Library Haul + TBR | August

We’re one month closer to Fall and I honestly can’t wait! I’ve been spending so much time at the library that I figured I would do another library haul. I’ve been in the mood for romances so I have like every book ever by Christina Lauren checked out. Let’s get into the entire list!

  • Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins [read, review to come]
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
  • My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren [read, review to come]
  • the Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
  • Dating You, Hating You by Christina Lauren
  • Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi


Find any of these at your local bookstore!


What books do you currently have checked out? If you don’t use the library, what was the last book you bought?


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Library Haul

Hello everyone! I finally got around to renewing my library card. I decided to check out a bunch of physical books this time. Some of these may or may not be for the Reading Rush but you’ll just have to wait and see!

  • When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perry ★★★ (3) /  ★★★★★ (5) stars

Katie Daniels is a perfection-seeking 28-year-old lawyer living the New York dream. She’s engaged to charming art curator Paul Michael, has successfully made her way up the ladder at a multinational law firm and has a hold on apartments in Soho and the West Village. Suffice it to say, she has come a long way from her Kentucky upbringing.

But the rug is swept from under Katie when she is suddenly dumped by her fiance, Paul Michael, leaving her devastated and completely lost. On a whim, she agrees to have a drink with Cassidy Price-a self-assured, sexually promiscuous woman she meets at work. The two form a newfound friendship, which soon brings into question everything Katie thought she knew about sex—and love.

When Katie Met Cassidy is a romantic comedy that explores how, as a culture, while we may have come a long way in terms of gender equality, a woman’s capacity for an entitlement to sexual pleasure still remain entirely taboo. This novel tackles the question: Why, when it comes to female sexuality, are so few women figuring out what they want and then going out and doing it?”

  • the Handmaid’s Tale: the Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood

“Everything Handmaids wear is red: the colour of blood, which defines us.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships. She serves in the household of the Commander and his wife, and under the new social order she has only one purpose: once a month, she must lie on her back and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if they are fertile. But Offred remembers the years before Gilead, when she was an independent woman who had a job, a family, and a name of her own. Now, her memories and her will to survive are acts of rebellion.

Provocative, startling, prophetic, The Handmaid’s Tale has long been a global phenomenon. With this stunning graphic novel adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s modern classic, beautifully realized by artist Renee Nault, the terrifying reality of Gilead has been brought to vivid life like never before.”

  • Circe by Madeline Miller

“In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.”

  • Anne Frank’s Diary: the Graphic Novel

“The only graphic novelization of Anne Frank’s diary that has been authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation and that uses text from the diary–it will introduce a new generation of young readers to this classic of Holocaust literature.

This adaptation of Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl into a graphic version for a young readership, maintains the integrity and power of the original work. With stunning, expressive illustrations and ample direct quotation from the diary, this edition will expand the readership for this important and lasting work of history and literature.”

  • Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

“At the news of her mother’s death, Natalie Tan returns home. The two women hadn’t spoken since Natalie left in anger seven years ago, when her mother refused to support her chosen career as a chef. Natalie is shocked to discover the vibrant neighborhood of San Francisco’s Chinatown that she remembers from her childhood is fading, with businesses failing and families moving out. She’s even more surprised to learn she has inherited her grandmother’s restaurant.

The neighborhood seer reads the restaurant’s fortune in the leaves: Natalie must cook three recipes from her grandmother’s cookbook to aid her struggling neighbors before the restaurant will succeed. Unfortunately, Natalie has no desire to help them try to turn things around–she resents the local shopkeepers for leaving her alone to take care of her agoraphobic mother when she was growing up. But with the support of a surprising new friend and a budding romance, Natalie starts to realize that maybe her neighbors really have been there for her all along.”


April Book Haul (2019)

Well, I don’t see myself going on a book buying ban anytime soon. I never realize how many books I collect in one month until I’m creating these posts. This one is going up a little late because it takes me forever to take pictures of all of them. It’s just a lot of work to gather the millions of books I tend to buy in one month and take a photo of them. I blame this on the fact I work at a bookstore now. I’m surrounded by books way too often to not take them home with me. Without further ado, let’s talk about some of the books I got in April!


