Book Haul #78: Unprepared

It’s winding down to the end of the year, so things are pretty busy, which means I’m almost always unprepared for the blogging week. That’s when the book tags pop up! 😊

Much as I love doing them, I’m hoping to get out some reviews this week. I’m not sure how that’s gonna go since I haven’t written any reviews this weekend, but we’ll see what I come up with during the week. For now, here’s a book haul, which I hope will be the last one for the year.



Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 8 by Kamome Shirahama (illus.), transl. by Stephen Kohler
Fated by Benedict Jacka
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (MinaLima edition) by J.K. Rowling, illus. by MinaLima Design
Window by Marion Arbona (illus.)
The Secret Lives of Dragons by Prof. Zoya Agnis (pen name for Sangma Francis), illus. by Alexander Utkin

I’m very happy with this haul. I picked up Year of the Witching for book club and should have already completed it, but I’ve yet to start it, lol; and I couldn’t miss out on getting the MinaLima edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It’s so beautiful! So, too, is the illustrated edition of Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. It has sprayed edges and an illustration on them. I’m in love with the overall design. I wasn’t planning to get a copy until I read it, but I couldn’t resist getting my hands on this edition.

I finally got around to getting myself a copy of Witness for the Dead. I held out for the U.K. edition because I prefer that cover to the U.S. one, and I got a copy of Secret Lives of Dragons too!! It’s a children’s picture book, but I’m excited for it. The illustrations are gorgeous! Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 8 I got by chance because I didn’t know a new volume was out, and I picked up Fated and Window at random while browsing.


Adora and the Distance by Marc Bernardin, illus. by Ariela Kristantina
Bone Parish, Vol. 1 by Cullen Bunn, illus. by Jonas Scharf
John Constantine, Hellblazer, Vol. 1: Original Sins by Jamie Delano, illus. by John Ridgway
The Man Who Came Down the Attic Stairs by Celine Loup (illus.)
Red Thorn, Vol. 1: Glasgow Kiss by David Baillie, illus. by Meghan Hetrick
Toe Tags by George Romero, illus. by Tommy Castillo

All of these are digital comics I got because there was a sale on Comixology and these all sounded interesting. Adora and the Distance seems to be fantasy with a woman of color as the protag, and Toe Tags has ZOMBIESS!!! Bone Parish… I forgot why I got Bone Parish, tbh, but it’s probably spooky, and The Man Who Came Down the Attic Stairs definitely gives me spooky vibes. I decided to get it after reading Nancy’s review on Goodreads. I’ve been curious about Constantine, so Hellblazer was popped in the cart and Red Thorn… I forgot why I got that one too.



The Dangers of Smoking in Bed: Stories by Mariana Enríquez, transl. by Megan McDowell

I picked up this for a book club meeting that has already passed and which I was unable to attend anyway, which was a good thing because I’ve yet to read past the first page. It’s getting harder to find time to read these days.



The Witching Tree by Alice Blanchard

Shout out to Minotaur Books for granting me access to a copy of this through NetGalley. The Witching Tree will be pubbed on December 7.



10 thoughts on “Book Haul #78: Unprepared

  1. I’ve only read the Harry Potter and just in the original paperback! I have had to stop buying now – I always do around now, as I take part in one (not so) secret santa with a book group and my booky friends and I often exchange books – and I have Christmas AND my birthday coming up. So I try to hold off, although I did just order the sequel to Sam Selvon’s “The Lonely Londoners” as I hadn’t previously known it existed. Oops!


  2. I’ve read some varying opinions, but I loved The Invisible Life of Addie Larue, so I hope you enjoy that one. I haven’t seen the illustrated edition, though.


  3. I really liked the Invisible Lives of Addie La Rue. I enjoyed Witness for the Dead but I don’t think that it’s as good as the Goblin Emperor which I loved so much. Hope that you enjoy your purchases. Happy Reading.


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