Used Book Haul

I only bought used books during the month of October. I found NP from the clearance shelf at my library for 50 cents. The rest of the books I bought from when they had their “20% off all used books” sale. Most of them are also used library books. :) They were categorised as “Good” condition, and they were pretty much as advertised, with a couple of library stamps and a little wear on the covers. All in all, I’m very happy with this haul! The only bad thing is that I have now run out of space on my bookshelf, as my TBR shelf is overflowing, so I really need to get to reading these books!

NP The Blue Sword Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos The Mysterious Benedict Society A Madness of Angels
NP by Banana Yoshimoto
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos (Theodosia Throckmorton #1) by R. L. LaFevers
The Mysterious Benedict Society (#1) by Trenton Lee Stewart
A Madness of Angels (Matthew Swift #1) by Kate Griffin

If you want to know more, I go over the books and talk a little of what they are about in this video:


Mainly Library Book Haul

Here is a little book haul for you guys! You can watch the video if you want to know more, but all the books are also linked below.

Library Books

The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
The King of Elfland’s Daughter, by Lord Dunsany
The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
Broken Homes (Peter Grant, #4), by Ben Aaronovitch
Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin

Bought Books

Seconds, by Brian Lee O’Malley
Rat Queens Vol. 1, by Kurtis J. Wiebe & Roc Upchurch
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1), by James S.A. Corey

January Book Haul (2014)

Last month I bought one book for myself, two for my boyfriend, and one for my sister. I will still end up reading them all, so here they are! All the links take you to GoodReads.

Own Haul

2014 January Book Haul 1
Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson

I really like Jackson’s writing style, so I bought a novel of hers that our library doesn’t carry. I actually have no idea what this book is about, but I like it that way sometimes. And see how beautifully it matches with the crocheted bookmark that my friend made me for Christmas! (The bookmark has a cute skull on the other end, perhaps I’ll show it one day.)

Gift Books

2014 January Book Haul 2
Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

A Moveable Feast I bought two superhero books for my boyfriend, and since they are in our shelf and I’m intrigued, I will read them some time or another. I happen to like the other cover of Vicious a bit better, but this one was cheaper. I also ended up ordering A Moveable Feast, a memoir about Hemingway’s time in Paris in the 1920s with other famous authors, because my sister loves the movie Midnight in Paris. I already gifted it to her (after reading it).


2014 January Book Haul 3
Warm Up (a Vicious short story) by V.E. Schwab
The Sign of the Four (Sherlock Holmes #2) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
The Woman in White and The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins

I downloaded some free Kindle classics, as well as bought a short story taking place in the same world as Vicious for a couple of dollars. I think downloading free classics is a good way to satisfy my book buying urges without spending any money or taking up any shelf space.

This haul is linked at the weekly haul memes Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, and Showcase Sunday, hosted by Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

End of the Year Book Haul (2013)

I have so many unread books on my shelves that I was trying to curb my book buying during the end of the year. This haul post is for the past three months put together. In October and December I only bought one physical book, as well as some ebooks from winter sales. In November, though, I went to London and picked up quite a few books… ’cause, you know, London.

London Haul

December Book Haul 1
Antigoddess (Goddess War #1) by Kendare Blake
Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire #1) by Mark Lawrence
Courtney Crumrin’s Monstrous Holiday (Courtney Crumrin #4) by Ted Naifeh
Sorcery & Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (Cecelia & Kate #1) by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher

Yeah, I went a bit overboard in London. That’s what comes from visiting both Forbidden Planet and Waterstones. I ended up spending most of my trip budget on these books, but honestly, I didn’t have anything else in mind to spend the money on. Sorcery & Cecelia is a book I’ve read a couple of times and loved, so I wanted my own copy. And I already own one copy of the fourth Courtney Crumrin graphic novel collection, but that didn’t stop me from buying the hardcover, coloured special edition. The other books I haven’t read yet, though I glanced at the Shakespearean Star Wars book and found it awesome & hilarious! (I also bought and instantly read the first issue of the new Sandman series, not pictured here.)

Other Bought Books

December Book Haul 2
The Red Tree by Caitlín R. Kiernan
All These Things I’ve Done (Birthright #1) by Gabrielle Zevin
Snuff (Discworld #39) by Terry Pratchett

In October I grew my Kiernan collection by ordering a used copy of The Red Tree from Better World Books. It is in wonderful condition, just like new. In November, I was going to travel by train, and realized at the station that I had brought nothing to read for the journey! That’s when I picked up Snuff from a little pocket book shop at the station. :) Disaster averted! And in December I bought All These Things I’ve Done on sale from Bookdepository, since I’d heard Misty from The Book Rat say good things about it in her videos.


December Book Haul 3
The Mislaid Magician, or Ten Years After (Cecelia & Kate #3) by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
Engraved on the Eye by Saladin Ahmed
Seed to Harvest (Patternmaster #1-4 omnibus) by Octavia E. Butler

Then were the Amazon Christmas sales, and I bought a couple of Kindle books. Despite disliking the second novel, I bought The Mislaid Magician to finish reading the Cecelia & Kate series. And since I’ve never read Octavia E. Butler, and I got the whole series for $2.99, I bought the Patternmaster omnibus to try her out. I also picked up a collection of Saladin Ahmed’s short stories for free.

This haul is linked at the weekly haul memes Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, and Showcase Sunday, hosted by Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

September Book Haul (2013)

Last month I only bought comics, and one preorder book arrived. Other books were free Kindle classics or books from the library. I’m trying to curb my book buying, and focus on the ones on my shelves!

