A week or two ago, I promised a post with pictures from my Christmas book haul, and now the time is here! Now, admittedly, only one person got me books this year–my dad–and he had to ask someone at the bookstore to help him pick them out, so they’re four titles that I literally hadn’t even heard of before. To that end, I caved and included the Goodreads blurbs for each of them in this post, because…well, might as well know what they’re about, right?
These books are, in order: a historical mystery, a historical rom-com (think Pride and Prejudice type story, from what I’ve heard), a YA contemporary/historical, and a fantasy. Yeah, apparently this lady thought I was super into historical books? I don’t really get why–she literally looked at my Goodreads account and I know historical fiction is one of my least-read genres–but whatever works, I guess. At the very least, my horizons will be broadened quite a lot! And hopefully, dear reader, by perusing this post, yours will too.
Hello, lovelies! As some of you may know, I’m a moderator in the Facebook group Bibliosphere: A Group for Everything Bookish. This year, the modmins and I decided to set up a holiday book swap for members of the group…with a twist. Like any secret gift exchange, people were assigned anonymously to their recipients, and since we are a book group, the gift to be sent was to be a book. But, to help keep our spending to a minimum (and prevent our shelves from further overflowing), the catch was this: the book you sent had to be one you already owned. Of course, if your recipient was international or something, you could send something from a site like Book Depository since their international shipping is good, but for most of us, the goal was to pass on a book you loved and/or thought your recipient would love.
To my US friends: Happy Thanksgiving! To everyone else: happy Thursday! And to all of you: I’m so thankful for books and this community surrounding them, and especially for all of you who take time to write about books, read my ramblings about them, and leave likes and comments. Much love to you all 💜
Anyway, this is a continuation of my book haul for this month, which has been way larger than anticipated, courtesy of several giveaways I’ve managed to win (no clue how…). If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here. Otherwise, here are a few more pretty pictures. Enjoy!
Hello, lovelies! Because I have zero shelf-control (pun intended) when it comes to both buying books and entering giveaways, my collection has grown a fair bit this past month. For reasons I don’t quite understand, I have been winning a TON of giveaways, mostly from Goodreads, but one or two from other sources as well. A lot of these are ARCs, and a couple of them came with bookmarks, so that’s cool too. Not going to bother with fancy captions on most of these, so just sit back, relax, and enjoy the pictures.
A few days ago, I posted about a super cool event hosted by Fierce Reads that I attended a few days ago (read that post here). I went in planning to only buy one book, but like any weak-willed soul good bookworm, I walked away with three, and I got all three signed as well! I also got a couple little free swag items, so without further ado, let’s get started…
Everyone who attended got one of these awesome Fierce Reads fanny packs and one of these lanyards. The lanyard had a spot on the back to fill in your name, but I didn’t have a pen or marker to fill it in with. Could probably still use the lanyard for my keys…but that fanny pack is awesome. Really sturdy material, which is great, because my old fanny pack (which I got for free at some event in college) is pretty trashed, and fanny packs are my preferred form of bag for concerts. I mean, they leave your hands completely free but they don’t flop around like a purse or backpack would!
I am surprised at how well I managed to minimize my spending on books this month. Since I have zero plans to buy any more, I’m posting now because…well, I like to show off. And I have the LSAT tomorrow, so I am a little stressed and didn’t have the mental capacity to write anything more thoughtful. But I also tried to put a smidge more effort into these pictures than usual, and I was pleasantly surprised at the results.
Back in June, Epic Reads (HarperTeen) hosted a Pride meetup in Chicago. I shared the event, promoted it to a few people, and ended up going to it with a good friend of mine. Now, a solid 2-3 months later, I just got a package of some bookish swag in the mail as a thank-you! I’m so incredibly grateful to the wonderful folks at HarperCollins, both for the gift and for putting on what was truly an awesome event.
Here’s a quick (somewhat poorly lit) picture of the goodies:
The pack included:
3 ARCs (A Dress for the Wicked, Serpent & Dove, and Crier’s War)
A nice little pin banner that says EPIC READS in block letters
An enamel pin that looks like an open book, with a teal banner underneath that says “YA all day”
I am so incredibly excited about all of these! I’m especially looking forward to that ARC of Serpent & Dove–it is one of my most anticipated releases for this fall. What do you guys think? Read any of these yet?
One more huge thank you to HarperTeen for this! It made my day!