Saturday, January 30, 2016

January Book Haul

First things first: I bought a lot more books in January than I usually buy, so these book hauls probably won't usually be monthly. But there was an anticipated release, and used bookstores, so...I couldn't resist. Here's all of the books that I bought in January.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (Passenger #1): Are any of you surprised? It's Alexandra Bracken. Of course I had to buy it. For some reason, I didn't pre-order this one, but I did manage to stop by a Barnes & Noble a couple of days after it was released to grab a copy. Funny story: it took me way too long to actually find this book because while I was searching through the new releases section and the sadly disorganized YA section, I somehow managed to completely miss the display that was entirely dedicated to Passenger. Whoops. I got it eventually, and that's what's important. I've read it already (obviously) - you can read my review here.

When I went to the library, they had a giant shelf of books outside that were only 50 cents each. There's almost never any YA books, so I wasn't expecting to find anything, when suddenly: 3 books that I read and liked but didn't already own!
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #1): I've read this entire series, but I only own a copy of book 2. I'm trying to get a complete set with the old covers, just because that's what I already have, but with the new ones, I'm not sure how easy that's going to be.
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman (If I Stay #1): I may have gotten this mostly because I wanted the complete duology. I know I'll want to revisit it at some point in the future, though.
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman (If I Stay #2): This is one of my favorite books ever, so of course I had to have a copy of my own. This also means that I won't have to bother my friend who already does own it whenever I want to reread it.
I also got to go to one of my favorite used bookstores this month and pick up a few things.

Divergent The Bad Beginning The Forest of Hands and Teeth Half-Moon Investigations
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #1): I already owned Insurgent and Allegiant in hardcover, and when I found a nice hardcover of this one to match, I couldn't pass it up. Not sure whether I'll be rereading it any time soon, but they look so pretty lined up on my shelf!
  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1): Once, I owned the first nine books of this series. Then I got rid of them because I thought I'd outgrown them. I was so wrong. Now, I desperately want to reread them and I don't have any of them. Why did I do that? I'm going to get the entire series in hardcover, but this was unfortunately the only one at the store. Hopefully, I'll have the rest of the books soon!
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1): A friend recommended this one to me two years ago, and I may have forgotten about it until I saw it again. It's not a book I'd have picked up on my own, but now I'm excited to see what it's about.
  • Half-Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer: I actually got this one by mistake. The title sounded vaguely familiar, and the cover looks vaguely like The Inquisitor's Apprentice by Chris Moriarty (which I do really want to read), so I thought it was that. Will I read this one? Who knows. But I have it now, in case I want to. 
What books did you pick up in January? Have you read Half-Moon Investigations? Should I pick it up? Have you visited any library sales or used bookstores lately? Tell me in the comments!  


  1. *wails* I haven't read many of these and it makes me sad. I've been drooling over Passenger for ages, but I may have to library it because I have hundreds of books on my to-be-bought list and half the time I can't even figure out how I want to prioritize which ones I buy first with my limited funds. *sobs* I also really need to read If I Stay and Where She Went. I wanted to borrow my friend's copies, but then I ended up moving so I never had to chance. I will have to library those as well.

    And I haven't read any Cassandra Clare. I feel sooo behind the bookish times on this one. Like, what even am I doing? But when I saw the series in my library at my old home, I hadn't heard much about them and I was petty because I didn't like the covers, so I didn't pick them up and I read other things instead. I don't regret the other stuff I read, but still, I wish I had tackled those. I'll have to see if my library has them.

    Forest of Hands and Teeth has been on my wish list for exactly 9,738 years now, and I am chomping at the bit to get it. It sounds like it would be right up my alley, and that title. *shives* Obviously I need it. :P

    Out of this, I've only read the Divergent trilogy (which I loved) and A Series of Unfortunate Events. I went through a period where I thought I had outgrown ASOUE, and I didn't get rid of my copies because I rarely get rid of books, but I did put them on my less-loved books shelf which didn't get as much loving care, and they ended up with foxing on them and I want to cry every time I think about it. So I'll be working on restoring them, if I can, so I don't have to worry about shelving them with my other darlings. I'M SUCH A BAD BOOKISH MOTHER.

    Anyway, this was a fun post and I'm excited for your bookish conquest. And also, WELCOME TO THE BLOGOSPHERE! You don't have a subscribe widget up on your sidebar so I will follow you on Bloglovin', but if you ever put a subscribe by email widget up (or if you need pointers on putting one up) feel free to let me know because I would love to follow you by email. :)

    1. The library is EVERYONE'S friend. Without the library, I would either be very poor or not be the book nerd I am today. I usually wait a while after books are released and just get them from the library, but I couldn't wait for this one. Passenger, If I Stay, and Where She Went are all GREAT books.

      The Cassandra Clare covers aren't my favorites, but the books are MUCH better. Personally, I have to read them when I'm specifically in the mood for paranormal books. Otherwise, I just get REALLY bored. Unfortunately, I didn't figure that out until my 6th Cassandra Clare book, so I ended up pushing myself through some of them. I'll have to reread them at some point.

      THANKS FOR THE WELCOME! I'm VERY excited. I'm pretty sure that I put up a subscribe by email widget. I could be wrong. I'm still not too great at HTML.

  2. Can't wait to see what you think of all of these wonderful books! There has been so much hype around Passenger so I hope you end up liking it as much as everyone else. And If I Stay is so emotional and beautiful - definitely have a box of tissues next to you when you read it. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous haul! ♥

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    1. I actually already finished Passenger! I was thinking about waiting and saving it, but I pretty much ended up devouring it right away. It was wonderful! I'll get my tissues ready for If I Stay - I know it's even more sad than I'm remembering, so I'll definitely need them.

  3. Oh I just love used book sales and book stores. I really need to visit Half Price Books soon. I have a ton of books to sell, and I TRY not to get too many new books but it tends to happen. haha I just can't help it!


    1. Everyone keeps raving about how amazing Half Price Books is, but there aren't any that are anywhere near where I live! I need to check one of those out one day.