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January Book Haul

So there wasn’t a reason for this haul other than I just wanted the books and I had no will power to stop myself from getting them. I’m starting to see a problem here. Oh well, books make me incredibly happy, it’s worth it even though I don’t have the shelf space.

I placed my first Book Outlet order this month and it was thrilling! I’ve never found any books that cheap before. I think I’ll be placing another order next month.

This is what I’ve accumulated in January so far. I’m on a book buying ban for the rest of the month. I need more space and money.


Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

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Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

About: Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all.
Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.

I already have this book on paperback, but I decided I needed it on hardback too so it will match “In a Handfull of Dust” when I buy it next month. ( purchase)


The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction

About: SUTTER KEELY. HE’S the guy you want at your party. He’ll get everyone dancing. He’ ll get everyone in your parents’ pool. Okay, so he’s not exactly a shining academic star. He has no plans for college and will probably end up folding men’s shirts for a living. But there are plenty of ladies in town, and with the help of Dean Martin and Seagram’s V.O., life’s pretty fabuloso, actually.

Until the morning he wakes up on a random front lawn, and he meets Aimee. Aimee’s clueless. Aimee is a social disaster. Aimee needs help, and it’s up to the Sutterman to show Aimee a splendiferous time and then let her go forth and prosper. But Aimee’s not like other girls, and before long he’s in way over his head. For the first time in his life, he has the power to make a difference in someone else’s life—or ruin it forever.

Saw the movie and needed to have the book too, so the movie absolutely inspired this purchase. I can’t say I’m crazy about the cover though. ( purchase)


The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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Genre: Young Adult/ Supernatural/ Dystopian

About: It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.

Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her.

The Bone Season was on sale at and it’s been on my TBR for a while so I said, why not.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Jean

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction/ Graphic Novel

About: Ransom Riggs’s haunting fantasy bestseller adapted to a graphic novel!
As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive.

This graphic novel was so beautiful and increased my love for this series even more. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is probably my top 3 favorite series ever so naturally I needed to have to graphic novel. This series is so unique and amazing. Purchased at Barnes and Noble.


Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicals #1) by Kresley Cole

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Genre: Young Adult/ Romance/ Fantasy/ Paranormal

About: She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side.

On my TBR (Barnes and Noble purchase)


Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles #2) by Kresley Cole

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Genre: Young Adult/ Romance/ Fantasy/ Paranormal

About: Shocking secrets
Evie has fully come into her powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. She now knows that the teens who’ve been reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle. It’s kill or be killed, and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

Unexpected allies
With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals.

Gut-wrenching treachery
When Evie meets Death, things get even more complicated. Though falling for Jack, she’s drawn to the dangerous Endless Knight as well. Somehow the Empress and Death share a history, one that Evie can’t remember–but Death can’t forget…

On my TBR (


The Silver Linings Playlist by Matthew Quick

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Genre: Adult Fiction

About: Meet Pat. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending for him — the return of his estranged wife Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent time in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he’s being hunted by Kenny G!

Saw the movie and loved it. I can’t wait to see how the book compares. (


Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction/ Paranormal/ Supernatural

About: Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. It’s quiet and peaceful. You can’t get sick or any older. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Swing by one of Elsewhere’s museums. Need to talk to someone about your problems? Stop by Marilyn Monroe’s psychiatric practice.

Elsewhere is where fifteen-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. But Liz wants to turn sixteen, not fourteen again. She wants to get her driver’s license. She wants to graduate from high school and go to college. And now that she’s dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesn’t want with a grandmother she has only just met. And it is not going well. How can Liz let go of the only life she has ever known and embrace a new one? Is it possible that a life lived in reverse is no different from a life lived forward?

This moving, often funny book about grief, death, and loss will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.

On my TBR. ( purchase)


Emerald Green (The Ruby Red Trilogy #3) by Kerstin Gier

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction/ Fantasy/ Time Travel/ Romance

About: Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is. She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along. Emerald Green is the stunning conclusion to Kerstin Gier’s Ruby Red Trilogy, picking up where Sapphire Blue left off, reaching new heights of intrigue and romance as Gwen finally uncovers the secrets of the time-traveling society and learns her fate.

On my TBR. ( purchase)


Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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Genre: Adult Fiction/ Contemporary/ Romance

About: Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble;it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.

Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

I’ve never read a Rainbow Rowell book before and this was on my TBR. Seems like a good what if book. I’ve heard really great things about this one. ( purchase)


The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction

About: Meet Rochelle Evans: pretty, popular–and never been kissed. Meet Noah Flynn: badass, volatile–and a total player. And also Elle’s best friend’s older brother…

When Elle decides to run a kissing booth for the school’s Spring Carnival, she locks lips with Noah and her life is turned upside down. Her head says to keep away, but her heart wants to draw closer–this romance seems far from fairy tale and headed for heartbreak.

But will Elle get her happily ever after?

Sounds like it would be a funny read. On my TBR. ( purchase)


The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction/ Dystopian 

About: Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

On my TBR. ( purchase)


The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction/ Dystopian/ Fantasy

About: I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

On my TBR. (Barnes and Noble Purchase)

Have you read or plan to read any of the books mentioned above? Which book should I read first? Let me know in the comments below!

10 thoughts on “January Book Haul

  1. I am blind and use screen reading software called Jaws which converts text into speech and braille enabling me to use a Windows computer. When scanning your list of books many of the titles are read by Jaws as “link graphic image”. This is caused by Jaws not being able to interpret images. I wonder whether, with future posts you might consider providing text with the image so that blind people using screen reading software can read the titles (for example a picture of the cover of Oliver Twist could be accompanied by the text reading Oliver Twist). Many thanks and kind regards. Kevin

    1. I usually always accompany text with a picture. This was the only post that I didn’t do that with. At the time I was in a hurry, but wanted the post up. Since I know that you’re reading my blog, I’ll be more than gland to make sure the text is always there for future posts. I’ll go ahead and edit this one.

  2. I completely understand. I placed my first bookoutlet order on boxing day and since then I’ve placed two more. Thee Bone Season and Poison Princess are on my list too, but I’m trying not to buy more books. I hadn’t heard of Elsewhere, but it sounds good. The Young Elites is really good! I love that Adelina isn’t your typical heroine.

    1. I haven’t heard much of elsewhere either, but it does sound interesting. I’m hoping to get to it very soon. And you’re really making me want to start The Young Elites. All these books excite me!

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