2017 Third Quarter Book Haul: A Moderate Haul

I can’t believe it’s already time for another book haul. The last three months really flew by. I wanted to manage my purchases a little better this time around and am really happy with my book haul for this quarter. I have a couple of preordered books for the final three months of the year (final three months, where has the time gone?) and am planning to let myself splurge one time at Book Outlet, so my final quarter book haul will probably be larger than this one. Titles below are linked to Goodreads.

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New Books:

1. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo – I had to have a copy of this cute contemporary as soon as I finished my library copy. If you haven’t read this book and you need a pick me up of any kind, read this one. My review can be found here.

2. Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Orsmbee – I loved this novel so much. It was the last book I gave five stars too and I recommend it to everyone. Read my review here.

3. Lucky in Love by Kasie West – Is Kasie West an auto-buy author of mine? It would seem so, I just can’t get enough of her books. My mini-review here.

4. The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson – How did this book fall under my radar for so long? If you like smart, witty contemporaries and the hate-to-love trope, read this one! My review will be up soon.

5. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson – I’ve been trying to be really picky with the debuts I buy, but I just could not resist preordering this one because of all the stellar early reviews.

6. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – I read my first N.K. Jemisin novel earlier this year and am in need of more, so decided to buy this one. Can’t wait to pick it up.

7. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao – I won this ARC in a Twitter chat giveaway and was so excited. This is a great debut and perfect for anyone who likes exploring the villain of a story. My review will be posted closer to the release date.

8. Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach – Bought this on a whim because it was really cheap and it’s taking forever for my library hold to come in. Sometimes patience isn’t my strong suit.

9. First & Then by Emma Mills – I’ve been thinking about this book for a while and just could wait anymore. Plus, it’s really hard to resist books that are under $6.

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10. Dear Martin by Nic Stone – Because I’ve been a little scatterbrained, I completely forgot that this book is currently sitting in my purse and thus escaped a proper photograph. I won an ARC for this one from Goodreads, am currently reading and loving it.

IMG_20170927_130143What book purchase during the last three months was your favorite? Have you read any of the books I bought this time around? Are you planning on making a Book Outlet purchase before the year is out? Let’s talk in the comments.

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2017 Second Quarter Book Haul: I Feel a Book-Buying Ban Coming On

The end of the second quarter of this year came at me fast. I was originally going to post this book haul a couple of days ago, but forgot to snap a few pictures in time. I did not expect to end up with so many books this time around. I actually thought I had been strict with my book buying, but it feels like preorders have been showing up left and right. In my defense, many of these preorders were placed several months ago. That being said, I’m going to restrict my book buying these next couple of months, so unless I throw caution to the wind come September, my next quarter book haul should be pretty small. Click any image below to enlarge. Title are linked to Goodreads.

New Books:

1. Now I Rise by Kiersten White – And I Darken really surprised me and Lada is a character you won’t soon forget, so buying the sequel was a no brainer.

2. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh – I had to buy this one because of my love for the author’s previous work The Wrath and the Dawn. I have read this one and…well, you’ll see my thoughts soon.

3. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab – This was an automatic purchase because I apparently can’t go very long without buying books from this author. I haven’t read this one yet, so no spoilers please!

4. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett – I’m so glad I went ahead and bought this one after seeing so many bloggers recommend it. It’s such a cute novel.

5. The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May – I simply had to have this final book in The Falconer series. I’m a little afraid to pick this one up as I’ve been told to guard my heart.

6. Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis – I don’t DNF books that I buy. It’s just so hard to do so when I’ve spent money on a book. Unfortunately, this is what I did with this one. I could not get into it and I just know I’ll end up giving it a really low rating. It’s just sitting on my shelf right now, but I have no intention of reading it. I might do a giveaway or something.

7. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore – This book is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. I picked up a library copy, but knew I needed to own it, so I could fawn over the beautiful writing.

8. Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – Another book I read a library copy of that I knew I needed in my life. This one is highly underrated, so if you haven’t picked it up, please do so.

9. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke – This is a novel that I’ve been wanting for a long while, so I ended up preordering the paperback version of it.

10. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – I listened to the audiobook of this one earlier in the year, but want to read a physical copy this summer.

11. The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente – I bought this as a little gift to myself for my birthday in May. The first book was so good and it’s been a while since I’ve been so enchanted by a middle grade series.

Used Books:

12. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – I feel like this novel has been on my TBR forever. I finally have a copy on my shelf, so hopefully I can get to it soon.

13. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz – I bought this on a whim. Magical realism is kind of my weakness, so how could I resist?

14. The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos – I haven’t seen too many bloggers talk about this one, but I got such a good deal on it.

