April 2017 Book Haul

Book Haul (2)

April is almost over!!!! In celebration I thought I would do a book haul! It has been a LONG time since I have done a book haul on my blog or really anything outside of a blog tour book review so I wanted to go ahead and switch it up a bit. It’s definitely something I want to challenge myself to do every month now  that grad school is winding down and we are in our last few weeks of it which means *no more thesis writing* or rather, no more being behind in my thesis writing. So this haul will hopefully be the beginning of a monthly haul post for this blog and I don’t know, I just generally want to post a lot more! So brace yourself kids, you might be seeing a lot more of me. 🙂

So for the month of April I went a little crazy. Last year I put myself in a book buying ban for the latter part of the year so I guess I’m making up for lost time. It’s a combination of some really awesome books coming out and just some really really good book sales that I find super hard to resist. Without further ado, here is my April 2017 book haul.

I love a good cover and all of these are serious eye candy. Which is your favorite of these? Mine is Dark Matter. Love the contrasting colors and it just looks like a dark, gritty read. Hopefully will be getting to that one soon, I’ve heard it’s an awesome Sci-Fi read.

Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller
Star Wars: Tarkin by James Luceno
The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeton
American Gods (TV tie-in edition) by Neil Gaiman
By Your Side by Kasie West
The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Geekerella by Ashey Poston
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Scwab
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Whew! I’m pretty excited about all of these but I will probably end up getting to Queens of Geek and Geekerella pretty fast as I have a feeling those will be super fast, super cute reads. I’m really in the mood for that right now. I am also getting to The Color of Our Sky and American Gods in May as those are ARCs that were given to me by the publisher through TLC book tours for blog tour reviews. All in all, April was an awesome book buying month. I don’t feel guilty at all.

Bought: 14
Received from publishers: 2

What about you? Did you buy any books this month that you have been looking forward to or have you received any ARCS from publishers that you are dying to read? Have you read any of these and think I should bump any of them up to my TBR for May? Let me know!

Hope you guys had a great month. I’m looking forward to what May brings us! I’ll have a April Wrap up/May TBR post up by Monday and probably a review this weekend of the book I am currently reading!

Happy Reading everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday: The Top Ten 2014 debuts I am most excited for!


This week’s Top 10 Tuesday theme, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is the Top Ten 2014 Debut’s I’m excited for! I have been creeping on catalogs, blogs and lists for awhile and these are the ten that have most captured my eye, my mind and my curiosity! This list does include a few that have been published this month and also some that will be published in a few days but I still wanted to include them since they were published in 2014 and because I NEED to read them. Hopefully this list introduces you to a book that you may want to read!! (Descriptions from Goodreads)

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

Due to time constraints (mostly because of school) I hadn’t been able to participate in TTT in a few weeks, sorry! Top Ten Tuesday is the weekly meme hosted by the wonderful blog The Broke and the Bookish. Each weekly list has a specific theme and each blogger posts their lists and also links back to the hosting blog! This weeks theme is THE TOP TEN MOST INTIMIDATING BOOKS!

I hope you enjoy my intimidating books, this includes some that I have already read and some that are still on my reading list, as well as a few that I consider my most favorite books of all times…I have them on bookshelf and I so treasure them (namely the Poetic Edda, Mists of Avalon,Orlando,  the, Guns Germs and Steel,  Faerie Queene and Eros the Bittersweet!) Check them out!

Top Ten Favorite Covers of Books I’ve Read

This is my first post as part of the weekly meme hosted by the wonderful blog The Broke and the Bookish. Each weekly list has a specific theme and each blogger posts their lists and also links back to the hosting blog! This weeks list theme is…drumroll please…Top Ten Favorite Covers from Books I’ve Read.

We always say, don’t judge a book by its cover…but  it’s really hard to not see a pretty cover and get the book! I don’t know about you but I must admit (somewhat guiltily) that I love me some pretty book covers! There is just something about a really awesome book cover that just draws me in even though I know that an awesome book cover does not make an awesome book.This list is by no means exhaustive as I have MANY favorite covers but these are just the ones that come to mind right away, neither is it in any particular order! I am ignoring content for this list and am going to include some books that I didn’t really like (shocking!) but without further ado, here are my top ten favorite covers from books I’ve read…I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed picking them! If you are looking at this in blog view please click on the blog title to go to the full post!

My Crazy Life (an update)

I have decided to scale back on my 2013 Goodreads challenge. Originally I had planned to read 125 books this year but in light of recent events I have decided to scale back to 100 books for this year which still gives me room to meet my challenges. Why, you ask? Well, my first day of Grad school is tomorrow and I am SUPER excited about it. I actually received an email from a professor yesterday advising that one of my classes was opened on the D2L site. You better believe I booked my booty on over to that website and signed in. So excited! I’m (im)patiently awaiting my other three classes to be opened so I can take a look around at those as well. I’m not sure how much work Grad school is going to be and I have four classes so that definitely contributed to my scaling back to the 100 books. The second reason being that we got a new addition to our family yesterday! We already have one puppy, Vixxie, but she is a big girl now. She turns five in April and will be having a Princess birthday party! Planning is in progress!  Vixxie is a Basenji/Pit bull mix.  Hence, the change to 100 books. Starting tomorrow I will be knee deep in work, school, potty training, another book, World of Warcraft, cooking, wifedom, cleaning, and Call of Duty. I am going to just love every minute of it!

