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May-June-y Book Haul | #18

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Hello, a haul today. And from this point until July 29th, I will not be purchasing any books. July 29th is the Half Price Books Clearance Sale and I’m gonna go bananas. So until then, I’m cutting myself off cold turkey. Part of me is all ‘nooooo~~~’ and the other part is ‘it’s like three weeks Emily, chill out – you’ll be fine’. ๐Ÿ˜› I’ll probably be fine, haha.

In the meantime, I have corralled ten new books into my collection to tide me over.

20170709_094915The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

I FINALLY FOUND A COPY OF THIS DAMN BOOK. You have no idea how often I’ve been all ‘I’m gonna get this book’ and then there wasn’t any copies available. Could I have just ordered it online? Yes, but I wanted to buy it in person. I wanted the instant gratification of ‘I FOUND IT’ and I got it and it was splendid. From what I’ve heard, this is one of the staple ‘welcome to the fantasy genre’ books and I wanna read it.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I did it – I caved. I’ve been sooo hesitant about buying this book for ages after reading Shiver and disliking it. But pretty much everyone who I’ve seen read this book has enjoyed it, even the ones who disliked Shiver… so, here goes nothing.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

What? I didn’t have a hardback copy of HP1? Nope, nope I didn’t. My original Harry Potter set, the one I re-read a billion times when I was younger, was paperback for vols 1-4 and hardback for 5-7. Recently, I’ve been trying to buy the hardbacks for the first four to have a complete hardback collection. I’ve been trying to pick them up used as well. This is the last one that I needed – do you know how hard it is to find a used Sorcerer’s Stone?! I’ve come across tons of copies of 2-4, but this is the first copy of the first one that I’ve found. So I snatched it and now it’s mine.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

You know, I realized that I didn’t have any Austen books, nor have I actually read any. When my local B&N had a classics sale, I snatched up this book and the one I’m going to mention next. I figured this is the best entry for Austen I could get, since it seems to be the most loved. Wish me luck!

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This is another book I realized that I didn’t have but seems to be a staple. So I got this one in the sale, too. Hopefully I’ll like it – I’m very hesitant. Me and classics don’t usually mesh too well. I might end up listening on audio honestly. It’s easier for me to get through them that way, haha.

20170709_095022Chew vol 2 by John Layman

I picked up the first volume of this in the last haul and while reading it, I found it just okay… until the last few pages and then dammit, I liked it and I needed to read the rest. So here we are.

Bitch Planet vol 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick

This one has been on my radar for a while. A trip to the comic book store had me carrying it around, so woot. :”D I’ve heard lovely things about it!

Descender vol 1 by Jeff Lemire

This is one that I’ve only heard about recently. It sounds super cute and neat though, so when I saw it on the shelves, I grabbed it. I feel like I’m in a comic kick at the moment. I’m hoping to actually read this relatively soon. :”D


Blankets by Craig Thompson

Guess who got a $40 hardback graphic novel for $10. Me, that’s who. Woot. I feel like most of the time, when I read a graphic novel, I can rarely give it 5 stars. I’m hoping that with the length of this one, it’ll allow for enough character development and world building to get that rating from me. Here’s to hoping!

Orange: The Complete Collection vol 1 by Ichigo Takano

I’ve actually read this one since buying it and I really, really enjoyed it ๐Ÿ˜€ I feel like if I break my ‘no books’ ban between now and the 29th, it’ll be for the other volume of this series. We’ll see if I can hold out. This was a nice, heart-twanging book. I really, really liked it.

And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D


Posted by on 07/09/2017 in Book Haul, Books


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So uh… I went to another library sale | Book Haul #17

As the title says, I went to another one. ๐Ÿ˜› Aaaaand there’s yet another one nearby this coming weekend. I’m going to try really hard to stay away, haha.

But I got a lot of books – some from that sale, some from Half Price Books, some bought out-right. ๐Ÿ˜› Heeeeere we go.


So, each one of these I’m very excited for…. and each one of these (aside from the ones I’ve already read, will likely take me a while to get to. I’ve reached the ‘I realize I have a problem’ epiphany. So I’m going to uh… attempt a ban? I guess? I’m not sure how I wanna go about it yet. I’ve done the read-5-buy-1 and it didn’t stick, I’ve gone cold turkey and it didn’t stick… so I’m not sure how to go about it, hyuck. Do let me know if you have any ideas that will be easier on my very undisciplined self-discipline. ๐Ÿ˜›

But if you’ve been planning on reading any of these, do let me know. :”D I’d love to do a buddy read!


