Book Haul| March-May 2019 (#Gifted)

The reason I still do book hauls is due to the fact that sometimes I feel incredibly guilty when my schedule gets in the way of reading the books that get sent to me in time to review them before their release date. I am in an incredibly privileged position where I get PR from publishers, and I want to make sure that I at least getting the book's information out there for those who spend the time to read my blog, and then go on to read books themselves. They are never posted to brag.
I got some incredible books in the time between March and June and I just have to share them with you. I'll be breaking the haul down by month, and as always, I will be stating where if they were sent to me by publishers or if they were bought.



March


A Dress for the Wicked
Autumn Krause
Goodreads
**Received from the publisher as a gift in exchange for an honest and truthful review**
UK Publisher: HarperCollins
UK Release Date: July 11th, 2019


Heartstopper: Vol 1
Alice Oseman
Goodreads
**Received from the publisher as a gift from a giveaway**
UK Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
UK Release Date: February 7th, 2019



Sky in the Deep
Adrienne Young
Goodreads
**Received from the publisher as a gift in exchange for an honest and truthful review**
UK Publisher: Titan Books
UK Release Date: March 26th, 2019


Heroes and VillainsAngela Carter
Goodreads
**Bought in Fopp's Covent Garden store!**
UK Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics
UK Release Date: February 3rd, 2011 (first published in 1969)



The Earthsea Quartet (Earthsea Cycle #1-4)
Ursula K. Le Guin
Goodreads
**Bought in Fopp's Covent Garden store! 2 for £5, how could I say no?**
UK Publisher: Penguin Books
UK Release Date: February 23rd, 2012 (first published in 1984)


Other Words for Smoke
Sarah Maria Griffin
Goodreads
**Received from the publisher as a gift in exchange for an honest and truthful review**
UK Publisher: Titan Books
UK Release Date: April 2nd, 2019


April


The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater's Daughter #2)
Melinda Salisbury
Goodreads
**Thank you Moon for my copy! You can check out Moon's blog, here.**
UK Publisher: Scholastic Press
UK Release Date: February 4th, 2016



The Devouring Gray (The Devouring Gray #1)
Christine Lynn Herman
**Received from the publisher as a gift in exchange for an honest and truthful review**
UK Publisher: Titan Books
UK Release Date: April 16th, 2019


Bloodwitch (The Witchlands #3)
Susan Dennard
**Received from the publisher as a gift in exchange for an honest and truthful review**
UK Publisher: Tor UK
UK Release Date: February 12th, 2019

May


A Girl in Red
Christina Henry
Goodreads
**Received from the publisher as a gift in exchange for an honest and truthful review**
UK Publisher: Titan Books
UK Release Date: June 18th, 2019



Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1)
Kevin Kwan
Goodreads
**Bought during a routine visit to The Works**
UK Publisher: Atlantic Books
UK Release Date: May 1st, 2014

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Magic for Liars

Sarah Gailey
Goodreads
**Received from the publisher as a gift in exchange for an honest and truthful review**
UK Publisher: Tor Books
UK Release Date: June 4th, 2019

 
Spinning Silver
Naomi Novik 
Goodreads
**Received from the publisher as a gift in exchange for an honest and truthful review**
UK Publisher: PanMacmillan
UK Release Date: May 16th, 2019 (first published July 10th, 2019)


A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan #1)
Arkady Martine
Goodreads
**Received from the publisher as a gift in exchange for an honest and truthful review**
UK Publisher: Tor Books
UK Release Date: March 26th, 2019


The Ruin of Kings (A Chorus of Dragons #1)
Jenn Lyons
Goodreads
**Received from the publisher as a gift in exchange for an honest and truthful review**
UK Publisher: Tor UK
UK Release Date: February 5th, 2019


An Illusion of Thieves (Chimera #1)
Cate Glass
Goodreads
**Received from the publisher as a gift in exchange for an honest and truthful review**
UK Publisher: Tor Books
UK Release Date: May 21st, 2019 


Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1)
Susan Dennard
Goodreads
**Replacement copy for the copy I owned prior to losing all my books - I want to get a UK hardback eventually**
UK Publisher: Tor UK
UK Release Date: January 12th, 2017

Wrap-Up| June 2019

As far as productivity goes, June was actually rather successful. I finished a lot of books, got my degree classification results and celebrated my 21st birthday.


