BookOutlet Haul- My Last Haul For A Long Time // Blogmas Day 3

It is day 3 of Blogmas! Welcome to a new post, where today I’m going to share my recent purchases from BookOutlet (aka one of my favorite booksellers ever). This is also going to be my last book haul for a really long time because as of 2019, I am not allowing myself to buy anymore books until I get my TBR down to under 40.

Anyways, here are the books I got!

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The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle

This first book is a mystery/thriller that I thought I’d get out of the way because I only added it to my cart to make my total equal $35 so that I would get free shipping. I don’t know too much about it, but when I read the synopsis it sounded interesting enough.

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (special edition)

The main reason for my entire purchase was so that I could get this book! To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books of all time, and I’ve talked about it many times before. This edition was just so pretty and I couldn’t pass it up! This is probably one of my favorite books I own.

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Before We Go Extinct by Karin Rivers

This is another book I purchased just to get my cart total to $35! This is a YA contemporary and once again, I don’t really remember the premise. But the cover is really pretty, and I’m sure I’ll love it.

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If We Were Villains by M.L Rio

I am so so excited about this one! I wanted to read it because I’ve heard Kayla (BooksandLala) talk about it on her booktube so many times. I trust her reviews so much and we have pretty similar tastes. I am positive I will love this one, and I am so so excited about it!

You by Caroline Kepnes

When I saw this on BookOutlet, I knew I had to get it. I’ve heard so many amazing things about this, and there’s a show on lifetime about it! I wanted to read the book first, so I’m excited to finally own it.

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An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

The last book I got after hearing Merphy Napier talking about it in so many of her videos! The way she talks about books just makes me want to read everything she suggests. This is an adult fantasy novel (which is not really my thing), but after hearing her rave about it, I really wanted to read it.

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Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you thought of them if you did!

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october book haul 2018

It has been a really long time since I’ve done a book haul! I’ve been controlling myself a lot and have tried not to spend money on books, but I decided I could treat myself a bit this month.

I didn’t go crazy, I just bought about 5 physical books, and a few e-books (some of which were free/really cheap).

After this haul, don’t expect another one for a few months because I am going on a ban. I can’t spend anymore money on books when I own so many unread ones!

Alright, let’s just get into it :)

Physical Books

2F3161C6-25E1-40E7-8D0C-E69CE212D460.JPGThe first book that I got this month was Alice Oseman’s I Was Born for This! I have been wanting this book for a really, really, really long time. I’ve mentioned it in previous posts and definitely tweeted about it! I finally decided to order it online, and it took a really long time to come since it’s from the U.K. BUT IT’S HERE!! I have an audiobook of Radio Silence also by Alice, but I really want to read this one first.

The next two books are ones I ordered from BookOutlet! The first is My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry, which I bought for a buddy read I’m doing. It sounds so good, and I am really excited to pick it up. I have been extremely interested in thrillers/mysteries for a while now, so I’m glad I have this one in my possession.

Of course, it’s hard to just buy one book on BookOutlet. When I saw The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett was on sale (for like $2!!), I knew I had to get it. I’ve read three of Jenn Bennett’s books (buy Serious Moonlight when it comes out) and haven’t given any of them lower than 5 stars. She is easily one of my favorite authors, and I am trying to read all of her (non-fantasy) books ASAP. After this one, I only have one left!

Next, are my most recent purchases from Barnes and Noble. I was supposed to start my ban before buying this, but I couldn’t resist. I had just gotten the results of my midterms back, and since I did really well, I thought I could treat myself.

First, I picked up Starfish because I read Akemi Dawn Bowman’s newest release Summer Bird Blue this month, and I was so in love with it! I am a sucker for good character driven stories, and that one was beautiful. Starfish are also a huge symbol in my life (as well as jellyfish), so I just feel really connected to the book already. Plus, LOOK AT THAT COVER. It is stunning!

