooked Kingdom is everything! I am about half way through and officially terrified of Twitter because I don’t want to get spoiled. The stress is real.

    Will Grayson, Will Grayson is such a great book! I hope you really enjoyed it. John Green and David Levithan compliment each other so well. It is such a good concept, and the characters are as engaging as you’d expect from both those authors. Happy reading!

    Also happy birthday! I hope you had fun times 🙂

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Ahhh yes, leave the Twittersphere until you finish Crooked Kingdom! Although I think the spoilers have died down a bit now. That book was EVERYTHING. I loved it soooo much and I’m pretty sure I’m going to be rereading the duology before the year is over XD

      I’m super excited to read Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I didn’t really have any interest in it before but I saw David Levithan speak at a few events in August and September and he mentioned that his favourite character he’s ever written is probably his version of Will Grayson. Super keen now!

      Thank you. I had a great birthday and lots and lots of fun times! I was super spoiled this year.


  4. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings says:

    Great haul! I love the cover of the Thousandth Floor, I didn’t get to see it as my ARC came through without it. Enjoy all your reads!

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