Library Book Haul/TBR πŸ“š

Hey popcorns! 🍿

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve looked into my blogging notifications and read and I’m feeling GUILTY! πŸ˜‚ Not guilty but just apologetic. . . it’s been a crazy two weeks with moving school but I only have one more day next week and me and mt bestie are going for lunch after school so I’m very excited!

Also I got to watch the sunset last night with my two bestest friends ever (how did I get so lucky?! They’re AMAZING!) and it was honestly an out-of-this-world-moment. I just felt so young, free and positive. It was one of the greatest nights of my life, I didn’t have a care in the world, which is so unlike me, and it was nice.

With everything going on at the moment (is life crazy lately or is it just me?) I’ve been losing myself in the one and the only book world, it’s been such a massive escapism lately and I felt like that spark of my passion for reading is burning brighter than ever.

I am so sorry everyone for this incredibly long intro but I just have so much to say, if you’re new here I don’t usually do this πŸ˜‚

The other day I went to the library as lockdown is really starting to ease and I was SO EXCITED!! Anyways when I got there (there were literally no people to be found, it felt like I was in my own paradise) it’s totally not like my idea of paradise doesn’t include people or anything… and the librarian said to me that the check out limit was 20 books. It’s usually eight and I swear I could’ve cried (I’m an emotional girl okay?!) so I basically walked out of the library with 20 books. Hell yes, I’m a book worm and proud.

Please don’t shame people’s love for reading, we don’t shame people who scroll on their phone for endless hours. We don’t shame people who game for hours on end so why do people think it’s okay to shame us? Comments like ‘ew why do you read?’ and ‘uh that’s so boring’ actually hurt. Think before you speak everyone πŸ˜…

Now slowly moving on…

In this post I’m going to be sharing with you the books I checked out (not literally, but I agree, these books would be hot if they were people) from the library ,their average rating (sourced from Goodreads) and the blurb! πŸ₯°

all the image credits go to me, myself and I
The Dead - (Enemy Novel) By Charlie Higson (Paperback) : Target

The Dead by Charlie Higson

Everyone over the age of fourteen has succumbed to a deadly zombie virus and now the kids must keep themselves alive. A terrible disease is striking everyone over the age of fourteen. Death walks the streets. Nowhere is safe.

Maxie, Blue and the rest of the Holloway crew aren’t the only kids trying to escape the ferocious adults who prey on them. Jack and Ed are best friends, but their battle to stay alive tests their friendship to the limit as they go on the run with a mismatched group of other kids – nerds, fighters, misfits. And one adult, Greg, a butcher, who claims he’s immune to the disease. They must work together if they want to make it in this terrifying new world.

But when fresh disaster threatens to overwhelm London, they realize they won’t all survive…

Average Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† (4.3)

The Beneath by S.C. Ransom

The Beneath by S C Ransom

It’s an ordinary school day, but Lily is about to step into a nightmare. The girl rushing out of the Tube tunnel tells a crazy story about an underground community and a charismatic leader with an evil plan. How can Lily trust her? It’s only when Lily finds herself in the labyrinth beneath London that she learns the horrific truth – about the Farmer, the Crop and about herself.

Average Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜† (3.42)

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Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber

A grieving girl. An unexpected boy. A perfect love story . . . until it isn’t perfect at all.

Sometimes a broken heart is all you need to set you free…

Reiko loves the endless sky and electric colors of the Californian desert. It is a refuge from an increasingly claustrophobic life of family pressures and her own secrets. Then she meets Seth, a boy who shares a love of the desert and her yearning for a different kind of life. But Reiko and Seth both want something the other can’t give them. As summer ends, things begin to fall apart. But the end of love can sometimes be the beginning of you…

Average Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜† (3.77)

One of Us Is Next (One of Us Is Lying, #2)

One Of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus

Come on, Bayview, you know you’ve missed this.

A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no one’s been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could. The problem is no one has the facts.

Until now.

This time it’s not an app, thoughβ€”it’s a game.

Truth or Dare.

Phoebe’s the first target. If you choose not to play, it’s a truth. And hers is dark.

Then comes Maeve and she should know betterβ€”always choose the dare.

But by the time Knox is about to be tagged, things have gotten dangerous. The dares have become deadly, and if Maeve learned anything from Bronwyn last year, it’s that they can’t count on the police for help. Or protection.

