more than i thought // spring book haul

Good morning, friends. I will say good morning even though this will probably be posted sometime tonight. Right now it is early (like before six o'clock) and I'm typing this while listening to Christmas music. But in this post, it's still spring; Christmas is definitely not less than ten days away. (How does time move so quickly, anyway?!) So without further ado, here's my spring book haul (and I honestly didn't realise how many books I bought until I counted them up for this post! Promise!) ...


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A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland // This was the last of my mid-year Book Depository order to arrive, one I was really interested to read. In terms of writing style and unique plot elements, I was definitely not let down, however I still have a couple of mixed feelings. But I loved Esther and her friend group and I loved Jonah so much; their romance was so adorable and heartbreaking. I feel like I need a reread to get my thoughts in order and possibly write a proper review. Also I'm not quite sure if this is magical realism or not or just contemporary fantasy or if there's any difference between those two genres. (I'm not good with fantasy genres, people; what even is high fantasy, haha?)
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott // I picked up a really pretty edition at the bookshop in Melbourne while I was on holiday there. I love the silhouette on the cover and the floral background. It's just saw it and thought that's everything Little Women should be. :)
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk // I also bought this in Melbourne, and I've started reading it at least three times since then, but having to put it aside for library books that are due or light contemporaries. I'm about five chapters in and it's lovely, but a bit dark, and I know I'm going to be emotionally shaken by the end. I'm planning, now, to read it over the Christmas holidays and write a review on it, for sure.
The Build-Up Season by Megan Jacobsen // This was an on-whim purchase, because I was at the airport with a two hour wait and a flight to go and my phone battery wasn't going to last if I read e-books. The cover is like a piece of art and it was written in an engaging, easy-for-tired-minds-like-mine-at-that-point style. I loved the northern Australia setting because that's where I grew up and I liked mostly all the characters except Iliad, the main character, which is a bit of shame. :(
Anne's House of Dreams by L M Montgomery // Just a yellow, hardback copy I found at the op-shop and a reminder I need to finish reading this series properly. Also a reminder that the world needs more yellow hardback books.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge // Books that are in great condition at op-shops might be becoming my new favourite thing (obviously nothing beats new book smell, but still). Anyway, I'd read this before as a library ebook, so it was great to find it for sale. Cruel Beauty is a Greco-Roman inspired fantasy with lots of intricacies and worlds within worlds and complicated characters. I felt it was quite well-written and loved its unique retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard // I found this at the same op-shop and bought because A Quiet Kind of Thunder by the same author was so, so good. I can't wait to read this one because it's about friendships, which are some of my favourite things to read about in YA, and it's British, which always feels lovely and homey to me as a setting.
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger // Same op-shop, haha. I think I picked this up in the end because time-traveling is quite interesting to me, it has a moody, haunting cover, and I'd seen a trailer for the movie based on it. I hope to read it soon and I hope it's good. 
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley // I had borrowed this from the library at the beginning of the year, but didn't get a chance to read it, so I bought a copy while Christmas shopping at QBD. I have heard so many beautiful things about Words in Deep Blue; it's set in a secondhand bookshop, for heaven's sake. I really, really expect to love it, and I really, really hope my expectations don't let me down.

Now I have a small announcement, which is that a month or so ago, I got a NetGalley account and I've (cue happy screams) been approved to review a couple of titles already. Reviewing ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) is something I've done, like once or twice for an Indie author, and something I, obviously, am so excited to do more of. Also they'll be featured in a blog post at some point (soon, hopefully). They, by the way, are The Game of Hope by Sandra Gulland, which is a historical fiction retelling of Hortense, who's the step-daughter of Napoleon Bonaparte, during her teenage years as she aspires to compose music and struggles with the tumultuous political climate in France; and Kids Like Us by Hilary Reyl, which is set in France and about Martin, who is convinced he's falling in love with a fictional girl and slowly realises who she really is. I've read some great reviews for both of these and can I just say the thrill of reading a book before it's officially published is pretty cool?

So how was your spring (or autumn)? What's the last book you bought?

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