{Book Haul/Book Mail} August 2017


I’m so excited to finally sit down and get this post put together! I’ve been itching to do it ever since I ordered all of these books a week or so before my birthday (August 11th), but I had no idea how long Book Depository would take to ship so it kind of set me back! I have so much to read already though that I didn’t mind the longer wait. I’m just happy that they’re mostly here. I’m still waiting for one box set to arrive, but I just can’t bring myself to hold off any longer! Here we go!

Most of the photos below come from my instagram: @bookbastion, while the final boxset will get their own glamour shots at a later date once they arrive. Don’t mind my autumn theme! I was very much in the mood for fall when I took these shots – this summer heat is driving me up the wall! I’m much more a fan of the cool weather.

The Diviners .jpgThe Diviners by Libba Bray

YA / Historical Paranormal. I have had my eye on this book for SO LONG now! Short story about it: my local bookstore has had one copy in stock for months now, and the spine has a tear in it. I am very particular about my books, so I kept passing over it hoping they would get a better copy in stock. Well, I finally went ahead and ordered myself a copy, so now I don’t have to worry about it anymore. Yay!

Simon v the homosapiens.jpgSimon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

YA / LGBT / Contemporary Romance. So excited about this one! I’ve wanted a paper copy for awhile now, and now I have one. I really need to brush up on my YA LGBT and this seems a great place to get started.

Dreadnought.jpgDreadnought by April Daniels

YA / LGBT / Superhero. I have had my eye on this one for quite some time now! A superhero story, with a transgender main character? Sounds great, and a really fresh take on the genre (I hope anyway!) Very excited to start this one.

Strange the Dreamer.jpgStrange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

YA / Fantasy / Romance. I am so glad that I sprung for the UK copy of this book. The US cover just pales in comparison. The blue is so deep and rich – it is stunning in person! And this book just sounds awesome! Not going to lie, it’s about to shoot up my TBR list. I’m going to try and read it early in September.

my best friend's exorcism.jpgMy Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

YA / Horror / Paranormal. Another book cover that I am obsessed with! The UK cover outshines the American one in every way. It’s memorable and iconic, leaning on the old VHS tapes my parents owned that I used to watch when I was a kid. It look awesome, and I’m hoping that the story lives up to the hype. I’m saving it for October, when I’m a bit closer to Halloween.

Song of Achilles.jpgSong of Achilles by Madeline Miller

YA / LGBT / Historical Romance. A gay Grecian romance set in the age of myths and legends? Um, yes please! Another cover I’m totally in love with. I’m so glad that I’ve picked up so many LGBT books. I’m woefully underread in LGBT stories, which I’m definitely seeking to rectify over the next couple of months. I hear this one might make me cry though!

Seafarer's KissThe Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember

YA / Fantasy / LGBT romance. Sidenote, I’ve come to realize that my local bookstore (BAM for those of you in the United States) doesn’t carry ANY of these LGBT themed books that I’ve posted about in this blog post. I literally had to order all of them offline – which is so disheartening. I hate to think they don’t carry them because of their content, but now that I think on it, I’ve not come across too many books about LGBT characters in that store. Anyone else shop at BAM and seen the same thing?

Anyway, mermaids, and LGBT representation? Yes Please! I’m all about both of those things.

The Ninth Rain .jpgThe Ninth Rain by Jen Williams.

Fantasy / High Fantasy. I’ve been seeing this book all over my friend’s feed lately! It’s the most blind-buy on my list. I went on faith and a lot of great recommendations. Here’s hoping I love it!

Assassin's Quest.jpgAssassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb

Fantasy. High Fantasy. The Third book in the Farseer Trilogy! I’ve finally collected all three! Now I just need to catch up on book 2 and then I’ll be golden. This cover certainly makes me want to jump into the next book ASAP. I’m fairly positive that’s a dragon in the background, which makes me really excited!

SEDeadhouse Gates and Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson

Fantasy / High Fantasy / Dark Fantasy. I’m slowly collecting the books in Steven Erikson’s Malazan series as well! I have the first book already and now I’ve added 2 more to my collection. I haven’t actually read the first book yet, but I promise I’ll get to it soon!


Here’s all my precious babies lined up for a collective photo! They grow so fast! 😛 ❤


Honorable Mention

sanderson-mistborntrilogyuk4Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Fantasy / High Fantasy. This is my one straggler at this point, but like I said, I couldn’t wait for this post any longer! Of course, I’ll make sure this boxset gets its own appropriately themed autumn instagram shots once they arrive. Mistborn is one of those series that I’ve had on my TBR list for so long, but never made time for. Well, no more! I’ve already lined up a friend to buddy read this series with, so I’m quite looking forward to that!

So that’s it! Those are all the books I’ve bought or acquired so far this month! Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? Follow me on instagram @bookbastion for future snaps of my books! 



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      1. That’s true, it’s a 10 book series and all the books (apart from the first) are a 1,000 pages in length. Definitely worth the effort and time though and it’s one of those series where the first book is the worst and gets a lot better by the second.

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  1. I get excited over books with dragons on it too. I’m a sucker for fantasy with dragons in it.

    Mistborn has been on my TBR list for so long too. Every time I try to start it, something else just happens to snag my interest over it. >_<


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  2. Awesome Birthday haul Bentley! I absolutely loved Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (5 stars) and My Best Friend’s Exorcism (4 1/2 stars). I read Strange the Dreamer, and although I haven’t found the time to review it, I’d give that a perfect 5 Stars as well. If you like YA horror, Kelly Charron’s Pretty Wicked, and the sequel, Wicked Fallout, which is coming out the beginning of September, are fantastic! 😊

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  3. I have read almost all of Robin Hobbs books!! You will enjoy Assassin’s Quest!! As for the other’s, I have a list going and I added all of them to it. So, I will eventually get to them….lol.

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  4. What a great haul! I really enjoyed Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda: took a bit for me to get into it, but once I did I was so eager to find out what would happen next that I read most of it during my lunch break, then read the rest after work before going home! I don’t keep up with the YA scene much (Simon was a gift from a friend who does) but your post definitely has me intrigued about a few more titles. So many books, so little time…

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  5. I’ve also had my eye on ‘Strange the Dreamer’ for a while now! I read the prologue and was blown away. I paced around my room, feeling like shit because I wish I could write THAT well! BUT, I used it as motivation to improve my writing, make it more poetic.
    And you’re right, the UK cover looks so SICK! Can’t wait to hear what you think of the book.

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      1. So very true! It’s like making a sculpture. Chisel the rough shape first, detail later.

        The opposite of this is reading sub-par published work. It feels good to recognize my own writing is sometimes better quality than some published work. Lol!

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