Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books #9

Happy Saturday! Today’s topic is another fate of my book haul books post. In this, I look at book hauls of the past and see if I ever actually read them, and whether I still even own them.

Today is the ninth post of this variety, so we’ll be looking at book haul #9, posted back on June 2, 2016. If you want to look at past book haul fates, check out my list of Coffee Time posts.

This is what I hauled back then:

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Old Man’s War by John Scalzi – Owned, unread

I honestly don’t remember where I bought this, I’ve had it so long. I am still interested in reading it though, so I won’t be getting rid of it any time soon.

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham – Owned, unread

This is a nonfiction book, and we all know how slow I am about picking those up. I think it’ll be interesting though. I have a post in mind that I wanna do at some point that this book would be included in, so I think I’ll save it for then.

I Used to Know That Science by Marianne Taylor – Unhauled, unread

I think I picked this up for a dollar or two at an overstock store, thinking ‘hey maybe someday’. And then I had to do a purge because I was running out of shelf space and suddenly ‘someday’ wasn’t pressing enough, haah.

Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson – Owned, unread

I own a lot of Stephenson books weirdly, but have only read a couple. This is one of the ones I still haven’t got to – it’s book one in a trilogy of huge, fat books, so it’s a bit intimidating if I’m being honest.

Embassytown by China Mieville – Owned, read

This one, I have read. And honestly I still think about it. It was just so… strange. In a good way, mind you. But the world it created has really stuck with me, and it pops into my head on occasion still, regardless of the fact that I read it years ago.

A Million Suns and Shades of Earth by Beth Revis – Owned, unread

So this one’s hard. The reason I haven’t read these yet is because they’ve been in my purge pile a few times now, and I only pulled it back last second. I own all three, and have read none. I want to at least give the first one a try, but it never actually enters my head to do so. If you’ve read this series, do let me know what you think.

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Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb – Owned, read

Man, have I read this book. Little did I know at the time that Robin Hobb, through this series, would become my favorite author. I loved this book, and all the ones she’s written since then. Augh if I could go back and read these again for the first time. auuuuugh.

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – Owned, mostly read

So, this is ‘mostly read’ because I’m about three fourths of the way through it, yet I haven’t picked it up in months. This is why I didn’t mark it ‘currently reading’ because I’m not currently reading it. I am reading it though, and liking it. I do plan on continuing the series – it’d be nice if I could get so far that I was ahead of where the tv show is. That’s why I set this aside – I ended up watching the tv show and didn’t want the repeitition of plot so close together. But I will pick this back up and finish it at some point.

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And that’s it! If you’ve read any of the above, do let me know. This one was a pretty bad one – only a few read. But on the plus side, there was only one or two unhauled, so at least I’m still interested in the majority of them, right? RIGHT?

July book haul! | #42

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I got some books this month! Just a few, which is smaller than my hauls have been lately, so this’ll be short and sweet.

This is what I got:

A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos – This one’s been on my list for a while, but I’ve never actually seen it in stores before. So when I did happen to spy it last time I was in BN, I picked it up.

Goodreads synopsis: Long ago, following a cataclysm called “The Rupture,” the world was shattered into many floating celestial islands. Known now as Arks, each has developed in distinct ways; each seems to possess its own unique relationship to time, such that nowadays vastly different worlds exist, together but apart. And over all of the Arks the spirit of an omnipotent ancestor abides.

Ophelia lives on Anima, an ark where objects have souls. Beneath her worn scarf and thick glasses, the young girl hides the ability to read and communicate with the souls of objects, and the power to travel through mirrors. Her peaceful existence on the Ark of Anima is disrupted when she is promised in marriage to Thorn, from the powerful Dragon clan. Ophelia must leave her family and follow her fiancée to the floating capital on the distant Ark of the Pole. Why has she been chosen? Why must she hide her true identity? Though she doesn’t know it yet, she has become a pawn in a deadly plot.

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb – This is the 25th Anniversary Illustrated edition, and it’s signed! I also got some awesome character art to go along with it, check it out!

Goodreads synopsis of book 1, Assassin’s Apprentice: In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

Forest Mage by Robin Hobb – I picked this book up shortly before finishing the first one, which I buddy read with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks. I ended up really, really liking it and knew the second one would be a given for me to get. So here it is!

