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Birthday Book Haul

It was my birthday last week so that obviously means I bought books. I was actually very restrained partially because I already have SO many books on my kindle to read and partially because I’m trying to save up some money right now. I allowed myself a £20 voucher to spend on books and wasn’t expecting anything else but got surprised on the day with a lockpicking kit (my parents are awesome!).

birthday bh

Anyway, I decided to buy the four books I most want to read, it was actually a really easy choice (even though I have a list of about 400 books to buy). They’re all books I’ve really wanted to read for a while now and all four sound like perfectly me books. So here they are: (Links go to goodreads pages)


Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.


The Wicker King by K Ancrum

When August learns that his best friend, Jack, shows signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder, he is determined to help Jack cope. Jack’s vivid and long-term visions take the form of an elaborate fantasy world layered over our own—a world ruled by the Wicker King. As Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy in this alternate world, even August begins to question what is real or not.

August and Jack struggle to keep afloat as they teeter between fantasy and their own emotions. In the end, each must choose his own truth.


Isle of Blood and Stone by Maklia Lucier 

Nineteen-year-old Elias is a royal explorer, a skilled mapmaker, and the new king of del Mar’s oldest friend. Soon he will embark on the adventure of a lifetime, an expedition past the Strait of Cain and into uncharted waters. Nothing stands in his way…until a long-ago tragedy creeps back into the light, threatening all he holds dear.

The people of St. John del Mar have never recovered from the loss of their boy princes, kidnapped eighteen years ago, both presumed dead. But when two maps surface, each bearing the same hidden riddle, troubling questions arise. What really happened to the young heirs? And why do the maps appear to be drawn by Lord Antoni, Elias’s father, who vanished on that same fateful day? With the king’s beautiful cousin by his side—whether he wants her there or not—Elias will race to solve the riddle of the princes. He will have to use his wits and guard his back. Because some truths are better left buried…and an unknown enemy stalks his every turn.


Avalon by Mindee Arnett

Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.

Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they’re damn good at it. Jeth doesn’t care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents’ ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he’ll go to get the freedom he’s wanted for so long.

I’m super excited to read these. Have you read them? What did you think? Which one would you recommend for me to read first? (Although I should read another couple arcs first!)

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11 thoughts on “Birthday Book Haul”

  1. Oh wow, happy belated birthday! I’m sorry I couldn’t wish sooner. Off topic, but a lockpicking set is an amazing gift. 😍 I hope you enjoy all of the books [i hear Scythe and The Wicker King are good].

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    1. Thank you. And it really is. I’ve been having a lot of fun attempting to pick locks! Same, I keep seeing people raving about those books so I finally got around to buying them.

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    1. Thanks. I’m actually looking forward to avalon the most right now but it’s been on my tbr the longest. I’m such a mood reader! I’m expecting the wicker king to be my favourite so I’m putting it off lol

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