Birthday Book Haul Part 1

Posted June 3, 2016 by Jordann @thebookbloglife in book hauls / 2 Comments

It was my birthday! I turned 23 and bought myself a whole load of books, so many in fact I had to split this post into two parts! Welcome to Birthday Book Haul Part 1.

I bought the books based on a lot of things, some of them are sequels and some of them are just ridiculously pretty. I always get excited by new books, probably explains why my TBR pile is so freaking substantial.

The Sequels and the Series

The Ember in the Ashes

This was one of the books that I listened to through Audible, and I enjoyed it enough that I definitely wanted to pick up a physical copy especially seeing as the sequel com
es out this year. You all know the neurotic things that surround bookworms and this is one of them, I couldn’t bear having a sequel on my shelf without the first one, and I can’t guarantee that I’ll listen to it on Audible.

This series really is one of my favourites, I really love the politics and the characters. The setting of this book is well established and listening to the audiobook, it felt as though I was living through the character’s eyes. If you haven’t picked the book up, please do, you won’t regret it! I’m so excited to have this on my birthday book haul part 1.

The Trials of Apollo

This was an automatic buy. Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series is one of my all-time
favourites and hearing ‘return to the Camp Half-Blood world’ was all I needed. I bought Magnus Chase not too long ago as well (still sat on my shelf waiting for me to read it) so I’m well invested in the whole Riordan craze.

I don’t know a lot about this book, and to be honest that’s how I prefer it. No hype, no expectations (well as little as possible), just the story and the characters to draw me in. I do know that a banished God finds himself in Camp Half-Blood and there’s some kind of quest to do with an oracle. Bring it on!


The Winner’s Kiss

I can’t believe this book is out already. This series has one of the best political setups I’ve read about. The characters are well rounded and their stories have more than one dimension.

This book is the last in the series and I’m not sure how I feel about that to be honest.  Part of me thinks that it’s time for the series to end but then I don’t want to let go of the characters. I guess it means a lot of rereads will be the answer.

A Court of Mist and Fury

Another sequel. Sarah J Maas is a god within my bookshelves. After my love of the
Throne of Glass series took over my life there was no going back and this new series is no different.  There’s something about the way Maas tells a story that makes me really excited.

The first book is loosely based on Beauty and the Beast but this isn’t like any fairytale retelling I’ve read. The characters and story are a lot more intricate than Beauty and the Beast could ever be. I’m really excited to jump right back into this world… In fact a cheeky reread maybe in order. A welcome addition to my birthday book haul part 1.

Knife Edge

Unlike the rest this book isn’t new. But the series is a new discovery for me. Knife edge is the sequel to Noughts and Crosses which sees the social situation with blacks and whites being reversed.

I bought this book as a fluke. The first book held my interest but I can’t really remember anything else about it so. I remember thinking that the premise was really well executed so maybe a reread and a sequel will draw me in again and convince me to carry on.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

I wanted to read this because of the movie…the characters were spunky and definitely added a unique parody to one of the most well known romance story.

I wanted to read the story and see if the humour and it makes the same impression that the movie did. I almost feel as though I’m doing this the wrong way round. I usually read the book and then judge the film, so whether this will be a success we will see.


Thanks for reading my Birthday Book Haul Part 1. Part two will be all the stand-a-lone books I got and some really stunning hardcovers that just had to be apart of my shelves.

Have you read any of the books listed? Which do you recommend I get started on first? Let me know in the comments.

2 responses to “Birthday Book Haul Part 1

  1. Felix Robino

    Every time I go into Waterstones, I see Pride, Prejudice and Zombies! I keep meaning to pick it up but then get distracted by so many others. At the moment, I’m banning myself from buying any more series – I have nine already unfinished (and did a huge blog post on these) so I want to get those finished first. I can’t wait to read your stand-a-lone post, I’m trying to focu more on reading these in-between series 🙂

    • thebookbloglife

      I loved the film. So cheesy but utterly enjoyable. I think I started reading the book when I was a lot younger and I lost it halfway through – never picked it up again. Nine unfinished series?? Wow. Are those all completed or ones with unreleased books? I’m definitely checking out that blog post!!