July book haul

I do most of my reading on my e-reader nowadays. I bought it almost 3 years ago and since then it has claimed its place in my purse. But that doesn’t mean that I no longer buy paper books. I adore buying books, just as much as I adore buying yarn! This month alone I already bought more books than normal, so I thought it might be fun to show off my haul here, so I don’t forget them, like I so often do with the yarn 😉

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1. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Bloo of Olympus I’ve been a big fan of Rick Riordan for a number of years now. It all began with reading his Percy Jackson series while awaiting a new Harry Potter. And oh boy, how awesome that was. Totally my cup of tea!
It’s no Harry Potter, but honestly what is? I just love Rick Riordans storytelling and he gets his inspiration from ancient myths and legends! Definitely my cup of tea!

The Blood of Olympus is the last book from the Heroes of the Olympus series, the sequel to Percy Jackson. .
Where the Percy Jackson series mostly focussed on Percy Jackson (well, duh!) and the Greek Gods, this series has lots of new characters and brings in the Roman versions of the well-known Gods. I’m really curious on how this series ends.

2. The Death Maze by Ariana Franklin

The Death Maze Ariana Franklin I bought my first book by Ariana Franklin during my tour through England. It was the first book from the “Mistress of the Art of Death” series. I was first drawn in by the beautiful cover and also a bit by the awesome surname of the author, but of course the synopsis spoke to me as well.
I also finished the book during my travels and I do remember I had some difficulties getting into the book, because the style was somewhat more difficult than the style of the Young Adults I read so much. But once I had found the rhythm, I completely loved the book. History, detective and girl power! Hell yeah!
So I told myself to keep an eye out for this author and now I finally got my hand on book 2, The Death Maze.

3. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City Ransom Riggs Hollow City is the sequel to the hyped Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I read this last title last year and I wasn’t so impressed. It wasn’t bad, but I didn’t think it was so great as claimed everywhere. The story wasn’t al that captivating and the only thing that really made it special were the old, bizarre photographs peppered throughout. The story did become interesting towards the end of the novel, which is why I bought this sequel. I’ll probably only read it later this year. Around Halloween feels perfect for this book.

Fun fact, book 1 of this series will be made into a movie by the mighty Tim Burton. Even though I wasn’t that impressed by this story, I’m really curious what Mr. Burton will make off it. The atmosphere created in the book is certainly completely his style.

4. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Red Queen is one of the many books I found by accident through Goodreads.
I read a synopsis for one book, another book is recommended based on that synopsis and then I can continue clicking indefinitely.
And that’s how I found this book. Why I bought this one and not one of the others? Because someone on Goodreads described the book as a cross between Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games. No further explanation needed, I think 😉
Hopefully my expectations will now be met!

5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses
I learned about this book through Kathleen’s blog,
Kathleen and I have a fairly similar taste in books and when she wrote a very enthusiastic review for this book, I just had to find out myself.
Additionally, A Court of Thorns and Roses was inspired by Beauty and the Beast. Enough said!
I’m very curious about this novel and wonder if I’ll be just as ecstatic as Kathleen.

6. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception
This purchase is again the result of a clicking-session on Goodreads. Also, I liked the cover 😉 Yes, I know, don’t judge a book by its cover and all, but face it, the cover is the first thing someone notices. And of course, I wouldn’t have bought it if the story didn’t have an appeal!
Perhaps a little clichéd, but The Kiss of Deception does look like a perfect addition to my read-without-thinking-guilty-pleasure books and I so often need those types of books. We’ll see!

7. The Archived by Victoria Schwab

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The Archived has been on my to-be-read list for a long time, which is the reason why I bought it. Honestly, I couldn’t remember the premise, but once I reread it I understood why I had added it to my list. The story has me completely intrigued and seems very original.

8. The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian
The Martian is probably not a typical me-book, but I keep seeing it online and in stores that I folded and bought it. It’s supposed to be a very funny book and its already being made into a movie (with Matt Damon in the lead).
I’ll approach it with an open mind and see if it can captivate me.

And that’s it. Eight books have already been bought this month, of which three sequels to books already read. Hopefully the other five will amount to something and won’t disappoint too much (like The Miniaturist). You’ll most definitely read about it here!