Anyway these goodies came in the mail this week…school books and Game of Thrones :)) I’m a happy girl!


Book Haul #1

I went to Book heaven today a.k.a Barnes and Nobles and walked away with book haul #1. I wanted another but I had an internal battle with myself on the fourth one and decided not to get the fourth. Had my husband not been waiting for me I probably would have gotten the fourth lol. He knew I was going in for two of them but I came out with three instead so the fourth one would have been stretching it a bit. These are the books I walked away with!
The product of my trip to book heaven today even though I wanted to walk away with the whole store!

I’m really excited about these! I am starting Matched by Ally Condy today which is the first book in a three part series that I’ve been wanting to read for awhile. A friend of mine is getting a book club together and this will be our first book so I thought I’d better start it. It’s dystopian so it fits into one of the challenges I’m taking place in as well as in the Young Adult novel challenge! I don’t know alot about Life as we knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer other than a friend of mine who is an avid reader as well recommended this. I totally trust her so I’m excited about reading this. I will probably read this after Matched. I don’t know alot about the Pledge by Kimberly Derting either but it sounds really promising as well. It is also a dystopian novel that sounds really interesting from the description. These are all YA novels.

While I was browsing I found tons of other selections and books I want to drop back in for. Not sure when I’ll get to visit book heaven again. I do alot of shopping on the B&N store straight from my Nook…the books are sometimes a few bucks cheaper on there as well. It feels good to read a physical book though so I try to stop in as often as I can. An e-book haul will probably follow in the next few days as I usually can’t keep myself away from book shopping for that long.

In other news my hubby is home from work this week after injuring himself at work. I’m going to be glad to spend time with him and just glad he’s going to get to rest. My back is also healing, feels a little better! Today’s my last day of rest but haven’t had much rest yet. Hope everyone has a happy Sunday!

The Pursuit of (Bookish) Happiness

For years and years I have roamed the stacks at many a bookstore buying books that I would throw (not literally) into my personal collection. I’ve never really been super serious about building my personal library collection, I’m just one of those book lovers (otherwise known as book hoarders) that cannot pass up a bookstore without coming out with close to twenty selections that I have shamelessly poured/obsessed over for the past four hours in that store. My credit card literally cringes when I step out of my house because it’s a step closer to a bookstore.

Lately I’ve been researching stepping my game up and becoming a book collector. I don’t want to get too crazy here but I do want to start actually working on my personal library collection. I’ve found a few old books of interest to me that I may just invest into to add them to my personal collection. I’m obviously going to be a super small time book collector but I’m excited about it. I don’t have room in my small house for a beautiful, elaborate library of any sort but in my next house I will! It’ll be the one thing I can’t compromise on.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on here yet but Anne Rice is my favorite author. I have almost read everything she has written except for the later novels and her last two erotica pieces. I think she is a MASTER storyteller and is amazing at her craft. It’s so very hard to choose which of her books is my all time favorite because I have a deep love for all of them especially Violin, Servant of the Bones, and Memnoch the Devil. There is such beautiful writing in her books that it hurts!

I have decided that my book collecting career is going to begin with collecting signed First editions of every single Anne Rice book. I’ve been researching into these and have found a few sellers that have a few of these. I’m super excited. My husband isn’t so much. He looks at me, rolls his eyes and says, “As long as we can afford it.” And of course, I smile sweetly at that. But no, I want to start slowly. I have some great pieces in my current collection but I don’t have any real gems in it except for the two really old editions of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam that I was obsessed with during my senior year in college. I already have one Anne Rice first edition but alas, it is not signed. I have quite a comic book collection too but the best one I have so far Superman Famous 1st Edition Action Comics #1 (1974) That’s the closest I will ever get to a 1st edition of #1. But a girl can dream.

Back to Anne Rice.

So my love affair with books began before I could even read. I used to see my mom around the house with her nose always stuck in a (yep, you guessed it) Anne Rice book. I guess it was just the curiosity that took over. It’s like I was thinking…what is this big secret? What is it that keeps her nose in that book? What is the big story that I’m not being let in on? I had to know. I couldn’t even read and I asked if I could read her books. Of course my mom, being the great mother she is, advised me that no I couldn’t read these books just yet. She said I could read them when I got a little bit older. After some time she bought me the Babysitters Club series and I devoured them along with Sweet Valley High, Goosebumps, any Lauren McDaniel novel…every now and then I snuck in a V.C. Andrews book but don’t tell my mom…but I literally devoured everything I could get my hands on. All the while though, those Anne Rice books stuck with me until I got into my teens and bought the Anne Rice books for myself. I fell in love and read every Anne Rice book I could find. Needless to say, they mean a ton to me. They of course remind me of my mom and the years I observed her as she was drawn into this world and they were the first books I truly fell in love with. This is why I want to start collecting the first editions and I am really excited about it. I’ll fill you in on the adventure when I get my first!