American Gods
Neil Gaiman
My Thoughts:
I actually don't remember when I first read American Gods, I just know it was some point after I had read Good Omens. The curse of not keeping my Goodreads account as accurate and up-to-date as I should have back then. I really enjoyed revisiting the story and working out all the bits that have been translated onto the small screen and what had changed to suit the changes in the way we interact with technology. I ended up flying through this 600-page tome in just under a week!

Being Miss Nobody
Tamsin Winter

Goodreads
My Thoughts:
I received this in a giveaway, this time last year, and while I was interested in it, I wasn't sure if it was my cup of tea.  Overall, I really the story and learning more about selective mutism, and possibly why it might affect children like the main character, Rosalind.


The Unbound (The Archived #2)
V.E. Schwab

Goodreads
My Thoughts:
The greatest tragedy of the YA world (I'm really going for that hyperbole here) is the way in which readers and publishers treated this series. But, I am so glad to see that slowly but surely it is finding new readers with its rerelease.


Stardust
Written by Neil Gaiman; Read by Neil Gaiman

Goodreads
My Thoughts:
This was another reread for me; apparently the only books I seem to be able to read at the moment. I think originally I gave this four stars when I first read it, but I'm bumping it up to a full five. It's definitely one of my favourite Gaiman works. 
I don't think this one is for everyone, especially those who are looking for something radical, but I'm completely soft for this book.


Ravencry (Raven's Mark #2)
Ed McDonald

Goodreads
My Thoughts:
Okay, first of all, excuse me, Mr. McDonald, um... HOW DARE YOU?
No spoilers, of course, as this is the second book in a trilogy, but my favourite character? Really? Way to break me like that. 
I will be reviewing this one. When? Soon. Not only that but I will also be getting to the final book in the trilogy as soon as I'm mentally ready to because I need to KNOW.



The Electrical Venus
Julie Mayhew

Goodreads
My Thoughts:
Before starting, I didn't realize how romance heavy this book would be, so the rating is to reflect that it's a me-problem as to why I just didn't connect to the book as much as I would have liked to.



Crazy Rich Asians
Kevin Kwan

Goodreads
My Thoughts:
I found this book in The Works for £2, on their 3 for £5 deal - so if you're in the UK, have look if you're after a bargain deal! 
I will admit, I did the faux-pas of watching the film before reading the book, but that didn't make any difference. I still loved it, as well as the additional changes that were made. I found it to be a fascinating, hilarious and entertaining read. Which was precisely what I needed.




Yup, I got roped into going to see Detective Pikachu. Considering my Pokemon knowledge is more limited than I would like it to be, I really enjoyed the film and the premise that bought these creatures into an alternate vision of the modern world, just with an added spice of Pikachu. I will say that this film is clearly aimed at children, as it follows very simple plot points, but fans of the anime and game will love it too. Trust me when I say, having Ryan Reynolds be the voice of Pikachu makes a whole lot more sense once you have watched the movie.
Thank you to my friend, who shall remain nameless (unless you drop me a line and I'll edit in your name later), who bought me the ticket as an "early" birthday gift. 
Not keeping up with these monthly wrap-ups, might have been a mistake, seeing as everything seems to endlessly blur until the end of May, June, and July all blend together into one hot sweaty, please-make-it-winter stream of thoughts. Let's think, what happened in June? 
First, there was a lot of bouncing knees and impatient tapping, as I waited for one more result to come in, and then, even more, bouncing knees and impatient tapping as I waited for the confirmation email of my degree classification. I am pleased to say I got a 2:1.


