Book stats: July 2013

July has come to an end, and that means it’s time for another book stats post. In this I will share the books I bought/got, and the books I read. I’ve been a bit busy with work this month, so I haven’t read a lot of books. Also, as you can see, October Tune has a new theme. I am not entirely sure I am going to keep it, so you might see some more changes soon. I’ll keep you updated via Twitter!


Book Haul

At first, I was interested in Hollow Earth,  because it was co-written by John Barrowman, who some of you might know as Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who and Torchwood. The story itself sounds interesting as well, so that is what made me buy it.

I liked the Trylle trilogy written by Amanda Hocking (though I haven’t read the last one yet), and Wake is the first book in another one of her series. I have often gone to the bookstore in my town and thought about buying this one, but I never actually did. But now I did (though I bought it from the Book Depository, but okay).

I heard a lot of good things about Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, and I actually really enjoyed it when I read it. Apart from the whole love triangle thing (perhaps a bit of a spoiler, but hey which YA book doesn’t have a love triangle these days?). Oh well.

When I was a kid I really liked Alice in Wonderland, and I liked the Tim Burton movie as well. Though I’ve never actually READ the original AIW story (I have ordered the book), I am enjoying Splintered, by A.G. Howard quite a lot. It’s the ‘creepy’ version of Wonderland!

I also heard some good things about the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I think I will go and read this as soon as I’ve read the books in my WWW Wednesday post.

A while ago, the Book Depository had a thing going on. They had a hundred books for a very special price, for twenty-five hours. Every fifteen minutes they had a different book, and when it was sold out, it was sold out (not forever, but for a couple of days). I spent nearly the entire twenty-five hours behind my computer, seeing if there were some nice books, and I ended up buying Oksa Pollock: The Last Hope by Anna Plichota. They called it ‘the French Harry Potter’ or something like that, and though I don’t really like that (there will only be one Harry Potter), I am very interested in the story.

And The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy box-set was the only thing I didn’t buy from the Book Depository this month. There was a discount going on at, which is ‘the’ Dutch website for books, movies, tv-shows, etc. Normally their books are a lot more expensive than they are on TBD, but this time, I found some nice books. I only bought this one though, because this one was actually cheaper on TBD. I paid a total of ten euros for the entire boxset, while the individual books are about 5 euros each on TBD.

Books I Read

And of course, I’ve read a couple of books this month. Not a lot, like I already said, but I’ll probably make up for that next month.

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak | ★★★★★ | Review
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi | ★★★★☆ | Review
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken | ★★★☆☆
  • Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis | ★★★☆☆
  • The Declaration by Gemma Malley | ★★★☆☆ | Review
  • Splintered by A.G. Howard | ★★★☆☆ | Review

I’ll write a review about the remaining two books as soon as I can, but I’m a bit busy working (like I said at the beginning of this post), so they’ll probably come somewhere in August.

Book Jar picks

I have decided to add my book jar picks to this post, at the end of every month I will pick two pieces of paper from my jar (or my jar and my cup, because the papers didn’t all fit inside my bear-jar), and I’ll go and read those books in the following month. Last month’s picks were ‘Prince Caspian’ by C.S. Lewis and ‘The Declaration’ by Gemma Malley.


Next month’s books are going to be ‘the Secret Hour’ by Scott Westerfield, and ‘Hush Hush’ by Becca Fitzpatrick. I’ve added them to my Book Jar list on Goodreads, and I’ll probably read the Secret Hour first, since that’s the first book I pulled from my jar/cup.