This is a bit late, I know. But better late than never. You know I can’t pass up the chance to talk about the ridiculous amount of books I get each month. 😉 In terms of physical books, I did a LOT better than I usually do, but my ebook haul was just as absurd as always. Anyway, let’s see what books I’ve acquired in February, shall we?
In a totally shocking twist (for absolutely no one), I ended up with quite a huge book haul during January. During the last half of the month I really didn’t acquire many books, but since I still spent a lot of the first half out shopping with Christmas money, it’s still a pretty big haul. Quite a few of these are books I’ve been wanting to read for awhile, though, so it’s nice to finally have them.
After having a pretty small book haul in November, I more than made it up for it in December. Although I only got a couple of books as actual Christmas gifts, I ended up buying quite a few books with Christmas money. And then, as always, there are all the ebooks… Once I’m back at school (and not free to do whatever all day aka free to shop all day), I think I’m going to be placing myself back on a book buying ban for a couple of months, not including the few books I have pre-ordered right now. I really want to stop spending so much money on books and also get the chance to actually make a dent in the pile of books I’ve bought. Anyway, let’s get on to actually showing you all what I got!
Sooo we can already see that I bought an absurd amount of books, yes? hahaha Anyway, I know the picture is a bit hard to read for a few titles, so here’s a full list:
- 1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think by Robert Arp
- Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
- Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey
- You by Caroline Kepnes
- I remember several months ago seeing a few bloggers raving about this and it’s been on my radar ever since. Finally bought it and I’m excited!
- Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
- Bad Boy by Elliot Wake
- I won this ARC from the author’s Twitter giveaway and I’m kind of conflicted now because although I was originally super excited to read a book by a trans author about a trans MC, it recently was pointed out that Wake’s pretty racist and constantly starting arguments with and blocking women of color, black women particularly, on Twitter.
- The Forgotten Girls by Sarah Blaedel
- The 100: Day 21 by Kass Morgan
- The 100: Homecoming by Kass Morgan
- The 100: Rebellion by Kass Morgan
- I read the first book in this series towards the end of 2015 and I really enjoyed it and have been meaning to pick up the rest of the series. So I finally bought the other three books with Amazon gift cards I got for Christmas. 🙂
- The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard
- Under the Black Flag by David Cordingly
- These two pirate books were the two books my older brother and my sister-in-law gave me for Christmas. Pretty excited about these! I took a class last semester on the history of piracy which has me wanting to learn more about piracy (especially in a non-academic setting where there’s no pressure re: exams, papers, etc.).
- The Other Widow by Susan Crawford
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
- Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake
- Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
- Timekeeper by Tara Sim
- Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
- This was the OwlCrate book for December and I’m so excited!! I really can’t wait to dive into this one.
- Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
- I borrowed this book from the library over the summer and absolutely loved it so when I saw a copy (at a very low price), I couldn’t resist buying my own.
- Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho
- I’ve seen a lot of mixed and not-so-great things about this book, but it was only about $2, so I grabbed it anyway. Hopefully, I’ll like it!
- So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti
- You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
- In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
- Like Us: Encounters with Primates by Thomas Marent and Fritz Jantschke
- Very confused as to why Goodreads has the wrong title listed, but okay haha A lot of you probably know about my obsession with primates by now, so you’ll understand that I couldn’t resist buying this (especially since it was only $8!). Just from flipping through the pages, I noticed a couple of mistakes (like calling gibbons great apes… They’re not.), but I still really like the pictures and everything so I’m happy with my purchase. 🙂
- Empath by S. Usher Evans
- I won this in (another) Twitter giveaway and I’m quite excited. I’ve been wanting to read something from this author for awhile.
- The Missing by Caroline Eriksson
- Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- Clara Claus by Alexandra Lanc
- The Ripple Trilogy by Cidney Swanson
- The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
- Matchsticks and Candy Canes by C.E. Wilson and Mary Dublin
- The Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor
- Meet Clara Andrews by Lacey London
- Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
- Shadows of the Forest by Emma Michaels
- This is a review copy that I got from Xpresso Book Tours. It actually has pretty low ratings on Goodreads, but I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it anyway. If not, it’s less than 200 pages so it’s not like it’ll be a huge time commitment or anything. Fingers crossed I end up enjoying it. 🙂
So, as I mentioned at the start of this post, I got a ton of books in December. Once I’m back at school in a couple of weeks, I will be putting myself back on a book buying ban until I’ve gotten through a bunch of the books I own. With any luck, that’ll help me cut down my TBR at least a little bit. 🙂
What books did you get in December? Have you read any of these?
