Saturday, April 5, 2014

Book Haul Vlog, or the One With the First of the Birthday Books

I skipped doing a haul last week, which was a VERY BAD MOVE, since now I have a huge amount of books all crammed into one post. Whatever. I never claimed to be a planning genius. But I also didn't know that so many of my blogging friends would be so incredibly awesomely kind and send me so many birthdays gifts. This has been a busy but awesome week (lots of vet visits, boo. BEA press badge approval, yay!).

For review from Harper:

The Swap by Megan Shull
Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis


Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi
The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz


From Bekka at Great Imaginations:

Poison by Bridget Zinn

From Lili at Lili's Reflections:

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen

From Meg at Cuddlebuggery and Ellis at Finding Bliss in Books and The Random Transliterator:

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

From Debby at Snuggly Oranges:

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

From Christina at A Reader of Fictions:

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

From Shae at Shae Has Left the Room:

Quidditch Through the Ages
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Tales of Beedle the Bard


I hosted a giveaway for Legend and Prodigy by Marie Lu, and it's the last day to enter!
I reviewed the novellas from the Under the Never Sky trilogy
I started a new feature, Movie Mondays, where I cast and create a poster for a YA book I want made into a movie. First choice? Cinder by Marissa Meyer!
I participated in Cuddlebuggery's Best Series Hop and am giving away copies of The Archived and The Unbound by Victoria Schwab!
I posted a DNF review of Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
I reviewed the VERY SURPRISING The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz


  1. Ooh! I absolutely LOVED The Lumatere Chronicles. That series is a bit heavier than other fantasies I've read, but I loved it so, so much. I hope you enjoy it too! (Also, happy birthday!)

  2. PAIN. YOU FORGOT PAIN. THERE IS SO MUCH PAIN IN THE LUMATERE BOOKS. Which is also large part of the reason why we want you to read it so badly because SHARE OUR PAIN, GILLIAN. I love how the weapons shine on the covers. This probably makes me sound like a murderer, but oh well.

    Also, major props for your Marchetta pronunciation. I've been saying it wrong for so long (hey! rhyme!) and I am deeply ashamed. The funny thing is that she leaves clues in her book as to how the names are supposed to be pronounced. Froi is supposed to rhyme with boy, so YOU WERE CORRECT. Quintana is with a kw sound, I think. I also think you're going to like her humour. Also, sassy Froi.

    Haaaaa, I love how you're still cracking up about having bought a finished copy of the Melissa de la Cruz book. QUELLE SURPRISE. Also, I first misinterpreted the "they like Freaky Friday" thing and thought they genuinely liked the movie, which, WHO KNOWS. Also, I say also too much.

    "Never be afraid to find like a girl." Going to add that to my pillow fort and omg I adore A.C. Gaughen so much for writing that. Lili is amazing for getting you those signed editions!

    PIPER PIPER THE PIPER'S SON. We need to discuss Tara, Tom and the attic when you've read it. It's between a sequel and a companion novel. It still involves the same people as Saving Francesca, but the perspective has shifted from Francesca to Tom and his aunt Georgia and they're also a few years older than in Saving Francesca. Tom is such a loveable asshole and my second favourite Marchetta boy, because no one trumps Froi. (I'm talking not talking Froi from book one for obvious reasons you still have to discover (though, who knows, you and your spoiler-hoarding (parenthesinception)))

    I'm so sorry about the mouthful of blog name words. HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY GILLIAN. I WISH YOU MANY MANY WAFFLES.

  3. The first two egalleys looked beyond interesting and I actually did the same thing with the McGinnis book... lol


    Hey! There's my name! You did give me SPEAK and I shall read it this summer!

    AHHHH!!!! I have them all but QUINTANA so you have to tell me how they are because I was told not to read them until I can read them back to back!

    POISON! <3


    All 3 books Christina got you has me really curious because they're all on my wishlist. I must visit you soon. ugh

    I have to read a Marchetta book because I never have >_<

    SHAE GOT YOU THE BEST GIFT EVER!!!! OH MY GOD! I've never read any of those. :/

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY GILLY B! <3 I love you extra bunches mucho too.

  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Looks at all the pretty books! So many awesome gifts and things!

  5. Happy Birthday! :)) That's a lot of good books! Hee. And you're really pretty c:

  6. Ack. Dies. So many amazing books. <3 *Jealous* :D I hope you will enjoy them all sweetie. And ahh. Finnikin! I love those books so much :)


    And YES, I'm getting there. Very, very slowly, but I'm getting there.

  8. Rites of Passage Looks amazingggg. So does In a Handful of Dust but I still need to read Not a Drop to Drink. Might wait and binge those two. Speak!!! Enough said. I still need to read Shatter Me - I was supposed to binge read that trilogy in March for a reading challenge I'm hosting, but I fail and it hasn't happened yet... The Ring and The Crown was ridiculously good! I haven't purchased a finished copy yet but the cover is sooooo gorgeous!

    Happy birthday!!!! And happy reading!!!

  9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY :D They really spoil you with some great books. Scarlet & Lady thief & Poison <3 Happy reading!

  10. Happy birthday!! I hope you enjoyed your day :D:D
    I'm buying shatter me next week and I'm so excited! :D


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