Huge Christmas Book Haul

Hey Readers!

Happy holidays and a Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate! I got spoiled this year with books for Christmas and I wanted to share with you a list of all of the books that I got this year!

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  • The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
  • Predator’s Gold by Philip Reeve (Mortal Engines, Book Two)
  • Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve (Mortal Engines, Book Three)
  • One Day in December by Josie Silver
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle, Book One)
  • The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles, Book One)
  • The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles, Book Two)
  • The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles, Book Three)
  • Scythe by Neal Schusterman (Arc of a Scythe, Book One)
  • Unwind by Neal Schusterman (Unwind Dystology, Book One)
  • The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson
  • Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (The Reckoners, Book One)
  • Firefight by Brandon Sanderson (The Reckoners, Book Two)
  • Calamity by Brandon Sanderson (The Reckoners, Book Three)
  • The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson (Wax and Wayne Series, Book One)
  • Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (Skyward, Book One)
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
  • The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang (The Poppy War, Book One)

 

If you’re interested in a short description of each of these I have some exciting news! I started my very own Booktube channel and my first ever video is showcasing my book haul! I’ve linked it here, so go check it out!

What books did you get for Christmas?

– Hannah

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Best of 2017

Today is the last day of 2017 and I don’t know about you guys, but this has probably been one of the worst years in my life. I am more than ready to close the door on 2017 and walk into 2018. I’ve already dubbed 2018 the year in which Hannah makes her mental illness her priority, so things can only go up from here. So, in honor of probably one of the worst years of my life, I’m going to share the top five books that I read this year (in no particular order).

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Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence. Constance Chatterly unhappy and married to an invalid, finds refuge in the arms of their game keeper, Mellors. Together they learn how to find peace and fulfillment in their lives. – I’m not sure if you can tell, but this book is well read and well loved. This is one of my favorites of all time, I read it over and over and constantly fall in love with this story.

“We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.” – D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterly’s Lover

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Le Cirque des Rêves arrives without word or warning, a beautiful circus only open at night. Within its tents, there is a fierce competition between two talented magicians Marco and Celia. Unbeknownst to the two magicians, the competition is a duel that ends only with the other participants death. As the two fall in love, the fate of each of them, the circus, and all of their friends hang in the balance. – I got swept away in this story, and when it was over I was upset there wasn’t more of it. I felt like I was a part of the magic of the circus while I was reading it, I fell in love with every one of the characters, my heart breaking and rejoicing with them.

“I am tired of trying to hold things together that cannot be held. Trying to control what cannot be controlled. I am tired of denying myself what I want for fear of breaking things I cannot fix. They will break no matter what we do.” – Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood. In the midst of an economic collapse, Stan and Charmaine believe that the gated community of Consilience may be the answer to their prayers. As troubling events start to occur, a darker side of this community starts to emerge. – I love everything I’ve ever read by Margaret Atwood, and while this novel isn’t as dark as either The Handmaid’s Tale or the MaddAddam trilogy it does have a lot to say about the human heart and what it is to be free.

“The past is so much safer, because whatever’s in it has already happened. It can’t be changed; so, in a way, there’s nothing to dread.” – Margaret Atwood, The Heart Goes Last

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore. The life of Jesus was written out in the Bible but you might not have heard the whole story. Here is where Biff comes in, Jesus’s childhood best friend. He is here to tell us the true story of Jesus that we haven’t yet heard. – This book was by far the most humorous one I read this year. I was laughing out loud at work, causing multiple coworkers to ask inquisitively what exactly I was reading. I had to stop and reread passages over again purely because I had been laughing so hard when I read it the first time I didn’t want to miss anything. In a year like 2017 this was definitely my favorite read by far.