I also got Bird Box by Josh Malerman because the Netflix movie is coming out in December and I know I’m going to want to watch it, but I want to read the book first. It’s also been on my TBR for a long time, so I’m excited to read it.

e-Books

 

 

I got two e-books thanks to Amazon Prime (so they were free)! The first was A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro which is something I’ve been wanting to read for a while now. I really want to read the original Sherlock Holmes books, but I know I won’t get to those for a while, so I’ll start with this.

I also got The Selection by Kiera Cass which everyone has raved about for YEARS on booktube. I actually took it off my TBR because I didn’t see myself buying it anytime soon, but when I saw it was free on kindle prime, I decided why not? I actually just started this and I’m enjoying it so far. It’s definitely a very fluffy read, but I’ve been in a reading slump lately, so this is helping!

 

 

I just recently purchased an Amazon Fire tablet, so I got an email from amazon giving me a $5 credit for kindle books. With that, I bought My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni and How To Break a Boy by Laurie Devore. I don’t know much about either of them, but they added up two $5 and I had at least heard about them in the past. Hopefully I enjoy them!

The last e-book I got was The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter because I had been wanting to read one of her books for the LONGEST time, and when I saw a few people talking about it, I decided to finally get it! I am waiting until I am out of my slump to read it so that I can truly enjoy it!

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That is it for my haul! Please let me know what you think of these books if you’ve read any so that I know which one to start with. What books did you buy this month?

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BOOKCON 2018 ! Haul and Experience

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Hello everyone! It’s been a while. I took an unexpected hiatus from blogging because I was super stressed and had a lot going these past two weeks. I had my senior prom, then I was at wildwood, and some other things in between. But I’m back!

Yesterday I went to Bookcon, so what better way to come back to blogging than by talking about my experience?

How it went

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The day started off very hectic. After I got my badge, we started walking towards the entrance to the event and I saw Hannah, Sasha, and Hailey standing together so I immediately went up to them to take pictures! They were super sweet and it was amazing to see them in person.

Then we went inside. There is a lot happening at once, so if you don’t have any plans you will sort of just wander around. Luckily the floor is very easy to navigate so you can find everything you are looking for pretty quickly. I had a list of the activities I wanted to go to, and for each time slot I wrote down about 2-3 events. However, many of them filled up quickly so there was a lot of walking back and forth to find an open event.

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At the beginning of the day, my two friends and I (god bless them for wanting to come with me) got to go to a “Carnival Game” hosted by Riveted Books where you went into a little box and tried to grab a ticket that was flying around you. The ticket you got had the prize that you would win on it.

Both me and one of my friends won a tote bag, but my other friend got an ARC which she gave to me.

We also just walked around playing some other games, and I picked up two books which will be featured later in the haul! We also went to a signing with Jessica Spotswood and we received a free book of hers for being the first 50 in line (we were actually about 5th!).

Finally, we went to a signing with Sasha and Tasha! They were both so amazing once again, and we got some signed cards from them.

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Along the way, we picked up many tote bags and some smaller swag items!

I also got to meet some lovely ladies who I have been following through the book community, which was so amazing. And I met Jesse and Christine! Overall, I had a really great experience for my first time at Bookcon, and next year I definitely hope to go again! Maybe next year I’ll be able to go to BookExpo, too!

Haul

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I picked up these two books on my own because I have been dying to get my hands on them! Emergency Contact has been a priority for a while now, so I finally got it! Save the Date was being sold early, and it was a signed edition, so of course I had to get it!

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Jessica Spotswood was extremely nice, and she signed this book for me! I have an ARC of another one of her books, so I am excited to get to it soon as well! This book was also being given out early because it doesn’t come out for a few more days! Finally, I got A Heart in a Body in the World which is an ARC! I was really lucky to be able to get an ARC because they didn’t give out too many.

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I also got some Chapter Samplers of a couple of books! It was cool to get some bookish swag from books that I have seen being promoted by booktubers for months!

Pics

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Thank you so much for reading :) I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Were any of you at Bookcon this year? How was your experience?

Xo, Jess

HUGE Book Outlet haul!

I haven’t done a book haul in almost a year, which is insane. I have purchased so many new books since then, but I never talk about them. I recently placed a really big order on Book Outlet, so I decided I would share the books I bought on there.

