January book haul and a buying ban! | #51

Happy Saturday! Today is my monthly book haul post, and I’m putting myself on a buying ban!

The buying ban:

  • Exception to the ban: books for buddy reads. I can still get those
  • No new (or used) purchases otherwise until the ban is over
  • The ban will last through the end of April at least, maybe longer

I’m really hoping to get my physical tbr down during this time, but I do have a few buddy reads planned out, some of which I don’t own the book for yet. So I will still have monthly hauls, but they’ll just be much smaller and all will be for planned buddy reads. Wish me luck. I do a few month long ban every year, and every year I’ve been successful. I don’t see this year being any different.

The book haul:

In My Dreams I Hold A Knife by Ashley Winstead – This book is just further proof my tastes are starting to change. Thriller!

Switching Time by Richard Baer – This book is actually a re-buy and already read. I used to own it like a decade ago, but I lent it out and never got it back. So now I have it again!

Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon – Sometimes you just get curious, okay. Booktok has sucked me in.

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – Picked this one up because it’s one of my 12 Friend Rec books, and I’m very excited for it. ๐Ÿ˜€


And that’s it! Rather small haul this month, and I assume with the ban it will be the next few months too. That’s ok though, I have plenty of books to tide me over. Peace!

Christmas Book Haul! #50 | Blogmas Day 27

Happy Monday! Today’s post is all the books I got for Christmas and the month of December!

This is what I got:

The first three on the left there were gifts. One from my sister, one from my parents, one from my husband. The middle picture was also a gift from my husband and the right-most I bought myself before Christmas.

The nine above I bought using gift cards and cash I got for Christmas. Barnes and Noble was having a sale today where all hardbacks were 50% off, so I got all these puppies for a discount.

I mentioned in my post yesterday that my friend printed out the lyrics to the song that was playing for her when my baby was born, and this is it. She also got him a copy of Rothfuss’s books, so I’m going to keep them safe for him until he’s old enough to read them.

And that’s it! I believe I have two more friends to exchange gifts with, and I might end up getting books from them, so those will be in my January haul.

PS I’m not counting these (except the two I bought myself before Christmas) as part of my end-of-year physical TBR count, because getting a bunch of books as gifts throws off my goal dammit. I’ll tack them on so they’re included in the start of my January count though, don’t worry.

Book Haul Sept-Nov! #49 | Blogmas Day 4

Happy Blogmas Day 4! I haven’t posted a haul since August, so these are all the books I’ve gathered in the last three months or so:

So my reading has slowed down but apparently my acquisitions have not. C’est la vie.

The ones I’m most excited about are the Folio editions of Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy. They’re gorgeous, man.

If you’ve read any of these, lemme know! Happy reading!

January Book and Manga Haul! #46

Happy end of January! Technically I have about a week left but I don’t have any plans to get any more books soon, so I’m posting today.

I got six books and manga this month, two of which I’ve already read!

Mob Psycho 100 vol 1 by ONE – This is a paranormal action comedy about psychics. I loved the anime so I’m pumped to try out the manga

Moriarty the Patriot vol 1 by Ryosuke Takeuchi – This manga tells the story of Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes series. I heard the anime was good so going to try this!

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie – This’ll be my first Abercrombie book and I’m pumped. Planning on buddy reading this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio – Already read this! It was one of my favorite books from 2020 and I needed to get myself a copy.

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout – If I’m being honest, there’s only about a 50-50 chance of me liking this, but even if I dislike it, I know I’ll enjoy the experience of reading it. I have no idea if that makes sense.

Yana Toboso Artworks Black Butler vol 2 by Yana Toboso – I “read” this one too, right after picking it up. It’s various arts from the author. It contains art both from within the manga series, some of the filler characters and from what I can see, extra artworks not appearing elsewhere. There are some descriptions of the art but otherwise it’s mostly pictures. This is volume 2 mind you – volume 1 I can’t find in English anywhere (but if you see it, lemme know). This art book was lovely and just what I wanted.

And that’s it! This is a normal sized haul again after the huge one that was post-Christmas. I’m hoping to keep the rest of the year around this size too, if not smaller. Wish me luck! If you’ve read any of the above or are interested in a buddy read, let me know!

