New Books – October 2020 Book Haul

This year for our anniversary my boyfriend got me a pile of books I had on my wishlist on Book Depository! I got seven books I really wanted and they have been arriving in little packages for the whole month of October!

Besieged (The Iron Druid Chronicles) by Kevin Hearne

This is a short story collection from the world of Iron Druid Chronicles. This is one of the urban fantasy book series I used to read with my boyfriend. This is actually a second time I got this book! First time I ordered it I forgot to pay attention to the publisher and size and I ordered the wrong edition… I got two book from the series in wrong edition… It bugged me so much I stopped reading the series altogether and even the sight of the books on the shelves annoyed me. I hope I corrected this now and will be back to this entertaining urban fantasy book series I used to love so much!

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin

This is the first book of a new book series! I got intrigued by reviews and it seemed like a story I would enjoy reading. Lately I have been buying more books in hardcover and I decided to get this on in hardcover right away as well. I was surprised by the format though. It is smaller than the usual hardcover format. The cover is quite eye catching and this is another book on my bookshelf that features a snake on the cover!

Kitchen Princess Omnibus Vol. 4 ( Kitchen Princess #8-10 ) by Natsumi Andō, Miyuki Kobayashi

This is a manga series I got into a years ago. Since it is an older manga series it has become almost impossible to find single volume editions! I decided to get omnibus editions since I loved it so much and wanted to have them. For a manga series this one is actually quite short and has only ten volumes. This fourth and last omnibus collects last three volumes and is the final one. I look forward to reading this manga and especially the recipes after each volume!

The Tower of Nero (The Trials of Apollo Book 5) by Rick Riordan

The Tower of Nero is the last book of the Percy Jackson universe and last in The Trials of Apollo series. I am slightly behind on my reading of the series but hope to catch up by the end of the year. I love the shiny and expressive covers and just seeing them on my shelves bring me joy. This last book only came out in October and was the last one to arrive!

Six of Crows Collector’s Edition by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom Collector’s Edition by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone Collector’s Edition by Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo books are some of the most beautiful books I ever owned! Even the paperback editions I have are amazing and special. I love when the publishers decide to go that little extra way and include maps, different font, illustrations and bonus content! These editions have been on my wish list for a while now and I am so glad I finally got them. I thought I would be more upset for the lack of dust jacked and just naked hardcover editions but considering how pretty these are I don’t mind at all! The last one Shadow and Bone has come out in October and was supposed to be a promotion for the upcoming Netflix show. I can hardly wait for the show and will continue to get the rest of the trilogy books once they come out.

Reading Challenges update March

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Its time to make an update on my personal reading challenges! I have three personal reading challenges I’m working on. First let me inform you on the reading challenge I have left from last year. You can read how it all started HERE. It was supposed to be done by the end of the year but here we are.  I have managed to read one book out of the three I have left. I have finished Serpent’s Kiss (Elder Races #3) by Thea Harrison and have Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga #1) by Orson Scott Card and Kitchen Princess Omnibus, Vol. 3 (Kitchen Princess #5-7) by Natsumi Andō left to read. I’m a bit intimidated by Ender’s Game since it is a part of a longer well known science fiction series and has sparked more than a little controversy due to the authors unpopular opinions. Kitchen Princess Omnibus is a part of the manga series I read years ago and I’m a bit apprehensive about how able I will be to get back into it. Also if I happened to like it I will want to finish it right away and I don’t have the rest of the manga series close by. These are my excuses! Want to share yours?

I’m currently working on fitting these into a new challenge for April to speed up the process of finishing this challenge.

Slow but still moving toward the goal!

  1. ✔  Rogue (Shifters #2) by Rachel Vincent
  2. ✔ The Witch With No Name (The Hollows #13) by Kim Harrison
  3. ✔  Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo
  4. ✔  Siege and Storm (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo
  5. ✔  Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo
  6. ✔  The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #1)
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  7. ✔  The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #2)
    by Robert Venditti, Rick Riordan
  8. ✔  The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #3) by Robert Venditti, Rick Riordan
  9. ✔  Black Butler, Vol. 2 by Yana Toboso
  10. ✔ Black Butler, Vol. 3 by Yana Toboso
  11. Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga #1) by Orson Scott Card
  12. Kitchen Princess Omnibus, Vol. 3 (Kitchen Princess #5-7) by Natsumi Andō
  13. ✔  Shifting Shadows (Mercy Thompson Shorts) by Patricia Briggs
  14. ✔ Serpent’s Kiss (Elder Races #3) by Thea Harrison
  15. ✔ Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake

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The second challenge I’m working on is my TBR Jar Draw challenge I’m doing for a few years now. You can check out my last update on this challenge HERE. I’m actually feeling good about starting to read Harry Potter series from the start for the first time!

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The third reading challenge I’m reading trough is a reading challenge I decided to fit in by the end of the year. From the list below I added three read books since last update. Again the Serpent’s Kiss (Elder Races #3) by Thea Harrison is on this list as well. Other two books I’ve read from this list are: The Battle of the Labyrinth: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels, #4) by by Robert Venditti, Rick Riordan and The Darkness: Darkness/ Batman & Darkness/ Superman 20th Anniversary Collection by Garth Ennis, Jeph Loeb, Ron Marz, Scott Lobdell, Marc Silvestri. You can check out my review on the last one HERE.

