Books of Christmas Present

This year I’ve had a wonderful Christmas! I got a myriad of presents that I really love and that I’m excited about using. My sister loved all the presents I got her and that was an awesome gift in itself.

I got five wonderful books this year! All books that I know I will one day enjoy reading.

Here they are:

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The acclaimed book behind the 2018 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning movie

“LGBTQ cinema is out in force at Sundance Film Festival,” proclaimed USA Today. “The acerbic coming-of-age movie is adapted from Emily M. Danforth’s novel, and stars Chloë Grace Moretz as a lesbian teen who is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after she gets caught having sex with her friend on prom night.”

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and provocative literary debut that was named to numerous best of the year lists.

When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone, and Cam becomes an expert at both.

Then Coley Talor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship, one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to “fix” her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self—even if she’s not quite sure who that is.”

My friend at work Daisy got this book for me. She had read it and enjoyed it and hoped that I’d enjoy it. I knew about this book previously and had wanted to read it so I’m exited to do so and share with her my thoughts.

The rest of the books I got were all from family:

Wayfarer

I’m not going to say what this book is about because it’s a second book and I have not read the first and I don’t want to spoil it for myself or anyone. I guess this means I’m buying Passenger sometime in the near future.

The Tiger and The Wolf

“Maniye’s father is the Wolf clan’s chieftain, but she’s an outcast. Her mother was queen of the Tiger and these tribes have been enemies for generations. Maniye also hides a deadly secret. All can shift into their clan’s animal form, but Maniye can take on tiger and wolf shapes. She refuses to disown half her soul, so escapes, rescuing a prisoner of the Wolf clan in the process. The killer Broken Axe is set on their trail, to drag them back for retribution. Maniye’s father plots to rule the north, and controlling his daughter is crucial to his schemes. However, other tribes also prepare for strife. Strangers from the far south appear too, seeking allies in their own conflict. It’s a season for omens as priests foresee danger, and a darkness falling across the land. Some say a great war is coming, overshadowing even Wolf ambitions. A time of testing and broken laws is near, but what spark will set the world ablaze?”

I know nothing about this book. I hadn’t heard of it before, but it does look interesting. It will be a wonderful surprise to read.

Furthermore

“Inspired by her childhood love of books like A Secret Garden and The Chronicles of Narnia, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi crafts a spellbinding new world where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other. 

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. It will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.”

I’ve been wanting to read some good middle grade and I don’t even think my mom realized that. I think she picked based off the cover which to me was a wise choice. The second I laid eyes on Furthermore I knew I wanted to read it! I’m so happy to have it on my shelves.

The Walls Around Us

“A #1 New York Times Bestseller “With evocative language, a shifting timeline and more than one unreliable narrator, Suma subtly explores the balance of power between the talented and the mediocre, the rich and the poor, the brave and the cowardly . . . To reveal more would be to uncover the bloody heart that beats beneath the floorboards of this urban-legend-tinged tale.” —The New York Times The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices–one still living and one dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old ballerina days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries: What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve–in this life or in another one?”

This books is MAGICAL REALISM!!! One of my absolute favorite genres. With every magical realism ya book I own I get happier. There’s only so many out there and I want to read them all!

THANK YOU ALL FOR READING! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below! I hope you all received all you wished for and more this Christmas! Merry Christmas everyone!

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March Book Haul

This month I’ve gotten ahold of a few lovely books that I am dying to share with your guys: (the irony of this has me shaking my head, you’ll see why in a little bit) Anyway, on to the books! 

Netgalley 

The Dead Inside by Cydy Etler 


For readers of Girl Interrupted and Tweak, Cyndy Etler’s gripping memoir gives readers a glimpse into the harrowing reality of her sixteen months in the notorious “tough love” program the ACLU called “a concentration camp for throwaway kids.”
I never was a badass. Or a slut, a junkie, a stoner, like they told me I was. I was just a kid looking for something good, something that felt like love. I was a wannabe in a Levi’s jean jacket. Anybody could see that. Except my mother. And the professionals at Straight.
From the outside, Straight Inc. was a drug rehab. But on the inside it was…well, it was something else.
All Cyndy wanted was to be loved and accepted. By age fourteen, she had escaped from her violent home, only to be reported as a runaway and sent to a “drug rehabilitation” facility that changed her world.
To the public, Straight Inc. was a place of recovery. But behind closed doors, the program used bizarre and intimidating methods to “treat” its patients. In her raw and fearless memoir, Cyndy Etler recounts her sixteen months in the living nightmare that Straight Inc. considered “healing.” 

