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.

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.