Book Haul

August Book Haul!

Capture.PNGAt first, August was looking like a pretty sparse book buying month. I’m trying to cut down the amount of books I buy for the next few months for 3 main reasons: 1) I’m currently providing for me and my Dad while he recovers from an amputation. 2) I want to have some money for YallFest to splurge on books! 3) Christmas is coming fast and I have godkids. A lot of godkids. So, I’m trying to stay away from book buying.

 

BUT.

BUT.

But I stopped at a tiny library one town over and they had a tremendous sale section. I ended up getting 29 book for about $20. The librarian even threw in a free friends of the library bag and a coke! (She said it was because I had a kind face which made me feel pretty dang good).

Without further ado… here’s the EPIC August haul.

1.RISE OF THE JUMBIES by Tracey Baptiste. This is one of my most anticipated MG releases and Claribel was nice enough to snag me a copy (and the next two books as well!)

Corinne LaMer defeated the wicked jumbie Severine months ago, but things haven’t exactly gone back to normal in her Caribbean island home. Everyone knows Corinne is half-jumbie, and many of her neighbors treat her with mistrust. When local children begin to go missing, snatched from the beach and vanishing into wells, suspicious eyes turn to Corinne. To rescue the missing children and clear her own name, Corinne goes deep into the ocean to find Mama D’Leau, the dangerous jumbie who rules the sea. But Mama D’Leau’s help comes with a price. Corinne and her friends Dru, Bouki, and Malik must travel with mermaids across the ocean to the shores of Ghana to fetch a powerful object for Mama D’Leau. The only thing more perilous than Corinne’s adventures across the sea is the foe that waits for her back home.

2. A LINE IN THE DARK by Malinda Lo.

Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. While nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more curse than gift. As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences. When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.

3. THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO by F.C. Yee. I wasn’t expecting to love this book… but I did! You can check out my review here!

Genie Lo is one among droves of Ivy-hopeful overachievers in her sleepy Bay Area suburb. You know, the type who wins. When she’s not crushing it at volleyball or hitting the books, Genie is typically working on how to crack the elusive Harvard entry code.
But when her hometown comes under siege from hellspawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are dramatically rearranged. Enter Quentin Sun, a mysterious new kid in class who becomes Genie’s self-appointed guide to battling demons. While Genie knows Quentin only as an attractive transfer student with an oddly formal command of the English language, in another reality he is Sun Wukong, the mythological Monkey King incarnate—right down to the furry tale and penchant for peaches. Suddenly, acing the SATs is the least of Genie’s worries. The fates of her friends, family, and the entire Bay Area all depend on her summoning an inner power that Quentin assures her is strong enough to level the very gates of Heaven. But every second Genie spends tapping into the secret of her true nature is a second in which the lives of her loved ones hang in the balance.

4. WILD BEAUTY by Anna-Marie McLemore. Easily, easily my favorite magical realism book of all time. This (and the next book) was sent to me by the fantastic Rachel!

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens. The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

5. THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert. Look at that cover!!

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.” Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.  

6.I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE by Maurene Goo. Shenwei was kind enough to send me this!

Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

7. THE GIRL FROM THE WELL by Rin Chupeco. I was sent this and the next one in exchange for a small sensitivity read.

A dead girl walks the streets. She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago. And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan. Because the boy has a terrifying secret – one that would just kill to get out.

8. THE DEADLY SISTER by Eliot Schrefer.

Abby Goodwin is sure her sister Maya isn’t a murderer. But her parents don’t agree. Her friends don’t agree. And the cops definitely don’t agree. Maya is a drop-out, a stoner, a girl who’s obsessed with her tutor, Jefferson Andrews…until he ends up dead. Maya runs away, and leaves Abby following the trail of clues. Each piece of evidence points to Maya, but it also appears that Jefferson had secrets of his own. And enemies. Like his brother, who Abby becomes involved with…until he falls under suspicion. Is Abby getting closer to finding the true murderer? Or is someone leading her down a twisted false path?

Now on to the epic library haul. I’ve tried to kind of sort this into reasons why I bought them. (I’m not going to link their blurbs… we’d be here all day)

 

I’ve mentioned before that I am trying to collect up all the books I loved as a kid and I really hit the jackpot with these!

9. THE VELVETEEN RABBIT by Margery Williams.

10. PETER PAN by J.M. Barrie. This one will actually probably go to my niece for her birthday since she love Peter Pan so much.

11. THE MOUSE AND THE MOTORCYCLE by Beverly Cleary. Here’s a fun fact: this book is actually what got me over my fear of mice!

12. THE JUNGLE BOOK by Rudyard Kipling.

13. BLUBBER by Judy Blume.

14. DRAGONS DON’T COOK PIZZA by Debbie Dadey. I used to love the Bailey School Kids books!

15. MRS. FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien.

 

These are books I got to share with my godkids!

