Book Haul: June 2016

book haul_ june 2016

Hello, everyone! This summer I’ve been on a roll with releasing monthly book haul posts, haven’t I? I’m proud of myself. However, I can’t say the same for my book buying habits… As you guys all know, I’ve already given up on book buying bans. I clearly have no willpower when it comes to bargain books and magnetic bookmarks. 😔

However, next month I’m pretty certain I’ll be limiting myself more than I’m used to since I need to save the majority of my money for textbooks in August. Why are school books so, so expensive? TT_TT

Anyway, in June, surprisingly, most of the books I bought were manga. Mainly because that 3-for-2 sale was going on again at Books a Million. And since I’m a collector I thought it was a good chance to start filling in the gaps in my series. I also ordered the entire set of Ouran High School Host Club since the entire series was for less than $80 on Amazon, and I really enjoyed the anime when I watched it years ago as a teen.

I also bought two LGBTQ+ titles for Pride Month but was only able to read one, More Happy Than Not (which I actually buddy read with Lois at My Midnight Musings). I’m trying to catch up on book reviews; I’ll have one out for that real soon, I hope!

But June was a super huge splurge month if you read my June Summing It Up post… because I was indulging in some other things aside from books. Exo had an amazing comeback with two songs, Lucky One and Monster. Because I had to purchase each version of their Ex’Act album (Lucky One Korean, Lucky One Mandarin, Monster Korean, and Monster Mandarin) to support their album sales for music charts, I ended up buying four albums which is way more than I usually spend in a month.

So I didn’t buy the e-reader that you’ll see below myself. It was actually a nice gift from my dad (just because)! It’s the Kindle Oasis; I really love it! My Kindle Fire is about four years old now, and he knew that I didn’t like how it had a glare when I read outside (which I do a lot when I’m at school-my university is pretty big and there’s a lot of great nature spots ideal for lounging outside) and it was too heavy for me to lift when I read in bed (actually it fell on my face several times-and, my gosh, that thing hurts). And it’s really cool that the cover charges the Kindle as well! Anyway, I’m really thankful and happy to have received it as a present. (Thanks, dad, for treating me when June with father’s day should be your month…)

Lastly, as for the review copies I received… Aside from Ever the Hunted, all the ARCs (physical (The Stars Never Rise and The Devil’s Evidence) and electronic (A Hundred Thousand Worlds and A House for Happy Mothers)) were unsolicited galleys. Because I already have so many books in my TBR pile that I purchased myself, I haven’t been requesting ARCs for a few months now. Therefore, it’s really unlikely I’ll be reading the unsolicited review copies I was sent any time soon (or at all-some of them aren’t really for me…). However, like the rest of the books in this post, I’ll link the Goodreads links in case any of you are interested.

And that’s pretty much it! Hope you all enjoy the photos! As usual, all links will send you over to Goodreads. I’ve also started to link manga up to their respective links on Myanimelist, too. 🙂

Graphic Novels/Manga


5 Centimeters per Second (GoodreadsMyanimelist)


Wolf Children (GoodreadsMyanimelist)


Orange  (Goodreads / Myanimelist| L-DK (GRs / MAL| Vampire Knight (GRs / MAL| Kamisama Kiss (GRs / MAL| Maid-sama (GRs / MAL)


Orange  (Goodreads / Myanimelist)


Ouran High School Host Club (Goodreads / MAL)

Bookish Electronics


Kindle Oasis (Amazon)



Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask book mark (“Moon Love”) (Happy Hello Art)

Review Copies

Thank you for tuning in for this month’s haul post. What have you guys purchased lately? Anything you’re really excited for? Let me know! Until next time, everyone. 🙂

56 thoughts on “Book Haul: June 2016

  1. leathehatless says:

    I believe I was able to control myself, I bought Lola and the French Kiss for my sister. 😀

    Oh I did read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe… I expected more. But maybe you will like it.

