I Bought Books After Ages of Not Buying Them || Book Haul

I’ve talked about this quite a few times on my blog, but I’m someone who primarily reads ebooks because physical books are way too expensive. I haven’t bought physical books in a long time, and I’m really proud of myself for that… But everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked when National Bookstore had a bunch of sales all throughout the summer. It was wild–up to 60% off for a hardcover! And then my mom’s birthday rolled around in May, so we got 20% off a few books from Fully Booked.

It’s been so long since I’ve felt the rush of acquiring new books, and I swear once I started buying books again in March, a bunch of sales and book deals started popping up, and they just never stopped. As I am writing this, I have bought another book because Fully Booked had a 20% off sale..

All the books I bought this summer!

But before we get into the haul, I would first like to thank you all so much for 200 followers! I could launch into a full-on essay right now about how thankful I am for the support over the four months since I’ve started blogging, but I’ll save it for the 200 follower Q&A I’m doing! If you have a question for me (literally any question), comment it down below, or reply to the pinned tweet on my Twitter profile. Once again, thank you so much! πŸ’–

β–ͺ Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Actually, unlike all of the other books featured in this post, I didn’t acquire this during the summer, but I wanted to include it anyway because it’s the last book I purchased before I started buying books again. I bought it despite the fact that there are free ebooks of it because 1) I prefer to read classics in physical format for some reason, and 2) the Puffin in Bloom editions are gorgeous. Seeing as I’m actually interested in reading Anne of Green Gables, I just had to acquire the Puffin in Bloom version. (But it’s no surprise that I still haven’t read this despite buying it, like, a year ago…)

β–ͺ Vicious by V.E Schwab

I’ve read Schwab’s Monsters of Verity series, and the first book is one of my all-time-favorite books, but the second one disappointed me so much. Despite that, I think Vicious has the potential to be one of my favorites, and that’s saying something because I’m very picky with 5-star reads. Not only does it sound extremely up my alley, but it’s tons of people’s favorites too!

β–ͺ A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

I put this book on my TBR because a few people have absolutely raved about it, most notably Melanie. I’ve heard that the central theme of the story is considered a spoiler by some, so I avoided finding out what it was, but from what I’ve gathered, this sounds like it will be a hard-hitting read.

β–ͺ Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

I had heard a few good things about this book, but had never added it to my TBR. I found it on sale, decided why the hell not and purchased it because of its beautiful cover. Closest I’ll ever come to a cover buy, ya’ll.

β–ͺ The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Supposedly, I’m currently reading The Bone Witch, but I don’t think I’ve touched it since May–whoops. (I had to put it down to catch up on arcs…) Rin Chupeco is Filipino, and their Twitter account is the best, so I definitely have to read their work! A lot of people are die-heard fans of this series, especially my fellow PH bloggers, and I have to see what the hype is about!

β–ͺ Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

As someone who considers fantasy her favorite genre, I feel like I absolutely must pick up Sanderson’s adult fantasy books because they’re like, every fantasy lover’s favorite books. I’m just scared of branching out of my usual age group, so the first work I’ll read by Sanderson will be his YA sci-fi. I’ve already read the first chapter of this and the world is so intriguing! Also, I mentioned that I like the UK cover of Skyward a bit more than the US, but the US version is the only one available here. I’m fine with that, though, because the US cover is incredibly beautiful as well. 😍

β–ͺ The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

I have no idea what The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is about (I like going into books not knowing much, okay?), only that it’s a retelling of The Monkey King, which is a tale I also don’t know much about. I added it to my TBR when CW commented on my YARC progress tracker recommending it to me (it’s one of her favorite books!), and since it was for sale, I had to snatch!

β–ͺ Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Descendant of the Crane is a new release that I’ve been anticipating since the beginning of the year. It’s gotten stellar reviews, and besides that, it’s a Chinese-inspired fantasy by a Chinese author. As someone who is Chinese AF, I am cancelling myself if I still haven’t gotten to this by the time the year ends.

I added in my sister’s funko pop of Dopey in the picture–am I a bookstagrammer yet?

