Book Haul: Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, & Indie Bookstore + {NEW VIDEO}

I had the most therapeutic retail therapy last Friday as I made my way home from staying with my parents while my dad had his heart surgery. (Thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers <3).

I ended up having a giant anxiety attack when I got home Friday night anyway, which wasn’t entirely surprising considering how anxious I was last week before the surgery, however, I did have a very nice time shopping that afternoon before everything kind of came crashing down on me all at once.

Sorry to be such a downer in the beginning of this post, let’s move on to brighter topics like ALL THE AMAZING BOOKS I GOT!

It’s been so long since I bought brand new books, it was such a treat! Yay for my mom letting me use her Barnes and Noble membership and me getting my own Books-a-Million membership (Dear BAM, please don’t go out of business.) Also Yay for me finding an AMAZING indie bookstore that has Drag Queen Story Time. I found more amazing books there than I did at the other stores.

If you want more in-depth info about these picks, feel free to watch my corresponding video:

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Bye-Bye Books: Decluttering my TBR January 2019

This post was inspired by Ally’s series (which was inspired by Lia at Lost in a Story).

It works like this

  1. Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  2. Order on ascending date added.
  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  4. Read the synopsis of the books
  5. Decide: keep it or should it go?

 

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Favorite Quotes from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I recently finished this book and fell in love with the writing.

Since it was borrowed from the library, I had to copy the quotes I like down anyway, so I decided I’d share them with you here.

 

As far as I was concerned, the sun could have melted the blue right off the sky. Then the sky could be as miserable as I was.

 

The problem with my life was that it was someone else’s idea.

 

Words were different when they lived inside of you.

 

Through that telescope, the world was closer and larger than I’d ever imagined. And it was all so beautiful and overwhelming and I – I don’t know – it made me aware that there was something inside of me that mattered.

 

“Someday, I’m going to discover all the secrets of the universe.”
That made me smile. “What are you going to do with all those secrets, Dante?”
“I’ll know what to do with them,” he said. “Maybe change the world.”

 

“We have to know the exact distance,” he said.
“Why?”
“Because when you do something, you have to know exactly what you are doing.”

 

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And why is it that some guys had tears in them and some had no tears at all? Different boys lived by different rules.

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4 Authors I Fell in Love With in 2018

I’m trying really hard to pretend that my vacation is coming to an end by staying in bed all day and reading/updating the blog.

For some reason, my vacations seem so much shorter when I’m running around doing things the entire time. I feel like it’s much longer when I sit around and read all day.

Does anyone else feel like this?

Maybe it’s an introvert thing.

Anyway, I’ve been seeing similar posts like this all around the blogosphere and I thought I’d list the authors I’ve discovered and loved this year.

So, here’s to all the authors who made my 2018 reading experience exceptional.

 

Trisha Wolfe

I did my very first author spotlight on Trisha because she has pretty much taken over my blog this year ever since I read the Darkly, Madly Duet.

 

Lauren Layne

I feel like Lauren Layne came out of nowhere for me. I went into Blurred Lines with no real expectations and ended up re-reading it again within a few games because I loved it so much. I read three more of her books (I Knew You Were Trouble, Irresistibly Yours, and Good Girl) and really enjoyed all of them.

 

Helen Hoang

I loved everything about The Kiss Quotient and I’m so excited about the movie and her next book!

 

Lauren Blakely

I have no idea where I have been, but I’ve recently fallen absolutely in love with Lauren Blakely thanks to Wanderlust. The best part is that I found her after she’d already published a bunch of books I was able to binge on thanks to the Romance Package on Audible!

 

25 Books On My Bookshelf I Plan to Read in 2019 {Part 1: Hard Copies}

First of all… Merry Christmas Eve to those that celebrate! I’m writing this a few days before it is going to post and I’m sure when this is posted, I’ll be knee-deep in wrapping paper, trying to get all the girls’ gifts wrapped.

