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Book Haul 2020 📚

It’s hard not to buy books when you’re on a book ban, but when they’re books that leave you no choice but to buy them, then why resist?

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Yes, yes, it does make me happy! 😃 It might be my first and last of 2020, but it’s book haul time!

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The Extraordinary Journeys of Clockwork Charlie by Dave Butler

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I got this one for my youngest sister. I don’t know much about this book, but it’s part 1 of a 3-part series. She tends to gravitate towards books for a younger audience and I hope the story in this book will be engaging enough to hold her interest until the last page.

Mi Casa Uptown by Rich Perez

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This one was brought for my other sister. Pastor Pérez talks about the importance of love including how to love our neighbor… even when it hurts to do so. It’s part memoir and part sermon that teaches hospitality is at the heart of God as we can see throughout the Bible as early as Genesis. It’s about growing a Christ-like love for everyone. 

Agents of Babylon by Dr. David Jeremiah

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I’ve wanted this book for a long while now, so when I saw it, there was no way I was going to not buy it. I’m currently studying Biblical prophecies again and this book is said to explain what was already fulfilled and what is to be fulfilled. However, I must admit that I am skeptical about it, as I am with many books based on Christianity, for many authors seem to misquote the Bible and misrepresent God. Still, I’ll read it at some point.

A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy by Stan Guthrie

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Another prophecy book! This book is said to be great for new Christians as a guide to the prophecies in the Bible. I am not new to prophesy for it’s a topic I studied zealously back then when I was rediscovering the Bible, but this book wouldn’t hurt.

The Devil in Pew Number Seven by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo

This one was an impulse buy. I have no idea what it is about only that a pastor and his young family moved to a church in a small town only to be terrorized by a member who didn’t like the brand of Jesus the pastor was selling. This real-life story is told by the pastor’s oldest daughter. Based on the font, I’m sure Rebecca is not a great storyteller, but I’ll still read it.

Beginnings by Steve Wiens

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The author said that this book is not meant to answer all of our questions, but if it does, it will create new questions that will lead the reader on a path of discovery. I’m not here for neither; I just want to make sure that Mr. Wiens stuck to the Word as it is written for he tends to explore what’s holy in humanity. 

Bible Stories: Mini Collection by Miles Kelly

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I’m not going to lie. I saw the cover, liked the illustrations, and brought it. Yes, just like that. 

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

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The only reason why I got this book is due to the fact that I am planning a reread. The narrator defends the story that he’s about to tell of a man named Christian. The story itself is framed as a dream and is told in allegorical style. When I first read it, I rated it a 3 out of 5 overall, for there was some bothersome stuff, but when I read it again – and for good – I hope to put the case to rest. 

Life Promises for Eternity by Randy Alcorn

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This book is meant to be read during devotional studies.

God is Holy and We’re Not by R.C.Sproul

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Looks like a short and sweet read.

A Bouquet of Favorite Psalms to Inspire Your Soul

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This is also to be read during devotional studies. It’s such a beautiful book inside and out!

The Book of Useless Information and The Book of Who Said That?

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When I saw these books at my favorite bookstore, I grabbed them up without batting an eye for the covers felt soft to the touch, but they’re books I’ll certainly read for I love the randomness of it!

Although most of those books are based on Christianity, I know that a few of them, if not all, are going to let me down, so I won’t be holding my breath. I’ve been reading a lot lately, two-four books at a time, so I’ll have to wait a while to read any of these, but I look forward to getting around to at least five of them before the year runs out.

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A mini book haul and reading update

*shrugging* You know this was coming. 

My TBR is going down, down, down! I had to celebrate that feat by buying a few books. 

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Who just got more books? This girl!

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Okay, it’s not that huge. It’s a few books I’ve accumulated and nothing to scream about.

I haven’t posted a book review in a long time. It’s not that I am tired of it, I just didn’t find the time to write it up. I’ve been reading non-stop and although I won’t do a review for all of the books, I’ll try my best to write a few. The few books I accumulated are:

The Recordsetter Book of World Records by Corey Henderson and Dan Rollman

I saw this at my favorite local bookstore on sale for only $10 and I had to get it. Looks interesting enough.

The Three Musketeers a retelling

This version is for kids, but this is the author and book that kickstarted my love for reading and all things French so I had to get it.

