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

Coffee Time

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 Sorcerer’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. HERE’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!

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Posted by on 10/12/2019 in Books

 

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The Spoopy Memes Book Tag! [Original]

Spoopy Memes Book Tag

Happy Spoopy Season, I’ve made a tag! I don’t know about you, but to me, memes are my favorite part about any cultural phenomenon, so I figured I’d incorporate them into a book tag. Buckle your butts, here we go!

  • If you’d like to do this tag, please link back to this post so I can see your answers!
  • Feel free to use the banner above if you’d like, and I highly suggest you copy over the memes, as they give the questions context.

Time to get spooky! What books will you be reading to celebrate this time of year?

I hope to get to the three above books, which are also the last three remaining books on my 10 in 2019 list. The first, Deathless by Catherynne M Valente was actually also on my Five Star Predictions list, so I’m hoping I’ll love it. The other two I also hope I really like, but if I end up not liking Deathless I think I’ll be crushed, haha.

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Do you put up decorations for Halloween? If so, describe them! Even better, show them!

Right now I only have the one decoration. I’m spoopy, dammit.

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What is the scariest book you’ve ever read? What made it so scary?

House of LeavesHouse of Leaves by Mark. Z Danielewski – While I didn’t end up loving every aspect of this book, the horror elements were on point. There weren’t any huge jump scares or anything like that, but this book made me feel weird. Unsettled. You read the writings about found footage of a man who lived in a house that was bigger on the inside than it was on the outside, and the rambling of the man who found the footage. You seem him, as he goes through it all, slowly succumbing to it. It’s just… unsettling. I know I said that already but it’s really the best word for it.

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What’s the last book you read that truly shocked you, made your jaw drop, or made you chuck the book across the room?

Saga, Vol. 9 (Saga, #9)Saga vol 9 by Brian K Vaughan – Since it’s volume 9 and obviously a spoiler, I can’t tell you what shocked me exactly, but man. MAN. I finished this volume and immediately started pining. I was not expecting that. And now the series is on haitus and it makes me sad.

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What’s a book that’s fallen out of the spotlight that you still really like and try get people to read?

Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)Scar Night by Alan Campbell – I picked this book up back when I was a teenager and loved it. I’ve been able to talk a few people into reading it, but I don’t think it ever got the recognition it deserved. This book follows a young angel, an assassin, false gods, a seemingly bottomless abyss, and the city suspended over it by chains. It has hints of steampunk as well. Really, read this.

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Are you dressing up this year? If so, what as? If not, what would be your costume if you were?

I am not dressing up! But if I was, I’d be oatmeal.

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What is your opinion on the word ‘spoopy’, and memes that follow its theme?

I think it’s all great, personally. Memes, dumb stuff, I love it all.


And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tagged and I haven’t tagged you, please consider yourself tagged!

Otherwise, I tag:

Peer pressure, do it.

 

 
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Posted by on 10/09/2019 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Tolkien Book Tag!

Tolkien Book Tag

Happy Saturday! Today is a special post, done in celebration of the Lord of the Rings marathon I’m currently doing! As I write this, I’m at Katy @Bookbinderway‘s house and we’re knee deep in the first movie, and will hopefully get to more! So I figured, what better way to celebrate?

HOW DID YOUR MIDDLE EARTH JOURNEY BEGIN?

My dad took me to see the first movie when it came out in theaters. When was that, 2001? So I was eleven!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MIDDLE EARTH BOOK?

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I haven’t read the books. :”D Not yet.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?

Probably The Two Towers, extended edition obviously. Once you got extended, you can’t go back.

MOVIES OR BOOKS?

Movies, because well, as stated, I haven’t read the books. :”D Obviously this could change when I do read the books, but we’ll see.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS?

Samwise and Gimli. They’re both so wholesome and weird. ❤

WHAT MIDDLE EARTH RACE WOULD YOU BE?

Probably a hobbit or a dwarf. Because this picture explains me perfectly:

BEST ACTOR/CHARACTER CASTING MATCH?

Ian McKellen as Gandalf. Perfecto.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE IN MIDDLE EARTH?

Rivendell. Man, I wanna live there.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THE BOOKS OR MOVIES?

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”


And that’s it! Obviously I tag Katy, but if you’d like to do this tag as well, do it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 10/05/2019 in Book Tag, Books

 

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September Wrap Up | ’19

Wrap Up

Happy end of September! This past month was weird, as far as my reading went. If you remember, I made a post announcing that I would be participating in Space Opera September – well, I kinda did, and then my mood went ‘I’m done!’ and then I read whatever I felt like. So I got like… 35% into the readathon. My b.

