Books | The To Read Haul

Friday, 19 February 2016

E N O U G H   H A U L S ,   B A S H !
This is the last one, I promise. 

One of my goals this year is to read 52 books. I am not succeeding. January and February consumed my time with other activities. Also, none of my unfinished books looked interesting which prompted me to buy new books. Despite being broke. 

Why? Because I do not think things through.

So here are the books I picked up so far.

0 1 . G O T H   :   R E A L I T Y   O F   T H E   D E P A R T E D   W O R L D

GOTH: Reality of the Departed World sounds like something a young goth kid from 2008 would own. That is exactly what it is.

The book is a compilation of Yokohama Museum of Art's Goth exhibition. So it does have stunning art works of macabre and horror. Rather than looking at it from today's limited scope, this book explores the culture. From its early 16th century European roots to its prominence in Japan. 

0 2 . 森村泰昌    / /    Y A S U M A S A   M O R I M U R A

This book makes no sense to me. And that is amazing

I also picked up this art book in Yokohama Museum of Art. This is a second compilation of  Yasumasa Morimura's Standart. A self-portrait specific work that is as absurd as it is beautiful. He is the Japanese Andy Warhol with such innovative pieces all in this little pocket book.

0 3 . P . S   I   S T I L L   L O V E   Y O U 

A sequel to 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before,' which I picked up last year

Perhaps this is an unpopular opinion, but P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han is an unnecessary sequel. I thought the first book was a flawed but enjoyable stand-alone, ending on a bittersweet note. That said, this book is not bad at all. Just unnecessary. And most definitely for young teenage girls looking for an easy read.

0 4 . # 8 8   L O V E   L I F E

If P.S I Still Love You is for young teenage girls, then this is for us, lonely cynics. 

A quick read since its mainly cute illustrations. #88 Love Life: 88 Thoughts on Love and Life by Diana Rikasari is uplifting and optimistic and full of bright energy. Something I desperately seek. You will find many of these quotes on Pinterest, but not artwork this wonderful. Pick it up if you're feeling down.

0 5 . E V E R Y   D A Y  

Every Day by David Levithan is my friend's favourite book, and I trust her judgement. But what captivates me is the story.

A 'soft' science-fiction romance about A, who wakes up in a different body everyday. It becomes complicated when A falls in love with Rhiannon. Because, as always, love brings complications. With it's intriguing plot, I wonder how it will carry over through pages.

0 6 . A   C O U R T   O F   T H O R N S   A N D   R O S E S   

There are some people who claim they do not judge book by covers. They are liars

I judge books. And I judged A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas for its tacky, neo-goth design. My face scrunched up like a Snapchat filter when my friend handed the book. She assured me it was good, a fantasy romance like a twisted Beauty and The Beast. With its' 4.30 on Goodreads, I am hopeful. But I cannot stand the cover.

I promise I will stop making these hauls. My wallet doesn't enjoy them either.

I'm at a reading slump now, so I hope these books will reinvigorate me. Perhaps I'll make a couple of book reviews. My last one was ages ago, and I miss it.

What books would you like reviewed?


  1. These are lovely picks! The Goth book sounds right up my street! I love reading so much, I have three books sat by my bed ready to read this year, so relaxing and exciting! There is nothing better than getting lost in a book, learning, emotions and imagination!

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  2. Really lovely picks! I'm totally with you, the cover of A Court of Throne and Roses is super tacky, whyyyy? I've read Throne of Glass and really enjoyed it, need to continue on with this series! Fantastic post, yay books! xxxxx

  3. I've been looking for some books to read! These sounds great

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  4. I read to all boys i've loved before, definitely need to get this sequel too!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  5. I love the sassy style you write in, it keeps me interested and excited for new posts! Well done! xx Julia - maybe come say hi? <3

  6. Haha, I totally judge books by their covers! I wouldn't pick that book up, either. I definitely would have needed a positive review to buy it. Or 19 positive reviews. All by people I trust ;) Every Day sounds interesting, I might have to look into it, though I'm usually not into Levithan's writing style. And Goth sounds really interesting as well! There are definitely some things to look into!


  7. I would love a closer look at Yasumasa Morimura; not familiar with his work. Love the tiny Loki!

    xo, a l i c e / T Y P E N U

  8. These all seem really interesting! Thank you for sharing them.

  9. Hey that's cool! I love these pics

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  10. They all seem really exciting! I hope you'll achieve your goal :)

  11. I have had the same goal! Unfortunately I'm only on my third book as my day job has been extra busy... I definitely want to read PS I Still Love you, as I loved the first one <3

    Have a great weekend!
    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

  12. I love to read this posts! My passion is reading haha. Thanks for that review with the book of Jenny Han because I was thinking of reading it! And I know what you mean about the goal. My goal last year was read 56 books and I could but I was really broke and the end of it haha so now I want to read 18. Great post :)

  13. I've loved PS. I Still Love You, but the first book was still loads better. I actually challenged myself to read 100 books this year so good luck to me. Haha. I'm def adding #88LoveLife to my reading list.

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  14. They are look like pretty interesting books to read.
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  15. I'm looking for new books to read, thank you for this list! i think I'll pick up # 8 8 L O V E L I F E, it sounds intriguing!! I'm currently reading Rosie Project and loved it. I finshed Me Before You last week and cried. I love reading :')

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  16. DON'T STOP MAKING THE HAULS! I love book hauls. I really enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses - I loved the cover too.

    I was really drawn in by the blurb for Every Day, but I didn't like it. The book wasn't what I expected from the blurb.

  17. I bet these books are amazing. Because of this haul, I want to read a new book immediately.
    Love, Fads

  18. I agree that the books cover is awful X)
    But sometimes even the worst books have the most amazing,well managed covers.
    Keep us updated!

  19. I own the two Jenny Han books but am still yet to read them, I feel like I may have to save them for a holiday or something where I only want easy reading! I love seeing book hauls, I definitely want to pick up Every Day, I've heard so many people say good things about it! xxx

  20. Great selection ! One of my New Year's resolutions was also to read more books so I really need to get my act together and start one ! :) Xx

  21. Most of these books seems rather interesting, though personally I agree with your summation of P.S I love You.

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  22. I also cringed of the cover of the last book, but as Beauty and the beast IS my favorite Disney movie with a shared first spot with Anastasia and Mulan, I HAD to add it to my to-read on goodreads! It'll probably be one of those books I rent at the library, because the cover of this would mess up the design of my bookshelf next to Jane Austen.. Yes, I am that shallow, lol.. If I do absolutley love the story, maybe I'll buy it and hide it in a drawer..


  23. Great book haul! I love books by Jenny Han, as they're just so easy to read and have a fun plot! I'm also looking into reading the series by Sarah J. Maas, but I've heard so many mixed reviews, so I don't know if I should ...

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