Posted by on 05/17/2017 in Book Haul, Books, Uncategorized


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Looking to increase your TBR by an amount you could never possibly recover from? Go to a library sale. | Book Haul #16

Hello, guess what I did yesterday. I increased my TBR by 16 books. I’m so suave. One day, when I’m old and moldy, I’ll be too decrepit to go to the book store and will finally read all the books that I already own.

One day.

In addition to the 16 books I got at the library sale, I had already purchased 6 others… making the total book increase this month a whopping 22 tomes.ย  So like, I need to re-count my owned shelf and update that shit.

Out of the 22 new books, I’ve already read three of them, so my TBR increases by 19, woo. Will only need four or five months to cancel that out, yeah.

I also got rid of about ten books this month, most of which had been on my TBR since 2007 or 2008. So it also went down, too. I need to recount, man.

These first six books were my pre-library sale purchases.

The Traitor’s Blade by Sebastian De Castell – I’ve heard this one is really good and I’m seriously digging the cover. It’s so lovely!

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – The fourth (and final? Not final?) book in the Lightbringer series. My latest obsession, I just finished the second book last week. Waiting ’til I finished The Traitor Cormorant Baru to pick up the third, but it’s gon’ happen, yo.

Adulthood is a Myth and Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen – I’ve read these now. They were really cute ๐Ÿ˜€

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks – I went on a journey to find a hardback edition of this book and I couldn’t do it. Couldn’t find it on amazon, on ebay, in the bookstore, nowhere. I’m still on the lookout. But! In the meantime, I found a signed copy of the paperback! Woo! I snatched that baby up before my jaw had even finished dropping.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson – I’ve had the Mistborn trilogy sitting on my shelf for weeks but I’ve decided I want to read his stuff in publication order. So I’m going to start on this one.

I’m going to preface the following with saying that my buying habits at library sales are a lot more slack than they typically would be. My usual rule for myself is ‘Buy this if you think you’ll read it within a year’. At library sales, it’s more ‘Buy this if you think you’ll read it some day’. That’s what happens when you get a paper grocery bag stuffed with as many books as you can fit for a flat price. More = better. Found book 2 of a series you don’t have book 1 of yet, but plan on reading? Get it. Find books 5 and 6 of a series you only have 1-3 of? Get them. You’re paying the same price for the bag of books either way. So pbtbtbtbt.


The Lost World, The Andromeda Strain and Timeline by Michel Crichton – These I picked up because I recently read Jurassic Park by him and I fell in love with his storytelling. Guys, if you’ve seen the movie and liked it but haven’t read the book, I highly hiiiighly suggest doing so. As much as I loved the movie, I loved the book even more.

Lawrence of Arabia by Jeremy Wilson and John Adams by David McCullough – I decided to jump into some biographies. One is really short and the other got really great reviews, so I figured that they would be good places to start.

Still Alice by List Genova – The psychology major buried deep, deep within me called out from the abyss I shoved her down and demand I get this book. So here it is :”D

Black Hills by Dan Simmons – I recently read Hyperion by this guy and rather enjoyed it, so I’ve been scooping up other books he’s written. The intent to read them is there. I’ll get to it. Eventually. :”D

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith – I figured I should give this a shot since I loved Harry Potter so much. I’ve heard mixed things about it and it fell in the ‘I’d like to read this but have no desire to buy it for full price’ category. Yay, library sales!

Lord of Chaos and A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan – books six and seven in the well-known Wheel of Time series. I feel like finishing this series will be a huge

Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier – This is that ‘buy book two without owning book one’ book. I looked for book one as well, but they didn’t have it there unfortunately. Welp. I’ll get it eventually.

Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan – I’ve never heard of this book before, never seen it before… but my best friend, whom I went to the sale with, came galloping up to me with it in her hands yelling “I read this years ago and I loved it! You need to read it!” and then she plopped it in my bag and skipped away. So here we are.

Taliesin by Stephen Lawhead – This book springs from me owning his King Raven books and recognizing his name in the pile of fantasy novels for sale. So I nabbed it :”D

Atonement by Ian McEwan – I watched this movie five years ago and it ripped my soul. My sick brain decided it was due for another ripping, so I grabbed the book as well. I think I might be a masochist.

