Book Haul #55: No Library Books This Time

I haven’t posted a book haul since July. I’d sworn off acquiring more books because of the huge pile of them I got at the ALA conference that surpassed the available space on my shelves, so they’re still in bags on the floor waiting for a home. That made me feel bad, so I told myself “No More Books!” But, of course, I didn’t listen to myself. So here’s what I got:

Hold up.

Before I show the books, I just need to say that for someone who ran out of shelf space, I’m surprised that I acquired no library books and just one e-book. Not even lack of space is a deterrent for me buying more books. Smh. I will get a handle on this soon though.


Illustrated children’s books

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

Oh I’ve always wanted this book and finally I got it! 😀 I read it years ago when it was just published. Can’t wait to read it again.

Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx by Joe Todd-Stanton (illus.)

I love the cover of this book so much! The color called to me and I had to answer by purchasing the book (plus, Barnes & Noble had a deal on picture books — probably a buy-one-get-one-free deal or something — so I got the two I’ve wanted for a long time, Novak’s book above and this one). It’s the second in a series, but if I like it, I’ll get the first one later. I already like the illustration on the cover and the overall design.

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall (illus.)

A financial downside of working in a bookstore is that I keep finding beautiful children’s picture books that I convince myself to buy. I purchased this one recently during Barnes & Nobles’s #BookhaulBlowout event, during which certain books were half off. I love the cover illustration. Plus, I’m curious to see what it’s about. I don’t know much about lighthouses.

The Atlas of Classic Tales by Claudia Bordin (illus.)

This is another book I got from the #BookhaulBlowout event. The illustrations are so cute, I had to get it. I didn’t even bother checking what it’s about.

Book for adults
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

This is from that B&N Bookhaul Blowout. I had Diana’s review of it in mind when I picked it up because it made me curious about the story.

Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander by Frank Miller (illus.)

Lol! Sometimes a negative review of a book makes me so curious that I have to get myself a copy and read it too. Such was the case with this one. Lashaan’s review made me curious, so when I saw it for half off (B&N Bookhaul Blowout), I got it. Already I agree that the art isn’t great, but I’ll see if I like the story when I get to it.

The Illustrated Emerson: Essays and Poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson, illus. by Charles W. Smith

I’ve always wanted a collection of Emerson’s work so when I saw a copy of this book in B&N for only $5, I had to get it. It’s gorgeous! I love the woodcuts and smooth pages inside. The cover appealed to me, and I love the texture of it. So glad I got this book.

Erté: Art Deco Master of Graphic Art & Illustration by Rosalind Ormiston, illus. by Erté

Another one I got for only $5 at B&N. I love art deco so when I saw this, I had to get it. The cover is gorgeous with touches of gold in it (lines in the dress and some leaves and centers of the flowers) that glistens whenever it catches the light. Apparently, this book comes with another cover. Here’s a YouTube video showing it:

The Dragon’s Blade Trilogy by Michael R. Miller
The Reborn King
Veiled Intentions
The Last Guardian

It was the author’s birthday a couple days ago and to celebrate, he had a deal for his books: the whole trilogy for only $0.99! I had to get them. I’ve seen a lot of positive reviews for the first book, so I guess it’s really good.


Random House

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (pub. Sept. 24, 2019)

I won this in a Shelf Awareness giveaway! 😀 I need to read it asap, so it will most likely be one of the many books I’ll read in September. I’m looking forward to it (like everyone else) because it’s Coates’s first novel.

Flatiron Books

Dominicana by Angie Cruz (pub. Sept. 3, 2019)

Shout out to Flatiron for sending this to me! This is another one I’m looking forward to reading. I read Cruz’s Soledad a while back and absolutely loved it, so I’m sure I’ll love this one too. I liked her writing.

Graydon House

The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox (pub. Sept. 17, 2019)

Thanks to the publisher for sending me this! The Widow of Pale Harbor is Fox’s second novel. It’s historical fiction that seems to have a mystery in it and a Gothic vibe. I’ll be participating in a blog tour for it, so look out for that in September.

That’s it for this #bookhaul.

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


10 thoughts on “Book Haul #55: No Library Books This Time

  1. Hello! Those are a good selection of books! I am a fan of The Office (BJ Novak, actually watching right now) and the illustrated Emerson is interesting. Glad to have found this essay of book hauls, because I also blogged my September book loot from an online shop of book sale from Book Duke: I’d appreciate it if we continue talking about our books and TBR lists, and if you follow me because I’m just new here in WordPress. Thanks!


  2. I love that a handful of the books you hauled were ones that were just gorgeous and so you had to have them (a sale sure help!) Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx immediately stood out for its cover design and colors for me too. I’m so curious if you’ll enjoy it. I don’t read middle grade books so often even though I do enjoy them. I have the first Miller book but never read it? I love dragons so I’m interested to see if you enjoy it! I wish I had known about the sale I’d have snagged the sequels. ❤


  3. The cover for the Miller books are lovely and they look so good together.
    Lovely haul. I’ve also tried to stop purchasing physical books and physical ARCs – I prefer to use the kindle these days – I can have hundreds of books and it’s not nearly as hazardous as all the book stacks.
    Happy reading.
    Lynn 😀


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