Goodreads synopsis of book 1, Shaman’s Crossing: Nevare Burvelle was destined from birth to be a soldier. The second son of a newly anointed nobleman, he must endure the rigors of military training at the elite King’s Cavalla Academy–and survive the hatred, cruelty, and derision of his aristocratic classmates–before joining the King of Gernia’s brutal campaign of territorial expansion. The life chosen for him will be fraught with hardship, for he must ultimately face a forest-dwelling folk who will not submit easily to a king’s tyranny. And they possess an ancient magic their would-be conquerors have long discounted–a powerful sorcery that threatens to claim Nevare Burvelle’s soul and devastate his world once the Dark Evening brings the carnival to Old Thares.

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And that’s it! Next month, I guarantee my haul’s gonna be sizeable. I turn 30 on the 7th and was originally planning on throwing me and my friend (also turning 30 five days after me) a birthday bash. But due to the plague, that’s been cancelled. So the hundreds I was gonna sink into the party prep will now being going towards books. Yay for me.

Happy reading!

 

Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #5

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Hi! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, so I figured it was time. For those unfamiliar, in this type of post, I look back in my past book hauls and talk about where the books are now, whether I actually read them, etc.

This is the fifth edition of this, so we’re going to look at my fifth book haul, originally posted on January 28th, 2016. These were the books I got:

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The first thing I notice about this photo is how dark it is. Man.

Feast of Crows by George R. R. Martin – Owned, read

I’ve read all of these books at this point but honestly the likelihood of me picking up the sixth one (if it ever comes out) is pretty slim because I’d have to reread everything so I remember what’s going on, and I didn’t love them enough to want to actually do that.

Inuyasha vols 19 and 20 by Rumiko Takahashi – Owned, read (technically)

So technically I’ve read vols 19 and 20 of Inuyasha, but I haven’t read my specific copies yet. So maybe these are ‘unread’? Who knows. I do plan on re-reading the entire series at some point, but that also involves collecting the whole thing and there are 50-something volumes. Someday, someday.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Unhauled, read

This one I ended up reading and getting rid of. I didn’t dislike it. It was three stars. I thought it was good for what it was. But between the main character annoying me and the fact that I know I’ll never reread it, I got rid of it.

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – Owned, read

I actually just mentioned this in my post from yesterday: Three star books that weirdly stuck with me. Funny it comes up again. But yeah, read this, didn’t love it, but something pulls me towards it.

Locke & Key vol 1 by Joe Hill – Owned, read

I gotta say though, ‘owned’ is a rather tumultuous term for this one. I’ve been meaning to get rid of it. I actually have the second volume of this too and have read it, but I’m not crazy about the art style. I did watch the Netflix show and liked it but after that I’m not sure I’m up to collecting the series and re-going through the story. So.. this will likely disappear when the plague is over.


And that’s it for today! My first book hauls were so tiny in retrospect… man, I have a problem. Part of me wants to get back to those nice, concise hauls. Another part of me is super enjoying buying 30 volumes of manga per month. So. Hehe.

January Book Haul! |#36

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It’s been a while since I posted, about since I made a post going ‘I’m gonna post consistently’. C’est la vie.

Today I’m gonna post about all the books I got this month, and I’m doing it a bit early because I’m going on a self-imposed mini ban, starting today through February 14th. Basically I got a lot this month and I wanna actually read a lot of them.

This is what I got:


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I’m really on a manga kick right now. And you’ll see this in my wrap up, but I’ve literally not read anything else so far in 2020. Maybe that’ll change by the end of the month, but we’ll see.

Black Butler vol 1 by Yana Toboso – Finally bit the bullet and decided to start this series. I watched the anime a while back and thought it was decent. I wanted to see the source material though and find out if anything had been changed between the two medias.

Magus of the Library vol 1 by Mitsu Izumi – Confession here: I have no idea what this is about, aside from a Magus and a Library. I picked it up because Katy @Bookbinderway really loved it and her tastes in manga overlap mine a lot, so, Katy don’t let me down. No pressure.

All You Need is Kill by Ryosuke Takeuchi – I’ve actually read this one. If you’ve ever seen the movie Edge of Tomorrow, that Tom Cruise ‘Live, Die, Repeat’ movie, this is the source material of that. The movie definitely took some liberties but honestly I thought it was pretty solid. This manga in my opinion is even better.

O Maidens in Your Savage Season vol 5 by Mari Okada – I need to reread the first four of these before hopping into this one. This is a recent favorite series, and I hope this volume keeps it up.

