Book Haul: March – June 2017 (And Some of July)

Oh my goodness, it’s been ages since I’ve posted a book haul. Therefore today I’ll be showing the bookish loot I’ve gotten over the previous few months. Indeed, I did attempt the falling books concept again because (surprisingly) it was such a big hit the last time I tried it.

Another thing to note is the amount of books I bought in a span ofย months!ย Knowing how ridiculous I can get… Gosh, what a feat! In addition, I didn’t purchase a single bookmark during this period, which is also not the norm. (Well one bookmark set did come in a subscription box which I did order… but that doesn’t count in my opinion!)

And that’s pretty much all I have to say in the preface. So, without further ado, the photos. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Preorders

When I originally started this series a few months ago I had no idea thatย ACoWaRย would be the last book in the series and that the next remaining installments were set to be spin-offs set in the same world but in the perspectives of the supporting characters. I am so relieved to learn of this news because I didn’t think the plot could drag on any more than one additional sequel. As you can imagine after likingย ACoMaFย so much, I preordered this title. But I haven’t started book three just yet mainly because I want to write my reviews for the first two books first before I begin that one.

I got this for two reasons: it received so many glowing reviews from reviewers I trust and I have a lot of South Asian friends. I wouldn’t mind buddy reading this with someone so if you want to be my partner let me know!

I read an eARC of this one but I had to place my preorder anyway. Because, I mean, it’s Sarah Dessen. I couldn’t break tradition and not buy it.

Bargain Deals

Bookish Subscription Boxes

"And as the long, long nights begin I'll think of all that might have been Waiting here for evermore." I think "Evermore" is my favorite track from the 2017 Beauty and the Beast OST. (To be honest, I love all the new additions to that soundtrack.) โ€”โ€”โ€” I'm super excited to finally share what was in @bookboyfriendbox's April Beauty and the Beast box! The items were… ๐Ÿฅ€ Beast pop funko (from the 2017 BATB movie) ๐Ÿฅ€ A double sided bookmark (with quotes from Rosamund Hodge's Cruel Beauty) by @fictionalfox ๐Ÿฅ€ "The Spring Court" tea by @wickandfable (inspired by Sarah J. Maas' ACoTaR series) ๐Ÿฅ€ "Beastly" candle by @koolandco (inspired by Alex Flinn's Beastly) ๐Ÿฅ€ "Tale as Old as Time" eyeshadow by @goddessbeth ๐Ÿฅ€ Coloring card (inspired by Robin McKinley's Beauty) ๐Ÿฅ€ Hunted by @meaganspooner Aside from the book, my favorite item is (of course) the pop funko. Apparently the boxes (with the vinyl figure option) had either the Beast or Belle; I'm so happy I got the former since I adored his character in the new film adaptation. Anyhow, I am extremely satisfied with my first BBB (actually it's my first book sub box in general). Aside from the eyeshadow (because I don't wear makeup, haha ๐Ÿ˜…), I will be putting all the items in the box to good use. โ€”โ€”โ€” Oh and June's theme is Drama and Dating. …I kind have a good feeling what the featured book will be. ๐Ÿ˜ Make sure to check BBB out if you're interested! I'm not a rep, but you can use BBBWELCOME to get 10% off your first box. ๐Ÿ˜‰ โ€”โ€”โ€” #bookstagram #beautyandthebeast #bookboyfriendbox #booksubscriptionbox

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April’s Book Boyfriend Box (Featured Book: Hunted)

Once in a blue moon I will participate in a giveaway, but, honestly, even then I rarely make an effort to submit entries because I know that it’s very unlikely for me to win. But I gave Book Boyfriend Box’s Fandom Love February Challenge on Instagramย a chance and, miraculously, I was that one lucky winner at the end of the month! So this box was sent to me generously for free. The team at Book Boyfriend Box also includedย a cute pair of library socks from Out of Print as well.

In case you missed my IG story… My #bookboyfriendbox arrived yesterday. From the clues I had a pretty good hunch what the featured book was going to be and I'm so happy that I was right. Anyway, I'm super excited to share the content inside BBB's June box. But because I don't think all BBB subscribers have gotten theirs yet I'll be utilizing Instagram's slideshow collage thing (because I don't want to spoil the surprise for those folk), so don't forget to swipe to see all the photos if your curious what items were included in this month's Drama & Dating box. Also, I thought I would mention that this will actually be @bookboyfriendbox's last box, sadly. (You can find more details about this on their account.) But I believe you can still purchase this box or items from previous boxes if you're interested. And, lastly, happy weekend, friends! ๐Ÿ’™ \ / \ #bookstagram #booksubscriptionbox #subscriptionbox #subscriptionaddiction #booksandflowers #bookworm #yalovin #igbooks #igreads #bookstagramfeatures #ibelieveinathingcalledlove

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June’s Book Boyfriend Box (Featured Book: I Believe in a Thing Called Love)

Funnily enough, I was able to predict what books were going to come in each BBB box from the hints. I am especially pumped to read I Believe in a Thing Called Loveย since it’s a highly anticipated release of mine. I mean everyone knows watching Asian dramas is one of my favorite pastimes. I’ll be buddy reading this one with my friend Savindi that used to blog at The Streetlight Reader.

