Summer Splurge ~ August Book Haul 2014

111 August Book Haul

Do you ever buy too many books and you feel like you don’t have time to read all of them? Well that’s exactly what happened to me this summer. Some of the books I bought in different places. Most of them, however, I purchased online.

The Beginning of After ~ Jennifer Castle – This story based on themes of tragedy, recovery, love, and hope. As I writer, I believe reading things out of my comfort zone will help me to become more connected to emotions, understand how other humans react to fear, and to become a better writer. I think this will be a great read for me in the upcoming weeks.


If I Stay ~ Gayle Foreman – Of course, I had to see what the big deal about this story is since it’s been made into a movie, currently out in theaters now.


Summer on the Short Bus ~ Bethany Crandell – I finished this book last Tuesday, in about three hours. I already loved Bethany Crandell from her blog, Rookie Riter ( ) and the fact she’s best friends with one of my favorite authors, A.G. Howard, who wrote one of my favorite books, Splintered, ( ), I just had to buy this book! I love how uncensored and expressive the characters are. It’s the perfect beach or poolside read for summer. No doubt about it, it’s a memorable story. Not to mention, Cricket is like the cutest name ever.


Storm Glass (Book 1 in the Glass series) Maria V. Snyder – I already thought glass-making was cool. Now this? Books just got better for me in the fantasy genre. This book has high ratings on Goodreads, so hopefully I’ll enjoy reading this book during my free time.


After the Kiss ~ Terra Elan McVoy – When I first looked at this book inside one of those fantastical antique book stores, I fell in love with the synopsis and decided to give the book a shot. It wasn’t until I got into my car, that I realized, not only was this YA Fiction story written in multiple character perspectives, it was written in verse! I never knew a books like that existed before in this day and age so I got pretty excited about it afterwards. A couple of days later, I began writing my own story in verse. Let me just say I can’t wait to start reading this. It’s a revelation for me in the book world as a beginner bookworm. 😛


The Selection (Book 1 in The Selection series) ~ Kiera Class – I think when a fairytale book is written well, it can actually be quite entertaining. I also think the cover of this book and its sequel are beautiful. Although, I should know better than to judge a book by its cover. I was attracted to this book when I watched the book trailer ( ) for the very first time. To me personally, I feel like Kiera clashed the show, The Bachelor with classic fairytale influences into one book. That’s a wicked combo.


The Expressologist ~ Kristina Springer – I’ve wanted to read this book for a while now. I own a book called Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors ( ) and read it when I was about twelve. It was one of my favorite books back then, and I wanted to see if there were any books like this later on, combining romance & coffee. I found The Expressologist, on Goodreads and was thrilled about my find. It’s currently poising right next to Coffeehouse Angel on my bookshelf, waiting to be read. #ChildhoodReminiscence


Wintergirls ~ Laurie Halse Anderson – I read Wintergirls as the last book to complete my Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge. I finished it on the 12/31/2013. It was really depressing and emotional, but somehow it made an impact on my life and I know a book must be pretty fantastic to do that, so I knew I had to get it one day. Also, Laurie Halse Anderson is on my top favorite author list because her style of writing sensitive topics extremely realistically is amazing to read. When I get the strength to read it all over again, I’ll tell you guys all about it.


A Temptation of Angels ~ Michelle Zink – I have an obsession with reading YA Paranormal/ Fantasy Romance Fiction books for some reason. The plot in A Temptation of Angels seems intriguing and I love the setting of the story. It takes place within underground London. This story sounds kind of epic.


Teens Cook: How To Cook What You Want To Eat ~ Megan/ Jill Carle – I heard great things about this book. People rave about how good it is. When I received it in the mail, I opened it and liked the format a lot. I like reading cookbooks with tons of colorful pictures, If a recipe doesn’t have a picture beside it, I feel as if I’m taking a gamble making it, because I don’t know how it’s supposed to really look like if I made it wrong or missed an ingredient. I wonder how some of the recipes will taste… They all appear to look very delicious!


Strange Angels (Book 1 in the Strange Angels series) ~ Lili St. Crow – Like I mentioned before, I LOVE books with angels and paranormal aspects to them. This is my first zombie book I’ve ever read too. I’m hoping I don’t get weird nightmares reading this. Note to future self: Read Strange Angels ONLY during the daytime. Yeah think that’s best for me… I have to watch out for the cringing gory scenes!


*Last two not included in picture

Thanks for reading my first book haul! If any of you guys have ever read any of these books, want to read one of the books listed above, or have any additional thoughts, please comment below!

Kalei Kites 😉


5 thoughts on “Summer Splurge ~ August Book Haul 2014

  1. *winks back to Bethany and waves to our lovely hostess*

    I read Summer on the Short Bus in one day, too! Obviously this blog has great taste in books. 😉

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