β–ͺ A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Ever since A Very Large Expanse of Sea came out in 2018, I’ve wanted to read it. It’s an own voices novel following a Muslim girl navigating life after 9/11. Though I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series, I do think that she’s a good writer, and I feel like this book will be extremely visceral, seeing as the author draws from her own experiences as a Muslim hijabi woman.

β–ͺ Warcross by Marie Lu

I’ve heard mixed things about Warcross, but it does sound like an extremely fun read. I’m also very interested in reading something set in Tokyo that has to do with virtual reality worlds!

β–ͺ Now I Rise by Kiersten White

I read and enjoyed And I Darken, and I need to read Now I Rise before I completely forget everything that happened in the first book and have to reread it just to continue on with the series. (Story of my life with series, honestly.)

β–ͺ Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

I’m currently reading Lair of Dreams after having reread The Diviners. It has been a slow build so far, but I absolutely love how Bray writes 1920’s New York, and Henry Dubois the Fourth is my child.

β–ͺ Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Again, I’m a fantasy lover who’s intimidated by the adult fantasy genre, but Foundryside is an adult fantasy that sounds like it’s gonna be amazing. People whose reviews I trust have said amazing things about it, and I figured that getting a physical copy would be the perfect way to force myself to finally read it.

My mom is not happy that I haven’t read any of the books in this haul yet. In my defense, June is Pride Month, and I wanted to prioritize queer books. But my TBR for July will consist of only the books featured here. Please feel free to slap me if I still haven’t finished reading all of these books by the time 2019 ends!

P.S. I feel like such a fake because I included an A:TLA reference in the beginning of this post when I still haven’t finished watching it. I think the last time I watched an episode was last year. *hides in shame*

Have you read any of these books? Is there anything I should prioritize? What are some books that you’ve recently bought?

37 thoughts on “I Bought Books After Ages of Not Buying Them || Book Haul

  1. YES AVATAR!! Haha, loved the reference xD not gonna lie, the tv series is hella long, so I feel you. I still have to get my hands on Vicious and a physical copy of Descendant of the Crane; they’re absolutely beautiful!! My mom also gets annoyed when I get new book mail, but still haven’t finished reading my earlier hauls πŸ˜€

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    1. thanks! once I typed the words “but everything changed,” I couldn’t get the intro out of my head πŸ˜‚ not gonna lie, it hasn’t been interesting me a lot, so I haven’t continued in ages. there are so many die hard fans of it though, and I really wanna see if I love it as much as they do!

      hope you can get your hands on them soon :)) ahaha, nice to know that someone shares my pain. good luck to both of us that our moms don’t kill us and we can finish reading our hauls asap 🀞

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  2. Warcross and Descendant of the Crane are so so good! And I’m terrible, I borrowed Skyward months ago from the library and still haven’t gotten to it….

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  3. These all look so good!! What an amazing haul ssksksk these are so cool! I haven’t bought books actually so long, I really should look on Book Depository and stuff. I try to wait until my parents or friends are ordering something too and just add to theirs because it sometimes takes so long for a book to get here, that I don’t want to wait for just the one book?
    Awesome haul!
    -Emma πŸ™‚

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  4. This is a great haul! I totally understand about physical books being so expensive! I normally get mine from second hand stores so I don’t have to pay so much haha. I need to find these types of deals that you got! I never seem to find good deals on the big book seller sites!

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    1. thanks! and i really wish i could find a good second hand bookstore here in the philippines, but so far, no luck. then again, i haven’t really been trying anyways, so i should really get on that! oof, i don’t know why the two biggest book sellers here suddenly decided to have those sales, but i hope you find good deals really soon!!

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      1. You’re welcome! I hope you can find one one day; second hand bookstores are the best (if you don’t mind books that aren’t in perfect condition). A town over from me, a guy who runs an Amazon store has weekend $1 sales to get rid of overstock and I go every couple of months to check out what he has. I’ve come out with 20-30 books before, and it’s so cheap!

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    1. it’s so beautiful and I hope you can acquire it! i finally picked the bone witch back up again, and so far i’m really confused about the magic system, but i’m really starting to love the Tea and I love chupeco’s writing style! i can’t wait to read genie lo! thank you and i hope you enjoy your next reads too πŸ’•


  5. Ah what a great haul. Living in North America, we take for granted how easy and most inexpensive books are here. I’m so happy to hear there was an opportunity for you to get some great books though – what good choices and they are so beautiful!