Christmas Book Haul! #45

Iiiiiiit’s time for a book haul! I haven’t done a book haul since September, when I put myself on a book buying ban. I’ve since completed said ban and have since received books as gifts! I also received some book gift cards that I’ve spent on more books (duh). So this is all those books put together. None of these – since they are gifts/are a result of gift cards will be added to my physical TBR list until the new year. Soooo spoiler, I did hit my TBR goal this year, but right after the new year it’s gonna hop back up by a tiny bit because of these gifty books.

Pbtbtbt.

This is what I got!

Black Bird by Kanoko Sakurakouji –ย  I got this box set from my husband and I’m so pumped about it. ๐Ÿ˜€ This is the entire series! It’s a romance about vampire-y demons, and I read it back when I was a teen. I’m v excited to read it again – I haven’t touched it in over a decade so it’ll be a fresh experience!

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – I’m so pumped about this one. I’ve loved every Novik book I’ve ever read. All I know about this one is it’s some sort of dark academia. I know that’s a thing recently but I haven’t read too much of it, so it’ll be interesting I think. My husband got me this one!

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons – I got this one from my buddy irl! It’s been on my radar for forever, just never got around to picking it up. I know this is one of those ‘fantasy setting narrator tells a story’ type of books, so I’m hoping it’s pretty good.

Devolution by Max Brooks – This was also from a buddy irl, and it’s about big foots! It’s by the same guy who wrote World War Z so it should be pretty good.

Given vol 4 by Natsuki Kizu – This is a manga I picked up using gift cards. This is the latest of a guitar shonen ai romance and I’m pumped about it.

Wotakoi vol 4 by Fujita – Another gift card buy. This is one of my moooost anticipated books of the year. I read the first three volumes a couple years ago and I’ve been waiting and waiting. It came out while I was on a ban, so I couldn’t pick it up ’til now. This is a nerd fluff manga.

And finally, I got four different cook books. One was from my mom – the Harry Potter one, and then the other three were from my reddit secret santa! (I also got a bamboo steamer from them, so I’m super pumped!)

I’ll be cooking up a storm, man.

And that’s it! I’m not on a buying ban anymore, but I’m also planning on going on some sort of limit – just haven’t decided what it is yet.

Happy reading!

Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #11

Happy Friday! :”D

Today is another book haul fate post, where I look at book hauls from the past and see if I’ve actually read the buggers, and whether I even still have them.

Today is the 11th post of this variety, so we’ll be doing book haul #11, which was originally posted on July 31st, 2016.

This is what I originally hauled:

  • Inuyasha vols 22 and 24 – Owned, read. I mean technically these specific copies are unread, but I read them before I got my own copies, so they’re not ‘unread’
  • Scryed vol 1 – Unhauled, read. I did read this and decided not to continue with it and got rid of it. Honestly though I feel like I should have held onto it. I’ve since stopped unhauling manga, period.
  • Gravitation vols 5 and 6 – Owned, read. This is a super weird series, I need to say. It starts of pretty decent and then goes weird, and I’m not sure if it’s in a good way, haw.
  • The Forever War – Owned, read. I technically listened to this on audio, but I’ve read it, dammit.
  • Changeless – Owned, unread. This is the second book in a series and I stiiiiill haven’t gotten to the first. It’s on the cutting block tho – one of those on the ‘read a chapter or two and either read it all or get rid of it’ pile. We’ll see!
  • The Burning Land – Unhauled, unread. I didn’t realize for a while after owning this one that it’s like book 5 in a series. Not invested enough, got rid of it.
  • Warbreaker – Owned, unread. I wanna read the Mistborn trilogy before getting to this one, which hopefully be picked up in January.
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies – Owned, unread. I still haven’t read the first one. I’m getting there, I’m getting there. I’ve since stopped buying sequels before reading the first one in the series. I’ve learned my lesson.
  • Ship of Magic and Shaman’s Crossing – Owned, read. Both of them, read. I’m on the last Hobb novel now I have yet to finish: Renegade’s Magic. I’ve basically adored everything I’ve read by her.
  • The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes – Owned, read. Again, I haven’t read this specific copy. My dad has this copy and growing up I read his (multiple times). And now I have my own!
  • Pokemon: Deluxe Essential Handbook – Owned, read. Yep, cover to cover, read this. I’m so out of touch with the newer generations, that when Pokemon Go came out, I bought this to catch myself up. I was (and am again) really into pokemon when I was a kid and a teen, but I had kind lost touch and didn’t know there were like 300 new ones to learn. Well now I know them.
  • Heir of Fire – Owned, read. I read this one I think in 2017 or so, and rather enjoyed it. I think this series gets better as it goes on. So far, I’ve read up through book four.
  • Saga vol 6 – Owned, read. I think I read this the day I bought it, to be honest. Or definitely within the week. I miss this series, man.
  • Ralph and the Pixie – Owned, read. I received this one from the author actually! I originally read it as a fictionpress story and was singing its praises on this blog, aaaand I was contacted and sent one in exchange for an amazon review! It was such a nice surprise, and I really enjoyed rereading it!