Silk Road by Jeanne Larson – This book I picked up because the title caught my eye, and then the synopsis hooked me. When I first started dating my fiance, one night I asked him to tell me a bedtime story as a jest.

…so he spouted off how trade spread across the silk road. All of it – skirmishes, wars, everything. That guy has a photogenic memory, I swear. So now I know a lot about the silk road and reading a novel set during its development sounds like fun. :”D

And finally, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – This one I got purely because I feel I need to read it. I have The Kite Runner already, so now I have them both. Woot.



Posted by on 04/02/2017 in Book Haul, Books


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February Book Haul | #15

Once again, I’ve proved that I might be slightly addicted to the rush of buying books. In my defense, two of these were souvenirs from a road trip this month and one of them I actually got back in December and just never hauled. So there. That makes it better, right? RIGHT?


Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson – This is the December book. I bought it when I was in Malaysia – my friend there and I went book shopping together and she bought the first book in one of my favorite series and I bought the first book in one of hers… she has since binged the entire series that she bought, reading farther than I have, and I have yet to even start this one. You can see it’s still in plastic wrap, hawhaw. (All the books there were – it was interesting). I’ve heard this book is very dense but very good. I hope to read it soon. ๐Ÿ˜€

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin – This author popped onto my radar after she released to giant anthologies of short stories recently. I found out that she’s one of the classic sci-fi writers and I kinda scolded myself for never having heard of her before. So when I was away in Connecticut a couple weeks ago, we were in a book shop and I spotted this on the shelves. I figured it would be a good place to start. Apparently this is the fourth book in a set universe of hers, but the books don’t need to be read in publication order. So go me, I almost messed up. Very excited for this one!

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – I’ve actually already read this one. Did so as a library book though, so when I saw a cheapo copy I nabbed it. Will eventually get the rest. Still need to read the third one.

The Heart of Betrayal and The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson – I made a bookoutlet purchase last month and these two books inspired it. I’m currently buddy-reading the second book and will likely move into the third afterward, finishing the series. I’m rather enjoying it so far.

Twelves Kings of Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu – This one was a big of an impulse-buy. It’s been floating on my radar for a month or two now and when it showed up on bookoutlet in paperback I added it to my cart. Gotta make the shipping worth it, yo. Very much looking forward to this one too, I’ve heard good things about it. :”D


The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell – This is the other souvenir book I bought while in connecticut. It was on clearance! Six bucks for this hard-back beauty. ….I now own three Mitchell books and have yet to read any of them. :”D

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks – my current obsession is this series. I’m about half way through the second book and will likely pick this one up soon after. I’ve been looking for the first book in hard cover now and can’t seem to find it. Only paperback. If you know where I can get a hard cover, do let me know. Thanks. :”D

And that’s it! I hope… I hope next month won’t be as bad, hawhaw. But I know I’m already planning a HPB trip for the 16th, namely to take my Dad, who has never been there. Wish me luck and self-discipline. Happy reading!


Posted by on 03/04/2017 in Book Haul, Books


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January Book Haul | #14

It’s that time of month again, the time where I show you how little self-control I have. Woot.

Between gift cards I’d received for Christmas, two different bargain outlet stores and just me burning through series and ‘NEEDING THE NEXT ONE NAOOOWWWWGHGHWOGHGH’ I’ve accumulated a lot of books this month. So here they are:


So this is all of them together. I’m gonna go into a bit further detail this time around because I wanna. :”D

20170129_090758First, I wanna point out and be happy at my local bargain outlet. I mean seriously guys. Hardbacks. Look how much. If you’ve ever wondered how I end up with so many books each month, this is how. Seriously, can’t beat it. They’re new, too! Overstock is a lovely thing, ladies and gentlemen.

And this month, I’ve fallen into a YA fantasy kick. A huge one – it’ll be evident in the Wrap Up I’ll post in a few days. But I’ve been on a streak and that’s basically all I’ve been reading. Half the books below I’ve already zoomed through and there are others I’m currently working on and almost done with as well.


The few books I got this month that weren’t YA fantasy were manga, sci-fi or cookbooks. I’ll start with the cookbook, which was actually a Christmas present from my fiance that I forgot to haul last month because I’m a ding dong. But if you’ve ever seen the show ‘Good Eats’, you’ll see why I’m obsessed with this book. It has recipes, snippets from the show, all sorts of stuff. I’ve been pining after it for years and my lovey was kind enough to give it to me for Christmas. :”D I like him.


