Not since last October — that’s how long it’s been since I last posted a book haul. Did I stop buying books since then? Of course not! I have a good bit of them to show, but surprisingly it’s not as many as I expected, despite it being about five months since I last posted one.
What’s changed is that I’m not buying a bunch of books at once as often anymore. Since the year started, I’ve been trying to be good and stick to my plan of one new book after reading three from my shelves (it was five, but that seemed to take too long before getting a new book, lol!). So far it’s been going good… except that it was my birthday a couple weeks ago, so I indulged myself and bought a bunch of books all at once. Anyway, to the books!
Continue reading “Book Haul #84: Not Since Last October” →
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.
Continue reading “Book Haul #83: Small Press Expo Edition” →
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.
Continue reading “Book Haul #82: From a Variety of Places” →
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.
Continue reading “Book Haul #81: The Wyrd & Wonder Edition” →
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!!)
Continue reading “Book Haul #80: Birthday Haul” →
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.
Continue reading “Book Haul #79: New Year, New Books” →
Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now hosted by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.
This week’s topic:
Top 5 covers of 2021
(What are some of your favourite covers that you have seen this year? Maybe these were reprints, redesigns or alternate covers that came out this year, or maybe they are brand new books.
Whatever they are, tell us all the pretties you have been coveting.)
I love a meme about book covers 😊 and I’ve been looking forward to one like this all year, lol! My favorite thing about December is looking back on all the things I read in the year and chatting about the best of the best.
Well, here are my favorite covers of books I read this year.
The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry is a gaslamp fantasy novel about a poor fire witch who lucks into the chance to make some money by serving as a bodyguard, along with other women, to protect a young lady from being assassinated before her wedding. I read this early in the year with Millie from Milliebot Reads and really enjoyed it. The protagonist is one of my favorites that I’ve encountered this year.
Continue reading “Top 5 Tuesday #67: Top 5 covers of 2021” →
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.
Continue reading “Book Haul #78: Unprepared” →
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 Embuhleeliest. Chronicle 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).
Continue reading “Book Haul #77: Something to Cheer Me Up” →
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.
Continue reading “Book Haul #76: Not Since June” →