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?

2019 Fourth Quarter Book Haul: Closing Out the Year

I feel like I was pretty good not buying too many books the last quarter of 2019 (only eight books in three months); however, there were definitely several that I didn’t plan on getting at the beginning of the quarter but yet here they are. I know it’s super cliche, but I really am planning to be more discriminatory when it comes to my 2020 book buys. I’m usually really good at not preordering a ton of things, it’s the impulse buys I need to work on. How does one resist a good coupon though? Also, apologies for these photos. I did not have a lot of time to take them and then of course it was all cloudy and grey when I did. Let’s take a look at what books I’ve acquired…

Fourth quarter haul


1. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – I blame Twitter entirely for this preorder. I was itching to buy something, ran a poll, and this was everyone’s chosen book. See, it isn’t entirely my fault. Anyways, I have high hopes for this one after waiting years for more from this author after The Night Circus.

2. The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco – I haven’t read this one yet, but I am really excited to dive into more Rin Chupeco novels. One day I will actually finish their Bone Witch series as well.

3. Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri – Of course I preordered this companion novel to Empire of Sand (have you read this one yet, you need to!!!!). This one was just so lovely and made me unexpectedly emotional.

4. Queen of Nothing by Holly Black – I was sad to see this series end, but was pretty satisfied with the ending. I am wondering what else Black has planned, if she does for this world, because I would be interested in visiting again.

Fourth quarter haul

Couldn’t Resist Books:

5. Crier’s War by Nina Varella – I’ve heard so many good things about this one and I absolutely love the hate-to-love trope, which is about half the reason I ended up buying this one.

6. Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes – I want all the books with Latinx characters in space, but unfortunately, there aren’t many. This was my last read of the year and it was so so so much fun.

7. Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender – I have been wanting to read this one since it came out and then all those holiday coupons and deals came around and how could I resist?

8. Monstress, Vol. 4: The Chosen by Marjorie M. Liu, Illustrated by Sana Takeda – Yes, at one point I thought Volume 3 was the final volume, but then I learned and also took advantage of another holiday deal to get this fourth one. I will be catching up on this series in 2020.

Fourth quarter haul

ARCs, Giveaways, and Publisher-Sent:

9. Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine – Penguin Random House was kind enough to send the Latinx Book Club a couple of books by Latinx authors to promote during Latinx Heritage Month. I selected this one because I loved it so much.

10. Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras – I also selected this novel that I haven’t read yet, but I am eager to get to.

11. Into the Tall, Tall Grass by Loriel Ryon – I won a Twitter giveaway of this ARC from the author and I am so excited to read this magical sounding MG.

12. Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina – I also won a MG book from Loriel Ryon and I selected this one. I really need more Meg Medina in my reading life.

13. Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – (not pictured, because I always manage to forget one book when I take all these pics) – Was sent this one from the publisher for review which should be up on the blog at the end of January (approximately).

14. Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega – Had to add this one to this post because right before the new year, I received an ARC of this one from the publisher. You can’t imagine how wide my smile was when I got this in the mail.

Fourth quarter haul

Christmas Gifts:

15. Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger – I am so excited for this fantasy book and if I didn’t have a handful of ARCS to get to, this one would probably be way higher on my TBR.

16. Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer – I avoided getting this one when if first came out because the price was really high for some reason. Glad I finally do have it because I was really impressed with the first novel.

17. Capturing the Devil by Kerry Maniscalco – Maybe, just maybe, that I have the final book in the series, I will find time to read the third book and finish the series with this one. Maybe.

18. Jade War by Fonda Lee – I still haven’t read Jade City, but I trust all of the praise and went ahead and put this one on my wish list.

Did you get any good books for Christmas? What’s your last 2019 book purchase? Let’s talk in the comments!

2019 Third Quarter Book Haul: A Kind of Modest Book Haul

Okay, so I wrote this intro a couple of weeks ago and I was going to tell you all about my book buying ban and how I wasn’t planning on buying anything until November, but then I went and bought something. But let’s not focus on that because I did manage to stay away from buying books for a month and a half. Yay me! I don’t consider this quarter’s book haul to be too big, but I did let myself splurge once on a book outlet purchase which was my last purchase before I decided a book buying ban was in order (a month and a half, people). Enough talk, let’s get to the books. Titles below are linked to Goodreads.

