My Sassy 16 Birthday Book Haul

Because birthdays call for books, obviously. Just like all other holidays, happy moments, and sad/stressed/bad moments call for books. We’re all familiar with this concept. Books are fitting no matter what to occasion. πŸ˜‰

I know the traditional saying is “sweet 16,” and I do like that, but I liked “sassy 16” more. I’m not as sweet as people think I am. Not going to lie, my favorite thing is to be really quiet at school and listen, and then when people annoy me I sass them. No one expects it and it’s absolutely the best. And of course, you all know how sassy/snarky I am in my posts. Unless you’re new here, and in that case… hi! I don’t bite, I just blurt Hairspray lyrics and recommend soul-crushing books. πŸ™‚

In all seriousness, I turned 16 a little over two weeks ago, on the 5th. That was at the start of my little break, which I took because of summer school and the realization I had four library books due the following week as well as AP assignments. Needless to say, I didn’t post that day or even that week. I didn’t enjoy going to PE that morning, but the rest of the day was a lot of fun.

All I asked for this year was a bunch of books and to go out to lunch. I placed a huge Amazon order (13 books) and also picked up a few in the weeks prior to and after my birthday. In total, I got my hands on 18 books, and I couldn’t have been happier. (Also, the Amazon box was probably taller than me, or at least the same height. I could barely lift it, but I didn’t care because books.)

So without further ado, let’s dive into my lovely, massive haul! (It’s massive for me, at least.)


  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, hardcover (#1)

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I owned this in paperback already because my best friend Erika didn’t want it anymore and sent me her copy. But being the fan that I am, I wanted my whole SJM collection to be in hardcover, so I ordered this.

  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, hardcover (#2)

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See above explanation. I have a paperback and hardcover copy of this. πŸ˜‰

  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, hardcover (#3)

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Once again, the same explanation. Although I actually have two hardcover copies of this, because Erika’s copy was in the birthday package she sent me that showed up a few days later. No regrets.Β Β―\_(ツ)_/Β―

  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, paperback (#1)

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I bought this about a week before my birthday because the library copy I’d checked out looked and felt gross and I was enjoying the story. Don’t judge me. In my defense, it was honestly bad. I think someone spilled their Starbucks drink on the book and left it there. *shudders*

  • Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers, paperback (#2)

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I loved the first book, so I had to have this one. I convinced Erika to buy the first two books, so I’m hoping to buddy-read this with her sometime in July. I hope she likes the first one. πŸ˜›

  • Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers, paperback (#3)

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See above. If everything works out, maybe Erika and I will buddy-read this too. Also, it makes me a bit sad that the first book is the biggest one in the trilogy.

  • Unhinged by A.G. Howard, paperback (#2)

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I had a few issues with the first book, but for the most part it was really interesting and I liked that it was a darker retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Okay, and I also bought this for the cover. It’s gorgeous, don’t judge me.

  • Ensnared by A.G. Howard, paperback (#3)

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A.G. Howard has the best luck with covers, honestly. I think it would be cool to see her books with the same color scheme and design without the people, but still. They’re gorgeous. *heart eyes*

  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, hardcover (#1)

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I wanted to get the UK edition because I think it’s prettier and the blue stained pages are absolutely stunning, but I couldn’t find it on Amazon. It’s okay, this one is pretty too, and shiny. Oh, and I’m excited to read it. I got a sampler at BookCon last year and it was great, so I’ve got high hopes.

  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, hardcover

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There were so many new releases I wanted to get, but I ended up picking this one. It sounds so cute and fun, and everyone and their unicorn loves it. Also, I made sure to get the hardcover, because on the back there’s a picture of Dimple throwing her iced coffee at Rishi and I needed it in my life. πŸ˜›

  • None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio, paperback

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I got this from the library in December and absolutely loved it. The main character is intersex, and I learned so much while reading. It’s an emotional, gripping story, too. It isn’t #ownvoices, but the author is a surgeon so I think it’s accurate. I just loved this book and had to get my own copy. (Note: I wouldn’t say it’s triggering, but the first few chapters are a little uncomfortable to read. If you can get past that, it’s great. Just a warning.)

  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, 50th anniversary hardcover

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The author isn’t the best person, but I absolutely adore this book. In four years of required reading, it’s the only one I’ve liked. I own three copies of the book, as well as the movie and a “Stay Gold, Ponyboy” tote bag. I love it, okay?!

  • Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember, paperback

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You all know how much I love this book. I read it last summer but was sent a digital review copy, and only now had a chance to get a physical one. Let me tell you, the cover is even more gorgeous in person. If you haven’t read this, please GO READ IT. It won’t crush your soul, and it’s about two girls falling in love while trying to save unicorns from poachers. YOU NEED THIS BOOK. πŸ™‚

(Also, I’ve thrown this book at so many people that Julia put me in the acknowledgements of her upcoming book, The Tiger’s Watch. I got a digital ARC of it and devoured it in a day. It comes out on August 22, has an equally gorgeous cover, and features a genderfluid main character in a fantasy world with magical animal bonds. And while I obviously can’t say much on the quality of the genderfluid rep, I think everything was fine.)

(I’m seriously so proud of that first part. ↑)

  • The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember, paperback (#1)

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Oh, look, another Julia Ember book. Can you tell she’s my favorite?