  • Why Buddhism Is True by Robert Wright

Since I’m getting a new job at this indie bookstore, I felt like every time I went in, I had to buy something. I mean, I wasn’t not going to. The books were discounted so I decided why not. This is also a book I’ve been interested in because I’ve studied world religions for fun since high school and Buddhism has always been the one that’s sparked my interest.

  • Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor

I was so kindly sent a copy of this book by Vintage books. I’m probably going to read it while on my way to Atlanta this upcoming weekend. Very stoked!

  • We Are Lost and Found by Helene Dunbar

I requested this book the day it went up on Edelweiss. I emailed the publisher and they sent it to me so generously. It sounds like the perfect coming of age story set in the 1980s and I can’t wait to get to reading it! It was also an On My Radar book and it will have a review!

  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Listen, I bought this because of the hype and it was discounted. Maybe one day I’ll get to it.

  • Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

I was BookOutlet browsing and saw this sequel on there. I was shocked but immediately added it to my cart because I love V.E. Schwab. I haven’t read Vicious yet (lol oops) but I will soon, especially because I already own the sequel!

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

I’ve been looking for some coming of age classics and this one would end up on the list so I bought a used copy from Amazon recently. I’m excited to get to it!

  • The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

I got this on BookOutlet as well because It’s a popular coming of age classic. Who knows if I’ll ever get to it but it was like $2 so I’m not mad.

  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

AH, I recently read The Great Alone and really enjoyed it. I have a review for it up already. I thought I should give her most popular book a try. This book has won awards (I’m pretty sure) and everyone loves it. So, I’m finally picking it up!

  • Turbulence by David Szalay

Before I left my old bookseller job, we would get sent ARCs. I saw this cover and died. The description also kind of reminds me of the T.V. show LOST so I snatched it. It’s a short read so I should be getting to it and reviewing it soon!



Have you read any of these? Also, what books did you buy in the month of April? I’ll admit, I buy too many books!

Book Haul (2019 So Far)

Listen, I have an excuse for buying all these books.. kind of. I started working at a bookstore in December and I’ve been exposed to more books than ever. I finally have a steady paycheck, so, of course I’m buying more and more books. I’m not only buying them, though. Some of these books were kindly sent to me, I got ARCs from work, etc. Either way, let’s not judge, okay? Instead, let’s talk about all the books I’ve received and bought since January of 2019!


  • Becoming by Michelle Obama

It only makes sense to start from the beginning of this year so in January, I received Becoming by Michelle Obama by my mom. She knew how well the book had been selling at work and how badly I wanted to read it but didn’t want to spend money on it yet. I felt guilty for going to Amazon for cheaper prices and it was expensive at work so I just waited. But, my lovely mom surprised me with it one day and I’m so thankful. I’ve already read this book and wrote a little review on it.

To read my review, click here.

  • Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

I picked this up because it was discounted at my local bookstore that’s closing soon. It hurts to say that I didn’t shop here often but I would occasionally come in and buy books here whenever I was feeling like going out. Whenever I was upset and having a bad day, I would force myself to come out here. I also love Roxane Gay’s books and I know this is one of her earlier ones so I can’t wait to get into it!

  • Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan

I requested this book from Bloomsbury shortly before February without realizing how close the release date was. I planned to read this for Feminist February but if you saw my reading challenge in February, I didn’t read much. I was going through a lot and ended up not getting to this book which sucks but I’m currently reading this and will be posting a review soon! To let you know what it’s about, here’s the description: “Jasmine and Chelsea are sick of the way women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so they decide to start a Women’s Rights Club. They post everything online—poems, essays, videos of Chelsea performing her poetry, and Jasmine’s response to the racial macroaggressions she experiences—and soon they go viral. But with such positive support, the club is also targeted by online trolls. When things escalate, the principal shuts the club down. Jasmine and Chelsea will risk everything for their voices—and those of other young women—to be heard.”



