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.

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Preorders & New Releases: 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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2018 Second Quarter Book Haul: How Did This Happen?

This post is a little late because I couldn’t quite fit it in with all my June posts. I…uh, kind of accumulated a lot of books during the last three months. I was lucky enough to win a few giveaways, including a major one from Sourcebooks Fire during a Twitter chat. I’m still a little shocked. It was my birthday in May, so many of these are from gift cards I received and I splurged on a couple for myself because I deserved it. I only caved once when it came to Book Outlet and I think this might be the only time I purchase from them this year. I’m not foolish enough to make promises though. All the new books have finally pushed me to do a book unhaul because without one, I would be running out of room real fast. Let’s get to the books.

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Preorders and New Releases:

1. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland – This is one of my favorite books of the year. It’s also one of the first 2018 books I preorder, having done so way back in December. It lived up to all my expectations and then some.

2. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson – Another one of my highly anticipated reads of the year. I was lucky enough to read an eARC of this one and then went and bought it after it came out. Anderson deserves to be a more popular author.

3. The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo – Another cute Goo novel is in the world and I’m so grateful for it. I loved that Clara was so different than Goo’s previous protagonist.

4. Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson – Another preorder that I’ve been wanting and dreaming about since I finished Jackson’s debut Allegedly last year. This one was so powerful and so good.

5. From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon – I haven’t had a chance to read this one, but it sounds so adorable and I am really looking forward to it.

6. Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova – I read an ARC of this one and ended up loving it, so had to preorder a copy for myself.

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Book Outlet Purchase:

7. The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman – The ending to this one just about gutted me. I’ve really been enjoying this historical fantasy and am anxious for the final book to be released later this year.

8. Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust – I’ve heard so many wonderful things about the writing in this one, so when I saw it on Book Outlet, I had to get it.

9. American Street by Ibi Zoboi – This is one of my favorite 2017 debuts. I’ve wanted to own this one for a while and now it can keep Zoboi’s upcoming novel Pride company once I get my hands on it.

10. You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins – I’ve been recommended this book several times and am excited that I now own it. Now I need to find time to read it.

11. Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser – Another really good 2017 debut that I’m really glad I have on my shelf.

12. How to Keep a Boy From Kissing You by Tara Eglington – This is one of those books I’ve been curious about, but never took steps to read. Saw it on Book Outlet and said what the heck?

13. Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey – I love the premises of this author’s books, but always feel they leave something to be desired. At yet here I am, coming back for more.

14. Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly – Wasn’t quite as in love with this sequel compared to the first, but still enjoyed it overall.

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Happy Birthday to Me Books:

15. Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda – My birthday was in May and so I took a couple of trips to B&N to celebrate myself. I bought this second volume of Monstress and I just love love love this graphic novel series so much.

16. Peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva – I’m not a big poetry reader, but this woman’s poetry just gets right under my skin. If you haven’t heard of her, check her out above, reading from this collection.

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The I-Just-Couldn’t-Resist Purchases:

17. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan – I’ve been wanted this one ever since I read several passages from it. Haven’t read it yet, but am pretty sure I’m going to fall in love.

18. Avenged by Amy Tintera – I was pleasantly surprised by Ruined, the first book in this series, and there was a really good deal on this one, so…yeah.

19. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova – I actually only have an ARC of this book before buying this one. Another great deal and it features one of my favorite covers ever.

20. These Vengeful Souls by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas – Renewed my interest in this series, so had to go out and buy the final book. It was under $10, okay?

21. Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller – I got this one as part of a B&N deal and heard that it’s even more fun than the first.

22. Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West – Kasie West has yet to write a contemporary book that I haven’t bought.

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Giveaways:

23. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katharine Arden – I was really impressed with this novel and won Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog‘s anniversary giveaway, so chose this title.