Simon’s gone, but someone’s determined to keep his legacy at Bayview High alive. And this time, there’s a whole new set of rules.

Average Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† (4.05)

Countless

Countless by Karen Gregory

When Hedda discovers she is pregnant, she doesn’t believe she could ever look after a baby. The numbers just don’t add up. She is young, and still in the grip of an eating disorder that controls every aspect of how she goes about her daily life. She’s even given her eating disorder a name – Nia. But as the days tick by, Hedda comes to a decision: she and Nia will call a truce, just until the baby is born. 17 weeks, 119 days, 357 meals. She can do it, if she takes it one day at a time …

Heartbreaking and hopeful by turns, Karen Gregory’s debut novel is a story of love, heartache and human resilience. And how the things that matter most can’t be counted.

Average Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜† (3.97)

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Isabel

It’s been sixty-five painful days since the death of Juniper’s big sister, Camilla. On her first day back at school, bracing herself for the stares and whispers, Juniper borrows Camie’s handbag for luck – and discovers an unsent break-up letter inside. It’s mysteriously addressed to ‘You’ and dated July 4th – the day of Camie’s accident. Desperate to learn the identity of Camie’s secret love, Juniper starts to investigate.

But then she loses something herself. A card from her daily ritual, The Happiness Index: little notecards on which she rates the day. The Index has been holding Juniper together since Camie’s death – but without this card, there’s a hole. And this particular card contains Juniper’s own secret: a memory that she can’t let anyone else find out.

Average Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜† (3.84)

All These Beautiful Strangers

All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth

In the last day of summer, Grace Fairchild, the beautiful young wife of real estate mogul Allister Calloway, vanished from the family’s lake house without a trace, leaving behind her seven-year old daughter, Charlie, and a slew of unanswered questions.

Years later, seventeen-year-old Charlie still struggles with the dark legacy of her family name and the mystery surrounding her mother. Determined to finally let go of the past, she throws herself into life at Knollwood, the prestigious New Englandschool she attends. Charlie quickly becomes friends with Knollwood’s β€œit” crowd.

Charlie has also been tapped by the A’sβ€”the school’s elite secret society well known for terrorizing the faculty, administration, and their enemies. To become a member of the A’s, Charlie must play The Game, a semester-long, diabolical high-stakes scavenger hunt that will jeopardize her friendships, her reputation, even her place at Knollwood.

As the dark events of past and present converge, Charlie begins to fear that she may not survive the terrible truth about her family, her school, and her own life.

Average Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜† (3.87)

Carry On

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here β€” it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Average Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† (4.24)

More Than This

More Than This by Patrick Ness

A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies. Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive. How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?

As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

Average Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜† (3.99)

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions…Β 

Average Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜† (3.71)

Hey, Sherlock!

Hey, Sherlock! by Simon Mason

Amy Roecastle is beautiful. Selfish. And missing.
Vanished without a trace in the middle of the night, she’s taken her ferocious dog – and something else, too. Something deadly.
Amy’s best friend is lying to Inspector Singh, who has no leads and no idea. Cue Garvie Smith. Teenage slacker. Undeniable crime-solving genius.
Garvie’s one step ahead of the investigation. But there’s nothing simple where Amy is involved. And this time Garvie’s about to find himself in way over his head.

Average Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† (4.40)

Kid Got Shot

Kid Got Shot by Simon Mason

Garvie’s exams have started, but so has another mystery. A kid got shot last night, a kid from Garvie’s school, and Garvie thinks he can work out who did it quicker and better than the police. He’ll go to any lengths to find his answers.

Average Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† (4.03)

Angel (Angel, #1)

Angel by L.A. Weatherly

Angels are all around us: beautiful, awe-inspiring, irresistible.

Ordinary mortals yearn to catch a glimpse of one of these stunning beings and thousands flock to The Church of Angels to feel their healing touch.
But what if their potent magnetism isn’t what it seems?
Willow knows she’s different from other girls. And not just because she loves tinkering around with cars.
Willow has a gift. She can look into people’s futures, know their dreams, their hopes and their regrets, just by touching them. But she has no idea where she gets this power from.

Until she meets Alex…
Alex is one of the few who know the truth about angels. He knows Willow’s secret and is on a mission to stop her.
The dark forces within Willow make her dangerous – and irresistible.
In spite of himself, Alex finds he is falling in love with his sworn enemy.

