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!

2016 First Quarter Book Haul

Book Haul (1)Well, I haven’t done one of these in ages. As you may have known, I decided to do away with monthly book haul posts in the new year because I felt that they encouraged a whole lot of book buying. I wrote a post about why these monthly hauls we’re not a good idea for me, as someone who is trying to curb her book spending. Instead, this year, I am going to post book hauls every three months, so I can still show off what books I’ve bought and compare numbers with last year to show everyone that I really do have some shelf-control, I mean self-control.

So how have I been doing so far this year? I’ve purchased only seven books in 2016 and won one preorder in February. Last year by this time I had purchase 19 books. I’m doing so well and right now I’m going to resist the temptation to buy a book in celebration (I’m a work in progress). Titles are linked to my reviews if applicable. Click on any image to enlarge.

bookhaulapril1January 2016-March 2016 Book Haul:

1. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – Hype has a way of zapping my enthusiasm for new releases and as it were, I was not expecting to enjoy Truthwitch. But surprise, it turned out to be really good and so I bought myself a copy.

2. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab – Of course I bought this second book in the Shades of Magic series. Schwab shows once again what a brilliant writer she is and I for one cannot wait for the final book.

3. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig – Debut novels are tricky things. You really never know what you’re going to get if you decide to preorder one. Thankfully this one turned out to be quite good. I’m always nervous about time travel novels, but this one was awesome.

4. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski – I would give my right hand for this book. This series has been just a crazy emotional experience. I’m currently reading this one and am taking my time because I don’t want to say goodbye and also I’m freakin’ scared of what the author might do. Also, let’s take a moment to thank the publisher for listening to their readers when we found out they were going to change the cover for this final book. I am so happy they didn’t because look at how pretty they all look together…

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5. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers – Remember when I said that preordering debuts can be tricky? This one was a bit of a letdown. Assassin books are something I really enjoy (maybe in my former life…?), but I was expecting a lot more than what I got here.

6. Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin – This book is the best!!!!!!! I was beside myself when I finished my library copy that I quickly hopped on over to Amazon and bought myself this book. I’m ready to reread it at this very moment, I’m so in love.

7. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer – Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a bookish gift to oneself because shouldn’t everyone get a little something even if they may not be romantically involved with anyone? Some of you may say that’s just an excuse to buy myself a book. And you’re absolutely right.

8. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – Did you know this was my first five-star read of 2016? I keep repeating this but I want to make sure the people in the back hear too. I actually won this one through a Twitter giveaway hosted by Reviews from a Bookworm. I probably would have bought it anyway because of how amazing it sounded.

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What books have you purchased so far this year? Are you also trying to curb your book spending? Have you had any success (this is a nonjudgmental place)? What is your favorite book purchase so far in 2016? Let me know in the comments!

Book Haul: December Delights

Book Haul (1)There’s something kind of sad about the final book haul of the year or maybe I’m just sad the year is ending. I was lucky enough to received two boxed sets as Christmas gifts this year. I also bought myself an early Christmas gift and couldn’t stop myself from staying away from a couple of Holiday deals. I also won a giveaway on Tumblr. Click to enlarge any image below.
1. Jane Austen Boxed Set (The Heirloom Collection)

This was my major splurge of the month. I could not resist these gorgeous books and when I saw the price, I just had to give in. I’ve already made a separate post for this box set (I couldn’t wait to share them), so if you’re interested in taking a closer look, click here. Prepare yourself for a whole lot of pretty.

2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians Boxed Set by Rick Riordan

I haven’t read the Percy Jackson series yet! I know, how is this possible? I finally read The Lightning Thief earlier this year and absolutely loved it. I’m so glad that I received this boxed set for Christmas, so I can finally read the entire series. I cannot wait to get started!

 

3. Hogwarts Library Boxed Set

How is it that I don’t already own this? I almost bought myself this earlier this month because apparently Decembers bring out the spender in me (never good). I’m super happy that I got this from a friend this Christmas because the odds are I probably would have given in at some point.

4. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Why do I find it so hard to resist 30% off coupons? I’m telling ya, this time of year is dangerous for my wallet. But look, I got a copy of Uprooted, an amazing fantasy read!

5. Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Another book I got with a coupon, the final book in the Starbound series. I haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet, but I will soon.

6. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Of course after I finished taking all these picture, I remembered that I had won a giveaway. I won this little book from Hannah @ The Literary Elephant on Tumblr. If you’re on Tumblr, you should definitely follow her. Beside the book, she also included a few goodies including these absolutely charming literary tree decorations. So cute!

 

How was your December book haul? Get any awesome book gifts this Christmas? Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!

Book Haul: Favorite Book Purchase of 2015

Book Haul (1)Oh, I know it isn’t quite the end of the month yet, but I just had to share my most recent book purchase. Typically I like to get myself a little something at Christmas time. Well I had already gotten myself something earlier this month (you’ll have to wait for my official book haul post for that), while I was trying to figure out another book to get my niece, for some reason I ended up looking at the Jane Austen box set (The Heirloom Collection).

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Now I’ve been lusting for this set for the past year, ever since I saw someone post pictures of it on tumblr. But it’s not cheap and I could never justify spending $50+ on it. But then here it was, only $40. It was so tempting and then I remembered the promo code I had a friend tell me about that morning which I hadn’t decided whether or not I was going to use. After much indecision (and a couple of desperate texts and tweets), I went ahead and bought it.

And now I am in love, these are the most gorgeous books I’ve ever seen. You should have seen me before I even received these books in the mail, I was showing pictures to everyone, telling them what I bought for myself. You’d think I just had a child and was showing her off to all my friends and relatives.

Now typically I’d wait to share these with you, but I thought this collection deserved it’s own book haul post. These hardcover books are my favorite book purchase this year. Just take a closer look at how lovely they are (I dare you to tell me they aren’t gorgeous):

Are you a fan of Jane Austen? Thinking about buying these? What was your favorite book purchase this year? Let me hear from you in the comments!