I spent all the gift cards I got for Christmas on manga, as my local bookstores (both of them!) were having a buy-two-get-one sale. I kinda went nuts. I also purchased vols 6-10 of Attack on Titan as well, but they’re currently lent out so they’re not pictured. I’m obsessed with this series like I haven’t been with a manga for years. It’s been years guys. I missed buying volumes and buzzing through them. It’s a nice feeling.


And finally, this last purchase was a total cover-buy. I read the back and it definitely sounded like it’d be something up my alley but honestly I would have walked right past it if it wasn’t so beautiful. It caught my eye and drew me right to it. The last time I bought a book this way, it ended up being one of my favorites of all time (*cough* The Fold *cough*) so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this one just as much. I’ve linked my instagram video I made of me taking off the cover below. LOOK AT IT. LOOK HOW PRETTY IT IS OH MY GOSH.

IT'S SO LOVELY ๐Ÿ˜ข . . . #bookstagram #bookhaul #books #beautiful

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So that’s it for this month! As I’ve said, a good deal of these I ended up reading this month too, so I thinking I’m doing rather decently. If you’ve read any of these, do let me know! ๐Ÿ˜€

Happy reading!


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Posted by on 01/29/2017 in Book Haul, Books


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Post-Christmas Book Haul AKA The Year My Family Wised Up to My Antics | #13

Writing the words ‘Post-Christmas’ in the title crushed my soul a little bit. So much anticipation and it’s over already. D: Well, 364 more days ’til Christmas, I guess.

So explaining the title a little bit. If you’ve followed my blog at all, you’ll have seen that I put myself on buying bans and then break them all the time. I have this issue with buying books too quickly and not reading them at the same pace. All my bans usually occur around Christmas or my birthday because I have this little nugget of ‘I’ll get books as gifts’ knowledge in my brain that kinda lulls my addiction for a bit.

Welp, this year my family caught on to what I was doing, haha. I received two books for Christmas this year, where I would usually get five or six. They’ve limited me, hawhaw. So go them I suppose. I suppose.

This isn’t saying I only got two books this month. No no, I got some for myself too because I’m a hopeless case. And some unaware extended family got me book gift cards. Woot. I’m going to try to hold onto them until at least I get my goodreads goal met for this year (I need 4 more books by New Year’s! Wish me luck).

I’ll point out the books I got for Christmas, but otherwise, the rest were bought by me for me. ๐Ÿ˜› Woop.


House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern were gifts, but otherwise, this was all me. :”D

I’m very excited for all these books – The Night Circus and Frankenstein I’ve already read but otherwise they’re all new to me. Bookoutlet was a big part of the numbers you see. They had that black friday sale and well… as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a hopeless case, so… :”D

If you’ve read any of the above or plan to read them, let me know! Happy reading!

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Posted by on 12/26/2016 in Book Haul, Books


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September and October Book Haul | #12

So, my read five, buy one thing was kinda blown out of the water (shocker – have you ever seen anyone maintain this thing for more than a few months?!). I found myself getting anxious when I couldn’t buy a book I know I would love to have and would likely read right away because I hadn’t read five books yet. So I did two things:

  1. I got rid of about 30 books that I knew I would never read or that I had read and didn’t like. They were given to friends or traded in at half price books. This itself was a nice feeling. A lot of the books were ones I bought due to booktube and book blogs that after two years, I still hadn’t touched.
  2. I changed the way I’m buying books. Instead of a strict 5-1 ratio that I wasn’t enjoying, I started asking myself “If I buy this book right now, will I read it within the next year?”

It was surprising how many times I realized the answer was ‘No’. If that was the case, I didn’t buy the book. If the answer was yes though, I allowed myself to get it. So I bought a lot of books in the past couple months, and they’re all ones I’m very excited to read as opposed to books I picked up from hype (The ‘hype’ books usually ended up with a ‘No’ answer when asking myself if I’d read it soon). There was also a bookoutlet sale this past month, so about 6 of the following books are from that.

So judge away, I’m happy with my decisions and I’m finding I’m better able to focus on books that I want as opposed to ones I feel I should read because they’re hyped up. Sue me. ๐Ÿ˜›



How many of these did I pay full price for? Zero, baby.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, illustrated edition by J. K. Rowling and Jim Kay. This came out October 6th and I ordered it that day. The last time one of these came out, I pre-ordered it and was disappointed with the experience. So I just ordered it on release day this time. It’s. SO. PRETTY.

