2020 Second Quarter Book Haul: My Library Was Closed, You See…

Yes, this book haul is way late. Yes, it is a lot bigger than it should be considering how much I bought last quarter. Yes, I am determined to buy less during this current quarter. Yes, I don’t believe me either. My only defense was my library was closed for the entirely of the second quarter of this year and they also have a terrible selection when it comes to ebooks and audiobooks, so I really had no choice but to buy myself books. Also, it was my birthday, so a lot of these are thanks to gift cards, so don’t judge me too harshly. I included two books that I didn’t receive until July because they were technically June releases, so I wanted to include them anyway.

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Haitian Bridge Alliance

Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

Black Hills Legal Defense Fund


Preorders & New Releases:

1. The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty – Ask me how scared I am to pick this one up. I am actively avoiding this final book, even though I want to know what happens, I am afraid of what happens.

2. Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova – Yes to more high fantasy books by Latinx authors. I read an ARC of this one and am very much obsessed.

3. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Of course I preordered Mexican Gothic. It took a while for it to get to me, but I am just so happy that this one is in such high demand. Buy it if you haven’t already!

4. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown – Once I get a few ARCs out of the way, this is the one I am going to reach for first.

5. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo – I just finished this one and cried like you would not believe. Elizabeth Acevedo will always be an auto-buy author for me.

6. We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez – I have not had a chance to read this one yet, but I hear it is amazing.

7. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson – Yay for more lighthearted contemporaries by Black authors. I haven’t read this one yet but am aiming for the end of summer.

8. The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar – I hadn’t planned to buy this one but after watching several interviews with the author, I could not resist.

9. A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow – I need to finish all these ARCs I’ve got because I really want to get to this one as well.

10. The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext Edited by Felicia Rose Chavez, José Olivarez, and Willie Perdomo – I am so excited about this collection of poetry by Latinx poets. I have a feeling that it’s going to introduce me to a lot of talented writers.

11. Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor – I can’t believe I’ve had this one for months now and haven’t cracked it open. It is an adult horror novel from a Mexican author, featuring a witch that was just translated to English.

12. Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega – I adore this one so much and needed a finished copy after passing my ARC to my niece.

13. Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert – Listen, I was going to check this one out from the library but it was closed and I really really really wanted to read it. It was awesome by the way.


ARCs, Publisher Sent, and Gifts: 

14. Scarlet Odessey by C.T. Rwizi – I was sent this one by Megan Beatie Communications. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but it is a fantasy series by an African author that I am very intrigued by.

15. This Train Is Being Held by Ismée WilliamsAstrid sent me this one for my birthday because she is the sweetest. I am always excited to pick up debut books by Latinx authors so am looking forward to cracking this one open.

16. Corazón by Yesika SalgadoNatalie somehow knew that I have wanted this poetry collection for ages and gifted it to me for my bday. I am still crying about it.

17. Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro – Tor Teen sent this ARC to me back in May and I could not be more excited about it. The fact that it has both magical realism and horror elements, which are very much both my thing, makes me so happy.

18. Wayward Witch by Zoraida Córdova – AAAAHHHH! I am so stoked for the final Brooklyn Brujas book and feel so blessed to have been sent this from Zoraida. I cannot wait to read Rose’s story.

19. Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar – Aida Salazar might be the kindest author I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. She has sent me ARCs of both of her MG books and I am so grateful.


Spur of the Moment Purchases:

20. Wilder Girls by Rory Power – I’m sad that this one ended up being a let down for me, but I really wanted to pick up more horror and took a chance.

21. The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow – Usually it’s lighthearted contemporaries that immediately bring a smile to my face but this sci-fi novel has two of the most precious characters I’ve ever come across and I just love them so much.

22. Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman – I am two books behind of Akemi Dawn Bowman’s books which including this one but I just know in my bones that I am going to love both.

23. Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson – I must read this one before her upcoming novel Grown comes out.

24. Cenzontle by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo – After reading Children of the Land, I had to get my hands on his poetry collection.

What’s the last book you read? Did you buy more books than usually while you were self-isolating?

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!