24. This Side of Home by Renée Watson – I don’t know much about this novel, but I won it from Rich in Color.

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Sourcebooks Fire Giveaway:

I took part in a promotional Twitter chat for Sourcebooks Fire‘s Furyborn release by Claire Legrand and never imagined I would be one of the winners of this incredibly generous giveaway. I’m still trying to wrap my brain around it. I got all these books and a map + swag for Furyborn, plus a gift certificate to Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore.

25. – 34. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp, The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco (I’m so excited for this one!), As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti, You Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston, Out of Left Field by Kris Hui Lee, Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy, Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally, Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger, Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller.

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35. Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria – And last but not least, I got in my possession an ARC of Destiny Soria’s upcoming novel Beneath the Citadel. I am so stoked for this book because I loved her debut Iron Cast. This also happens to be the first ARC a publisher has ever sent me and I about fainted in shock when it arrived.

2018 First Quarter Book Haul: A Moderate Haul

I should have posted this before going on hiatus, but I completely forgot that I needed to put it together. I had/have a 2018 resolution to buy less books this year, but I totally underestimate how hard such a simple thing can be. I find it really hard when there are really great deals out there (I totally folded when it came to B&N’s 3 for $30 YA sale, but managed to resist Book Outlet this time around). Technically I was supposed to be on a book buying ban in March through the middle of April, but I’ll confess here it lasted only a couple of days. I know! I am the worst. I am going to do my best to not buy any other books until the end of April though. Alright, let’s get to the good stuff. Titles linked to Goodreads.

Pre-orders:

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1. Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza – I really enjoyed Empress of a Thousand Skies and though I haven’t yet gotten to the sequel, I’m still really stoked about it.

2. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – If there’s one preorder that I’m frustrated I haven’t gotten to yet it’s this one. Soon. Soon!

3. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – This one was so amazing. My review is going up tomorrow!

4. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – I cannot wait to read this one (but yet I can as I haven’t read it yet). Maybe my next read? Ugh, why are there so many amazing books and just not enough time to read them?

B&N Deal:

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5. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – I did not expect to enjoy this one as much as I did, but when I saw B&N’s YA deal, I had to include it. Can I have the sequel now?

6. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – I have been meaning to read this one for ages and after reading a sample, I knew I had to have it.

7. American Panda by Gloria Chao – I’ve heard nothing but amazing and funny things about this one and decided to go ahead and buy it. Now I must find time to read it.

I Just Couldn’t Resist:

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8. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – I waited ages for this one to be in stock again. Now I can finally reread it!

9. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – Coupons are dangerous! Had one, saw this and the rest is history. But how can I resist killer sirens?

10. The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin – I wasn’t planning on buying the sequel to The Fifth Season so soon after finishing it, but sometimes I am weak.

Giveaways:

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11. & 12. Want by Cindy Pon & The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes – I won both of these through giveaways hosted by Rich in Color. The former is one I’ve been dying to read and the latter was such a cute debut. I’m glad I’ve got a copy of it now.

13. Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed – I won Cristina @ Girl in the Pages blogiversary giveaway and selected this debut. I haven’t read it yet, but am really looking forward to doing so.

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Have you read any of these books? Which book from my haul should I read next? What’s your favorite book purchase so far this year? Let me know in the comment and if you have a recent book haul post, include the link in the comments!

2017 Fourth Quarter Book Haul: No Self-Control

I made some questionable, but still very satisfying book purchases during this final quarter of 2017. I was not planning on accumulating this many books and now the two shelves I keep my TBR books on are full. I suppose that’s a good enough excuse to maybe forgo the library for a while and read the books I actually own. I ended up making two Book Outlet purchases even though I only planned to make one. In my defense a few of the books I ended up getting that second time around were Christmas gifts (not for me, haha, how dare you accuse me!). I’m hoping that I end up being a bit more conservative at the beginning of 2018.  Titles below are linked to Goodreads.
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Books:

1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (illustrated by Jim Kay) – Yes, I received the latest illustrated edition of HP for Christmas. This is a series that I hope never runs out of magic for future generations.

