Katsucon and February Book Haul!

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Hi! Two weekends ago, I posted about going to Katsucon, and this past week, I went! I had put myself on a mini-ban for about a month beforehand, knowing full well I’d go a bit nutso over manga while there and shocker, I did.

So this is everything – books and more – I got at Katsu, and then also the other books I’ve purchased this month on top of that!

I’ve jumped into figure collecting, and this is my first one, if you don’t count the Aizawa Pop I have… So second one, I guess. It’s a slippery slope and I can already feel myself being pulled in.

This was made by shliikawaii!

I also got an Inuyasha mug, but the video’s being difficult, so I’ma link to my twitter post of it instead, which’ll actually show the damned thing if you’re curious to see it:

And finally, the manga:

There are so many manga here, so I’m not going to go into them individually. But some of the ones I’m most excited for are the Girl From the Other Side volumes and the Wild Adapter ones. A lot of these are series I read back in high school, have since gone out of print, and then have been on the outside of my peripherals for a decade. Almost all of these were two bucks a pop at the con, so how could I resist? There are 37 volumes here, and I think I might have spent 90 bucks on them. For all 37. Really, where else are you gonna find that.

I also got two books this month: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green, which I’m currently reading, and Highfire by Eoin Colfer, which just sounds like a blast. I loved Artemis Fowl growing up so seeing a new work by this author is just neat.


And that’s it! I have a few more manga on the way in the mail, which will be in next month’s haul if they show up in time, so pumped about that, too.

Happy reading!

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

Books

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ 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!

 

November Book Haul! | #34

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Hello! I got some books this month, and I’m pretty pumped about them:

I took myself on a date this month – went to see Frozen 2, and then got coffee and went to Half Price Books, which is where the above three came from. It was nice, and I might make it a monthly or bi-monthly thing.

A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – Honestly I don’t know too much about this one other than it’s an angsty retelling. I’m in the mood for something like this so hopefully I’ll dig it.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware – This one’s a bit outside my normal genre, and while it sounded intriguing, it was going to be a library read for me… until I saw it for cheap at HPB, soooo

The Passage by Justin Cronin – To be frank, this book intimidates me. It’s big, it’s not a happy book, and… it’s big. I’ll get to this. I want to read it. But man, I am going to have to work up my courage to do it.

The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith – This one sounds really, really good. It’s a new release but it came out immediately in paperback, something that was unexpected but super great. I prefer paperbacks when I can get them.

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier – Finally, finally I’ll be started a Marillier book. This really should have gone into my currently reading yesterday – I’m buddy reading it with a friend – but I hadn’t technically started it when writing that, so. Needless to say, this one won’t be on my TBR for long.

Food Wars vol 1 by Yuto Tsukada – I’ve read this one, yay! And I liked it. I’ve been following this anime for a while now, and when I saw book one on the shelf, I had to grab it. I intend to collect this series here and there as I see them.

Again!! vols 1 and 2 by Mitsurou Kubo – These were utter impulse buys for me. I can’t tell you a single thing about them, other than that they were on the shelf at HPB and I think it’s some kind of sci-fi? Who knows. I hope I like it though, should be quick to get through.

Fruits Basket Another vol 3 by Natsuki Takaya – This is bittersweet. I loved Fruits Basket as a teen and with the re-release of the new anime this summer, this series has been on my mind a lot. This particular one follows the next generation of Sohmas, and this – volume 3 – is the final volume. Considering the original series was 23 volumes long, I was hoping there’d be more of this too. But I’ll take what I can get, man.


And that’s it! With Christmas coming up, my buying is gonna be limited. I plan on getting two books that I can think of – one of them a manga – but aside from that, any books I get will likely be gifts or the result of a gift card.

If you’ve read any of the above or are planning to, lemme know! Happy reading!

Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #2

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Hello, happy Saturday! Today I want to do another fate of my book haul books post. I started this series last month, where I go over my book hauls since the beginning of my blog and tell you what has happened to those books.

Today is the second time I’ve posted, so we will be looking at book haul #2, originally post on October 29th, 2015. These were the books that I had hauled:

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Harry Potter and the Sorcererโ€™s Stone by JK Rowling – Owned, read!

I made a point to read both this one and the second one a couple years a go. I have the third, still unread, and will be picking up the fourth here pretty soon! 5 stars.

SAS For Dummies by Stephen McDaniel – unhauled, unread

The original purpose of me getting this book doesn’t really apply anymore. I had originally picked it up because I was using SAS in one of my programming classing when I was in school, and then the professor decided to change the software so this book became a bit of a money sink. So, I got rid of it…. I think. If I didn’t, I have no idea where it is.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – Still owned, read!

