Book Haul #83: Small Press Expo Edition

Almost two months have passed since I did a book haul, so here I am to show what I’ve since acquired. A few of them I picked up at the Small Press Expo, a comic-book convention for indies and small presses, which I was looking forward to since seeing the announcement that the event would return this year. I saved for it and am happy that I almost stayed on budget for it, lol. But since I went over budget by a lot, I fully intend NOT to purchase any more books for the rest of the year — which is something I often declare but never do. But THIS time, I will. (Exceptions for certain comic book series I’m subscribed to and series I’m reading for book club/buddy-reads.)



It’s all fantasy in this batch. Moon Witch, Spider King was a cover buy because I wasn’t sure about continuing with Marlon James’s Dark Star trilogy. The Justice of Kings was a recommendation via Mogsy’s review of the book, and probably The Bladed Faith too, but I can’t recall for certain. Lair of Dreams is the second novel in the Diviners series, which is one set of books exempted from my book-buying ban. I’ve read and enjoyed most of the series (currently on the last book) and would like to collect the books. I picked up Moonshine at random from a used comic-book shop because the synopsis reminded me of the Diviners books.

The Justice of Kings by Richard Swan
The Bladed Faith by David Dalglish
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
Moonshine by Jasmine Gower
Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James

Temple of Silence has such I gorgeous cover, I had to feature it by itself in all its glory. I’ve always admired and wanted this book and FINALLY, I was able to get it. I was so excited — still am — and haven’t really taken it out of its box yet — I got the slipcase edition. Since I couldn’t find it on Goodreads, I linked to the publisher’s website instead, which shows some of the book’s content. Temple of Silence features the work of British cartoonist Herbert Crowley. It’s publisher, Beehive Books, is known for pumping out gorgeously designed books.

Temple of Silence, Slipcase Edition: Forgotten Works & Worlds of Herbert Crowley by Justin Duerr, illus. by Herbert Crowley

Guess who got all the Winston Brothers books? Me!! 😆 The Winston Brothers books is a romance series centered on the members of the Winston family. I’ve read three of the books so far and now consider myself hooked. After completing Beard Science, I knew I had to get my own copy of the books. I can see myself rereading them at some point.

Truth or Beard by Penny Reid (Review)
Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid (Review)
Beard Science by Penny Reid
Beard in Mind by Penny Reid
Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid
Beard With Me by Penny Reid
Beard Necessities by Penny Reid

I can never walk out of a comic-book store with just one book, or no books, for that matter. I went in one day just to look around to kill time while waiting on someone and walked out with King of Spies, Severed, and the first compendium of Fables, which I’m extremely happy to own. Then a few days ago I went in to pick up the latest volume of Monstress and walked out with the third volume of Ogre Gods too. I don’t even own the second volume of Ogre Gods, just the first and now the third.

King of Spies by Mark Millar, illus. by Matteo Scalera
Fables: Compendium One by Bill Willingham, illus. by Mark Buckingham and many others
Monstress, Vol. 7: Devourer by Marjorie Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda
Severed by Scott Snyder & Scott Tuft, illus. by Attila Futaki
The Ogre Gods, Vol. 3: The Great Man by Hubert Boulard, illus. by Bertrand Gatignol, transl. by Jeremy Melloul

This batch I got at the Small Press Expo. I did good at the event in that I made sure to get things I REALLY want instead of everything that caught my eye. But the things I want were pricey (once all added up) so I went over budget. Many of these I got signed, and a few, like Nightlights and An Embarrassment of Witches, I’ve already read and liked enough to get my own copy. I also have another gorgeous book from Beehive Books in this batch — A Voyage to Arcturus, which I believe is a classic sci-fi novel. I posted some photos of it on IG, so you can get a better look at the illustrations and details on the cover.

Meläg: Town of Fables by Bong Redila (illus.), transl. by Victor Barnuevo Velasco
Ballad for Sophie by Filipe Melo, illus. by Juan Cavia, transl. by Gabriela Soares
Magefront by Shea B (illus.)
Wash Day Diaries by Jamila Rowser, illus. by Robyn Smith
An Embarrassment of Witches by Sophie Goldstein (illus.) & Jenn Jordan
Grimoire Noir by Vera Greentea, illus. by Yana Bogatch
Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez (illus.)