15. The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics – For someone who loves scary stories, I do not pick up enough horror books (I usually have a horror-themed TBR for October, but rarely pick up the genre any other time of year). I got this one used as well and am not sure I’ll be able to wait until October to pick it up.

16. The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May – I actually read an eARC of this one way back last year and finally got my hands on a copy of it. I’ve had it my cart for long while, waiting for the price to drop.

Gifts + Giveaways:

17. Library of Souls by Random Riggs – As part of Armchair Book Expo, I won this book from Quirk Books. It actually completes my collection of this series, so I have no excuse for finally reading the last two books.

18. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling – My nine-year-old nephew picked this book for me for my birthday. Isn’t that cute?

19. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – I have been wanting to read this book since its release, but my library hold never came in. I won this from Alissa @ A Book Blog over on Tumblr and am so excited to finally read it.

20. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandya Manon – I haven’t read this one yet, but I really really want to (I need more time in the day). I won this over on Twitter from Sarah @ The Book Traveler and may have jumped up and down when I found out.

21. Shame the Stars by Guadalupe Garcia McCall – I was lucky enough to win this one from Rich in Color. I haven’t seen one review of this one in the blogosphere, so I aim to change that.


When was the last time you put yourself on a book buying ban? Have you read any of the titles I’ve purchased? Leave a link to your own recent book haul post in the comments and I’ll visit!

2017 First Quarter Book Haul: In Which I Show Some (But Not Much) Restraint

I had a beautiful series of photos for this book haul post. I spent extra time laying them out and editing and they looked amazing. And then I realized I forgot to include my current read and because that’s been the way my life’s been going lately, this post will only include one new hastily taken photo. I’ve been itching to buy a few books this month, but I held back because I really didn’t know how many books I’d accumulated in the last three months. And surprisingly, I didn’t buy as many books as I thought I did. I should celebrate by buying those books I’ve been eyeing. Ha! Click any image below to enlarge. Title are linked to Goodreads.

New Books:

1. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab – This conclusion to the Shades of Magic series was everything I dreamed it would be. Read my review here.

2. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi – Chokshi’s writing in her debut The Star-Touched Queen blew me away. I’m really excited to pick up this sequel.

3. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza – I loved this science-fiction debut and it just ended way too soon because these characters were amazing. Read my review here.

4. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho – I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this author and I can’t believe I’ve held on to this book for so long without reading it.

5. Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I’ve been eyeing this author’s other novel Certain Dark Things, but this one sounded too amazing to pass up.

6. The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig – I’m currently reading this sequel right now! The Girl From Everywhere was one of my favorite debuts last year and I’m already loving this follow up.

7. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson – This book is amazing! I don’t know if I’ve ever come across a more compelling protagonist and I’m still thinking about this novel almost two months later. Read my review here.

8. The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera – I loved this debut. The characters felt so real and even though the protagonist was delightfully flawed. Read my review here.

9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – The book of 2017 that everyone’s been talking about finally debuted and it was a knockout. Please find the time to read this book this year, you won’t be disappointed. Read my review here.

10. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez – I won a diverse book of choice from Rich in Color and picked this novel which I’ve been dying to read forever. I still haven’t gotten a chance to read it, but I will very soon.

11. A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis – I loved this read from McGinnis and it took me far too long to obtain a copy. Read my review here.

12. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum – This was a super cute contemporary read and when I saw the paperback super cheap, I thought I’d treat myself. Read my review here.

13. By Your Side by Kasie West – My go-to feel-good author is definitely Kasie West. Also, it’s always hard to resist super cheap books. Read my mini review here.

14. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin – This was my first purchase this year because I need to try N.K. Jemisin. I’m really looking forward to this one.

15. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (illustrated by Alice Pattullo) – And the final book purchase I’m sharing is my favorite. I’ve been talking about this edition of Pride and Prejudice forever and I finally got my hands on it. This book is so beautiful, it makes me want to weep. You can take a look at the rest of my photo set for this book here. You’re welcome to tear up too.

What’s your favorite book purchase this year? Have you been purchasing any debuts so far this year? 

2016 Fourth Quarter Book Haul: In Which I Buy Far Too Many Books…Again

Book Haul (1)Time for my final book haul post of the year and while I did not plan to buy so many books (is it ever planned?), I really can’t say that I regret any of these purchases. Most of the books I’ve accumulated over the past three months are from Book Outlet. I got to say, those special deals are really hard to resist and when you get a big box of books in the mail, you forget about the fact that Christmas is around the corner and maybe it’s a better idea to save money. Whoops. Click any image below to enlarge.