At the point of my hauling this, I had already read it, so obviously I’ve read it, haha. It’s one of my all-time favorite books! 5 stars

The Fold by Peter Clines – Still owned, read!

Same with this one – I’d read at by the time I hauled it. My original description under my haul was “OH MY GOSH. READ IT. HEREโ€™S MY REVIEW.” and nothing else. So… read it? haha. 5 stars

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – Unhauled, read

This is the rare ‘didn’t love it’ of Patrick Ness’s books for me. I read it, thought it was alright, and decided the likelihood of me ever rereading it was basically zero. So, I got rid of it.

Breakable by Tammara Webber – Still owned, read!

This one I ended up rather liking, but I don’t think it was in the same league as its predecessor, Easy. It got a 4 star review from me at the time.


And that’s it for this one. I think this haul will be probably my most ‘complete’ for a while. I’ve read every single one of these except the one reference book. This… likely won’t happen again. I know me.

Again, if you’d like to pick up this series and go over your own hauls, do so! 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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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!

Otakon and NYC trip haul!

Hello! The past two weeks, I’ve been in Washington DC for Otakon and New York City for my anniversary! I got some stuff along the way, and this is it! This won’t include any books or manga picked up – all that will be in my book haul at the end of the month.

It didn’t really occur to me how much I bought myself vs other people on both of these trips until I gathered everything up and went, ‘Wait, this is it? I swear I got more.’ Apparently I’m a gift giver while on trips. I actually purchased probably twice as much as is shown, but none of the rest of it was for me.

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So, I quickly realized during Otakon, when I was walking around in the Dealer’s Gallery and Artist Alley, that it’s hard for me to justify spending thirty or forty dollars on figurines or whatever that will do nothing other than sit on my shelf. That unfortunately, was most of what was for sale. I mean there were shirts and manga and stuff too (I did buy manga) but you know what I mean, haha. If you’ve seen posts where I detail stuff I have sitting on my shelves, you’ll see that most of it is gifts or inexpensive little trinkets or whatever. I just… I can’t get around the mental block. So I didn’t buy much for myself.

My weakness though is Alphonse Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist, so I pushed myself to get a few things of him. I am really happy with what I got! The art on the left was one of two pieces I art I purchased – the other was for my sister. The art is easier to justify for me because I actually like hanging things on my walls. The plush… impulse purchase. I was literally walking out of the dealer’s gallery when I stopped and backtracked when I saw this out of the corner of my eye. It’s super cute though, so I like it. It… will likely end up just sitting on my shelves. Ahaha

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While in NYC, I saw the Moulin Rouge on Broadway. It’s my favorite movie ever, so the whole reason for the trip was to go see it. The show itself was pretty good! They updated a fair bit of it though, which some of it I liked and some of it I wasn’t thrilled about. But overall it was a really good show and I enjoyed it. I think I’m actually going to rewatch the movie again soon too.

On the right is a photo of our newest Christmas Ornament. Every year, I buy a new ornament, trying to find one with the year on it (or I’ll write it on if I can’t find one with the year). I started doing it the year my husband and I moved in together back when we were dating in 2014. It’s a tradition I picked up from my mom, who has done the same thing since I can remember. At my parents’ house, there are Christmas bulbs dating back to 1987, the year my parents got married. So I’ve kinda adopted it to trips since my husband and I travel a lot – I’ll buy an ornament related to the trip! This one is, well, Santa climbing the Empire State Building. I mean, why not, right?


And that’s it! That’s all I got during Otakon and while in New York, at least non-book-wise. I picked up a fair bit of manga on Otakon, and I purchased myself one book in NYC, so those will show up in my haul in the next week or so.

If you’re interesting in the instagram stories I posted during either of these trips, check out the Otakon pics here and the NYC pics here! (Shameless plug, shhh)

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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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!

March Book Haul #28 | Book Buying Ban

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Hello! I’m done buying books for a while! Every year, I go on a 2-4 month book buying ban. This will be the third year I’ve done it. The difference is, this time I’m doing it from now until June 15th when I usually do it in the fall – I’ve decided to switch it up. I’ve never failed it. Each year, I’ve succeeded in sticking to the ban for the allotted time, and I plan on doing the same thing this year.

So, from now until June 15th, I will not buy any books.ย Keep in mind, I can’t stop people from giving gifts. I don’t really expect to get any, as my birthday isn’t until August, but just so it’s clear. The ban is for me buying books.

