August Haul!

August is just about over, and I swear each month we’re in quarantine feels shorter than the last. Unfortunately, it’s not looking like we will get out of social distancing/quarantine status any time soon because the virus is still not managed in the US. I can only go on hoping that things will start improving.

So I managed to not buy many books this month! September may be a whole other story, but shhh that doesn’t matter right now. As usual, I’m putting every penny away for my wedding next year, but that doesn’t mean I can’t buy myself some books rights?! So see below for the books that I acquired this month!

FROM PUBLISHERS

  1. Impersonation, Heidi Pitlor (ARC)

AMAZON/BOOK STORES

  1. Midnight Sun (Twilight #5), Stephenie Meyer
  2. A River of Royal Blood (A River of Royal Blood #1), Amanda Joy
  3. The Worst Best Man, Mia Sosa

SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

  1. The Night Swim, Megan Goldin – BOTM
  2. Star Daughter, Shveta Thakrar – Owlcrate Special Edition, August box

GIFTED

  1. The Demon King (Seven Realms #1), Cinda Williams Chima (Thanks to my fiance!)
  2. The Perfect Escape, Suzanne Park (Thanks to andkellyreads over on IG)

Did you pick up any of the same books?

Happy reading, folks!

July Haul!

Hello friends! I am back with another monthly book haul! I was pretty good this month with not acquiring new books, but I preordered so many for the upcoming few months, so look out for those. I’ve been utilizing the library more for ebooks, so I haven’t been purchasing as many. I still get my subscriptions but I also got a few books from publishers!

SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

  1. Goddess in the Machine (Goddess in the Machine #1), Lora Beth Johnson – OwlCrate Special Edition
  2. Head Over Heels, Hannah Orenstein – Book of the Month

AMAZON

This book was a preorder, and I already own the first one and want to read them together.

  1. The Crow Rider (The Storm Crow #1), Kalyn Josephson

PUBLISHERS

Many thanks to Algonquin Books for sending me these books in exchange for an honest review.

  1. Hieroglyphics, Jill McCorkle
  2. With or Without You, Caroline Leavitt (ARC)

What books did you get this month?

Happy reading, folks!

June Haul

In a month where so much stuff happened, I managed to acquire a good amount of books from several different outlets. Quarantine has definitely made me more click happy with purchasing books, but next month I need to purchase a wedding dress so I will need to work on not buying more books! Though I do know I have another order or two that will come in early July…

SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

I received both May and June OwlCrates during this month along with my larger than normal BOTM haul!

  1. Ashlords (Ashlords #1), Scott Reintgen – BOTM
  2. Home Before Dark, Riley Sager – BOTM
  3. The Last Flight, Julie Clark – BOTM
  4. Incendiary (Hollow Crown #1), Zoraida Cordova – OwlCrate
  5. Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1), Janella Angeles – OwlCrate

GIVEAWAY WIN

I won a giveaway on bookstagram so I got an ARC of this book!

  1. The Other Mrs., Mary Kubica

BARNES AND NOBLE

Due to everything going on in the world, I decided to buy two books by BIPOC authors in order to support them in the book community. Too often they are underrepresented not just as characters in books but as agented and signed authors as well.

  1. Kingdom of Souls (Kingdom of Souls #1), Rena Barron
  2. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #1), Roseanne A. Brown

BLACK OWNED BOOKSTORES

With everything going on in the world, I also bought two book from black owned bookstores in order to support them.

  1. The Boundless (The Beholder #2), Anna Bright
  2. Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle #2), Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

AMAZON

There was a sale, what can I say. I’m not a perfect person.

  1. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0), Suzanne Collins
  2. Wild at Heart (Wild #2), K. A. Tucker

BOOK OUTLET

So Book Outlet sucks now, but I ordered this haul before they posted horribly discriminatory and racial stereotyping nonsense.

  1. Dark Shores (Dark Shores #1), Danielle L. Jensen
  2. Through the White Wood, Jessica Leake
  3. The Last Namsara (Iskari #1), Kristen Ciccarelli
  4. This Cruel Design (This Mortal Coil #2), Emily Suvada
  5. Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes #3), Sara Raasch

What books did you all acquire this month?

Happy reading, folks!

May Haul

Wow. Well I have so many thoughts running through my head as I write this blog post. I promise I will write about the books I acquired, but first I want to say that there is so much going on in the world. And there is no way to fix it without speaking up and letting our voices be heard. I am a white woman, and will never understand what it is like to black. What I do know, is that everyone, regardless of any external characteristics deserves to be treated with respect. Deserves not to be murdered by police officers, those that are here to “protect” us”. BLACK LIVES MATTER.

