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Book Depository. Is. The. BEST!

Hi! So last week I got into Hamilton, again. So I went online to try and find a vocal/piano music book and found the cheapest option at Book Depository. While I was there, I may have gotten a little bit carried away…

I bought 5 more books 😉

Anyway, heheh, since they’re all here now, let me show you them in more detail!

1.  Hamilton and Peggy!

/L. M. Elliot/

The colonies are in the throes of the Revolutionary War and caught in the midst of spies, traitors, Loyalists and Patriots, is the charming, quick-witted Peggy Schuyler—youngest of the famed Schuyler sisters and daughter of General Philip Schuyler. Her eldest sister Angelica, the “thief of hearts,” is known for her passion and intelligence, while kind, sweet Eliza has a beauty so great, it only outshone by her enormous heart. Though often in the shadows of her beloved sisters, Peggy is talented in her own right—fluent in French, artistically talented, and brave beyond compare.
When a flirtatious aide-de-camp to General Washington named Alexander Hamilton writes an eloquent letter to Peggy asking for her help in wooing the earnest Eliza, Peggy is skeptical but finds herself unable to deny such an impassioned plea. Thus begins her own journey into the Revolution!

I mainly got attracted to this books because of the title. Hamilton… and Peggy! We never really got to hear from Peggy after the musical number, The Schyler Sisters and I can’t wait to find out more about Peggy! (And yes, I’m on a bit of a Hamilton fever.)

2. Alex and Eliza

/Melissa de la Cruz/

1777. Albany, New York.
As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.
Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bsatard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

I actually saw this book at Dymocks but never ever realised that it was about the Alex and Eliza in Hamilton! I know right? A true fan would have noticed straight away.. oh well. I can’t wait to dive into this book and their love story!!! Also, I was just searching this book up, and found out there’s a sequel!!!!

3. American Panda

/Gloria Chao/

An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate.
At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.
With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth–that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.
But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

Ok. This one I got because I first saw it on Twirling Pages. And also I’m expecting this to relate a lot to my ABC heart.

4. A Queen’s Rising

/Rebecca Ross/

When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.
Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.
Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.
With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

I’ve heard really good things about this book, and was super happy when I received it in this month’s subscription box from Uppercase! (They’re pretty good!)

5. Howl’s Moving Castle

/Diana Wynne Jones/

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

This was the last book that was added to my basket, accidentally found when I was browsing. Before that day, I never knew Miyazaki’s famous Howl’s Moving Castle wasn’t an original idea but came from a book! And because everything on Book Depository is cheaper, I decided to buy it and read it and see if the book’s better than the movie (which probably will be hard to beat the Ghibli version!)

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Help!! I can’t decide which to read first, they’re all so good!! Comment down below and tell me which one I should read first!!

x Tiff

1 comment

otaku

Book Depository IS the best. I swear by it, in fact!
I don't know how many books I've bought from them but they probably assume I'm buying books for a library due to the ridiculous amount.
THEY'RE JUST SO CHEAP AND I CAN'T ASDSDFSKAJASKDJASD.

Anyhoo, great haul! I've been dying to read American Panda (it was one of my top anticipated reads for this year) and I too bought Howl's Moving Castle from Book Depository relatively recently!
Unfortunately I haven't read any of them so I can't recommend anything, but love this!

7th Apr, 18