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April '19 book haul

Good morning bookworms!

I’m switching it up a bit this month because I finally fixed my NetGalley and Edelweiss+ accounts, and now I get digital review copies! HUZZAH! So, new categories are as follows:

  • book boxes
  • book purchases (book mail, instore and digital)
  • review copies (book mail and digital), and
  • bookish merch (book related, but not actual books)

I subscribe to three monthly boxes: OwlCrate, FairyLoot and the book-only subscription for LitJoy. Here is what arrived in April, including leftover books from March:

  • Owlcrate’s April theme was The Dark Side, and the book was Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan (OwlCrate exclusive cover below)
  • FairyLoot’s April theme was Dark Magic, and the book was Nocturna by Maya Motayne (FairyLoot exclusive cover below)
  • LitJoy’s April theme was Born Rebels, and the book was The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
  • FairyLoot’s March theme was Favourites, and the box contained TWO books:
    • To Best the Boys by Mary Weber, and
    • Viper by Bex Hogan
  • Litjoy’s March theme was Superman, and contained Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Peña

Very busy month at book launches… I don’t usually go to this many!!

  • The Internet is a Playground – David Thorne (signed copy)
  • Four Dead Queens – Astrid Scholte (yes, I did get a copy last month with OwlCrate, but I got a signed, personalised copy when she did the book launch in Melbourne
  • The Place on Dalhousie – Melina Marchetta (also signed and personalised at a book launch in Melbourne)
  • Aurora Rising – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (signed and personalised at a book launch in Melbourne)
  • Ice Wolves – Amie Kaufman (signed and personalised)
  • Scorch Dragons – Amie Kaufman (signed and personalised)

OK, so I am getting more and more physical copies (thank you Aussie publishers), but also lots of new shiny digital copies (thank you Netgalley and Edelweiss+), so there are TWO emojis that will help distinguish: ? is physical, and ? is digital (in lieu of an iPad).

  • StepSister – Jennifer Donnelly ? (thank you HotKey)
  • Orpheus Girl – Brynne Rebele-Henry ? (Edelweiss+)
  • Friend or Fiction – Abby Cooper ? (Netgalley)
  • Shadow Frost – Coco Mia ? (Netgalley)
  • Small Kingdoms and Other Stories – Charlaine Harris ? (Netgalley)
  • Just Lucky – Melanie Florence ? (Netgalley)
  • Of Rioters and Royals – M. L. Greye ? (author)
  • Princess Ninjas – Dave Franchini ? (Netgalley)
  • Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come – Jessica Pan ? (Netgalley)
  • We are Blood and Thunder – Kesia Lupo ? (thank you Bloomsbury)
  • What I Like about Me – Jennifer Guillaume ? (gift)

I’ve gotten WAAAAAAY more pins from a bunch of different sellers. I keep meaning to take photos, but I just haven’t done it yet (and it’s dark so early now!).

I also bought some book sleeves from Hide Your Spoons on Etsy and they are GORGEOUS. I got extra-large sleeves in the Sailor Mercury, Ravenclaw and Enchanted Castle patterns. And Fer threw in some fabric bookmarks and I love them!! (Again, lazy with the photos, but I took one at least!) I’ve got the big copies of Illuminae and Gemina (inside the book sleeve), so you can tell how big it is!

Sailor Mercury book sleeve with Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Sailor Mercury book sleeve

So … basically I got a lot of signed books this month. I don’t even know how this is possible…?


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