Dragon Wing, Fire Sea, Serpent Mage and The Hand of Chaos by Margaret Weis. These are books 1, 3, 4 and 5 of the Deathgate Cycle. I found them for 50 cents each at my campus library and picked them up because thanks to Robin Hobb, I’m in a 90s fantasy kick. They didn’t have book 2 or I would have bought that too. I figure if I end up liking Dragon Wing, I’ll get a used copy of the second book off amazon. If not, I’ll give the series away. Cost me all of $2 so I’m not too worried about the loss there. The synopsis of the first book even screams 90s fantasy:

An assassin and the royal child he has been hired to kill form an unlikely and unstable alliance as the plots of human sorcerers, elven pirates, and dwarf revolutionaries threaten to overwhelm the airborne kingdoms of Arianus.

It’s so generic sounding, I love it. :”D I was taught a good lesson about disregarding generic sounding synopsis, so I’m going to jump into this one with enthusiasm.

Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb. This is the finale to the Farseer trilogy and I’ve already read it since buying it. It was a really solid ending to the series and I can see myself rereading the thing in the future. (Note, spine is super cracked. That was all me, bought the book new).

Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. I’ve wanted this book for about two years now and every time I went to buy it, they didn’t have it in the store or it was the one kicked off my amazon cart when I realized I had too much in there. But it was on bookoutlet during the sale, so I snatched that baby up and made sure it made the final cut.

Armada by Ernest Cline. I love Barnes and Noble clearance shelves. I enjoyed Ready Player One and wanted to try this one as well. I’ve heard mixed things, so hopefully I’ll fall on the ‘It was good’ side of the fence.

The Affinitiesย by Robert Charles Wilson. Bookoutlet! I’m also in a sci-fi kick.

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson. I read this one earlier this year and found it on bookoutlet for cheapy. Bought it quickly.

Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins. Bookoutlet again! This is a horror and I had planned to read it for Halloween but didn’t find the time. I’m thinking I’ll pick it up next after I finishย Ship of Magicย andย Weaveworld.

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. Book 5 out of the 6 I got from bookoutlet. Loves me some magical realism, yo.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. This is the one book I was able to half-way pay for with the credit I got from turning in those 30+ books at half price books. Next time, I’m just going to donate, man. Very excited for this one though. :”D Sci fi sci fi sci fi!

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber. Sci-fi again! Barnes and Noble bargain shelf again.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. Found in used bookstore for a dollar or two. I’m excite. :”D

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins. And the final book from the bookoutlet purchase. I was so happy to see this one there. It’s been on my list for a while. I’m thinking I’ll probably buzz through this one this weekend or next weekend.

The Oz Principle by Roger Conners. This is the only book I didn’t buy myself and I don’t honestly have much interest in. It was given to me by one of my jobs to read. So I suppose I should read it. Eventually.

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. This the first book I bought after changing my book buying methods. I’m very excited for this one, but need to reread the last couple chapters ofย Heir of Fireย before starting this one. It’s been too long, I don’t remember anything!

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I really want to watch the movie, but I have that ‘don’t watch the movie first’ rule for myself. so that brought this thingy into my life. I’m thinking a bit after Christmas for this one.

Locke & Key volume 2 by Joe Hill. Already read this one. This is definitely one of the more bizarre series I’ve read. I’m enjoying it though!

Monstress, Volume 1: AwakeningNot pictured (because it’s lent out): Monstress volume 1 by Marjorie M. Liu. I really like this one and am excited for the next trade to come out. :”D

And that’s it for these past two months. And starting now through Christmas, I’m limiting my booking purely because I don’t want to buy something a friend or family planned on gifting me for Christmas because they love me and I’m so lucky ;~;. There might be a book or two I’ll get on my own between now and then, but any book I list on my wishlist I will not be purchasing for myself (obviously)

Also, please let me know your thoughts on my completely floating away from the read five buy one. Do you think I have no self-discipline? (If so, we agree). Do you think the new method is a better idea? A worse one? What do you think. :”D Also, if you’ve read any of these, let me know your thoughts!

Happy reading!


Posted by on 11/03/2016 in Book Haul, Books


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