Book Haul #53: The Prelude

I haven’t done a book haul since May, so I have a ton of stuff to share with you. It’s not because I bought loads of books — I did purchase a few — but because I attended the American Library Association Conference that was held in Washington, D.C., and was able to fill several bags with books while there. It was a great event. 🙂

But before I show those books, let’s take a look at the ones that aren’t from the conference.



The Alehouse at the End of the World by Stevan Allred

I bought it because it seems to be a humorous read. I found it in the fantasy section at Kramerbooks & Afterwords, read a couple lines, and decided I must have it. I hope it’s good.

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

I actually listened to the audio book from my library prior to purchasing a physical copy. I was convinced to give Sincero’s book a chance after listening to her on the Free Library of Philadelphia podcast. What she said resonated with me and made me curious about what’s in her book, so I borrowed the audio book. I was so hooked on it that I quickly completed it and immediately visited the bookstore to get myself a copy.

You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero

I also picked up a copy of this and downloaded the audio book from my library. So far, it hasn’t resonated with me as strongly as the first book did. I’ve since set it aside to read other things.

Astrology Bible: The Definitive Guide to the Zodiac by Judy Hall

To tell you the truth, I’ve no idea why I bought this. Every now and then an astrology book tricks me into purchasing it.

Stephen Biesty’s Cross-Sections Castle by Stephen Biesty, illus. by Richard Platt

Every time I walked by this book, I’d want to take a peek inside. It was on a feature stand alongside other picture books at the bookstore I work at. Sometimes when I had a few moments, I would take a quick look at it. But those moments weren’t long enough. Plus the little bit I saw appealed to me, so I just bought it. Now I can read/look at it anytime. 🙂

Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn

This one is for a book club I’d like to attend, but it’s taking me forever to start the book. My reading this month is slow; I’ve been pretty busy and tired. 😦

A Song of Ice & Fire Leather-Cloth Boxed Set by George R.R. Martin

I’m stupidly happy to own this! 😀 I love this edition of the books. They make me think of bibles because of the soft leather covers and how small they are. I’ve wanted this boxed set for a while now, but it was too expensive. But since I now work at a bookstore…. 😀 ….. and that bookstore had an employee appreciation week… 😉 😀 ….. YAH!! It took me a while before I removed the plastic on it. I didn’t want to blemish the books.

From Denver trip

I visited Denver, Colorado, in June and while there I visited a Tattered Cover Book Shop location, where I picked up these three:

Magical Negro by Morgan Parker

It’s a book of poems. I’m not big on poetry, but I like the title of this and the couple pages I read.

Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

I really want to read this and have been interested in it since its publication. For some reason, I thought it was a book of essays. It’s a book of short stories.

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Another one I really want to read. Actually, I just need to try one of Gay’s books. Any one. I listened to her session on the Free Library of Philadelphia podcast and loved it so much that I had to get her book.

Book Outlet Order
How to Treat Magical Beasts: Mine and Master’s Medical Journal, Vol. 1 by Kaziya (illus.)

Unfortunately, I’ve forgotten whose review I saw/read that convinced me to buy the first two of this manga series. I saw the cover while working at the bookstore and have been curious about it, but it was that one blog/booktube review that made me think I might like it. Ugh! I wish I could remember.

How to Treat Magical Beasts: Mine and Master’s Medical Journal, Vol. 2 by Kaziya (illus.)

I just thought it’s best to just go ahead and get the second book since they were both on Book Outlet for SUPER CHEAP because SALE!! I have a feeling that I’ll like them.

Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales by Tamora Pierce

I’ve wanted this book for years and FINALLY!! I have it. I was a huge a fan Pierce’s fantasy world as a teen, and I still am, so I wanted to get this book to read other stories set there. Hopefully, I’ll get to it soonish once I speed up my reread of the books.

The Mammoth Book of Warriors & Wizardry edited by Sean Wallace

Another one I saw on Book Outlet for super cheap and had to get, especially since it has stories from a great list of notable fantasy authors, such as Scott Lynch, N.K. Jemisin, Naomi Novik, and more.

Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty & the Beast by Robin McKinley

I’m pretty sure I’ve read this before. I’ve read many of McKinley’s books and have loved almost all of them. She’s another author whose books I’d like to collect.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illus. by Camille Rose Garcia

I love these beautifully illustrated editions of the fairy tales. I already own Cinderella, so when I saw Alice in Wonderland available (for such a cheap price!) I had to get it. Garcia does a great job on these books. If you’d like to see some sample pages, check out Milliebot Reads’ Judging a Book by Its Cover posts for Snow White, Cinderellaand Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.


Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

I was debating whether or not to get this one (it was $3.99 but I’m not crazy about e-books) when I read Kristin’s review of it and was convinced to try it. I bought it with the intention to read it soon, so maybe I’ll pick it up next month for the N.E.W.T.S. 2019 Readathon.


I WON a Giveaway!! 😀

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

I was a lucky winner for a giveaway Kristin Kraves hosted to celebrate her two-year blogiversary. 😀 Congrats! And Thank You!! I was so excited and happy to receive Jenn Lyons’s novel. I placed the novel on my Goodreads TBR after reading this review on Way Too Fantasy, and have been considering to purchase it ever since. Now I have a copy! 🙂

From the Publisher

Out of Darkness, Shining Light by Petina Gappah

After reading about this novel in a Shelf Awareness newsletter, I immediately clicked the link to request a copy from the publisher. It sounds like a good read and I have a feeling that it’s one I’ll love. It’s historical fiction that’s set in 19th-century Africa and follows characters who traverse 1,500 miles from Zambia to Zanzibar to deliver the body of a Scottish explorer. The novel will be published on September 10.

From Work (bookstore)

Growing Things: And Other Stories by Paul Tremblay

My job had an ARC copy they didn’t want (can’t sell it), so I took it. It sounds like something I might like.


Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

This one is so popular and I’ve heard such great things about it that I decided to finally give it a try. It was okay but I DNF’d it because I didn’t care for the story. It definitely isn’t for me.

Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff, narr. by Paul Michael Garcia

I’ve been intrigued by this book ever since I read a few pages at the end of a shift at the bookstore. I didn’t expect to be swept up by Sheff’s story. It was an uncomfortable read at times when Sheff talked about all he’s been through and experienced.

That’s a lot for this #bookhaul. But there’s more to come.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books.

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