As I have previously mentioned, I turned 21 this month. I feel like 21 isn't such a momentous age as it used to be? It was a pretty straight forward birthday, I had a bit of cake, spent most of the day occupying my time (Twitter and reading) and then went out in the evening with a friend I know from school, the same one who I went to see Detective Pikachu with. 
We went to see A Midsummers' Night Dream at the Bridge Theatre. The tickets were a complete impulse buy when I saw that one of my favourite actresses was going to be performing in one of my favourite Shakespeare plays (it's in my top three with Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing).  
In the photo (left) you can Gwendoline Christie, quite literally, in a glass box. What if I were to tell you that we had Gwen standing behind us for a solid 10 minutes as she prepped herself to go out? Cause she did, and I was trying to hide the fact I was crying with panic. 
The play was fantastic, and I really loved the way it was interactive with the people in the pit. Kudos to the crew, as much as the cast, for the work on ensuring a safe and fun experience for everyone. 
I would love to go again, but my dwindling savings are proving that to be a difficult task. But if you are in the position to see it, do it before August 31st. Side note: if you're under 26, go on to the Bridge Theatre website and sign up for discounted tickets!!


The only other thing that happened was that I got my younger sister to take the Pottermore test. As you can see, she was sorted into Slytherin, which I have been saying she was for years. Lauren 1, Sister 0.

















TBR| NEWTs Readathon

Another month, and another readathon.
I may or may not have failed last months Bookie Trails, but I hope to try with the Magical Readathon, this time focusing on the NEWTs. If you haven't heard about this readathon (where have you been?!), then let me show you Book Roasts's video, a.k.a the genius creator, telling you a little more about this round of the readathon.



Click here, for a link to open a new window.

I will be aiming for the Librarian career, which let's be honest, is any of us surprised? For this, I need to read seven books, which I thought that this would be enough of a challenge to spur me on.

ANCIENT RUNES - for a career as a Librarian, you must achieve an Outstanding.

Acceptable - read a book recommended by a friend.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep?
Philip K. Dick
Goodreads

Trying to think of a book that I own that was recommended to me by a friend felt almost impossible. The nature of book blogging means that you could say any book on my TBR, but getting into the specifics of who is rather tricky. Then I found this on my stack and remembered a lecturer of mine gave me a few of her favourite "classic" SFF books that I might be interested in looking at, or at least worth reading to get a better foundation knowledge of the genre.

Exceeds Expectations - read a book written in the past tense.

Magic for Liars
Sarah Gailey
Goodreads

I suck at picking up tenses and somehow spent an entire hour questioning what book were written in the past tense. I've come to the conclusion that this one is, and if it isn't? Well... tough.  

Outstanding - read a book that has been on your TBR for ages.
Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)
Leigh Bardugo
Goodreads

Recently I keep getting the "I'm-in-the-mood-for" feeling I get whenever I look over to my shelves recently, so I thought to pop it on the list.

DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS - for a career as a Librarian, you must achieve an Exceeds Expectations.

Acceptable - read a book that is black underneath the dust jacket.

Sanctuary
V.V. James
Goodreads

This is my most recent haul, gifted to me by the kind and generous team at Gollancz. I remember hearing about this when I got an email with the news of the acquisition and knew instantly that I HAD TO READ IT. A year later and I'm dying to get to these words. 
And it's a plain black hardcover, so there is no reason to.

Exceeds Expectations - Gilderoy's Memory Charm (grab a pen!!) read the first book you remember to be on your TBR.
Because You Love to Hate Me
Various Authors
Goodreads

The only reason this is the first book I remembered on my TBR is because it was the book that sat directly in front of me while I was laying down on my bed. I'm not mad though, an anthology could help to change up the pace and its short stories too.

HISTORY OF MAGIC - for a career as a Librarian, you must achieve an Exceeds Expectations.

Acceptable - read a fantasy book.
Twelve Kings
Bradley Beaulieu
Goodreads

But, Lauren, wasn't this on your TBR for The Bookie Trails? 
Yes, Steve, it was (yeah, I don't know who Steve is either. I think that's supposed to be you).
I'm technically cheating on this one because I already started it. A whole 70 pages. Still sticking it on the list.

Exceeds Expectation - read a book that includes a map.
Heartland (Worldmaker Trilogy #2)
Lucy Hounsom
Goodreads

I've been meaning to continue on with this series for so long, but the books were never with me at University. I might need to see if I can find a little refresher, otherwise, I am super excited to get back to this world and see where Hounsom takes the story.



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