Anyways:

Books

Wild Ones, Vol. 1 (Wild Ones, #1)

Wild Ones vols 1-10 by Kiyo Fujiwara – I read this entire series this month, and I very much enjoyed it. It follows a high school student whose mother dies. Right as she’s realizing she has nowhere to go, her estranged grandfather shows up at the funeral and offers her a place to stay. When she gets to his house, she realizes he’s a yakuza boss, and all of the people now living with her are members of his clan. It takes off from there, as she navigates the new environment. This series is a shojo one, so it was no surprised when it turned out to essentially be a rom-com, exactly what I wanted. I borrowed this series from the library, but I think I want to get my own copies. I can definitely see myself re-reading it. It’s out of print though, so I’ll have to find used ones. But yes, if you’re looking for a fluffy romance, this would be it.

All volumes between 3-4 stars

O Maidens in Your Savage Season 1

O Maidens in Your Savage Season vols 1-3 by Mari Okada – I think this is one of my new favorite series – It got my third five star rating of the year! It’s ongoing, with vol 4 coming out later in October, so for now I’m caught up. This is a slice of life manga following a group of fifteen year old girls in a literature club who are beginning to get feelings towards boys and just have absolutely no idea how to handle that. It makes for a lot of comedy, awkwardness, and relatable mindsets. Reading it reminded me of being fifteen, but I don’t think I was as uh… comedic about it, ahaha. I did write a full spoiler-free blabber on vol 1 if you’re interested, but man, I love this series and can’t wait to get more.

5, 4.5 and 4.5 stars respectively

Binti (Binti, #1)

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – This is the one book I managed to finish towards Space Opera September. I did start another one, but I didn’t get to finishing it yet. It was too big, aha. But this novella, I’ve heard a lot about for ages, and I was very keen on reading it. It follows Binti, who is accepted into a prestigious school across space, and now has to find a way there from her own planet. For such a short book, it deals with a lot of topics: prejudice, linguistics, mathematics, all sorts of things. A lot of things packed into here, and it made for a really good read.

3.5 stars

Land of the Lustrous, Vol. 1 (Land of the Lustrous, #1)

Land of the Lustrous vols 1-5 by Haruko Ichikawa – The first two volumes of this were rereads for me, but it had been so long since I’d read them, I needed to in order to read the next three. This series follows a set of humanoid creatures called the Lustrous. Gem-based things, they live on the land that humans once did, and are constantly battling and running from the Lunarians, these creepy looking things from the moon that are constantly attacking them and using their bodies as the jewels instead of the living creatures they are. I gotta say, this series took me a bit to get into – it was in volume 3 really that I got hooked. The lore to this I think is more than we know so far, and it’s really intriguing. I’m looking forward to learning more. I have vols 6-8 borrowed from a friend, and I plan on continuing them soon.

3-4 stars each

Song of the Hanging Sky, Volume 1

Song of the Hanging Sky vol 1 by Toriko Gin – This was definitely an interesting start to a series. It follows a combat medic who has run from the battlefield and hidden in the wilderness, where he finds a bird-child – a boy with feathers and wings. The bird child doesn’t speak his language, but the medic takes him in anyways, nursing him back to health. The story goes from there, introducing this bird-humanoid culture, and the prejudices between them and humans. I borrowed this first volume from a friend and if she has any more, I’ll likely pick those up too.

3 stars

Hotel Africa, Volume 1

Hotel Africa vol 1 by Hee Jung Park – Man, I was not expecting to love this as much as I did. This manga follows a young man named Elvis, and goes back and forth between different times in his life. One timeline is him as an adult, struggling like we all do, to make it. The other timeline is back when he was four years old, living at Hotel Africa, a hotel his mother started out in the middle of the desert in I believe Nevada. This story is a slow one, very character driven, and full of almost nostalgia-like heartstring tugs. I adored this – it made me happy, it made me sad. It explored the things that people go through in their lives, unfortunate events, and how people cope with them. I really love this. At the time I rated it a 4.5 but upon a reread if I ever get there I could easily see it going up to a 5.

4.5 stars

And that’s it for books! I consider any month where I don’t rate anything under a 3 to be a really good month. I even had a 5 this month! I’m so pumped about it!


Other Things

  • Nothing! September was very status quo.

Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 85/50 – Complete!
  • Finish the 10 in 2019 list – 7/10
  • Keep book purchases around 4-5 books per month
    • J – 5 | F – 6 | M – 7 | A – 0 | M – 0 | J – 3 | J – 5 | A – 5 | S – 4| O | N | D
  • Go on a 2 to 3 month buying ban – Complete!
  • Reduce physical TBR to 250 books – Currently 248 – Complete (now maintaining)
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019 – Complete!
  • Post monthly book hauls
    • J | F | M | A (on ban) | M(on ban) | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Keep track of statistics
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
 
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Posted by on 09/29/2019 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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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!

 
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Posted by on 09/28/2019 in Book Tag, Books

 

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The Boujee Book Tag!

Book Tag

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag, so here it is! This tag was originally named the ‘Boujee Booktuber Tag’ but none of the questions are specifically video related, so I’m adapting it to blog form. Pbtbtbt pbtbt pbt.

This tag was created by abookolive!

1. What is your average monthly budget for books?

I don’t really have a budget, persay, but I do have a physical limit. I can buy five books per month, not including manga. I am trying to cut back a bit on that even though, just because I’m also trying to buy a house.

2. What’s the most you’ve ever spent in a bookstore?

Probably a bit over a hundred dollars. I tend to splurge a bit right after Christmas if I receive any gift cards or monies.

3. Are you willing to pay full price for a brand new release, or will you wait until you have a coupon or there’s a sale?

I will not pay full price if it’s a hardback book, but I will for a paperback or manga. Luckily between my Barnes and Noble membership and amazon’s prices, I tend to get at least 10-20% off. I’ll take what I can get.

4. Would you rather buy one new book or several less expensive used copies?

It really depends on the book. If there’s a new book and I really want it, I’ll get that. I try not to get books just for the sake of getting more books for my money. I did that a lot in the past and it landed me with too many unread books. ;P

5. What do you think is a reasonable price for a new hardback book? A paperback? An eBook?

$20-25, $15 (or $8 if mass market paperback), $5 respectively. I get why they’re higher sometimes – gotta pay all the peeps involved – but if they are much higher than that, I’ll go out of my way to use coupons or sales to get them down to this level or lower.

6. Is a signed book worth more to you? How about a first edition?

It depends on the book! If I have no idea who the author is or haven’t fallen in love with the book, then I don’t particularly care one way or the other. But a favorite author? Sign my face, please.

7. What is your most valuable book (sentimental or actual value)?

Island of the Giant Pokemon (Pokemon Chapter Book, #2)

Monetarily, no idea. But sentimentally, it’d be all the Pokemon books I got when I was a grade schooler. They were some of my first novels, and I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve read them.

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8. Will you pay more for a cover or edition you like better?

I feel like all my answers to this are ‘it depends’. If it’s a known favorite author or book, I’ll probably dish out extra to get a neat edition. If I’m just shopping though I tend to buy the cheapest one, no matter what it looks like.

9. What physical characteristics does a good quality book have?

Good binding, good smell, paper that’s thicker than Bible paper.

10. If you won the lottery, what bookish things would you do with the money?

Well after doing the ever-elusive dream of paying off my student debt, I’d buy a house with recessed shelving (or add some myself) and make myself an official library. Right now I have a ‘book room’ where I keep all my books and a reading chair, but I want it to be more… official. More wood, more globes. You know, the nerdy stuff. I want it.

BONUS: Give us an image (actual or mental) of your dream home library!

Here’s my current set-up, taken back at Christmas last year. So it’s the same now, but all the Christmas lights have burnt out and there’s more cat fur.

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And that’s it!

I tag: Zezeewithbooks, Bookbinderway, TheOrangutanLibrarian, Dragonsandzombies, MetalPhantasmReads, ThoughtsOnFantasy, BooksInHerEyes, and you if I didn’t tag you! If you do this tag, lemme know so I can snoop on it!

 
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Posted by on 09/21/2019 in Book Tag, Books

 

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Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #1

Coffee Time

Happy Saturday! Today I wanted to start a new mini-series within my Coffee Time series of posts called ‘The Fate of my Book Haul Books’ where I go back to my very first (and then second, and then third, etc) book haul, take a look at the books that were in them, and tell you about where they are now, whether I read them, whether I liked them, and if I no longer have them, why I don’t.

I know I’m not the only one that got caught up in ‘I want that and that and that and that and that’ when first joining the book community, back when I was still solidifying exactly what kinds of books were for me or not. So I thought it’d be neat to see if any patterns emerged when looking at what stayed, what went, and what actually got read.

