September Book Haul!

Hello everyone!!

Can you believe September is almost over, this year has completely disappeared and its crazy. I honestly don’t know if time is getting faster or am I just getting older haha.

So I spent way to much money on books this month as per always, however, I think I am going to go on a book buying ban for the foreseeable future as I am saving for my……WEDDING! Yes, I got engaged while I was on my hiatus from blogging but I will be writing a post about it as it was a bookish proposal!

Onto the haul!


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Author: Ransom Riggs

Publication date: June 7th 2011

Genre: Paranormal/ Fantasy/ YA

Average star rating (Goodreads): 4 stars


A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience.

As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive

Why I bought it:

This is a book I have already read, however I did not own a physical copy of it, so I bought it. I read it on my kindle as an e-book and I honestly think it hindered my reading experience because I did not get to experience the impact of the photographs as they were made to be experienced.


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Author: Gillian Flynn

Publication date: 2006

Genre: Mystery/ Thriller/ Crime

Average star rating (Goodreads): 4 stars


Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

Why I bought it:

I have always loved thrillers and mystery/ crime books, but I dont always read them, for a reason unknown to me. However, I have been binge watching Booksandlalas videos on youtube and she is a thriller connoisseur and so the purchase of this book occurred.

p.s I don’t even know what this is about


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Author: Karen M. McManus

Publication date: 30th May 2017

Genre: Mystery/ Thriller/ YA

Average star rating (Goodreads): 4 stars


Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them

Why I bought it:

Again, its a YA thriller I have heard a lot about and one of my all time favourite movies is the Breakfast Club.

So The Breakfast Club + a murder mystery = sign me up!


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Author: Emily X.R. Pan

Publication date: 20th March 2018

Genre: Magical Realism/ YA/ Contemporary

Average star rating (Goodreads): 4 stars


Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.

Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.

Why I bought it:

Booktube’s fault. I think I heard about it in nearly every video I binge watched during the month so yes, booktube’s fault. AND THAT COVER!


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Author: Robin Hobb

Publication date: 1st March 1996

Genre: High fantasy

Average star rating (Goodreads): 4 stars


In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

Why I bought it:

I adore fantasy books, especially the OG high fantasy series that have been out for years and everyone loves. The Farseer trilogy is one I have always wanted to read and so I just went and bit the bullet and bought it.


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Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publication date: 5th June 2012

Genre: Fantasy/ YA

Average star rating (Goodreads): 4 stars


Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Why I bought it:

This is a book I have heard everyone talk about for ages, yet its a book I have just never gotten round to, and the new UK covers of this series are gorgeous so I went out and picked it up. Hopefully I will finally read it soon!


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Author: Adeline Yen Mah

Publication date: 6th May 2009

Genre: Non-Fiction/ Memoir

Average star rating (Goodreads): 4 stars


A riveting memoir of a girl’s painful coming-of-age in a wealthy Chinese family during the 1940s.

A Chinese proverb says, “Falling leaves return to their roots.” In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph and courage in the face of despair. Adeline’s affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her. Life does not get any easier when her father remarries. She and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, while her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled. Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns for — the love and understanding of her family.

Why I bought it:

I read this book in secondary school, I think in year 12 which was quite a while ago for me, but this is one of those books that you just do not forget. This is a book I have thought about regularly since I read it, about 10 years ago (OMG I am getting old).


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Author: Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

Publication date: 8th October 2013

Genre: Non-Fiction/ Memoir/ Feminism

Average star rating (Goodreads): 4 stars


I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Why I bought it:

This is one of my favourite books of all time and I did not own a physical copy of it as I read it as an e-book, that was unacceptable so I fixed it. This book is a must read for everyone young/old and in between!


There we go! In September I bought a total of 8 books, which is pretty good for me!

Have you went out and bought any new books lately? Let me know, I am always dying for more recommendations!

Happy reading guys,
Lish x

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