I’m actually reading this book now and I stayed up until 1:30 last night to read it. It’s short, but I read nearly half in a few hours. This is her most recent release and it’s a retelling of The Little Mermaid with Norse mythology interwoven. It involves an f/f romance and a deal with Loki gone wrong.

(Loki is also genderfluid in this book, and I’ve heard from others online that the rep has issues. I don’t know more than that, as all the details seem to be in spoiler reviews, but I’ll definitely be looking at them upon finishing.)

  • Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, hardcover (#2)

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I got this the same day I got Grave Mercy, and even though it was less than a week after release, the extra wait killed me. I read this as soon as I finished my library books and it was completely worth it. There was drama, romantic tension, humor, totally unexpected plot twists, and an ending that crushed my soul. All the elements of a Cassandra Clare book. I’m not okay with this two year wait. I need the last book now, please and thank you. πŸ™‚

(Also, it’s given me a strong, random desire to reread The Mortal Instruments, even though I only own the first book. I’ll make it happen at some point this year. Hopefully.)

  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, paperback (#1)

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HEAR ME OUT. Olivia at Stories for Coffee was selling books she didn’t want anymore, so I took a look and found this. Normally I wouldn’t have cared, because I had two copies already. But it’s a personalized copy, and we have the same name. I COULDN’T PASS THAT UP. So that’s how I have three copies of Throne of Glass.Β Β―\_(ツ)_/Β―

  • The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan, hardcover (#2)

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I actually just got this on Saturday as a late present from my dad, who works on the road. He took me to Barnes and Noble and it was so hard to pick just one book, with all the sequels and new releases out. Not to mention all the books on my TBR that have been there forever and I just haven’t gotten to yet. But since this came out at the start of May and I hadn’t gotten a copy yet, I had to choose this one. πŸ˜‰

What was the last book you bought? Have you read any of these books? Which one should I read next? Let’s chat! I’d love to hear your thoughts! πŸ™‚

I’m off to finish reading The Seafarer’s Kiss and then find something else to do. I’m not sure what it’ll be yet. πŸ˜› I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❀

Until next time…

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19 thoughts on “My Sassy 16 Birthday Book Haul

  1. Lovely haul! I am on a self-proclaimed book buying ban, so I haven’t bought anything recently. Need to read the books I own before buying new onesπŸ˜… I haven’t read any of these books yet but from what I’ve heard, you should read When Dimple Met Rishi next! Also, if you really like the painted edges on STRANGE THE DREAMER, you can paint them yourself! I’ve seen people do it and here’s some tutorials if you’re interested: https://youtu.be/ImLP2YJ91jQ and https://youtu.be/ertzJYYjgdk

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    1. Hahaha, I can understand that! It’s not normally a problem for me though, because I don’t buy books very often. πŸ˜… Oh, I never thought of painting the pages myself! I might have to try that! Thanks for the tip. 😊

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  2. Ahhh, this is an awesome haul. Happy belated birthday! I just finished reading When Dimple Met Rishi a few days ago, and I think that you’re absolutely going to love it. I didn’t know that the pages are stained blue in Strange the Dreamer?! I’ve been meaning to read both the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, but I haven’t gotten around to them yet. And “Stay gold, Ponyboy” will always be iconic. The Outsiders was required reading when I was in 7th grade, and I’m so glad it was.

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    1. Thanks Breeny! ❀️ I’m so excited for WDMR. And yes, the UK hardcover of Strange the Dreamer (I don’t use the acronym haha) has blue stained pages! πŸ˜„ ACOTAR and TOG are two of my favs, so I hope you enjoy them when you get to them! 😍 I read The Outsiders in 7th grade as well, and it honestly changed me.

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  3. This is an amazing haul!! I actually prefer the Throne of Glass with the white covers, which is why I have them all in paperback… otherwise I would have gotten them all in hardcover as well!! Strange the Dreamer is such a beautiful book!!! I have the UK edition with the blue sprayed edges and it is definitely one of the prettiest books sat on my shelf at the moment! The blue sprayed edges were reserved for the first 500 pre orders – so it might be a bit difficult to find if you were still looking for it! I absolutely LOVED the Splintered series and I agree, Howard has such amazing covers! I also got Lord of Shadows this month, but I haven’t even read the other Clare books, which is what I’m doing! I just started City of Glass last night πŸ˜€ Also, why is Hinton not such a great person? Happy belated birthday!! πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks! ❀️ I would love to have TOG in white covers but I couldn’t find them on Amazon. I think there’s an Amazon UK or something similar I’d have to look at. If I can’t find a copy of Strange with blue pages, someone else linked me to a tutorial to paint them myself, so I might try that! I’ve only read Splintered, but I’m excited to continue the trilogy. It’s one of the best and only Wonderland retellings I’ve read. I hope you enjoy TMI! I want to reread at some point. πŸ˜„ From what I understand, Hinton tells fans with theories that Ponyboy is gay that they’re wrong, and has also said she’s a heterosexual woman being attacked for writing heterosexual characters. *facepalm*

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      1. I don’t think I would ever trust myself to colour the edges of my own books πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’d probably ruin them! I loved it!! I’ve read some other wonderland retellings, but splintered is amongst my favourites πŸ™‚ I hope so too πŸ™‚ and πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ wow, ok πŸ˜‚

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