Look at the pretty cover and the contrast of the blues! 💙💙

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Another favorite French author I love! I read and love this book when I was a child and the time has come for revisiting this epic classic. 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

My wonderful colleague told me that this was her favorite book when she was younger, so I bought it for the classic challenge I plan on doing early next year God’s willing. I’ll talk more about it when the time comes.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

A gift from a wonderful woman who I refer to as a second mother! 💙

This summer, reading is going down!

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Currently trying to read…

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This book is soooo boring! It’s 800+ pages and I love long books, but this book might be DNFing soon. I love reading books with India set as the backdrop, but I can’t get into this one at the moment.

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I picked this one up last month, but can’t seem to get past the first few pages. Maybe it’s Bill Clinton’s fault, but I’ll try to pick it back up before the summer kisses us goodbye. 

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I’ve been reading this book on and off the past 2 years or so for every time I pick it up, I read a few chapters, put it down and move on to the next book. I’ll try to finish it by next month God’s willing so I can finally get rid of it. 

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This short trilogy needs to be a full-length book for Luc Moncrief can give Alex Cross a run for his money! I’ll be writing a proper review soon.

Books I want to read soon

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What are you reading or looking forward to reading?

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Book Haul part trois (and predictions)

Here I go again buying books, but I have no shame, so eh! I’ll just add them to my ever-growing pile and whine about not having time to read all of them. 

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I’m kidding! I’ll eventually get to all of them and besides, this small book haul might just be my last haul of the year.

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Okay! Okay! This is definitely not the last book haul of the year, but it’ll be for the while being. Nevertheless, I got new books (most of them for my birthday) and you know what that means! Happy dance time!

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Let’s get to the books!

Love and Louis XIV by Antonia Fraser

I don’t trust British writers when it comes to writing about French history (I’ve had some bias run-ins over the years and had to abandon the book), but I’ll give this woman the benefit of the doubt. I got this book because I’ll read anything on the greatest European monarch who ever lived. I think this might be a 4/5 stars read for it looks really good.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I’ve been wanting to read this book since last year because I simply love Indian stories! This story has many mixed reviews, but I’ll be going into it neutral for the simple fact that it’s YA. Rishi sounds like a dream, though. I’ll say 3/5.

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

I am in love with the cover! Inside contains some drawings and graffiti although I don’t find all of them pretty. I got this book because I wanted to read up on more deaf characters given that I have one of my own. Given that this is a YA, I’ll say a 2-3/5. I really hope I can be proved wrong, though and it’ll be at least a 4 in the end, but I’m not holding my breath because it can easily be a 1. 

Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

I saw the cover, fell in love, read the synopsis and fell in love even more because it revolves around the Palace of Versailles when King Louis XVI was King. Then I was disappointed when I realized that it’s actually a series and I dislike series unless it’s Alex Cross. In order for me to buy Shatter the sequel, this book must be a 4/5.

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

  

Earlier this year, I thought about doing a Classic Challenge and I just had to get my all-time favorite. This is the first time that I’ve received a stained book from Amazon, but I forgive them for the vinegar stain. It’s been a while since I’ve read this book. When I read it a couple of times back in primary school, it was a five every single time. But I’m not the same reader anymore so I’ll settle for 4/5.

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Bruce Wayne as a teen? Count me in! However, to set the record straight, I could care less about Batman. I just like the fact that Brucie is a wealthy techie freak and he doesn’t need superpowers to be a superhero. Someone once said that wealthy characters are boring, but I have super awesome wealthy characters who aren’t boring and Brucie also proves that theory wrong. This YA is no Clark Kent, but I’ll say 3/5.

Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

I’ve always wanted to read material by Kasie West and when I saw this overhyped book at my favorite bookstore, I knew that this was the chance to read her. This is a summer read and the synopsis sounds really good. It also looks like a cute story so I’ll say 3/5.

The Christmas Mystery by James Patterson

The trilogy of Monsieur Luc Moncrief is finally complete! I can now read these book shots in one sitting! Base on the back cover, I’ll say this is a 4/5 read! I hope James Patterson can prove me right because I’m not a big fan of the book shot series, but I couldn’t pass up this French detective. I hope he can have his own full-length novel series at some point… assuming that he’s good!

