Weekend Reads #50: Book Haul #24

No discussion post this time, just a book haul to sum up what I’ve acquired since my last one. And it’s not a lot either. I think I’m burnt out from buying books. I don’t even want to see a bookstore. I own so many books I haven’t yet read that whenever I see a bookstore, I get that overstuffed feeling that I usually get when I’ve eaten too much. This is new for me. I never pass up on a bookstore visit.

I don’t see this as something bad. This overstuffed feeling is helping me to save money. Chances are I won’t visit a bookstore until this feeling dissipates. I don’t know how long that will take but either way, I’m grateful.

Physical books

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Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down by Alice Walker

I had to get Wired to Create because, as I’ve mentioned in another post, I borrowed it from the library and was tempted to highlight stuff in it so I had to get my own copy. I’ve always wanted to read Moonwalking with Einstein because it’s about remembering things, which is of great interest to me, and I’ve heard great things about Alice Walker’s book of essays. I have to read it.

Sketchy Stories: The Sketchbook Art of Kerby Rosanes by Kerby Rosanes

I love Kerby Rosanes’s illustrations. I like how he includes multiple characters in a single image so I always notice something new when I look at them. I’ve always wanted to get one of his books so when I heard he would be publishing his sketchbook, I had to get it. He was on tour in NYC last week and I was so sad that I couldn’t make it to any of his sessions. 😥 By the way, he’s the illustrator of the cover of Jay Kristoff’s new novel Nevernight:

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Lady Mechanika, Vol. 2: The Tablet of Destinies by M.M. Chen, illus. by Joe Benitez and Martin Montiel

Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games by Joe Hill, illus. by Gabriel Rodriguez

These two comic books were waiting for me at the comic bookstore. I had to get them. I’d forgotten that I’d started a pull-list for Lady Mechanika and while there I grabbed Locke & Key, Vol. 2.

Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Spinster was on sale on BookOutlet. Had to get it. Wild was just chilling there on the website. Had to get it. I’ve never read either. Obviously I had to get them.

Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

Books 2 and 3 in the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. I so enjoyed book 1 that I had to get the rest. Looking forward to reading them very, very soon.

E- and audio books

Sick by Christa Wojciechowski

You by Caroline Kepnes, narrated by Santino Fontana

I bought Sick after reading the author’s post over on Sci-Fi and Scary on why psychological thrillers terrify us. I became interested in her book after reading a review of it on Sci-Fi and Scary. Then I got the audiobook of You by Caroline Kepnes, which is also a thriller. I read the book last year and enjoyed it but was told that the audiobook is one of the best so I tried it since I had a free download deal on Audible and I agree: The audiobook is awesome! The narrator guy captured Joe’s personality well. Whether or not you’ve read You, I highly suggest the audiobook.

Library book


Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

I’m currently hooked on the Lunar Chronicles. I borrowed Cinder from the library a couple weeks ago and ran through it quickly and I’m on edge waiting to read Scarlet. I was tempted to buy the series, but I’m trying to be more mindful of limited space and financial priorities.

What I read this weekend:

The weekend is almost done but here’s what I’m stuck in.

Song of Kali I

Song of Kali by Dan Simmons, one of the three books I chose to read from the Try a Chapter Tag. I recently completed Blue Lily, Lily Blue, which was surprisingly scary in some spots. I considered reading When Breath Becomes Air after that but procrastinated on it by picking up Song of Kali. This is supposed to be a horror novel but nothing scary has happened yet. However, the atmosphere of the novel is threatening as if the characters are barely restrained from going nuts or behaving in hellish ways. And I don’t think I like the protagonist Robert Luczak. He seems kinda xenophobic to me.

Well then, what did you read this weekend?

17 thoughts on “Weekend Reads #50: Book Haul #24

  1. Nice haul! I didn’t know about that Alice Walker. I read The Color Purple and fell in-love with her writing.I get what you mean about the book buying burnout.I have the same thing with ARCs though,I can’t even go through the NetGalley lists right now due to my overwhelming TBR.


  2. I finished The Square Root Of Summer, Shiva in the city of nectar and I’ve started off with a long way to a small angry planet. For a second I thought you’d read an Indian book. Kali is the name of an Indian goddess. 😀 love the collection.


    1. I assumed it was a fantasy novel about Kali when I saw the title but it’s not. So far it seems like a thriller but many readers categorize it as horror.
      It’s the first I’ve heard of Shiva in the City of Nectar and people have raved about the Square Root of Summer and A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. Hopefully you’ll enjoy them too.

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      1. I’ve finished Square Root and it was a lovely solid 4 stars. Let’s see how angry planet goes. The narrator is awesome


  3. I can’t wait to check out Nevernight…I love that cover so much more than the US one! And I hear Song of Kali is supposed to be more disturbing than scary…I wouldn’t know though, I haven’t mustered up the courage to try it yet, even though I love Simmons 🙂


    1. Yea. Disturbing is the word I often see used to describe it. But I saw it categorized as horror so I thought it would be disturbingly scary. I’ll see though.
      Yea man, that cover is tight! I love it. I’m one of those people who buy a book because of its cover and this one would be tempting if I was in a buying mood.


  4. I guess the feeling will fade a little when you’ve caught up on a few books that are waiting for you. I’ve had to restrict what I’ve been getting because the amount I have sitting here to read, including library books and stuff borrowed from a friend, was getting insane.

    I hope you enjoy all of these! I’m just about to pick up book 3 of the Farseer trilogy from the library this week, but loved the first two!


    1. That’s encouraging that you’ve enjoyed the first two. Yea, I guess the feeling will fade after a while but I don’t mind it much now.


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