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August Collective Book Haul

So, I didn’t think that I was going to go crazy this month…but I kind of did…oops. I promise everything I purchased was discounted though, so although I went nuts, it didn’t really hurt the bank account!

As you may have already known if you saw my blog post earlier this month, I went to the Book Outlet store in St. Catharines, Ontario on the first day of August where I purchased 15 BOOKS!  You can see my entire post about it here: MY SECOND TRIP TO THE BOOK OUTLET STORE + BOOK HAUL!

Now that August is finally coming to a close, I will share with you everything else that I purchased this month! Enjoy!


– BOOKS –

Nowhere But Here

Author: Katie McGarry

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Release Date: May 26th 2o15

Page Count: 496

ISBN: 9780373211425

Goodreads Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down. No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.


Noggin

Author: John Corey Whaley

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers  

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Contemporary

Release Date: April 8th 2014

Page Count: 352

ISBN: 9781442458741

Goodreads Synopsis: Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t. Now he’s alive again. Simple as that. The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too. Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars. Oh well, you only live twice.


More Happy Than Not

Author: Adam Silvera

Publisher: Soho Teen

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mental Health

Release Date: June 2nd 2015

Page Count: 293

ISBN: 9781616955601

Goodreads Synopsis: In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely. When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is. Why does happiness have to be so hard?

My Review


– THRIFTED BOOKS –

The Enchanted

Author: Rene Denfeld

Publisher: Harper

Genre: Fiction, Mystery

Release Date: March 4th 2015

Page Count: 237

ISBN: 9780062285508

Goodreads Synopsis: A wondrous and redemptive debut novel, set in a stark world where evil and magic coincide, The Enchanted combines the empathy and lyricism of Alice Sebold with the dark, imaginative power of Stephen King. “This is an enchanted place. Others don’t see it, but I do.” The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries magical visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs, with the devastating violence of prison life. Two outsiders venture here: a fallen priest, and the Lady, an investigator who searches for buried information from prisoners’ pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, honor and corruption-ultimately revealing shocking secrets of her own. Beautiful and transcendent, The Enchanted reminds us of how our humanity connects us all, and how beauty and love exist even amidst the most nightmarish reality.


Room

Author: Emma Donoghue

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary

Release Date: September 13th 2010

Page Count: 321

ISBN: 9780316098335

Goodreads Synopsis: To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work. Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.


The Last Time We Say Goodbye

Author: Cynthia Hand

Publisher: Harper Teen

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Release Date: February 10th 2015

Page Count: 390

ISBN: 9780062318473

Goodreads Synopsis: The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn’t look at her like she might break down at any moment. Now she’s just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that’s all she’ll ever be. As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there’s a secret she hasn’t told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything. Lex’s brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn’t have to be real to keep you from moving on.


– GRAPHIC NOVELS –

Saga, Volume 1.

Author: Brian K. Vaughan, Illustrator: Fiona Staples

Publisher: Image Comics

Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Release Date: October 23rd 2012

Page Count: 160

ISBN: 9781607066019

Goodreads Synopsis: When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

My Review


Saga, Volume 2.

Author: Brian K. Vaughan, Illustrator: Fiona Staples

Publisher: Image Comics

Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Release Date: July 2nd 2013

Page Count: 168

ISBN: 9781607066927

Goodreads Synopsis: From award-winning writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN (Pride of Baghdad, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist FIONA STAPLES (Mystery Society, Done to Death), SAGA is sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. Thanks to her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana, newborn baby Hazel has already survived lethal assassins, rampaging armies, and horrific monsters, but in the cold vastness of outer space, the little girl encounters her strangest adventure yet… grandparents.

My Review


Saga, Volume 3.

Author: Brian K. Vaughan, Illustrator: Fiona Staples

Publisher: Image Comics

Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Release Date: March 25th 2014

Page Count: 144

ISBN: 9781607069317

Goodreads Synopsis: From the Hugo Award-winning duo of Brian K. Vaughan (The Private Eye, Y: The Last Man) and Fiona Staples (North 40, Red Sonja), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. Searching for their literary hero, new parents Marko and Alana travel to a cosmic lighthouse on the planet Quietus, while the couple’s multiple pursuers finally close in on their targets.