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As you may or may not know, I’m currently on a book buying ban (sort of). After having several months of massive hauls, I decided I needed to give my wallet a break. I still got my OwlCrate this month and got a decent amount of free ebooks as well as a couple of books for review. But I’ve been doing a great job of sticking to my book buying ban and not making myself go bankrupt, so yay me! 🙂 Of course, Christmas shopping has made my bank account get emptier and emptier, but hey. There’s only so much I can do 😛 Anyway, let’s get on with talking about my November book haul!
Because I haven’t been allowing myself to spend money on books, I only got 2 physical books this month. One was my OwlCrate book and the other was a book from Blogging for Books.
- Heartless by Marissa Meyer
- The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
I meant to take a picture of these together and to take a picture of the OwlCrate Heartless exclusive cover, but I totally forgot. And I left Heartless at my family’s house during Thanksgiving break so I don’t have it with me to do it now. Oh well. 😛 I’ve already Heartless (since I got an ARC from NetGalley) and loved it although I’ve been seeing some mixed reviews. I’m really excited to have The Sun is Also a Star and I’m hoping to read that this month. I got it from Blogging for Books. I was surprised by how easy it is to get a book from them and was even more surprised to get a hardcover! I thought it would be an ARC so that was a very pleasant surprise. 🙂
- Beneath the Guarding Stars by Everly Frost
- I’m so excited for this!! This is the sequel to Beyond the Ever Reach (which I read when it was published as Fear My Mortality) which I looooved. So I was thrilled when Everly asked me if I’d like to review this. 🙂
- Daughter of Nothing by Eric Kent Edstrom
- Before Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn
- This is a novella (I think?) for a series that I haven’t read yet, but since it was free and I do have the series on my TBR, I grabbed it anyway.
- A Yorkshire Christmas by Kate Hewitt
- I know I talked about this at the beginning of the month for my Countdown to Christmas feature. I grabbed this because it was free and seems like a cute Christmas story. 🙂
- Last Resort by Jill Sanders
- Snow & Ash: Endless Winter by Theresa Shaver
- The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane
- The Bionics by Alicia Michaels
- Miss Kane’s Christmas by Caroline Mickelson
- Desperation by C.B. Stone
- Salsa Nocturna by Daniel Jose Older
- I was lucky enough to win this in a Twitter giveaway from Eric Smith! I was pretty excited as I’ve heard great things about Older’s books (although I have yet to read any of them, despite having had Shadowshaper for a couple of months now…).
- Clara at Christmas by Lacey London
- This isn’t the first book in the series, but it was free and the author said it could be read as a standalone so… I couldn’t resist.
- Streetlights Like Fireworks by David Pandolfe
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Dark Desires by Eve Silver
- Davenport House by Marie Silk
- I fully admit that about 90% of the reason why I bought this is because it has the same exact model/pose on the cover as The Requiem Red which I recognize is a weird reason to get a book, but shh.
- Blossom and the Beast by RS McCoy
- I was subscribed to this author’s newsletter for awhile and really wanted to read this book. Luckily it was up for free so I could grab it.
Clearly, I still have a problem when it comes to grabbing free ebooks… I’m not really all that upset with myself though since I still managed not to spend money on books, which was the main reason for me putting myself on a book buying ban. 😛 I’m impressed that I still managed to haul some good books this month!
Have you read any of these books? What books did you get in November?
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I swear, every month I think I’ve cut back on my book-buying and then I type up my book haul for the month and realize that I still bought a ton of books. One of these days I will actually learn to control my book-buying. But that apparently hasn’t happened yet.
Physical Books I Got
- Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (not pictured)
- I won this in a basket from my library (along with the next two books listed) and I’m pretty excited because it’s not something that I ever would’ve picked up on my own, but it looks really good. This is technically the fourth book in a series of retellings of Jane Austen novels – this one is a retelling of Pride & Prejudice.
- Smoke by Dan Vyleta
- This is another one that I got in the library basket. This is an ARC but the book was released back in May. This also sounds like a great book so I was happy to get this one.
- Murder in Marais by Clara Black
- This is the last book I got in the basket from the library and is the first book in a 16 book mystery/crime series. So if I like this, the good thing is there’s plenty more to read haha I don’t think the series is finished yet either since the 16th one was released earlier this year.
- Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
- I remember hearing Sam at Taking on a World of Words talking about this book and it sounded really interesting. Then I found it at B&N as a bargain book for like $4, presumably because the cover is a little messed up (the corner is a bit bent/torn but not badly enough for me to care haha).
- The Nazi and the Psychiatrist by Jack El-Hai (not pictured)
- This was another B&N bargain book find. It was around $7-8 for a hardcover nonfiction book which is a great deal, IMO.
