Winter 2019-2020 Book Haul

The new year is here, and it’s time to talk about new books!

I think there’s a trend in the book community, that in December you make all your big book purchases with the hope that they will tide you over into the new year, so that you don’t spend as much money on books…or that’s just me. December was the month I got down to business and did as little damage as possible.

My first stop was a trip to Target to pick up medication. While we waited, I made the wise choice mistake to browse through their book selection. That’s where I picked up Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. Leigh Bardugo is one of my favorite authors and favorite people on the planet. I adore her and her novels, I adore her honesty with her fans, and I’m just a huge supporter of her in general. So this was a no brainer. I audibly gasped out loud when I saw this in person for the first time. *heart eyes*

Next up was a purchase from Amazon. With all the hype surrounding the new Netflix show, I knew I couldn’t wait to borrow this from the library, I had to have my own copy of The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski.

This next section is my BookOutlet haul! BookOutlet is an amazing book retailer that sells discounted, and sometimes scratched or dented, books for a lovely low price. As you’ll see, some of these books complete a series or were on my 20 Books I Want to Read in 2020 post.

An Enchantment of Ravens & Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. Both of these books are so beautiful, and would be cover buys alone if I hadn’t heard such absolutely wonderful things about them both! An Enchantment of Ravens is about a Fae painter who meets a Fae Prince, while Sorcery of Thorns is about a magical libarary. Sold and sold.
I’ve heard Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan is a very gory, dark read. I’m excited to explore this world, and see if it’s like anything I’ve ever read before.
A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer is a beauty and the beast retelling? I think? If it sucks me in the same way A Court of Thorns and Roses did we’re golden.

Bloodwitch & Windwitch by Susan Dennard third and second book in the Witchlands series. I’m excited to binge this series and learn about this magic system!

Torch Against the Night & A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir are the second and third books in the An Ember in the Ashes series. I have heard so many good things about this author and all of her books that I’m very excited to dive into her writing.

Well…along with my weekly library check outs, these should hold me over through most of 2020! Which one should I read first?!

Yearly Book Unhaul

Every year, I do a massive unhaul and reorganization of my books. I didn’t realize until this year that this is such a librarian trait! I’ve been weeding my own shelves since before I was even trained on how to weed a library. Oh how we come full circle.

I have a really cool project planned for these books: something you’ll maybe see in a future post if it gets approved.

But for now I thought we’d start with some stats-
Total Number of Books Unhauled: 36
Books I Read: 17
Books I Did Not Read: 15
Books I DNF’d: 4
Young Adult Fiction Books: 24
Adult Fiction Books: 11
Non Fiction Books: 1

Here’s my thought process when I start cleaning up my shelves:
1. How long has this been on my shelf?
2. Am I still interested in this book?
3. Do I think I’ll pick it up within the next year (or two if it’s a book I’m really interested in, but have to be in the mood for-aka contemporary fiction)
4. Could someone else use this book now while I wouldn’t mind picking it up from the library?
5. Do I see myself rereading this book?

Fallen – DNF’d this one.
Turtles All The Way Down – This was a library donation. I don’t plan on reading it in 2020 and I don’t want it taking up space on my shelves.
Since You’ve Been Gone – I’m not interested in this young adult contemporary fiction anymore.

The Golem and the Jinni – DNF’d this one. I hung on to it for so long because it’s so pretty and I really wanted to like it.
Born Wicked – Did not read. No longer interested.
Etiquette & Espionage – Did not read. No longer interested.

Defiance – Did not read. No longer interested.
The Murder Complex – I got this one to support the author. I was a huge fan of her on booktube back in the day. But I never read this one. Hopefully someone else will enjoy it.
Throne of Glass – I just bought the boxed set of this series, and won’t be needing two copies of this book.

Angel’s Blood – This one was a gift and I loved it! I don’t see myself reading it again, and if I crave this story I don’t mind going to the library for it.
A Corner of White – This I won in a giveaway with six other books. This one I definitely wasn’t super interested in, but felt guilty getting rid of it. Did not read.
The Anatomy of Dreams – This sounded so amazing, but I’ve never been in the mood to read it. She’s gotta go.

Trials of Apollo – I won this in a giveaway. Never felt like picking it up.
Ender’s Game – I really enjoyed this one. It was my first taste into more adult science fiction, even though we follow a child main character. Don’t think I’ll read it again.
Warm Bodies – I enjoyed this book, and I think I’ve read it twice, but I don’t see myself reaching for it again in the future.

The Naming & The Riddle – These were donated to the library. I don’t see myself picking them up this year.
Eon & Eona – This one has dragons! I read this duology, but don’t see myself wanting to reread it.

Seraphina – More dragons! Read this one, but once was enough.
Revolution In World Missions – This was a donation to the library, and I had intended on gifting it to a friend before her mission. Clearly I failed at that…but this book is meant for someone and I hope they find it!
The Ring & the Crown – I love this author and how BEAUTIFUL this book is, but I never picked it up.

Why We Broke Up – I’ve never been in the mood to read about a breakup. Silly me…I’m a romantic. And I wanted to love this for the award and the gorgeous paperback edition.
Every Day – Is this a movie now? I don’t know, and I didn’t read it.
The Secret Life of Bees – I DNF’d this one, but to be fair I didn’t give it too much of a chance. I just wasn’t in the mood when I picked it up.

Deadly Class – I’m pretty sure an ex boyfriend bought me this one? I’ve never felt the need to reread it.
Everything Everything – This was such a great read the first time around, but I won’t be reading it again.
Dear John – I loved this book. I can so clearly picture it, thanks to binging this and the movie in the same week, so I don’t need to hang on to it.

The Unexpected Everything – I won this in a giveaway and had to read it twice. The first time I couldn’t get into it, and the second time I found it quite enjoyable.
When in Paris – I have read this book so many times. This was my first introduction to New Adult and Romance novels. Since then my tastes have changed, so I have no problem passing this on.
The Vincent Boys – I read this but don’t remember anything about it? So, goodbye my friend.

Love and Other Perishable Items – I loved loved loved this sweet book. It’s another read that I can so vividly picture I don’t have the need or want to reread it. I hope someone else loves it the way I did.
Demigods and Monsters – I was gifted this copy from the author in exchange for promotion and review. This is book two in the series, and it was a 3 star series for me.
The Casual Vacancy – With all the drama surrounding this author I have no qualms getting rid of this book that I DNF’d at least twice. Harry Potter will always get it’s own shelf, but this can go.

Power – This book I read for a class in college. It was a cool concept but I didn’t want to keep it.
Sarah’s Key – This book still horrifies me. I want to say not in a bad way, but yes in a not good way. So I don’t want it anymore, maybe someone else can get what they need from it.

I know this seems like a lot…and it is. But a lot of these books I’ve been hanging on to for WAY TOO LONG. We are moving into a new decade, and I want to make sure I bring the best and most important books with me. So so long 2019. So long books. Thank you for standing proudly on my shelves, some of you for years at a time, some of you for only a few months. Fare travels my friends.