JM’s August – September 2017 Book Haul

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Hi, you guys! JM here. It’s that time of the month again when I try to share with everyone all the books that I got for the past month! August was a fairly mild book buying month for me mainly because I opted to buy myself a new phone. It’s been 7 years since I bought one, and I thought it was just fitting since I also celebrated my 1-year working anniversary last July. Anyway, you guys, I’m extremely pleased to introduce to you my new buddy, Mateo!

Why name him Mateo, you ask? Well, it just so happens that I cannot move on from Adam Silvera’s latest book, They Both Die At The End (my review’s already up if you want to check it out), and I loved one of his characters who was named Mateo.

Mateo and I will be working together closely to bring you more content here on Arctic Books as well as on my own blog, Book Freak Revelations, and I can’t wait to share with you guys all the output we’ll be able to produce, so stay tuned!

But enough about that! Let’s move on to the actual book haul!

August 2017 Haul


The Shipping Cart Haul

Review Copies from FierceReads:

  1. Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary by Martha Brockenbrough
  2. Finding You by Lydia Albano
  3. The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
  4. You Bring The Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
  5. Samplers of Renegades by Marissa Meyer, First Second Books, and Because I Was A Girl edited by Melissa De La Cruz.

Hardcover Books I bought from Amazon:

  1. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  2. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
  3. The Secret of A Heart Note by Stacey Lee


The #GoReadWrite2017 Haul

Books signed by Pierce Brown and Mark Z. Danielewski

  1. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  2. Morning Star by Pierce Brown
  3. Golden Son by Pierce Brown
  4. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Books ordered from Book Outlet:

  1. Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Tomas
  2. The Anatomical Shape of A Heart by Jenn Bennett


  1. Borrowed ARC of Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
  2. Interim Goddess of Love Trilogy by Mina V. Esguerra

More info about this stack, and my #GoReadWrite2017 experience can be found on my event recap here.


More review copies from publishers!

Review copies from Penguin Random House International:

  1. Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  2. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Review copy from Abrams Books / Kaye Publicity

  1. Water in May by Ismee Williams

September 2017 Haul

September’s a completely different story, if you haven’t noticed yet. This month was when the 38th Manila International Book Fair was held at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. (That’s here in the Philippines!) And yes, you guessed it right. I went to the fair and bought a bunch of books.


The #MIBF2017 Haul

Books from the National Book Store Booth:

  1. Lucky In Love by Kasie West
  2. Miles Morales: Spider-man by Jason Reynolds

Books from the Fully Booked Booth:

  1. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

More info about this stack, and my #MIBF2017 and #JennyandSiobhaninPH experience can be found on my event recap here.


#JoinTheRenegades Package from Fierce Reads!

Last August, I was invited by the @FierceReads team to be a part of the blog tour they’re hosting for Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Renegades! They sent me this amazing package which contained a review copy of the book, as well as sets of Renegades and Anarchists pins. My tour stop is on October 24th, so stay tuned for my review! And lastly…


Some (MORE) review copies!

(More) review copies from Penguin Random House International:

  1. The John Green Collection
  2. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
  3. All We Can Do Is Wait by Richard Lawson
  4. Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi
  5. Reign of The Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

As always, thank you to the lovely people who sent review copies of several books my way, mainly: Macmillan USA / FierceReads, Harper Voyager UKPenguin Random House International, and Abrams Books / Kaye Publicity. Y’all are awesome, and kind, and extremely generous! I look forward to working more with you all in the future. 🙂


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What’s your recent / favorite bookish purchase for the month of August and September? Tell me all about it via the comments section below!


Arctic Books general graphics JMJM is a 21 year old blogger from Manila. He has a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Managment mainly because it was too late when he discovered that literature and publishing is his true calling. He enjoys reading contemporary and fantasy novels as much as he enjoys playing video games and baking pastries. You may find him on TwitterInstagram, and on Goodreads.



6 thoughts on “JM’s August – September 2017 Book Haul

  1. Wow, what a fabulous book haul! I’m so glad to see The Secret of a Heart Note here, I have been hearing tons of great things about this book, can’t wait to know if you enjoy it as much as everyone els’s. I read Because You’ll Never Meet Me a little while ago and it was surprising, but so much fun to read. Hope you’ll enjoy 🙂 Happy reading! xx


  2. YOU GOT A COPY OF BATMAN 😱 I have never been so jealous in my entire life, I hope you enjoy it! I’m so looking forward to There’s Someone Inside Your House. I’ve missed Stephanie Perkins’ writing so much. Hope you enjoy all of your books! 🙂


  3. Wait. You had the same phone for 7 years. I need to show my daughter this, because she is always getting a new phone (mine is at least 4 years old). I see so many books I would love to have: Batman, Down and Across, You Bring the Distant Near. So many good books. Enjoy!


  4. Yassss to all of these books! I had to keep scrolling up to remember which ones I wanted to comment on so here goes lol. First of all, I’ve had House of Leaves on my TBR for like 4 years and I still haven’t purchased it yet. It’s even on my Amazon wishlist, which I don’t even check when making purchases so there’s that lol. Alex Approximately was really good. A bit dramatic, but with all chapter heading quotes from my favorite movies, I really didn’t mind at all. While AA was good, it doesn’t touch The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, definitely one of my fave contemps! I also loveddd WDMR, and have yet to read Red Rising although I’ve heard really great things. I should add that to my TBR for this month. & congrats on the new phone, we’re twins!


  5. […] Hiya! JM here. When it comes to books, September has been a pretty great month for me. I hauled quite a lot of books from this year’s Manila International Book Fair, and you can check out my recap of my book fair experience here. (Also, if you want to check out my August – September 2017 Haul post, you may check that out here.) […]


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