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Gifts to myself for surviving my first year of uni // Book Haul

Hey and howdy 🤠

I’m finally back home in Spain and I’m getting my last round of assignment marks back which means I’ve officially finished with my first year of university.

Looking back the hardest part about being at uni was cooking for myself. If anyone is heading off to Uni for the first time in September please start learning to cook now. Not even learning to cook, I mean I can do the basics, but get thinking about meals you can make quickly and for cheap because it’s a nightmare. Pasta and wraps are going to make up the majority of your diet, believe me.

I’m very happy with myself for making it this far. Not to toot my own horn or anything but I am actually proud of myself, not even necessarily for the academic side of things, but for the social aspect of living away from home. I was very surprised by the lack of spiralling like I expected.

Obviously because of all this I’ve had to treat myself over the last couple of weeks with some new e-books. How can I not when e-books are so cheap and I’ve been so stressed?



Nick and Charlie by Alice Oseman – My friend got me this as a going away present since I’m going to America in August and won’t be seeing them til January. I’ve already read it. I made the most of my train journey back from the Connan Gray concert to demolish this.

Book Lovers by Emily Henry – I’m jumping on the Emily Henry train this summer, starting with Beach Read and following up with this here newest release. I bought this because it was 99p and how am I meant to say no to that?

She Gets the Girl by Rachel Lippincott & Alysson Derrick – Rachel Lippincott is one of the authors of Five Feet Apart which I enjoyed but this book she wrote with her wife which is so cute. Again this was 99p and it’s a book I actually have had my eye on for a while so I’m excited to pick this up.



Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamine Alire Saenz – I’m scared of this book. Why did I do this to myself? I’m going to cry like a big baby just like I did with the first book.

Breaking Time by Sasha Alsberg – Sasha was hands down one of my favourite booktubers and a big reason I got into reading. I didn’t read the book she co-authored because sci-fi isn’t my thing (and the reviews weren’t great) but I’m interested in her first solo venture, a historical fiction time travel novel so I impulsively bought a copy, one just to see what it was like, and two to support her a little bit. I’m intrigued.



Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I’m slowly but surely making my way through Taylor Jenkins Reid’s popular books, month by month. Last night I finished Evelyn Hugo which means next up is, of course, Malibu Rising. I actually went to Waterstones as soon as I could after finishing Daisy Jones. No regrets.

How to Fake it in Hollywood by Ava Wilder – For the first time ever I pre-ordered a book. Popular new releases, even on e-book version, are normally just under £10 so when I saw this for £3 I had to pre-order it! I have a really good feeling about this one. I’ve since learnt that it tackles a lot more heavy subjects and isn’t the cutesty fake-dating in Hollywood story the cover makes it seem like but I’m excited none the less.

Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong – On my first day of Uni I was accepted for an ARC of Our Violent Delights and then flash forward 9 months and, literally today, I was accepted for an ARC of Gong’s newest release. Once again I audibly gasped. I’m very excited about this one and, of course, will be reading it ASAP.



You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman – Sometimes you just get a good feeling about a book and I have that feeling about this one. This is about academic burnoutt or preassure or something like that. I can big ass relate to that.

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas – YA mystery thrillers are like goldmines. I go through spits and spats of reading these so I like to invest in them when they’re cheap so I have a decent backlog for when I’m in the mood for this genre. This one in particular, as you might have guessed, revolves around cheerleaders.



Darling by K. Ancrum – This wasn’t a “surviving uni” gift to myself. I bought this back when I ordered a couple of books I needed for my course and figured I’d make the most of the shipping fee’s. I have actually started reading this Peter Pan retelling but had to put it down after a couple chapters cause I was just too busy but I am determined to read it soon.

A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth – Along with Darling this is a book I’ve been dying to get my hands on. I was holding out for a physical copy but ultimately bit the bullet and bought the e-book. I spent so much time longing for this book that I’d actually forgotten what it’s about. I’ve since re-learnt that it’s an LGBTQ+ fantasy faerie book so that just reignite’s the excitement,.

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum – I’ve gone from owning 0 K. Ancrum books, to 2. I didn’t even realise this author wrote both of these books until a few weeks ago when it just kind of clicked. This had really good reviews back when it came out. If I’m remembering correctly it was “trippy” so can’t wait for that.



They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman – Again with the stocking up on YA mysteries that were on sale for 99p. I feel like I’ve seen this one around a lot but the only problem is I don’t actually know what it’s about. Digging into the deep pits of my brain, and also going off the tartan background, I think it’s set at a private school but that’s all I know. I don’t mind not knowing much though. Adds to the mystery of it.

A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair – We started this haul with a going away gift and we’re finishing this haul with a going away gift.By the sounds of it, it’s a Hades & Persephone re-telling, or at least inspired by that. I wouldn’t have ever picked this book up myself so I’m super intrigued as to what I think.

And there we have my most recent round of books that have joined my collection. I have too many. I knew this would happen when I got my hands on a UK based Kindle account. I’m not too mad about it though. It’s not like I spent my student loan drinking like I should have so may as well go wild in other areas of my life.

I’d love to find out what you guys have hauled recently, also your thoughts and feelings on any of these books mentioned. Thanks for reading :))

Elli xx

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