Yesterday I posted my Bookish New Years Resolutions and one of them was to actually read books that I already own. What a thought! LOL!

These are the books from my bookshelf that I am planning to read in 2019:

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Sure Thing by Jana Aston

I was lucky enough to purchase this book directly from the author at Shameless Book Con back in October. I’ve read (and loved) Jana’s Wrong series and I knew I wanted to try out another one of her books. The synopsis appealed to me, so I chose this one.

Hardwired (Hacker, #1) by Meredith Wild

I’ve seen Meredith at a couple of book conventions and I keep meaning to read her books. I happened to find this book on sale at Books-a-Million last year and brought it to Shameless for her to sign. It’s time to see if she becomes a new favorite author!

On the Way to You by Kandi Steiner

I was so excited to see that Kandi was going to be at Shameless this year because I’d just finished reading Love Letter to Whiskey and absolutely loved it. I new I wanted to try another one of her books, so I chose this one to purchase from her at the convention.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

This was another book I found at Books-a-Million as part of their Buy 2 Get One Free sale. I’d seen this on Goodreads and added it to my TBR awhile ago. Plus I’m in love with the cover and have it displayed on my bookshelf.

Passenger (Passenger, #1) by Alexandra Bracken

I saw this book all over Tumblr and I’ve been wanting to read this series for a while. This was on sale at Books-a-Million, so I got this book and the next book in the series: Wayfarer.

Up in the Treehouse by K.K. Allen

I’m currently reading this one and I’m still on the fence about it. I originally saw this all over Goodreads a while ago, so I added it to my TBR. KK Allen was also at Shameless, so I purchased this copy directly from the author.

The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti

I love, love, love Deb Caletti, but I haven’t read a book by her in YEARS. I actually had two copies of this book for the longest time… so long in fact that I don’t really remember when or where I bought it. I’m excited to get back into her books again.

The Belles (The Belles #1) by Dhonielle Clayton

The one and only giveaway I’ve ever won was on Twitter for this book. I was so excited about this book when it came out not too long ago.

In Harmony by Emma Scott

Emma Scott won my heart after I read the Full Tilt duology and I flipped out when I found out she was going to Shameless. She was so sweet when my sister and I went to her table to buy this book because we told her how much she made us cry and she gave us a hug LOL! Anyway, I knew I wanted to buy another one of her books and this was the one that I chose when we went to the convention.

Finnikin of the Rock(Lumatere Chronicles, #1) by Melina Marchetta

This was an exciting find at my parents’ library book sale a couple of years ago. I’d seen this book all over Tumblr and was so excited to find it for a few cents! I can’t wait to see what all the buzz is about.

 

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The Bourbon Kings (The Bourbon Kings, #1) by J.R. Ward

To be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure if I wanted to read this until I spotted this book at a used book store (that no longer exists, womp womp). I don’t really know what this is about and I’ve only ever read (and really enjoyed) some of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books by JR… but I’m ready to see what else she has to offer.

Covet (Fallen Angels, #1) by J.R. Ward

I actually bought this book back when I was reading all the BDB books, but I ended up getting kind of burned out on that series and couldn’t bring myself to read this one even though I love the premise (angels!). Many years have passed since I’ve read a BDB book, so I’m so ready for this.

Hard as It Gets (Hard Ink, #1) by Laura Kaye

As you may or may not know, I’m obsessed with Laura Kaye’s novella duology Hearts in Darkness and I’ve been wanting to read more of her books. I wasn’t too impressed with Her Forbidden Hero, but I’m not giving up just yet! I’ve heard good things about this series and when I found most of the books from this series at a used bookstore, I bought them all. I was able to bring them to Shameless and have her sign it, too!

Drumline by Stacy Kestwick

Stacy was at Shameless as well and I knew right away that I needed to buy this book. I’d seen it all over Goodreads when it first came out and I like the unique premise.

