Birthday and Christmas Book Haul! [CC]

Birthday and Christmas Book Haul! [CC]

Hi everyone, it’s Lily and today I’m going to be doing a book haul. So these are all the books that I got for my birthday, some books I just randomly forgot to haul, some books i got for christmas some books that I got myself for Christmas. So, I’m just going to get into it, there’s about 14 books and we just need to get through this. So the first bookI have to talk about I got just before I went to university, and I didn’t have time to haul it and I didn’t take it with me to university so i couldn’t haul it there. And that book is The Outrun by Amy Liptrot. I had seen this book around Waterstones a little bit, and then Lizzie from sewmanybooks, whos channel i will link down below. She recommended this book and it is basically a Nature Memoir. So it is about Amy Liptrot who’s going through quite a lot of stuff in the lead-up to her 30th birthday and i think around that time she went back home to the Orkney Islands which are these islands off the coast of Scotland in the north, and it’s about her like reconnecting with nature and healing and it sounds really really good. I’ve seen a few people like reading it out and about and I really love this cover. I just picked it up on a recommendation because I’m trying to expand my reading and I’ve never read anything like this before. And another book I just picked up randomly at University was The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. So this came out in early November and I think I got it around then. This is a YA Contemporary novel about two teenagers Natasha and Daniel, who meet on the same day that Natasha is to be deported back to Jamaica. And this follows them falling in love over 12 hours but it also talks about the immigrant experience. I’ve already done a reading recap where I talk about this book, cause I’ve already read it, which i will link on the screen. I didn’t like the romance, but I still think that this book is worth a read and talks about some really important topics and I’m really glad that this book exists. Next we have the books I picked up when i went to New York. So I went to New York my 21st birthday which was amazing and thank you to my parents that was great. Whilst I was there I got a few books I couldn’t pick up in the UK or I just had trouble getting hold of and I really wanted to get. One of the books I picked up there was The Round House by Louise Erdrich. This is a book set on a reservation, so it has three main characters who are Native American. I believe it’s kind of like a crime mystery thriller kind of book. I’ve heard really good things about her books, and this one just sounded really interesting and i really loved the cover. This is an #ownvoices novel and I just love US floppy paperbacks, they’re great. This also won the National Book Award which is amazing so, very excited to read this. I then got Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee. I saw this on Jen from BookSyrup’s channel who I will also linked down below. She was talking about this in one of her diverse books videos. And so this is a historical fiction novel, set around 1849 I think. It follows two main characters, one is chinese-american and one is an escaped slave and they are basically making their way across America. I think they’re going to California on the Oregon Trail or Oregon on the Oregon Trail, I don’t know. I don’t know too much about that bit of American history. This just follows them on the trail as they’re disguised as boys and I’ve heard really good things about it and i really want to read Stacy Lee’s books, and this one really appealed to me because its historical fiction and its diverse historical fiction which is amazing. And I really like the cover and I’m excited. I the picked up When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. This is a magical realism novel i believe, that features a queer main character and a trans main character. And I don’t know too much about it other than that. I’ve just heard really really good things. Oh, I also think the characters are Latinx, I’m not sure, about that though, I think they are. And I’ve just heard amazing things about it. Everyone’s been raving about this book, and raving about Anna-Marie McLemore’s books so I thought I’d pick it up. It’s pretty short, I’m definitely gonna be reading this is as part of diversity bingo. And it’s just really pretty and I’m really excited. And then because I’m really extra, I was in Books of Wonder which is a beautiful book shop by the way if you’re ever in New York, go to Books of Wonder because it has a beautiful children’s section and a beautiful YA section. Even though I had a copy of this book, that I’d read, so I don’t need this at all. And so I got another copy of Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. But it has the red stained pages which are so pretty. And also, this is the best bit. I really wanted to go to a signing with Leigh Bardugo, but she wasn’t, she didn’t come to my area when she came to the UK. And it’s signed! And also … … it’s just, it’s such a pretty book. and i spent way too much money on it considering i already own the book in another copy, but i have zero regrets. because it is stunning. And then another book I just randomly ordered because i wanted it, is Of Fire and Stars by Audry Coulthurst. This is was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. So this is a fantasy novel following two princesses. There is Dennaleia who is from a neighboring kingdom, she goes to Mynaria and she is betrothed to the Prince there, and she’s eventually gonna be Queen one day but then she ends up falling in love with his sister instead. I’ll let you guys know my thoughts when I’ve finished it and it’s just it’s a book I’ve been wanting for a really long time and i was really excited to get it. Now we’re moving on to my Christmas books. I actually didn’t get too many like Christmassy books from my parents. I didn’t ask for a lot of books. One of the books I did get from my parents for Christmas is Milk and Honey by Rupi Koah, Kaur, I haven’t figured this out yet i’m really sorry. This is a book of poetry and it talks about heartbreak and abuse and feminism and learning to love yourself and self-love and I read it on christmas day it was really really good. I really enjoyed it. I don’t know if i loved it as much as other people did. I really love the last section, it’s split up into four section, so like the last section was like five stars, favorite book of the year for me. But the rest was like okay. Next I participated in the #SundayYA Secret Santa, so #SundayYA is a a twitter chat that i sometimes participate in. And a book that i got from My Secret Santa was The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. This won the Costa book award .. last year, it won the Costa book award last year. It’s just had a lot of hype, I really don’t know what it’s about. I know it’s about like a father-daughter relationship and it’s supposed to be really atmospheric and really well written and it looks quite creepy. So this looks interesting. Thank you to Steph, who was my Secret Santa for sending this to me. Next I got, I kind of like to think of it as a little Christmas present from Walker Books. Basically I requested this book because it is one of my most anticipated releases of 2017 and I’m just so excited that I got it. And it is Wing Jones. I’ve known Katherine Webber, bascially since i joined the Bookish community because she’s one of the first people that followed me and she’s just so nice. She’s chaired a lot of the events i’ve been to. And she is just lovely and, look at how pretty it is. Look at those stained pages! Look at that! Look at it! So this is a book set in Atlanta in 1995 and it is about a biracial main character called Wing Jones. Who basically has always been living in the shadow of her brother and then her brother gets into a car accident where he’s put into a coma and he kills some people and she’s dealing with a lot. And she basically turns to running to sort of help her with her problems and she finds out that she’s actually very good at running. And I believe this might have a bit of magical realism in it. I’m just so excited for this book I’ve been hearing about for so long and I love Katie and I was there for the cover reveal like YALC. So this is going to be my next read after I finish Of Fire and Stars, so look out for review of this book soon. Next I just felt like treating myself, I got an Amazon gift card from my brother for Christmas which of course means buying books. And all of these books are diverse, they’re all #ownvoices i believe. And i can use some of them for diversity bingo, so i wanted to get them anyway. So the first book, literally I’ve been eyeing it for like, since it came out and that is If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo. This is a book about girl called Amanda who is transgender and she, I think starts at a new school in Tennessee and it’s all about just her and acceptance. I think there’s a romance in here as well, I know its #own voices and I’ve had amazing things about this book. I’m really really excited to read it. Everyone raves about it and I haven’t actually read a book featuring a transgender main character which really needs to change. So I’m really excited to have this. The next book I got is going to be a book that I read for my Bookish Brits Challenge. I’m trying to start acquiring some of the books because i have a few but i need to get 12 so I picked this one up. And that is Refugee Boy Benjamin Zephaniah. Benjamin Zephaniah is an author i’ve been hearing of since I was a kid but I’ve never actually read his work. He’s quite renowned here in the UK. This about a boy called Alem. He’s visiting London with his family, he’s from Ethiopia and then basically I think he wakes up in the morning and his parents have left him. They’ve gone back to Ethiopia but they left him in London because the political situation in Ethiopia is very fraught and they don’t want him to get mixed up in that. And so he then gets put into like the refugee system and it’s all about him trying to cope with that. So I’m really excited to read this, I haven’t really read a whole lot of books about characters who are refugees or have been displaced so this looks really good. And the last book that I got in that order is Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robyn Brown. This is a YA contemporary novel about a girl called … Georgia i believe. And she’s from Atlanta and she’s very openly gay even though father is this like very renowned minister. And then they move to a small town and her father basically asks her to be closeted because obviously like in small-town where there’s quite a lot of people who aren’t very open-minded. But Georgia kind of have plans of her own. I’ve just heard this is a really adorable, cute, YA contemporary. I haven’t read like a really cute adorable F/F book in a while and I just really wanted to have one of my shelf. I’m probably gonna read this soon because I’m just feeling like I need something like that. It deals with like sexuality and its relation to religion and it just sounds like it explores some really good topics whilst also being really cute and fluffy. And then the final book that i got for christmas was from my parents I feel very very lucky to have got this. So I got the illustrated edition of the chamber of secrets but a signed first edition. Now don’t get excited it’s not signed by JK Rowling but it is signed by Jim Kay, who is like a really famous renowned illustrator so I’m still really hyped about it. I’m keeping it in this wrapping because it’s precious. I don’t know if you guys can see but it’s signed! Uh, I’m so excited! I’m just really excited that I own this. Ok guys that is all the books that I’ve got in sort of the last two months or so. Let me know if you guys have read any of these books and what you thought about them. I hope you guys are all doing really well and i’ll see you soon in another video. Bye!

