June Book Haul | 2015

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It's monthly book haul time again! I know I say this every month, but I really am excited about every single book that I bought. This time around I mostly have fantasy and dystopian books to show you, but I doubt you're actually surprised by this. I've definitely been on a fantasy kick lately, and I'm enjoying it very much.

My first purchase was a book that I have been eyeing for a while now—The World of Ice and Fire. It's not a secret that I have a serious obsession with George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, and naturally a giant book full of lore was right up my alley. It also features gorgeous illustrations, and it's pretty much my favorite thing right now. I randomly flip through it and stare at it like a weird person...

Next, Book Outlet got me again with their low prices and I picked up Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, Jackaby by William Ritter, and Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis. Everything I Never Told You is the only non-fantasy/dystopian book on my list, and it promises to be an emotional read: it's about a mixed-race family dealing with a tragedy, set in the '70s. Jackaby was partly a cover buy for me because there is something about layering and hand-written fonts that always gets me, but I was also very intrigued by the concept of a paranormal mystery novel set in 1892. Not a Drop to Drink is a YA dystopian novel and it's exactly what it sounds like: a survival story set in a world where water is scarce. 

I also picked up some more recent releases. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas is a blend between a Beauty and the Beast retelling and faerie lore. It's also classified as "New Adult", which is a genre I haven't explored much (it's usually YA or adult for me), so I'm giving it a chance. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir is YA dystopian novel set in a dangerous world inspired by Ancient Rome. This sounds very intriguing, and I've heard nothing but praise for this book. Lastly, Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch got my attention by sounding like a kick-ass fantasy novel. I haven't had much luck with YA fantasy and have almost written it off as a genre, but I'm hoping this book will change my mind. Also, apparently I really wanted to read books that have the word "ashes" in the title...

That's it for my June book haul! Have you read any of these books?
Which one should I read first?