Book Haul #30: Last One for the Year

Well, I haven’t been posting much lately. At first it was because I was sick, but then I lost enthusiasm as work got busier and the weather got colder. These days I prefer to laze around the house, read, and stay warm. However, I am trying to perk up and at least get interested in blogging again; but the cold, overcast, sometimes rainy and threatening snow weather is making it so, so hard. Hopefully this book haul will perk me up. They are always fun and sometimes they help to get me out of a blogging rut.

Used books

The Orangu-tan Librarian predicted in my last book haul that I’d pick up some more of these. These two were in such great condition, I couldn’t pass them up.

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

— I was glad when I saw this in the used book store because I’ve been curious about it ever since reading Mogsy’s review of it on the Bibliosanctum. Also, I love the cover.

The Book without Words: A Fable of Medieval Magic by Avi

— I don’t think I’ve ever heard of this book before, but the cover drew me to it and Avi is a popular name… I wonder if I’ll like it.

Book of the Month Club


The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

— This will be the first book I own and read by Nicola Yoon. I’ve always been drawn to her books because of their beautiful covers, but never been inclined to read them. I’ve heard this one is great and I hope that’s true. I look forward to it.

By the way, if anyone is interested in becoming a Book of the Month Club member, you can get 30% off your first month by using my referral link.

I’ve only tried one other subscription box, the Book Riot YA box (which is also good), but I prefer the Book of the Month Club box because they don’t include a bunch of random things in the box along with the book. They might include one or two additional items with the book as well as a note from the judge who selected the book. However, the reason why I’ve stuck with it is because I have the option to skip months. I don’t always want the books they’ve selected and I prefer being able to choose what I want rather than receiving a random book I have no interest in.

Book Outlet

The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath by Ishbelle Bee

— I heard it’s good and I love the cover, plus it was only about $2.34 on Book Outlet so I had to get it.

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

— All fantasy lovers have said it’s great so I can’t wait to read it.

Vixen by Rosie Garland

— Love the cover, which made me interested in the book and now I’m curious about the story, which seems to be set during the time of the bubonic plague.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

— I’ve wanted to read this memoir by a female scientist ever since I listened to a podcast episode about it on Slate Audio Book Club.

The Literature Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

— I got this out of curiosity, but I think it’ll be a good reference book.

Barnes & Noble

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

Liam’s review of this drove me to pick it up. I hope to read it in 2017.

Alphonse Mucha: Make Your Own Masterpiece

— When I picked up Captive Prince, I saw this coloring book at the store and could not leave it there. An Alphonse Mucha coloring book?? Of course I had to get it!

Daytripper by Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon

— I forgot where I first heard of this comic but since then, I’ve wanted to read it. I’ve since forgotten what it’s about, but that will just make my reading experience better.

Pop Manga Coloring Book by Camilla d’Errico

— I discovered this in one of Summer’s book hauls. I had a coupon. I had to use it. I got this. (That’s the second beautiful book Summer made me get. Thanks chica!)

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell

— This one I discovered in one of Millie’s Judging a Book by Its Cover posts, in which she shares her appreciation for beautifully designed book covers. Though the story seems like one I would like, I’m much more drawn to the cover and the fact that there are illustrations in it.

Free books

Shout out to great co-workers who give me books, in great condition, that they no longer need.

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

— I’ve wanted to get the complete Maus for the longest time and I’m sooo, sooo happy to finally be able to add it to my collection. 😀 Getting this book made my day.

The Prince by Niccoló Machiavelli

— I also received this from a co-worker. Love the cover!

That’s it for now. If you’ve read these, please share your thoughts on them below. If not, well then leave a comment on whatever you like. 🙂

22 thoughts on “Book Haul #30: Last One for the Year

  1. Hehe, I’m glad you were able to find another recommendation through me, Zezee! And I hope you enjoy The Sun is Also a Star; I adored that book so much. I can say that I thought the Asian American representation was perfect for that one. And ooh, I also recently hauled Lab Girl. I’m so looking forward to that one!

    Hope that you are well.

    Happy holidays,
    Summer atXingsings


  2. I haven’t had any hauls since early November when I went to a book festival. I did get a couple of books since, then, but that’s because I have subscription boxes. Anyway, I just wanted to write somewhere that I”m proud of myself for resisting the urge to haul tons of books every week. haha

    Book of the Month is definitely a keeper! I love subscription services that send goodies as well because I want to collect bookish stuff for bookstagram, but totally get that not everyone wants it. That’s why I recommend BOTM to everyone! Except maybe to YA-only readers because they don’t feature YA very often. Anyway, glad you got The Sun Is Also A Star. I plan to read it very soon!


    1. Lol well good job of resisting the urge. I’m trying to do the same as well. Actually I bought so many books this year that I feel a bit sick now, like when I have an upset stomach from eating too much.
      Yea, BOTM doesn’t have much YA or even fantasy.


  3. Your coworkers are the freaaaking best. The Complete Maus??? That’s a dream come true! Amazing haul though, so many great books (definitely forgetting what Daytripper is about WILL make your experience so much more interesting!) 😛

    – Lashaan


  4. Wow, that’s quite a haul! Looks like you have some great books there! I’ve heard Lab Girl is really good – might need to see if my library has a copy. Enjoy!


  5. What a great haul! I’ll have to look a lot of these books up, for sure.

    Sorry to hear you were sick, and are generally feeling meh about reading and blogging. I hope things start picking up for you soon! =)


  6. Ooh, I keep thinking I should read Half a King, I’ve read some of his other work and really enjoyed it.

    I hope you get your blog buzz back but I know the feeling. I just need the chance to catch my breath and work out where I am up to and what I am doing!


  7. I’ve heard such good things about Captive Prince, been on the lookout for it but haven’t seen it anywhere. Might have to purchase it online or something. This was such a great haul! And I hope you get out of your blogging rut soon 🙂


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