I have never done a bookhaul before. It’s not because I didn’t want to do them, but because I, when I started blogging, went through a bit of a book buying slump. That’s right, a book buying slump. I didn’t know they existed either. I was fine with reading, I was actually reading a lot of books, but everytime I was looking for a new book to buy, all books just looked a bit ‘meh’ to me. So, naturally, I didn’t buy any. And one can’t do a bookhaul without any books.
But then, in summer, I kind of forced myself to start buying books again. Well, ‘forcing’ isn’t really the right word, but I just knew that if I just bought a book, any book, I would fall in love with books all over again. That book was How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne. I already owned the first book in the series, and it was still sitting on my shelf, unread. However, I had this feeling that I am going to love the series, and that marathoning it would be perfect.
Then, I went a bit crazy. First, I picked up You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour and Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. I read both of these on my e-reader, but I loved them so much that I just needed a physical copy of both of them. And the fact that they had gorgeous covers might also have something to do with it.
I also pre-ordered Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi and Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch, which I was super excited about. I loved the whole premise of Furthermore, and I fell in love with it when I read the synopsis last year. It was definitely one of my most anticipated 2016 releases, just like Frost Like Night! I loved Snow Like Ashes and I couldn’t wait to see how the series ended, especially because I didn’t love the second book, Ice Like Fire, that much. You’d think I’d have read both of these by now, but no. And yes, I’m a bit angry at myself because of it.
Then my book-buying stopped for a little bit, until I read The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson and The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adieh. I loved The Kiss of Deception so so much that I immediately ordered the rest of the series. The Heart of Betrayal in physical form, and the Beauty of Darkness as an e-book. The paperback version of the Beauty of Darkness won’t come out until August of next year, which is just incredibly frustrating. I also ordered the Rose and the Dagger, because while I didn’t love the Wrath and the Dawn, I had a feeling that the series would get better, and I really wanted to know what was going to happen.
I also pre-ordered a signed copy of The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan! The weird thing about his books is that, at least for this one and The Hidden Oracle, there wasn’t even an option on Amazon to buy a ‘normal’ hardcover. Every hardcover was signed! Not that I mind, though. I am currently reading it and I’m LOVING it!
And lastly, just last week, I went to my local bookstore because I’ve got to do those fun exposure exercises for my anxiety/agoraphobia. They hardly ever have any books I want, so I usually just walk around and read synopses of different books, but this time I actually spotted a book I wanted! It was in the Dutch kidlit section, so they hid it very well, but there it was: Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven! I immediately grabbed it and bought it. The guy working there probably thought I was very weird because I was trembling and hyper ventilating a bit, but hey, that’s anxiety for you. How fun. But it was 100% worth it!
Besides all of these books, I also ordered a lot of classics, but that’s for another blogpost.
What is the last book you bought?