July Haul

It’s the end of another month and once again I have been filling up my shelves (and the space at the side of my shelves, and down the side of the chair, and…oh never mind). I have bought A Lot of books this month. More than my usual ridiculous amount. Feel free to judge me harshly, because honestly, I am judging myself a lot right now. Normally I do my haul post with a coffee on a Wednesday but that would have left too much month left for me to sneak books under the radar, so here we are.

book haul

The Books:


Honesty time. For the second month running I’ve broken my self-imposed Netgalley ban. I am the worst at sticking to bans. But I had to break it for this. I got approved to read Vox by Christina Dalcher which I am super excited for.

Arcs and Proofs


I was sent One Small Thing by Erin Watt by Harper Collins. This isn’t one I have heard of before, but the cover is stunning and it sounds like a great read: it features grief, a forbidden romance and a girl having to make a really tough decision that will have a great impact on her life. I can’t wait to read it.

I also received the most wonderful of all parcels from Team BKMRK with the sampler of King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo in it, and I did actual squealing. Such a fabulous surprise!

Books I Bought


The Mermaid by Christina Henry. Darkness and mermaids. Also, the author is coming to Newcastle Waterstones in the near future and I felt it would be rude not to read the book before showing up to the event. It sounds 100% my kind of book.

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay. This was a second book I picked up in a buy one get one half price offer (because you do have to get the second book, always). This one was recommended by a relatively new bookseller in my favourite bookshop, and it sound phenomenal. I am very excited for it.

Theatrical by Maggie Harcourt. So many of my blogger friends have been recommending this, and reviewing it on the recent blog tour. It sounds just wonderful, and these people have excellent taste in books, so I have high hopes for loving it too.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. i am newly converted to the coven of Leigh Bardugo lovers. This series is getting revamped covers and they are just beautiful. So, obviously I am going to have them all. Starting with the first one.

Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy. I’ve been meaning to pick this up for a while, but a signing at Durham Waterstones this month prompted me to pick it up and I devoured it in one sitting. Well worth the read, and I will be sharing my full review very soon.

The Definition of Us by Sarah Harris. This boos is about a group of patients in a therapy centre, all with different conditions. When their psychotherapist disappears, they have to track him down, because they aren’t ready to open up and share their secrets with anyone else. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this one, but I am all here for mental health rep in YA books so I’m hoping that I will enjoy this read.

Floored by all of my faves. I own and have read a proof of this, but of course I had to get the finished copy. I loved this book. Such an ambitious idea and wonderfully written. I have all of the love for it.

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle. I have a netgalley copy of this, but haven’t yet managed to read it. I had to pick up a finished copy though because this sounds like an amazing MG adventure that I’m really looking forward to diving into.

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf. This is one I have heard much raving about, so I had to pick it up when I saw it in my local Waterstones. It is about a refugee called Ahmet who is 8 years old and some of his classmates. I am really looking forward to reading about such an important topic in a Middle Grade book.

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley. I heard about this historical read in the Newcastle Read with Pride event. The words clockwork octopus were used, and honestly, that’s all I needed to hear. The story does sound excellent.

Pantomime and Shadowplay by Laura Lam. These also featured in the Read with Pride event. I loved meeting Laura in person, and hearing about these books. I don’t think I have ever read a book with an intersex main character before, and this one is set in a circus. I am so excited to read these books.

The Monsters We Deserve by Marcus Sedgwick. This one was available early at NYA Lit Fest, so obviously I jumped at the chance to get my hands on a copy. I was hoping to get it signed but unfortunately Marcus wasn’t able to get to the event. It is about Mary Shelley and Frankenstein, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how Marcus explores this story.

The Outcast by Taran Matharu. Harry Potter meets Pokemon. That’s what sent me to the Waterstones stall for this one. It was all I needed to hear. It helps that the cover is my favourite colour and absolutely stunning. And Taran was a really interesting guy, great on the panel and really lovely to talk to.

Half Bad  by Sally Green.  This was talked about at NYA Lit Fest. They said witches were in it. I am all here for all the stories about witches. A few of my fellow Northern Book Bloggers also told me they enjoyed it, so I picked up a copy. Stupidly, I forgot to get it signed.

Notes on a Nervous Planet  by Matt Haig. I was attending Matt’s event in Newcastle, so obviously I had to get a copy of the book. He read aloud from it, and it just made me laugh so much. I’m really looking forward to this one.

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart. “In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.” Well, that was me sold. I am all here for feminist stories, and this one adds more of my favourite things: dangerous secrets, deception, and a fight to the death for survival. I think I just met a new favourite. 

Boy Underwater by Adam Baron. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Cymbeline, his swimming adventures and family secrets. I am really loving MG this year, and this sounds like another great read.

The next three books I didn’t buy, but I did pick them up at NYA Lit Fest:

Jinxed by Amy McCulloch. Proof copies of Jinxed were in the tote bags for NYA Lit Fest attendees. I’ve seen this one quoted as being a bit like the Hunger Games meets Northern Lights. These are two of my favourite series of all time, so I am all over this book.

Tithe and Doll Bones by Holly Black. These were on the swaps table at NYA Lit Fest. I swapped an old book of mine for Tithe, a scary faerie story from the queen of faerie stories. How could I not pick this up? Doll Bones was recommended to me by the lovely Donna of The Untitled Book Blog, and she donated one of her swap credits so I could take this copy. Donna is wonderful.


This pile of beauties was given to me by Amy of Golden Books Girl when she was having a clear out. I’m not going to discuss each one in detail here, because that would make this the longest blog post in human history. The Witch’s Tears completes the trilogy for me so now I can get on with reading them. The others are books Amy thought I would enjoy so she sent them to me. I am looking forward to being surprised.


I spent this month’s audible credit on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. The small boy isn’t yet ready to tackle this second book in the series, but now I’ve started I may as well collect the whole set!

Subscription Box

This month in my Wildest Dreams book box was The Summer of Us by Cecelia Vinesse. I was lucky enough to be send a proof for this, and I loved it, so I was thrilled to receive a finished copy in this month’s box. Sadly, this has to be my last box for a little while because of some boring real life stuff and I am really going to miss them.

PHEW. That is all of my books for July. Next month my haul will be a shadow of this one. I promise. What books did you get this month? 





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  1. Whoa you weren’t kidding! Thats a huge haul. I love Christina Henry but I was sadly disappointed with The Mermaid, can’t wait to hear your thoughts. I also have the Cabin At The End Of The World to read and most definitely going to be getting a copy of Floored 😁


  2. Am going to break this into paragraphs because I fear it shall be a long comment…

    I really liked Floored too, and loved Brightstorm when I read it last year. I enjoyed Theatrical and Boy Underwater when I read them last month, so hope you do too. I was also a fan of the Boy at the Back of the Class! I read Doll Bones YEARS ago and think I enjoyed it, despite creepy horrory things not being an area I gravitate towards 😂

    I have several of these on my TBR, e.g. Storm Keeper’s Island (which I’m going to make one of my next reads) and the Summer of Us. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on Jinxed soon 😊

    I hope you enjoy all of the books I gave you too! I’m excited to see what you think. I will warn that I didn’t like one, which I think I told you beforehand? I’m interested to see what you make of it 😂

    Amy x

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