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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Roanhouse – 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:

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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.

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2019 First Quarter Book Haul: In My Defense…

This post is a tiny bit late, but you’ll forgive me, right? Instead of trying to figure out exactly which books I bought over the last three months, I have a section of my bookshelf where I put them aside as I buy them. When it comes time to do a book haul, I take them down, snap pics, and then take on the grueling (but enjoyable) task of adding them to my bookshelf (I alphabetize by author, btw). So when it came time to do this quarter’s haul, I glanced over and was stunned that I had accumulated so many books! But as the title says, in my defense, the vast majority of these books were purchases using gift cards. I promise that next quarter will be much smaller. Much. On to the books! Titles linked to Goodreads.

Preorders and New Releases:

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1. The Wicked King by Holly Black – How could I resist a preorder of this sequel after the way the first novel ended? I did a buddy read with this one like the day after its release, I was so eager. It was fantastic by the way and I am already planning to preorder the third novel.

2. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I ended up reading an ARC of this one, but had already preordered this one. It is so pretty in person. Hopefully I can squeeze in a reread of this before the sequel comes out next year.

3. The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty – I didn’t have any definitive plans to buy this one right away, but I got a really good deal on it, so I jumped at the opportunity. I still haven’t gotten to this one, but hopefully soon.

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4. Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers –  I wanted to wait for early reviews of this one because I wasn’t sure I wanted to pick it up considering how much I loved the original series. I’m always apprehensive about spinoffs. But I also got a really good deal on this one and oh my gosh, it’s so beautiful in person. I reread the original trilogy in anticipation, but still haven’t gotten around to it. The guilt!

5. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas – Why haven’t I read this one yet? I have no excuse for not picking up Thomas’ sophomore novel. Hopefully I can have time to do so this summer.

6. Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard – Of course I preordered this third book in the series. Also plan a reread of this one before we get the fourth book.

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7. The Moon Within by Aida Salazar – I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of this one and completely fell in love. I also think Aida Salazar is one of the sweetest authors, so I absolutely had to support her with a preorder of this one.

8. We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia – This book was wonderful and one of the few book purchases I got to almost right away. If you are hesitating to pick this one up, don’t!

9. The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton – I preordered this one and am still so much in love with Clayton’s writing. I can’t wait to see what she puts out next.

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10. Internment by Samira Ahmed – I am so glad that this one ended up on the New York Times Bestseller’s List. I haven’t gotten to it, but I have it.

11. The True Queen by Zen Cho – I needed this hardcover edition because I have the hardcover of the first and it is one of my favorite books. It’s so pretty in person. I will read this soon!

Books I Wanted Just Because:

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12. Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri – This was my first book purchase of the year. It was my finally read of 2018 and I absolutely loved it.

13. Mirage by Somaiya Daud – I really enjoyed this novel and as soon as I got a good deal on it, I pounced on it. I need more books in general to be purple. This one is so pretty.

14. Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda – I love this one so much and have been waiting for the paperback of it to come out. I finally have it and am excited for a reread.

15. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black – After reading The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King, I knew I wanted to read more Holly Black. I picked this one because I’ve seen lots of bloggers praise it. I’m really curious to see what I think of it.

A Giveaway and ARCs:

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16. The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson – I won this one from Rich in Color. I don’t know much about it, but the cover is so lovely.

17. All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil – I was sent this by the publisher and I’m so excited to get to it. I literally fell off my bed when I read I had been approved for it. Literally.

18. Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno – The wonderful, the incomparable Morgan @ The Bookish Beagle made all my dreams come true when she offered to send me this ARC. I was so sad when I was rejected on NetGalley, but I am so in love. I am currently reading this and I do not want it to end.

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19. The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes – I wasn’t originally planning to purchase this one, but I had a little bit left over on a gift card and since we were going to pick it up for the Latinx Book Club, I thought, why the heck not?

How do you keep track of your book purchases before doing a book haul post? What book purchase have you made in the last three months that you’re really excited about? Let’s talk in the comments!

2018 Fourth Quarter Book Haul: Is This Self-Control?

I feel like the end of 2018 just rushed by. I resisted about three different Book Outlet sales and a myriad of Barnes & Nobles coupons during the last couple of months of the year. I’m so proud of myself, I may buy a book in celebration. Or is that too counter-productive? I only bought six books in the last three months which is the least amount I’ve purchased in a quarter this year. I did, however, end up with a few more books because of some very generous people. I’m hoping to show just as much self-control next quarter, but have you seen all the new releases coming out?! I recently made a list of books I want to preorder (I might do a post), and there are tons!!!! It will be a true test of self-control. Alright, let’s get to the books already.

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Books I Bought:

1. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – I got a really good deal on this one from Barnes & Noble, but am a little sad I didn’t get to read it before the end of the year. Hopefully I can find time this month or next.

2. For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig – I’ve heard nothing but good things about this novel which deals with both mental health and colonization in a fantasy setting. How cool is that? Still haven’t read it though.

3. Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore – I preordered this one because of course I preordered this one. Anna-Marie McLemore continues to astound with her storytelling ability. I swear, she infuses her books with some kind of magic.

4. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhouse – You may recall that this was my favorite read of 2018. I think it was like two days after I finished my library copy that I purchased this one for myself. Read it if you haven’t already.

5. Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer – I bought this one solely on the recommendation of other bloggers and am glad I did. It was one of the best books I read in October when I was reaching for the creepy and spooky reads.

6. Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enríquez – I’ve been really curious about this short-story collection, but couldn’t find it at my library and it was so expensive to buy on Amazon. I ended up purchasing this little edition of it from Book Depository.

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ARCs + Author-Sent:

7. Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard – The lovely, generous, kind-hearted Amber Elise @ Du Livre sent me this ARC because she saw how excited I was about it. I am planning a quick reread of the first two books before diving into this one.

8. Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal – This is a P&P retelling that takes place in Pakistan. I was the lucky winner of a Goodreads giveaway for an ARC of this one. I’m not sure I will have time to read it before the release, but I will try to get to it soon.

9. & 10. Suffer the Children and One of Us by Craig DiLouie – I mentioned in a past post that I wanted to read the former novel, but couldn’t get my hands on a copy. Imagine my surprise when the author reached out to me and asked if I’d like a copy of his two novels. Both of these sounds so eerie and I cannot wait to read them.

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Christmas Gifts:

11. Jade City by Fonda Lee – After not so subtly providing a list of books I wouldn’t mind finding under the Christmas tree, I ended up with these final three books to close out 2018. I’m really excited about this fantasy book and got a real thrill out of how big this one was. I feel like I need to pick up more big books in 2019.

12. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Marie Machado – Yes, I’m so happy I own a copy of this short-story collection. I cannot wait to read these stories again.

13. Monstress, Vol. 3: Haven by Marjorie M. Liu, Illustrated by Sana Takeda – I finally got my hands on the third volume of this amazing graphic novel series. I cannot wait to crack it open.

4th Quarter Book HaulAnd there you have it! Have you read any of these? Any I need to get to right away? Which books were you gifted this holiday season? Let’s talk in the comments!

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!