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And that’s it! I think this is the first book haul where I’ve read the majority of the books. If you look at past posts, you’ll see many are still unread and most were unhauled. It’s an interesting this. I think mid 2016 was about when I really honed in on what specific types of books I liked, and it reflects in the fact that I’ve kept most of them. It’s neat!

Lemme know what you think! Happy Blogmas!

Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #10

Happy Sunday! Today’s post is another book haul fate post, where I look at book hauls of the past and see if I ever read them, or if I still even have them. This is the tenth time I’ve done this so we’ll be looking at book haul number 10, which was originally posted on July 3, 2016.

Looking at it, it’s a pretty modest haul. Around that time I was on a read-5-buy-1 thing, so I must have been reading like bananas to get four books in a month. This is what I got:

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Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb – Owned, Read

This ended up being one of my favorite reads of the year, and I think this was around when I started buddy reading with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks. (Or was it the third one, I don’t remember).

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Owned, Read

I gotta tell ya, my willingness to read Winds of Winter dwindles every year. When (if) it finally does come out, I can’t really say if I’ll be keen on it or not. This book here was alright though, so we’ll see.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown – Owned, Unread

This one (and the unread book right below this) have both survived multiple purges at this point. I’m still solidly in the ‘I want to read these’ camp, so that’s nice. Though to be honest I don’t know much about this one, other than it’s like… dystopian-y in space? And has something to do with blood color or caste color or something.

Emperor of Eight Islands by Lian Hearn – Owned, Unread

Out of both of these unread books, I know the least about this one. Honestly I can’t even tell you if this is historical fiction or historical fantasy. I’m hoping it’s the latter but I’ll be happy with the former as well. I do wanna read it though, the cover just draws me in.

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And that’s it! If you’ve read any of the above, let me know! Happy reading!

Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books #8

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Today’s post is another book haul fate post, where I look at books hauls of the past and see where the books are now. Did I read them? Did I get read of them? Did they end up lost somewhere in a hotel room on a vacation? We shall see.

This is the eighth post, so we will be looking at book haul #8, which was originally posted on May 1, 2016.

This is what I got:

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Assassin’s Blade, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas – Owned, read

I’ve read the third and fourth ones as well, and do intend on finishing the series… eventually.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik – Owned, read

This book actually ended up being one of my favorite books of all time. Currently it’s lent out to one of my buddies, and I’m hoping it becomes a favorite of hers, too.

Slab vol 11 – Unhauled, unread

This was a poetry collection written by the students at the university I attended. I held onto it for a while out of a sense of obligation but eventually I just got rid of it. I’m not a huge poetry person.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – Owned, unread

This one’s still on the tbr. It’s been almost-purged a few times now, so we’ll see what happens to it.

Peony in Love by Lisa See – Owned, unread

This one is also still on the tbr, but this one has never been in danger of being unhauled. I definitely still wanna read this.

The Confusion by Neal Stephenson – Owned, unread

I have a lot of Neal Stephenson books but weirdly I’ve only read a couple. This is not one of them. I will get there, as what I’ve read from him so far, I’ve liked.

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And that’s it! Tomorrow is a new haul, and new books to maybe read. Happy reading!

Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #7

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Hi! Today’s post is another book haul fate post. This is the seventh one, so it will focus on my seventh haul, originally posted March 29, 2016. Looking at the photo, this was a library sale haul, so the fate of these buddies will be interesting to see. This is what I hauled, and apparently in my original haul, I just posted it in IG and linked so I’m gonna do that again. So shameless link, too? pbtbt.

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Something by Ted Dekker โ€“ Unhauled, unread

I can’t quite make out the title from my stellar photo there, and it’s been so long that I can’t even remember what this was. But it’s long gone, man.

Broca’s Brain by Carl Sagan – Owned, unread

I still have this one, and do intend on reading it eventually. That’s how this stuff goes, man.

The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde – Owned, read

Technically I had read this before I bought it, so this physical copy has never been read, but I’ve read the book.

Stuff by Agatha Christie – Owned, unread

There’s a handful of Christie books there, can’t remember the titles off the top of my head and the picture isn’t great. I do still have all of these though, with the hope of actually reading them. It’ll probably be during a readathon or something where I need a short read.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – Owned, unread

I’m tempted to get rid of this one, only because I’ve now read The Five People You Meet in Heaven by the same guy and while the book wasn’t bad, it didn’t strike me as anything either. If the writing is similar in this, it’ll be another three star book and I don’t know if I wanna devote the time, man. If you’ve read this, please let me know your opinion.

Thank You For Smoking by Christopher Buckley – Unhauled, unread

So it shows in this haul in particular, but I went through a phase where I was just buying books I recognized the titles of – well known ones that I knew I ‘should’ read, whether or not I actually intended to read them. I’ve since gotten rid of most of them, having realized that I was being silly and there aren’t books that one ‘should’ read, just ones that one wants to.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – Owned, unread

This is another ‘should I get rid of this’ book, because it falls into the same category above. If you’ve read it, is it good? Do you think I’d like it?

The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein – Owned, unread

This book was a gift from my buddy. She bought it for me when she was in Australia. I want to at least give it a try, but I haven’t done so yet.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – Owned, unread

The main reason I haven’t read this book yet is because I heard that it’s depressing. I have to be in the right mood to read a book like this, hah.

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella – Unhauled, unread

See above for reasoning. This fell into the ‘I should read this’ category with no actual interest on my part. I watched the movie though – it was decent.

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – Owned, unread

This one has fallen into the ‘I want to read it someday but I feel no pressing urge to’ category. I’m starting to see a pattern, aren’t you?

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon – Owned, unread

See previous. I’m getting so repetitive!

The Martian by Andy Weir – Owned, read

I’VE READ THIS ONE. And honestly it’s one of my favorite books. I believe I even named it my top favorite book of 2016. This book is really goofy, and if you haven’t read it you really should

China Dolls by Lisa See – Owned, unread

Weirdly, I have a lot of Lisa See books, but I’ve only ever read one by her. I really liked her writing style though so I started picking up books by her second hand when I saw them. This is one of those. Will I read it someday? Maybe!

The Day After Tomorrow by Allan Folsom – Unhauled, unread

I originally picked this up because I thought it was the source material of the movie The Day After Tomorrow. You know, the environmental apocalypse movie? But apparently it’s a murder thriller. When I found out I’d mistaken it, I got rid of it. My b.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Unhauled, unread

I got rid of this one because I was spoiled big time on it, and what’s the point of reading a thriller if you know the end?

The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien – Owned, unread

I picked this particular copy up because it’s so old. This copy was originally published in the 60s, not too long after the book itself had come out. I have a newer, movie-cover copy that if I actually read the book it’ll be that one. I don’t want this one falling apart.


And that’s it! I gotta say, this one was pretty bad. I’ve read a total ofย two of these books, and half of them I’ve gotten rid of.

As stated, these were from a library haul, and my bar for picking up books from there is pretty low. I’ve actually since stopped going to them too often because of just this reason. On the plus side though – I paid five bucks for The Martian, which I read, and then five bucks for the rest of them put together (it was a $5 fill-a-bag thing). So I’m not really out much money at all. I’ll just pretend I bought a latte.

So if you’ve read any of these – particularly ones I still own – and think I’d like them, do let me know! Happy reading!

