October Haul

Once again, I managed to accumulate quite a lot of books in October – and most of them were new releases, which is unusual for me. There’ve just been so many books released recently that I really, really wanted to read… 😳 Hopefully my book-buying will slow down for a while after this, but for now, here’s my October haul:

October haul

1) Magnus Chase & the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan. The first book in the new Norse mythology series, Magnus Chase & the Gods of Asgard. I’ve been excited for this book since I heard it was going to be a thing, and although I’m not really in the mood for more Percy & co. at the moment, I’ve heard really fantastic things from those who have already read it. 😀

2) Percy Jackson & the Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan. A book I put off buying because of my (now failed) book-buying ban… I was thinking of waiting for this to come out in paperback, simply because I don’t have all that much space left on my bookshelves, but eventually I decided I’d rather have it match my (hardback) copy of Percy Jackson & the Greek Gods

3) Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. The new illustrated edition! 😀 Need I say more?

4) The Princess & the Captain by Anne-Laure Bondoux. The only book in this batch that I bought on impulse, and don’t really know anything about. I believe it’s a pirate book, and since I found it second hand, it was super-cheap. I was mostly drawn to it because of the swashbuckling that I assume it contains. Who doesn’t love swashbuckling? Not me. 😛

5) The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare. The second book in the Magisterium series, which I’ve been excited for since I read The Iron Trial this time last year. This one follows Cal and his friends in their second year of magical schooling, but I know little more about it than that.

6) Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. A kind-of companion novel to Fangirl (the characters in this are the ones that Cath was writing fanfiction about in that book), in which Simon Snow returns for his last year at Watford School of Magicks, and is tasked with having to save the magical world. I’ve already read this one – you can read my review of it here.

7) Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. The first book in the Lumatere Chronicles, a YA high fantasy series that I’ve heard really incredible (but vague) things about. I picked this up mostly as a pick-me-up on a particularly rubbish day, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet… 😦 Soon, hopefully.

8) Saga, Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan. The most recent instalment in this amazing space-odyssey graphic novel series, and (in my opinion) the best one yet. I will say no more, because spoilers.

9) Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton. A second collection of short comics from Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant web-series. I’ve finished reading this one, too, and it may even be better than the first book (which is a difficult thing to achieve)… There was a little less history in this volume, though (or at least, less history that I didn’t understand), and a bit more literature, so that probably accounts for it. 🙂


And now, as a little extra, I have an additional mini-haul for you, since on Halloween morning, my cousin and I decided to drop in on the Cambridge Comic Art Festival at my local library. As per usual, I bought more than I probably should have (and most of it from the same artist’s stall), but I regret nothing. I’ve read all of these already, so if you’re curious about my thoughts, then you can take a look at my October wrap-up, and, when it’s up, my November one.

Cambridge Comic Art Festival haul

1) Adventure Time 2015 Spoooktacular by Hanna K. A short one-shot comic that follows Marceline from the Adventure Time cartoon series, and an adorable dog.

2) The Fabulous Adventures of a Gallant Gentleman by Emma Vieceli. Another one-shot comic, this one about an Antarctic explorer who wanders off in search of tea (as one does). A really, really fantastic read.

3) Dragon Heir Reborn, Volume 1 by Emma Vieceli. A high fantasy comic that follows a group of young men who carry inside them aspects of the dragon Spiratu’s soul.

4) The Avalon Chronicles, Volume 1: Once in a Blue Moon, & Volume 2: The Girl & the Unicorn by Nunzio DeFilippis & Christina Weir. The first two books in a(nother) fantasy series, about a girl from our world who one day gets sucked into a book that her parents used to read to her as a child. The art in this one is also by Emma Vieceli, and it’s beautiful.

Finally, since I spent so much money at Emma Vieceli’s stall ( 😳 ), she also gave me a sampler of her new webcomic (with Malin Ryden), Breaks, for free. And it may only be a sampler, but it’s pretty high-quality, and I’m really liking what I’ve read of the story so far, so I’ll be hanging onto it. 🙂 If you’ve a mind, you can read the webcomic here – it’s a not-so-cute contemporary romance series.

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Upcoming Releases: Autumn 2015

It’s that time of year again! Summer is over, the days are getting shorter, and the bugs are (thankfully) ganging up on humanity a little less! And I’m getting super-hyped for the new releases of autumn! Here are a few that I’m particularly excited about from September, October & November 2015! 😀

[NB: All dates are taken from Amazon UK unless stated otherwise, and are correct as of 10/08/2015.]

Sarah J. Maas//Queen of ShadowsQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (1st September)

The fourth book in the Throne of Glass series! I feel like I’ve been waiting for this for so long! Even though it’s actually only been a few months since I started reading this series… 😳 These books seem to just get better and better as they go on, so I’m hoping that Queen of Shadows will continue that trend.

James Dawson//All of the AboveAll of the Above by James Dawson (3rd September)

A contemporary novel about a girl who’s confused about her sexuality, which I’ve been interested in for a while now. I went to a talk by James Dawson briefly at the Cambridge Literary Festival, and he seemed like a really great guy – and the way he talked about this book had me sold on it straight away. 🙂

Rick Riordan//Magnus Chase and the Sword of SummerMagnus Chase & the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (6th October)

I don’t actually know too much about this book beyond the obvious – that it’s connected to the Percy Jackson series in some way, and that it’s based on Norse mythology – because I don’t want to be spoiled for anything. But even that information is exciting enough! Asgard!!! What more could I ask for?!?! XD

J.K. Rowling//Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone illustratedHarry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (6th October)

I know what you’re all thinking: This book came out quite some time ago, so why is it on my anticipated releases list? Well, this is actually a new edition that’s been fully illustrated by Jim Kay. You can see some of the artwork in this article on Tor.com, and I think we can all agree that it looks incredible!

Rainbow Rowell//Carry OnCarry On by Rainbow Rowell (8th October)

My main thought upon reading Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl was that I really, really wished that the Simon Snow series was real. Or, even better, that Cath’s fanfic, Carry On Simon  was real. And now it is! There are no words for just how much I’m looking forward to finally reading a whole book about Simon & Baz!

Marissa Meyer//WinterWinter by Marissa Meyer (12th November)

The last book in The Lunar Chronicles, and a retelling of Snow White, I believe. The character Winter showed up briefly towards the end of Cress, and she was so interesting – I’m really looking forward to finding out more about her. And, of course, I’m also really excited to see how this series is going to wrap up. My fingers are crossed that Cinder and Kai will be able to work things out! 😛