“It’s wildly irritating to have invented something as revolutionary as sarcasm, only to have it abused by amateurs.” – Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal

I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan. The Devil has just been offered a hell of a deal, reentry back into Heaven if he can live a well behaved life in a human body on earth. In almost stream of conscious-like prose, instead of teaching us what it is like to be the Devil, he ends up learning a bit of what its like to be us. – This book was recommended to me by one of my best friends and I ended up loving it just as much as he thought I would. The way the novel is written takes a while to get used to, it doesn’t have much structure to it, most of it is just stream of conscious thinking, but once you get used to it, I, Lucifer was quite the enjoyable ride.

“(I invented rock and roll. You wouldn’t believe the things I’ve invented. Anal sex, obviously. Smoking. Astrology. Money … Let’s save time: Everything in the world that distracts you from thinking about God. Which … pretty much … is everything in the world, isn’t it? Gosh.)” – Glen Duncan, I, Lucifer

So there you have it, my top five favorite reads of 2017. What was in your list? What are you looking forward to reading most in 2018?

– Hannah

Christmas Book Haul

Good Morning!

I know its a few days after Christmas but I hope that you all had a very merry Christmas, or a happy Hanukah or whatever holiday you may have celebrated! I wanted to share with you the books that I was gifted this year. Books are not only my favorite thing to give as presents, but they are my favorite things to receive as presents as well. I love seeing what book someone else loves or what book they think I might enjoy.

And this year it looks like I was given some pretty good picks.

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  • Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve – In this post apocalyptic world, London is now on wheels, turned into this giant machine that travels the country side looking for other city’s to take over and use for resources. As London is chasing a smaller town across the wasteland, Tom Natsworthy is thrown from the city into the barren wasteland. From there he and Hester Shaw must get back to London before London does something that could put the future of the world at stake.

Set in a steam punk version of London, my fiancee described this book to me as if the cars in Mad Max: Fury Road were larger and had towns on them. Now, this is one of the reasons he is my fiancee, because he knows anything Mad Max: Fury Road-esque is bound to be a hit for me.

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  • The Power by Naomi Alerman – At first, the world is recognizable, everything being as it should and then a new force takes root and now women and teenage girls all have the ability to inflict terrible pain and even cause death. This leads women to become the dominate gender.

Billed as being similar to Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale it seems to be an interesting take on dystopian futures and how women are treated in them. How instead of being the gender that seems to suffer and be oppressed, woman are given a power that for once men do not get to have.

*A bonus: both of these two books are being given a film adaptation, a movie being directed by Christian Rivers set to be released in December 2018 for Mortal Engines and a tv series by Sister Pictures.

  • Super You: Release Your Inner Superhero by Emily V. Gordon – Producer, former therapist and pop culture guru Emily V Gordon takes us on a mission to learn how to be the superheroes of our own lives and find our capes.

As I said in my introduction, I struggle with depression and anxiety, on one of my best days my mental illness is a partly cloudy day, it’s cloudy but the sun pokes through and it’s still pretty nice, but on my bad days it’s like a hurricane, tornado, and earthquake all happening at once. It’s overwhelming and a constant struggle to determine how best to manage and survive. I’m optimistic looking at this book, and I’m hoping that I’m able to find the courage inside myself to don my own superhero cape.

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(#goals)

  • F*cked: Being Sexually Explorative and Self Confident in a World That’s Screwed by Corinne Fisher & Krystyna Hutchinson – Written by the hosts of Guys We Fucked: The Anti Slut-Shaming Podcast, F*cked is a book for anyone who has ever felt like they can not be their true authentic selves when it comes to being a sexual being.

As someone who is a human with a sexual appetite I know I have experienced my own issues with how I view myself based on how society looks at me and my own personal views of love and sex (as a queer, non-practicing, non-monogamous person stigma abounds). Finding this podcast and listening to the way that Corinne and Krystyna talk about love and sex as well as how they talk to the men whom they fucked is done respectfully and non-judgmentally, was refreshing. I can’t wait to read this book addressing these things even further.

Did you get any books for gifts this holiday season? Did you get any of the same books? I’d love to hear about them!

Happy Holidays!

– Hannah