My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray

I actually saw this book at the pop up bookstore at Shameless and bought it even though the author wasn’t at the convention. I’m super intrigued by this book!

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

I really like Kasie West and I know that my niece is drooling after this book, so I’m mostly bumping this up so that I can let her borrow it when I’m done.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

I’m obsessed with these movies and I’ve been really wanting to read this book.

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

I found this book at the library book store as well. I wasn’t originally planning on reading it, but when I saw it for just a few cents, I figured I’d give it a shot then watch the movie afterwards.

The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Caletti
I fell in love with Deb Caletti’s books almost several years ago and read quite a few of them. I picked this one up around the same time and never got around to reading it. I can’t wait to jump back in to her books again.

Incarceron (Incarceron, #1) by Catherine Fisher

I believe I bought this book new from Borders back when they were still around. I don’t fully remember what made me pick this book, but I’m still very curious about it.
 

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

I love love love Laini Taylor (I mean, who doesn’t?) and I adore this series, but for some reason is has taken me so long to get through it! I swear I started reading this series like 5 years ago.

The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier

I remember standing in Barnes & Noble, like, 7 years ago picking up this book and deciding to buy it. I, however, cannot remember what it is about, but I think it’s about time I figure it out.

Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved, #1) by Cate Tiernan

I’ve heard great things about this book and I loved her Wiccan series, so I can’t wait to read this!

The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1) by Richelle Mead

I bought this book from the Bargain section at Barnes and Noble about a year or so ago. I love Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy and her Georgina Kincaid series. I couldn’t really get through Bloodlines or Gameboard of the Gods, but I’m definitely curious about this one. I actually had my daughter pick out a book from my shelves that she thought I should read this year and she chose this one.

Helen of Troy by Margaret George

 
I bought this at Barnes and Noble many, many moons ago. Back when I had the time to spend my evenings there, browsing the shelves and buying bunches of books. It’s a huge book and just as intimidating as it is intriguing.

 

What books are on your shelves that you haven’t read yet, but would like to? Have you read any of these?

Bye-Bye Books: Decluttering my TBR #4

This post was inspired by Ally’s series (which was inspired by Lia at Lost in a Story).

It works like this

  1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  2. Order on ascending date added.
  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  4. Read the synopsis of the books
  5. Decide: keep it or should it go?

Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher

Why would a talented young woman enter into a torrid affair with hunger, drugs, sex, and death? Through five lengthy hospital stays, endless therapy, and the loss of family, friends, jobs, and all sense of what it means to be “normal,” Marya Hornbacher lovingly embraced her anorexia and bulimia — until a particularly horrifying bout with the disease in college put the romance of wasting away to rest forever. A vivid, honest, and emotionally wrenching memoir, Wasted is the story of one woman’s travels to reality’s darker side — and her decision to find her way back on her own terms.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: I just don’t think I want to go down this road. I think it might be a tad too triggering for me.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

 

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: I think I added this because I’d heard great things about this book, but I just don’t see myself picking this one up and reading it. It’s so far from what I usually read.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Set against the sweeping panoply of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, War and Peace, presented here in the first new English translation in forty years, is often considered the greatest novel ever written. At its center are Pierre Bezukhov, searching for meaning in his life; cynical Prince Andrei, ennobled by wartime suffering; and Natasha Rostov, whose impulsiveness threatens to destroy her happiness. As Tolstoy follows the changing fortunes of his characters, he crafts a view of humanity that is both epic and intimate and that continues to define fiction at its most resplendent.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: I mean, supposedly this is the greatest novel ever written. I feel like I need to read it, even if it’s just something I pick up on occasion.

 

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring…. In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own. Only it’s different. At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself. Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Neil Gaiman will delight readers with his first novel for all ages.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: I feel like if I’m going to read another Neil Gaiman, I’d rather it be a book in which I haven’t seen the movie already. My girls love this movie, so I’ve seen parts of it many times.