    Here is my question for your 200 (congrats btw!!) Q&A: What is the biggest challenge being a book blogger outside of North America?

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  6. So many great books! And when you start buying books I find it so hard to stop– like I need to get more!! I hope you enjoy all these books when you get to read them.
    I agree the ‘puffin in bloom’ have some beautiful book covers!! They are stunning!!
    I am so excited to read Descendant of the Crane too and I have heard so many good things about it!!
    I recently read Warcross and I really enjoyed it– the plot was fast paced and I like the world and the characters– I liked everything basically!!
    And congratulations on 200 followers *dance party* — that’s amazing and so well deserved, you have a wonderful blog!! And a question if you want to answer it… ‘Is being a book blogger what you expected it to be?’ ❀

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    1. right?? i resisted for so long and now it’s finally time to let go haaha! thanks and i hope you enjoy all of your next reads as well!
      yes, some of the best flower illustrations ever! some people are just so skilled at art istg
      same with dotc, really hope i can get to it next month! and i’m so glad you enjoyed Warcross. i do like a fast-paced plot once in a while, especially after reading something a little slow!
      thank youu πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ *joins the dance party* my blog is nothing compared to yours though 😍 that is such a good question–can’t wait to answer it!

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      1. Haha I know it is so good to have a splurge!! Thank you πŸ™‚
        I know there are so many amazing artists out there— I am just in awe!!!
        Yes a fast-paced book can be just what you need after a slower one!!
        You’re welcome and no not at all— you have an incredible blog and unique voice!! I love your blog!! ❀ Yay!!


  7. Congrats on 200 followers!! πŸ’˜Ahh, that’s so amazing and I know your blog will keep on growing and growing. A question for you: How has book blogging changed your reading game?

    That copy of Anne is SO PRETTY aghh I want it. I know I shouldn’t get it though because I already have two other copies of it…mine, and my mom’s from when she was little.πŸ˜‚It’s my favorite book though, so maybe I’ll get it someday?? SO many of these books are on my TBR, so I’m excited to hopefully see future reviews of them if you enjoy it/decide to review them.

    Great post, Caitlin!

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    1. thank you so much, Olivia! the same goes for your blog, and if not, I’m gonna be so mad because your beautiful aesthetic and insightful posts deserve all the love! and thank you for the interesting question πŸ’•

      i know and i’m so grateful to have it! i definitely relate to wanting multiple copies of a book you already have ahahaha. I hope you are able to get it someday! and ahhh omg it’s your fave book? now i’m doubly excited to read it! yay, I do hope to talk about them in future posts, and I hope you enjoy reading them πŸ’™

      I’m gonna cry because you’re so sweet, Olivia :(( thank youuu πŸ’–

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  8. Great haul!! I live in the US so buying books is super easy for me to do, but I end up buying ebooks as well most of the time just because the price of books from full priced stores hurts me and I am running out of rooms on my shelves. Anyways, all of these books look so cool! A few are on my TBR but I think I may need to add some more of them to it as well lol.

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    1. thank you! ohh, that’s definitely reasonable! and I don’t even have shelves because I never used to buy books, but I splurged this one time, and now I have no idea where to put all of these books lmao. I’m so hyped to read all of them! I hope to make my tbr for next month the entirety of this haul if I can stick to it (probably not though because my mood reading brain hates me). hope you love the ones you decided to read though! ❀


  9. A Heart in the Body in a World sounds very intense and gutwrenching which is WHY it’s definitely on my radar lol. I’m such a sucker for getting my heart broken through fiction. I definitely want to read Libba Bray next year; I don’t think I can fit The Diviners in before the end of 2019 haha. PS: ATLA references are aLWAYS appreciated even if you haven’t finished the series lol.

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    1. Sadly, it’s dropped off from my radar so thank you for bringing it to my attention! My mom read it and loved it and I really have to find the time to squeeze it into my reads for the year. Libba Bray is such a good writer without a doubt. Some may not like her books but i really don’t think you can deny that fact! I really have to finish it soon hehe but thank you for the validation πŸ’›


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