RSS

Category Archives: Book Haul

The book haul of wills | #20

Book Haul Base Banner

Hello, welcome to my last book haul before Christmas! If you read yesterday’s post, I won’t be buying any more books (save one) until after Christmas. The reasons for this are explained in that post.

So this is it, the test of my will. Going into it, at least my thoughts as of right now, I should be fine. My motivation to buy books has dwindled away to nothing. I feel like it’ll be harder mid-October or mid-November though, when that feeling has had a chance to return. So I figured I’ll start now when I’m motivated… or rather not motivated.


IMG_20170905_190305_002

Golden Fool by Robin Hobb

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)This book I purchased in preparation for the likely-buddy read that Zezee and I will be doing. (We’re starting the first one tomorrow, so I figured we’d likely get to the second one before December, so…) But yay, our buddy reads won’t be hindered by my ban. :”D Woo. This is a sequel as stated, so no synopsis here. I haven’t even read it myself – spoilers, man.

 

 

Slade House by David Mitchell

Slade HouseI bought this on a whim at the book store because I saw it on clearance. I’ve been slowly collecting David Mitchell’s books, starting with Cloud Atlas but I have yet to actually read any of them… 😛 HENCE THE BAN. MOVING ON.

Goodreads synopsis:

Keep your eyes peeled for a small black iron door.

Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents—an odd brother and sister—extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late. . . .

Spanning five decades, from the last days of the 1970s to the present, leaping genres, and barreling toward an astonishing conclusion, this intricately woven novel will pull you into a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story—as only David Mitchell could imagine it.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale (The Bear and the Nightingale, #1)This one was very much an ‘I heard about this, it sounded really good’ purchase. Purely word of mouth that drove me to get this one. I’ve very excited for it. :”D There was also the ‘need to spend 10 more dollars to get free shipping’ motivational factor, too…

Goodreads synopsis:

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)This was actually a gift from my father. I took him to the bookstore and bought him a book for his birthday and he returned the favor because my birthday had been two weeks before and I had been on honeymoon at the time, so we didn’t get to celebrate it.

I completed the Grisha trilogy a while ago and rather liked it (except the ending, it was icky). But the ending wasn’t enough to make me not like the world in which the series took place, so here I am again. :”D

Goodreads synopsis:

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

The Fireman by Joe Hill

The FiremanThis book has been on my radar since before it came out. But being an adult ficiton, its price tag was a whopping 30 bucks so I held back from buying it right away. But a couple weeks ago my friendy Amanda texted me saying she saw it at the local bookstore on clearance, so I zoomed out there and bought a copy. :”D

Goodreads synopsis:

The fireman is coming. Stay cool.

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.

Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.

In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman’s secrets before her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke.

The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)What what? I’ve been reading this series for ages, currently on the third one. This is the second one. It’s definitely become one of my favorites. :”D But when I first read this one, I did so on audio book, same for the first. So I’ve been trying to go back and collect them in hard back. This one, I finally found by chance at Half Price Books. I still haven’t found the first in hardback though. I have a paperback signed copy, which is really nice though :”D

No synopsis on this one either. Sequel!

.


And that’s it! These are the last books I’ll be adding to my collection (except Harry Potter book) from now ’til Christmas. Coming soon is a full physical TBR list for me, to finally quantify exactly how little self-discipline I’ve had up until this point. I hope to improve that.

Happy reading!

Advertisements
 
12 Comments

Posted by on 09/10/2017 in Book Haul, Books

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

I Went to a Booky Clearance Sale! :D | Book Haul #19

Book Haul Base Banner


Happy booky hauly day! This is the last of my pre-written posts. At the time of this publishing, I’m likely at home again, drinking coffee and mentally preparing myself to go back to work. I’m gonna schedule this for 6am or so, so I’ll probably literally be debating on exactly how much longer I can stay in PJs until putting on pants is a time-constraint requirement. Hawh.

But! On July 29th, I went to the Half Price Books Clearance Sale.. they rented out a nearby convention center and filled it with books – everything $2. Needless to say, I went bananas.

I got the following:

IMG_20170731_215624_142

I’m particularly excited for The Five People You Meet in Heaven. I’ve heard it’s one of those ground-breaking modern-classics. Super duper pumped for it. :”D Also for Sybil, which as a psychology grad, it’s kind of an embarrassment that I don’t have this one already. SO NOW I DO. YEAH.


That’s it for now. :”D This Saturday (should be) my next post and then it’ll be a live one, not pre-written. Maybe a Hawaii post if I get decent-looking pictures? I have no idea.

Happy reading!

 
1 Comment

Posted by on 08/16/2017 in Book Haul, Books

 

Tags: , , , , ,

May-June-y Book Haul | #18

Book Haul Base Banner

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’. 😛 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

20170709_095056

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 😀 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

 
13 Comments

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

 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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

As the title says, I went to another one. 😛 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. 😛 Heeeeere we go.


IMG_20170517_190456_404

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. 😛

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

 
10 Comments

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

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

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.  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 😀

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.

IMG_20170401_150214_081

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.


AND THAT’S IT. FINALLY. DAMMIT.

 
16 Comments

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

 

Tags: , , , ,

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?


img_20170303_055057_723

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. 😀

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

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – I AM JUMPING ON THIS BANDWAGON, DAMMIT. THAT IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY.

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!

 
11 Comments

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

 

Tags: , , ,

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:

20170129_090706

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.

20170129_090853

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.

img_20161225_125656_257

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.

20170129_090935

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 😢 . . . #bookstagram #bookhaul #books #beautiful

A post shared by Emily (@embuhley) on

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! 😀

Happy reading!

 

 
1 Comment

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

 

Tags: , , , , ,

 
Delphine's Babble on Some Good Reads

Good books, a loud silence, and a sleepy conscious is the ideal life.

flowlessbooks.wordpress.com/

Happiness is a cup of coffee and a good book

150 Characters and more...

...Because some things in life cannot be expressed with a mere 150 characters.

~Tales of Fantasy and Adventure

a living portfolio of maremma gee

MetalPhantasmReads

Book reviews, tags and music stuff