Here is the list of the books I own and want to read in 2020:

  1. ✔  Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) by Leigh Bardugo
  2. ✔  Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) by Leigh Bardugo
  3. The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark, #2) by Veronica Roth
  4. Prey (Shifters, #4) by Rachel Vincent
  5. Carniepunk by Rachel Caine (editor)
  6. ✔  The Witch With No Name (The Hollows, #13) by Kim Harrison
  7. Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy by Ellen Datlow (editor)
  8. ✔  The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) by Holly Black
  9. ✔  The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2) by Holly Black
  10. Death of a Darklord (Ravenloft #13) by Laurell K. Hamilton
  11. Carry On (Simon Snow, #1) by Rainbow Rowell
  12. Wayward Son (Simon Snow, #2) by Rainbow Rowell
  13. ✔  The Battle of the Labyrinth: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels, #4) by by Robert Venditti, Rick Riordan
  14. ✔  Black Butler, Vol. 3 by Yana Toboso
  15. Kitchen Princess Omnibus, Vol. 3 (Kitchen Princess, #5-7) by Natsumi Ando
  16. Saga: Book Three by Brian K. Vaughan
  17. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1) by Gregory Maguire
  18. ✔  Serpent’s Kiss (Elder Races, #3) by Thea Harrison
  19. ✔  Djevojka iz noćnih mora (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake ( Girl of Nightmares )
  20. MOR – Plodovi osvete by Josip Kralik
  21. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  22. Balzac i kineska mala krojačica by Dai Sijie ( Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse chinoise)
  23. Neobičan događaj sa psom u noći by Mark Haddon ( The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)
  24. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  25. The Borders of Infinity (Vorkosigan Saga #5.3) by Lois McMaster Bujold
  26. The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2) by Rick Riordan
  27. The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo #3) by Rick Riordan
  28. The Tyrant’s Tomb (The Trials of Apollo #4) by Rick Riordan
  29. Hellboy, Volume 1: Seed of Destruction and Wake the Devil by Mike Mignola
  30. ✔  The Darkness: Darkness/ Batman & Darkness/ Superman 20th Anniversary Collection by Garth Ennis, Jeph Loeb, Ron Marz, Scott Lobdell, Marc Silvestri

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For April I’m thinking about joining a Year 3 of O.W.L.s Magical Readathon by Book Roast. You can check out the YouTube announcement HERE for more info. I’ve been checking out this challenge before but I had some issues with understanding it. I decided to make a selection using prompts provided by Book Roast and see where that gets me.

OWL prompts 2 2020

New books in September!

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After reading mostly books that I already owned for my Summer reading challenge 2019 I decided to buy some books off my wishlist. I only got two and both of them were on my radar for a few years now!

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Kitchen Princess Omnibus, Vol. 3

(Kitchen Princess #5-7)

by Natsumi Andō

I got hooked on this manga while I was still working in a bookstore and discovered them by accident. I managed to get my hands on first five out of ten total volumes right then. Later I found out how difficult it is to find single volume editions these days since the original manga was published in English translation back in 2005.

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After long considerations I decided to move onto omnibus editions that are basically 3 in 1 volumes. I got omnibus 3 that consists of volumes 5 to 7 which leaves me with only one volume extra – Volume 5. Next omnibus is the last one and I might get it after I read trough this one as well.

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Stray

(Shifters #1)

by Rachel Vincent

This is another book series I was intrigued by but haven’t actually got to reading it that is over a decade old! I can’t explain what exactly got me to finally grab it and buy it but I’m glad I did! I found some encouraging reviews on it and I think I will love it. This will be start of a new series to read and collect but the good news is this one is done and it only has 6 books total!

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It came out as a surprise at how chubby both of these editions are! I expected the manga omnibus to be a bit bigger but Stray really caught me by surprise. I hope I will get into both of them soon!

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There is one other book that is new for this September. It’s the one I already read and reviewed – Lost Boys: A Reverse Harem Bully Romance (Crazy Vicious Love #1) by Eva Ashwood. This one is a digital book I got on Kindle.

You can check my thoughts on it HERE.

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I’ve been thinking about one other book series I’ve been reading in the digital edition – The Dartmouth Cobras by Bianca Sommerland. I’ve read first five books of the series and there are total of nine books so far. Next book in the series – Iron Cross, I’m thinking of getting soon so I can continue after few years from the last book I’ve read. I wonder will my reading experience change with the years that have passed.

That would probably be all of my new bought books for September but I still have plenty of already owned books on my shelves and there is always a local library in case of emergency or book club reading assignments!

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt – Part Six

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt – Part Six

Find a book with a girl on the cover – Kitchen Princess by Natsumi Ando

krThis manga series is a perfect example of shoujo genre. I loved it right at away. It is a story about a girl whose greatest wish is to become pastry chef. The coolest thing about it is that every volume has a food recipe included. Here is an example:

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This manga series has 10 volumes and one novel edition. I got first five volumes and I’m currently in search for the rest.