Hidden Order by Brad Thor

I got this book on sale for only $15. Now compare that price to the original price of $78.70! This is the first time I’ve come across this author, but the story sounds good and I look forward to reading it at some point this year. I’ll say this is a 3/5 rating.

And that’s a wrap for now. Whenever I read these books, I’ll come back to the so-call predictions and see if I was right. By the way, did any of you guys happen to read books from this haul? How was your reading experience like?

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Book Haul part deux

This is a mini haul. My goal this year is to kill my TBR list, but it’s only growing bigger. I’m also working on doing a reading challenge this year, but it looks highly unlikely at the moment. Anyways, the following books are now added to the ever-growing collection.

Love Him to Death by Tanya Newman

This is actually the 8th book in the Poppy Fields Murder Mystery and I bought it for my sister who now wants to own the entire series. I’ll be reading it, though, for she read the book in one day and insist that I read it. 

Message in the Flames by Steven Torres

I got this book on sale and I just couldn’t pass it up. I read that it was first published as Burning Precinct Puerto Rico and the book is a reprint in a series of 3, but the publishers changed the numbers and this one is book 2. Whatever the confusion, I’m going to read this as a standalone.

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

I was intrigued by the writer telling this story backward and many readers promised that the ending was one big fat twist. It sounds like a promising read and I hope for the best.

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

This is supposed to be a literary thriller and this book is also the author’s debut. I have a confession, though: I only bought the book because I think the title sounded really cool and the edges are black.

The Crime Archives by Damon Wilson

This is a collectible and probably the coolest thing I’ve ever bought! It includes rare facsimiles of documents that led to the capture and conviction of these criminals.

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Book Haul part un

I’ve never done a book haul for the blog before so I am excited to do this. My TBR list is only growing, but I am determined to read many of them this year God’s willing. I try not to buy books every month, but the struggle is real whenever I see a book that I want.

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I also have many books in PDF, but nothing beats holding a physical book in your hands and flipping the pages. Okay, let’s get into it and please ignore the quality of the photos; I’ve had better days.

Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg

I’ll be doing a YouTuber reading challenge sometime this year if time permits me. Zoe Sugg is a YouTuber who also vlogs beauty and fashion. This is #2 in the Girl Online series although I’m yet to read Girl Online. What happened is that when I visited the bookstore that day, I had a dentist appointment and I was in a hurry to get out of town afterward, so I saw the words ‘Girl Online’ and just picked the book up without thinking twice.

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This was a random buy. 🙂

French Kiss and French Twist by James Patterson

I dislike James Patterson’s Book Shots, but when I read that the new detective is French, I couldn’t pass this one up. I’m ready to get my Luc Moncrief on.

Treasure Hunters by James Patterson

I’ve never read the Treasure Hunters series, but this book looks interesting. Also, it’s rated for kids 8-12 years, but it looks like a really great adventure. 

Almost Home by Ted N.C. Wilson

My sister bought this book for me. It’s basically a collection of sermons of how we as Christians expecting Christ’s return should be living. I can’t wait to get into this.

Crossing the Line by Frédérique Molay

This author is known as the “French Michael Connelly” and I hope she lives up to the name. I am eager to read about the Parisian justice system as well.

The Two-Witness Rule by William Eleazer

Set in Savannah Georgia, a defense attorney is accused of paying witnesses to commit perjury in a criminal trial. I love legal fiction, so I hope this book hits the spot. 

Almost French by Sarah Turnbull

I love reading about people’s experiences with the French culture whether good or bad and I can’t wait to read Sarah’s account.

Yu-Gi-Oh! by Kazuki Takahashi

I’ve had this book for a while now and it’s been on my TBR list ever since I got it, but I see it more like a collectible. 

Courtroom 302 by Steve Bogira

For the love of all things law!

Ordinary Justice: How America Holds Court by Amy Bach

Another American law book.

The Franklin Scandal by Nick Bryant

This book is an account of child-trafficking and pedophilia ring in the United States and how the government covers up corruption. I recall the Omaha Franklin Federal Credit Union scandal in 1988 and I had to get this book.

The Gordian Knot by Bernhard Schlink

I only got this book because the south of France is featured.