Monday, 12 January 2015

The Biggest Book Haul of Them All | STS #4

Welcome back to another installment of Stacking The Shelves, or as I like to call it: "WHERE DID ALL THESE BOOKS COME FROM AND WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL MY MONEY?!"  Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

If there is one thing in this world that I am excellent at it's acquiring an insane amount of books within a short period of time. The last time I did a Stacking the Shelves post was in late October which featured nine books. At the time I thought that was a lot. Well, in this installment I'm going to be showing you the 44 books I have acquired over November and December. Yes, you read that correctly. 44 books.

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One of the things I've been trying to work on as of late is starting to read more eBooks to save not only space but also money. Being an unemployed student, I have zero income so I have to be very smart about spending.


At the end of October I travelled back to the Philippines unexpectedly to visit my family and my grandfather who was very ill at the time (he's getting better now!). While most of the two weeks was spent at our family home doing school work (bleh), and catching up with my cousins, I did get a few opportunities to visit the malls and purchase some books. Books in the Philippines, or almost any country rather, are significantly cheaper than they are in Australia so you can imagine how many of them I wanted to fly home with me. Upon unleashing me into the wild and letting me visit a bookstore my mother told me that I wasn't allowed to buy more than four or so books otherwise my luggage would be overweight. By the end of the trip I had bought ten books and miraculously my luggage was NOT overweight.
  • The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
  • The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
  • Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
  • The Perfectionists by Sarah Shepard
  • The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
  • Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Four: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth
  • The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  • The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey


Then of course, came Christmas and the glorious gift-giving season. I am so blessed to be able to have such a wonderful support system of family and friends who are generous enough in taking time to listen to what I have to say and to deal with me in general, but who were also kind enough to gift me books. Santa was also quite generous with the books this year! Usually he has a hard time buying me books because he doesn't know whether or not I've read them before but he hit the nail on the head this time round.
  • This Shattered World by Aimee Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Winter Romances edited by Stephanie Perkins
  • The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
  • Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  • The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
  • Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things To Mend by Katie Finn

Purchased using a gift card:

I was surprised to receive quite a few Dymocks gift cards this Christmas so of course I put them to good use. With my gift card I purchased:
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
  • The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars) by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
  • Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
  • Captive by Aimee Carter
  • Every Breath by Ellie Marney

eBooks purchased using a gift card:

Since there were alot of specials and sales for ebooks on during the holiday season I thought I'd take advantage of that and not only pre-order some books but also purchase ones that I've been meaning to read for quite some time but haven't been able to buy in a physical copy.

  • The D.U.F.F by Kody Keplinger
  • Half-blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Confessions: The Private School Murders by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  • Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
  • Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
  • The Body Electric by Beth Revis
  • How To Keep a Boy From Kissing You by Tara Eglington
  • The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
  • Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
  • Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
  • Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
  • The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  • The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

For Review:

  • I Was Here by Gayle Forman
  • The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
  • The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
  • Love Hurts by Mallorie Blackman
I was lucky enough to be the proud recipient of Gayle Forman's newest novel, I Was Here, which I absolutely adored and reviewed earlier this week. You can see my review here. The rest of these egalleys I requested and were accepted for on netgalley. The Winner's Crime was one of my most anticipated releases of this year and to have read it early was truly a blessing. I can't wait to write my review!

So that's it from me! What books have you acquired recently?



  2. I sure will! And yes, I've heard some not so great things about a few of them but I'll never really know until I try, right? We'll see! x

  3. Awesome book haul! I should have taken advantage of the sales in e-books, but I couldn't justify buying more books after getting a ton for Christmas. I hope you enjoy all of them!

  4. I always get books when I go abroad to, like whenever I have to go visit Shanghai. I honestly don't think they're cheaper there in comparison to the prices in Canada but since I never bring any books with me, I always end up going on crazy book buying sprees. And no matter what my mom says because she reminds me of the baggage limit too, I WILL FIND A WAY TO BRING ALL MY BABIES BACK WITH ME. I WILL.

    Anyway happy reading! All this book photography was HEAVEN.

  5. WOW that's a heck of a haul! You have some great books on there, I hope you enjoy them all.
    I had a few books for Christmas; a new Harry Potter boxset, The Raven Boys, Yes Please, Requiem, We, Insurgent collector's edition and some more which I can't remember.

  6. Giiirrrrllllll so many books! At least a lot of it was gifted and from gift cards right? I adored a whole bunch of the books you got so I hope you enjoy them as well!

  7. I can totally relate, as obvious by this post. :P I always get in trouble for it too, but I find a way to make it happen. And the photos, thank you!! Happy reading! x

  8. Hahah I know! And you sound like you got some awesome books for christmas! I think I forgot to add Yes Please to this haul, but I got that too. I've only read about thirty pages but it's wonderful so far. Happy reading! :) x

  9. Yeeeeeep! I'm looking forward to reading and loving them too! Happy reading, Laura! xx

  10. That is an insane amount of books!! And aww! We only see a couple corner glimpses, but your room looks so cute!! ^.^ lol

  11. So many bookssss! :D
    I want to read the probability of miracles and the kiss of deception! Also, I plan on starting the Falling kingdoms series pretty soon :3

  12. I know!!! I'm very excited to get to those ones too! And Falling Kingdoms is high on my priority list!! :)


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