Waterstones Mail | Book Hauls

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Hope everyone has been well. Given this whole situation, I’m fully aware of how we (okay, I mean myself) have taken full advantage of online shopping.

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Anyway, props to the postal workers because I’ve received some book mail today. (I may or may not have obsessively checked the tracking every day since ordering but that’s not the focus here haha). Thankfully, I’ve managed to fight off temptation and reduce my original total of eight books down to four. Progress. Now, I’ve never worked in Waterstones, but I’ve ordered four books, paid for postage for one package and have been receiving each book one. By. One. (Insert privileged crying here). As of today, I’ve received two books. I’ve received the last book of a series (haha) and a standalone.

My anticipated book haul:

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (1/3 of Winternight series)

The Winter and the Witch by Katherine Arden (3/3 of Winternight series)

Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M. Harris (standalone)

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (standalone)

Okay, I’ll be honest. I usually prefer UK covers over the US version and that definitely was the case for The Bear and the Nightingale. AND! Because vain Joy just had to purchase the UK versions, I disregarded the fact that the middle of the series was out of print. LOL. I usually prefer to have one type and one copy of a book/series but that usually isn’t the case. Have a gander of my The Folk In The Air trilogy: two copies of two of the books (first and last book) but!!! Again I’m missing the second book??!! I am noticing this reoccurring pattern here…

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Okay. Let’s ignore my terrible shopping habits and marvel at the two gorgeous books!

 

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Girl, Serpent, Thorn | Currently Reading

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After reading on-and-off for a few weeks, I decided to be much more intentional with my reading. And what better way than to join a read-along? FairyLoot holds monthly read-alongs and despite the shipping delays, I received my May book just before the cut-off date to join.

My current read, a YA fantasy

So far, I’m really enjoying it. It’s great to be back into reading.

What are you currently reading?

 

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Sneaking through the window | Book Rambles

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Hello, everyone! My apologies for being a little MIA here. As some of you may or may not know, I’m a frontline worker. More specifically, my specialty lies in critical care (ughh I hate saying that lol). I’ll be honest, given the whole situation in the world, I’ve been feeling quite discouraged. Other than what’s going in the world, work had been (and continues to be) tough and whilst I work with amazing people like with every job, things can be busy and/or overwhelming. Not only that, I had a situation that made me question a few things and as a result lost inspiration to read, blog, and go on Bookstagram.

My self-growth tbr

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This or That Thursdays |YA Book Covers

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Not all dust jackets are the same for every book. My naive self never connected the dots on how there some books have different covers depending on the region. ANYWAY! I decided to do something fun—’This or That Thursdays’ where I compare different covers of the same book.

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Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

I don’t know about you, but I’m biased. I prefer books with no real faces on it as I’d like to imagine characters freely. Although, I’ll admit that the US version is very eye-catching but I just love how inviting and intriguing the UK version is.

Winner: UK Cover


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Title: Nevernight

Both covers are beautiful and I would normally pick the US cover—I just love the symmetry with the art, however, the intricate details on the US cover is so gorgeous.

Winner: UK Cover


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Title: Caraval

Now here’s a tough decision. Both are gorgeous. However, I’d have to pick the US cover. It sparks more of a magical and grand atmosphere and it’s bright and vivid. Very eye-catching! If this was a lamp and a moth moment, I’m the moth and the US version is the lamp. So pretty.

Winner: US Cover


Out of the covers, which ones did you prefer?