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Christmas 2019 Book Haul [CC]

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Hello and welcome to my first ever book
haul! I have been on BookTube for over a year now, and this is the first one I’ve
ever done, mainly because I don’t buy books. But I did get gifted some books at
Christmas, so I thought I’d share them with you. Plus, I also did buy one book in
January. So starting out with a bang, we have The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by
Taylor Jenkins Reid. This is a BookTube darling. Everyone loves it, everyone has
read it by this point except me. If you somehow don’t know what this is about,
it’s about a Hollywood starlet who’s telling her life story through her 7
husbands. And it’s supposed to be a very heartwarming, very touching, and very sad.
I know a lot of people have cried during it, so I’m looking forward to it a lot.
And I obviously need to read it for myself after it’s gotten so many rave
reviews. I don’t think I’ve heard a single negative review, so it has some
high expectations to live up to and we will see how it goes. Next up is another
well-loved book on BookTube, and that’s Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. This is the
first book in the Nevernight chronicle, which is an adult fantasy series
following an assassin out for revenge. My brother is absolutely obsessed with the
series, so obviously he’s gonna buy me the book for Christmas because I was
interested in reading it as well, I just haven’t gotten to it yet and he wanted
to remedy that. I have sort of started it because I was a listening to it with my
mom on audiobook when we were driving, but I definitely want to read it
physically because it has those really infamous footnotes that are very long
and give you a lot of backstory on the world, and I want to see where they are
and how they break up the story because the main thing people complain about
with this book is those footnotes being very distracting. So I want to give it a
try myself and see how I like it. It is very hyped and very well loved and
the series is finally complete so hopefully I will enjoy it and be able to
binge it. The next book is really random, it’s How to Read a Book: the Classic
Guide to Intelligent Reading by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren. I’m not
sure why I was given this. Partially, I know because my dad likes to give
interesting gifts and he knows that I’m going back to school soon and I
will have to do a lot of intellectual reading I guess. And it’s supposedly a
guide to critical reading, I believe. And critical reading is not something I was
very good at in school. But yeah, I don’t know why he really got me this book and
I don’t know if I’m going to read it or not. I don’t know actually how dense it
is. It seems pretty dense. I feel like a “how to read” book is kind of not
the best way to do it because it’s a book on reading? Maybe I should read it
just because I don’t really retain much in books I feel, so it would help to be
better at that I guess. If you’re interested in me reading this and
letting you know what I think about it, let me know and I can do that because I
have it so I guess I should read it. And then moving on to manga, I have the third
volume of Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya.
And I am so happy that I have the next book in the series because I love the
series so much. It’s about a family who is cursed with these spirits of the
Chinese zodiac and a girl who comes to save them all, and it’s my favorite thing
ever if you did not know. I have read it through twice, and now I’m just trying to collect
the volumes physically so I can own them and read them as many times as I want,
which would be pretty much every day. Next, I have Yotsuba to! in Japanese, and I
specifically asked for it in Japanese because I am trying to learn Japanese
and I wanted to use it as a study tool. This manga is recommended a lot for when
you’re learning Japanese because there is a lot of hiragana and furigana, in
addition to you following this little girl who is very young and speaks in a
very simple way. It’s mainly about Yotsuba going on her adventures and learning about the world as a young kid. And it’s
supposed to be super cute, super adorable, and hopefully I will be able to
understand it in Japanese. We will see. That might be one of my goals before the
end of the year is to be able to read this volume of manga. That might be a lot
actually, but you know, I will try my best. I’m also just excited to read the story
because I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. And then the last book I
have, which is the one that I bought myself, is A Tropical Fish Yearns for
Snow by Makoto Hagino. And I’ve already read this one and it’s
so cute. It’s a yuri following these two girls in the high school aquarium club,
and I loved that setting and that premise so much that I had to have it.
It’s a new release from Viz and Ray from Whimsical Pictures has done nothing
but rave about it. So even though I don’t normally buy books, especially ones that
I haven’t already read, I wanted to pick this up because aquarium–I mean, right
here. Obviously I like anything set in an aquarium and a high school aquarium club
sounds so amazing to me. I wish I had that, I would totally be part of that. I
want that so bad. I want that now, even though I’m not in
high school anymore. And then it also being a really good yuri according to the
queen of yuri, I had no problem just picking this up new and I don’t regret
it. I really enjoyed it and I definitely want to continue in the series. So those
are all of the books that I acquired in the last two months
technically, which is more than I’ve acquired in the last year. I’m kind of in
a book buying mood, which is really weird for me because normally I’m just fine
getting books from the library and reading them that way, but for some
reason I just have this urge to buy books. I’m not sure what’s happening,
maybe I’m coping with problems, but I don’t know. We’ll see if I do end up
buying more books. If I just stay away from them, it should be fine and I will
be able to save my money and my wallet would probably thank me. So we’ll
see how this goes, maybe there’ll be another haul on this channel sooner than
the end of the year. Let me know your favorite book that you got for Christmas
or your favorite present from Christmas because I would love to share in your
excitement, and also let me know which book from these I should be reading
first. That’s it for now, and I will see you later. Bye!

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3 thoughts on “Christmas 2019 Book Haul [CC]”

  1. Gurleen Kaur says:

    I also picked up the seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo just this year in fact and it was phenomenal. One of the best books ever written and it made me tear up so bad!!

  2. Zubaer Chaudhari says:

    Cozyafternoons I really love all your very fun favorite awesome cool greatest coolest great nice video everytime

  3. Rose Rambles says:

    Okay, I'm interested to see how useful and practical the "How To Read a Book" is. I will not blame you if it takes you a long time to pick it up, nor if you DNF it. >.>
    My husband has Yotsuba! I couldn't give you a review, um, from him because he didn't make it far into the manga. Brief backstory: my husband was really quick to pick up Japanese when we were in Japan, and when we came home, he was super jazzed about the language and picked up that manga. However, it wasn't long before he paused on learning Japanese to switch to learning German. He plans on going back to learning Japanese after German. =D

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