That being said, on to the books that I bought before the ban went into effect. These are the books I purchased in March:

Emily, didn’t you say you were only allowed five books, not including manga and graphic novels? Yes, yes I did. I was bad. I got seven.

(and then like… 9 manga/graphic novels, hwe hwe hwe)

Starting with the manga, I got Goblin Slayer volume 1 by Kumo Kagyu and Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four Panel Comics by Hiromu Arakawa. I watched the Goblin Slayer anime a month or two ago and I adored it. It’s not for the faint of heart and definitely has some adult content, be warned, but I feel like it was a solidly good season, and I wanted to read the source material. Well.. kind of source material. The actual source is a light novel, and the manga is based off it… and the anime is based off the manga. Whatever. And for Fullmetal, I’ve already read and reviewed it, and gave it five stars. It’s exactly what it sounds like – all the end comics at the back of the manga and dvd packages. It was a joy to read. I’ve reviewed Goblin Slayer, too! I really liked it as well

I went to the bookstore last week, intent on buying and fifth and final book allotted for March. Well… I had two twenty percent off coupons that I couldn’t combine into one book and manga were on sale – buy 2, get 1. So obviously I bought two books and six manga. Welp. I got six volumes of My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi and really, if you haven’t started watching or reading this series, you should. It’s so great.

These two things I picked up at the same time – they were my first two purchases of the month! Hungry Ghosts by Anthony Bourdain was a graphic novel that I’d had my eye on for a few months, and when BN had their blowout sale, I picked it up, along with The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, which has been recommended to me over and over by Katy @BookbinderWay. I haven’t read the latter yet, but I did read and review Hungry Ghosts.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan was one of my ‘Emily is bad’ books. I picked it up after I had already gone over my limit for the month, making it my seventh book. Sometimes you’re in walmart and you just lose control, what can I say. I found The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers in Half Price books, and I about squeaked. My local BN hasn’t had a copy of it since I can remember, so when I actually saw one, I had to grab it.

I’ve been itching to get a copy of Semiosis by Sue Burke for ages, but it fell into that weird lull of nobody having it in stock, even online. So I waited until the paperback released this month, and I scooped up a copy before they could disappear again. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel is my other ‘Emily is bad’ book. It was the extra one I bought at the bookstore when I had those two coupons. C’est la vie.

Finally, I purchased The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon and Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto. And both of these, I saw on the shelves a day before their official release dates. But I’m not gonna tell you where – I’m no narc. I’m very excited for both of these, man. So. Pumped.


And that’s it! I kinda went overboard this month. I think the knowledge that these are all the books I could get for two and a half months had me a little uh… loose with my wallet this month. Welp. At least now I’ll have plenty to read during the ban.

Have you read any of the above? What is your opinion on book buying bans? Lemme know!

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)ย  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!

Summer Book Haul | #24

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Happy Saturday! Today I wanna show you all the books I’ve picked up since mid-June. All of these books though were purchased on or before August 9th, because that’s when my book buying ban started. It’s been going for a month now and I haven’t cracked yet. I almost cracked, but that’s a story for a different post. But the reason for the book ban in the first place happened July 28th, and it was the Half Price Clearance Sale. I tell ya, I went a bit nutso. No ‘buy only 8 books per season’ for me this time! Luckily, a lot of them were manga and therefore I read them already back in high school, or I’ve read them since buying them. My physical TBR didn’t go up too much.

Anyways, the books:

So, obviously, there are quite a few to go through. If I don’t mention where I got it, assume it was part of the clearance sale. ๐Ÿ˜€

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – This was one of my most anticipated releases this year, and I bought it on release day and began reading it immediately. I ended up adoring it. Pretty soon I’ll have a whole Novik shelf, between her fairy tale books and her Temeraire books.

Eona by Alison Goodman – I’ve owned Eon for ages now and haven’t read it, so I figured getting the sequel super cheap will spur me into marathoning the series. I’ve heard mixed things about it, so hoping I end up on the ‘like it’ side.

The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan – I don’t know what it is about Tan’s books, but they always draw me right in. I have.. five or six of them now, but they’re all still on my TBR. I DON’T KNOW EITHER, OKAY.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – One of my friends is always raving about Austen books, but I have yet to pick any up. This’ll be my second one, I think. Maybe third? Either way, I have no idea what edition this is – I can’t find a bar code, or an ISBN, or anything. The flap said it was printed in small quantities for some event. So if you know what this edition is, do let me know.

The Silver Wolf by Alice Borchardt – My friendo Katy went with me to the clearance sale (check out her blog, peeps) and she put this in my hands, saying it was one of her favorites. So! How could I refuse?