New Books Not From Book Outlet:

1. Gilded Cage by Vic James – I won this ARC from Goodreads and everyone who’s read it seemed to enjoy it.

2. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – After reading a library copy of this one, I knew I had to own it.

3. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria – I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this eARC and so when the book was finally published, I bought myself a copy.

4. Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – It took me forever to read the third book in her Naturals series. Hopefully it doesn’t take me as long to pick up this final one.

5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – I’ve wanted a copy of this one for a long while. I spotted this one at 50% for an after Halloween clearance sale. It immediately went into my cart.

6. How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather – I kind of hoped to like this one more as it was the only book I bought in celebration of Halloween. I may still pick up the sequel however.


Book Outlet Purchase #1:

7. The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen by Katherine Howe – This one has been on my radar for a while. It sounds like the perfect blend of weird and intriguing.

8. Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman – I remember coming across this one on a few blogs and I was interested enough to include it with this purchase.

9. The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon – The illustrations for this one are what sold me. Just look at them, they’ve gorgeous.

10. Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente – Valente’s writing really impressed me and now I think I must read all of her books.

11. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma – This is a really weird book, but Nova Ren Suma’s writing is so good, it pulls you right in.

12. Places No One Know by Brenna Yovanoff – This is my favorite Brenna Yovanoff novel. If you haven’t read it, please do.

13. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson – I haven’t read the first book in this series, but everyone seems to love it, so I thought I’d just go for it and buy the second.

14. The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson – I read this author years ago, and I’ve always liked the sound of her books whenever she pops up on other blogs, so I thought I’d give her another try.

15. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson – I really enjoyed The Unexpected Everything, so now I’m on a mission to read all her books.

Book Outlet Purchase #2:

16. Trouble Is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly – I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading it again before picking up the sequel.

17. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed – I really enjoy this author on Twitter, so I really want to check out her novel.

18. Pointe by Brandy Colbert – I’ve heard so many good things about this one and really need to read it.

19. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – I was so surprised by this debut and her second book is even better. Now I have both!

20. Stands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson – I’ve heard from a couple of bloggers say that this is their favorite fairy tale retelling and now I simply must check it out.

21. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith – Everyone loves this book and I want to too. Step one is to actually read it though.

22. Prophecy by Ellen Oh – Another author on Twitter whose point of view I always appreciate. This novel sounds pretty amazing, so I’m anxious to read this.

23. Bright By Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt – This one sounds like the perfect light, one-day read and I can’t wait to dive in.

Christmas Gift:

24. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (illustrated by Jim Kay) – I got it, I got it, yes! I may be a little excited to receive this book for Christmas and it’s just as beautiful as I imagined.

Was your book buying out of control these last couple of months as well? What books did you receive for Christmas? How do you resist those Book Outlet sales (I’m trying to resist one now!)? Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

2016 Third Quarter Book Haul: Did I Show Shelf-Control?

Book Haul (1)Another three months have past since my last book haul and it’s once again time to look back and see if I excercised some restraint or if I just went crazy. Last time I did a book haul I was out of control. This time around I didn’t think I bought too many books, but when I started stacking the books I’d purchased since June, it was more than I remembered buying. Memory loss and book buying are never a good combination. Click any image to enlarge.

1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – I feel like I’ve been holding my breath since last September waiting for this sequel. I’m so excited, but also so scared.

2. And I Darken by Kiersten White – I did not expect to like this one as much as I did. The protagonist is very unlikable and yet I kind of love her. Read my review here.

3. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – I might have to preorder everything she writes, I love her books so much. This one was so unique, I can’t get over what a great concept it was. My review can be found here.

4. Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson – This one just came in the mail along with Crooked Kingdom and if it hadn’t been accompanied by the book just mentioned, I’d be reading it right now.

5. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby – Loved this book when I checked it out from the library and I finally caved and bought myself a copy. I get bonus points for purchasing a used copy, right? Read my review here.

6. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – I’ve heard so many good things about this book. So many. So many that I ended up buying it instead of checking it out from my library. Hopefully I can get to this one soon.

7. Chaos by Sarah Fine – I finally bought myself the final book in Fine’s Guards of the Shadowlands series. I’ve been waiting for the price of a used copy to drop and when it did, I quickly ordered myself a copy.

8. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – This contemporary book really surprised me. I can’t get over how dynamic it was. This is another used book I ended up buying because it cost me like five bucks and it’s difficult to resist a deal like that. You can read my review of this one here.

9. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – This purchase was completely impulsive. I had already requested a hold from the library on this one when the price became absurdly good on Amazon and then I was a goner. Find my review of this one here.

10. On the Fence by Kasie West – This is my favorite Kasie West book so far and I needed a copy, so you know, I went ahead and bought it for myself. Such great judgement…Read my review here.

