Hi, everyone! It’s been over two months since I last shared a book haul post. I have to say, now that I’m finally a college graduate, I don’t get allowances anymore, and buying books is quite hard when you don’t have the budget for it. (Let’s be honest, it’s quite an expensive addiction, right?) So it took me two months to gather all these hype-worthy books and talk about them here on this book haul post! So anyway, let’s get down to all the books I bought between the months of June and July!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the lovely bloggers behind The Broke and the Bookish. This week, we’re featuring ten amazing titles that’s been released for the past 6 months. Oh, and for more information about Top Ten Tuesday, please check out The Broke and the Bookish blog – they are amazing.
2016 has been such an amazing year so far in terms of book releases. Authors, publishers, and even bloggers have all worked hand in hand to make these releases special and exciting, and today, I’m more than happy to share with everyone the top ten books I’ve seen released for the first half of 2016!
Okay, so my good friend Salve from Cuckoo for Books tagged me to do the R.I.P. It or Ship It Book Tag. (Watch her entry here.) When I first saw this tag over at Christine’s Booktube Channel, I thought that this tag was only for booktubers. I mean, reactions would be a lot more legit if this was so, right? But it feels like a fun tag to do so I might as well join in on the fun. So, down below are the names of pairs that I got. By the way, I wrote 30 names, so I’m writing down 15 pairs. 🙂
October was the month when I took a full-on break from hauling books, which, as it turned out, wasn’t the brightest idea. See, some of the best releases were scheduled for this month! Books like Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan, Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass and a whole lot more! See, the reason as to why I took a break was to get ready for my birthday, which was last November 1, by the way. I saved up to cook for my friends as we celebrated my 20th birthday. The good thing about this was, I have such sweet friends and they gifted me with books from my wish list!!
It’s once again that part of the week where I show you guys my list of top ten! This week, I am ecstatic to share with you guys my top ten books of all time! Regardless of the genre, the age category, whatever. The books that I will be listing down all have a very special place in my heart. Either they were my companions as I was growing up, or they were there for me when I was going through a tough time, these books are indeed a part of me. Also, I recommend each and every book that I will specify down below.
#10: How to Love by Katie Cotugno – I’ve read this debut novel from Katie when it first came out sometime 2013, and after I read it, I found a new love in the contemporary genre. With this book, I’ve developed a deep endearment with stories with second chances themes. I fell in love with the idea of falling in love for the second time. How To Love will always have a special place in my heart for that sole reason alone.
#9: The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks – This book is what made me fall in love with novels with familial love. I can recall how I wept as I read and turn the pages of this book. It’s invigorating to read a work of fiction that won’t only give you swoon and romance, but also a renowned sense of pride for having to call your family, your family.
#8: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – I loved the concept of this one! I adored the characters, and their background stories, and the same goes to Rainbow Rowell’s writing. The story telling technique she used in writing this wonderful novel was impeccable, compelling readers to just read and keep on turning pages.
#7: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – Here’s a confession for everyone: I actually watched the movies before I read the books in The Hunger Games Series. Well, all except Mockingjay. I was in awe with the movie adaptation of Catching Fire and I am glad that the book was equally as awesome if not more. Favorite scene? Definitely the opening of the Quarter Quell!
#6: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – I’ve probably told you about this but The Lightning Thief was the first book that I’ve read for leisure, and it was the book that initially got me to read for fun! At the time, I was in love with Greek Mythology and I was so hyped to have encountered a book which involves Greek Myths, Demigods, and more! You guys can’t even imagine how pumped up I was for this series! Also, Rick Riordan’s writing style is amazing! The way he inserted humor in action-filled scenes and pages was just impressive!
#5: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – The fault in our stars is the first book I’ve read by John Green. I was spoiled about the ending but it really didn’t matter to me that much then because I wasn’t half the bibliophile I am now. I thought that the writing style and story telling technique was great. I had a few initial comments about how the book started but it was overshadowed by my amazement with how the book ended. We all know that it was going to be heartbreaking and yet, I wasn’t ready. Yeah, I cried a lot.
#4: Looking for Alaska by John Green – Looking For Alaska was something I read out of impulse because a friend recommended it to me. I wasn’t at all that hooked as I was reading the first few parts of the book, but I, too, was shocked as the story progressed. I can relate with the book’s main character, Miles, and there was this scene which made me tear up, and it felt powerful and inspiring. Up to this date, this is still my favorite book by John Green.
#3: Confess by Colleen Hoover – I read this book because of the hype, I’m gonna be honest. But I was already a fan of the queen long before I even considered buying a copy. But what made me fall in love with this specific title is the bond between Colleen and her fans. The book contained real life confessions from her fans and I felt like it was a wonderful privilege for those who got to share their secrets! Also, the amount of swoon, plot twists, and romance in this book was too damn strong to ignore!
#2: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – You all know how much this book / series mean to me, right? Heck this was what once again hooked me to the Fantasy genre! I love how Sarah Maas playfully wrote about our most favorite Assassin, Celaena Sardothien and was able to tell us a breathtaking story of how she IS one of the best Young Adult female characters since Katniss Everdeen! Also, it’s September 1st! Happy Book Birthday to Sarah J. Maas and Queen of Shadows!
And yes, you all know what’s my most favorite book of all time. No doubt:
#1: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – If I’m not mistaken, this also claimed the #1 spot on my Top Ten Books of 2015! This is such a great work of art, I can’t even move on from it until now! It’s been 9 months already, can you believe it? As I’ve recently said in an interview:
“All The Bright Places is a book which helped me cope up with depression. I’ve experienced losing a bunch of friends last December 2014, and I turned to this book for help. I was aware that Theodore Finch, a character in the book, was also depressed for completely different reasons. The same goes for Violet Markey. I guess, what made me love this work of art, is because it was the closest to a friend I had at the time I read it. All The Bright Places was my only friend when no one was there to pat my back or to give me a hug. That’s why I have a huge attachment towards this piece of treasure.”
There you have it! Sharing this list, for me, was like sharing a piece of me to everyone who reads my blog. These books are all special to me because in a way, it helped me shape my views in life, and my literary preferences. I hope you enjoy reading this post just as I enjoyed reminiscing the moments when I read these books. ♥
What is YOUR favorite book of all time? Let me know on the comment section down below! 🙂