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!  

6 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. :)

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    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.

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  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

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    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.

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  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!

    -Lauren

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    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.

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