On September 9th 2017, I made a post stating that I was placing myself on a book buying ban until after Christmas. It was cold turkey, save for one book, which I explain in the post. But I was to buy zero books between then and yesterday.
And I succeeded! I didn’t buy any books for over three months! None! 😀 So now I’m ending the ban and allowing myself to purchase books again.
My goal now is to keep my buying at a rate where my hauls will be seasonal, not monthly. I can’t be doing 6, 7, 8-or-more book hauls every single month. At my typical reading rate now with my job and everything, it’s just not sustainable. So I’m thinking to do a haul every season, hopefully with the same amount of books that used to be in my monthly hauls.
So today, I present to you the four books I received as Christmas gifts – two of them directly, two of them purchased via a book gift card given to me by my husband fellow. It felt so nice to be in a book store again – I had been avoiding them like the plague to keep myself from giving in to temptation. It was like going home, walking in and knowing I could buy myself a book or two today.
So without further rambling:
Last week as part of blogmas (which… I didn’t do that last two days of. I told you in this post that Christmas Eve and Day were bananas and I meant it!) I made a post called ‘Books I Hope Santa Brings‘. All of those books are in this haul! 😀 Plus another one I found on clearance (yeah bby, clearance!)
Goodreads synopsis of volume 1:
A Plea From the Future
On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she receives a letter from herself ten years in the future. At first, she writes it off as a prank, but as the letter’s predictions come true one by one, Naho realizes that the letter might be the real deal. Her future self tells Naho that a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, will soon join her class. The letter begs Naho to watch over him, saying that only Naho can save Kakeru from a terrible future. Who is this mystery boy, and can Naho save him from his destiny?
Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.
Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.
When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.
Goodreads synopsis of book one:
On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.
Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.
But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.
And that’s it!
I’m going out of town tomorrow morning, so my planned posting schedule for the end of the year won’t be happening as well, planned. I still want to make each of those posts I mentioned, but they’re going to be a bit more spread out. They’ll fall back to my normal posting schedule, I think (S-W-S).
Happy reading! 😀