May Book Haul Wrap-Up – 21 Books!

This is a few days later but better late than never, right? I went a little over-board this month – this is only part of my haul.  A thift-store haul will be coming later this month.  There were just too many to put into the one haul this month.  I’m pretty excited about a lot of these ones though!

Frogkisser by Garth Nix – I really need to get a good photo of this later.  It really doesn’t do the cover justice.  This cover is STUNNING! If this book is terrible, I’ll stick keep it for the cover alone (yes, I’m very shallow when it comes to book covers!).  This is a retelling of The Frog Prince – can’t wait.  I should mention, that this is a middle-grade book.

The Fashion Committe by Susan Juby – This was  kind of an odd buy for me.  It’s very out of my comfort zone but they marketed as a Project Runway type book and I was sold.  I love my reality television (groan, groan – I know!).  I think comparing it to Project Runway is a bit of a stretch.  Yes, it’s a fashion competition but it actually ended up being a realistic contemporary novel with some deep themes such as drug addiction and neglect.  I’ve already read this novel, if you haven’t read my review yet then you can check it out here .  This book is CANADIAN! Lots of Canadian references, which is really cool.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston – This book looks adorable.  Hopefully I won’t be let down.  I’m venturing into the world of light contemporaries this year – it’s been years since I’ve done that.

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – Another light contemporary that looks adorable.  This was featured in the May Owlcrate box.  I do not have the exclusive OC cover because generally comics are not really my thing (at least super heroes) so I skipped the box for the first time since I started subbing.  Love the cover on this one.  Really excited for it.

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter – Yes, I know this one has REALLY mixed reviews but I’ve been really curious about it for a long time.  A friend gave me this book and I’m excited to try it.  It’s based on a Russian Fairy-tale.  Sounds right up my alley.

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley – I know very little about this book but it sounded cool.  All I can recall is that it’s about people who have special abilities.  I saw it on Bookoutlet (my biggest weakness) and had to grab it.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOWAR)  by Sarah J. Maas – Of course, I had this one on pre-order with the rest of the YA book community.  I’m a huge Maas fan and I’ve already read and reviewed this book.  You can check out the review here.

Defy the Stars by Claudia Grey – STUNNING cover.  It wasn’t the cover that drew me into this one though.  Every since I read Illuminae, I’ve realized that I’m really into science-fiction so pretty much anything sci-fi in the YA right now is very much on my radar.  Looks like great fun.

The Wager by Donna Jo Napoli – I don’t know why I never hear about this author in the YA community but I really enjoyed her when I was a teen (we won’t mention how many years ago that was!).  I used to be obsessed with her retelling of Rapunzel, Zel.  Again, stunning cover.  Very creepy and dark looking – I love that! I had never heard of this one but saw it on Bookoutlet and it had to be mine.  This novel is based on an old Italian fairytale.  Yes, please!

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin – This was a book I grabbed when Chapters/Indigo (Canadian bookstore) was having a 50% off realistic contemporary.  I’m really interested in this one because it has to do with a protagonist that is gender fluid.  I have never read anything on the topic and to be perfectly honest, I don’t know a ton on this topic so I’m excited to learn.  However, since I know very little on this topic, I’m going to have to do some research to make sure the representation seems authentic.  Hopefully some #ownvoices have tackled this one, so I can look at their comments.

Girl Mans Up by M.E. Giard – Another book that I grabbed when realistic contemporary was on sale.  This is a Canadian author (woo woo!) and the story is based around a young Canadian lesbian who is struggling in her community because of the way she looks and acts.  Great one for June, since it’s PRIDE MONTH!

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – I’ve had this one on my radar for awhile.  I picked this up as well when realistic contemporary was on sale.  I know very little about this book but the reviews are wonderful and I know the author is First Nations, so this is an #ownvoice novel.

It’s  Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini – Yep, I bought a lot at that sale! This story is based around mental illness and I believe has some LGBT+ representation as well.  I’ve heard some mixed things recently about the LGBT+ representation in this one, so we’ll see.  Hopefully it will be positive.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Love this new cover! I pre-ordered the paperback version because I got a great price on it.  I am not about to make a book confession – I have never read a Rainbow Rowell book.  Yes, I realize that is like a sin in the YA community – JUDGE ME! I can’t decide on whether I should read Fangirl before this book or not. Any suggestions?

Witch’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini – This is one of my most embarrassing and typical buys from Bookoulet.  The prices are so good there that I have a tendency to grab or finish sets when I haven’t even read the first one to see if I like it! This is the third and concluding novel in the Worldwalker series.  Nope, I haven’t read the first one.  How many of you  find yourself buying full sets like this?

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine – OMG! How had I not heard about this release?!?!  A retelling of Rumpelstiltskin???? YES PLEASE! I adore that fairytale so much.  I really hope the author chooses to take a dark twist on this one but we shall see.  This is a second in a series – the first book was The Shadow Queen but the author has said they do not connect and can be read as a stand-alone.

The Valiant by Leslie Livingston – This cover sells the book to me.  It’s just so badass! I love the idea of a female gladiator.  I hope she’s ruthless! Is that wrong? I want blood shed!

Everything is Beautiful is Not Ruined by Danielle Young-Ullman – This is marketed as Wild meets The Breakfast Club.  It was on sale with the rest of the realistic contemporary novels I bought this month and I couldn’t turn down that description.

Finally, on the last few books on this haul! Man, this was a big one!

Exit, Pursued by a Bear  by E.K. Johnston – I’ve actually already read this book and if you haven’t read my review, you can find it here .  TRIGGER WARNING: Rape.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – I know that so many people read this as a teenager and rave about it but, for whatever reason, it never made it on my radar until recently.  This book deals with a sexual assault and the aftermath I believe.  Looks intense but great.

Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach – This was a completely blind buy.  Was browsing the bookstore and saw this, sounds cool so I grabbed it.  I don’t think YA has the strongest thriller/mystery section but I generally like them enough to read them.  They tend to be light and fast-paced.  Great for after you’ve read a high fantasy novel and want to shake it off.  Hopefully this will be a good one.

The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint – This is written by a Canadian writer.  I actually saw him speak before when I was very young because my mom loved him but I’ve never read any of his work.  I think it’s time to fix that!


Alright – that is it for this haul! This month was a little crazy in terms of purchasing.  I did buy some of these at full price but please keep in mind that most were brought on very good sales.  I know it can be overwhelming and competitive in this community with the book buying but please don’t think I spent $20 a piece on all of these  – it’s just not so! Next haul will be a large thrift store haul! Those are some of my favorites because I can get great books for dirt cheap – just how I like it!