Autumn Book Haul | Sitting In The Clouds

When you’re a reader, buying books tends to just come along with the package. But it’s more than just spending all your hard earned cash, it’s the excitement of waiting for your new books to arrive and falling in love when you see the cover for the first time…only if it’s pretty of course. 



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It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne

I fell in love with Holly Bourne’s writing when I discovered her Spinster Girls trilogy, especially Am I Normal Yet? I’m excited to dive into her new story as I’m a sucker for a contemporary book and romance movie so combining the two, I’m hoping to fall head over heels in love with this book.

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Quidditch Through The Ages by JK Rowling

When I saw this little book for only a few pounds on Amazon, I couldn’t say no to completing my Hogwarts Library collection.

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I read this beauty of a book earlier this year and fell in love with it. However, I had borrowed it from the library. But since I loved it so much, I knew I needed to add it to my personal library. It’s now been welcomed home and I couldn’t be happier to have access to it whenever I like.

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One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M.McManus

I’ve been hearing quite a few things about this new(ish) release and since it’s October, I thought it would be a quick and fun read for this time of the year. Let’s just hope I actually get round to it before the spookish month of the year is up. It’s dwindling fast already.

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Happy by Derren Brown

I’ll hold my hands up, I’m a lover of fiction and rarely reach for a non-fiction pick. However, I read the blurb of this book by Derren Brown and was intrigued. I don’t think I’ll read this book quickly but more pick it up every so often and read a few pages here and there.

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Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg

Yes, this series is a guilty pleasure of mine. It’s a light, fun, read with a heart and tummy fuzzy romance. Girl Online: Going Solo is the third and final book in the series and I’m pleased to say I really enjoyed how it ended. (More thoughts in my October Reading post at the end of the month)

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Moxie by Amy Poehler

I know nothing about this book apart from I’ve seen people raving about it and it’s about a main character starting a feminist revolution in her high school.

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The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

If you haven’t heard of this book, you’ve been living under a rock. And to be honest I feel ashamed that it’s only just reached my hands. Just look at that cover though…gorgeous!

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The House of New Beginnings by Lucy Diamond

I’ve only read one other of Lucy Diamond’s books, One Night in Italy and really enjoyed it. I decided to try another one of her books and who can say no to this beautiful cover?

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The Kicking the Bucket List by Cathy Hopkins

Another book I know literally nothing about…what’s new, haha! The thing is with me is that if it’s a contemporary, romance, there’s only a very low chance that I will dislike the book, therefore it’s a safe bet for me when it comes to purchasing books blindly.

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Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

And finally after ten previous books, the star of the blog post…for me anyway, drum roll, please….TOM HANKS IS AN AUTHOR. Tom Hanks is my favourite actor of all time so this book had to come home with me. And did I mention it was signed? Yes, it’s signed, so now I have my favourite actors autograph. However, not to try and ruin my own excitement, I haven’t actually heard any good things about it, apart from whose blurbed it, which includes Stephen Fry, so that’s one positive. It’s a collection of short stories, which is a format I’ve never read in before so I’m really excited. Hopefully, I can get to it this month.



I don’t know what it is about purchasing eleven books before posting a book haul but it seems to be a sort of trend I’m starting, haha! Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? Any I should prioritise? And finally, did you know Tom Hanks was an author? Let’s chat in the comments. So many thoughts going through my mind, haha!

until next time,
xoxo, rachel



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Collective Book Haul (10+ Books) | Sitting In The Clouds

It was October of last year, yes 2016, when I last graced you with a book haul. I was just starting my first year of university and I was realising how little money I would have, so books became a very special treat for myself, only buying a few every couple of months. As I have spent most of the year cutting down my book buying when my birthday rolled around in June, Tom treated me to a trip to Foyles. Therefore about half of this haul is thanks to him. I do love him for allowing me to indulge in the wonder that is books and reading.



All Potterheads and book lovers alike know that recently the new Harry Potter books in the house colours came out to celebrate 20 years since the release of the first book. So without even thinking, the hardback Hufflepuff edition when straight into my basket.

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I was only going to allow myself the hardback Hufflepuff edition as getting all four books, either in hardback or paperback and in some peoples cases, both, is very expensive. But when I saw the paperback edition in Tescos for £3.75, AND it was the last Hufflepuff edition, it was a sign, I HAD to pick it up.

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Back in November, I read Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne as an eBook. I rated 5 stars, I absolutely adored it, therefore I knew I had to have it on my bookshelf. The only issue when you are on a budget though, is that it’s harder to justify buying books you’ve already read, so I’ve only recently got around to getting my hands on a physical copy. (Thanks TOM!)

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Shortly after binge reading the Spinster Girl trilogy, I saw a novella for the series in Waterstones. It was around £10-12.00 for a hundred page book but it’s so beautiful I didn’t even care. I also rated the novella 5 stars.

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I already own Winter by Marissa Meyer, the fourth book in the Lunar Chronicles but I couldn’t progress past Cress until I had read Fairest, so I decided to pick up both novellas in the series to complete my collection. I enjoyed Fairest and I’m eager to progress to Winter.

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If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know how much of a contemporary lover I am. Therefore I just had to pick up all of these hyped reads, especially The Hate You Give and Always and Forever, Lara Jean, along with Simon Vs The Homo Sepians Agenda.

