Friday, November 12, 2021

October 2021 Book Haul

So, it appears my small book hauls of the beginning of this year are over seeing as I hauled twenty-four books in October. Oops? I will be honest, I was not smart with book buying this month but I can't bring myself to be upset about any of them as I'm excited about all the books that I hauled this month. I will admit, I got a bit carried away after all the articles about the fact there's going to be a book shortage later in the year. So, I got a bunch of books I've been looking forward to and a bunch of cool special editions as well. But, seeing as I have a lot to get through, let's go ahead and just dive straight in?

The first book that I got was The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake. This is a book that has risen in popularity a lot lately and I've heard a lot of good things about. It's been on my to-read list for a long time and I even have the ebook. However, this book got picked up by a traditional publisher and will now be published with a new format and cover. While I am excited about that, I also love this cover so I wanted to snag a copy before it went out of print and became impossible to find. 

Up next, I have the Throne of Glass eight-book paperback box set. I have been wanting the US paperbacks for years now, and I actually figured out that the box set was significantly cheaper than buying all the books on their own. So I took the hit and got the set all at once. I'm very happy that I have these and I can't wait to start rereading the series and annotating the heck out of these books.

Then I picked up Rick Riordan's new book, Daughter of the Deep. This is his newest book and one of few not set in the PJATO universe. This is a Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea-inspired story and a standalone, if I'm not mistaken. I picked up the UK hardcover and it's absolutely stunning! The UK hardcovers of Rick's books are taller and shinier than the US ones and, while overall I prefer the US editions for the PJATO universe, I do love this edition a lot. 

I managed to snag an amazing secondhand deal with the Waterstones exclusive hardcover of Catwoman by Sarah J. Maas. I've been wanting this edition for a while, but not enough to actually pay the prices that it mostly sells for. However, I was just browsing one day and found this copy for an amazing price! It's in almost perfect condition and is signed by the queen herself. If you know me, you know that I like to collect Sarah J. Maas editions and I'm thrilled to add this to my collection. 

Next I picked up Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. This entire trilogy was on sale for less than $3 (after conversion) and I couldn't help myself. I was able to get the entire trilogy for less than the cost of just one of them at regular price. The first two I managed to get in September but this last one wasn't available until this month. It's lovely having all three on my shelf and I can't wait to actually dive into these gorgeous books. 

Then I grabbed the UK hardcover of Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco before it goes out of print. This hardcover is slightly different from the US one, but seeing as I'm living in the UK now and will get the others in the series in the UK edition, I wanted to have a matching first book. I also now am able to reread it easily before diving into the sequel.

Speaking of the sequel, I did pick up the signed Waterstones edition of Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco. It has gorgeous blue sprayed edges and I'm really happy with it. I'm not quite sure when I'm going to dive into this sequel, though, as I've heard there is a cliffhanger and I might just want to wait until the final book is out next year before putting myself through that. Either way, I'm glad to have this special edition in my collection now. 

Another new release that I was able to grab was a signed copy of Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao. This is one of my most anticipated reads and I do hope that I'm able to get to it before the end of the year as I've heard so many amazing things about it from everyone who has read it. Chinese-inspired fantasy with a badass female main character and a poly romance? Count me in! 

Then I snagged the paperback of Lightbringer by Claire Legrand. I collect different editions of the Empirium trilogy and this is the final book. The paperback just released and I, of course, had to grab a copy. I brought my paperback editions of the first two books with me to London so now I have the full trilogy in paperback and ready for me to binge-read so that I can finally get to Lightbringer (I'm scared). 

Up next, I picked up The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas. I've heard nothing but amazing things about this romance and it has a bunch of my favorite tropes in it so I couldn't help but take the plunge and grab the paperback when I saw it was available here. I anticipate that I'll read this very soon, but I'm not sure if I'll manage to get to it before the end of the year. Either way, I'm quite excited.

Then I grabbed Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas. This is one that I actually read as an ebook and decided I needed a paperback copy of (a theme you might see throughout the rest of this haul). I read this book in one sitting and had a great time reading it. I can't wait to reread it and annotate this paperback because there were definitely some moments I read where I wished that I had a highlighter and pen to mark up this book with.

In similar fashion, I picked up Tryst Six Venom by Penelope Douglas after I read the ebook and loved it. This book is over 500 pages and I read it in one sitting (and loved it, obviously). This book is messy and drama-filled and I loved every moment of it. I knew the moment I finished it that I needed to have a copy on my bookshelves. This is Penelope's first sapphic novel, too, and I was really happy to read it.

Then I snagged a copy of Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko. This was also on sale like Bitterblue and I've heard a lot of great things about this book from very trusted sources. Not only that, but I read somewhere that it's being adapted for screen? I, of course, want to read it before then so when I saw it on sale for so cheap I snagged it pretty quickly. 

Up next, I managed to find a hardcover of The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout in stock here in the UK. It's rare to find hardcovers of this series when you're not at Barnes & Noble in the US (which doesn't ship to the UK, FYI) so when I saw it available here I jumped on it. I want to collect this series and the prequel series in the hardcovers because they're a better format than the brick-like paperbacks. Also, it doesn't hurt that I loved this book! 

Like earlier, I picked up a copy of Dear Love, I Hate You by Eliah Greenwood after reading the ebook and loving it. I gave this book 5 stars and it is definitely one of my favorites of the year. I cannot wait to reread it (probably soon, if I'm being honest) and devour the rest of this author's books. I highly recommend looking into this if you're looking for a booktok romance book that's actually good! I cannot wait for the sequel to come out next year! 

I was then able to snag an ARC of Furyborn by Claire Legrand in a trade (cover does not match this picture). This is the Fairyloot ARC version, which means it was printed in the UK with stiffer binding and a shiny cover instead of matte. The differences are so slight that it was a low-priority ARC for me to add to my collection, but I always knew that if I was able to, I wanted to get it for my collection. As luck would have it, I managed to get a copy this month! 

The last book I hauled in October was The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling. I read this as an ebook before buying this paperback just like with multiple books earlier in this haul. This was a wonderful, spooky romance that was perfect for reading during October and Halloween season. I knew I wanted to add a copy to my shelves and I have no doubt that I'll be reading this in multiple Halloween seasons to come! 

Well, are your eyes tired yet? Because my wrists are tired from all the typing I just did. Either way, those were the twenty-four books that I hauled in October. Spot any favorites? Any books you're excited for? Let me know in the comments!

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