Ajin: Demi-Human vol 1 by Tsuina Miura – I picked this one up at the recommendation of my husband, who watched the anime and really liked it. I tried the anime, but I couldn’t get farther than like five seconds, purely due to the animation style. I didn’t dig it. The plot though sounds neat to me, so I’m gonna try the manga instead.

Our Dining Table by Mita Ori – This. This is my first five star read of the year. This is a little one shot, fluffy BL romance and it’s so damned cute. I loved this.

Ouran High School Host Club vol 3 by Bisco Hatori – Going through and collecting this still. I’ll read them eventually, probably after I have at least half of them.

Otomen vols 1-12 by Aya Kanno – I’m also on a shojo manga kick and guys. Guys. This is one of the most ridiculous series I’ve ever read. I like it. I shouldn’t. But I do. I’ve read four volumes so far and literally in volume four a guys chucked a shark over his head. It’s. ridiculous. But I can’t stop, hahahaaa

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The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb – The trek I had to go through to get a copy of this damned book, man. I ordered it in early December, and it never came. Never came, never came. Then, I get a message from the seller going ‘so…. we received this book back – USPS returned it to us because it was damaged.’ and I was all ‘oh no, can you send me another’ and they went, ‘No 😦 that was our only copy’.

Cue me finding another seller, ordering it, aaaaaand…. it never came. Eventually, I contacted this seller, too, saying ‘what gives’. They respond with ‘we’re having trouble getting a copy of this from our supplier. Would you like to cancel or wait?’

As soon as I finished being mopey about it, I responded saying that if they can confirm the supplier is working on it, I’ll wait, but otherwise, I’ll cancel. Then I get an email with shipping confirmation, and the seller replies with ‘well it just shipped, so’.

It arrived. It’s above. That’s it. Goodness. I’ll eventually buddy read this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and it’ll be neat.

The Wolf by Leo Carew – My buddy got me this book! And then I dropped it twice and bent it up. Whoops. I’m still digging it though – I’m in the middle of it right now.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – Jumped on the bandwagon with this one. Honestly I’m not sure if I’m gonna like it or not. I hope I do, but we’ll see.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – Bandwagon buy. Might be neat!

Jerusalem by Alan Moore – This is a bucketlist book. One of those ‘I’ll read it some day’ books, but I saw it for cheap, and I knew I wouldn’t see it that cheap again. PS I can’t get the damned sticker off without ripping the cover. So there’s that.

Windwitch and Sightwitch by Susan Dennard – These aren’t actually going on my TBR, as I’ve read both of them at this point via audio. But I saw them for cheap so I got’em. All I need is Bloodwitch now.


And that’s it! As you can see from above, I got a decent amount. On the plus side though, I paid list price for 0 of them, so pbtbtbt. Ban for me, then fun manga things which I’ll get into later. Peace!

 

December Book Haul! |#35

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Happy Monday! This is the only time I’ll say that because I’m still on vacation this Monday, so a happy Monday it is indeed, people. Next Monday is different and we’re denying it’s existence right now.

So for December, I received two books as gifts, bought three on my own, and then used gift cards I received as gifts to get the rest. So technically I went over my five, but hey, they’re gifts and we’re about to enter a new decade. I do not caaaaare.

This is what I got!

Harry Potter: A History of Magic – This book I got from my husband, and man, did he get creative with it. He’s the type of person who buys and wraps everything a day or two before Christmas, so all of the 23rd, he’s hiding in his office, and there are paper sounds and curses and thuds and all that and I’m in the next room reading, just listening to all this, right.

So he finally comes out with a pile of gifts for me, and there’s one that’s about three feet long, two and a half feet wide, and about eight inches thick. And I’m looking at it like ‘there’s nothing I asked for that’s that big, he has to have been creative and got me something else’. So he’s putting it under the tree and I’m looking at it and go, ‘Wow, I have no idea what that could be!’ and he looks at me and goes, ‘It’s a book, obviously!’ and I laugh and he laughs and the cat laughs and we move on.

Christmas morning, I open the honking huge package to find… two giant sheets of styrofoam, sandwiching paper towel tubes that have been taped between them. And on this inside of the paper towel tubes? This book. He had told me it was a book and we all laughed and it was actually a book. What a nerd.

