Buckle up kids because this is going to be one VERY LONG POST.
I got a little lazy last month and never did my May book haul post like I usually do. Originally I decided I would just skip it until I remembered that I actually got a pretty big order of books from Amazon, as I ended up with $80 in Amazon gift cards after graduating college. With that order, I got some books that I’d been really wanting to buy for awhile and that I’m excited about, so I’m going to include that haul in here as well as my June haul and the ebooks I bought in May. I’m not going to include other physical books I got during May because, quite honestly, I don’t remember what else I got and I’m too lazy to try and figure it out.
One of these days, I will learn some self-control and I will go a month without accumulating an absolutely ridiculous amount of books. Alas, that day hasn’t yet come. April brought another big book haul for me (surprise, surprise). In my defense, three of these were from an author event I went to and two of these were giveaway wins. But the rest, well… that’s just me buying books.
Those of you who have been following me for awhile probably already know what to expect out of this: another massive haul. I’ve been doing okay with physical books the past couple of months, but man, my eBook hauls have been extra ridiculous to make up for it. March was no exception. I think all except maybe one or two of the eBooks were free (and some of them are review copies), but still… I guess it’s a good thing my Kindle has so much space on it, haha.
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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