Preorders and New Releases:

Book haul

1. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I’m just going to go ahead and say it, Silvia Moreno-Garcia is one of the most talented and versatile authors I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. She’s become one of my auto-buy authors and Gods of Jade and Shadow once again showcases her how compelling her storytelling ability can be. You can check out my review of this one here.

2. Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud – There are not a ton of light contemporaries featuring black MCs, so this one was a breath of fresh air. It had me grinning like a fool from start to finish.

3. The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos – I’ve been eyeing this one for a while now and since it was coming out in paperback, it was really hard to resist the preorder.

4. Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite – I preodered this one back in July and had the pleasure of picking it up for Latinx Heritage Month.

Book Outlet Purchase:

Book haul

5. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – I’ve seen this one around a whole lot and was going to wait until the paperback came out to check it out, but it was on Book Outlet, so I thought, why not?

6. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert – I have had this one in and out of my cart for so long and finally decided to get it. Hopefully I can get to it sooner rather than later.

7. Trouble Never Sleeps by Stephanie Tromly – Yes, I finally have the third book in this highly underrated series. I can’t wait to see how it all ends.

8. Even If the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia – I haven’t had the pleasure of reading Mia Garcia’s debut, but now that I have it, I will soon!

9. Allied by Amy Tintera – I was a bit disappointed with the second book in this series, but I now have the third, so I will at least finish it.

10. The Resolutions by Mia Garcia – I feel really bad that I still haven’t gotten to this one, but I bought it with the express purpose of reading it for Latinx Heritage Month (I failed, lol).

Publisher Sent + Gifts + Giveaways

Book haul

11. Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera – I was sent a finished copy of Dealing in Dreams from Simon & Schuster. I cannot get over how gorgeous this cover is.

12. Stripped by Zoey Castile – Way back in the end of July, I tweeted out that I was looking for more lighthearted contemporaries by authors of color and the very kind Norma @normajeanesays offered to send me this title and the next one because she is amazing.

13. A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole – Another title that Norma sent me. Getting these have inspired me to want to explore the romance genre more. Also, Alyssa Cole followed me back on Twitter and I’m still freaking out about it.

14. The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey – I was so excited when I won a signed copy of this novel. I haven’t been able to pick it up yet, but I’ve heard a lot of good things.


Book haul

15. The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi – I actually won a Goodreads giveaway of this one and I am so stoked to read it. The Gilded Wolves was fantastic and I have no doubt this sequel will be as well.

16. Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez – As soon as I could request this one, I did and I am so happy to have been approved for an ARC. I will probably be doing a buddy read of this one with some of my fellow Latinx Book Club cohosts and am so looking forward to it.

17. Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore – I almost burst into tears when I opened this piece of book mail. I’ve been wishing and hoping for an ARC of an Anna-Marie McLemore novel for years. YEARS. I actually have an eARC because Anna-Marie McLemore was able to hook me up, but before that I kind of more or less harassed the publisher for a physical ARC and I didn’t think they heard me, but they did, THEY DID!!!!

Have you read any of these novels? What’s the last book purchase you made? Let’s talk in the comments!

2019 Second Quarter Book Haul: I Have No Defense

This is slightly early because I am going on hiatus in July, which is when I would typically post this. I…have no excuses this time around. Yes, some of these were birthday gifts or bought with birthday gift cards, but more than a few purchases were me just splurging. This time I absolutely guarantee my next haul will be much smaller. Let’s get to the books. Titles aren’t linked to Goodreads this time around because my brain has already gone on hiatus and I am barely surviving here.

Preorders and New Releases:

Third 2019 haul

1. Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali – Of course I preordered this sophomore novel by S.K. Ali. I ended up reading an ARC only a few days before the release and didn’t cancel my preorder, which is how you know I loved it.