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder – This one has been on my radar for ages, so when I saw it sitting on the table, I scooped it up lickedy split. Am v excited, people.

Artemis Fowl The Atlantis Complex and The Last Guardian – Gasp! Emily! Didn’t you already own The Atlantis Complex once, DNF’d it and purged it?! Well yes, yes I did. I don’t know man. Artemis Fowl, at least the first four books, is one of my favorite series from my early teens. I loved the early series, and getting rid of book seven felt wrong to me. So when I saw these two for two bucks each in Ollies, I got them. Maybe I’ll give it another try. Now at least I have the whole series and it doesn’t look weird on my shelves anymore.

Fruits Basket vols 10-13 by Natsuki Takaya – This is a series I read and loved back in high school, but I’ve never owned the full set, so I’ve been collecting them as I find them second hand.

Fruits Basket Another by Natsuki Takaya – I had no idea there even was a sequel to Fruits Basket coming out until I saw this on the shelf at Barnes and Noble and chirped a bit. Snatched it up so fast, man. I read it and I’m v excited for more.

Fence vol 1 by C. S. Pacat – I’ve been waiting for the trade of this ever since I heard this series was rattling around in Pacat’s brain. I picked it up at BN. I read and loved her Captive Prince trilogy and at this point I’d read her grocery list, man. I read this and felt it was a solid opening to a potentially great series.

StarCraft: Prima’s Official Strategy Guide by Bart Farkas – This one was an impulse grab as I was walking to the checkout line at HPB sale. I used to play a lot of StarCraft 2, and this just kinda called to me. Will I ever read it cover to cover? Likely not. But! I’ll definitely flip through it – it’ll be more of a coffee table read for me. Takes me back, man.

Attack on Titan vols 15 and 16 by Hajime Isayama – slowly chugging through this series. I received these two volumes as a birthday gift from my friendo Amanda (thanks pal, you’re swell) and loved them. I’m quite a few volumes behind, but each one I read I love this series more and more, man.

Immortal Rain vol 7 by Kaori Ozaki – This series I’ve had for a long time, but I’ve never seen it really go around. I own up through… well, vol 7 now, but I’ve read through vol 5. I adore it, and I need more people to read it. READ IT.

Inuyasha Ani-Manga vol 1 by Rumiko Takahashi – Love the Inuyasha manga and the anime, so combining them can only end in good things, right?

Priest vols 4-6 by Min-Woo Hyung – I picked the first volume of this up on a whim a while ago and ended up pretty much loving it. So I’ve been slowly collecting them second hand when I see them. ๐Ÿ˜€

Rave Master vol 6 by Hiro Mashima and Trigun: Maximum vol 4 by Yasuhiro Nightow – Same story as above. Old faves, just collecting copies now.


Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku vols 1 and 2 by Fujita – This series is my latest obsession, people. I love it SO MUCH. Vol 3, released next month, is one of the two books I mentioned in my buying ban post that I would be making exception for. It’s just so so good. My darling husband got these for me for just because. He’s a sweet.

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu – I. Am. SO PUMPED. For this book. It’s apparently the science fiction book to read right now from China. I want to read it SO BAD. This book, along with the next two, I got at BN during a sale that had ended, but they never took down the sign, so when I got rang up, the list price came up. I pointed out the sale sign though, the cashier went ‘whoops, that was supposed to be taken down’ and then gave me the sale price. Good peeps there.

Night Angel: The Complete Trilogy by Brent Weeks – I absolutely adore Weeks’ Lightbringer series, so I wanted to check out his previous one, too. I’m hoping to marathon the whole thing instead of reading one book at a time. We’ll see how it goes, though. ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THE BURNING WHITE? I AM, MAN.

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson – Stephenson is another one of those authors. One that I have so many books by, but haven’t read much of. I read and loved Snow Crash, so my brain goes ‘Therefore all other books are good too’ and I tend to buy them when I see them.

The Book of Vice by Peter Sagal and The Total Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness by Paula Poundstone – These two were the last books I got before the ban began. They’re my final babies. I bought them when my husband and I went to go see the live recording of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! in Chicago. If you’re unfamiliar with the radio show, it’s a comedic news quiz that plays weekly on NPR. I love it. Sagal is the host, and Pounstone is my favorite contestant. The episode we saw recorded, Paula Poundstone wasn’t there. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But! Peter Sagal was and he signed my book!!

And that’s it! I definitely got a lot of books this summer, but it should even out by my ban this fall. So there’s that. If you’ve read any of these or are planning to, do let me know! Happy reading!