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  1. Happy belated birthday ๐Ÿ™‚ Crooked Kingdom was one of my top books of 2016! I also really enjoyed Of Fire and Stars. I just adore those Harry Potter illustrated editions <3

  2. Omg Wing Jones looks so amazing! I have never seen like 'ombrรฉ' pages before haha! Absolutely brilliant!
    You got sooo many great books! Happy reading! xxx

  3. This is such a great haul! Wing Jones was so easy to spot in the thumbnail because of those gorgeous sprayed edges – I'm so happy it's as beautiful inside as it is out! ๐Ÿ˜ THAT Crooked Kingdom is amazing and such an investment! Of Fire and Stars is near the top of my TBR for this year – it was the OwlCrate book for December, and nothing draws me in quite like lesbian princesses in a epic fantasy setting ๐Ÿ˜‚ – Maddie x

  4. Yeeees I'm SO happy you got When The Moon Was Ours, I hope you love it when you read it, I'm so excited to hear your thoughts!! And omg when I saw your thumbnail I was like ๐Ÿ‘€what's that purple and pink book ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€ and now I need it in my life haha Wing Jones sounds and looks BRILLIANT! Amazing haul Lily ๐Ÿ˜Š

  5. Wing Jones sounds really interesting – I feel like I've seen the cover or heard someone mention it but didn't really pick up what it was about before! I don't have any money right now so it doesn't really matter, but I am struggling to come across copies of When the Moon was Ours and Of Fire and Stars – I feel kind of victimised (especially with Of Fire and Stars) because it's like mainstream British markets are trying to block out f/f fiction, or at least make it so expensive to get hold of that it's almost impossible! I guess that's where demand comes in… Georgia Peaches is absolutely adorable! It stressed me out and I had to put it down for a bit every now and then, but the actual romance is so cute! I hope you enjoy all of these, they sound amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I can always look to your channel for new diverse reads recs, those that are under hyped and with representation, and I really appreciate it. <3

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