FEBRUARY BOOK HAUL AND WRAP UP – 10 BOOKS

February is already over! We’re 1/6th done with 2017 already and it’s time for another book-haul post. February book haul is all about contemporary, fiction and romance mostly. Just like you would expect!

I’ve been single for a ‘while’ now and so I decided to surround myself with fictional romance and love. Guess what, I succeeded. This was a good month.

Guys, I really don’t know where time literally flew these past two months. Seems only yesterday that I was gushing over Illuminae. Which bdw, was my first read of 2017.

Here is a list of books that I bought and read in February 2017. Starting with…

Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli
Status: TBR

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, GLBT

Category: HAUL

Pages: 320
February book haulIDK what this book is about AT ALL.

I’m going in blind! I just picked it up because it has a queer protagonist and I’ve sworn to read diversely this year.

Also, this book has great reviews so why not?

Summary:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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Carry On - Rainbow Rowell
Status: TBR

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy

Pages: 518

February book haulI bought this book for a follower on Instagram as well as myself. I hosted a giveaway on my bookstagram account @lettersfromriya, earlier this month and it was so much fun. Follow me if you want to participate in any future giveaways and to keep up with the latest posts on this website.

I’m excited to read this. It is a Harry Potter fan fiction of sort and I hear it’s hilarious.

Summary:

Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here – it’s their last year at Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a love letter to love stories and the power of words – to every ‘chosen one’ who ever had more on their mind than saving the world…

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Everything Everything - Nicola Yoon
Status: TBR

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Category: HAUL

Pages: 306

february book haulI bought this book because

1. It was under ₹300 on Amazon.in

2. I heard the movie was coming out and I saw that the main character is a person of color. Which is really exciting to me, since we don’t see a lot of cultural diversity in popular YA. Naturally, I wanted to watch the movie and read the book before that. A movie trailer has since been released and you can watch it right here.

Summary:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

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Night - Elie Wiesel
Status: TBR

Genre: Non-fiction, Classic, History

Category: HAUL

Pages: 120

february book haulI haven’t read a non fiction in forever and I have no motivation to read this book beside that. And also probably that this book won the Nobel Peace prize in 1986.

I do wish to read more diversely and this is going to be a major step in that direction. Let’s see how long it takes for me to actually pick this one up.

Not too long, I hope.

Summary: Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie’s wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author’s original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man’s capacity for inhumanity to man.

Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.

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Everyday - David Levithan
Status: TBR

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy

Category: HAUL

Pages: 322

february book haulI got the recommendation for this book from Owlcrate’s YouTube channel and they described it as unique.

Truly, I haven’t read anything like this book so far and I’m really excited to see how the author accomplished it.

Summary: 

Every day a different body, a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

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Dumplin': Go Big or Go Home - Julie Murphy
Status: TBR

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romace

Category: HAUL

Pages: 383

february book haulLike every other normal person, a lot of my book buying decisions are money based. So when I saw the hardcover copy of this very popular YA contemporary available for ₹279, I didn’t give it a second thought before buying it.

I mean, are you kidding me? ₹279 is a STEAL!

Summary: Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

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Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
Status: READ

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Category: WRAP

Pages: 470

Before I fallI bought the ebook because I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it but I really wanted to read it.

Also because only the ebook version was available on Amazon at that moment and I really want to get it done before February 12th.

I really enjoyed reading this book and the movie is also coming out this month and I am excited!

Really, I can’t say that I’ve ever read from a mean girl’s point of view before (unless you count that Lavana novella from The Lunar Chronicles) and it was a new experience.

I did end up reading and reviewing it in time for cupid day and you can find it here.

Summary: 

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

This novel was also recognized as a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, The Daily Beast, NPR, and Publishers Weekly. It has been optioned for film by Fox 2000 Pictures.

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The Notebook - Nicholas Sparks
Status: READ

Genre: Fiction, Romance

Category: WRAP

Pages: 214

top 10 fictional couplesI didn’t wanna buy the book because I had watched the movie and the ending was so cheesy, I just didn’t want it on my shelf that’s all. I know. Don’t judge a book by its movie.

Even though I didn’t want to buy the physical copy of the book, I really wanted to read something cheesy for Valentine’s week and Goodreads kept pushing this one on me.

Guilty pleasure but not really because it’s good.

And it grows on you.

Give it a go, maybe you’ll like it too.

Summary: Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner recently returned from the Second World War. Noah is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories…until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again.

Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just the beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments and the fundamental changes that affect us all. It is a story of miracles and emotions that will stay with you forever.

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Soundless - Richelle Mead
Status: READ

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Category: WRAP

Pages: 266

February book haulI had ‘hopes’ for this book. Not of the high sort but I thought it would be a fun experience to read from a deaf character’s point of view. It turned out to be astoundingly one dimensional. Soundless wasn’t boring enough for me to DNF it but I couldn’t quite bring myself to willingly pick it up between classes and that, my friends, reflects poorly on the book.

It wasn’t engaging enough and the foundation, I found, was weak.

Overall, I thought this book was okay. I just hate that it took up 5 days of my life and almost put me into a reading slump.

Summary: 

In a village without sound…

For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.

One girl hears a call to action…

Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.

She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…

And unlocks a power that will save her people.

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Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Status: READ

Genre: Fiction, Romance

Category: WRAP

Pages: 279

February book haulI listened to the audiobook more than I was able to read this book. Elizabeth Klett has done a marvelous job with it and her version is available to listen to, for free, on Librivox.

I have read the book and I have watched the movie and I can write with utmost confidence that if I had one historical fiction era to live in, I would pick this one.

Arguably the best classic novel out of the ones that I have read so far and definitely the most satisfying of love stories.

Both Miss Bennet and Mr. Darcy are proud and vain to an extent and their combined prejudices about each other and the rest of the world makes Pride and Prejudice the most aptly titled book that I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a long time.

Jane Austen, with her ability to take you centuries back in time, her witty humor and her ability to make you feel an emotional turmoil with the subtlest of adjectives makes this story a must have literary experience.

Summary: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners—one of the most popular novels of all time—that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the “most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author’s works,” and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as “irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.”

–penguinrandomhouse.com

Pride and Prejudice is the classic tale of the irrepressible Elizabeth Bennet—Jane Austen’s most fully realized heroine and a character not unlike her creator in that she possesses a dry wit, enjoys spotting a fool, and refuses to be taken lightly.  The story begins as the people of rural Meryton scurry to marry their daughters off to Charles Bingley, a dashing and eligible bachelor who has taken an estate near the Bennets.  At the village’s welcoming ball, Elizabeth meets up with a  formidable adversary:  Bingley’s closest friend, the cold, prideful, extremely wealthy Fitzwilliam Darcy, who piques her to new heights of antagonism.  When Darcy arrogantly urges Bingley to give up his burgeoning courtship of Elizabeth’s sister, misunderstanding threatens to bury all he loves in turmoil and regret.  A cautionary tale about the evils of hasty judgment, Pride and Prejudice is arguably one of the most satisfying love stories ever written.

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