My Review


Saga, Volume 3.

Author: Brian K. Vaughan, Illustrator: Fiona Staples

Publisher: Image Comics

Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Release Date: December 17th 2014

Page Count: 152

ISBN: 9781632150776

Goodreads Synopsis: From the Eisner Award-winning duo of Brian K. Vaughan (The Private Eye, Pride of Baghdad) and Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, Thor, SAGA is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. As they visit a strange new world and encounter even more adversaries, baby Hazel finally becomes a toddler, while her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana struggle to stay on their feet.

My Review


They’re Not Like Us, Vol.1: Black Holes For The Young

Author: Eric Stephenson, Illustrator: Simon Gane, Jordie Bellaire

Publisher: Image Comics

Genre: Graphic Novel

Release Date: July 8th 2015

Page Count: 144

ISBN: 9781632153142

Goodreads Synopsis: Eisner-nominated NOWHERE MEN writer ERIC STEPHENSON teams up with red-hot artist SIMON GANE for an all-new ongoing series! We all have advantages over one another, but what if you were capable of things most of us can only imagine? What would you do – and who would you be? A doctor? An athlete? A soldier? A hero? Everyone has to make a choice about how to use the abilities they’re born with… but they’re not like us.


– EBOOKS –

99 Days

Author: Katie Cotugno

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Release Date: April 21st 2015

Page Count: 384

ISBN: 9780062216380

Goodreads Synopsis: Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done. Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.” Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.


The Last Time We Say Goodbye

Author: Cynthia Hand

Publisher: Harper Teen

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Release Date: February 10th 2015

Page Count: 390

ISBN: 9780062318473

Goodreads Synopsis: The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn’t look at her like she might break down at any moment. Now she’s just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that’s all she’ll ever be. As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there’s a secret she hasn’t told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything. Lex’s brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn’t have to be real to keep you from moving on.


We Are All Made of Molecules

Author: Susin Nielsen

Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Release Date: May 12th 2015

Page Count: 256

ISBN: N/A

Goodreads Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially clueless. Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the undisputed “It” girl in her class, but her grades stink. Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy about it, but Ashley is 110 percent horrified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; “Spewart” could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder. They are complete opposites. And yet, they have one thing in common: they—like everyone else—are made of molecules.


Love Letters To The Dead

Author: Ava Dellaira

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Release Date: April 1st 2014

Page Count: 336

ISBN: 9780374346676

Goodreads Synopsis: It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to the dead—to people like Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse—though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating the choppy waters of new friendships, learning to live with her splintering family, falling in love for the first time, and, most important, trying to grieve for May. But how do you mourn for someone you haven’t forgiven? It’s not until Laurel has written the truth about what happened to herself that she can finally accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was—lovely and amazing and deeply flawed—can she truly start to discover her own path. In a voice that’s as lyrical and as true as a favorite song, Ava Dellaira writes about one girl’s journey through life’s challenges with a haunting and often heartbreaking beauty.


– AUDIO BOOKS –

The Martian

Author: Andy Weir

Publisher: Audible Audio, Podium Publishing

Genre: Science Fiction

Release Date: March 22nd 2013

Total Time: 10 hrs and 53 mins

ISBN: N/A

Goodreads Synopsis: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first man to die there. It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he’s stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to get him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit–he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

My Review


Legion

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Publisher: Audible Audio, Audible Frontiers

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Release Date: October 2nd 2012

Total Time: 2 hrs and 8 mins

ISBN: N/A

Goodreads Synopsis: Stephen Leeds, AKA “Legion,” is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his “aspects” are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society. The action ranges from the familiar environs of America to the ancient, divided city of Jerusalem. Along the way, Sanderson touches on a formidable assortment of complex questions: the nature of time, the mysteries of the human mind, the potential uses of technology, and the volatile connection between politics and faith. Resonant, intelligent, and thoroughly absorbing, Legion is a provocative entertainment from a writer of great originality and seemingly limitless gifts.


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6 thoughts on “August Collective Book Haul

    1. Haha I usually check it daily as well, but I have yet to purchase anything online! I’d rather venture to the store and avoid shipping haha 😛

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