2. City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty – I gave in. I gave in. I wasn’t planning on buying this, but I kept seeing so many glowing reviews and then a Barnes & Noble coupon fell into my inbox and before I knew it, I was opening a package with this in it.

3. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates – I am terrible when it comes to reading non-fiction, so I wanted to buy a couple of non-fiction books that I can read at a slower pace.

4. The Reader by Traci Chee – This book has been on my TBR for so long. I must read it soon and can I just say that this book is so pretty in person.

5. Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali – I have been trying to get my hands on this one forever and when it showed up on Book Outlet, I was beyond ecstatic.

6. Ruined by Amy Tintera – I’ve been eyeing this fantasy for a really long time and hey, maybe I’ll actually read it now that I own it.

7. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – I haven’t been able to decide whether or not to give this one a try, but saw it on Amazon on sale a couple of weeks ago for really cheap and had a coupon on top of that, so it was so hard to say no.

8. Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West – This was a little Christmas present to myself as it came out the day after Christmas. I can’t wait to check out Kasie West’s newest contemporary.

9. The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I was really impressed with Certain Dark Things, so I knew I had to get my hands on her latest novel.

10. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi – I’ve been missing MG reads and really want to pick up a few this year. I’m half in love with this one already thanks to the cover.

11. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Like I mentioned before, I really enjoy this one and was so happy to find it on Book Outlet.

12. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez – I finally have my hands on this debut. I must get to it soon.

13. Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson – I’ve got the newest Lily Anderson book! I’m doing a happy dance. This is my first read of 2018 as well.

14. The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi – I was so mad at myself when I made my initial Book Outlet purchase because I completely forgot about this book. I’m so glad I got another opportunity to get my hands on this one.

15. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – I feel like everyone has read this novel and though I wasn’t sure if I ought to give it a shot, cheap books are my weakness.

16. The School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani – I was initially going to buy this for my nephew, but decided on another book, but I was still so curious as I’ve heard lots of good things, so I bought for myself.

17. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao – I loved this debut and read an ARC. I finally went ahead and bought myself a finished copy.

18. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – I wasn’t sure if I was going to finish the series as I thought it functioned better as a standalone, but I really enjoy Lara Jean as a character, so I need to find out where her story goes.

19. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo – I don’t really read superhero books, but this is written by Leigh Bardugo. I won this ARC copy from Jade @ Bedtime Bookworm.

20. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord – I thought this contemporary was the cutest and am I the only one that thinks the paperback edition is prettier than the hardback?

21. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton – I never got a chance to read this one and even checked it out from the library at one point (returned it without cracking it open). Now that I own it, I can actually read it.

22. The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Barry – How many times have I be recommended this book? Now I have no excuse for not reading this one.

23. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee – I still haven’t read the other book of hers that I own, but I couldn’t resist buying this.

24. These Vicious Mask by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas – I wasn’t completely in love with this one, but I’m curious enough (the price is cheap enough) that I decided to add it to one of my Book Outlet orders.

25. These Worthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas – What I said above.

26. Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid – I really want to read this author’s latest book, but somehow ended up with his debut after making a used book purchase.

27. Speak of Me As I Am by Sonia Belasco – Another used book I bought recently that I’m really curious about. Haven’t seen anyone in the book blogging community review this one.

28. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore – I preordered this one months and months ago and it’s as beautiful inside and out as I imagine it would be.

29. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Lee – This was such a fun read that I acquired a used copy of when I saw all the praise it had received.

30. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – This has been such a fun series to read and I’m so glad I finally have this first book on my shelf.

31. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco – Yes to more Audrey Rose and Thomas. I heard we are actually getting four books in this series. So excited.

32. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor – This has been on my radar for ages and it’s perfect for my goal to read more MG books this year.

33. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman – I’ve really been enjoying this series and had to snatch this one up when it appeared on Book Outlet.

What book purchase was your favorite from the last three months of the year? Did you buy a ton of books from Book Outlet like I did? Let’s talk in the comments.

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.

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!