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  2. Lois says:

    I was meant to be on a book buying ban until October, clearly that has not worked out well for me so i’ll just limit my spending instead of going on a full on ban. I quite like the looks of that Kindle Oasis and how sweet is your dad. I’ve been debating on whether I should buy myself a kindle or not. I’m always so impressed with your manga collection.
    I honestly don’t know how I managed to go three years without buy a single text book for university haha.

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Why thank you! I feel like the manga/graphic novel obsession is a lot worse than regular books seeing that they’re more expensive, but they’re not too bad when they go on sale as well! And, haha, don’t we all have that problem? But I really do feel like having a budget is better than withholding from spending at all (but I guess I can only say that since I have good job). And omg, how could you go through school as a history major without purchasing textbooks? Teach me your ways, please! XD

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      • Lois says:

        The library. I’d basically borrow the main text books and keep renewing them. Or failing that some of my lecturers uploaded all the relevant chapters to our module. I had some pretty epic lecturers haha.

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        • Summer @ Xingsings says:

          Omg, that’s awesome! We only get about two textbooks per course in the library, and since there’s 24K students… Usually by the time I try to check one out it’s already been taken. ): But I have attended some courses where I ended up not getting the book because the lecture was suffice in doing well. 🙂

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  3. Reg @ She Latitude says:

    This is such a great haul, Summer! Hope you get to enjoy those books you got – I particularly loved More Happy Than Not and quite recently finished Aristotle and Dante.

    Also yay for Kamisama Kiss and Orange! I loved those two titles. ❤️

    Finally… what did the green macarons taste like? 😂

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thank you, Reg! 🙂 I really loved More Happy Than Not. I was pleasantly surprised how moving that one was. Oh, Aaron. T_T

      I still haven’t read Orange but I plan to soon since the anime is coming out (or may have already started by now)!

      And the green macarons were so wonderful! My friend made them actually. They were mint with chocolate ganache filling. ^.^


  4. Zoe says:

    OMG. So many fabulous books! I am really looking forward to Ever the Hunted – it’s one of my most anticipated releases for the second half of the year – so I hope you enjoy it! And I’ve heard a ton of great things about Second Chance Summer and More Happy Than Not so I can’t wait to see what you think of them! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous hal! ❤

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thank you, Zoe! I read More Happy Than Not last month and really loved it! It really pulled at my heartstrings. T_T And I’m really looking forward to Ever the Hunted as well; it just sounds like its going to be an epic journey. I hope to read it soon! Anyway, thanks for reading! ❤


  5. amortalreader1 says:

    Amazing haul Summer! I have The Silkworm on my bookshelf begging me to hurry up and pick it up and Ever the Hunted’s cover looks gorgeous. That drew me so i’m going over to goodreads to find out more about that!

    Lovely photo shots of your books too, book buying bans never work for me either!

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thank you, Hannah! I haven’t started the Cormoran Strike series yet, but I’ve heard pretty fantastic things about it. And Ever the Hunted does have such a pretty cover! It’s one of my most highly anticipated releases of the year. I hope it’s going to be as epic as the premise describes it to be. And thanks so much!


  6. Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

    YAY I’m so excited about all the manga that you got! I LOVE LDK! And I watched the Orange live action movie a few months ago. It was pretty good but I have a feeling the manga is heaps better so I really want to check it out too! Hehe I’m happy to see that your HappyHelloArt obsession hasn’t waned 😀 I actually recently bought that Sailor Moon with Tuxedo Mask bookmark for a friend. It’s so cute!!!

