Book Haul #31: Last Is First

Remember the last time I posted a bookhaul and said that it would be the last one for the year? I lied.

Well, technically I was telling the truth because that was the last bookhaul I posted last year, but y’all know I meant that I wouldn’t buy any more books. (And technically some of these books were bought before I posted that bookhaul so…)

Anyway, here are the books I got pre- and post-Christmas.


Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore, illus. by Brian Bolland
Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb, illus. by Tim Sale

Lashaan at the Bookidote is partially to blame for The Killing Joke (Lol!). The other half of the blame goes to my co-worker, who has introduced me to superhero comics. I, of course, am totally innocent. But really though, both Lashaan and my co-worker have given The Killing Joke high praises and when I visited the comic bookstore and said that’s what I wanted to get, the workers there nearly lost their shit, so I HAD to get it.

I also picked up The Long Halloween because I’m new to Batman and such characters and was told by the comic bookstore peeps that it’s a good place to start. I think I’ll read that before The Killing Joke.


A Million Cats: Fabulous Felines to Color
Cartography of the Void by Chris Abani
The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

I got A Million Cats for Christmas, which was a pleasant surprise because I didn’t expect to receive anything much less a book; and I picked up Cartography of the Void, another short memoir in the Face series, because I so enjoyed Ruth Ozeki’s A Time Code. As I’ve said before, I plan to collect all three books that have been published in the Face series. Of course, I had to get The Strain because I’m hooked on the TV show, which airs on FX. I want to see if the book is as good.

The Shining

The Shining by Stephen King

I downloaded The Shining on my Kindle app. I really tried not to buy it. Really, I did. I checked my library for it, but I borrowed The Stand by accident and since I’m reading King’s books in publication order, I couldn’t startΒ The Stand yet. I then checked my library’s digital catalog on Overdrive, but didn’t like the download options so I was forced by fate to buy it on Kindle. I’ll start on it soon.

And that’s it for now until B&N sends coupons.
Tell me about something good and blue.

25 thoughts on “Book Haul #31: Last Is First

  1. Nice haul! Stephen King is one of those authors whose work so many people love yet I haven’t read myself. I probably should… but he writes mostly horror, right? And horror isn’t quite my thing…

    I can’t remember whether I’ve shared my Christmas book haul with you yet, so forgive me if this is a repeat. But here’s what I got as gifts:

    V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic (already read it and LOVED it)
    Neil Gaiman’s American Gods
    Livia Blackburne’s Midnight Thief
    Lois Lowry’s The Giver
    Ruta Sepetys’s Between Shades of Gray


    1. Yea, def give King a try. I’ve only read his first two books: Carrie and Salem’s Lot. Carrie wasn’t impressive but Salem’s Lot was good and I liked the writing there. Neither was very scary.
      Lol yup, I think you shared it but I don’t mind you telling me again. I’d love to try one of Schwab’s books. I keep saying so but have yet to do it and the Giver is such a good book. I need to read the rest of the series.

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        1. It made your #1. Many have said it’s great, but gosh, it’s the one I fear reading the most. I remember being scared while watching the movie as a kid and I think the book will be worse.

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        2. I think I liked It so much because King really was able to write that fear and suspense into his novel. The book was definitely tense and scary!


  2. Haha, i thought your ‘last’ book haul was ambitious with the few weeks still remaining in the year πŸ˜‰
    My last two reads have blue covers and have been good!
    The first is called ‘an island to oneself, by Tom neale, neale spent sixteen years living on a tiny island with nothing but blue skies and ocean for company, well and coconuts and fish n stuff. He would go about fourteen months without seeing another person!!!

    Next was castaway by Lucy Irvine, she answered this add in a paper ” writer seeks ‘wife’ for a year on a tropical island ”
    So they went to this uninhabited island above Australia with about one months food and had a pretty tough time of it until nearby islanders befriended them.

    Both are favourite reads ( especially when it’s been cold and raining for ever, and it’s meant to be summer man)



    1. I think I watched Castaway movie when I was a kid. What you said there sounded so familiar.
      Sucks about the weather. Weather sucks here too. It’s snowing. I hate snow.


      1. Yeah! Ya don’t hear of many snow bathers πŸ‘™

        I’ll have to check out that movie one time, I’ve only seen the one with Tom hanks in it.

        “ain’t easy been a made a snow man
        ya know man”



  3. Bahahahah thanks for the shout out! And hey! The Killing Joke is 100% worth every single penny. It’s one of those rare books that I’ll never be able to let anyone hate; unless they just didn’t see all the subtleties in the writing and the art! The Long Halloween is also an EXCELLENT purchase. I remember praising it throughout my review wayyyy back then. A fantastic noir vibe story and one of the best works of the duo Loeb and Sale. Hope you enjoy your comics! πŸ˜€ I like the idea of reading King’s books in publication order. I’ve never thought of doing that and would’ve totally loved to do the same. I actually started and finished my first King book on the 1st (the first book in the Dark tower series). Man… I’m pretty much hooked to the series and… need… to go get the next books! I think I might be a die-hard fan in the making LOL

    – Lashaan


    1. Lol! Everyone seems to love King. I’m interested to see how his writing develops. There’s definitely an improvement between Carrie (which I thought wasn’t that great) n ‘Salem’s Lot (which I enjoyed).
      Glad that you said that of the Long Halloween. Makes me a bit more happy about that haul.

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      1. I honestly thought he was overrated back when I didn’t reach much and saw his book EVERYWHERE. While I can’t just change my opinion on his overall writing after only having read 1 of his books, the praise he gets does seem deserved! πŸ˜›

        – Lashaan


        1. I agree. Actually, when I read Carrie, I though King was overhyped. But ‘Salem’s Lot sold me. I love the writing in that one and the build up and tension.

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    1. I’ve only seen the Stand movie n I really liked it. I’d read it now if not for this publication order thing I’m doing. And since I basically read 1 book by him each year, I won’t complete this task until I’m an crippled old lady.


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