Book Haul #76: Not Since June

Time for a huge book haul because I haven’t done one of these since June. I hope you’ll see something here that interests you.



As always, the majority of these were bought because I love the cover. For example, the Language of Flowers, which tempted me every day that I went in to work at the bookstore. I’ve had my eye on Black Sun for some time now both because of the cover and because the many rave reviews got me curious. And again Cinnamon and Gunpowder has appeared in my haul post. I initially borrowed a copy from the library, but I fell in love with the writing after a few pages and HAD to get my own copy, specifically this edition because of the cover.

The Language of Flowers: A Fully Illustrated Compendium of Meaning, Literature, and Lore for the Modern Romantic by Odessa Begay (illus.)
Benighted by J.B. Priestley
Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

I picked up the majority of these in an indie bookshop in NYC. Milo Imagines the World was a great read. I read it in the shop and couldn’t leave there without purchasing it. And Einstein’s Dreams has been on my radar for some time now. I learned about it from one of Jen Campbell’s videos a couple years ago. She described it as a book of magical realism stories that have a dreamy quality to them. Its focus on time is what interested me.

Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña, illus. by Christian Robinson
The Little Book of New York by Christine Barrely, transl. by James Geist
The Seas by Samantha Hunt
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

Time for some comics and graphic novels. I recently posted a review of the first volume of Fables expressing how much I enjoyed reading it, so it’s no surprise that the second volume is below. I also got lucky and found Chester 5000 XYV, Vol. 1 in a new comic bookshop I visited. I already have the second volume and had been trying to get a copy of the first. It’s an erotic comic set in the Victorian age that first began as a webcomic. (I think you can read the entire thing here.)

Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness by Kristen Radtke (illus.)
Fables, Vol. 2: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham, illus. by Mark Buckingham
Lady Killer, Vol. 2 by Joëlle Jones (illus.)
The Department of Truth, Vol 1: The End of the World by James Tynion IV, illus. by Martin Simmonds
Chester 5000 XYV, Vol. 1 by Jess Fink (illus.)

Ahhh!!! 🤣🤣 Y’all have no idea how stupidly happy I am that I have all 4 of these collected editions of DCeased. I just hope I like them all, lol. I’ve only read the first one so far and really enjoyed it because ZOMBIES!!! 🤣 It’s basically about superheroes in the DC universe being infected by a virus that turns them into zombies, which means I automatically love it. Shout out to Lashaan for telling me about them through one of his comic book reviews. (I also got Department of Truth (above) because of his review as well as Undiscovered Country and Gutter Prayer (below).)

Dceased by Tom Taylor, illus. by Trevor Hairsine & Stefano Gaudiano
DCeased: Unkillables by Tom Taylor, illus. by Karl Mostert
DCeased: Hope at Worlds End by Tom Taylor, illus. by Marco Failla, Renato Guedes, & Rex Lokus
DCeased: Dead Planet by Tom Taylor, illus. by Trevor Hairsine



Since getting a cat in the house, I’ve become more drawn to stories that center on cats, hence I Was the Cat. And I’m currently reading Gutter Prayer. It’s a fantasy novel. I’m digging it.

I Was the Cat by Paul Tobin, illus. by Benjamin Dewey
Undiscovered Country, Vol. 1: Destiny by Scott Snyder & Charles Soule, illus. by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Leonardo Marcello Grassi, Daniele Orlandini, & Matt Wilson
Crossover, Vol. 1: Kids Love Chains by Donny Cates, illus. by Dee Cunniffe, John J. Hill & Geoff Shaw
The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan



I got these for free thanks to my friend’s Little Free Library and working as a bookseller (we sometimes get ARCs and completed copies that aren’t for sale).

Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, Vol. 1 by Hayao Miyazaki (illus.)
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward



The first volume of select mangas were free on Comixology a couple weeks ago, so I picked up these two.

Attack on Titan, Vol. 1 by Hajime Isayama (illus.), transl. by Sheldon Drzka
Fairy Tail, Vol. 1 by Hiro Mashima (illus.), transl. by William Flanagan



And let’s not forget the library! I’ve already completed Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires and should currently be reading World of Wonders.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

Okay folks, that’s all.

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


14 thoughts on “Book Haul #76: Not Since June

  1. What a great collection. Hooray Cold Comfort Farm, such a funny book, which I can cope with even though I love Hardy and Mary Webb, both of whom it satirises. Happy reading! I’ve been acquiring a lot this month, including review copies (nature, music, running), NetGalley reads (life in Nigeria, trans politics, workplace emotions) and the odd buy. I think I’ll collect them up for my state of the TBR post as usual on 1 Sep …

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  2. Language of Flowers and the Seas are beautiful. I’m adding those and Benighted, Cinnamon and Gunpowder and Lady Killer to my tbr. I haven’t read Fable in so long I forgot I haven’t finished them yet. lol

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