Although I bought more books than I had planned, I still feel that I showed some self-control. Of course, comparing these numbers to what happened last time makes me feel really good. At some point I think I mentioned I was going on a book buying ban and it never happened. I won’t be making any promised for the final three months of the year because who can possibly resist all those discounts that come around just before Christmas?

Have you read or are you planning to read any of these? What’s the last few books you bought yourself? Are you like me and can’t resist a good deal? Let’s discuss in the comments!

2016 Second Quarter Book Haul: A Little Bookish Insanity

Book Haul (1)It’s time for my second book haul post of the year and I’ve basically been dreading putting this one together because I knew I had somehow acquired an absurd amount of books over the course of the last three months. And I was right! When I finally took the time to gather all my new books together, I ended up with 31 new additions to my physical library. Do I have a good excuse for acquiring so many books? I do not. I’m splitting this list into sections because it will be a lot easier to get through them that way. Book titles linked to Goodreads. Images may be clicked on to enlarge.

bookhaulapril1New Books:

1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak – I kept seeing this Anniversary Edition everywhere and it was so cheap, I ended up caving one day. A small price to pay for a beautiful hardback edition of one of your favorite books.

2. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi – I haven’t read this one yet, but I’ve heard good things and really, it was my birthday in May so I wanted to buy myself something.

3. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – It was quite the adventure getting this one. Amazon somehow ran out of this one and some of us who preordered it got a message saying our books weren’t coming. I had a mild panic-attack, canceled my order and marched over to Barnes & Noble to get my hands on a copy the day of its release. Crisis averted. My review of this one is here.

4. The Rose & the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh – Loved this one and can I just say I love duologies? I need more in my life. My review can be read here.

5. The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon – I came across this one on Amazon and then started seeing some glowing reviews pop up around the blogosphere. By all accounts, this is a really beautiful fantasy read.

6. Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey – This one was a little disappointing. Anything that takes place during the Regency Era usually appeals to me, but I had trouble with how little the protagonist had to do with an important storyline. Read my review here.

7. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick – I’ve been on a massive contemporary kick, so I bought this one on a whim. It was only $6!

8. The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – Another book I picked up on a whim. I really enjoyed this first book in Barnes’ newest series and am dying to get my hands on a copy of the second book. You can read my review of this one here.

9. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente – I finally got around to picking up a novel by this author and can’t wait to continue exploring what other amazing stories she’s written.

Book Outlet Purchases: 

I haven’t made a Book Outlet purchase this year. I’ve been really good at resisting all those enticing emails. I finally decide I could go ahead and buy a few books with the most recent sale, but I didn’t go overboard with it, which I am really proud of.

10. – 16. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee, When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez, Frostfire by Amanda Hocking, Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking, and How (Not) to Fall in Love by Lisa Brown Roberts.

Used Books:

17. Wolfskin by Juliet Marillier – It is one of my life goals to own all of Juliet Marillier’s books.

18. & 19. Daughter of Fortune and The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende – I haven’t read anything by this (I hear) amazing author, changing this soon.

20. The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winter – This may be my favorite of her books. If you love historical fiction, her books are a must. My review of this one will be up soon.

21. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke – I don’t think this author’s work is for everyone, but I’ve loved everything I’ve picked up from her so far, which is why I decided to buy this one.

22. & 23. Edenbrooke and Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson – I did not expect to enjoy Edenbrooke as much as I did, so when I couldn’t find her second novel available at the library, I ended up hunting down used editions of both.

Giveaways:

I participated in Armchair BEA in May because I couldn’t make the conference in Chicago. It was a really fun experience and I was lucky enough to win a prize-pack of books by Sourcebooks Fire, which included the following ARCs + published book:

24. – 28. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti, The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco, One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards, Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (This is the one I’m most excited for, in case you were wondering), and The Cellar by Natasha Preston.

29. Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger – This is the second giveaway I won through Armchair BEA.

30. The Last Great Adventure of the PB&J Society by Janet Sumner Johhson – I won this cute middle grade read through a giveaway hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl for debut authors.

31. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows – I won an ARC copy of this one just recently from Jade @ Bedtime Bookworm and can’t wait to read it.

Whew, that took a long time to finish. As you can see, I’ve added quite a few books to my physical library. I’m considering going on a book buying ban until October. I have a few books that will be coming in during that time because of preorders, but just to make sure I don’t go overboard again, this next book-buying ban may be essential.

Has your book buying been out of control lately? Have you made any impromtu purchases? How do you handle seeing all those enticing Book Outlet emails? Let’s talk in the comments!