August Book Haul

I know, I know, I’ve been dark like all week. It’s been CRAZY at work and I’ve basically been crashing as soon as I get home every day. So, my apologies, but this next week will probably be the same. In between the craziness, I was able to go to a couple of library sales (yay!). Here’s what I got:


The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold I’d heard of (I think there might be a movie?) and it sounded interesting and was in pretty good shape so I picked it up. Slated, The Tiger’s Wife and The Butterfly Clues all just sounded interesting though I’ve never heard of them before. Let me know if you’ve read any of those and if you enjoyed them. The Elite and The One by Kiera Cass finish my Selection collection (unless The Heir is part of the same series?). Overall, very happy with what I got. I just need to get to them! #tbrproblems

August Book Sale Book Haul

Hello everyone! One of my local libraries has an ongoing book sale and at the start of the month they replenish the stock. So I went this morning and they had a ton of great books! There were several shelves of YA books that looked brand new. And they were only $1.50 each! My husband and I ended up getting nine books (eight for me, one for him) for a total of $12.

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Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin – This wasn’t one of the ones from the library. Funny story actually, I was looking on NetGalley at work and requested this book. Then I got home and found this waiting for me from The NOVL! Score.

The Selection by Kiera Cass – I’ve read these and I have the Kindle version, but yeah I like the series enough to want to physically own them.

Divergent by Veronica Roth – Same as above.

The Prey by Tom Isbell – This has been on my Amazon Wishlist for a while. Excited to read it.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters – I really enjoyed The Cure for Dreaming so I’ve been wanting to read this book by the same author.

The Forsaken The Uprising by Lisa Stasse – I read The Forsaken a while back and then kind of forgot about the series. I saw both of these books on the shelf and decided to pick them up.

ElusionEtherworld by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam – Elusion has been on my Amazon Wishlist for a while as well, and Etherworld is the second in the same series. I really feel like I’m going to like Elusion, so I went ahead and got the second one too.

There you go! For those wondering, my husband ended up getting A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini which he’d already read and loved.

June Book Haul

I was lucky enough to win a $30 gift card to Barnes and Noble from Amanda @Anchored to Sunshine. She has a fun little lifestyle blog that I started following a few weeks ago–go ahead and click. You know you want to!

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Of course, I had to get to Barnes and Noble ASAP. I ended up getting two books. I generally try to get my books used (just to save a little money) but it is such a treat to not have to hunt for a book that you want. Also, these books are in PRISTINE condition. Amazing.

Top to bottom:
Scarlet by Marrisa Meyer – Checked out from the library. I am LOVING this series.
Welcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell – I bought this from the library for $1. I haven’t heard of it before, but it looked fun and it’s about a high school radio station which is something I’ve always been a little interested in. Let me know if you’ve read it and what you thought!
Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg – Okay, so I actually forgot that I’d included this one in my last haul…but yeah, I still have it.
This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith (B&N) – I LOVE JEN E SMITH. I love this book and I’m definitely planning on getting the rest of her books eventually.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (B&N) – I loved this book so much. I used to be really against marking up books, but I’ve recently gotten over that. I cannot wait to go through this book again and mark my favorite passages.

Who else has a book haul to share? Link it in the comments because I’d love to check it out!

Book Haul – Last Week of May

It’s been a pretty successful day. I was able to volunteer at the Provo library and help set up their annual (semi-annual?) book sale. In exchange, they let all volunteers take up to five free books. What a deal! I’d seriously work for books any day. Here are the books that I accumulated this week.

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Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – I checked this one out from the library this week. I’ve heard some good things about it.

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg – This book has been on my TBR for a while now and when I saw it at at thrift store I had to get it.

Hush, Hush and Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick – I’m pretty sure I’ve already read these two (at the very least Hush, Hush) and I’ve been wanting to finish the series. Especially once I found out that Becca Fitzpatrick graduated from BYU.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Another book that’s just sitting on my TBR. I picked this one up because I thought my husband would enjoy having it as well.

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins – You may remember that I bought the electronic version of this book for my birthday last month and I haven’t had the chance to read it yet…but when I saw this just sitting in a box at the book sale my gut instinct said, “Must…have…book” so I just grabbed it.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare – The last book in the Mortal Instruments series and the only one that I haven’t read yet. I’m still working on accumulating the entire collection (hardback only please) and then once I get that, I plan on reading all of them as a refresher before reading this one.

There you have it. I’ll be back at the library tomorrow to see if they put any other boxes out so I might end up with a couple more books, but I was just too eager to share what I’ve gotten so far. Any favorites in my haul?