Bought Books/Gifts

September Book Haul 1
Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens by Meredith Gran
Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Gore – Honour and Brains by Miisa Lopperi

I visited the Helsinki Comics Festival in September, and bought two comic books. I’d been hearing very good things about Saga, and Gore was an interesting-looking self-published fantasy comic from a Finnish artist. It turned out to be well-drawn and a lot of fun, with solid characterization. I haven’t read Saga yet. My sister brought me the Adventure Time comic from her visit to London.

Borrowed Books

September Book Haul 3
Eternally Yours (Immortal Beloved #3) by Cate Tiernan
The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1) by Robert Galbraith
The Fractal Prince (Jean le Flambeur #2) by Hannu Rajaniemi

My friend lent me her copy of the final volume in the Immortal Beloved series. I really liked the second book, so I hope I enjoy this one, as well! The other books are from the library, a crime novel from J.K. Rowling writing under a pen name, and hard science fiction from a Finnish author.

Free E-books

September Book Haul2
Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations by by Charles Dickens
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft

The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft The four books pictured above were free ebooks from Amazon. Gehrman’s book was free as a special deal, and the rest are free classics. I also downloaded The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft (all of his works are public domain) from Cthulhu Chick’s web site. She’s done so much work compiling the book by herself, it’s amazing!


This haul is linked at the weekly haul memes Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, and Showcase Sunday, hosted by Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

August Book Haul (2013)

Time for a book haul! I’ve been irresponsible and bought new books to fill my already full bookshelf. (Some of them were free, though…) I need to get reading!


The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack
The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack
(Burton & Swinburne #1) by Mark Hodder

At the beginning of the month, I had this “wonderful” idea of choosing a random book from my GoodReads To Read shelf in order to bring it to a more manageable size. So I hit a random number generator online, chose a book corresponding that number, and it happened to be The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack. Now, my library doesn’t carry it, so I bought it for my Kindle. Right after this, all my reserved books from the library arrived, so I didn’t even get started with this one. Which means that my grand plan to shorten my TBR list only lead to me buying another book to add to the ones I’ve bought this year and not yet read… Fail.

Library Haul

August Book Haul 1
Legend by Marie Lu
The Drowning Girl by Caitlín R. Kiernan
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

These are the books that came from the library. I’ve been waiting for The Drowning Girl to arrive since February, and it finally did. This book has won and been nominated for a bunch of fantasy and horror awards. I just love Kiernan’s spell-binding writing style, and can’t wait to get to this! And of course right at the same time that this arrived, Poison Study finally reached me on the reservation list… And when I went to get them, Legend was just sitting there on the shelves, so I picked it up as well. So these three books are the next to be read.

Bought/Free Books

August Book Haul 2
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Bromeliad Trilogy (including Truckers, Diggers and Wings) by Terry Pratchett
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Two of these three books were free! \o/
During The Night of the Arts in Helsinki, my bookstore had all paperbacks for -20%. That is why I decided to pick up The Raven Boys, craving for a fantasy book in a school setting. I didn’t like Stiefvater’s Shiver, but I thought she might have matured as a writer since then and will give her another chance. Buying The Raven Boys also filled up my paperback stamp card (buy 8, get 1 free), so I picked up The Lies of Locke Lamora, a high fantasy book that I’ve been meaning to read for a while.

Some time later I was walking through town and stopped by at this spot where people can leave their old books (sort of like a BookCrossing station), and found Pratchett’s The Bromeliad Trilogy, which I have never read. It is a huge book, and now my bookshelves are fit to burst, so I should definitely lay off reserving library books for a while, and focus on reading what I’ve bought… Right after my latest reservation, The Cuckoo’s Calling, reaches me. ;)

This haul is linked at the weekly haul memes Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, and Showcase Sunday, hosted by Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

July Book Haul (2013)

I don’t know whether to call this a June or July book haul, since I bought most of these books last month… But anyway, here you go, a book haul! The links take you to GoodReads.

July Book Haul 1
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Courtney Crumrin, vol.1: The Night Things by Ted Naifeh
Doll Bones by Holly Black

You might have seen these books around my blog, since I’ve already read them all. I have to say that the new colored hardcover editions of the Courtney Crumrin graphic novels are SO beautiful. I will just have to buy all the volumes although I own all the paperback black-and-white editions!

July Book Haul 2
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Daughter of Hounds, Murder of Angels and Low Red Moon
by Caitlín R. Kiernan

Misty over at The Book Rat often buys books from Better World Books. It made me interested, so I looked into them, and saw that they had free shipping to my country! After a bit of browsing, I was more than happy to find out that they had a lot of Caitlín R. Kiernan’s books in stock. She is such a hard author to find in book stores in Finland, and my library doesn’t carry her. I immediately ordered all the books by her I could find (that I hadn’t read). If I remember correctly, they were all less than 3 dollars! I went ahead and also bought The Discovery of Witches at the same price, since I’ve heard good things about it and it was a hardcover to boot!

The only trouble I had was that the shipping had damaged the cover of Murder of Angels, which was sold in “Like New” condition, so it arrived looking more battered than the other “Very Good”-labeled books. The books were in plastic wrapping, not in a box. But hey, I’m not complaining. It still doesn’t look too bad for a used book.

Night Creatures
Burn Bright, Angel Arias and Shine Light by Marianne de Pierres

I also picked up the Night Creatures trilogy for my Kindle, since the whole series was available for free on Amazon. I don’t know much about the books, but I thought it would be better to go ahead and order them all now in case I enjoy the first book.

Have you read any of these? Or have you bought something exciting lately yourself? Let me know in the comments.

This haul is linked at the weekly haul memes Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, and Showcase Sunday, hosted by Books, Biscuits, and Tea.