Big Birthday Book Haul!

Hi all!

I’m 31 today, so I thought I would share an extra special post showcasing all of the books I received/purchased for my birthday! Thank you to those that gave me books as gifts and money to buy the ones I really wanted. I have a huge haul to get through, so let’s not delay!

1.) Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare


Can we talk about how stunning this cover is? It’s just magnificent. If you didn’t know, this is the first book in The Last Hours series, which takes place after The Infernal Devices but long before The Mortal Instruments. I have literally read every book Cassandra Clare has ever released, so I am very well versed with the Shadowhunter world. This is literally my most anticipated read of 2020, therefore I will get on it once May/The Bookemon ends. This new trilogy follows the next generation of Herondales, Carstairs, Blackthorns & Fairchild’s and an unstoppable plague that comes with them to London. You can begin from here, but it’s advised to at least have read The Infernal Devices first for some background history. 

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2.) The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides


I’ll admit, I bought this book for the hype. I originally had it on hold at the library, but the queue was so long and now with the pandemic, it would’ve taken forever for me to get a hold of it, so I decided to purchase it instead. This thriller/mystery follows a woman who shoots her husband 5 times one evening and refuses to speak a single word about it. A criminal psychologist uses every trick in his arsenal to gain her confession…but will the truth be too much to bear? 

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3.) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng


You may have heard of the television series? Well before that, there was a book! I have not watched the adaptation yet as I prefer to read the novel first. This story follows two families living in the 1990s (Shaker Heights) that are brought together by their children. I’ve only heard good things. If anyone has read both the book and watched the show, please let me know if they are very different and which one you think is better. 

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4.) Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


Aurora Burning is the sequel to Aurora Rising which was released in 2019. I read it, loved it and had to get my hands on the next instalment of The Aurora Cycle. Plus we all know by now that I support everything Jay Kristoff  & Amie Kaufman do together. I won’t go into what this one is about because of spoilers, but this series overall follows a ragtag group of squad members in space that find themselves thrust into an extremely important life or death mission. Prepare to have your heart broken! 

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5.) Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas 


I’m such a huge Sarah J. Maas fan. She wrote the infamous Throne of Glass & ACOTAR series – both of which I loved! Her latest series follows a woman named Bryce whose friend is murdered by a demon. Enter Hunt, a fallen angel who offers to help Bryce find the murderer and in return, earn his freedom. Together they explore the underbelly of Crescent City and stumble upon a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear…

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6.) Me & White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad


This is a non-fiction book that I heard about whilst listening to a feminist podcast called The Big Sister Hotline (check it out!) and had to get myself a copy. It is actually a workbook that you need to journal through. If you are white and want to learn what you can do to help dismantle white supremacy, this is where to begin. I’m looking forward to learning more about how white privilege can sometimes subconsciously damage People of Colour and what I can do to make the world a fairer place. Plus I love any book that not only opens my eyes but involves journaling!

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7.) House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski


I’m not going to talk too much about this book as I already mentioned it on my Bookemon TBR, but this remastered, incredible full-colour edition was a gift from my husband, so thank you Francis! This story follows a family who move into a house that is much larger on the inside than it appears on the outside. It doesn’t take long before voices start echoing through the walls and menacing growls haunt the children… 

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7.) The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Ahhh I’m so happy to have a copy of this! I think you all know what this book is about but in case you didn’t, this is a prequel to The Hunger Games from the point of view of President Snow. It is his origin-story revealing how The Hunger Games came to be in the first place. I’m beyond excited to read this! 

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8.) Becoming by Michelle Obama

Everybody says this autobiography is so inspiring and uplifting. I love Michelle Obama. She seems so gentle, elegant and wise. I’m really looking forward to reading her story and getting some pearls of wisdom from her life’s experiences. 

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I hope you enjoyed my ginormous book haul! Let me know if you’ve read any of these. Which ones are on your TBR? Give me all your thoughts down below! 

Peace & Love xoxo

Disclaimer: This post contains links to my Book Depository Affiliate. I am not being paid or sponsored for this post/products – all my thoughts/opinions are my own 


4 thoughts

  1. Happy Birthday my friend! So lovely to see you got a big pile of books for your birthday that you received/bought. So perfect 😊 I’ve been meaning to read Me & White Supremacy and Michelle Obama’s book – I’ve heard good things about them and maybe you’ll enjoy these books. Hope you had a wonderful birthday my friend! Miss you xxx

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