Summer 2017 Book Haul

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Summer Splurges 2017: Three greats weeks in Florida + Three visits to Barnes and Noble + One visit to Sam’s Club = Too much money spent on books and Funko Pops.

Do I regret any of it? Of course not.

Now for the break down of these shopping trips:

Barnes and Noble Trip #1 consisted of my first two impulse buys which were The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. These are both two books that I have been dying to read due to the unignorable hype all over the book-loving social media community. Rainbow Rowell is a highly respected author when it comes to the YA genre and Fangirl is basically the book that she is known for. As for The Hate U Give, it is the most influential and controversial YA book of the year so far (but will probably end up being overall). To just quickly summarize what it is about: The Black Lives Matter Movement. I have heard amazing things about it and can’t wait to get into it this fall.

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Sam’s Club Trip was the one in which I did not expect to find two good books that I have been wanting to read with 15% discounts. These two golden finds were The Little French Bistro by Nina George and Once And For All by Sarah Dessen. Both are from authors that I have not read much from but I have heard great things about both books. Last year I bought Nina George’s first big book, The Little Paris Bookshop, and have to admit that I have yet to read it. I tried to start it while in Florida but I just couldn’t seem to get into it especially seeing as I had a whole pile of new books right next to me. However, I do love the ideas behind both of her books though so hopefully this latest one will be a success too. When I was in my early teens, I did go through a phase of loving Sarah Dessen but have only read one of her books and just wanted to buy the rest. With that being said, I have heard a lot of positive things about Once And For All this summer, especially from readers who haven’t had much experience with Dessen so I thought “Why not? Just buy the book.” Typical Athena.

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Barnes and Noble Trip #2 consisted of three books  with a set budget of $50. The books that I purchased were We Are Okay by Nina LaCour, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. These are all three books that I have been wanting to read for a long time (basically ever since I heard about them on booktube) and I am very excited to be starting two new series. I won’t say much about We Are Okay right now as I will be putting up a review in the next week or so but overall, it was an enjoyable contemporary YA read for the summer. Now for THE book trilogy that everyone in the YA book community debates, A Court of Thorns and Roses, is a book that I am very proud to finally own and be able to start this year. Sarah J. Maas is a highly respected author with multiple fantasy series so I would recommend checking her  out. A Darker Shade of Magic is another first book of a popular trilogy that I am very excited to start. My mom is currently reading it thanks to me sharing all of the hype that I have heard about it on booktube but I am really excited to start it once she finishes it. I have heard that it is obviously not a book for everyone but those who enjoy it, love it.

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Barnes and Noble Trip #3 was on my last day of shopping which meant one last book purchase because I cannot control myself. Now I have to admit that I originally did not plan on buying this book during this haul but I have been wanting to read it for a while and thought “why not?” So that book is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. The blurb fully explains it but just to summarize, it is the first book in a science fiction series in which the story is mixed in with files, emails and interviews. I am really excited to start it as it sounds like an awesome mix between a crime show and a science fiction book.

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Overall, this summer was a great one and this was an amazing haul to share with you guys. I am so happy to finally have these books on my shelf that I have been dying to read and I can’t wait to get started on them after I finish my current read. Thank you for all of the support and I hope that you guys enjoy my new designs for this blog and posts.

Keep an eye out for my We Are Okay review!

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Shakespeare and Company Book Haul

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Mom: Any requests while we are in Paris?

Me: Shakespeare and Company, the Notre Dame in daylight, the Eiffel Tower and good food.

*FOUR MUSTS FOR ANY PHOTOGRAPHER AND BOOK LOVER*

Not gonna lie, I did walk into the store with a lot of books in mind but was good and only walked out with three… and a tote bag, of course. It is a wonderful atmosphere, full of book lovers and tourists following Pinterest and their tour books. However, it is crowded and hot so be sure to have book ideas in mind. Whether that means title, authors, editions, or genres. Fun fact: You can look online to see what books they have in stock (whether that means on the shelves or in storage). Good way to prevent disappointment.

Now for my reasonings for each book: 1) The Great Gatsby, Penguin classic edition, because it is my all-time favorite book and I have decided to start collecting different editions, both old and new. Please let me know if you have any store suggestions. 2) The Idiot because I saw a bookstagram post suggesting it, the pink edition is beautiful (sad I couldn’t find it) and the blurb was intriguing. However, I must admit that I did not expect the size nor price. Oh well! 3) The Zookeeper’s Wife because right when I saw the trailer, I knew that I wanted to buy it. I couldn’t find it in London, after many weeks of searching different Waterstones, so shout-out to Paris.  I hope to read all three books over the summer, along with many others currently on my bookshelf – reviews will be posted.

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Title: The Great Gatsby

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Book Price: €8.00

Number of Pages: 184

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Title: The Idiot

Author: Elif Batuman

Book Price: €20.00

Number of Pages: 423

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Title: The Zookeeper’s Wife

Author: Diane Ackerman

Book Price: €17.00

Number of Pages: 323

Waterstones Book Haul

To conclude a very long shopping day in Central London, my friend and I made the risky choice to go into Waterstones. With us both having a love for books and being publishing students, we rarely have the strength to limit ourselves. My total ended up being £45 (originally £55) for five books, a mug, and a tote bag – thank god for their £10 reward system. Yes, I now only need two stamps until my next reward but I probably shouldn’t be proud of that.

These are all books that I have been wanting to read (three classics, one recently award-winning, and a new nonfiction release). Really looking forward to reading and reviewing them. Updates will be posted on my Instagram.

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Title: Unfiltered

Author: Lily Collins

Book Price: £12.99

Number of Pages: 217

The Sellout

Title: The Sellout

Author: Paul Beatty

Book Price: £12.99

Number of Pages: 288

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Penguin’s latest classic editions (paperback and each priced at £6.99).

Title: Wuthering Heights

Author: Emily Bronte

Book Price: £6.99

Number of Pages: 360

Title: Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens

Book Price: £6.99

Number of Pages: 554

Title: Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Bronte

Book Price: £6.99

Number of Pages: 548