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Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #6

Coffee Time

Happy Sunday! Today is another post about where books I’ve hauled have ended up. This is the sixth time I’ve done this so it’ll be on book haul number six, originally posted Feb 28th, 2016.

These are the books I hauled:

You can see I was in the midst of my compsci bioinformatics degree during this haul. The textbooks are everywhere, ahah. I hauled them because I was mad at having to spend so much on them in the first place. We’ll do those first:

The Molecular Biology of the Cell – Owned, read

This obviously was for molecular bio. My study method included taking notes in the book itself during lecture on the relevant pages, and then later combining info from the book and info from the lecture into organized notes. So I basically read this cover to cover, along with all the other textbooks I’ll be listing.

Data Structures & Algorithms in Java – Owned, read

This was for a data structures coding class. One thing to mention: I learned to code using Java but honestly I haven’t touched it at all since then. C# and Typescript for meeee

Computer Systems: A Programmer’s Perspective – Owned, read

Tbh I kind of hated this class. It’s fiiiiine. Why do I still own all these books? Well… honestly I don’t really know. They’re a bit outdated now. Probably because I spent so much on them and I’m still mad about it.

Introducing the Theory of Computation – Owned, read

And on the other hand, I really loved this class. It was more philosophy than anything. All sorts of logic puzzles and stuff.

The Bees by Laline Paull – Owned, unread

Honestly I don’t remember what this one was about, other than it being from the perspective of a bee, I think. I remember wanting to read it when I bought it though and it’s survived probably ten or fifteen purges, so… I think it’s meant to be (bee, geddit). I’ll read it eventually.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – Owned, read

This book became one of my all-time favorites, along with the sequel that was released a year or so later. The third one is actually coming out this summer and man am I p u m p e d.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – Owned, read

I actually bought this copy for cheap when I was in the middle of reading a library copy. So technically I’ve only read the last half of this physical copy. But it still counts, dammit.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – Owned, unread

Once upon a time, I used to tell myself that ‘yeah I totally love classics’ when in reality I don’t. I don’t dislike them, mind you, I just don’t gravitate towards them. So one day I will pick this up, I just don’t see it happening in the near future unless I’m peer-pressured into it.


And that’s it for this one! I actually read most of these books so that’s pretty neat. I’ve definitely had posts like this where most of them were unread and most of them were unhauled, too. If you’ve read any of the above, lemme know! Happy reading!

 
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Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #4

Blogmas 2019

Hello, happy Saturday! I’m officially on vacation, therefore this is pre-written and I am probably sleeping. Pbtbtbt.

Today’s book haul was originally posted on Jan 2nd, 2016.

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This is what’s happened to the books since then:

Attack on Titan vols 2-5 by Hajime Isayama – Owned, read

I think I have up through volume 18 or 19 now, all of them read. This is a pretty decent series

The Bitter Kingdom and The Girl of Fire and Thorns Stories by Rae Carson – Owned, read

I ended up rather adoring this series, and I haven’t read it since I originally did. I’d definitely reread this series!

Grass For His Pillow by Lian Hearn – Owned, unread

Hehe, book two of a series where I still haven’t read book one. One day, one day.

Replay by Ken Grimwood – Owned, unread

This one I received as a gift in a reddit secret santa event! Still… unread. :”D

Soulless by Gail Carriger – Owned, unread

I believe I picked this one up to fulfill a free shipping dollar amount, hawhaw. I do wanna read it, eventually. I’ll get there, I’ll get there.

You by Caroline Kepnes – Owned, read

I actually just read this recently! Like… last month, haha.

14 by Peter Clines – Owned, read

I read this one a while ago. It was weird! Good, but weird.

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey – Owned, read

This one ended up being a five star read for me, and honestly if you’re looking to get into sci-fi and don’t know where to start I definitely recommend this one

Horns by Joe Hill – Owned, unread

One day. I saw the movie and thought it was neat.


And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 12/21/2019 in Blogmas, Books, Coffee Time

 

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Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #3

Coffee Time

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

Today’s book haul I originally posted on November 26th, 2015. These were the books that I had hauled:

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The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension and The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson – Owned, unread

I’ve still only read the one Sanderson novel, Elantris. I liked it, and I own a good bit of his books now, including these three, I just haven’t gotten to them yet. Four years, man.

The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson – Owned, unread

Yet another ‘I’ve read one book by this author but have a lot of other books by them, all unread’. I’ll get to it, I’ll get to it.

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel – Owned, unread

This one, I’m hoping I really like. I’ve heard literally zero bad things about it.

The Glass Sentence by SE Grove – Owned, unread

I really like the premise of this one – each country is in a different time period. Other than that, I know nothing about it. I have the second one too… I’ll get to them. I will, dammit.

The Time Traveler’s Almanac by a buttload of authors – Owned, unread

So, problem. I bought this before I realized that I don’t like short story collections. This is the only one I still own that I haven’t read yet, and I’m afraid, honestly. I don’t want to dislike it, but I’ve disliked literally every other short story collection I’ve read. I just think the format is not for me, regardless of the content. I’ll probably pick this up as a challenge for a readathon. I’m nervous, ahaha.

My True Love Gave to Me by a buttload of other authors – Unhauled, read

This one I did read! And then I got rid of it because iiiiit’s a short story collection and I didn’t care for it. heeh.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – Unhauled, unread

This one I ended up getting rid of due to disinterest before I read it. I read the first one in the series ages ago and thought it was just ok. And by the time I got around to looking at this one, I had forgotten the contents of the first one and didn’t want to reread it. So.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl – Owned, unread

Honestly, this one just intimidates me. I’ll get there eventually.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – Owned, read

Literally the only ‘owned, read’ one this haul, I’ve read this book so many times! Almost every year, and I think I’m due for a reread.


And that’s it! As you can see, the majority of these are ‘yes, still have it, no, still haven’t read it. hm hm hm

Happy reading!

 
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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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