- Cherry by Lindsey Rosin
- Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
- Through a Window by Jane Goodall
- I have to read a book for a course this semester about someone’s experiences studying apes so I went with this book by Jane Goodall because she’s a badass and I love chimps.
- A World Without You by Beth Revis
- Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
- Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
- Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz
- Return to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz
- Adaptation by Malinda Lo
- The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
- I won this ARC in a giveaway from Epic Reads which was SO exciting. I’ve been dying to read this book so I’m really excited to have gotten this.
eBooks I Got
- Untitled Beauty by C.E. Wilson
- I received, read, and reviewed this ARC of C.E. Wilson’s next release. Check out the review here and then pre-order it! 😉 It releases on October 13th.
- All Her Secrets by Kate Avery Ellison
- I got an eARC of this for an upcoming blog tour so keep an eye out for that. My review will be up on October 28th!
- Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
- I hear great things about Morgan Matson and couldn’t resist grabbing this when it was only $2-3.
- Exhume by Danielle Girard
- I think this was my pick for a free Kindle book from September.
- I Only Wanted to Live by Arie Tamir
- This is a memoir by someone who lived through the Holocaust and it was free, so I really had to get it.
- Nameless by Jessica Sorensen
- A Madness So Discreet by Mandy McGinnis
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
- Everyone is so obsessed with this series when I saw it was on sale for Kindle, I couldn’t resist buying it.
- Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
- In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
- Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken
- I had bought The Darkest Minds awhile ago but kept putting off reading it because I didn’t have the rest of the series. Luckily the whole series went on sale. 🙂
- F*THS by G. L. Tomas
- Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
- How I Found You by Gabriella Lepore
- The Scarlet Thread by D. S. Murphy
- Discern by Andrea Pearson
- The Queen’s Curse by Natasja Hellenthal
- I think this was free and I remember downloading it solely because it had LGBT characters in it and was a fantasy book which is something I don’t see often enough.
- Legacy by Autumn Kalquist
- Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas
- I remember seeing this on NetGalley awhile ago and wanting to request it so badly, but I stopped myself because I had a ton of review copies to get through at the time. So I was ecstatic to see this on sale for $1.
- Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler
- I think I now own this whole series because each book has been on sale at some point over the past few months. Of course I still haven’t read any of them, but I’ll get there.
- Before He Kills by Blake Pierce
- Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
As always, all the eBooks were on sale/free. I think actually only one or two were free. I’m getting better at controlling myself around free eBooks haha Although I’m clearly not any better at resisting buying cheap eBooks of books I have on my TBR. 😛
Have you read any of these books? What books did you get in September?
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If you read yesterday’s post about unrealistic college expectations in YA books, you’ll know that this post was originally planned to go up yesterday. But being the procrastinator that I am, I kept putting off going through my books and figuring out which had been bought in August and then ended up going to my brother’s house and didn’t have time to do it. Yesterday as I was packing away everything I’m bringing with me to college (I move in today!!), I went through my books too. Now I can finally publish my August book haul. Hallelujah.
Shout out to my mom for helping me keep track of which ones I bought in August. 😀
This was a month of a lot of thrift store finds and eBook deals, thankfully. I’m sure my bank account appreciates it just as much as I do…
All the links below will take you to the Goodreads page!
- Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
- AKA The Book of Negroes. This was recommended over at Read Diverse Books and I was able to find it pretty cheap online, so I grabbed a copy. No idea when I’ll get to it, but at least I bought it. 😉
- The Fixes by Owen Matthews
- I won an ARC of this from Epic Reads. It sounds amazing and I’m super excited to read this one. It didn’t make my TBR for this month, but I may end up reading it anyway. If not, it’ll probably make it in for next month.
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
- I know this is a super popular book with an LGBT romance so I’ve had it on my TBR for awhile. The paperback was listed on Amazon for just over $4 so, really, how was I supposed to resist that?
- Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
- This was another $4 paperback find on Amazon. I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile as well.
- The Compound by S.A. Bodeen
- This is a post-apocalyptic book which is one of my favorite genres. I found this at the thrift store and it was in near perfect condition for $2. Thank you!
- P.S. I like You by Kasie West
- This was the OwlCrate book for this month and I honestly wasn’t really excited about this book at first, but I’ve seen so many trusted bloggers raving about it so I’m actually really looking forward to it now. I put it on my September TBR so hopefully I’ll get around to reading it soon.
- The Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond
- I LOVE reading and learning about human evolution (it’s why I’m minoring in anthropology…) so finding this at the thrift store was a blessing.
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- I feel like a lot of people I know read this in high school, but I never did. I feel out of the loop so I bought it when I saw it at the thrift store.
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
- I’ve read this before, but I saw a brand new copy at the thrift store and I didn’t own a copy so I bought it.
