Spring Book Haul | #23

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Happy almost-July! If you’ve been following my blog at all over the past six months, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to keep my book hauls limited to once a season instead of once a month. That means keep my book buying limited to 6-8 books per season instead of per month. So, I’m doing pretty good with that, though I did go over 8 by a tad this month. I intend to put myself on a ban come October or November for Christmas reasons, so I’m not beating myself up too much over it.

Anyways, to the books!

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The above is all of the books I’ve purchased, minus one, which will be in a photo below. I forgot about it when I took this photo, which really… it says a lot. ._.

But a book shown above and not in the photos below because again, forgot, is A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas. This particular book purchase was a bit of a peak for me as far as me realizing how truly obsessed I am with collecting books to my person. I was in Barnes and Noble, in line to buy three other books, and I purchased this book in amazon while I waited to get to the cashier. Really. I’ve already read it, wrote a blabber on it, and found it to be just okay.

 

Death Note vols 10-12 by Tsugumi Ohba – These were re-purchases for me, and as I’ve already read them, are not part of my ever-intimidating TBR (these books are what put me over the 8, so I’m ok with it). These books are the culmination of a ten-year-long feud I’ve had with a person who was totally unaware of it. I made a post about it, too.

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemison and A Time of Dread and Malice, both by John Gwynne – These purchases were the three I was in line to buy at BN when I purchased the Maas book via amazon. They were having a 50% off fantasy sale and these three were on the table of options. I couldn’t not get them!

 

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang – This one I picked up without knowing too much about it beforehand, aside from reading the synopsis. I first heard of the book when I saw on twitter someone retweeting the author, who had written a blog entry entitled ‘On the necessity of brutality: why I went there‘ as a response to the criticism she had received for the content of this book. Reading that post alone made me want to buy it, so I did. I feel like I’m going to really love this one. If you wanna buddy read it, do let me know!

Curse of Strahd by Christopher Perkins – This is the one not pictured in the top image because I am a ding dong. Guess who’s gonna try to be a Dungeon Master! Time’s up, it’s me. I’ve been slowly going through this book and a few other DnD books in preparation for my own campaign. I’m hoping I take to being a DM. Currently, the only one in our group who knows how is my husband, who stated he misses playing as a character. So I’m hopefully going to give him the chance to do that.

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente – I’ve had my eye on this book for ages. It popped up on a recommended reading list for ‘if you liked Uprooted, you’ll like this’. I haven’t the foggiest where I found that list though, so sorry, no link. Might have even been Goodreads, I have no clue. Am v. excited for this, though.

 

Nod by Adrian Barnes and Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb – both of these were purchased when I took my dad out to get him some books for Father’s Day. I couldn’t not get myself some things. The first, I was recommended by a friend. The second will be a buddy read with Zezee when we continue our trek through the Realm of the Elderlings books within the next month or two.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – I didn’t know that Miyazaki’s movie was based on a book! So considered I loved the film, I’m hoping I’ll love the book as well.


And that’s it! I’m hoping to do fewer than 8 books these next three months, and next to nothing the last three, aside from Christmas gifts received. Gotta knock that TBR down to a reasonable amount. Wish me luck! If you’ve read any of the above or plan to read them, let me know!

Winter Book Haul | #22

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Hello! Welcome to my first quarterly book haul! One of my resolutions for this year was to purchase fewer books to the point where monthly book hauls were no longer warranted. This season I think I did pretty good. This is a sizeable haul, but it’s for three months of buying – January, February and March – when last year I would easily get this many books in a month.

So, so far, this goal is going pretty well. 😀


Technically I already own a copy of Way of Kings, but I got it as an e-copy for free when amazon was having a special. I wanted a hard copy though – you can’t sniff an ebook. Otherwise everything in this haul remains unread except for the Captive Prince trilogy – I actually read those by borrowing them from a friend and then loved them so much I went out and got my own! And I got them the afternoon after I took that stack photo, which is why they’re not in it. 😛

If you’re planning on reading any of these or have read them, do let me know.

Happy reading!

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’. 😛 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

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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

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. 😛

Anyway.


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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 Affinities 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 finish Ship of Magic and 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 of Heir of Fire 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!