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I can’t believe how little books I have accumulated over the past year, it’s not good…I NEED MORE!!! Have you read any books I’ve mentioned in this post? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel 

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Mini Library Haul | Sitting In The Clouds

The last time I stepped inside my local library was three years ago in 2014. Why? Because I personally prefer to buy my books brand new. I’m not a fan of secondhand books, the feeling and the smell sometimes aren’t that appealing to me. Also my library doesn’t have the best selection of books that I’m interested in…aka YA. However, as I keep repeating on my blog at the minute, my student budget doesn’t really have much room for buying books brand new so when I found my long lost library card last week I made it a mission to go over the weekend and see what they had.

Although their selection was still limited, I did manage to check out two books that intrigued me, Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel and Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

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I’ve recently heard about Faceless as I redesigned the cover of Faceless for one of my university projects and the synopsis really intrigued me. I’m not going to lie as soon as I saw this book in my library I literally snatched it up. I couldn’t believe they had something that I had recently added to my TBR and a book I wanted to own and read as soon as possible.

I recognised Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore when I saw it, I think I heard Katrina from Little Book Owl on Youtube discuss it quite a while ago. I picked it up and read the first page and it seemed interesting. One thing I do like about the library is that you can pick up books and if they end up not being your cup of tea you haven’t wasted your hard earned cash on them.

I only picked up two books this trip as one disadvantage about libraries are the limited time you have to read them. I have until May 2nd to read them both which isn’t too bad but with the books I want to get read from my own personal library and these, it’s going to be a push for my April reading as on average I tend to only read around four books a month.

Having said all that I’m really excited for Faceless and intrigued by Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore. Do you use your library often? What do you currently have checked out? Have you read either book I’ve mentioned? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel
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Welcome Back!!! I haven’t brought this many books in ages and it probably wasn’t the best time to splash my cash on so many as I’m meant to be on a student budget but hey I don’t regret any of my purchases and one book was for uni so y’know that justifies the purchases right?! 


Physical Books I Brought: 

  • The Eye of the Minds – James Dashner 
  • The Fever Code [#5 in The Maze Runner series) SIGNED – James Dashner
  • Dead of Winter [#3 in the Arcana Chronicles] – Kresley Cole
  • Day Zero [#3.5 in the Arcana Chronicles] – Kresley Cole
  • Arcana Rising [#4 in the Arcana Chronicles] – Kresley Cole
  • Know You Onions: Graphic Design – Drew de Soto 

eBooks I Brought: 

  • Short Stories from Hogwarts Collection – J.K. Rowling 
  • Did I Mention I Miss You? – Estelle Maskame
  • The Next Together – Lauren James – READ (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)

Most of these books were on sale, especially the ebooks ones as I hate paying full price for ebooks.The only ones I paid full price for was Eye of the Minds, The Fever Code and Know Your Onions. I recently finished The Next Together and it was an enjoyable read, you will have to wait until my November Wrap Up to hear my full thoughts. 

Have you read any of these books? Which one shall I get to first? Leave your suggestions below. I hope you had a great weekend. 

until next time, 

xoxo, rachel 


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Welcome Back!!! When you’re a reader, a book lover and book hoarder like I am you can’t resist popping into your local bookstores or typing in “book depository” in your web browser….other sites are available, to find the latest titles to add to your collection. This month saw me grow my book collection quite a lot as I’m officially back into reading and doing rather well in the BOOKTUBE-A-THON….if I d0 say so myself, so I was in the mood to buy a lot of books, so guess what?!….thats what I did.


The eBooks I Brought:

I only buy eBooks when they are on sale. I don’t see the point in spending like £10 on a eBook when I could buy the paperback or even the hardback version of the same book for the same price, which I could then add to my collection. I rarely buy ebooks that are more than £5. All the books mentioned below were brought in the “Best Sellers for £1.99 or less” sale on iBooks.

  • The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh
  • A Three Girls Christmas by Rachel Schurig
  • Just One Night by Gayle Foreman (read)
  • An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
  • Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I stocked up on some light-hearted contemporaries while this sale was on as I don’t want to take any physical books with me to America at the end of August. These books, especially Anna and the French Kiss, Maybe Someday and The Lemon Grove, will be great pool side reads.

Physical Books I Brought: 

  • Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher (read) – Zoellas WHSmith Exclusive Book Club cover. I love this book, it’s one of my favourite contemporaries so when I saw this beautiful revamped edition, I had to get it.
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson 

I’m currently coming to the end of BOOKTUBE-A-THON and during every BOOKTUBE-A-THON,  Book Depository have a discount code you can use to get a discount on a collection of books. The books mentioned below, I have yet to receive as I only ordered them last night but I brought them with the BOOKTUBE-A-THON  discount code.

  • Cress by Marissa Meyer 
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer 
  • Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  • More Than This by Patrick Ness

I’m currently reading Scarlet by Marissa Meyer and I’m loving it so I’m super stoked to receive the rest of The Luna Chronicles in the mail. I also recently finished my first Patrick Ness book so when I saw the only book by him, More Than This, that I don’t own by him discounted on Book Depository I had to pick it up. 


I haven’t brought that many books in one month in ages but I’m loving it. My reading obsession is officially back and I’m so happy. I can’t wait to get to all these books. I’m going to sign off now as I have less than 48hrs left of the BOOKTUBE-A-THON so I’m going to go back to reading. If you are participating in BOOKTUBE-A-THON, I hope its going well for you. 

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xoxo, rachel 


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