Book haul! Just in time for Mother’s Day

If my kids ever question what I might want for future Mother’s Days…books. Always books.

Volunteering at the library is both a good thing and a bad thing for me. Good because I love libraries and getting to work at one is awesome. Bad because every time I have a volunteer shift, I HAVE to stop by the sale section. It’s a compulsion. Luckily, I was able to hold myself to just one book from the sale section this week (the other three books I got from other places).

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1) Archenemy by Frank Beddor – This completes The Looking Glass Wars Trilogy for me since I already had the first two. The funny thing about it is that I clearly remember reading the first two books in the trilogy, but I don’t remember reading this one. I’m sure I did, I just can’t remember it.

2) An Abundance of Katherines by John Green – I have yet to read anything by John Green, but this has been on my TBR forever and it’s always checked out on Overdrive! So for fifty cents I thought, “Why not?” and just bought it for myself.

3) Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark – I won this book in a giveaway from Sydney over at Books and Stuff. I’m really excited to read it because I’ve seen some good reviews on it.

4) Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – Sarah Dessen is my favorite author. I was a little disappointed with her last book, but I’m so excited to read this one. I’d been struggling with whether or not to buy it quite yet because I knew I wouldn’t be able to get to it for a little while. I’d finally decided to wait a little bit before buying it when my husband came home with a signed copy that he found at Target. What a guy!

Have you read any of my new books? Did you like them?

Book Haul/May Releases to be Excited About

Hello readers!

First, the book haul. Total spent: $4 at the library + $7.42 at the used bookstore = $11.42

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Starting at the bottom…

1) City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare – Second in the Immortal Instruments series. Just adding to the collection (my goal is to get all nine of the books, including the prequel series, in hardback).

2) The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd – I LOVE this series. So good.

3) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – Another book that I really like. The binding is broken a little bit so I’m going to try my hand at some book repair. Anyone know if it’s okay to use super glue on book bindings? Let me know before I do anything drastic/damaging.

4) Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare – The third book in the Infernal Devices series. It was between this and the first book, Clockwork Angel. This one was $1 cheaper and the cover listed it as a “Collector’s First Edition”. I’ll admit that I don’t really know what that all entails, but I figured it’d be worth adding to my collection.

Next section! May Releases to be Excited About. I feel like ALL OF THE BOOKS are being released in May. I probably won’t end up reading most of these right away, but hopefully in a couple of months the fervor will have died down a bit and I can check them out from the library.

5/5 Releases:
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge – Based on Little Red Riding Hood. I just like this world that she’s created.
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – Sarah Dessen is an insta-read for me so…I don’t really care what it’s about.
The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West – Classic “I’m going to hire someone to pretend to be my boyfriend but then–oops!–we’re going to fall in love.” How can I not read?
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Mass – Fairy kidnapping turned into love? Sounds like something I’d like.
The Heir by Kiera Cass – I mostly liked the first three books in this series. Any problems that I had were usually centered around all of the girls fighting for one guy. Hopefully with a bunch of guys going for one girl there will be less drama. Also, interested to see America and Maxon grown up.

5/19 Release:
Illusionarium by Heather Dixon – Author of Entwined which I LOVED. Also, compared to The Night Circus which I also LOVED.

5/26 Releases:
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton – Promises to have a ton of drama. Intense competition for the prima ballerina spot at an elite dance school.
The Cage by Megan Shepherd – Girl gets dropped off in strange cage with other strange teenagers. Intriguing premise and I really liked Megan Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter trilogy.
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – I thought the first book was super cute so I’m excited to see more of Peter/Lara Jean!

Weekend Review: 4/17-19

As some of you may remember from my Weekend Plans post, I had four things that I planned to do this weekend. I’d like to say that I accomplished all of them…not quite. But I was close!

1) Volunteering. I did start volunteering at one of my local libraries! I’ll be doing two things. First, I’ll be contributing to the library’s blog with a series called At the Table. It’s where we post about recipes that we have tried or crafts that we have done taken from books available at the library. It’s pretty cool actually and I’ve always wanted to get better at cooking and become more crafty, so this is like a win-win-win for me. Second, I’ll be working with the donations department. We go through each of the books that have been donated looking for damage, then we check it in the system to see how many copies we have and all that good stuff. Then we decide whether to add it to our collection, sell it at the library, or sell it on Amazon. It’s fascinating to see how the library works behind the scenes. I’ve only done the one week so far, but I’m definitely loving it!

2) #ReadingMyLibrary Scavenger Hunt. This was so fun! See my post for it HERE. I really appreciated the nudge to get back out to the library that’s physically the closest to where I’m living. I’ll definitely be going back more often!