Average Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜† (3.87)

I hop you all enjoyed having a look at some of the books I’m going to be reading, and weren’t some of the covers so beautiful? Some of them were incredible πŸ’•

Also it’s my birthday this weekend which is so exciting, I’m still going to try post a KIP chapter out if I don’t you all know I’m too busy partying with my book… on my own πŸ˜‚

Have you read any of these books? Would you recommend any? Will you be adding any of these to your TBR?

That’s a wrap πŸ“š

42 thoughts on “Library Book Haul/TBR πŸ“š

  1. Ooh I went to the library the other day and got quite a few books too. I think I’m going to do a library haul post actually as I was so excited about my finds and want to share them with everyone πŸ˜… and I got a Patrick Ness book in my selection too!! It’s called Burn (:
    I’ve added a couple of these to my TBR- I’m particularly interested in the Guide To Happiness one. And I seriously need to read One Of Us Is Next sometime. I think I’ve read Angel. I definitely started it anyway and was enjoying it so idk what happened if I didn’t finish it?? Anyway I hope to re-read it sometime.
    I hope you enjoy all of these.

    1. That’s so nice! The library is just my favourite place, it’s so calm and relaxing there. I really feel at home. I will definitely look forward to reading that and that was the same here for me!! Oo let me know if you like it, I’m yet to read my Patrick Ness one, I’ve heard some controversial views of his writing but I guess we’ll see for ourselves, I’m sure it will be good ❀️
      That’s great! So glad I could add to your TBR ☺️ I’m reading that at the moment and it’s amazing, please read it πŸ˜… I think I’m going to write a review hehe (spoiler free!) One Of Us Is Next is going to be really good I think, if it’s anything like the first book of the duology then it will be amazing. I’m really looking forward to reading Angel as people say it’s really good, hopefully you can re-read it soon! Thank you ☺️ Hope you enjoy your library books too!

      1. Yes I love the library too. A lot of the ones around me are closed still πŸ˜” but at least a few are open. Aww thanks, I’m hoping to get it done sometime next week. Yay it’s wonderful when you find loads of books there.
        Will do (: it’ll be my first book of his. Although whether I enjoy it or not (Fingers crossed that I do) I really want to read the Chaos Walking books soon too so I’ve read them before the movie.
        You did πŸ˜… it’s constantly growing πŸ˜‚
        I did check and the libraries around me don’t have it so I’ll have to keep an eye out for it as an e or physical book. And I look forward to your review 😊
        Yes it should be! Hopefully we both love it. I really need to read the authors other book too.
        Aww I hope you love it then 😁 and I have the books on my Kindle so hopefully I can soon
        Thank you πŸ’•

        1. Ohio, I’m sorry to hear that 😞 We only have two libraries on the island I live on and one is closed πŸ˜‚ No problemo! It really is ❀️
          Same here, I’ve never read him! Hopefully we both enjoy his writing. Oo I hope you get to reading them then! I really hope you find it someplace, it’s well worth he search!
          Let’s hope so! Anytime ❀️

          1. Aww that’s a shame. There are quite a few around me. I actually got to go back today and get Mexican Gothic which I’m thrilled about!! So excited for that book.
            Yes fingers crossed that we both enjoy his books 😊 thank you, I’m sure I will.
            πŸ’•πŸ’•

              1. Thank you. I adored Mexican Gothic 😍 although Burn was kind of a let down sadly. It had aspects that I loved but I expected more. How did you find the Patick Ness books you borrowed?

  2. AMBERRRRR πŸ˜€ *totally not showing up casually after nearly a year of an unexpected hiatus*. This post was just what I needed when guiltily coming back to the blogosphere. It’s awesome to know you’re still blogging and still an avid reader! I read Angel, and it was AMAZING. unfortunately i haven’t read the rest but definitely planning on it! It’s great to see you ❀

    1. UNIQUELY!! Omg I did the same a few months ago, I took an unexpected 8 month hiatus and only returned in April so don’t feel guilty because I did and it got me nowhere πŸ˜‚ IT’S GOOD YOU’RE HERE AGAIN!! I’m not sure if you’re here to stay but if you are I’ll probably scream from happiness or something πŸ₯Ί Of course! Reading will always be a constant in my life and honestly one of my greatest joys ❀️ Was it actually? That’s great to know! I will definitely look forward to reading it then ☺️ I hope you get to reading the rest of the series soon! I’M SO GLAD YOU COMMENTED! Honestly made my day, when I came back you were one of the first blogs I checked but I think we pretty much left the blogosphere at the same time πŸ˜‚

