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I bought books but it’s my birthday so it’s OK :))

Howdy 😊🀠

Yesterday was my birthday and I turned 19 years old. I’m in the last stretch of my teenage years. What the actual Hell!!

I actually kind of forgot it was my birthday and all my plans were super last minute decisions but I ended up having a really good day. I went out for tapas with my mum and brother and it was so nice that we’re going again next week when my dad’s home.

Usually with a birthday comes a lot of books. I actually wasn’t gifted any this year though because I’m moving and it wouldn’t make sense to get new books that I’d just have to leave behind.

So … I bought myself a bunch of e-books. I probably spent slightly too much money for someone who’s trying to save up for Uni, but it was from Birthday money gifted by grandparents and you only turn 19 once so I thought why not?



Running with Lions by Julian Winters – I’ve had this book on my TBR for about 3 years now but despite how badly I want to read it, it’s one of those that just always slipped my mind when it came to buying books. But finally, I have a copy at my disposal!!

Reading through the synopsis now I’m getting hints of some much beloved tropes: childhood-friends-to-lovers and also maybe enemies-to-lovers as star goalie Sebastian realises that his teams success may depend on his childhood friend that hates him. Its a queer sports story and I love the sound of all of this.

I’m probably gonna get annoyed with football being called “soccer” so I’m going to start mentally preparing myself for that now but I’m excited.

Cute Mutants. Vol 1: Mutant Pride by SJ Whitby – I thought this was a graphic novel. It’s not. This is not the first time I thought I was buying a graphic novel and got a full book insteadπŸ˜‚. I’m kind of disappointed because I love the art of the cover and I want more of that but … I’m keeping an open mind.

I don’t really know what this is about, it was a total cover buy. I also saw that it was an LGBTQ+ superhero story which is completely up my alley so that, and the cheap price, was enough for me to get it.



Afterlove by Tanya Byrne – This is one of my most anticipated releases of the year. Its got a F/F romance that transcends even death!! The cover is beautiful and 100% what initially grabbed my attention. I don’t know if I’ll be able to read it this month but I’m definitly going to try and make this a priority.

Snowflake by Nia Forrester – I like new adult romance books now, especially sports romance. I’ve stopped feeling any embarrassment or shame in this now (unless they have super cringey covers).

I don’t know much about the plot. I know the main guy character is an Olympic prospect bound for greatness but other then that I’m going in pretty blind. I get good vibes from this though and I’m hoping those vibes don’t let me down.



Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales – I really loved If This Get’s Out which Sophie Gonzales co-authored and since I’ve heard such good things about her other books, I thought I’d give her newest solo release a try.

I don’t know anything about it besides that it’s an LGBTQ+ book. I think it’s some sort of mystery or thriller but I could be totally wrong. Going in blind to books can work in my favour sometimes so I hope that’s the case here, and I end up loving it just as much as what I’ve read from her already.

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren – Hurray! A book I know the plot of!! I really liked the Christmas novel written by this writing duo. I have wanted to read more and thier newest release just so happens to be the one I got my hands on first.

This follows a woman, if I’m remembering correctly then she’s a single mum and total nerd for data and statistics, who learns of a DNA based dating app and ends up with a 98% match with the apps founder. I feel like this will be perfect for one day when I just want something nice and easy and quick to make me smile.



Ace of Spades by Faridah Γ€bΓ­kΓ©-ÍyΓ­mΓ­dΓ© – I’ve had my eyes on this new release for a while now and it’s definitely one I plan to read it soon. For the millionth time in this book-haul I don’t know specifics about the plot. When do I ever?

Some people say its dark-academia and I suppose that’s true since is set at a private academy. The tag line says that this is “An incendiary and utterly compelling thriller with a shocking twist that delves deep into the heart of institutionalized racism” which definitly has me hooked. Those two things as well as it being tagged on Goodreads as LGBTQ, Fantasy, Thriller makes me very excited.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – Out of all the books this is the one I splurged on. I definitely used my birthday as an excuse to spend a little more and I’m not mad about it.

I’ve loved this cover since I saw it for the first time last year. I would happily have this tattooed on my body. While at first, the aesthetic was why I wanted to read it, I’ve since read The One’s We’re Meant to Find by Joan He and while it was an odd one, it was super compelling and definitely made me want to read this even more then I already did.

Also I’m planning on doing a post about YA Bird books and so I want to read this for that post. I can’t go into more detail on what this future post will entail because I’m not sure yet, we’ll see what happens once I’ve read the necessary books.


Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud – I wasn’t planning on buying this one for this particular haul but the book I originally wanted, doesn’t come out ’til September and I didn’t realise. I am happy to now have it though because it was one that I was interested in but just got lost in the shuffle.

2019 was a big year for royalty romance’s. I myself was going through a stage of reading a lot of them and so Truly Madly Royally which follows an independant young woman and the prince of a small island off the coast of England was one I added to my TBR.

I’m super excited about all of these books, not so excited about being a year closer to my twenties but it’s fine 😬😭

I’d love to know your thoughts and feelings on any of these books, as well as what books you’ve been hauling recently. Thanks for reading :))

Elli xx

17 thoughts on “I bought books but it’s my birthday so it’s OK :))”

  1. Happy birthday! Also I had the exact same experience with Cute Mutants – definitely thought it was a graphic novel and then this book arrived!!

    You got some good books! Hope you enjoy! 😊

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  2. Happy birthday!! Tapas and books sounds like the absolute perfect day 😊 Afterlove sounds so good! I’ve been seeing it all over the blogs in my feed and now I’m DYING to pick it up!

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