Rave Master vols 7-9 by Hiro Mashima – These three I bought myself. I picked them up second hand at Half Price Books! I’ve been collecting this series as I see it. It’s hard, as it’s out of print, but as of now, I think I have 1-9 and then 12!

The Inheritance and Other Stories by Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm – These are the same people, both pen names. But I picked up this in tangent with picking up The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince, which…. never arrived, waah. The seller contacted me and told me it was damaged in the mail and that they didn’t have a second copy to send me. Sad 😦 So I’ve re-ordered it from another seller, and it’s on its way, but it’s gonna be a bit. In the meantime though, I’m excited about this one.

Jade City by Fonda Lee– My parents got me this! 😀 It was on my books I hope Santa brings list, so I was v happy to get it. I’m pumped about it too!

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden – Second book in the series! I read the first earlier this year and really liked it, so I’m hoping to like this too. I got this for myself at Hpb.

Blackwing by Ed McDonald – Another Hpb purchase, I got this because I saw it and I had heard good things, soo…. it’s mine now.

5 Centimeters Per Second by Makoto Shinkai – Picked this up with giftcards, so thanks, aunts and uncles! Honestly the only thing I know about this is that it’ll rip my heart, and I kinda wanna no nothing else until I jump into it.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – Another giftcard buy. I’m jumping on the train, whaddya want.

Ouran High School Host Club vols 1 and 2 by Bisco Hatori – Hpb buy! These are actually still in print. I’ve been meaning to pick them up for like… forever, and when I saw them for cheap I couldn’t refuse. I read this originally when I was in high school, so I’ve got the nostalgic factor going for them, big time.

Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa – This is a gift card buy, and super nostalgic. A friend I had in high school loved this series, and I’ve since lost contact with her. I remember reading them and liking them, but honestly… I got this series just so I can remember her better. I literally have zero way to contact her. She had no social media that I can find and moved away from the area. -_- MELANIE, I MISS YOU. This is the bind up edition of the entire series and it is thiiiiick.

Dragon Ball bind up vol 1 by Akira Toriyama – I’ve decided to collect the original Dragon Ball series. I grew up watching Dragon Ball Z and loved it, and recently I watched Super and thought it was okay. But the original Dragon Ball, I’ve seen bits and pieces of. So I figured why not collect the manga? As the original editions are out of print, and because I don’t own any already, I decided to collect this edition. Gift card!


And that’s it! A total of six books, eight manga. I’m pretty pumped, honestly.

Also, when I was trying to take pictures of all these yesterday under the tree, my cat came over and reminded me why I can’t have nice things:

Sigh.

Happy reading!

October book haul! | #33

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Happy November! These are all the books I picked up in October!

First, the books. I only got three this month.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling, illustrations by Jim Kay – Not much to say about this one other than ‘woot’.

The Burning White by Brent Weeks – I wasn’t planning on getting this yet originally, as I still haven’t finished The Blood Mirror, but it was on sale, man, it was on sale. For cheaper than I could find online elsewhere, so… considering I was gonna get it eventually anyway…

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb – This is the 25th anniversary illustrated edition and it’s beautiful. I flipped through the pages a bit and the artist’s interpretations of all the characters are basically spot on to how they were in my head. When I reread this series (read: ‘when’ not ‘if’) I’ll be reading this edition to start.

Noragami vols 1-2 by Adachitoka – This is a neat series so far. I’ve actually read the first one, and it’s giving me like… Yu Yu Hakusho-y, Bleach-y vibes. I dig it.

She and Her Cat by Makoto Shinkai – This was nice and pleasant. It’s a slice of life one shot following, well, a woman and her cat. It’s told from the cat’s perspective. It’s pretty cute.

O Maidens in Your Savage Season by Mari Okada – Continuing on with this series, I’m really digging the bright colors on each of the covers. Their section on my bookshelf is so pop-y.

Goblin Slayer vol 6 by Kumo Kagyu – I’m pretty sure this bit goes past the end of the anime (I think) so woo, new content!

Kiss Him, Not Me! vols 1-14 by Junko – I literally bought and read the entire series this month. Originally I had only purchased the first two, but after reading them I knew that a) I wanted to read the whole thing and b) I’d reread it. So… since they were on sale and I have poor impulse control I got them all. This manga pokes fun at the reverse harem trope and it’s utterly absurd, but I thought it was hilarious!


