Epic Reads tour – book haul!

A few weeks ago, I attended the Epic Reads Winter Tour when it stopped at my local indie, Anderson’s Bookshop. The event itself was awesome (see my full write-up of it HERE), but what made it even more awesome was that I bought a couple books–and got all of them signed–and also got a cool free totebag to take home! I finally got around to photographing all those books, so here they are!

The Crown’s Game

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February 2020 Book Haul- Part 1 (or: my book photography skills are improving)

Hello, lovelies! I’m trying to get caught up on sharing all the books I’ve acquired recently, through a wide variety of sources (mostly giveaways, but a couple that just came from the publisher!). Note that this is only part of my haul for last month–you can expect more pretty pictures soon 😊

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Top Ten Tuesday 1/21 – new books new books new books

Boy howdy, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! Between my heart surgery and the holidays and just generally not being overly fond of some prompts, it’s been about a month with no Top Ten Tuesday, but finally, here’s one I can actually do. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s theme is “The Ten Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf.” If we’re being honest, this is still kind of tricky for me–I don’t buy a ton of books, and it’s not like I regularly receive ARCs or gifts of books either–but between the various places I get books from, I have cobbled together this list, sorted by source. Enjoy!

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Book Haul – Christmas 2019

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.

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November Book Haul – Part 2 (feat. pictures that are even MORE extra)

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!

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November Book Haul – Part 1 (feat. pretty pictures, because I’m that extra)

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.

Stay tuned for later reviews of these, and more! The 2020 ARCs just keep coming…

A Long Petal of the Sea (ARC)

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Book Haul – Fierce Reads Fall 2019 Tour

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!

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September Book Haul (feat. new, pretty pictures!)

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.

BOOK #1: FOUL IS FAIR

It came with this cute little bookmark, too!
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Thoughts on a Thursday 9/12 – TBR, Tours, and Things

Surprise, surprise, it’s once again a Thursday where I don’t have a designated post planned, so you’re going to get some more fun updates on me, my reading life, and my non-reading life as well.

First, my TBR for the remainder of this month:

Holy HECK I have so many books I want and/or need to read. I’ve got quite a few ARCs (which are entirely my fault—damn you, NetGalley), as well as some sequels I desperately want need to read. My copy of Darkdawn arrived earlier this week, and you better believe I will be devouring that one soon.

Part of my TBR this month was decided by the prompts we were given for Reading Rivalry this month. Here are the prompts I have not yet completed, along with the titles I plan to read for them:

  • Book Containing a Father Figure: The Ten Thousand Doors of January (currently reading, expect a review Saturday-ish)
  • Book in a 7+ Book Series: Sixth of the Dust (I consider the Cosmere books to be one giant series, and though it is a novella, this one is still above the 50-page minimum set by RR, so I say it counts)
  • Book Featuring Good vs. Evil: Serpent & Dove (I’m not 100% this actually works for this one, but I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt and say it does)
  • Urban Fantasy: The Water Dancer (yes, historical fantasy can still be urban)
  • Book with a 4+ Word Title: The World That We Knew
  • Author Highlight – Jay Kristoff: Darkdawn (obviously—have I talked about it enough yet?)
  • Book Involving Flight: Wayward Son (assuming I can get it right after it comes out)
I’m not going to subject you to pictures of all the books I just listed, but ugh this cover is so pretty!!

The rest of my TBR contains some ARCs that are coming out either later this month or on the first of October. Those titles are:

  • The Bone Ships
  • The Memory Thief (I do have an eARC, but I just applied for the blog tour for this one, so if they accept me, I won’t need that review posted until mid-October even though the book releases sooner)
  • Resurrection Girls
  • Crier’s War (I am especially excited for this one—fantasy with a f/f romance and some sci-fi-like elements? Count me in!)

Oh, and I’m listening to the audiobooks for the Caraval series right now. I just started Legendary, and it’s pretty good. I don’t quite get the obsessive love some people have for it, but maybe it’ll get there. We’ll see.

I know it will be all but impossible for me to finish all these books in such little time, but hey—I can be ambitious, right? I’ve finished five this month so far, which is way faster than my usual pace, so who knows?

Next item of business: BOOK MAIL.

I got two books in the mail this week (one purchased, one won on Goodreads) and just found out yesterday that I won another giveaway, so that one should be arriving soon as well. Expect a book haul post, hopefully with prettier pictures than last time. I also got a really pretty book a week or two ago that I want to show off, so…maybe I’ll include that, too.

So what’s new with me?

I’m so glad you asked! The short answer is, not much. The long answer is, I’m just working, reading (mostly on my commute), writing this blog, and doing more LSAT studying (do my prep books count for my reading goal?). Community choir rehearsals have started up again, so I also have a weekly dose of singing to look forward to…though we’re working on things for a holiday concert, so it’s mostly Christmas carols. At least some of the arrangements are fun? But dang, the version of Jingle Bells we have —originally performed by Barbara Streisand—is going to get very annoying, very fast. Look it up!

Finally, some upcoming tours I’m getting excited for:

  • Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House (already have my ticket, just deciding what 2nd book to bring for the signing line…)
  • Fierce Reads Fall Tour (no tickets, just show up. It’s in early October, but it is on my calendar–one of the stops is just 20 minutes from my house, and there are FOUR major authors coming!)
  • Felicia Day, Embrace Your Weird (I have access to presale tickets right now and am SUPER tempted, but not sure I can justify spending even more on books…even though I LOVE Felicia as an actress and general human being…)
  • Not for books, but HELLA MEGA TOUR. If you haven’t seen yet, there is an epic tour coming up next year featuring three rock legends: Green Day (my favorite band), Fall Out Boy, and Weezer. One of the stops is near me, and you’d better believe I plan on going.
This image is not my local bookstore’s, but it was the only one I could find with all the authors and their books

That’s all for now, folks! Any of these books on your TBR (or ones you’ve already enjoyed)? Planning on going to any of these events? Should I get the tickets for Felicia Day? And how do you feel about Christmas carols in September? Leave a comment and let me know!

Mini book haul! (Thanks, Epic Reads!)

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!