Book Haul #36: The pretty books of June

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, 20th Anniversary Hufflepuff edition

After weeks wracked with indecision about which of the Harry Potter 20th-anniversary editions I should get, I bought the Hufflepuff one because it’s in my favorite color, yellow. Blue is another of my favorite colors and I am a Ravenclaw, but I didn’t like the shade of blue that the Ravenclaw editions were published in. It was too dark. However, this bright yellow suits me well. I paired it with a postcard I bought when I visited the Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn museum.

Fool’s Errand
The Golden Fool
Fool’s Fate

I also bought this beautiful edition of Robin Hobb’s Tawney Man trilogy and paired it with the bookmarks that came with them from Book Depository. I’m reading through Robin Hobb’s books with Emily at Embuhlee liest and we’re currently on Ship of Magic, the last novel in the Liveship Traders trilogy. So much has happened since the Farseer books and I’m still curious to see how the Farseer books connect with the Liveship Traders ones. I can see some connection with the serpents and all, but there must be more and I have a theory on how and would like to know if I’m right. Anyway, I’m hooked on this story and the world and can’t wait to read the Tawney Man books.

Ramayana: Divine Loophole by Sanjay Patel

As I mentioned in a recent post, Chronicle Books, a San Francisco-based publisher of books and stationary, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary by offering 25% off its books and free shipping. I used the deal to get Ramayana by Sanjay Patel, a Pixar animator and storyboard artist, because I love the illustrations I’ve seen of it. I was first drawn to Patel’s work when I saw this video floating around Facebook:

Ico: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe
Language by Xiaolu Guo

I took myself to New York City for the weekend and bought these at Kinokuniya, a Japanese bookstore chain. This was my second time visiting the store but my first time purchasing something there, which I was glad to do because I’ve wanted to revisit the store since my first brief visit last year. I picked up Ico at random and bought it because I liked the cover and the synopsis sounds like my sort of story; and I got Language because I’ve wanted to get one of the Penguin Vintage Minis since I first heard of them.

The Black Monday Murders, Vol. 1 by Jonathan Hickman, illus. by Tomm Coker
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

July 4th was Independence Day in the U.S. I spent it in bookstores, where I purchased The Black Monday Murders, Vol. 1, which the cashier in the comic book shop said is about cults and Wall Street and murders, which made me go “Hmm… that’s weirdly interesting to me.” I then bought Down Among the Sticks and Bones at Barnes & Noble because I had a coupon. (Yeah me!)

That’s it for these. Next up, the e-books.

28 thoughts on “Book Haul #36: The pretty books of June

  1. You always but the prettiest books! I really want to get my hands on a Hufflepuff copy of Harry Potter. Can you recommend any art books you’ve enjoyed? I’ve been looking to check out some more from my library, but I’m not sure where to start.


    1. You should get it! It’s so nice and bright. I really wanted a Ravenclaw but I didn’t like the shade of blue used for it.
      As for art books, I usually read reference books for it, but haven’t picked up one in a while. I haven’t yet read these but I own “Munch” by Steffen Kverneland and “Pablo” by Julie Birmant, which are biographies of artists Edvard Munch and Pablo Picasso in comic book form. I assume both are pretty cool reads. 🙂

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    1. Lol I judge books by their covers all the time so I totally understand there. Actually, that’s how I started reading Hobb’s books. The pretty covers made me want to get them and then I got curious about the story. The story is really good.


  2. Nice haul! I liked seeing the Robin Hobb books on here. And aren’t those TBD bookmarks neat? I have two of them and colored one so far. It has a tropical flower / jungle theme to it.

    No new books for me recently, but I’ve been borrowing some from the library as “market research” for my new WIP. I read Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel a couple weeks ago (very good; not to mention my mouth watered over the several Mexican dishes that were featured), and am now about 50 pages away from finishing Anna-Marie McLemore’s When The Moon Was Ours (and wow, it’s been gorgeous and heart-wrenching so far).


    1. They are pretty cool. But I do miss the old bookmarks though that’s already colored in and all.

      Lol! Aww man, I love it when books do that – make me hungry. How’s the new WIP coming along?

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      1. I’m about 23,000 words in at this point… which kind of stuns me. I’m not a fast writer, but this has been coming together very quickly, especially compared to TKC. So I take a night or two off sometimes to focus of the background work instead: research, character profiles… all to make sure I know what I’m writing about and what each character is like before I get too far ahead of myself.


        1. Maybe… In fact, I’m almost afraid of it going *too* fast, and not leaving enough time for research and character profiling. So maybe it’s a good time that I’m taking breaks now and then to do just that.

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    1. It certainly looks great.
      Well, I can’t help you with your debate, but at least with the illustrated edition you’re getting another version of the story, somewhat.
      I didn’t get them but I just might get the illustrated edition of the 4th book.


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