June Book Haul! | #41 – the ‘vol 3 haul’

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Happy almost-July! I actually bought books this month along with my manga, so I’m back to actually titling the posts as book hauls instead of manga hauls. Where I live, the bookstores have opened up again, albeit with limited capacity and masks required, so I went a few times because THERE WAS A HOLE IN MY SOUL, MAN. Also basically all the manga I bought this month were vol 3. Weird.

This is what I got!

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Demon Slayer vols 1-6 by Koyoharu Gotouge – I’ve mentioned before that I’m obsessed with the anime, particularly the music, so I wanted to give the source material a try as well. I’m happy to see that the covers of this series are just as vibrant as the anime.

This story follows Tanjiro – the boy on the cover of issue 1 – after his family is slayed and his sister is turned into a demon. He goes on a journey to become a demon slayer and turn his sister back into a human again. It has wonderful characters, beautiful art, and a plot that’s more than you’d think. It’s really, really good. Honestly I know I just bought the manga, but if you wanna check it out, I really recommend the anime. The music just makes it, man.

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits vol 3 by Waco Ioka – This is continuing my collection, and I’m on the hunt for more. I wrote a blabber about vols 1 and 2, spoiler-free, should you feel inclined to check it out.

Kakuriyo gives me serious Spirited Away vibes, but with slightly darker and more serious elements. The main character on the right of the cover is swept off into the spirit world, and is told she is to be the guy on the left’s bride. She obviously isn’t havin it though, so it’s the story of her trying to navigate this spirit world. It’s really nice and atmospheric.

Takane & Hana vol 3 by Yuki Shiwasu – I picked this up on one of my bookstore excursions!

This series fallows Hana, who stands in for her older sister during an arranged marriage meet-up, and Takane, who is the potential match. It’s cute and fluffy so far, but there’s a decent age gap, so I’m still luke-warm to it. It has the potential to be wholesome, but it could also go creepy, so I’m waiting to see which way it goes.

The Way of the House Husband vol 3 by Kousuke Oono – I’m really pumped for this one, the first two were hilarious!

This series follows a man once known as ‘The Immortal Dragon’, a high ranking member of the yakuza, after he settles down, gets married, and tries to run the household while his wife goes to work. It’s seriously wonderful and wholesome and the main couple has such a chill relationship, I love it.

Magus of the Library vol 3 by Mitsu Izumi – I’ve only read the first volume of this so far, but I’m rather smitten.

Magus of the Library takes place in a land where libraries are a powerful source of knowledge, and librarians are heroic adventurers that go around the world and collect rare and wonderful books. The main character stars off as a child in one of the villages the librarians visit to collect an enchanted tome, and it goes from there. Seriously, the first volume alone had me sold.

The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier – Honestly I can’t even tell you what this one is about, only that I’m excited to read it.

Juliet Marillier has become an auto-buy author for me, after only reading one of her books. I read Daughter of the Forest late last year and loved it, but I really fell in love with the settings of her books and the writing style. And for some reason, my book store never seems to keep her in stock. So when I do happen to see her books, I scoop them up!

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly – Last week, Ms Shetterly made a presentation where she basically got on and streamed to all of us live, talking about the events that inspired the book, the ladies the book was about, and everything that’s going on right now in today’s atmosphere with the Black Lives Matter movement. I thought she gave a wonderful presentation and she was really inspiring. I loved the movie when it came out and at her presentation I realized I didn’t have the book, so I bought it!

The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan – This one I am very pumped about.

This is the second book in the series, the first being A Natural History of Dragons, which I read in April and loved. This book is essentially a travel and research journal written by a fantasy equivalent of a Victorian-age woman who ventures into the wild to study dragons! The first was really clever and witty and entertaining and I’m pretty sure I’m going to love this one too.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins – I’m rereading the original trilogy in prep for this one, since it’s been probably ten years since I actually read them.

The is the prequel, following I think President Snow and Mags? Or something? Honestly I’m not positive. But really how could I not get this?

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And that’s it! Four books, ten manga. I’ve already read about half the manga, so expect to see it again tomorrow in my wrap up ๐Ÿ˜›

Happy reading!