Review Copies

Have you all noticed a recent trend with my account? I'm trying to make this bookstagram not only be 100% YA by including some classics, adult fiction, and (the occasional) manga. I certainly don't read enough non-YA but I'm making an effort to change this. (I try to read about at least 5 titles a year (not including manga because that's somewhat YA to me), and since my annual Goodreads goal is 25 books that's 20%. Baby steps.) Anyhow, if you saw one of my old IG story book hauls, you might find this book familiar. It's an adult historical fiction novel set during the French Revolution. It comes out on the 11th of July if you're interested! (Speaking of IG story updates. I feel like I've become more brave and less self conscious about making videos with voiceovers. Anyway, I hope that you guys don't mind and don't think they're as cringeworthy as I do sometimes… It's all just for fun and it's easier to talk than type out text for hauls and unboxings. But I do feel bad that I have such an unsteady hand or when I post too frequently. I'll try to keep both on the minimum (re: the shakiness of the phone and high posting frequency). Lastly, again, thank you @penguinrandomhouse for this unsolicited review copy! #PRHpartner \ / \ #bookstagram #historicalfiction #frenchrevolution #bookblog #bookblogger #booknerd #booms #bookphotography

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Where the Light Falls (ARC)

This was an unsolicited review copy that I received in the mail. Unfortunately, I rarely delve into adult historical fiction unless it’s a time period that really interest me (like World War II, sixteenth century England, and any type of time period set in Asia). But feel free to check outย Where the Light Fallsย when it comes out on the 11th of July if you enjoy reading books set during the French Revolution.

Forest of a Thousand Lanternsย (ARC)

Now that I think about it, this may have arrived in the mail on July 2nd (and this is a March – June haul)… But I’ve been pretty diligent at not breaking my book buying ban (as badly) so I should probably go ahead and include it in this haul. Anyhow, the last time I requested an ARC was back in January… and it happened to be this book. Therefore, this was a wonderful surprise! I really, really look forward to reading this since it’s an own voices book. (Although, Julie is Viet-American (like me!) and the story focuses on Chinese mythology and folklore.)

Manga/Graphic Novels

Dengeki Daisy is the only new series that I started to collect from this bunch. You can read more details about why I chose to here.

Pop Funkos

I bought three vinyl figures this month (a few days ago at the beginning of July) and I think I’m officially done; I’ve gotten all the characters I want for now.

Belle (“Beauty and the Beast” yellow ball gown pop funko)

The Beast (“Something There” winter pop funko)

Levi (Attack on Titan pop funko)

This figurine must have came out after season 2 of Attack on Titanย finished airing because they didn’t have Levi before. Actually, the main reason why I decided to have a pop funko splurge was because I saw this at the store and it was a buy 3 get the fourth free sale. (My friend got the fourth figure; and we split the costs.) Levi is my favorite character of the series; I only got Eren before because he represents the series well being the main protagonist but I honestly can’t stand him sometimes.


And that’s a wrap! I hope you all enjoy the photos. I’ve started to incorporate posts from my Instagram/Twitter now because I’m running out of media on WordPress, guys! I’m at 59%. T__T That means I’ll probably only have 2 years left of free WordPress before I might have to consider upgrading. Oh well. I’m not going to worry myself over this until I reach that point, haha.

Have a nice day! I’ll be spending the rest of mine blogging (since I’m really in the mood), hehe. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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38 thoughts on “Book Haul: March – June 2017 (And Some of July)

  1. Marie says:

    Ohhh too bad you are reading When Dimple Met Rishi now – a couple days ago, we could have buddy read it for sure! I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did, it was such a sweet and fun book. ๐Ÿ™‚
    You’re so lucky you got The Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, I am SO excited for that one! โค โค I hope you’ll love it โค

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      NO WAY. Ugh, I can’t believe our potential buddy read was missed by only a few days. But I am so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed it so much; I look forward to reading your thoughts when you post your review (if you plan to, that is).
      Yes! I’m so grateful that I got a copy as well. :’) Thank you, Marie! โค

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thank you so much, Kristin!

      Haha, I actually wasn’t planning to collect all those B&tB pop funkos, but it kind of happened since my local bookstore always has these tempting buy 2 or 3 and get the last free sales.

      Me as well! I love how refreshing it is that Uprooted’s a standalone fantasy not a series. (But I kind of wish I got the UK edition since the hues in that one are absolutely stunning.)

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  2. Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks says:

    What a wonderful haul, Summer – I’ve said this before and I’ll say it til I die, your hauls are always such goals. I hope you enjoy[ed] The Beauty of Darkness as much as I did! I think the series got progressively better as it went along; I truly loved the conclusion and the character arcs. The Book Boyfriends Box looks so cute – I hadn’t heard of it before! ๐Ÿ™‚

    ~ Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      /cries/ Why are you so kind to me, Aimal! Well, thank you! โค

      This has probably become a trend with most of my book hauls, but I actually haven’t started the Remnant Chronicles, sadly. But I am so pleased to learn that it improves as the series continues; I’ll keep that in mind when I start The Kiss of Deception.