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- I’ve been wanting to read this for awhile. I found this at the thrift store too and figured owning a copy may actually get me to read it haha
- Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory McGuire
- This is a Cinderella retelling that I think focuses on one of her stepsisters. I’m honestly not 100% sure, but it looks really good and I saw it for $2 at the thrift store (are you seeing a pattern here?).
- The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
- I’m on a mission to get all of Oliver Sacks’ books and was thrilled to find this at the thrift store. It’s a collection of stories about people with neurological disorders and as a psychology student, this is incredibly fascinating to me.
- The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks
- I once was obsessed with Nicholas Sparks and even though I’m not quite as obsessed now, I found this on my library’s “free to take” shelf so I had to grab it. Plus it picks up with some of the characters from The Notebook which I loved reading, so I’m calling this find a major success.
- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
- This was another book that was available for free at the library. I tried reading this book once back when the movie first came out but ended up putting it down because I found it boring. That was a long time ago though and I’ve been wanting to give it another try.
I’m not going to say much about these, except that all of these were either on sale for really cheap (at most $3), were free on Kindle, or were sent to me to review.
- The Edge of Juniper by Lora Richardson
- Lora sent this cute YA contemporary romance to me to review and I’m honestly really excited to get into it. It looks great and I’ve been dying for a contemporary to read.
- The Forgotten: Aten’s Last Queen by J. Lynn Else
- I got a review copy of this from the author as well and I’m currently working my way through this one. It’s taking me forever, though… But I’m loving reading about Ancient Egypt.
- Initiate by Laura L. Fox
- Oftomes (the publisher) sent me a copy of this book which is Laura’s debut and is releasing early November. I’m looking forward to this one quite a bit as I’m a big fan of sci-fi. 🙂
- Breaking Free by Juliana Haygert
- Never Never (Part 1) by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
- I’ve heard mixed things about this particular story, but I’ve been wanting to try Hoover’s writing and this was free on Kindle. Even if I don’t end up liking this, I’m still going to try some of Hoover’s other writing.
- The Killing Jar by R.S. McCoy
- Right of First Refusal by Dahlia Adler
Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and Its Private Consequences by Catherine Pelonero
- The Girl in Between by Laekan Zea Kemp
- The Pact by Jodi Picoult
- The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
- The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
- Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sky
- The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
- H2O by Virginia Bergin
- The Young Elites and The Rose Society by Marie Lu
- The Beast of Callaire and The Dryad of Callaire by Saruuh Kelsey
- Partials by Dan Wells
- When We Collided by Emery Lord
- The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
- The Island by S. Usher Evans
- I’ve followed S. Usher Evans on Twitter for what seems like forever. I thought it was about time that I read one of her books.
- Interference by Amelie Antoine
Holy crap I bought a lot of books this month! That’s 38 freaking books! Luckily, as I mentioned, almost all of these I got a great price. Thankfully I should be cutting back on book buying during September, now that I’ll be back at school. My wallet and shelves need a break!
What books did you get in August? Have you read any of these?
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I thought I acquired a lot less books than I had in June, but after getting them all together to write up this post… I realized that I still got a ton of books. After counting them all up, I’ve gotten 21 books throughout July. All the links will take you to Goodreads!
Physical Books Bought/Acquired:
- American History Revised by Seymour Morris Jr.
- I love books with little known history facts so I couldn’t resist when I saw this book for only $9.
- Auschwitz: A New History by Laurence Rees
- The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne
- This is the same author that wrote The Boy in the Striped Pajamas which is one of my all-time favorites. That’s the first book that ever made me cry.
- Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kaufman
- Scott was nice enough to send me a copy of this to review. Thanks!
- The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno
- I won this ARC in a giveaway from Epic Reads.
- Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- My library has a shelf of free books that you can take home and I found this on there. I know this is a pretty well-loved classic, so I figured I’d grab it.
- Smack by Melvin Burgess
- This is another one I got for free from my library.
- Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
- Aaaand another free grab from the library. I’ve been meaning to read this for years so I was really happy when I saw this on the free shelf.
- Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana
- This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
- Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld
- Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle
- The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Heidi W. Durrow
- Venomous Kiss: Secrets of the Eternal Rose by Fiona Paul
- Uncaged by John Sandford
- The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
- Banded by Logan Byrne
- Escape by Carolyn Jessop
- This is a nonfiction book written by a woman who grew up in the FLDS, a polygamist cult, and escaped. I find the FLDS incredibly fascinating (but also unbelievably heartbreaking) so I was very excited when I saw this on sale and couldn’t resist buying it.
- Insanity by Cameron Jace
- Pawn by Aimee Carter
So those are all the books that I acquired throughout July! I got a lot more than I realized this month haha
See any of your favorites here?
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