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A book haul because I’ve been productive

I have been so productive this week. Honestly, I’m riding the high of being a busy bitch which is a very good thing because, as you’re reading this, it’s the start of Thanksgiving Break, I’m off to New York for a couple of days (agh!) and when I get back, I’ve got like two weeks before I leave to go back home.

Doing all of this work means I can stress less about uni and focus my anxiety on what is probably going to end up being a 24h travel day next month.

To carry on riding this wave of productivity I come to you today with a very over due bookhaul. This is definitely going to be my final haul of the year (besides from the two books I’m adament on buying when I go to the mythical land of Barnes & Nobel). A lot of these I impluse bought on my Kindle for cheap quite a while ago so I’m actually shocked I haven’t gotten around to hauling them yet but here we are!

Let’s kick off with the books I’ve already read …

  • Wolfsong by TJ Klune – I always find it so funny when I recieve an ARC for a book that’s been out for a while and that was the case with Wolfsong as it’s set to be re-released in the UK. This is actually a current read. I’m really enjoying it so far. I’m so swamped with school work at the minute though that it’s taking me forever to make any progress. I absolutely love Ox so far though and am excited to read on.
  • Hex Appeal by Kate Johnson – Halloween has come and gone but either extend the spooky season a little or add this to next years TBR immediatley because this withcy romance was so much freaking fun. I’m so glad I recieved an ARC because it became one of my favourite reads of last month.
  • The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – The trilogy is over. I’m sad. I really loved all three books and this third instalment was a lot of fun. I’m not totally heartbroken about finishing this trilogy though because there’s going to be a spin-off/continuation series following the Hawthrone Brothers coming out next year so I’ve got that to look forward to.

I read the first book of this trilogy over the summer and then dragged my little brother around town until I found the following two books – Good Girl, Bad Blood and As Good as Dead by Holly Jackson. so I’d have them to read when I flew to the US. I didn’t think very far ahead though because now I’ve got two extra books to lug back home.

Overall I enjoyed this series and definitely recommend it. It’s actaully been adapted to a TV show which is exciting. I actually have a whole series review up if you want to check that out.

  • Bad Girl Reputation by Elle Kennedy – Literally the day after writing about this book in my anticipated releases post I received an email from the publisher offering me a copy. Of course I jumped at the chance, one because it’s so freaking cool, and two because Elle Kennedy books are my guilty pleasure reads and I loved the first installment in this companion series.
  • American Royalty by Tracey Livesay – A famous American rapper and the Prince of England fall in love. My thoughts on real life monarchys are murky but when it comes to fictional royalty my opinion is crystal clear: give me all the royal romance books!
  • A Very Merry Bromane by Lyssa Kay Adams – I read this entire series last year and had a lot of fun with it. Each book was better than the last so I have high hopes for this new christmas installment. My December TBR is all holiday related books and this is up at the top.

It Starts With Us by Colleen Hoover – Listen. I saw it in Walmart and I had to do it. I’ve talked before about how I feel like I would have enjoyed It Ends With Us if I hadn’t known so much about it beforehand so I’m really interested to see what I think about the sequel.

The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston – I’ve seen nothing but great things about this book so for 99p you bet your ass I was clicking and collecting this ebook. I’m so looking forward to reading it but I want to save it for spring. This just feels like a book that needs to be read in April, May, June kinda time so I will be holding off until then.

With You All the Way by Cynthia Hand – Does anybody else have those books that they’re drawn to even though they haven’t heard a lot about it? That’s me with this book. Like people were takling about it when it first came out back in 2021 but since then I’ve not heard much about it. Despite that, I’m really interested in reading it which is why when the ebook was available for less £3 I had to jump at it.

How to Excavate a Heart by Jake Maia Arlow – I was already planning on reading this book but I ended up preordering the ebook because the author was saying on twitter how her publishers didn’t promote her last book and I felt bad. I think in 2023 I’m gonna try and pre-order more ebooks that I’m really anticipating from debuting and less mainstream authors because I know it helps a little bit. Anyways, this is on my December TBR. I’m not wishing the days away by any means but I’m super hyped for this.

Ricochet by Krista & Becca Ritchie – Making a lot of progress on The Addicted series is on my 2023 to-do list. It’s giving me Gossip Girl vibes in that it focuses on 3 central sisters and their eventual endgame boyfriends. They’re rich, they’ve got a never ending list of problems and I like reading stuff like that.

Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz – Chances are if I include a book on my most anticipated releases of the year lists, that I won’t actually read the book until next year. Like I purposefully go into the new year with the goal to read last years releases that I missed out on. This is one of them. It’s a historical novel about a girl who wants to be a surgeon except she’s a girl so they won’t let her study, instead she turns to grave-digging. That is what we call girl boos behaviour

A Million to One by Adibja Jaigirdar – I recieved an ARC of this and I’m thrilled. Literally over the moon. I read The Henna Wars earlier this year and really enjoyed it so reading Jaigirdar’s next couple of books is on my 2023 tbr too. This is different to her previous YA contemporary romances – it’s pegged as Titanic meets Oceans 8 and that is something I can get on board with.

Her Majesty’s Royal Coven by Juno Dawson – I have high expectations for this book. It’s one I’ve seen around all year. The cover, the title, the overall premise of A Discovery of Witches meets The Craft and the fact that it’s an adult novel! Yes please, a million times over.

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson – Finally we have made it to the final book of this haul. I only recently discovered this book and I can’t believe I didn’t know about it before. I loved Jacksons’ previous novel, Grown, but that was a realistic contemporary with tough issues so I’m excited to read her take on a more paranormal mystery story.

So there we have my very overdue book haul. I’m definitely going to have to be strict with myself in 2023 about going on a book-buying ban. It’s just so addictive.

As always I’d love to know your thoughts and feelings on any of these books, as well as what new books you’ve acquired recently! Thanks for reading 🙂

Elli xx

3 thoughts on “A book haul because I’ve been productive”

  1. Omg, so many amazing books—what a haul! I recently read Wolfsong and immediately binged the second book and I can’t wait to continue with the series. Ox is something else and I hope you continue enjoying his story! 😍 I want to read so many others on here and one day I’ll get my hands on all of them, lol. Happy reading!

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    1. omg I properly was able to get into Wolfsong on the ridiculosly long bus ride to New York! I want to finish it and continue on to Ravensong so bad but the e-book is nearly £10 and I don’t know if I can justify that. The minute the action (and the heartbreak) got going I was so hooked. I’ve got about an hour of the e-book left but I haven’t had time to complete it yet and it’s been torture!!!!


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