I clearly have a book buying problem, so I will be doing a post all about book buying bans in the next week or so. I just can’t resist! Plus, over 1/2 of the books I bought were only like $1, which made my wallet happy.

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The Books:
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  • Dreamology by Lucy Keating:
    • I have been eyeing this book for months at every bookstore I went to. I Just couldn’t get myself to purchase it until now. I am so excited to read it.
  • Wanderlost by Jen Malone:
    • I have seen this on Book Outlet many times but never decided to purchase it. It went in and out of my cart for a while, so I decided it was finally time to just buy it.
  • By Your Side by Kasie West:
    • I am sure that you’ve heard of this book before. So many people have talked about it, so when I saw that Book Outlet had it, I needed it.
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver:
    • My friend read this book and recommended it to me. I am not a fan of this cover, but it was the only edition they had.
  • Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen:
    • Confession: I have never read anything by Sarah Dessen. I feel like her books are a YA contemporary staple, so I wanted to read at least one.
  • Roomies by Sara Zarr:
    • I was browsing through the sale books on Book Outlet because I was about a dollar or two short of free shipping, so I put this book in last minute.
  • Drowning Is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley:
    • I read the synopsis for this book and it seems really interesting. I don’t know too much about it though.
  • Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn:
    • This book got a lot of hype a while ago, but I never got around to reading it. Hopefully I get to it soon.
  • Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler:
    • I saw a thread on Twitter of really good Book Outlet books that are on sale, and this was one of them. I decided to give it a go!
  • The Death Of Us by Alice Kuipers:
    • This book was only $0.99 so of course I knew I should get it. The synopsis is really vague, but it was interesting enough to add it to my cart!
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson:
    • This is my first and only Morgan Matson book! I can not wait to read this because everyone constantly raves about her.
  • The House by Christina Lauren:
    • This book is a paranormal thriller I believe, and I am all for ghost stories. I haven’t read a good one in a long time, so I really hope I enjoy this one.
  • Alex, Approximately by Jen Bennet:
    • I saw a booktuber I love talking about Jen Bennet and I decided I wanted to give one of her books a try. I also received an e-ARC of her latest release (review coming soon), so I wanted to own a physical copy.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know what you think. Should I do haul posts more often? Would you guys be interested in seasonal book hauls?

Also, leave a comment down below if you have read any of these books, and let me know what you thought of them!

xo, Jess

july

This month has been filled with so many new experiences for me. I spent a week at a beach house in North Carolina, which was super relaxing. It also gave me a chance to reflect on the past month. Here are some of my favorite things.

Watching

  1. Gilmore Girls- I decided to finish rewatching this show because I wasn’t in the mood to start something new yet. My love for it was just as strong as the first time, and I am glad I watched it again.
  2. The Silence of the Lambs- This movie is insane. I can’t believe I haven’t watched it earlier. I highly recommend checking it out!
  3. Jaws- Another movie I can’t believe I haven’t watched earlier. It made me slightly terrified of the ocean for a few weeks, but I have recovered.

Reading

  1. Zines- I have been reading so many zines this past month. Zines are mini magazines that are DIY’d and can be on any topic you choose! I have both been making them, as well as buying them! My current favorite shop is Quietly Written on Etsy. My favorite zine is the Write It Down one! It was a great read.
  2. Shatter Me series- I read the first book “Shatter Me” last summer I believe. I kept promising myself that I would finish the series but I didn’t get around to it until now. I just finished the 3rd book and I am so happy I decided to continue it. The second book was my favorite of the three, and I can not wait for the next 3 books to come out.

Listening

  1. Lorde’s Album (Melodrama)- This whole album is absolutely incredible. Lorde’s music is always amazing, and this album is no different. I began listening to it a lot more this month.
  2. H.E.R. (Every Kind of Way)- I was introduced to H.E.R. by my friends and I fell in love. My favorite song at the moment is Every Kind of Way!
  3. Madison Beer (Dead)- This song is SO good. I haven’t listened to Madison Beer much before this song, but I will probably be checking out more now!

