Sunday, August 12, 2012

Haul from the Hummingbird (#7)! ( + my rants about blog design)

Hi lovely readers! Like usual, this post is another few weeks edition! I remember telling you that I was trying to limit my books, especially my review book, but I failed miserably. *shed tears* Sometimes I wish I could read faster. Maybe then I would stop wishing for 26 hours in a day. ;)

Oh well. Enough of my rants, now onto the hauls! :) *pats my hummingbird on the head*

(clicking on the book cover will bring you to the Goodreads page!)

Huge, gigantic thanks to Razorbill, Egmont USA, Harlequin Teen, and Jody Gehrman for the review copy! ♥

First shelf

To be frank, Origin sounds a bit tarzan-ish for me, which is SO COOL. Sadly, my hope was crushed when I heard that the girl didn't even ride her pet jaguar. I mean, WHY?? Right now I'm halfway through The Demon Catchers of Milan. It's strange and a bit nightmarish and oh-so-creepy, but it's a fast read I like! Have you watched the book trailer for Speechless? I love the trailer so much, it's very simple yet beautiful! My copy of Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft is signed by the awesome Jody Gehrman, and I'm very excited! Especially since she sent it all the way to Indonesia, along with the lovely book card inside! :)

Second Shelf

Seraphina. Dragon. Christopher Paolini giving praises. 'Nuff said. :) Survive sounds like a great dark contemporary! You know how I much I adore characters-driven books. And aww, I miss my dose of historical YA! I heard nothing but very good things about Code Name Verity, so I can't wait to read it!

I can't wait to see what everyone else got, so leave your link in the comment below! :)


I changed my blog design again haha. What do you think? My sister took a look and said, "Wow. Your blog has grown up now!" Eeek. She said she loved the previous design more. Said that it's cute. As always, I'm conflicted. But I love my new button! And the rococo chandeliers! *cries*

Err... sorry for another episode of Hilda's rants. Guess I just miss talking to you all. :) Happy Sunday, everyone! :)


  1. I love the new look! I loved all the other new looks before this one too, but I think this one is great! ;) I hope you keep it! :)

    An amazing haul for you this week. Limiting books is a hard thing to do. ;) I can't wait to hear what you make of Seraphina and Code Name Verity. Demon Catchers sounds pretty good too. I should be reading that myself in a couple of weeks. :)

  2. What a wonderful haul this week, Hilda! I received Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft as well and I absolutely loved Speechless, Code Name Verity (you'll need a box of tissues for the second-half) and Seraphina!(: I didn't enjoy Origin or Survive too much, but I'm hoping you do!

    I lovee the new blog design! I adored your old one and like you sister said, it was very cute. I think the new one is definitely more sophisticated though and I love the chandeliers as well! :D

    Ivy Book Bindings

  3. OMG!!! AWESOME books! Ur so lucky you got Origin and Survive! I also got Seraphina and Speechless a while ago! =D

    Happy Readings!
    Lisseth, My StS

  4. Ooh nice! Those are new to me but I hope you enjoy them all!!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by!

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  5. HILDA! Awesome haul! I love authors who send books all the way over to Asia. They rock. And I LOVE your new design, and I also love your old one. They are both fabulous and also really different. Whichever one you decide to settle on I'm sure will be amazing because you are amazing. I changed my design too, so I know how you feel! All conflicted and stuff. -.- Hope you enjoy Speechless! I can't wait to read it! It seems great and I love the stark cover. <333 Lovely haul for a lovely blogger, Hilda-sweets! xx

  6. I honestly loved the old design more, moving clouds rule!!!!!! Still, the new design is pretty!!!! I love all the shades of grays and the impeccable chandeliers! Its so hard to choose between to amazing, creative designs.

    Lots of lovely books!!!!! Enjoy them all Hilda!!!!!!!! <3 I like the Tarzan reference. Thats fantastic that Jody sent you a book from so far away! Yay to us fans of stories full of character development!!!
    Have fun reading!

  7. Hilda dear, your Rococo chandeliers are absolutely stunning and I love your new button as well! I think what your sister meant was that your new design gives off quite a mature vibe. I do think it's really gorgeous, though maybe a tiny bit more colour would help with the grown-up-ness to suit you more ^_^ Hilda always gives Vivi a very sweet and playful feeling <3

    Anyway, fantastic haul! Awww, too bad no jaguar-riding in Origin though I'm still very interested in that one! I've heard nothing but utter goodness about Code Name Verity as well! Can't wait to hear what you think! Happy reading~~~

  8. Oh. My goodness.
    Hilda. You're new blog design is gorgeous!! I love the chandeliers (I'm a sucker for anything rococo) and the font of the header and the new button! Honestly, I think both blog designs are fabulous--the old one was more playful and whimsical but this new one looks more chic and classy. :)

    And great haul this week! I'm really excited to read Speechless too because I loved Saving June!
    Hope you enjoy all of them!
    Here’s my haul

  9. Oohh Speechless and Seraphina! I adored Speechless and Seraphina's high on my TBR list! And I'm curious to read Survive.
    Thanks for stopping by and happy reading! ^__^

  10. Fishing for compliments, are we? :) I think the blog looks great, and yeah, especially the button. The last design was more happy and relaxed and it totally matched your personality, and this one is more elegant and serious. So I suppose it depends on what message you want to send out. I love them both and I think you're extremely creative.
    I am totally jealous about Seraphina. I can't wait to find the time for that book, all the reviews have been just wow. I'm totally excited about Speechless too, btw. :)
    Happy reading, m'love.