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Orange has an anime out now, too, I think! I know it’s going to continue into the beginning of when my fall semester begins, but I’m going to give it a try. And omg, I’m really enjoying L-DK so much right now! It’s so cliche and cheesy, but my hopeless romantic heart loves all of it. 😀 And haha, it certainly hasn’t! I’m too afraid to count how many I own. XD


  7. lry93 says:

    Ooo I can’t wait to read Ever the Hunted!! I got a kindle paperwhite for Christmas from my husband, and I tricked him recently into thinking I wanted the Oasis (because I am mean!), it’s nice to know that he would’ve actually bought it for me though 😂😂 but I’m happy with the paperwhite 🙂

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  8. Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks says:

    Great post, Summer! I was so excited to see the Silkworm in your haul. XD I love that series so freaking much, and not just because it’s written by The Queen Herself. The Kindle is so freaking beautiful- the wood texture- gah, I can’t take my eyes off it. XD I need to get my hands on More Happy than Not- I’ve heard such brilliant things. 🙂

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thank you, Aimal! I haven’t started the Cormoran Strike series yet, but I hope to read them sooner than later. And hehe, thank you! The Kindle Oasis is such a wonderful update from my old Kindle Fire. It doesn’t have a glare when I read outside; it’s so reader friendly. And yes! More Happy Than Not was kind of a surprising read. It didn’t really grab my interest until about 120 pages in… but it ended up being so moving! T_T

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  9. Lais says:

    YES FOR ARISTOTLE AND DANTE!!!! Excuse me while I fangirl at EVERY person I know that mentions this book. It is one of my favorites and I’m always excited when I see someone is about to read it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
    I also just read the first volume of Orange and I loved it so much! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series, since everyone says it gets even better. Well, if the first one was already very good, I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Oh my gosh, everyone has been gushing how amazing Ari and Dante are so I’m certainly going to pick it up sometime soon, hopefully! I’m currently reading Wolf Children, Ao Haru Ride, and ReLife so I don’t want to start Orange just yet, but I’m so happy to hear that! Do you plan to watch the anime? 😀


  10. Thuong Le says:

    Loving your book hauls, Summer! I understand what you mean about book buying bans XD Its hard to resist bargain prices! I was thinking of writing a post about how to avoid buying too much books lol. And aw that’s so sweet that your dad brought you a Kindle Oasis! Love the colour of the case too. Yay you brought Second Chance Summer! I haven’t read it yet but I hear its good 🙂 that illustration on the cover of Orange looks amazing! ❤ Hope you enjoy reading all these lovely new books! 🙂

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thanks so much, Thuong! And hehe, my reasoning is always, “I’m going to buy the book in the future anyways, so…” AND YOU SHOULD create that guide; it’d be so helpful for me! And thank you, my dad is too nice to me. T.T And right, I think I’m so addicted to anime/manga just for illustrations. Thank you! ❤


  11. Thomas says:

    Ugh, those pesky deals at book stores always siphon me of my money. Congrats on gathering a fab ensemble of books. Also, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and More Happy Than Not are two of my favorite books of all-time, so your gorgeous picture of the two together also made me scream in fanboy merriment. Keep on slaying it, Summer!

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Aww, thank you, Thomas! More Happy Than Not was certainly a ride I hadn’t anticipated in a good way; I truly thought it was going to be a super happy story. And I can’t wait to meet Ari and Dante since so many readers have gushed about them. And right! Ugh, I just really need to put a stop to my spontaneous bookstore trips and online book site visits. 😅


  12. Fatima @ NoteablePad says:

    Great haul Summer! Super envious that you bought the complete Ouran set 🙂 I’ve also heard great things about Orange too, so you’ll have to let me know if you like it!

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thank you, Fatima! Haha, the Ouran set was bought at a whim-but I certainly hold no regrets. And will do (with Orange); however it’s likely I’ll be watching the anime before I actually read the manga since I’m currently reading so many (Wolf Children, Ao Haru Ride, ReLife). It wouldn’t be a problem if I caught up with all of these… but I’m not. 😅

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      • Fatima @ NoteablePad says:

        Haha straight after you mentioned Orange, I started reading the manga. It’s absolutely amazing! I don’t think I’ll start the anime yet though. And I’ve watched the live action movie 🙂 you’ll love it.


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