Monthly Bookmail (March 2017).

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March was another slow but generous month for me. It’s my birthday month, so I got a few surprises but I didn’t want a whole lot – mostly just Strange the Dreamer that came out the day after my birthday and will be here soon! šŸ™‚ Everything else that I got was just a bonus, especially the surprises from my lovely bookish friends!

I finished off my Delirium series by Lauren Oliver by getting Requiem. The covers with the hearts are absolutely gorgeous, šŸ™‚ Oh, and I used the #booksfortrade tag on Twitter and I’m now the owner of the Owlcrate exclusive white cover of Heartless by Marissa Meyer! Such a beautiful cover.

The lovely Gina at RandomlyBookishGina on YouTube sent me The Maze Runner by James Dashner for my birthday. I also got a cute little yeti – which is a little inside joke with us, šŸ™‚ – but my son claimed ownership of that.

I’m actually really excited for The Maze Runner. I’m a little embarrassed that it’s taken me this long to even hear of the series enough to want to check it out, then realise it’s right up my alley in tastes.

Thank you, Gina! ā¤

I also went ahead and got The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure at Barnes & Noble as a birthday present.

I traded with the lovely Paige over at The Paige-Turner for this Divergent collection.

Now here’s the thing. I own all of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Recently obtained, actually. Never read them yet. However, my good friend Sara has convinced me to read the series, šŸ™‚Ā  So I was going to wait until I had Four before I read the series. I’ll be starting the series in April, and I really hope it’s as good as I hear!

This is the best book mail ever! My girl Sara went to SEYA in March and was able to snag a signed copy of Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman! Completely unexpected. And the best part? It’s signed and has a birthday wish written by Nicole, ā¤ šŸ™‚

Thank you, Sara!

One of my best friends sent me this mug! I found it funny and I absolutely love it! It’s now positioned between my Fred and George Weasley on my bookcase,Ā  šŸ˜

I absolutely love these mugs! I originally saw them in Target and my dad ended up getting me the Slytherin for my birthday, but said they only had the Ravenclaw left.

He doesn’t know a thing about Harry Potter, and I am so not a Slytherin, so I made it a point to get all four of them! I couldn’t find the other two at Target or their website, but found them on Think Geek.

They are perfect!Ā  šŸ™‚Ā  The handles have the names of each house on them, too.

After asking around and starting to feel like I would never find someone with it, I snagged the other notepad from the March 2017 Owlcrate! It’s so adorable, right? I also got another roll of the washi that was in the same Owlcrate. (I obviously love paper and washi).

What did you get this month that you’re most excited about?

Unboxing: Owlcrate (March 2017).

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March is my birth month and I was asked what I wanted for my birthday, and surprisingly enough I didn’t want any books except Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor . . . so I said I wanted a 3-month subscription to Owlcrate. I’ve been wanting to try it again since I see so many people talking about it, and I was not disappointed with this month’s box!Ā  šŸ˜€


The March box included:

  • A hardcover of Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller, with signed bookplate
  • A Daughter of the Pirate King temporary tattoo
  • Washi tape with a “mermaid scales” design
  • An octopus notepad
  • A pirate owl button
  • A beautiful compass and anchor necklace
  • A tea towel with a quote from the book

This box was absolutely gorgeous! The notepad came in two different designs, randomly distributed and the second design is also stunning (I managed to snag one of the other designs, too). I also have a love for washi and this is a bright and gorgeous purple,Ā  šŸ™‚

As far as the book – I am not too big on pirates and that kind of thing, but I know this is a highly talked about book and it does sound good, so I can give it a try!


Did you get an Owlcrate this month? What’s your favorite item that you received in the March box?

Unboxing: Uppercase Box (March 2017).

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This month’s Uppercase was super exciting! I totally didn’t know what to expect in this month’s box. I wasn’t even thinking it could be a Beauty and the Beast inspired title . . . everything seems to be tied to Beauty and the Beast this month, which is really cool, but I didn’t put two and two together until after seeing the book – now I’m seeing everything tying to the release of the live action movie.


The March box included:

  • A signed hardcover of Hunted by Meagan Spooner
  • A Hunted bookmark (not shown)

I’m far from a bookstagrammer and can’t take photos to save my life, but this picture obviously doesn’t give the book cover justice. Absolutely stunning!

I know this is a highly anticipated book, and it’s been on my wishlist for awhile now and was so surprised to see it for this month. I almost bought it but thought I’d wait,Ā  šŸ™‚

Can’t wait to read it!

 

Monthly Bookmail (February 2017).

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Every day I walk by my main bookcase and think to myself “I have way too many books” and it’s really starting to get overwhelming . . . the last time this happened, I went through a slump and stopped reading for a year or so (I was also busy a lot, but that’s not the point). So I’m really trying to get better with the book buying. I’m currently trying to get rid of books that I know I’m never going to read, so I’ve taken to #booksfortrade on Twitter.

The only two books that I purchased for myself were Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi (so pretty and colorful!) and Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. I also got an eBook of On the Edge of Gone by Corrine Duyvis (I’m really interested in this one because of the main character having autism). Also, not pictured but I traded for The Leaving by Tara Altebrando.