      1. 😭 literally yes, i have no idea when i’ll be posting but i’m lurking around for sure. YOU’RE SO SWEET IT’S SO GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN! THANK YOU SO MUCH πŸ₯Ίβ€

        1. No worries at all, I totally understand ❀️ Well, I hope to catch you lurking sometime! πŸ˜‰ AH RIGHT BACK AT YOU!! I’VE MISSED YOU ON THR BLOGOSPHERE!! NO WORRIES πŸ’– Okay that’s me done yelling πŸ˜‚

  3. wow watching the sunset sounds so beautiful and amazing ahh!!! i was recently able to watch the sunrise and i completely agree that it was a magical experience. πŸ˜†

    that’s so great that you were able to go to the library! omg yes i completely agree that it’s so frustrating when people make fun of book lovers :((

    i haven’t heard of any of these books before (except for one of us is next… my friend loved one of us is lying and basically told me everything that happened, so i’m probably not going to read it anytime soon haha!) i hope you enjoy all of them, though! πŸ’–

    1. It really is I 1000% recommend, especially if it’s spontaneous! πŸ₯° That’s amazing, and it’s so incredible right?! I feel like it’s the only time that literally nothing was on my mind!

      Hehe it was so exciting and I know right it totally sucks 😦

      One Of Us Is Lying was ahh amazing but it would be a totally pointless read if you knew what it was all about! My friend was desperate for me to spoil the ending to her while she was reading it (I honestly don’t know why) but she was so thankful to me when she finished the book that I didn’t!! Thanks so much they’re definitely going to be dense reads πŸ˜‚

  4. Amberrrrr! I 100% agree shaming bookworms sucks even when people don’t realise they’re doing it. Like one time I was at the library and the LIBRARIAN was like β€˜oh you have a lot of books on hold’ which was just embarrassing! Why does everyone always feel like they have to comment on people’s lives all the time??

    Anyway! I really wanna read one of us in next since I loved the first & it’s been way too long πŸ˜… Ooo Juniper Lemon is fun but I must say the rest of us just live here wasn’t my fave – I just don’t really vibe with Patrick Ness’ style πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ
    Hope you have the best of times reading all of these! πŸ€—

    1. I’m so glad you agree! It’s so mean, exactly. Oh my gosh you must have just wanted the ground to swallow you right then πŸ˜‚ Like a librarian, seriously?! I honestly have no idea, but sometimes *a majority of the time* it REALLY sucks.

      Yes same here! I think I read the first one year ago?! Maybe two? So I’m super excited to see what is happening now, I still have a copy of the first one (someone bought it for my birthday and I had to pretend I hadn’t read it, awkward!) That’s good to know! Awh really?! I’ll definitely see if I vibe with him πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so much I’m actually making slow progress on them but I’m super excited to buddy read! πŸ™‚

  5. This is such a fun library haul! God, I can’t remember the last time I went to the library and came back with my arms full of nice-smelling books, I can’t wait to visit a library soon! I love all the mystery books, they sound fascinating, and More Than This sounds so fascinating (and I love the cover wow)!

    1. Thanks so much Arshia! I agree, when I walked in there it was literal heaven and I couldn’t imagine wanting be anywhere else πŸ’– I hope you get to soon! I’m going again tomorrow because there are a few books I’m desperate to get my hands on and return πŸ₯° Yes a lot of the books were mystery which is different for me, it’s one of those genres I always feel a bit meh about but then end up loving?” Yes that looks one interesting book but the cover is so creative!!

