July 6, 2016

Hey friends! Today I'm going to be sharing four books that I purchased off Amazon this past week. This is my first book haul post, and although it's not huge, I'm still super excited to show you guys what I got. So without further ado, let's get on with the books!

Bold Tricks (The Artists Triology #3) by Karina Halle

With more lives at stake and games in motion, Ellie, Camden and Javier form an uneasy alliance that will take them from the treacherous streets of inner-city Mexico to the wilds of the Honduran jungles in order to find their freedom. But with liberty just on the horizon, the cost might come at their own redemption. -Goodreads

Why I bought it
The Artists Trilogy has been a 5 star series for me thus far, and I can't explain to you guys how eager I am to read the final book. I love this story so much. I love how twisted and raw the characters are. I love how crazy and dangerous the plot is. Karina Halle is a phenomenal writer and I'm nervous, but mostly excited to see how this trilogy will end.

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again. - Goodreads

Why I bought it
Like Bold Tricks, The Rose and the Dagger is the last book in a series, or in this case, a duology. The Wrath and the Dawn was very intriguing to read and the connections I had with some of the characters made me pick up this sequel even sooner. I can't wait to read what happens next! Oh, and let me just add that the cover is BOMB. I might be in love. No, I think I am.

Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba

I am witnessing a phenomenon. It seems as though a growing group women entrepreneurs all around the world has discovered the secret to success and happiness in both their lives and careers. It's almost as though there is a hidden, underground world of power playing females who have all cracked a magical code: they think positively, they support one another, and they truly believe they can have it all -and you can, too. There is something dynamic that happens when women genuinely show up for each other. When we lose the facades, when we cut the bullsh*t, and when we truly have each others backs. When we stop pretending everything is perfect, and we show the messy, beautiful parts of ourselves and our work that all look awfully similar. When we talk about our fears, our missteps, and our breakdowns. And most importantly, when we share our celebrations, our breakthroughs, and dish on what works. There is no reason to hoard information, connections, or insight. Wisdom is meant to be shared, so let's start sharing what we've learned to make each other better. Let's start building each other up. Let's live up to our potential and start ruling the world. GIRL CODE is a roadmap for female entrepreneurs, professional women, "side hustlers" (those with a day job who are building a business on the side), and anyone in between who wants to become a better woman. This book will not teach you how to build a multimillion dollar business. It won't teach you about systems or operational processes. But it will teach you how to build confidence in yourself, reconnect with your "why," eradicate jealousy, and ultimately learn the power of connection. Because at the end of the day, that's what life and business is all about. - Goodreads

Why I bought it
I'm usually someone who takes a lot of things into consideration when I buy anything, especially books, but this one was a little different. I read a blog post that was inspired by Girl Code, and I just knew I had to get my hands on it. I quickly added it to my cart and didn't give it a second thought. The cool things about this book is that it's a self help book, but there's sections where you can write. For instance, at the end of each chapter, she asks the reader what they learned, and I think that's so important because I have a bad habit of reading these types of books and not really letting the words digest into my mind. I'll be taking my time with this one!

milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

'milk and honey' is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. 'milk and honey' takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look. - Goodreads

Why I bought it
I've seen this book of poetry circulate the internet recently, but I would usually shy away from it because I'm not the biggest fan of poetry. Maybe that's because the only poetry I read was in high school and it always felt like I had to decipher the piece of literature to understand what it's saying. It was the consistent positive reviews and hype surrounding this book that pushed me out of my reading comfort zone and made me purchase it. I'm super excited to read this, and who knows? Maybe I'll find a new love for poetry.

I hope you guys enjoyed this book haul, or in my case, mini book haul. If you've read any of the books I mentioned, please let me know your thoughts on it in the comment section below. Thank you for reading and have a blessed day!

What are some of your recent book purchases?

xo, kathlyn

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