Dying by Cory Taylor 


Cory Taylor is one of Australia’s celebrated novelists, the author of the brilliant Me and Mr Booker (winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Pacific region), and My Beautiful Enemy (shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award).
At the age of sixty, she is dying of melanoma-related brain cancer. Her illness is no longer treatable. As she tells us in her remarkable last book, Dying: A Memoir, she now weighs less than her neighbour’s retriever.
Written in the space of a few weeks, in a tremendous creative surge, this powerful and beautifully written book is a clear-eyed account of what dying has taught Cory: she describes the tangle of her feelings, she reflects on her life, and she remembers the lives and deaths of her parents. She tells us why she would like to be able to choose the circumstances of her own death.
Dying: A Memoir is a breathtaking book about vulnerability and strength, courage and humility, anger and acceptance. It is a deeply affecting meditation on dying, but it is also a funny and wise tribute to life. 

Giveaways

Alive by Scott Sigler 


I open my eyes to darkness. Total darkness. I hear my own breathing, but nothing else. I lift my head…it thumps against something solid and unmoving. There is a board right in front of my face. No, not a board…a lid.
A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Fighting her way free brings little relief—she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors. Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust, but no people…and no answers.
She knows only one thing about herself—her name, M. Savage, which was engraved on the foot of her coffin—yet she finds herself in charge. She is not the biggest among them, or the boldest, but for some reason the others trust her. Now, if they’re to have any chance, she must get them to trust one another.
Whatever the truth is, she is determined to find it and confront it. If she has to lead, she will make sure they survive. Maybe there’s a way out, a rational explanation, and a fighting chance against the dangers to come. Or maybe a reality they cannot comprehend lies just beyond the next turn. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (ebook) 

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever. 

Thrift Store Finds

#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso


The founder of Nasty Gal offers a sassy and irreverent manifesto for ambitious young women
At seventeen, Sophia Amoruso decided to forgo continuing education to pursue a life of hitchhiking, dumpster diving, and petty thievery. Now, at twenty-nine, she is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million e-tailer that draws A-list publicity and rabid fans for its leading-edge fashion and provocative online persona. Her story is extraordinary—and only part of the appeal of #GIRLBOSS.
This aspirational book doesn’t patronize young women the way many business experts do. Amoruso shows readers how to channel their passion and hard work, while keeping their insecurities from getting in the way. She offers straight talk about making your voice heard and doing meaningful work.
She’s proof that you can be a huge success without giving up your spirit of adventure or distinctive style. As she writes, “I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool. Then let’s do this.” 

Evermore by Alyson Noël 


The first book in Alyson Noël’s extraordinary new Immortals series. Enter an enchanting new world, where true love never dies…
After a horrible accident claims the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people’s auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone’s entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact to suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school — but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.
Damen is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He’s the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head – wielding a magic so intense, it’s as though he can peer straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she’s left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea just who he really is – or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she’s falling deeply and helplessly in love with him. 

Messenger by Lois Lowry


Messenger is the masterful third novel in the Giver Quartet, which began with the dystopian bestseller The Giver, now a major motion picture.

 

Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man known for his special sight. Village once welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close it to outsiders. Matty has been invaluable as a messenger. Now he must risk everything to make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself. 

That is all! Thanks for reading! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books down in the comments! I’m curious to hear your thoughts. 

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Febuary Wrap-Up/Book Haul + an announcement 


The month of Febuary was a suprisingly good reading month for me that leads me to be very optimistic for the month of March. I read some pretty amazing novels in Febuary and I know for sure that there are plenty of amazing books in store for the month ahead. I also recieved some pretty cool books in Febuary both from Netgalley and in the mail that I am looking forward to reading in the coming months. 

First my Febuary Book Haul:

NetGalley Books:

Quests of the Kings by Robert Evert 


The List by Patricia Forde 


The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano 


Welcome to the Slipstream by Natalka Burian


Hello Me, It’s You by Anonymous, Hannah Todd 


Bad Girl Gone by Temple Mathews


The Ship by Antonia Honeywall


Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein


The Resistance: United in Love 


Mail Books:

And I Darken by Kiersten White (Signed copy!!!)


Armor for Orchids by Diana Anderson-Tyler

I read this one in January as an e-arc and the author kindly decided to send me a physical finished copy for my book shelves!

February Wrap-Up

Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin

I loved this book so much it was beautifully done. Check out me thoughts here.

Quests of the Kings by Robert Evert 


This book had so much potential, but I didn’t enjoy it as much I wanted to. Read my review here.

The List by Patricia Forde 


This book was everything to me! I thought it was absolutely beautiful and so reminiscent of my childhood. Read more of my thoughts on this book here.

Mask of Shadows by Lindsey Miller 

This book is a great example of what fantasy could be. A review will be posted closer to the release date. 
Hello Me, It’s You by anonymous, Hannah Todd

I knew that I would love this sweet little book of letters. Read my review here.