And that’s it! Three books and twenty manga this month. I really need to cool it with the manga – stick to series I’m actively reading instead of, well, impulse buying a completed series that I heard about on a whim and went ‘huh’ and then dropped all sorts of money on it.

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Yes, I’ll chill.

Happy reading!

September Book Haul! | #32

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Happy end of September! This month, I purchased four books and a buttload of manga. I’ve also put myself on a mini-ban since buying these, around mid-Sept, and it’ll last basically until we can save up enough for my husband to buy a new computer monitor, so about a month or so. Gotta give and take, y’know.

Anyways, here are the books!

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The Girl From the Other Side vols 1-3 by Nagare – I originally borrowed vol 1 from a friend, and ended up reading it and giving it four stars. I decided I wanted to get the series myself and continue it, so here we are!

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime vol 1 by Fuse – This is actually the light novel, and I picked it up to fulfill the LitRPG square in Fantasy Bingo. I needed a game world, man! Isekai! I liked the anime well enough so I figured this’d be perfect.

Inuyasha vol 23 by Rumiko Takahashi – I’ve had a lot of volumes of this forever, picking them up second-handed when I see them. With this addition, I now have 1-24, 26 and 39. One day I’ll have them all, dammit.

Fruits Basket vols 14-17, 19-21 by Natsuki Takaya – Same as Inuyasha above, I picked these up second-hand. They didn’t have vols 18, 22 or 23, or I would have gotten those too. Next time!

O Maidens in Your Savage Season by Mari Okada – I am absolutely in love with this series. It’s so heartwarming and funny and cringey, and reminds me of how I was when I was 14 or 15 years old. It’s just so great. Currently I have all the volumes that are out, but I think volume 4 comes out in October. I’ll pick it up as soon as the ban is done. I wrote a review of the first volume, if you’re interested.

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Adieh – I liked the first one juuust enough to get this. I saw it for six bucks on the bargain shelf, so I scooped it up. 😀

Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young – This book sounded really good. I’m hoping I can buzz through it quickly!

Alice by Christina Henry – I’ve heard so many good things about this book. A few of my coworkers have read it at this point and really enjoyed it, so I’m hoping I like it too!

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames – I bought this for two reasons. The first is it was a personal rec from the users of r/Fantasy, so it fulfills that bingo square for me. Second, it’s a comedy fantasy. My nanowrimo project – sneak peak – is a comedy fantasy, so I plan on reading some others just to get a feel of how people are incorporating humor and world building. So I plan on getting to this one within the next month!


And that’s it! I think I got some pretty damn good ones this month. Have you read any of the above? Lemme know! Happy reading!

July Book Haul |#30

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Happy book haul day! This month, I was able to stick to my five actual-book limit, but then I went a bit crazy on manga because Barnes and Noble has a 3 for 2 sale and I have no impulse control. (buuut if you remember, manga doesn’t count, because my limit is arbitrary and I said it doesn’t count, so it doesn’t. pbtbt).

This is what I got!

I’m so pumped.

My Hero Academia vol 8 – 16 by Kohei Horikoshi: I figured since they were on sale that I’d just like… get all the available issues. I have 17-19 on the way but since they’re not here yet, they’re gonna be part of next month’s haul.

Theft of Swords by Michael J Sullivan: So when I saw this is stores I may or may not have squeaked a bit. I’ve been after this book for ages and when I met up with my buddy to go book shopping, I think I startled her with how excited I was to see this.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence: See above. I’ve been looking for it for ages and found a copy used. 😀

Reamde by Neal Stephenson: Basically, I went to a Neal Stephenson event last month and got his latest book. But apparently it follows the characters from this one, so I have to start with this one. Whatevs, more books for me!

Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson: I read The Remnant Chronicles last year and found it to be okay. I loved the world but the plot and characters were just alright. But this book takes place in the same world, with all new characters! So I’m totally pumped for this one.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: What else can I say – I’m jumping on the bandwagon, dammit.

Spice & Wolf vol 1 by Isuna Hasekura: I’ve actually read this one already. I thought it was decent! I’m interested in reading more.

Delicious in Dungeon vol 3 by Ryoko Kui: I’ve been liking this series so far, so I’m hoping this volume will be lovely as well

Goblin Slayer vols 2 – 5 by Kumo Kagyu: I think this is my latest obsession manga. With these volumes, I believe I’m caught up.