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Other

  1. Acrylic Paint- Painting has always been a part of my life in the form of watercolors, but I decided to explore other mediums. My obsession has been acrylic paints this month. I have so much more control with the artwork I create.
  2. Minimalism- I am definitely not considered a minimalist. I am the biggest hoarder ever. I have been reading a lot on the topic, however. I have made an effort to get rid of the unnecessary clutter in my life this month. So far, it’s working!

 

That’s all that I have for my favorites! I hope you check some of them out :) What have your favorites been?

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{HUGE} March Book Haul! 

March was a great book buying month for me. I purchased from BookOutlet for the first time this month and I am so glad I did. Most of the books I bought just based off the covers and synopsis, and haven’t heard anything about them previously. I am excited to see if I like them or not. I also received a lot of books, or bought them at other places! Trust me, I wouldn’t have the money to buy all these books if they weren’t in sale!

I won’t be able to give a long description of the books because it would be too long, so there are just my initial thoughts!

BookOutlet:

 

  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff– I heard great things about this book so I had to buy it! I already finished it so a review will be up soon.
  • Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour– This is a book I have heard good things about for a while, so I look forward to reading it! (Update: It is AMAZING)
  • Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco– This cover is so beautiful and the synopsis really intrigued me.
  • Joyride by Anna Banks– I don’t even remember what this is about but it’s probably a contemporary based off the cover! I really like the cover and that’s why I bought it.
  • Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz– Another gorgeous cover, this book is more of a mystery though, if I remember correctly.
  • Thin Space by Jody Casella- Mystery/Thriller book!
  • Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams- The synopsis sounds interesting! It’s about a murder/er I think!
  • Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley- I don’t like the cover of this but I wanted to make my order an even number (10 instead of 9) so I just added it to my cart last minute.
  • The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting- I didn’t realize until after I made the purchase that this is the 3rd book in a series, so I probably won’t read it anytime soon.
  • The Fall by Bethany Griffin- I don’t think I will be a huge fan of this book, but I want to give it a try.

If you have ever thought about purchasing from BookOutlet but were unsure of the state of the book, I can assure that they come in great condition! All the books I bought came unharmed in any way, and because they are so cheap, I was surprised. BookOutlet buys the extra stock of books that sellers have at a cheaper price, so they are brand new. I am so glad I made this purchase. I bought 10 books for only $30.

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  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard- This book has both good and bad reviews but it was hyped a lot so of course I bought it (it’s about time).

Advanced Reader’s Copy (ARC):

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  • The Map That Leads to You by J.P. Monninger– I received an ARC of this book this month and I am extremely excited because it’s the first arc I have ever received. It doesn’t come out until June, and I am really excited to read it.
  • Carmer and Grit by Sarah Jean Horwitz– I’m honestly not sure how I received this book because I don’t remember entering to get it. I am happy though and it looks like a great read! It comes out in April.
  • Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon– This is not an ARC but the author sent it to me to review. It is out, so you can purchase it if you would like! My review is up if you want to check it out here.

Used Books:

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  • Second Sight by Philip R. Craig and William G. Tapply- I purchased this book at a used book store near me! It is the first purchase I made there, so it was a bit rushed and I picked this book randomly.

E-Books:

  • It Starts Like This by Shelby Leigh- This is a poetry collection that I have been wanting to read for a while, so of course I knew I needed it when it went on sale!
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas- I have been wanting to read this for ages, and someone on Twitter was kind enough to lend it to me through kindle!
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken- Another book that was lent to me, and I can not wait to read!
  • The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson- Another poetry book that has great reviews.
  • Uncaged Wallflower by Jennae Cecelia- I think I might have gotten this in February actually, oh well. After reading Jennae’s first book, I wanted to give this one a go, too.
  • Because You’re Mine by Colleen Cobble- I got this book on NetGalley to review so I need to post a review of it when I finish!
  • Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti- I also got this book for free (I don’t like e-books so I only get them if they’re free LOL) but it sounds interesting!

So that is my whole haul! I can’t believe I received/purchased 22 books this month (new record for me). Let me know if you have any of these and what you think about them. Also, let me know If you want a review of any of these.

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