Book Haul – November


Okay, okay, I know. It’s already DECEMBER and I’m still posting about November? But whatever. I’ve been a little down lately, so November was hard to do much of anything. But better late than never! I’ll get some other posts up, too, when I get the chance, including my new formatting plan for the coming year! (We’ll see how that goes…) For now, here’s my book haul!

I’ve been lucky enough to get NINE BOOKS this month (three came in two different subscription boxes and two were impulse splurges, so it’s been on the high side this month)! They’re in several different genres (though all are YA), and I wanted to take a moment to mention them.

First, contemporary YA:

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor | Reality Boy by A.S. King

Second, paranormal YA:

Ex-Library edition, Hardcover

Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Third, horror YA:

Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting | The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting | Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting | Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Fourth, sci-fi YA:

Poor quality binding, to be honest. The cover didn’t actually cover the whole book… there’s this little strip where the pages are longer. I don’t think it’ll really matter in the end, but it annoyed me a little.

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Strutskie

Fourth, Wonderland YA:

I got a special edition of this! I’ll show some pictures of what I got in my box a little later, but this one was pretty awesome. 🙂

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

(Sorry, Goodreads was down! I’ll try to update that link later.)

As many of you know, for my Halloween Read-a-Thon (which was a terrible, terrible bust…) I had a whole spooky TBR list. On it happened to be The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. I’d been on the fence about getting it, but decided to give it a try. Well, I ended up loving it so much that I went hunting for the rest of the series. I figured it was going to cost me a small fortune, but I found all three of them as ex-library copies from the same place for free shipping at $3.97 each! What a steal. And as a bonus, since I bought three, I received a fourth book for free. Since I’d already found the whole Body Finder series and I had to buy from this store to get the discount, I went digging through their stock to find another book I wanted.

I couldn’t find some of the ones I was hoping for (the second book in the Unleashed series was the one I was looking for most), I settled on the second book in the Raised by Wolves series by Barnes. I’d read the first book a while ago and decided I liked it more than I had originally expected. Since I had the chance and found the book here (and it was free), I went ahead and followed through with that one!

I’ve mentioned Fear The Drowning Deep several times now in posts, so I’m sure you’re all aware of how I’ve been absolutely dying to get my hands on it! (I know a couple of people have RAR copies, but I know some of those aren’t supposed to be shared… and I really wanted a physical copy, too.) I found it for a slightly reduced price – regular price is listed as $16.99 and I found it at only $14 – plus free shipping, so I jumped on it. I’m sure if I waited a little longer for it, I’d have found it for a better price, but I was feeling impatient (and a little on the sad side… buying books helps). So splurge it is!

The Abyss Surrounds Us was just sort of an impulse buy. It wasn’t on any of me “need to read this as soon as humanly possible” lists and quite honestly hadn’t shown up on my radar at all until I was dinking around looking for books I needed in my life. They had me sold with pirates, lesbians, and sea monsters. I mean, come. On. How can you not want to read that? So I’m really hoping it’s as good as it sounds.

I’ve already mentioned the books I’ve gotten from my BookCase.Club subscription box this month – Maybe One Day and Reality Boy – so no need for an in depth explanation there. They were both completely random.

The other book subscription box was OwlCrate and it had a wonderland theme. The book was Heartless by Marissa Meyer! I’m actually super excited about this one, because I’ve been eyeing it for a while. In addition to that, it’s a special edition! You can’t find it anywhere else! Woo-hoo! All that aside, I am pretty excited for the book and it’s super pretty. I’ll post pictures of it once I get them off my phone. I’ll show the other neat stuff I got there, too. It was an expensive box, but I think ultimately I enjoyed it more than BookCase.Club and despite the deal, I think I’m going to just forgo the boxes altogether…

Hate to say it, but I’ve spent a LOT of money on books this month. Like, more than I should have… But I make the money, I do the budget, and I want my books. They make me happy. And more to the point, my significant other and I accept that there are just certain things the other needs in their life. Books are mine. Yes, they are expensive. But they are also wonderful – and sort of important to my job, right? Justifications aside, sometimes you just have to splurge.

I won’t have the same chance next month, and probably not the month after, but at least I’ve got some good stuff to tide me over until then.

If I get the chance, I’ll try to take a group picture of everything sometime and put it up on here.


E.C. Orr