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Book haul! #1

Let me start off this post by saying that I don’t buy books very often. Why? Books in this part of the world (Australia) tend to cost more than ones purchased in America and Europe. This is probably due to shipping, although I’m not sure why this applies to the digital editions as well. I am also blessed with a beautiful little girl, but toddlers are expensive. Sadly, new books are pretty low on our list of household priorities at the moment.

Secondly – I love libraries. If my boss needed something urgent and I was on my lunch break, all he would need to do is walk two blocks to the library near the office to find me (please no one tell him this…)

There is something wonderful about browsing library shelves. The creeky floors and old wood smell that accompany you as your eyes wander over the titles. That jolt of happiness when you find a blurb that promises adventure and escape from the everyday. And every wonderful book is free!

But to be honest my local library does not have a great selection. And sometimes I fall in love with a blurb on Goodreads and just need to read it.

So, without further ado, here is my latest book haul:

The Geography of You and Me (library)

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This is a sweet read and I am enjoying it so far, I am hoping to see the leads developed more before there eventual happy ending.

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and—finally—a reunion in the city where they first met. A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

Behind Closed Doors (Kindle)

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I read the first few chapters of this last night and it is VERY creepy. It has been a long time since I have read a thriller so I’m looking forward to reading what happens.

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows? The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

The Thousandth Floor (Kindle)

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This was largely a cover buy, but I love the blurb as well. 

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….

Geekerella (Kindle)

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Yay! I am so happy to finally be able to read this one, it looks so sweet and it reminds of Fangirl.

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise

Have you read any of these books or would you like to read them?

Thank you for reading!

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5 thoughts on “Book haul! #1

  1. Why do books have to be so expensive here?!
    Maybe try borrowbox and/or overdrive, they are linked to the library but the wider council so they may have more of a selection! Also Big W prices are always amazing, that’s where I picked up my copy of Geekerella but I haven’t read it yet! Though I do try to support bookstores when I have a bit more money

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    1. I know right?! Thank you for the tips!
      I agree, Big W are pretty good for price, that’s where I got my copy of Red Queen. The good YA tend to get snapped up pretty quickly though.
      I like Dymocks for the atmosphere and the range so I usually ask for a voucher for Christmas or my birthday, but it’s too expensive to shop there regularly.

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  2. The library system is dying over here in the UK. Another five years of tory government could well finish it off for good sadly..which is a massive shame. Like you, the library was a great sanctuary and escape as a young boy.

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