Book Haul #82: From a Variety of Places

Almost three months have passed since I last did a book haul. Since then, I’ve bought a bunch of books from a variety of places, including indie bookshops, Book Depository, and Book Outlet, which I “rediscovered” since it’s been a while since I made a purchase there. But if you’re looking for a place to buy a bunch of books all at once that are in great condition and for a cheap price, check out Book Outlet.

Anyway, here’s what I got.



I was so surprised when I saw Never the Wind listed as one of the best books of 2022 so far over on the Quaint Book Nook. I’ve been on the lookout for whatever Dimitri novel would drop next but didn’t know this one had been published. So immediately after reading the review of it on the Quaint Book Nook, I placed an order. I also ordered Dimitri’s debut English novel, The Book of Hidden Things, which is a favorite of mine, but I’d read a library copy. Dimitri is an Italian author. I think he translates his books himself.

Since I already own The Goblin Emperor (a favorite) and The Witness for the Dead, I thought I may as well get these other two by Katherine Addison — The Grief of Stones and The Angel of the Crows. One of these days, I’ll read through them all. I certainly would like to return to the world and characters from The Goblin Emperor.

Never the Wind by Francesco Dimitri
The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri
The Grief of Stones by Katherine Addison
The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison

To fill out the Protector of the Small books I own with these old covers, I also picked up First Test and Squire, books one and three. I started rereading this YA fantasy series earlier this year and need to return to the books. And I’ve also continued collecting the Discworld books in this lovely hardback edition.

First Test by Tamora Pierce
Squire by Tamora Pierce
Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett
Sourcery by Terry Pratchett

Delicious in Dungeon and The Haunted Bookstore I picked up while browsing a Barnes & Noble bookstore. I’ve tried Delicious in Dungeon, which is inspired by D&D, but haven’t yet read The Haunted Bookstore. My brother convinced me to try Dr. Stone, and I keep collecting the Witch Hat Atelier mangas, although I’ve only read the first volume so far. I’m optimistic that it’s a series I’ll enjoy. It’s another bunch of books I need to commit a month or so to reading solely.

Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 1 by Ryoko Kui (illus.), transl. by Taylor Engel
Dr. Stone, Vol. 1 by Riichiro Inagaki, illus. by Boichi, transl. by Caleb Cook
Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 9 by Kamome Shirahama (illus.), transl. by Stephen Kohler
The Haunted Bookstore, Vol. 1: Gateway to a Parallel Universe by Shinobumaru, illus. by Medamayaki, transl. by Nova Skipper

I’d love to read ever book in this set soon, but we’ll see if that happens. I’ve been intending to get Tooth and Claw for years now, and I finally did when I saw it on Book Outlet. Ring Shout I should’ve completed already but… I’ve been procrastinating. I’m supposed to be reading it for a book club, but we’ve all been slacking. I’ve had The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina on my mind since reading a review of it over on Lair of Books. I’m convinced it’s one I’d love, and same too for The Wolf Den, which I learned of from Mogsy over at the Bibliosanctum.

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova
Ring Shout by P. Djélí Clark
The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper
Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton

This bunch all seem to be dark reads because of the covers, lol, but a friend told me Light From Uncommon Stars is a fun read, so I decided to try it. Stars and Other Monsters is a dark fantasy book of interconnected short stories written by a friend that I’m curious about, and I’ve been intending to get The Absolute Book since hearing about it on the podcast Professional Book Nerds. I was supposed to get The City We Became since before the pandemic, in 2020. I had plans to attend an author event to purchase the book and get it signed, but of course that didn’t happen.

I’ve heard great stuff about The Pariah from many bloggers, so I got it, and I’m currently buddy-reading The King of Crows with Rachel from Life of a Female Bibliophile. We’re continuing reading through the Diviners series, and The King of Crows is the last book.

The King of Crows by Libba Bray
The Pariah by Anthony Ryan
The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox
Stars and Other Monsters by Cassandra Celia
Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

I’m hoping Johannes Cabal: the Necromancer will be like my experience with Rick Yancey’s Monstrumologist series, which I bought at random off Book Outlet and ended up loving (haven’t finished the series yet). Confessions of an English Opium-Eater is a classic I’m curious about, and I love these Macmillan Collector’s Library editions. They are small with cute, powder-blue covers and gold-sprayed edges. Very lovely to look at.

You Let Me In will be my second Camilla Bruce novel, and I’m looking forward to it. Of course, I learned about it from Mogsy over on the Bibliosanctum. And Eustacia of Eustea Reads told me about How to Be Bored, which sounds liked an interesting read. Snowspelled is another one I’ve been intending to get and read for some time now, since 2019, actually, when I learned about it over on Way Too Fantasy.

Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis
You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey
Johannes Cabal: the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard
How to Be Bored by Eva Hoffman

And that’s all the books I got.

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


20 thoughts on “Book Haul #82: From a Variety of Places

  1. That’s a fricking haul.

    I need to try that Pierce series one day and also… I’m willing to spend serious money to get the old Pratchett art and not those covers.


    1. Lol!
      I love Pierce’s books, but that might have a lot to do with nostalgia. These are some of her early books.
      I really couldn’t decide between collecting these or the old covers. I really like the old Pratchett covers too.

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  2. Wow, you really have been busy accumulating more great looking books. Nice! I absolutely loved The Pariah, so I hope you do, as well. And what an interesting title, How to be Bored. 🙂


  3. That’s a nice lot of books there, well done! I have only read Opium Eater, and that was literally decades ago and I only remember it being quite boring! Have fun with them all. I thought I was being restrained in my acquisitions then realised that my whole three-shelf bookshelf is full of books bought THIS YEAR now. Oops!


  4. I STILL have to read Never the Wind. I’m really looking forward to checking it out though – as you know, I loved Book of Hidden Things. I also wish you the best of luck with your next Camilla Bruce novel, I found it was creepy and disturbing in the best way.


  5. I read this twice and I still can’t remember what all you got 😅 Now that’s a good book haul!! I hope you like them all, but particularly Discworld and the Pariah!

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      1. I haven’t written my review for the 2nd yet. But they were both audio books so much quicker to get through. Now I’m back at work my reading time might take a bit of a hit. That and having discovered a new podcast I’m addicted to.

        My blog hopping has been very sparse. Also need to keep up with people myself.


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