And that’s it! Five books and…. many more manga. Until next month, happy reading!

June Book Haul! |#29

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Hello, and happy book buying season! If you haven’t been following my last few posts, I completed my book buying ban! From April 1st – June 15th, I bought zero books! Since then, I’ve acquired three: I allow myself five books per month (not including manga if I read it the day of purchase) so this month I cut that number in half (ish) because otherwise what was the point of banning myself half a month?

Anyways, the books!

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I’m very excited for all three of these, but one of them might take me a while to get to. That’s ok though – whenever the apocalypse happens, I’ll have plenty to read to pass the time.

Fall, or Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson – This is the one that might take me a bit. It follows characters that star in another Stephenson book, Reamde, and I haven’t read that one yet (I don’t even own it yet). I got this book (it’s signed!) at a Neal Stephenson even that I attended earlier last week! If you’d like to see the details of that, check out the post I wrote about it.

Recursion by Blake Crouch – This is Crouch’s newest release and it’s been on my radar since I finished Dark Matter, also by him. I ended up really enjoying Dark Matter and wrote a mini blabber on it. I’ve heard this one get really good reviews, so I’m pretty pumped for it!

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett – This baby I’ve wanted since it came out, but just never got around to picking it up. But when I saw it in paperback the day my ban was over, it was like a sign from God, telling me ‘get it get it get it get it read it read it’. How could I say no?


And that’s it! I didn’t get any manga this month (though I looked) and next month I kiiinda expect to go over my five book limit. In theory, the Half Price Books clearance sale is happening and if I’m around for it, I’m going to go to it. We’ll see. 😛 Happy reading!

February Book Haul #27

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHappy Hump Day! I got some books this month! As mentioned in previous posts, my limit is five books per month, not including manga if I read the manga immediately.

This month I went one over my limit – I got six books. I also got five manga, all of which I read immediately, so we’re good there.

Onward:

Senlin Ascends and Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft – I already read Senlin Ascends and adored it. I’m very excited to pick up the next one, and The Hod King soon after that.

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb – This is the first book in the last trilogy within the Realm of the Elderlings and I feel like it’s the beginning of the end of an era. I don’t know what I’m going to do after I finish this world, man. As always, buddy reading this one with Zezee @ZezeeWithBooks. Should be starting in March sometime!

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler – I picked this up weirdly enough from hearing a question on Jeopardy. This book was the question to the $2000 answer a few weeks ago, and the answer gave a brief synopsis of the thing. It was enough that I went out and got it the next day. I’m in the middle of it, and I really like it, but it’s freaking me out – so much second hand anxiety for the main character.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James – This book baby I got shortly after release day. I’m about 100 pages into it so far and am enjoying it. The writing took me a bit to get into but it finally clicked in my head and I’m able to go through it much more quickly. I’m buddy reading this one with Katy @BookbinderWay!

Not pictured: The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss – I decided I wanted to own a copy of this book, even though I’ve got mixed feelings on it. I chose so because I really like the first book… aaaaaand despite my deep-seeded hatred for Kvothe, I do like the world, plot, etc and will likely read the third book if when it comes out. So. It’s not pictured because I lent it out to a friend the day I bought it, hyuck.

Silver Spoon vols 2-4 by Hiromu Arakawa – Continuing from December when I got volume 1, I’m really enjoying this series! It’s by the author of Fullmetal Alchemist and while it’s totally different, it has the same humorous flair and I really like it.

Delicious in Dungeon vols 1-2 by Ryoko Kui – A month (or two? three?) ago, Sionna @BooksinHerEyes gushed a bit about this manga and pointed it out as something I might like. So when I saw it sitting on the shelf, I picked up the first couple volumes. I really liked them! They’re cute, funny, and surprisingly homey and wholesome for taking place in a dungeon full of monsters. (Though I gotta wonder at the one guy’s mental state, seeing something and immediately going ‘is it edible’, ahahaha)  I’ll be continuing this series and am v. excited for it!


And that’s it! I’ve already got my eyes on a couple books I want that are coming out in March or have come out recently that I haven’t nabbed yet. After that in April and May (and maybe June) I’ll be on a buying ban, so there won’t be any book hauls for those two months. Since they’re planned non-haul months though, it won’t affect my new year’s resolution to have monthly hauls (yay loopholes).

Have you read any of these? Did you get any fun books this month? Happy reading!