 

Neverwhere (London Below, The World of Neverwhere #1) by Neil Gaiman

Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks. Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: I love Neil’s writing style and story-telling and this one sounds good (and I don’t think there is a movie made about this one … and if there is, I haven’t seen it!)

 

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: This one sounds really good, too!

 

Anansi Boys (American Gods) by Neil Gaiman

God is dead. Meet the kids. Fat Charlie Nancy’s normal life ended the moment his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn’t know his dad was a god. And he never knew he had a brother. Now brother Spider’s on his doorstep — about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting… and a lot more dangerous.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: Having read American Gods, I kind of feel like I need to read this one, too!

 

Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days by Neil Gaiman

Gathered from Gaiman’s long career, this omnibus edition includes Gaiman’s early work on John Constantine: Hellblazer and Swamp Thing, as well as a never-before-reprinted Sandman story. An introduction by Gaiman himself is also included.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: I guess I don’t really understand what this book is, exactly? Also, clearly I was on a Gaiman kick when I added these books lol

 

Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman

This is a prayer for a blueberry girl . . . A much-loved baby grows into a young woman: brave, adventurous, and lucky. Exploring, traveling, bathed in sunshine, surrounded by the wonders of the world. What every new parent or parent-to-be dreams of for her child, what every girl dreams of for herself. Let me go places that we’ve never been, trust and delight in her youth. Nationally bestselling author Neil Gaiman wrote Blueberry Girl for a friend who was about to become the mother of a little girl. Here, he and beloved illustrator Charles Vess turn this deeply personal wish for a new daughter into a book that celebrates the glory of growing up: a perfect gift for girls embarking on all the journeys of life, for their parents, and for everyone who loves them. Give her all these and a little bit more, gifts for a blueberry girl.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: Meh

 

Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman #1) by Neil Gaiman

New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman’s transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision. In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman. This book also includes the story “The Sound of Her Wings,” which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl Death. Includes issues 1-8 of the original series.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: This sounds OK, but I’m not a huge graphic novel person and while I plan on reading some at some point, I need to limit how many I have on my TBR because I know I just won’t get to them.

 

Here are my current stats

Starting Total TBR Count: 1760
Previous Total TBR Count: 1762
Total Marked TBR ASAP: 134
Updated Total TBR Count:

Favorites from Audible’s Treat Yourself Sale

Book sales are one of the best parts of Cyber Monday for me!

Audible has added new titles to their annual Treat Yourself Sale, and I thought I’d share my favorites with you!

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The Fault in Our Stars
By: John Green
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Regular price: $19.99
Sale price: $4.95

 

The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby
By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
Regular price: $14.95
Sale price: $4.95

 

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Red Rising
By: Pierce Brown
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Series: Red Rising, Book 1
Regular price: $34.99
Sale price: $6.95

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Favorite Reads from October 2018

Here are my favorites from the past month.

Favorite Reads from October

Images link to Goodreads

Sinner (Priest #2) by Sierra Simone
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I’m not a good man, and I’ve never pretended to be. I don’t believe in goodness or God or any happy ending that isn’t paid for in advance.

What do I believe in? Money. Sex. Macallan 18.

They have words for men like me—playboy. Womanizer. Skirt chaser.

My brother used to be a priest, and he only has one word for me.

Sinner.

You guys… this book was everything I hoped it would be after reading Priest. Sierra Simone has done it again.

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Favorite Reads from September 2018

As I’m writing this, I’m preparing for the 10K that I’m doing with my Dad tomorrow. By the time it’s posted, I’ll *hopefully* have completed it the day before! Fingers crossed!

Anyway, enough with that boring stuff… onto the books!

To be fair, this month was an EPIC month for re-reads, so I didn’t read many new-to-me books at all and I don’t include them on my Favorite Reads posts because obviously the re-reads are favorites if I’m reading them more than once!

Here are my favorites from the past month.

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