2020 First Quarter Book Haul: Well, at Least I Have Some New Books

Hope everyone is having at least a bearable week. I was trying to decide how I felt about the amount of books I bought this first quarter of the year since I told myself that I needed to be more strict with the impulse buying. Circumstances have changed and now that my library is closed at least though the month of April, it looks like I ought to be grateful for every single book I ended up buying. Let’s get to the books.


New Releases and Preorders:

1. Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim – I can’t believe that I haven’t picked up this author and in a moment of weakness, I bought her newest release. It’s a retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo.

2. Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore – My very short list of auto-buy authors includes the incomparable Anna-Marie McLemore. I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this one and it is as beautiful as I imagined it would be. Read them!!!!

3. We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia – I haven’t had a chance to read this sequel but I am so excited and only a little worried Tehlor will crush me with this one.

4. Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon – I’ve enjoyed every single Sandhya Menon novel to date and preordered this one based on that. Unfortunately, I didn’t love this one as much as the others.

5. This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone – Considering this a preorder since I preordered the paperback release. When everything started closing, this was my final book buy. A comfort reread is probably coming soon.


Impulse Buys:

6. Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barton – I got a really good deal on this one and every time I come across an excerpt from it, I grow even more intrigued, so I can’t wait to get to it.

7. Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi – I haven’t even read her debut, but I was really curious about this one and the book itself is just really pretty, okay?

8. If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann – I LOVED Let’s Talk About Love and immediately bought this one upon finishing it. I cannot wait to read it.

9. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody – I still haven’t gotten a chance to read this one but once I take care of a few ARCs, this is high on my TBR. I bought this one after reading Caro’s review here.

10. Citizen Illegal by José Olivarez – You can’t make out the book in this photo very well but I absolutely had to have a copy of this collection after I finished my library copy.

11. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older – I figured it was about time I bought this one as I do want to finally finish the series, but first I need to do a reread.

12. A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano – This was the Latinx Book Club’s pick for March and I am so glad because this one was just as charming the second time around.



13. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Friends. FRIENDS. FRIENDS!!!!!! It happened. I have an ARC of one one of my most anticipated 2020 releases. I cannot describe to you this feeling but elation is as close as I can get.

14. Lobizona by Romina Garber – I was also lucky enough to receive an ARC of Lobizona. I am very excited for this one and those who have already read it, seem to love it.

15. Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon– Another ARC I had the pleasure of receiving. Honestly, I have never received so many ARCs by Latinx authors than I have over the course of the last six month. I am truly blessed.

What is the last book you purchased? Are any of these on your TBR? Which ARC do you wish publishers would send you?

20 thoughts on “2020 First Quarter Book Haul: Well, at Least I Have Some New Books

  1. Ahh, this is such a good haul! I’m so happy that you finally have Mexican Gothic in your hands, and I can’t wait to hear all your thoughts on it 🥰
    Also, so glad you picked up Ace of Shades! I really hope you enjoy it ❤

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  2. My last purchases were We Unleash the Merciless Storm and Dark and Deepest Red. I haven’t been buying as much but I’ve been borrowing on impulse and I’ve read 1 out of 10 books I borrowed lol. I got an e-arc of Lobizona and started it this week!!

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  3. I loved if It Makes You Happy! I had a bunch of books stacked up because I just moved and knew that this town didn’t have as big as a library, now I’m supes grateful for my foresight. I do want to buy a few more but I had problems trying to order on Amazon and will have to find an online cat store before I scavenge the several online bookstores.

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  4. Aaaaah I can’t wait to know what you think of Mexican Gothic!! I recently received my copy of Wicked As You Wish! I am so excited to read that 😀 The Burning God isn’t out for another six(?) months but I would cry if I got a copy of the ARC!

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  5. Mexican Gothic in on my TBR (via NetGalley). The last book I bought was Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs, which I read the second it arrived. I have more new-ish books than I can possibly hope to finish any time soon.I really do want to read Time War as well — I picked up the Kindle version a couple of months ago. Enjoy!

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  6. I’m very excited about Lobizona. I got an e-ARC through NetGalley last week and I began reading it a few days ago. So far so good.

    Happy readings!


  7. Ahhh, such an amazing book haul!! 🙂 I need to read Permanent Record ASAP. I really loved Choi’s first book so much, so I am really looking forward to it. I still haven’t gotten the chance to read Ace of Shades either, but I really want to. I think I bought the e-book last year when it was on sale. Looks like you have some great books to read. I hope you enjoy them all. ❤


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