  • This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

Onto February! It was #FeministFebruary so I went a little ham on the feminist reads. I bought three books at the beginning of the month all at once. The first one was This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins. I already listened to this on audiobook and I ended up giving it five stars. It was delightful! If you want to read my review, I have one here.

  • The Independent Woman by Simone De Beauvoir

Listen, I love small new editions of older books. I saw this one in the social science section and just had to buy it. I thought it would make for a great, light read before bed. I love short books and couldn’t say no. I also haven’t read Simone De Beauvoir yet which is surprising but now, whenever I want to, I have this!

  • How to Date Men When You Hate Men by Blythe Roberson

This cover just kind of spoke to me. It’s supposed to be a witty and humorous take on dating. It was recently released and I thought it would make for another great short read but unfortunately, I haven’t read it yet!

  • The Bold World by Jodie Patterson

I didn’t know we could take home the ARCs from work until they were taking about it in the break room so I decided to take this one since no one else had. From the Bold World‘s Goodreads page, “Inspired by her transgender son, activist Jodie Patterson explores identity, gender, race, and authenticity to tell the real-life story of a family’s history and transformation.” I can’t wait to get to this one. I would’ve reviewed it in advance but it was already released by the time I picked it up.

  • Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

This was an ARC I also received from work. I’ve yet to pick it up but the blurbs and description made me want to take it home. To quote Goodreads, “Calling to mind the best works of Paul Beatty and Junot Díaz, this collection of moving, timely, and darkly funny stories examines the concept of black identity in this so-called post-racial era.” It sounds so lovely and I can’t wait to read it! I plan to do it soon and post a review.


  • A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (Deluxe Edition)

So, I saw this and had to buy it. A Darker Shade of Magic has become one of my favorite books and trilogies of all time. I plan to collect V.E. Schwab’s books because I love her so much. I, unfortunately, didn’t write reviews for these books when I read them last year. But, let it be known: I loved these books so much, maybe even too much.

  • Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Whenever I saw this ARC at work, I kind of had to have it. I’ve been seeing reviews here and there. The hype on Bookstagram is so real and I love a good fantasy so I grabbed it. I’ve started it but I put it down for some reason. I’m going to try and review it before the release date (April something) so look forward to that if I get around to it!

  • Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This could’ve been an ARC I got from work but unfortunately, I let it stay because I felt I already had too many. I eventually bought the book whenever it came out because so many people were talking about it. I haven’t even Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid but I finished Daisy Jones in three days (I just finished today) and I loved it so much. There’s nothing like a story set in the 70s about a rock band. Also, the best feminism content I could’ve asked for. I’ll have a mini review for it soon and once I do, I’ll link it here.

  • Water Runs Red by Jenna Clare

I’ve been following Jenna on social media for so long. I started watching her Youtube videos back when I first got into Booktube and I’m so thankful. Since I follow her on most social media, I’ve been seeing her updates about her writing this poetry book. I was so excited for the paperback to finally be released that I bought it the day it was. I’ve read some of the poems and they’re absolutely beautiful. You can tell the amount of hard work Jenna put into this and I have to say, this book is definitely worth more than the price on Amazon. So well done!

  • The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

I read this book last year on Audiobook and loved it. I did the Kon Mari method before and it worked wonderfully. I found this book in a thrift store recently and just had to pick it up for like $1. If I ever need to refer back to it, I can.

  • All the Light That We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This book has been on my TBR for so long and I was lucky enough to find a hardcopy in the thrift store the other day. If you don’t know what it’s about, here’s a short description:

“From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.”




Alright, I know. This was a lot of books. But, I’m so excited to talk about all of them with you and have truly enjoyed the ones I’ve already read. Not to mention, I recently did a pretty big unhaul that I forgot to report to you all. I can’t even remember half the books I got rid of but so glad these wonderful books have taken the spots!

I’ve also received and read some lovely ARCs through NetGalley and have reviews for those up as well so check them out!



If you want to buy any of these books, buy them at your local bookstore or at Barnes & Noble!