  6. Hey so just started following your blog and already from the introduction I FREAKING LOVE IT!! Your style is so fun and it’s just so enjoyable to read 😊 Also, I’m so with you – I’m a bookworm loud and proud and it really bothers me that reading is considered a weird/lame hobby as opposed to screen slaves and gamers (honestly I don’t get how reading is worse than that when I think it’s so much better). It looks like you got a really amazing haul here – I’ve only read Carry On and I would definitely recommend it. It’s such a fun, clever story and plus I’m a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell so I really hope you enjoy it 😁 Otherwise, which of these books would you recommend to me? I’m more of a romance enthusiast because I like my books to have a happy ending (don’t judge me I like the fluffy stuff)πŸ™ˆ Thanks for sharing such a cool post xx

    1. Thank you so much for following! I’m already in love with your blog name! πŸ₯° Oh my gosh really?! THAT MEANS SO MUCH TO ME!! Ah that means the world and thank you for stopping by my blog like honestly I get so excited talking to new bloggers it’s almost a bit embarrassing! πŸ˜‚ I always make sure to be in a good mindset before blogging because I feel like I don’t want to give anyone bad vibes in my post! Ah I love that, and same here! I truly think the whole β€˜reading is for geeks’ misconception is just wrong. Screen slaves, you talk my lingo πŸ˜† Thanks is so much! Yes after reading Fangirl I was desperate to get my hands on Carry On and I am loving Rainbow Rowell so far so I really hope so too! Nooo there is nothing wrong with liking the fluffy stuff, I like heavy reads and the fluff, it’s all about the mood! πŸ˜‚ Right the book I’d maybe recommend most to you is Angel?! It seems a bit fluffy with some cute romances and maybe some ships but a lot of the others are actually pretty heavy books (I just realised πŸ˜‚) but I have a ton of cute romance full of the fluff recommendations if you need any πŸ™‚ Of course thank you for reading!

      1. Of course!! And awww thank you πŸ₯°. Seriously I mean it!! I also love chatting to new bloggers and I just loved your stuff so much 😁 That’s such a good approach because I think if you aren’t in the right mindset, that can seep into your post.

        I’m sure you’ll enjoy Carry On I really enjoyed but I think Fangirl is still my top from her πŸ˜‚ yayy so many people judge my fluffy reading choices πŸ˜”. Okay great thank you ☺️ and you’re welcome!

        1. No worries at all! It means the world to men that you took the time to .read and comment on my post ❀️ Chatting to bloggers is definitely lovely! And I’m melting here πŸ˜­πŸ’– I agree, I haven’t posted for a while because my mindset hasn’t been *great* and I didn’t want my negativity infecting others ☹️

          Yes! Fangirl is SO good πŸ’“ They do, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with liking lighter/more upbeat reads! Of course πŸ™‚ So sorry about my late reply, I’d say I’m not usually like this but it’s got to the point where I just am πŸ˜‚

          1. No need to thank me I absolutely loved reading your blog and I completely agree that chatting with other bloggers is awesome 😊Awww no I hope you’re feeling better though? I know it’s quite personal but if you ever need to chat you can always reach out to me ❀️❀️

            I KNOW I FREAKING LOVE IT!!! πŸ’•Haha thanks for not judging my choice of literature – and don’t worry it’s not a problem πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

            1. Oh my gosh I just realised I put β€˜it means the world to men’ in my previous comment πŸ˜‚ My keyboard has mind of it’s own! Awh it really is ❀️ Especially when they’re as awesome as you! I am don’t worry 😊 Honestly my life motto at the moment is keep on smiling πŸ˜‚ That means the world, thanks so much!! I might take you up on that offer to me one day 😌

              AH ME TOO! Of course, that’s like discrimination but the book version lmao πŸ˜‚

              1. Haha absolutely no problem I honestly didn’t even notice itπŸ˜‚ Awww thank you so much that’s so sweet of you to say ❀️That’s such a great life motto, especially right now!! And of course if you ever need to don’t hesitate to reach out to me πŸ˜‰β€οΈ

                YAYYY!!! Haha so true thank you still though πŸ˜‚

                1. Ah that’s great, sometimes my brain works a lot quicker than my fingers trying to type everything πŸ˜‚ Of course!! For sure, it definitely helps me keep pushing through those tough times ❀️ That means a lot, sometimes it’s just nice to know people are there 😌

                  1. Haha no problem my brain is the same sometimes so I completely understand πŸ˜‚ That’s so good! ❀️ Of course, I know what you mean but if you need it please don’t feel shy to reach out (you can always pm me on my insta tallblondetales) xx

                    1. Haha exactly glad I’m not the only one struggling with that problem πŸ˜‚ Thanks so much, it’s good to know how I can contact you πŸ™‚

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