Book Haul #29: Used & New

…And I’m back with a book haul post. Here are all the books I’ve acquired recently. If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve probably seen them already. Oh well.

Used books


I don’t usually buy used books but these were in such great condition that I grabbed them. I picked up The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd because I saw lots of rave reviews for it last year, and I got Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley, with illustrations by Douglas Gorsline, because I heard it’s a book that book lovers will enjoy. I think I first heard of it on the Book Riot Youtube channel.

Book Outlet

I think there was a sale on Book Outlet when I got these — and those Book Outlet sales are crazy because the website already lists books with 50%- to 90%-percent off prices! Here we have:

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins, which I heard is an awesome horror, fantasy novel: some peeps say it’s horror, others say it’s fantasy; I guess it’s a mash up of the two.

I also picked up Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s nonfiction book on creativity Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention. I already have his book Flow, which I haven’t yet read, so I thought it best to get Creativity as well. I’ve wanted to read both for a while now, I think ever since I read Ken Robinson’s The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything.

And since I own the previous two books in the Memoirs of Lady Trent series by Marie Brennan, I thought it best to get the third novel, The Voyage of the Basilisk. I haven’t yet read any of the books in the series, by the way, but I heard it’s great and I’ve wanted it since I first heard of it.

Barnes & Noble

I heard The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey is great, so I got it. I read the first paragraph and was hooked. I plan to read it next.

I heard the same about The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber, so I got it too, especially since it was only $6 for it.

And I’m curious about Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.

The illustrations in Dieter Braun’s Wild Animals of the North are so beautiful that I had to get it, especially since I had a coupon. 😀

And I’m curious about Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. I wonder what themes he explores in it. I’ve heard it’s great too.

Free books

I received a couple free books. I picked up an ARC of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks by Sam Maggs because I was curious.

And I also got a copy of Penguin’s newest edition of Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I almost passed on the book because I didn’t like it much when I first read it in middle school, but the cover got me. The illustration is awesome.

As for Jason Rekulak’s The Impossible Fortress, I won an ARC of it in a Maximum Shelf giveaway, hosted by Shelf Awareness. It’s a young-adult novel that will be published in February. I linked the title to it’s Goodreads page, in case you’re interested. By the way, the cover is so great.


24 thoughts on “Book Haul #29: Used & New

  1. I’m with Mogsy about the Brennan books – although I have some catching up to do with the series! I also have American Gods and haven’t read it yet.
    Loved Girl With all the Gifts and the Invention of Wings – would like to read what you make of those two.
    Lynn 😀


  2. I’ve heard good things about American Gods, too. It’s on my Christmas list this year, so if I get it maybe I can squeeze it in for reading next year. Did you know they’re adapting it for TV, btw?


    1. Yea! I think I heard/saw that mentioned somewhere, probably coming on Showtime or Starz or some other channel I do not have like HBO. 😦
      I’ll wait for it to get to Netflix or Hulu.

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  3. I really, really love book haul posts! lol Especially now that I have gone on a temporary book-buying ban for the next couple of months. Well, I’m not going to completely ban myself from buying books, but I will definitely try my hardest not to. I really do have plenty right now. x)

    You got some good books here. 😀 Glad to see Purple Hibiscus and that edition of American Gods is gorgeous. The one I have is kind of lame.. And omg, that Lord of the Flies copy is also stunning. I’d never seen that one before.
    Looks like a very successful haul.

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    1. Haha! Those book-buying bans are hard to stick to. Best of luck with that!
      Yea, it was a good haul with some gorg books. Penguin always does a great job when designing covers for the classics.

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  4. Oh my godd, amazing book haul. So many beautiful must-reads!!! I love that edition of Lord of The Flies, it’s absolutely stunning. I’m also really curious about American Gods (I still have to read… all of Neil Gaiman’s books though). Hope you enjoy these when you get the chance to read them!

    – Lashaan

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