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..
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! 💖
▪ 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…)
▪ 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!
▪ 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.
▪ 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.
▪ 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!
▪ 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. 😍
▪ 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!
▪ 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.
▪ 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.
▪ 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!
▪ 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.)
▪ 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.
▪ 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*