I traded for Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin, and got The Reader by Traci Chee as a bonus,Ā  šŸ™‚

I’ve heard mixed things about The Reader, and I think Spare and Found Parts will be a really cute read.

I traded with the lovely Emily at Emily Reads Everything and got this stack of ARCs (with the exception of The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson – which I got from another trade).

Thank you, Irene (@ Justice Reads) for this amazing giveaway of an ARC of Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Included is a cute little coffee cup “knick-knack” ornament and some colored pencils,Ā  šŸ™‚

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Caraval, and I got The Night Circus for Christmas – so I will most likely read these two at the same time! Totally excited to see what all the hype is about.

What did you get this month that you’re most excited about?

Unboxing: Uppercase Box (February 2017).

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This month, Uppercase teamed up with Epic Reads to delivery a one of a kind box. Pretty sweet! And of course it’s February, so you think of Valentine’s Day and “love,” so of course the book has to reflect that!Ā  ā¤Ā  From my understanding, this book is previously only published in paperback, so the hardcover is Uppercase exclusive only!


The February box included:

  • A signed hardcover of By Your Side by Kasie West
  • A Valentine’s card related to the book
  • An “IĀ  ā¤ YA” sticker from Epic Reads

I’m really not big on contemporary reads, so I don’t know how I feel about this one. It sounds really cute, so whenever I feel like reading something light and fluffy, I’ll definitely pick this one up,Ā  šŸ˜€

 

Monthly Bookmail (January 2017).

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I thought January would be a slow month for me, considering everything that I had gotten for Christmas. However, I did a lot of trades on Twitter to do a bit of purging of a lot of older books before I donated them. That turned into a lot of bookmail!Ā  šŸ˜€

This year, I’m putting myself on a book buying ban. I’m thinking of doing read 5, buy 1. The only exception to the buying will be my Uppercase Box (and I have two pre-orders that were done back in November).

Not pictured below is a pre-order that a friend got for me of RoseBlood by A.G. Howard. I had already read an ARC of the book, and loved it so much that I had to have a finished copy. There was also an awesome pre-order incentive of a signed print of Thorn,Ā  šŸ˜ This book is absolutely gorgeous! Not only a beautiful cover, but the text and printing on the inside is red.

I read Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series a few years ago, and planned on re-reading at one point; however, I decided to put them up for trade. I finally got an ARC of The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid, and I got Proxy and Guardian by Alex London – which is a series that I thought I’d be really interested in. Hopefully it’s as good as it sounds. And I’m already a good chunk into The Diabolic.

I snagged this signed ARC of A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess from Vale at Vale’s Bookshelf, and she included a Heartless magnetic bookmark and a few other swag items (not pictured).

Back in the summer, I missed the opportunity to see Jessica Cluess at my local Barnes & Noble and local indie bookstore, so I was glad to get a signed copy of this!Ā  šŸ™‚

I bulked and broke my book buying ban. In my defense, it’s because I needed my Amazon order over $49 for free shipping – I don’t have Amazon Prime – so Delirium by Lauren Oliver was the perfect price for getting it over $49, šŸ˜Š

These covers are swoon-worthy. The picture doesn’t do it justice. I haven’t read the trilogy yet, but I’m excited to start. Also, for some reason, I have all of Lauren Oliver’s books (minus the other two in this series) and haven’t read a single one of them.

I haven’t read the Quarantine series by Lex Thomas yet, but I’ve gotten all of them from trades or for super cheap, and they look really good. The Burnouts is book three, and there’s only one more in the series that I’m going to wait until I get can get it for a decent price,Ā  šŸ™‚

I have not read the Divergent series by Veronica Roth yet. I won’t even lie. I also haven’t even seen the movies. However, I hear a lot of people talking about the books/movies, so I figured it was about time I got them to see what the big deal is. I traded for Insurgent and Allegiant, and I bought a copy of Divergent (oops – stupid book buying ban!)

Sanovia over at Creatyve Books did a 13 Days of Christmas giveaway during December, with all diverse or own voices titles. I won a copy of Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed, and I am anticipating starting this! I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.

I don’t usually pre-order stuff, but Alexandra Bracken had a pretty nice pre-order incentive for Wayfarer, and this is one of my anticipated 2017 releases – plus, Amazon had a pretty sweet Black Friday deal and it was beneficial to do it on pre-orders.

During the east’s snowstorm earlier this month, I got these two goodies: and ARC of Shutter by Courtney Alameda and an ARC of How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather.

Yes, that is a yeti,Ā  šŸ˜€

I’ve never heard of Shutter, but the cover was creepy and intriguing. And I’ve had How to Hang a Witch on my wishlist for some time now.

What did you get this month that you’re most excited about?

Unboxing: Uppercase Box (January 2017).

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I am so excited over this month’s Uppercase Box! This was a title that I got on NetGalley – they had an offer of the first 300 or so are instantly approved – however, it had a different cover (equally as gorgeous,Ā  šŸ˜). I’m so glad to have a physical copy now!


The January box included:

  • A signed hardcover of Frostblood by Elly Blake
  • A Frostblood magnet

I am in love with this cover! Every edition I have seen of Frostblood has an absolutely gorgeous cover. My favorite is the UK edition.

Hopefully, I can start this book soon!Ā  šŸ™‚