Use the Force by Joshua P. Warren


I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, check out my thoughts here. 
The Announcement

For a long time I have had a bookstagram that I had been sorely neglecting. I am excited to say that I will no longer be neglecting it! I hope to post at least once everyday on my instagram account @the_book_raven

I love taking pictures, especially of books, but for some reason I have always been lazy with my bookstagram and I want to stop that behavior once and for all! It’s time to get myself to be more responsible and do the things I wish to do. 
Thank you all for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post. Have you read any of the books meantioned in this post? If so, what did you think of them? Do you have any book recommendations? I’m always looking for more awesome books! Let me know your thoughts in the comments. 

-Till next time!


January Haul 2017 


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kaufman


Golden Son by Pierce Brown 


Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare 


Teardrop by Lauren Kate 


I’ll be there by Holly Goldberg Sloan


Reached by Ally Condie 


Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye 


Everything I never told you by Celeste Ng


Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


From NetGalley 

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui


The Book of Snow by Robert Seatter


Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin


This month I recived 13 different books and read 5 I need to slow down my intake and read more books then I receive and so I put myself on a mini-ban where for every two books I read I am allowed one. Hopefully this works. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. 


Thank you for reading! Have you read any of these books? If so let me know what you thought of them. All thoughts are welcome in the comments below. 

-Till next time!

November 2016 Book Haul


November is the beggining of the winter air. A time to settle down and reflect. A time of shopping and getting ready for Christmas and a time for reading. 

This month, I have had the pleasure to be on the recieving end of five lovely books. So without further ado, here is my November book haul!

The Summoning, The Awakening, and The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong 


I was so excited to find The Summoning trilogy all together at a thrift store. I had wanted to read these books for a very long time and I was estatic to finally add them to my collection!

Chloe Saunders sees dead people. Yes, like in the films. The problem is, in real life saying you see ghosts gets you a one-way ticket to the psych ward. And at 15, all Chloe wants to do is fit in at school and maybe get a boy to notice her. But when a particularly violent ghost haunts her, she gets noticed for all the wrong reasons. Her seemingly crazed behaviour earns her a trip to Lyle House, a centre for disturbed teens.

At first Chloe is determined to keep her head down. But then her roommate disappears after confessing she has a poltergeist, and some of the other patients also seem to be manifesting paranormal behaviour. Could that be a coincidence? Or is Lyle House not quite what it seems…? Chloe realizes that if she doesn’t uncover the truth, she could be destined for a lifetime in a psychiatric hospital. Or could her fate be even worse…? Can she trust the other kids in the home, and does she dare reveal her dark secret?

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

I had recieved an arc of A Tragic Kind of Wonderful earlier this month and I absolutely loved it!

Check out my review here.

Check out my A Tragic Kind of Wonderful inspired poem here.
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous 

Go Ask Alice has been a book on my mind for a very long time. The fact that it is a true diary written by a girl who committed suicide saddened and intrigued me. I hope to read this book soon and relay my thoughts with the reverence that a story like this deserves. 

What books are a part of your November Book Haul? Are any of the books I’ve meantioned on your reading list? If you have read any of these books what did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

-Till next time!

2016 October Book Haul 

This month has been a fabulous book haul month for me. I managed to get my hands on seven different fantastic books from either thrift stores or a giveaway! 

The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortuani


In a previous post I talked about the weird little way I won the giveaway for The Weight of Zero, but now as I’m half-way through reading it I can tell you that I love it! So far this book has given me so many little insights into a not-much-discussed mental illness and I can’t wait to see how it ends! I will be giving a full review of this book soon after I finish, so stay tuned! 
The Selection by Kiera Cass and The One by Kiera Cass


I found these two beauties at GoodWill at the beginning of the month and I was so excited, because I had previously owned and read the first two books and parted ways only to have the urge to read this series to its completion. Somehow, I found out that I still had in my possession the second book The Elite and so now I have the whole first part of the series! It was like a little taste of destiny. 
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


The last book I found at GoodWill was this bloody and mind twisting book Red Queen. I have already read and reviewed this book which you can read by clicking on the link here. I loved it and I can’t wait for more!
Enclave by Ann Aguire 


I picked this book up on a whim at an American Cancer Society store along with the last two books in my October Book Haul. The cover and blurb intrigued me and I can’t wait to see what happens! It seems creepy, dangerous, and exciting! If you have read this book, let me know what you thought of it. 
The Diviners by Libba Bray 


When I saw this book at The American Cancer Society thrift store I was so excited! I have heard so many amazing, amazing things and I don’t know how long I will be able to hold off on reading this while I finish off a couple of books I am currently reading. God knows I wish to take a big bite out of this book!
Finally I found The Progeny by Tosca Lee 


This book! When I saw this without ever previously seeing it anywhere I had to buy it. When I got into the car I couldn’t wait and immediately started reading. Four days, a hundred tears, and a soul splitting finale later I completed reading it. I need more answers. I need more. I must wait a year for the next installment, I don’t know if I can wait that long. If you haven’t heard of this book I highly recommend you check it out! If you have had the pleasure of reading it…. You know my pain. 

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What books have you picked up in October? What is the last book that you have read? Let me know in the comments below!

-Till Next Time