3) Make a TBR Jar. Okay, I almost have this done. I was going to do this cute little “ships in a bottle” type thing. I have all my slips folded into origami boats, but my bottle wasn’t big enough. So I’m currently on the lookout for something else to hold my TBRs, but at least the slips are completed (that took the longest amount of time anyway).

4) Book shopping. I kind of did this…but not to the extent that I had hoped. After my volunteer shift was over, I stopped by the sale section of the library and picked up a couple books. I was also sent a book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. So without further ado…..MINI BOOK HAUL!

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The World Before Us was the book that I got for free. I’m interested in reading it, but it’s not the type of book I would usually read.

Wither and City of Fallen Angels ($1.50 each, $3 total) are both books that I’ve read before, but also both part of a series that I’d like to own. Wither is the first in The Chemical Garden trilogy and City of Fallen Angels is number four for The Mortal Instruments series. I’ve been aching to reread the whole series…in fact, I’ve only just realized that I haven’t actually read the sixth book yet. It’s been sitting on my Kindle forever, but I don’t quite remember what happened in the first five books so I haven’t read it yet. I’ll get to it eventually.

As far as reading goes, I finished the ARC that I was trying to get through and I’m almost done with the ebook that I have checked out. How were your weekends? Productive?

Birthday Book Haul

My birthday was yesterday and I received two gift cards to Amazon (courtesy of my siblings and my in-laws). My mother-in-law made it a point to tell me (jokingly) that Amazon actually sells more than just books. Whatever. Everyone knows I’m just going to buy books.

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Ahhh new books…there’s seriously no better feeling in the world.

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins – The second book (Miss Mayhem) just came out last week and the cover really grabbed me, but I figured I should probably read the first one first.
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – I loved, loved, LOVED Since You’ve Been Gone (review HERE) so I’ve been very eager to give another one of her books a try.
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufmann and Meagan Spooner – The cover for this book and the fact that it’s a future, spacey book reminds me of Diana Peterfreund’s books For Darkness Shows the Stars and Across a Star-Swept Sea both of which are AWESOME. So that’s mostly why I got this one.
Something Real by Heather Demetrios – Someone on here wrote a review about this book and it really intrigued me. I love reading books about reality TV shows (don’t ask why). So if you were the one who wrote that review, let me know in the comments because I’d love to link you.
On the Fence by Kasie West – I’ve really liked what I’ve read so far by Kasie West and am very interested in reading this one.
The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes – First of all, the cover is gorgeous. Secondly, this book just seems different from a lot of the books that have been getting published recently so that kind of intrigued me.
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord – This is the kind of book that I just love. Fun, easy, romantic. Definitely feels like it’s going to be a perfect summer read.

Book Haul #1

This isn’t my first book haul, but it’s the first one that I’ve actually decided to document. Every first of the month, the Orem Public Library restocks their Book Sale Corner. There’s all kinds of stuff and it feels like a treasure hunt as you’re crouching in front of the shelves looking for your next great find. Today I bought four books for $3.50 (not bad if I do say so myself…) and in this book haul I’m including a couple of books that I checked out as well.

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Ready Player One – I’ve read this book once before…maybe a few years ago. I heard recently that it’s going to be turned into a movie? So I figured I’d reread it before it got too popular to check out from the library.

The Lucky One – I’ve always scoffed a little bit at people who are in love with Nicholas Sparks books. The only one I’ve read so far is “A Walk to Remember” and only because I liked the movie. After reading some of the summaries for a few of his books though, I decided that his I might actually enjoy some of them and that I need to stop judging poor Mr. Sparks by how many blockbusters he’s produced.

Montmorency and the Assassins – I read the Montmorency books way back in Junior High it feels like…maybe High School. It’s hard to remember. But I do remember really, really liking them. This is the third book in the series with the first being Montmorency, the second Montmorency on the Rocks, the fourth Montmorency’s Revenge, and the fifth Montmorency Returns. The covers on Amazon make the books look really boring, but they’re actually awesome.

The Perfume Collector – I picked this book 100% because I liked the cover. I actually know nothing about it.

Mr. Darcy’s Daughters – I love Pride and Prejudice (what literary minded girl doesn’t?) So this book seems promising…but I’m also prepared for it to be a major let down as well.

Born of Deception – I read the first book Born of Illusion maybe a year ago. I’ve been waiting for the second book to be put onto OverDrive but my local library hasn’t seen fit to do that thus far…so when I saw it just sitting on a shelf at the library, I had to snatch it up.

So there you go! Book Haul #1. What books have you guys gotten recently? Have you read any of the ones that I just got?