It’s hard to continue life with all the protests happening, on top of the pandemic. I’m going to keep this post brief because the books I acquired this month are not important comparatively.

SUBSCRIPTION BOX BOOKS

  1. The Boyfriend Project (The Boyfriend Project #1), Farrah Rochon (author who is a POC!) – Book of the Month
  2. Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace #1), Kathryn Purdie – April OwlCrate

Please everyone, do what you can to support POC authors, POC creators, and in general – POC. Donate money, peacefully protest, sign petitions. Do what you can to make people hear and understand.

Happy reading, folks – and be safe.

April Haul!

Holy cow, how is it already the end of April?! Time in quarantine is really flying now! I hope all you lovelies are getting through quarantine and isolation in the best way you can. I certainly find it hard to hold on some days, but I’ve taken to trying to create a routine and doing a bit of cleaning every day to get my house in order. It’s really a long time coming, you would understand if you could see my house! Of course, I’m doing some reading as well, just not as much or exactly which books I wanted to.

So without further ado, my whole haul is below. I treated myself a bit to an extra BOTM book and bought two backlist sequels that I’ve had my eye on in order to support a local bookstore. I will likely cut back again next month and resume my ban!

SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

  1. Beach Read, Emily Henry – Book of the Month
  2. The Guest List, Lucy Foley – Book of the Month
  3. Ruthless Gods, Emily A. Duncan – Owlcrate Special Edition (thanks fiance!)

THE IVY BOOKSHOP

  1. A Heart So Fierce and Broken, Brigid Kemmerer
  2. These Divided Shores, Sara Raasch

My Owlcrate monthly book box has not arrived yet, thanks COVID, so that will be added in next month’s haul!

Let me know in the comments what books you hauled this month!

Happy reading, folks!

March Haul!

Anyone else feel like March took exactly 93 days?? I swear March was so ridiculously long, mostly because of all this COVID-19 nonsense. In fact, I spent a week sick because I tested positive for the virus myself!! Unfortunately, April doesn’t seem like it’s going to be any better, so it’s time to hunker down with books and snacks and try to remember what it was like to go outside.

I acquired several books this month, mostly thanks to subscription boxes. Below is a full itemization of my acquisitions!

SUBSCRIPTION BOX BOOKS

This month I got both my Owlcrate and BOTM hauls!

  1. Kingdom of Back, Marie Lu
  2. The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, Josie Silver
  3. Bringing Down the Duke, Evie Dunmore

BARNES & NOBLE

I put in some preorders at Christmas time for two books that released in March.

  1. Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1), Cassandra Clare
  2. The Midnight Lie (The Midnight Lie #1), Marie Rutkoski

How many books did y’all haul this month? What are you looking forward to in April? Check back tomorrow for my March Wrap Up!

Happy reading, folks!

February Haul!

Happy end of February! This month has just flown by. Even with it being a leap year and having one extra day in February, I still feel like it just started yesterday. Somehow it is already almost March and will be spring before we know! Time flies when we’re having fun!!

I have been SOOO good with not buying books this month. We are really trying to save for this wedding we have next year, so I’ve been utilizing the library more now than I normally would! I still have some books to talk about – I can never go a month without getting at least one!!

SUBSCRIPTION BOX BOOKS

This month I only got the Owlcrate book of the month and an Owlcrate special edition book. I skipped BOTM because I wasn’t invested in any of the choices.

  1. Heart of Flames (Crown of Feathers #2), Nicki Pau Preto – special edition sequel
  2. All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth #1), Adalyn Grace

AMAZON

I was also gifted a book and got in a preorder this month! Ember Queen was a gift from my fiance for Valentine’s Day 🙂

  1. Ember Queen (Ash Princess #3), Laura K. Sebastian
  2. The Shadows Between Us, Tricia Levenseller

Let me know if you picked up, or have read, any of these books this month! Ember Queen and The Shadows Between Us are definitely on my March TBR!

Happy reading, folks!

December Book Haul!

FairyLoot Special Edition!

Happy end of the year!! I got most of my hauled books for Christmas, as I did pretty well with buying knowing my family would get me books (and gift cards!) – but of course I still got my subscription box books. One goal of mine for next year is to be more mindful of how much money I spend on books as I have a wedding to plan and save for! I’m going to set a limit for myself… I’m just not sure what that limit is yet!

SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

This month I got my December Owlcrate, November Shelflove Crate, and Decembet BOTM. This will be my last month getting Shelflove Crate, because unfortunately their service has really gone downhill and they are now requiring subscribers to pay a month in advance for the box – e.g. charged in December for January’s box, that would even ship until January 20th (if it’s on time, which is hasn’t been for the last year). SO I cancelled that on Black Friday and started BOTM! I actually got my December BOTM picks BEFORE my November Shelflove Crate. That says something.

  1. The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) – Kiersten White (OwlCrate)
  2. Blood Heir (Blood Heir Trilogy #1) – Amelie Wen Zhao
  3. Well Met (Well Met #1) – Jen DeLuca
  4. Red, White, and Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

CHRISTMAS GIFTS

My family is wonderful and support my reading habit (even if my boyfriend is upset because my books are literally breaking his bookshelves and I cannot fit anything else on my TBR cart) so I got a bunch of books for Christmas!

  1. City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare
  2. City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) – Cassandra Clare
  3. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) – Cassandra Clare
  4. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) – Cassandra Clare
  5. Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) – Cassandra Clare
  6. Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) – Cassandra Clare
  7. The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) – Mary E. Pearson
  8. The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #1) – Mary E. Pearson
  9. The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #1) – Mary E. Pearson

SPECIAL EDITION

My last edition was a special edition book I purchased a few months back from FairyLoot! My post office held it hostage for several weeks, even though it was released in November – I didn’t get it until this month. Also, the publisher made a mistake and sent these copies out to the general public, so they created ANOTHER special edition dust jacket that they will be sending us to replace!

  1. Girls of Storm and Shadow (Girls of Paper and Fire #2) – Natasha Ngan

It has been a great month, and year for books! I also got a boatload of money in Barnes and Noble gift cards, which I’ve already used a bunch of! I have an order set to come in January 2nd (Happy New Year to me!) so I can’t wait to unhaul them for you at the end of the month!

Happy reading, folks!

October Haul!

Hello Friends! Welcome to my October Haul. I actually abided by my book buying ban for once and did not buy any books! The books you see above were sent in monthly subscriptions boxes or a special edition box that I ordered awhile ago – which I’m not counting as breaking my ban! Because I make the rules!!

SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

  1. There Will Come a Darkness (The Age of Darkness #1) – Katy Rose Pool (Shelflove Crate)
  2. Crier’s War (Crier’s War #1) – Nina Varela (OwlCrate #1)
  3. I Hope You Get This Message – Farah Naz Rishi (OwlCrate #2)

SPECIAL EDITION BOX

  1. Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #4) – Kerri Maniscalco (FaeCrate)

BIRTHDAY

I also got one book as a birthday present (not pictured) from my lovely boyfriend!

  1. The Girl The Sea Gave Back – Adrienne Young

I hope you all got a bunch of great books this month! I’ll be back tomorrow with an October Wrap-Up of all my reads!

Happy reading, bookish friends! 🙂

September Haul!

Ya’lllll, I still got way too many books this month, my TBR cart is practically bursting! I’ve had such a busy month and spent practically all of it on the go travel with my boyfriend/travel buddy. Some of these books were bought in Louisville during my first ever trip to a Half Price Books, which was an overwhelming yet still very awesome experience. This upcoming month, I PROMISE I will be better!! My bank account needs it!

HALF PRICE BOOKS

HPB had a Labor Day sale that I had to take part in, even if I was in a different state! SO lucky my boyfriend tolerates my obsession!

  1. The Right Swipe (Modern Love #1) – Alisha Rai
  2. Uprooted – Naomi Novik
  3. Beyond a Darkened Shore – Jessica Leake

AMAZON

Preorders and general purchases!

  1. Bid My Soul Farewell (Give The Dark My Love #2) – Beth Revis
  2. Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) – Jay Kristoff
  3. Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) – Jay Kristoff

SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

My Shelflove Crate has yet to come yet because it is delayed (again, for like the 8th time this year) so that will have to be added to October’s post. This month I have my Owlcrate monthly box and a Fox & Wit Mini Box. Owlcrate included 2 books in this box in celebration of Halloween coming up.

  1. The Bone Houses – Emily Lloyd-Jones (Owlcrate #1)
  2. The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson (Owlcrate #2)
  3. Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) – Jay Kristoff (Fox & Wit Special Edition with character art on the reverse of the dust jacket)

PUBLISHERS

I received one book this month from Month9 Books in exchange for an honest review!

  1. Demon in the Whitelands – Nikki Z. Richard

Have you read any of these or purchased any this month as well? Tell me about how many books you acquired in the comments!

Happy reading, bookish friends! 🙂