      Right?! The name was what drew me to the company, haha. Unfortunately though, June was their last box. :/

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  3. amortalreader1 says:

    Your photos are beautiful! I didn’t realise the other books in the ACOWAR were to be spin offs. I still need to upload my review for that. Really enjoyed it though ๐Ÿ™‚
    So many lovely books you got!

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thank you so much, Hannah!

      Oh, thank goodness, I’m not the only one then! I joined the bandwagon pretty late having read the first two installments just a few months ago so I had no idea. XD But I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the “conclusion” to the trilogy/series.

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      • amortalreader1 says:

        I’m forever jumping on the bandwagon late too for series, I kind of like to read things when the hype has died down the most so I picked up ACOTAR months after everyone else too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Briana says:

    Thank goodness I wasn’t the only one who didn’t realize ACOWAR wrapped up the series!

    I really wanted the April Book Boyfriend Box. It looks so cool! But sadly I am currently unemployed and trying not to buy too many frivolous things. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s awesome that you won a box!

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Right? This kind of, sort of reminds me of Cassandra Clare with The Mortal Instruments. I remember reading that particular series when it was slated as just a three book trilogy, but then after book three released it was confirmed to be continued by three more sequels. I’m relieved that SJM is just prolonging the series with just spinoffs and not dragging out the main story from the original three books though.

      Aww, I’m sorry to hear that! Unfortunately, I can’t say they’ll be other chances since this month was BBB’s last box.

      (And I hope you find a job soon if you’re looking for one, that is; lately, I’ve been seeking available internship positions (to add to the job I have now) and it’s tough!)

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  5. Myrthe says:

    I love your pictures! I include pictures from IG a lot, because it’s just so easy. They’re original pictures, mine, and already edited. Taking new pictures just takes too long sometimes ๐Ÿ˜›

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thank you, Myrthe! Lately, I’ve been really into posting on Instagram as well. And you’re so right! Despite how long these photoshoots take, getting bookish photos is really fun. Plus, these pictures can certainly help jazz up blog posts. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. Reg @ She Latitude says:

    I love this haul and your pictures SO MUCH. You’ve gotten such beautiful-looking books and I’m sure they’d be great on your shelves. And that hardcover of Once and for All is totally on my wishlist. ๐Ÿ’•

    Also here’s hoping you enjoy When Dimple Met Rishi! I loved the premise more than the book itself, but perhaps you’ll have a different experience with it. It has less “arranged marriage” than I wanted, but the diversity is great and it’s always lovely to read #OwnVoices books.

    I loveeed The Boy Most Likely To and Uprooted, so I hope you like those two too. ๐Ÿค—

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  7. Lois says:

    Now this is one impressive book haul and your pictures are an absolute stunner. The fact that The boy Most Likely To made it into your haul has me smiling away. It’s the perfect summer contemporary books. I keep seeing I Believe in a Thing Called Love on goodreads and while I’ve yet to branch into that Asian drama viewing, I am most definitely intrigued. Plus the plot of the book sounds hilariously epic.

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  8. Breeny's Books says:

    This is such an impressive haul. You’ll definitely love WDMR and Illuminae, they’re both so amazing!! Awsome post!

    I’m new to blogging and book reviewing, and I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I’d love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.

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  9. bookishandawesome says:

    Summer, ARE YOU GOING TO MURDER SOMEONE WITH THAT MASSIVE THE BEAUTY OF DARKNESS, HUH???? Also? I’ve heard so many good things about When Dimple Met Rishi and I’m curious to know what you think if/when you get around to picking it up. Also also? I see a copy of Go Set a Watchman andโ€”okay, I will shut up now… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense says:

    I was moments away from preordering Forest of a Thousand Lanterns today. I’m trying to be more strict with my book buying for the latter part of the year, but so many of these books are tempting. I absolutely adore Uprooted. It’s got some of the best world-building I’ve come across. I still need to read When Dimple Met Rishi, but it might have to wait until August. Where do we find the time to read all the books we buy? Hope you enjoy all your new books!

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  11. Sophie Li says:

    Hi!
    Love how the pictures look like they are floating in mid-air ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am also looking forward to reading When Dimple Meets Rishi since I have heard so many great things about it.
    Glad to meet a pharmacy student ๐Ÿ™‚ I am a recent pharmacy grad from Canada. I am working at a hospital right now. Good luck with your school and training!

    Sophie

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  12. Zoe says:

    SO MANY GREAT BOOKS! I can’t wait to see what you think of these – especially When Dimple Met Rishi and Illuminae. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous haul! โค

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  13. Thomas says:

    Yasss Summer what a splendorous post filled with books, happy for you for winning some and buying some and sharing them all with us! I know it’s important to conserve money but I honestly don’t feel as bad about buying books because 1) the money goes to support writers and publishers and honestly we need more of that and 2) books are a mind-growing, empathy-building indulgence so why not? And I appreciate how you’re able to appreciate the aesthetic of the books while still treating them with a critical eye (like in your review of Once and For All). Hope you are doing well. (:

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