Well, it’s been a while since I did a book haul, so I have a lot of stuff here. Surprisingly to me, I’ve been purchasing a lot more than I want to. My book buying slowed some over the past few years (or so it seemed to me), but it seems to be picking back up now (good thing I work in a book store and get discounts). I’ll try a bit harder to stop.
Anyway, here are the physical stuff I bought over the past two or so months.
Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield
A friend told me about this one because she knew I’d love the gorgeous cover and endpages, and she was right! The endpages are a painting based on the famous Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica. I had to get it because of that. I just hope I like the story too. I believe it is YA contemporary.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: The Illustrated Edition by Douglas Adams, illus. by Chris Riddell
Another one I got because of the book’s design. I love Riddell’s illustrations in it and love the bright endpages as well. I’ve only heard great things about this book, so I hope I’ll like it too.
Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
I visited a new-to-me indie bookstore in DC and picked up this. All I saw was “legends of Hawaiian gods” in the blurb and was sold. Apparently, it was one of President Obama’s fav books of 2020.
The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby by Charles Kingsley, illus. by W. Heath Robinson
Another one I picked up at a local indie bookstore (one of my favs in DC). I just love the design of the books in this Macmillan Collector’s Library series. They are all classics and almost fit in the palm of your hand. I love that light seaform green color on the cover and the gold highlights and edges too.
The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman
This one is very popular now, and just about everyone says it’s funny so that got my attention. Plus, some of my fav bloggers — Mogsy, Tammy, Lashaan — gave it high ratings and made me want to read it even more, so I gave in and bought it. I’ll read it later this year when all the excitement is out my system.
The Coward by Stephen Aryan
I saw a review of this over on FanFiAddict and liked the sound of it so much that I immediately added it to my TBR and bought it as soon as I saw it in the store. I just like that it’s about someone everyone regards as a hero but what really happened is he’d gotten lucky in the moment. Now, he just wants to be left alone. Such characters appeal to me these days. The ones who were badasses back in the day but want to lead a quiet life now; the ones who aren’t interested in being the hero because they’ve never been or have outgrown that role. Such characters tend to be older and more practical, which I like.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone — Ravenclaw Edition by J.K. Rowling, illus. by Levi Pinfold
This is part of the 20th-anniversary editions of the Harry Potter books. I love the design of them SO much and want to collect them all!! 😍😍 But I’m torn about which ones to collect. I consider myself a Ravenclaw, but I don’t like the tone of the blue they use; it’s so dark. I much prefer the Hufflepuff colors because the yellow is so bright. I already own the Hufflepuff edition of the first book, so once I get the Ravenclaw one, I’ll decide. Still, it’ll be weird to be a Ravenclaw with all Hufflepuff books.
Mirka Andolfo’s Mercy: The Fair Lady, the Frost, and the Fiend by Mirka Andolfo (illus.)
I LOVE the cover of this comic book and the illustrations. I’ve wanted it ever since the first issue came out but since I’m not a fan of reading single issues, I patiently waited for the full volume. And now I got it!! 😀
Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins, Vol. 2 by Jody Houser & Matthew Mercer, illus. by Olivia Samson
Oh man. I enjoyed the first volume so much that I wasted no time getting the second one. Can’t wait to pick up with the story.
I picked up a bunch of comics at a local comic book shop. I went in for one comic book and came out without it but with 6 others that I didn’t know about and didn’t intend to buy, lol. The shopkeeper recommended them all, and they all sounded good, so I was willing to try them.
Lazarus, Vol. 1: Family by Greg Rucka, illus. by Michael Lark
Criminal, Vol. 1: Coward by Ed Brubaker, illus. by Sean Phillips
God Country by Donny Cates, illus. by Geoff Shaw
Godkillers: War on Terror, Vol. 1 by Mark Sable, illus. by Maan House
Die, Vol. 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker and Die, Vol. 2: Split the Party by Kieron Gillen, illus. by Stephanie Hans
Lazarus sounds badass. I enjoyed Brubaker’s Velvet, so I’d like to try something else by him. God Country sounds interesting and as if it’ll be an emotional read, so I’m curious about the depth there. War on Terror tickles my Supernatural interest. And I loved Gillen’s Wicked + the Divine and have grown to like Hans’s art style after reading 1602: Witch Hunter Angela, so I’m eager to try Die, which they paired up on.
The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Katie O’Neill (illus.)
It feels like I’ve been waiting FOREVER for this book to come out. It was released sometime last year (despite the publish date for this year) but was recalled. I don’t know why. Anyway, I now own a copy and NO ONE is gonna recall it from me!
Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-San, Vol. 2 by Honda (illus.), transl. from the Japanese by Amanda Haley
I enjoyed the first volume so much that I had to pick this one up when I saw it in the store. The first volume does a great job portraying what it’s like to work in a bookstore.
An Unkindness of Ravens by Dan Panosian (illus.), also illus. by Marianna Ignazzi
Inkblot, Vol. 1 by Emma Kubert (illus.) & Rusty Gladd (illus.)
Innocently browsing a bookstore on a lazy Sunday led me to pick up these two. I like the cover of An Unkindness of Ravens and was curious since I’d recently read a graphic novel titled a Conspiracy of Ravens, which seems similar to this one’s plot. And I now have a cat in my house so stories with cats interest me right now, which is why Inkblot is here.
And that’s it for the physical stuff I purchased.
There’s more to come.