  11. I have Code Name Verity but haven't read it :) I've also seen Origin around quite a few blogs. Hope you enjoy all the books you got this week and thanks for stopping by my haul!

    My haul

  12. I like both your old layout and the new. The old layout was fun and cute and so colourful, the new one feels more serious and while the font is pretty, it's a little hard to read, but you can read the blog name in the address bar so it's not a big deal! It's fun to change things up, right? :)

    And I'm about to start Speechless today and I hope you LOVE Code Name Verity!!

  13. Hilda, I LOVE the new blog design & button! It's utterly exquisite, and I adore the font. <3

    You lucky girl, look at the amazing haul you have! I adored the simplistic beauty of Speechless, and I hope you do too. I also received Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft! How nice of the author to send you a copy all the way to Indonesia, signed no less. :) And lastly- I'm currently reading Seraphina, and it's excellent. DRAGONS ARE AWESOME.

    Happy reading, Hilda, and thank you for sharing!

  14. Gorgeous books. Hope you enjoy them all.

    new follower

  15. Origin sounds so good, but wait she doesn't ride her pet jaguar ???!??!!
    Why on earth does she keep him as a pet then? :P
    I can't wait to see what you think of Origin! :)
    I have Seraphina too and really need to find time to read that book. There are just too many books to read and too little time.
    I have a feeling that you're going to enjoy Speechless. It's amazing and the book spreads a beautiful message.
    Enjoy all your lovely books, hon!

    P.S I love the blog design! :)
    I'll update your blog button on my blog.

  16. I got Speechless and The Demon Catchers of Milan from Netgalley. I'm so excited to start them. I've seen positive reviews about Seraphina and Code Name Verity. Hope it goes well with you too. Survive sounds like an amazing read too. Hope you enjoy all these books, Hilda! Happy reading! :)

  17. Amazing books again Hilda! I always say to myself that I'm going to cutback on my requests but there's always so many lovelies popping up! Yay for Seraphina, Speechless and Code Name Verity! I absolutely adored all of them, so can't wait to see what you think! Happy reading! Also I love your new blog design, I adored your previous one too, but this is definitely a lot more elegant and grown up! :)

  18. Nice looking books for you this week!
    I love the look of the blog!

  19. So many good books! Origin and Speechless sound really good. Survive sounds good as well. Hope you enjoy all! =D

    Here's my haul.

  20. I love the new look of your blog but I also love the old one too. I love your hummingbird drawing, did you do it yourself? If so, you are talented but I wouldn't be surprised because I already knew that! <3 I can't wait to pick up Speechless and Jasprit loved Seraphina too. You got an amazing haul this week, Hilda. :)

  21. I'm the same Hilda, trying to cut down on my books but its just so hard, there's too many good books out there lol. I'm glad to see your enjoying the Dreamcatchers of Milan, I grabbed this one too. Enjoy all your books Hilda, Happy Reading :)

    And I love your new blog design, but I loved the last one too. Not much help to you lol

  22. Nice haul, Hilda! Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft looks really good, and I really love the cover. That is so awesome that you got a signed copy, congratulations! Happy reading, and thanks so much for stopping by my blog earlier!

    Also, I'm a new follower. =D

    -Shanon @ Escaping With Fiction

  23. I really like your new layout! I think it's still cute, but it is more sophisticated...that's awesome though.

    Great haul of books. I want to read Sleepless, now that I know a bit more about it from a review I just read. Sounds great. And I've been hearing SO many amazing things about Code Name Verity. I really really want to check it out soon.


  24. YAY for Seraphina and Speechless! really want to read Origin and Survive!! I have Code Name Verity but haven't gotten the chance to read it yet. It sounds amazing though! I hope you love all the books you got!

    Happy Reading, Enjoy and Thanks for stopping by my STS!

    Jessirae @ Words, Pages, and Books

  25. You've got heaps of great books this week but most importantly CODE NAME VERITY! Can't wait to hear what you think of it. Lovely layout, Hilda! x

  26. Just ADORE the new blog look! The chandeliers are too gorgeous. I'm jealous! (:

  27. EEEEEEEEEE! So excited to read Seraphina--I hear AMAZING things, and same about Codename: Verity.

    Love the design, Hilda! It's pretty and CLEAN (big one for me), and easy to read :) ♥

  28. I love your new blog design! The background is so sophisticated and beautiful.<3 Though I do miss your old header, tha was so stunning.<3 Haha, but this new one is gorgeous, too! And your new button is VERy cute.<3 You could do anything with this blog and it would still be flawless!


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