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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.


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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!

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

 

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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?


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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!

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

 

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Post-Christmas Book Haul AKA The Year My Family Wised Up to My Antics | #13

Writing the words ‘Post-Christmas’ in the title crushed my soul a little bit. So much anticipation and it’s over already. D: Well, 364 more days ’til Christmas, I guess.

So explaining the title a little bit. If you’ve followed my blog at all, you’ll have seen that I put myself on buying bans and then break them all the time. I have this issue with buying books too quickly and not reading them at the same pace. All my bans usually occur around Christmas or my birthday because I have this little nugget of ‘I’ll get books as gifts’ knowledge in my brain that kinda lulls my addiction for a bit.

Welp, this year my family caught on to what I was doing, haha. I received two books for Christmas this year, where I would usually get five or six. They’ve limited me, hawhaw. So go them I suppose. I suppose.

This isn’t saying I only got two books this month. No no, I got some for myself too because I’m a hopeless case. And some unaware extended family got me book gift cards. Woot. I’m going to try to hold onto them until at least I get my goodreads goal met for this year (I need 4 more books by New Year’s! Wish me luck).

I’ll point out the books I got for Christmas, but otherwise, the rest were bought by me for me. 😛 Woop.


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House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern were gifts, but otherwise, this was all me. :”D

I’m very excited for all these books – The Night Circus and Frankenstein I’ve already read but otherwise they’re all new to me. Bookoutlet was a big part of the numbers you see. They had that black friday sale and well… as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a hopeless case, so… :”D


If you’ve read any of the above or plan to read them, let me know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 12/26/2016 in Book Haul, Books

 

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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!

 
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Posted by on 11/03/2016 in Book Haul, Books

 

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May Book Haul | #9

I got some books this month! Some I’m currently reading, some I haven’t started. Some I’ll get to next, some it’ll likely be years before I get to them (though I hope that doesn’t actually happen)

Here they are!

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Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
I Used to Know That Science by Marianne Taylor
A Million Suns and Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb – Currently reading!
Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – Currently reading!
Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
Embassytown by China Mieville

If you’ve read any of these, let me know what you thought!! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 06/02/2016 in Book Haul, Books, Uncategorized

 

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April Book Haul

Hello! Welcome to April. I purchased a total of 7 books this past month, and considering I didn’t read any books, well, now my to-be-read shelf is seven books bigger. I don’t even care.

Here they are:

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I’ve decided to start buying the Throne of Glass series, now that I’ve read four of them and have decided I liked it. Also got Uprooted, as Naomi Novik also writes the Temeraire series, one of my favorites ever, so I want to check out the rest of her works too!

The Slab book seen there is actually a compilation of short stories and poetry written by students at my university, and my friend gave it to me as a gift! I thought it was nice. 😀 And the last three are The Thirteenth Tale, Poeny in Love and The Confusion, all purchased for two bucks a pop at a local library sale. The last one, The Confusion, is the second book in the series – I now have it and the third one. STILL HAVEN’T FOUND A COPY OF THE FIRST. Will get there.


And that’s it for this month. Short and sweet. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 05/01/2016 in Book Haul, Books

 

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January Book Haul #5

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Hello! Today is January 28th and seeing as I’m not planning on getting more books in the next three days, I figured I’d post up my book haul today!

I must mention that since starting this blog, my book buying has increased by threefold at least. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not. I’m reading about five times more than I used to as well, so overall I’m in the clear. But my wallet, man. My wallet.

Onto the books. This month, I acquired six books, a good deal less than my Christmas book haul, which is a good thing. (And yay me, all of these were either a gift or purchased at Half Price Books, so no breaking the bank this month. :D) And out of those six, I’ve completed one, which will be in my wrap-up in a couple days.

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Locke & Key volume 1 by Joe Hill
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Inuyasha volumes 19 and 20 by Rumiko Takahashi
A Feast for Crows by George RR Martin


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

 
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Posted by on 01/28/2016 in Book Haul, Books

 

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