A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay, illus. by Jim Woodring



I only get e-books if it’s something I need immediately, which was the case with The Shadow Saint (recommended to me by Aquavenatus and which I’m currently reading and enjoying), or if I got a deal on it, like with Mystic.

The Shadow Saint by Gareth Hanrahan
Mystic by Jason Denzel

That should be it for the rest of the year.


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.

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Book Haul #81: The Wyrd & Wonder Edition

The last time I did a book haul was back in March, and since then, 99% of the books I bought were fantasy, which makes this the perfect book haul for Wyrd & Wonder, a monthlong celebration of all things fantasy! So let’s just call this the Wyrd & Wonder edition.



Kicking things off with this bunch, all of which I got because bloggers I follow read and loved them and inspired me to get them.

Reviews from Mogsy and Mayri, the Bookforager, made me add Mordew to my TBR and eventually buy a copy. The Summer Tree is one of the read-along books for this year’s Wyrd & Wonder. Obviously, I got it because I intended to participate in the read-along, but life/work demands are getting in the way. I’ve only ready two pages so far. 😩 I’m working my way through Abercrombie’s novels with Emily of Embuhleeliest, and Best Served Cold will be the next one we read. As for Legends & Lattes, I’ve been seeing it everywhere and unfortunately, I forgot which blog made me add it to my TBR.

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Book Haul #80: Birthday Haul

My birthday was a few weeks ago, so some of these books were bought around that time as gifts to myself. I’ve been actually trying to buy less and read more of what I already own, so hopefully my hauls will be less and further apart this year.



These three are all novels. I read the first few lines of How to Live Safely in a Science Fiction Universe and was so tickled that I bought it. The Abercrombie book was bought to continue my buddy-read with Emily at Embuhleelist, and I’ve been curious about A Marvellous Light since reading Tammy’s review of it. Plus, I like the cover. (I got it for half off!!)

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

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Book Haul #79: New Year, New Books

I haven’t done a book haul since November, not that I’ve bought much since then. Below are a couple stuff I got since then to appease myself during some stressful times — so I told myself when I bought them.



I gave in and got myself a physical copy of Dune. The movie really intrigued me, and people keep mentioning interesting things about it, so I want to see what’s up. The three comics I picked up as a treat to myself last year during a tough time, and Little John Crow I had to get because of its title and author. However, Trees was a recent buy that I couldn’t pass on because I LOVE the cover. And I’ve been seeing so many great reviews of Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done and Uzumaki that I had to get my own copy. Uzumaki was sold out for much of the fall and winter months last year, so I felt lucky when I found a copy a couple weeks ago.

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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.



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Book Haul #77: Something to Cheer Me Up

I’ve been having some crummy days lately, so to cheer myself up, here’s a book haul.



As is typical of me, I bought many of these because I like the cover. That was the case with Life and Limb as well as Novice Dragoneer. Well, I picked up the books because I like the cover and bought them because the summary intrigued me. However, I got Abercrombie’s Before They Are Hanged, the second book in his First Law series, because I’m currently buddy-reading the series with Emily at EmbuhleeliestChronicle of Chrestomanci I picked up because I’ve been curious about it and its author, and Carmilla I got because apparently it inspired Brom Stoker’s Dracula, which I find interesting (although I’ve yet to complete reading Dracula).

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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.

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Book Haul #75: Head to the Library

And so we’ve come to the last part of this book haul — the library books. I almost went overboard with these too. It was my first time entering a library to borrow books since the pandemic, and I was both excited about it grabbing everything that caught my eye. But I cooled myself and managed to walk out with just a few books. Yeahie me!

Here’s what I got.



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Book Haul #74: Let’s Get Digital

And so we’ve come to the second part of this book haul, which will focus on digital purchases and free things. Is it necessary for me to list all these things? Yes, lol, because these book haul posts sometimes help me to remember what I have. Ha! Ha! Anyway, I have fun doing them and that’s all that matters.

Well then, to the books!



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