Hoarders [2]: January Haul


The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata by Gina Apostol | Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender | Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo | The Push by Ashley Audrain | Solo by Kwame Alexander | Code Girls by Liza Mundy | Vimy by Pierre Berton | Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam | Dearly by Margaret Atwood | A History of the United States by Jill Lepore | The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr. 


I hope your week is going relatively well. We're almost to the weekend, so yay! I have today and tomorrow off in lieu of my birthday so I have a four-day weekend to myself. I wish my husband could've taken the day off with me, though. Oh, well. 

Last week, some restrictions were lifted in my province including reopening the bookstores. I received a ton of gift cards from Chapters for Christmas so I decided to splurge. 

  • The Revolution of Raymundo Mata by Gina Apostol is a translated work from a Filipino author. Not gonna lie, I tried reading it a couple of weeks ago, but the tiny text and the amount of footnotes make for bothersome reading. I will try again at some point because I would love to read this. 
  • Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender is a book about Black transgender looking to experience his own version of love and happy ending. Looking forward to reading this!
  • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. I absolutely love Elizabeth's lyrical writing. This one is written in verse form about siblings who didn't know each one exists. 
  • The Push by Ashley Audrain is a suspense story about motherhood. This is giving me chills already, just because thriller novels involving children makes it scarier in my books. Can't wait to get started with this one! 
  • Solo by Kwame Alexander is also a novel written in verse form about a rockstar and all the pressure it involves. 
  • Code Girls by Liza Mundy. Man, I read this one already and it's so interesting, to say the least. It's about the girls in WWII who helped decode messages from enemy forces that eventually helped topple Japanese and German forces. 
  • Vimy by Pierre Berton. In an effort to learn more about Canadian History, I decided to start accumulating books about it. This one is about the battle in Vimy Ridge in France, where we lost significant soldiers and Canadian forces defeated a German occupation. 
  • Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam. Review can be found here.
  • Dearly by Margaret Atwood is a collection of her poetry. 
  • A History of the United States by Jill Lepore. Curious to see how accurate this is, considering it's a densely written. 
  • The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr. A story about two enslaved men and their forbidden love at a time when there were so much going against them. This will probably hurt. 
Phew, okay. I would normally give you an update of what I've read here, but I'll save that for my On the Night Table post next week. This has gone on long enough. 

Thanks for your comments and visits this week! 


  1. That's nice and I saw that you already read a few of them

  2. Ooh, I have the Push coming from the library soon and I'm excited! Sorry not to comment before; I think I was looking for you old blog and getting an error message!

  3. Happy birthday! It's always fun to load up on books, especially when you get to use gift cards. Woo hoo.

    I didn't realize CLAP WHEN YOU LAND is a novel-in-verse. That makes me want to read it even more. And CODE GIRLS really does sound good. I definitely want to pick it up soon. I hope you enjoy all these!

  4. I loved Code Girls, but you have so many books here that I'm not familiar with and that sound so interesting.

  5. Great haul! Felix Ever After is a big one on my TBR!

  6. The library is getting Felix! I just need to go to the library, eeek, maybe after Covid

  7. Yay for bookstores finally opening up!! I've seen some of this quite a lot. I've been considering Clap When You Land but since it's a novel in verse kind of book, I'm kind of iffy about it. Code Girls does sound interesting. I should probably considering getting that.

    Also, I hope you had a fantastic long weekend birthday celebration, Joy!

  8. I hope you had an amazing birthday! I knnow you've already gotten busy on reading your way through the haul and have enjoyed a lot of these, and for that I'm glad! I see some favourites pf mine by Black authors on this list which makes me happy. The prophets is one that I want to read too.


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