June was a busy book buying month! Between venturing out (safely) to reopened book shops in my area, and receiving books as gifts, I’ve added 10 new books to my home library. And that’s not counting the children’s books I purchased towards the end of the school year! (I’ll do a separate haul post on that one…need to expose my niece to some good stories)!
Here are the books I purchased/received last month:
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova
A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
Witchy by Ariel Slamet Ries
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole In the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
The Key to Everything by Valerie Fraser Luesse (thank you Revell Reads for the complimentary copy!)
These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
What books did you order/purchase during the month of June? Feel free to share!
We are truly living in such a crazy time! Next week I begin 2 weeks of staying home, my school shut down due to the corona virus. It’s unbelievable how fast it’s spread around the world. I hope that everyone is staying safe!
Today I’m ready to share my bookish findings. Sometimes stress places a pause in my creativity, which is very stifling.
I’m posting my book haul from February! I purchased 6 books last month, and I’m so excited to share them with you:
I received 8 books during the month of October! Three were sent from publishers (2 physical ARCs, 1 eARC), and the rest I purchased from various excursions between my area and New York City.
Books from Publishers:
I was so thrilled when I received these two books! Deadly Deceit is part of a blog tour I’m participating in, while We Ride Upon Sticks came to me after making a request to the publisher (Thank you so much to Pantheon/Penguin Random House for sending me this copy)! I’m looking forward to reading about this Historical Fiction book about this female hockey team touched by magic!
The Silvered Serpents is the anticipated sequel to The Gilded Wolves. I enjoyed reading the first installment greatly, so I was thrilled to receive an ARC from NetGalley! The Silvered Serpents comes out in February 2020!
These two stories were purchased at Barnes & Noble. My husband and I enjoy books about dogs, so I can’t wait to read these books!
I picked up Not Her Daughter during a recent excursion to The Strand in New York City. I enjoy Rea Frey’s Instagram content, as she regularly documents her adventures as a writer and Home School parent.
I received these two books as part of the OwlCrate subscription service. It’s so thrilling to receive two stories this month!
Those are my new books for October! I can’t wait to explore them!
Before August wrapped up, I visited ‘Half Price Books’ for the first time. I’ve always heard many positive things about this affordable bookshop, but there are none over in New Jersey. When my husband and I traveled to Pittsburgh a couple weeks ago, we happened to see a couple ‘Half Price Books’ locations in the area. We immediately made it a mission to check it out!
‘Half Price Books’ was filled with endless rows of books from every genre. They sell music as well, but they are well known for selling books are very reasonable prices. They also buy back books from the general public.
I went to search for the first book in Laurell K. Hamilton’s Merry Gentry series, ‘A Kiss of Shadows’, but I couldn’t locate it. I still managed to walk away with (just!) two books, because…books! Believe me, I wanted to leave witb sooo much more, but I do have a budget to maintain!
Here are the books I picked up at Half Price Books:
When ‘Little Bee’ first came out, I went to hear Chris Cleave speak at the Union Square Barnes & Noble. It was such a fun talk, but I haven’t gotten around to purchase his novel until now!
This book holds sixteen thought-provoking short stories that involves the social dynamic of race, class and sexuality in everyday life.
Yesterday my fiance and I went to Doylestown, PA. I wanted to seek out some special gifts for my bridal party, but Andy and I also wanted to check out the Doylestown Bookshop. It’s one of my favorite places to frequent whenever we’re in the area.
I saw many wonderful titles in the bookstore, and I left with four books! Two stories were fiction (one thriller, one romance), and the other two were ‘Peanuts’ themed.
The Philosophy of Snoopy and The Wisdom of Woodstock by Charles M. Schulz were just calling to me when I entered the shop! I love everything Snoopy/Peanuts Gang related, so I made sure to take these with me right away!
When I came across Flower Net by Lisa See, I was immediately intrigued. This story is one of Lisa See’s earlier works, a suspenseful tale that skillfully intertwines Chinese and American history.
I wanted to pick up Christmas by Accident by Camron Wright when I was in Doylestown back in December, so I was happy to see it again yesterday! It’s a feel-good story that involves two people with different perspectives about the holiday season. I can’t wait to dive in!
Since Independent Bookstore Day was over the weekend, Andy and I couldn’t wait to make our visits to local bookstores within Hunterdon County. We set our sights on three local stores, with a last minute stop over to Pennsylvania to visit a book store that has many wonderful titles.
Our first stop was over to Act2 Books in Flemington, NJ. This location has many Classical books, along with Contemporary and Sci-Fi/Fantasy selections. I had fun browsing the selections available, and settled on picking up Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I already had a copy of this book on my old Nook, but it’s still packed away in a box from a recent move. I also own a physical copy of a Pride and Prejudice retelling (Pride & Prejudice and Zombies), but don’t want to begin that without reading the story that started it all!
We then drove around the corner, and down Main Street to visit Twice Told Tales/Moonstone Mystery Bookstore. This location has a bigger section of Children/YA books, as well as Adult Literature and many Mystery selections. I stopped by Twice Told Tales a month ago to search for the first book in the Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton. I was unsuccessful, but I purchased Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi instead. I haven’t began reading it yet, but I’m looking forward to it! Yesterday I bought Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. Hollow City is the 2nd installment of the Miss Peregrine series.
Our third bookstore visit was at The Book Garden in Frenchtown, NJ. This is a lovely shop set in a home. I love the way the titles are set up throughout the rooms of this small home. I also adore the little gnome sitting on the front steps of the shop! The Book Garden has a pretty decent selection of adult and children’s books. I purchased a copy of ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and ‘Are You My Mother’ by Dr. Seuss. I was also given an Advance Readers’ Copy of ‘Prarie Fever’ by Michael Parker, which was a pleasant surprise! The Book Garden’s strong pull towards community outreach and networking reminds me of the Bank Street Bookstore in New York City. Bank Street Bookstore primarily caters to educators, yet its drive to connect with community and diversity is extensive.
Our last bookstore stop was at The Doylestown Bookshop, in Doylestown, PA. Since we were already near the PA border, we decided to make a trip to Doylestown and browse the stories. I’ve visited this book store on previous occasions, and I enjoy the extensive collection of books they contain. I always make sure to leave with a fun children’s title, since they have an extensive collection of books for early childhood educators. I also enjoy the adult literature and YA choices available. Yesterday I purchased ‘Radio Silence’ by Alice Oseman, and ‘Hop’ (a springtime picture book) by Jorey Hurley.
I had such a fun time adding on to my personal book shelves during Independent Bookstore Day. Of course, many of these titles are going into my growing TBR pile! They will be read, eventually. I never get tired of adding more titles though…and I took the time to support local businesses, a definite positive!