16.ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY by Chris Grabenstein

17. THE MEANWHILE ADVENTURE by Roddy Doyle.

18. MAY-BIRD AND THE EVER AFTER by Jodi Lynn Anderson

19. THE SISTERS GRIMM by Michael Buckley

20. SHUG by Jenny Han

21. EGGS by Jerry Spinelli

22. THE VIEW FROM SATURDAY by E.L. KONINGSBURG

23. GIB AND THE GRAY GHOST by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

24. THE WRIGHT 3 by Blue Balliett

These were books I found that I either just thought sounded good or I had read something by the author before.

25.THE YEAR OF THE HANGMAN by Gary Blackwood.

26. THE CHRISTOPHER KILLER by Alane Ferguson.

27. THE PORTABLE PROMISED LAND by Toure.

28. THE SHARP SHOOTER BLUES by Lewis Nordan

29. THE FORETELLING by Alice Hoffman.

30. RANT by Chuck Palahniuk.

I had to talk myself out of making excuses for buying these. Or even just leaving them out. There’s literally no reason for me to explain my reading or book buying habits unless I’m buying problematic books. Every now and then I get intense feels for more “adult” books and I like to have a few of these on hand to kind of quench that thirst when it arises.

31. A TEXAS CHRISTMAS WISH by Jolene Navarro.

32. TRIPLETS FIND A MOM by Annie Jones

33. LOVING WAYS by Gail Martin

34. BETWEEN FRIENDS by Debbie Macomber

35. READY FOR LOVE by Debbie Macomber

35. BACK ON BLOSSOM STREET by Debbie Macomber

And that is officially it for my August Book Haul, thank God!

Did you get/buy any good books this month?

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Book Haul

July Book Haul!

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I can’t believe July is over. Honestly, why is this year flying by so fast? (Spoiler alert: we’re all hurtling towards our doom… sorry.)

This month I ended up with 14 books- 7 that I purchased and 7 that were given to me. I feel super, super blessed that I have friends that are nice enough to think of me and send me books. It’s been a nice reminder that I’m not alone, especially this last month when Dad’s health turned sour again. I’ll mention who sent what, but I just want to thank y’all again from the bottom of my heart for your kindness.

1. THE CROWNS OF CROSWALD by D.E. Night. This was sent to me by the author! I started it in July but got sidetracked… so I’ll be reading it for #ARCAugust.

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic––and her life––is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.

2. THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS by Leigh Bardugo. This was a sampler my amazing friend Shenwei sent to me!

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

3. THE EXACT LOCATION OF HOME by Kate Messner was another ARC Shenwei sent. Thank you so much!

Kirby “Zig” Zigonski lives for the world of simple circuits, light bulbs, buzzers, and motors. Electronics are so much more predictable than people.
So when his dad’s visit is canceled with no explanation and his mom seems to be hiding something, Zig turns to his best friend Gianna and a new gizmo-a garage sale GPS unit-for help. Convinced that his dad is leaving clues through the popular hobby of geocaching, Zig sets out to search for answers. Following one clue after another, logging mile after mile, Zig soon finds that people aren’t always what they seem… and sometimes, there’s more than one set of coordinates for home.

4. THE WONDERLING by Mira Bartok. I sent out an SOS on twitter, asking anyone at ALA if they would pick me up a copy and the ever wonderful Katie not only picked me up a copy but also had the author sign it for me!

Welcome to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil Miss Carbunkle, a cunning villainess who believes her terrified young charges exist only to serve and suffer. Part animal and part human, the groundlings toil in classroom and factory, forbidden to enjoy anything regular children have, most particularly singing and music. For the Wonderling, an innocent-hearted, one-eared, fox-like eleven-year-old with only a number rather than a proper name — a 13 etched on a medallion around his neck — it is the only home he has ever known. But unexpected courage leads him to acquire the loyalty of a young bird groundling named Trinket, who gives the Home’s loneliest inhabitant two incredible gifts: a real name — Arthur, like the good king in the old stories — and a best friend. Using Trinket’s ingenious invention, the pair escape over the wall and embark on an adventure that will take them out into the wider world and ultimately down the path of sweet Arthur’s true destiny.

 

5. NEVER NEVER by Brianna R. Shrum. (ebook sale)

James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up. When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child – at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up. But grow up he does. And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate. This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole. It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan. Except one. 