2. There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon – I just did a buddy read of this one and may I just say, no set of books by a single author has made me smile as much as Sandhya Menon’s.

3. Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo – I haven’t had a chance to read this one yet, but I love Roman Holiday, which this is inspired by, so I am really looking forward to it.

Third 2019 haul

4. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – Even before I read an eARC of this one, I had a pretty good idea that I was going to end up preordering it. It’s so good and the hardcover is so beautiful in person.

5. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – I started this one, but ended up in a slump. I will return to it soon though. I preordered the Barnes & Noble exclusive edition and it’s so lovely.

6. Nocturna by Maya Motayne – This came out on my birthday and is a Latinx-based fantasy which means it was destiny for me to preorder. It was also really good and I need book two NOW.

Third 2019 haul

7. Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno – I just want all of the contemporaries starring Latinx characters. This is my favorite book so far this year and I will be throwing my money at any book Nina Moreno writes.

8. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – I am kind of ashamed that I haven’t gotten to this one yet, but it is seriously the most beautiful book. Have you seen the naked hardback? I just about fainted the first time I saw it.

Third 2019 haul

9. The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala – This was a b-day gift and although I didn’t love it, I found it still to be an enjoyable read.

10. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann – I’ve included this in the new/preorder section because I ended up preordering the paperback. I haven’t read it yet, but I’ve heard so many good things about this contemporary starring a black asexual MC.

11. Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse – I’ve had this one preordered for months and I absolutely loved this sequel. I don’t know when we will be getting the third book but I am already ready.

12. Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin – Ah, I had to preorder this P&P retelling and it was such a sweet read. I need more books like this in my life.

I Gave In to Temptation Purchases:

Third 2019 haul

13. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi – I still haven’t read this one and I am ashamed. I love Roshani Chokshi, so I have no excuse. Now that I own it, I really have no excuse.

14. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – Is there anyone who doesn’t like this book? I was in B&N one day with a coupon in hand and could not resist.

15. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera – I blame everyone on Twitter for this one. I wasn’t planning on buying it, but it was a really great price, so I set up a poll and everyone told me to get it. This one is on all of you.

16. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – This is another b-day gift, so I didn’t spend money on it, but I’ve heard a lot of good things and the cover is just so lovely.

Giveaways and Publisher Sent:

Third 2019 haul

17. Hope Is Our Only Wing by Rutendo Tavengerwei – I haven’t heard of this one, but Soho Press sent it to me and it looks like it has a publication date in September by Soho Teen. This is literally the extent of my knowledge.

18. Diamond City by Francesca Flores – I was one of the lucky winners of Francesca Flores’s Twitter giveaway. This fantasy doesn’t come out until 2020, but I am so excited to dive into the ARC.

19. Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali – I received this ARC literally a week before its release from the publisher. I was offered it and I could not resist.

20. All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil – Soho Press also sent me a finished copy of this one. It’s the first time a publisher has ever sent me a finished copy of anything. Not going to lie, I feel a little special.

21. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand – I won this one from Angela @ Musings of a Literary Wanderer for her blogiversary. I haven’t read it yet, but the cover gets me every time.


22. Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra – I won an ARC of this one from Cake Literary on Twitter. It just came in the mail and I’ve been struggling with a reading slump and kind of craving something more contemporary, so I think this will be my next read. You might have to wait for a review of it until after my hiatus though.

A Few Stragglers:


23. The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend – I had a coupon that was going to expire, you see, and everyone has been praising this one left and right, you see, and I found myself at B&N and had to use said coupon, you see.

24. The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante – I am really excited about this debut that tackles immigration with sisters at its center.

25. Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno – I can’t count the number of times I’ve been recommended this author and I’ve been waiting for it to come back in stock on Book Outlet and it finally did.

26. Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman – Another Book Outlet purchase. I really enjoyed Starfish by this author and feel like I’m behind on her books because I waited so long to read it. Hopefully I can get to this one before her next release.

Do I have a problem? I’m kidding, don’t answer that. What’s the last book you bought? Do you splurge on books for your b-day? Let’s talk in the comments.