Book Haul #39: I did good

Oh, book buying. 🙂

It’s been a while since I’ve done a haul, almost 3 months, in fact. Unfortunately, it’s not because I haven’t been buying books. I just forget to post the haul sometimes. For this haul, I think I did good because I attended the Small Press Expo again this year but, unlike last year, I didn’t go overboard and buy everything that caught my eye or that people told me to buy. Yeahie me! 😀 I instead kept my purse in my bag and bought only what I was really interested in. I’ve learned that when attending such things, cons and expos, to keep my purse in my bag. If it’s in my hand, I’ll leave the place in debt.

Unlike recent hauls, this one doesn’t have any books checked out from the library. Not that I didn’t check anything out. I did, but I didn’t get the time to read them so I didn’t see the point in listing them here. With that said, I guess I’m DNF’ing The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster. I started it but got distracted by other books and then I had to return it to the library. I guess I’ll revisit it some other time. Anyway, here are the books:

Physical books

The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks

I first bought an e-book of the first novel, The Way of Shadows, and enjoyed the story so much that I bought a box-set of the trilogy upon completing the e-book. They look great on my shelves and I can’t wait to read the others.

Lapham’s Quarterly’s volume on fear

The Medusa head on the cover made me pick it up and the topic for the volume intrigued me. I couldn’t leave the store without out. I haven’t read much of it yet, but the bit I have read is on immigration and the horrible practices of ICE, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It’s upsetting.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

I had to pick this up because when September hit, I got a strong feeling to read it. Now I am and I’m glad I did. It’s a great book and story and will be a favorite and should be considered a classic.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

As I’ve said in a previous post, I listened to an episode of First Draft, a podcast where host Sarah Enni interviews YA authors, featuring Leigh Bardugo and was convinced to purchase her Six of Crows. I read Shadow and Bone and thought it was okay but wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue with it. Now I’m eager to try Six of Crows.

Birthright, Vol. 2: Call to Adventure by Joshua Williamson, illus. by Andrei Bressan

I read the first volume for the Reading Quest Challenge (review coming soon) and got curious about what would happen next, so I went out and got the second volume. I’m waiting until I’ve reviewed the first before starting on it.

The Pocket Rumi by Rumi

I’m not a huge fan of poetry, but I’ve heard about Rumi often and like many quotes by him so I thought I’d get a book of some of his poetry; see what the dude’s about.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

This one is an ARC. I haven’t yet read it, but I plan to read and review it soon.

The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero

This is one of my anticipated books for this year. I bought it as soon as it was published. I’m just curious about the story because I think it includes dolls that are alive. I believe it is middle grade.

Curse Words, Vol. 1: The Devil’s Devil by Charles Soule, illus. by Ryan Browne

This review of it on NPR made me want to try it. So I bought it. Plus I love the cover.

Park Bench by Christophe Chabouté

I’m pretty sure I’ve read all or part of this graphic novel online somewhere before, but I bought the book because I like the concept, or rather, what I remember of what I read… That’s if it is the same story.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

The movie adaptation of this book is one of my favorite movies. I didn’t even know it was based on a book until I read a blog post discussing the book. Imagine my surprise! I said to myself I have to read the book, so when I saw a deal for it on Amazon, I bought it! 🙂

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

This one is a thriller. I included it in a Wishes for My TBR post a while back and immediately bought it when I saw it on sale on Amazon.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Everyone’s familiar with this. I believe I watched the first movie once but wasn’t much interested in it or the franchise. But many have said the book is good so when I saw a deal on Amazon…

More ARCs
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

This is the second in Arden’s Winternight trilogy, the first of which was The Bear and the Nightingale, which was published earlier this year. I haven’t yet read that first book, but both will be read and reviewed by or about the publication date for The Girl in the Tower. It will be published in the U.S. on December 5.

A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne

A fantasy novel that will be published on October 17. I’m excited to read it, but I doubt I’ll be able to do so by it’s publication date. I will read and review it before the end of the year, though.

** Shout out to Penguin Random House for the ARCs! 😀 Much appreciated! **

Sooo… I was going to include my comic book haul from Small Press Expo in this post but this is long enough already. I’ll have post a round 2 later in the week.


20 thoughts on “Book Haul #39: I did good

  1. Whoa amazing haul!! I really want to read homegoing and the Sanderson books. I also was meh about Shadow and bone (though I did read the whole series- I didn’t rate any of them above 3*) However I *loved* Six of Crows!!! it was seriously amazing!!


    1. I think you mean the Brent Weeks books there. They do look a lot like the Sanderson book covers. I prefer that kind of design and those Weeks books are awesome. Well, the first one is great. It’s the only one I’ve read so far. Homegoing was great! I highly recommend that one.
      Awesome! Am looking forward to Six of Crows.

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  2. I’ve seen Celeste Ng’s book everywhere, the cover makes it look really interesting! Michael Crichton is an awesome writer, if you love sci-fi and lots of crazy science added with action and dinosaurs, you’ll love Jurassic Park!


  3. I have been wanting to read Six of Crows for a while now but I have yet to read it. My mom thought the same thing about Leigh Bardugo’s other series when she had to read it but I have read something that they said that you should start with Six of Crows and then her other series. But congrats on this month!


  4. Nice haul! 😀 Six of Crows was really good. I still need to read the second part of that duology, but I’m currently reading another one of Leigh Bardugo’s books right now (The Language of Thorns). 😛
    I’m also looking forward to reading the second volume of Birthright and A Plague of Giants. 🙂 Have fun with all your reading. It looks like you got an awesome variety. 😀


      1. I’m really liking it so far. 🙂 It’s very much like a dark fairy tale collection set in her fictional world, and you can pick out influences throughout the stories from our own fairy tales and myths. I’ve really been enjoying it. It has some lovely illustrations in it relating to each of the tales in the book that expand with every turn of the page.


  5. Um what?!
    You just totally sold me on ‘Curse words’ just by showing that cover and I don’t even like graphic novels 😀
    LOOK AT THAT CUTE KOALA TRYING TO LOOK VICIOUS! AWWWW! I try to hunt it down tomorrow with another graphic novel I’ve heard about 🙂 Maybe they can help me get into them!


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