6. P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU by Jenny Han.

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

7. AFTER THE WOODS by Kim Savage (ebook sale)

Would you risk your life to save your best friend? Julia did. When a paroled predator attacked Liv in the woods, Julia fought back and got caught. Liv ran, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying 48 hours that she remembers only in flashbacks. One year later, Liv seems bent on self-destruction, starving herself, doing drugs, and hooking up with a violent new boyfriend. A dead girl turns up in those same woods, and Julia’s memories resurface alongside clues unearthed by an ambitious reporter that link the girl to Julia’s abductor. As the devastating truth becomes clear, Julia realizes that after the woods was just the beginning.

8.  SAINTS AND MISFITS by S.K. Ali (Review here)

Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box. And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him—Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t date. Or won’t? Janna is still working all this out. While her heart might be leading her in one direction, her mind is spinning in others. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster. Except she knows a monster…one who happens to be parading around as a saint…Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tightknit Muslim community think of her then?

 

9. MAPPING THE INTERIOR by Stephen Graham Jones was sent to me by Lala!

Walking through his own house at night, a fifteen-year-old thinks he sees another person stepping through a doorway. Instead of the people who could be there, his mother or his brother, the figure reminds him of his long-gone father, who died mysteriously before his family left the reservation. When he follows it he discovers his house is bigger and deeper than he knew. The house is the kind of wrong place where you can lose yourself and find things you’d rather not have. Over the course of a few nights, the boy tries to map out his house in an effort that puts his little brother in the worst danger, and puts him in the position to save them . . . at terrible cost.

10. EGGS BENEDICT ARNOLD by Laura Childs. MY very best friend in the entire world, Shay, sent me this and the next book! You can check out her book blog here.

When Cackleberry Clubber Suzanne delivers a pie to funeral director Ozzie Driesden, she discovers him not working at the embalming table but lying on the embalming table. She barely has time to recognize his corpse before she?s drugged with chloroform. With more suspects than breakfast specials, the Cackleberry Club scrambles to crack the case before one of their own ends up six feet under.

11. STEPHEN KING GOES TO THE MOVIES by Stephen King was also sent by Shay!

Stephen King revisits five of his favorite short stories that have been turned into films: The Shawshank Redemption (based on the novella “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”) was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and best actor for Morgan Freeman. 1408 starred John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson and was a huge box office success in 2007. The short story “Children of the Corn” was adapted into the popular Children of the Corn. The Mangler was inspired by King’s loathing for laundry machines from his own experience working in a laundromat. Hearts in Atlantis (based on “Low Men in Yellow Coats,” the first part of the novel Hearts in Atlantis) starred Anthony Hopkins.

The last three books were all from BookOutlet. They had a $5 off coupon so I paid $.32 for these + shipping… can’t beat that…

12. PRETTY IS by Maggie Mitchell

The summer precocious Lois and pretty Carly May were twelve years old, they were kidnapped, driven across the country, and held in a cabin in the woods for two months by a charismatic stranger. Nearly twenty years later, Lois has become a professor, teaching British literature at a small college in upstate New York, and Carly May is an actress in Los Angeles, drinking too much and struggling to revive her career. When a movie with a shockingly familiar plot draws the two women together once more, they must face the public exposure of their secret history and confront the dark longings and unspeakable truths that haunt them still.

13. THE WITCH’S BOY by Kelly Barnhill

When Ned and his identical twin brother Tam tumble from their raft into a raging, bewitched river, only Ned survives. Villagers are convinced the wrong boy lived. Sure enough, Ned grows up weak and slow, and stays as much as possible within the safe boundaries of his family’s cottage and yard. But when a Bandit King comes to steal the magic that Ned’s mother, a witch, is meant to protect, it’s Ned who safeguards the magic and summons the strength to protect his family and community. In the meantime, in another kingdom across the forest that borders Ned’s village lives Áine, the resourceful and pragmatic daughter of the Bandit King. She is haunted by her mother’s last words to her: “The wrong boy will save your life and you will save his.” But when Áine and Ned’s paths cross, can they trust each other long enough to make their way through the treacherous woods and stop the war about to boil over?

14. MOON OVER MANIFEST by Clare Vanderpool

Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was. Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it’s just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos, including some old letters that mention a spy known as the Rattler. These mysterious letters send Abilene and her new friends, Lettie and Ruthanne, on an honest-to-goodness spy hunt, even though they are warned to “Leave Well Enough Alone.”
Abilene throws all caution aside when she heads down the mysterious Path to Perdition to pay a debt to the reclusive Miss Sadie, a diviner who only tells stories from the past. It seems that Manifest’s history is full of colorful and shadowy characters—and long-held secrets. The more Abilene hears, the more determined she is to learn just what role her father played in that history. And as Manifest’s secrets are laid bare one by one, Abilene begins to weave her own story into the fabric of the town.

 

And that’s my July book haul! I’ve been steadily trying to cut down on the amount of books I read as I get ready for YALLFEST and my pilgrimage to Montana. August might be a different story since the library is hosting its annual GIANT book sale… so we’ll see what happens.