2018 Third Quarter Book Haul: When I Contemplated a Book Buying Ban for Like Two Seconds

This quarter book haul really snuck up on me. For some reason I thought I had one more month before I had to put this together and so I ended up snapping pics yesterday for this post. I really was determined to not buy books for August and September (aside from preorders I purchased earlier in the year), but I kind of failed at that. I really am committed to limiting my book buying for the rest of the year. There are only a few books that I really really want, but if I know myself, those holiday sales for November and December are going to tempt me hard. Wish me luck. Titles below are linked to Goodreads.


Preorders & New Releases:Β 

1. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – How long has it been since this release? I know I should have already gotten to this one.

2. Seafire by Natalie C. Parker – I ended up with an ARC of this one after I preordered. I’m so glad I did because I got to do a giveaway for the ARC (it’s always fun to give people books). I loved the all-female crew in this one and am really exited to find out what the author does next.

3. Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco – Off-topic, but do you ever appreciate your ability to remember how to spell an author’s name without looking it up if it’s really long like this one? Okay, back to the topic at hand. I really love this historical thriller series and can’t wait to dive into this third book.

4. Analee in Real Life by Janelle Milanes – Latinx Heritage Month started September 15 and I just got so excited and my finger slipped. But in all seriousness, I’ve been craving some lighter books with Latinx characters.

5. Pride by Ibi Zoboi – Yes, I’ve been so excited for this novel. I preordered it way back in May and am stoked that release day has finally come. I think I’m going to try to sneak this in this October even though it isn’t a spooky read. I need more diverse Austen retellings in my life.


Book Purchases That Show How Weak I Really Am:

6. The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden – I’ve wanted this one for months since I finished The Bear and the Nightingale and am hoping to get to it once it gets a little cooler. These books always feel like they are best read during the winter.

7. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho – This is one of my favorite novels and I regularly drool over editions I don’t have. This golden one is my favorite, but it hasn’t been available for some time. In a moment of weakness, I found myself looking through used editions of it and before I knew it, I had purchased it. But it is soooo pretty, just look:

8. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw – I saw several really good reviews of this one and am always in the mood for more witchy books. I am saving this for October, hopefully it will have just the right amount of spooky.

9. love, and you by Gretchen Gomez – I’ve been craving more poetry as of late and currently have three books of poetry checked out from the library. This one wasn’t available, but I really wanted to read it and didn’t mind supporting this author since it’s Latinx Heritage Month.

10. The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg – I really enjoyed The Paper Magician series and was curious about this spinoff book. I ended up not liking this one as much as the original, but it was still worth the read in my opinion.

11. Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – This author is quickly becoming one of my favorites. This little novella came out this summer and if I didn’t have so many books still on my plate, I would have gotten to it already.


Surprise Book Mail:

12. &13. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao – I was one of the lucky recipients of the paperback edition of FOATL and and ARC of Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix from the publisher. I was so happy when this came in the mail (actually, I was very confused and tried to figure out if I had won a giveaway I just couldn’t remember). FOATL was one of my favorite reads last year and I am so excited for this sequel.


Have you read any of these novels or are planning to? Have you ever committed to a book buying ban and failed miserably? Which edition of a book do you wish you owned? Let’s talk in the comments!

35 thoughts on “2018 Third Quarter Book Haul: When I Contemplated a Book Buying Ban for Like Two Seconds

  1. I am DYING to read Seafire and A Forest of a Thousand Lanterns! And isn’t it awesome to get surprise book mail? I wish I got it like everyday *_*

    Good for you to throw the book buying ban thought out the window! Life’s too short to deny ourselves anything (unless it’s like, the urge to kill people or something. Then we should totally restrain ourselves)

    Great post, hon!

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    1. Seafire was so great. I’m so glad we finally got a book like it and FOATL has such beautiful writing and Xifeng is the kind of villain you accidentally root for.

      Haha…thank you? Don’t know if I’m too proud of how weak I am, but your comment does make me feel better about it.

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      1. I love villains you accidentally root for hahaha (to be honest, that is a much more frequent scenario than one would imagine in my experience…)

        Be proud! The alternative is to feel shitty and that is just not acceptable as far as I’m concerned. Plus, again, books! Why should we resist them for heck’s sake?!

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  2. Bwahahaha Alicia I would not keep a book ban for a longer time either πŸ˜‰ Now this is a fantastic haul and the one I’d love to get is Julie C dao! Have fun ❀

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  3. That’s quite a pretty book-haul! I really enjoyed Spinning Silver, though it didn’t live up to Uprooted, in my opinion. The only other novel I’ve read from here was Escaping from Houdini, and that was such a massive disappointment for me that I’m contemplating not reading the final book. Hope you’ll feel differently, though! Oh, I forgot – The Girl in the Tower I’ve also read, and it was okay, but not as good as the first novel.

    I’m very excited for Pride, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (it’s been recommended to me multiple times lately, which is obviously a sign that I should buy it haha),The Wicked Deep and Seafire.

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

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  4. Your book haul is so amazing! So many of these books I am dying to get my hands on. I’ve been trying not to buy so many books this year, so there are so many that I haven’t had the chance to get. Hopefully next year they’ll all be up on Book Outlet, haha. The Wicked Deep was so great, I hope you like it!

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