PS, if you’d like to do this kind of thing for your book hauls, go for it! Please link here though so I can read it! I plan on doing this once a month or so, but however fast you wanna do it is up to you.


Book Haul #1 on my blog was posted back on April 4th, 2015. At the time, I didn’t bother numbering my book hauls, and honestly I’m surprised I actually took a picture. So go 24 year old me for that, I suppose.

This is what I had originally hauled:

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First I wanna point out, by the background of that picture, that was my apartment two apartments ago. It was a tiny one bedroom that I shared with my boyfriend-now-husband. Holy poop I haven’t thought about that place in ages. Anyways, the books. By the looks of them, these were a library sale haul. One of many to come. This is where the books are now:

Dune by Frank Herbert – Still owned, still unread.

Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)I also have two copies of it now, technically. My husband brought in his own copy when we moved in together. This book I know I’ll pick up eventually, but it intimidates me. It’s such a long series and it’s a classic. I wanna love it but I’m afraid I won’t, haha. Basically I need a good readathon or something with just the right prompt, and then I’ll pick it up.

Priest vols 1 and 2 by Min-Woo Hyung – Still owned, both read!

Priest, Volume 1. Prelude for the DeceasedI actually did pick up these a while ago, I think for a readathon. I need to reread them though, because now I own six volumes and can’t remember anything about them. I really did like them though at the time, and they both got a solid 4 stars from me!

 

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan – Unhauled, unread

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)This will be the first evidence of what I know will become a pattern: Me getting and then getting rid of middle grade. No offense to middle grade, (most of the time) it’s just not for me. But there was a point back in the beginning of my blog when everyone was talking about this series and reading it and I went ‘I wanna read it too!’ so I picked up the first three or four books or whatever… and then never read them for like three years. So I got rid of them, probably within the last two years or so. I haven’t had them on my shelves for a while.

Emma by Jane Austen – Still owned, still unread

EmmaAnother pattern! Where I acquire classics, never read them, but then keep them anyways in some vain hope that I’ll actually wanna read a classic. You watch, you’ll see it eventually too. No suprise: I haven’t read this. At the time I had no idea but now I full realize that I am terrified of classics.

 

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Owned, read!

A Little PrincessI’ve broken the mold! I read a classic! I remember I picked this up a few years ago as part of a readathon. I ended up liking it decently but I remember definitely having trouble getting through it. I’ll be bad and say I like the movie more… because I do. Pbtbt.

Note I just predicted a pattern above and promptly broke it here. Believe me though, this book is the exception to the rule. I gave this 4 stars.

Night by Elie Wiesel – Owned, read!

Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)I picked this book up I think shortly after I got it, believe it or not. I don’t remember if it was prompted or if I was just brave. I gave it a 5 stars at the time, but honestly I feel weird rating someone’s life anything else.

 

 

Alias Grace and Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood – Owned, both unread

Cat's EyeI think at this point, in my mind, I consider Margaret Atwood a ‘modern classics’ writer, just because of The Handmaid’s Tale (which I did read). Because of that, the same classics mental block is there. But I do wanna read these… eventually, haha.

 

 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – Unhauled, unread

Little WomenHere’s a classic that I did actually manage to get rid of. Honestly the urge to read it never struck me, not even a little bit.

 

 

 

Geisha by Liza Dalby – Owned, unread

GeishaThis is a nonfiction, of which I read very little. I picked this up though after hearing about how Memoirs of Geisha was a little factually inaccurate. So I’m hoping this one will be more so. I do intend to read this… some day.

 

The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan – Owned, unread

The Hundred Secret SensesAmy Tan is one of those authors that I tend to auto-buy but have actually read very little of (there are a few of those). This is another that I’ve owned for ages by her and haven’t picked up yet. Honestly I could probably fill a book shelf with her books alone. They’ve all survived purges though, just because I do wanna read them… I just need to be in the mood for literary.

 

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And that’s it for book haul one. I didn’t realize before going into this that my first haul was a library haul. It’ll be interesting to see if the ratio of unread to read books changes depending on where I got the books. Because honestly, my library sale hauls consist of ‘maybe someday’ books, whereas my ‘normal’ book hauls tend to be ones I’m super excited for at the time of purchase.

If you thought this post was interesting at all, do let me know. I’m hoping I don’t just speaking into the void for these posts.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/14/2019 in Books, Coffee Time

 

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