February & March Book Haul // the free time I have is inversely proportional to the amount of books I buy, apparently

Today I’m sharing a book haul for February and March together because I didn’t have time in March to do a February one and at some point I couldn’t keep track of what I bought in March and what in February, so I decided to merge the two.

I got a little…carried away with how many physical books I bought, I suppose. True, most of them were used (and very cheap) and I was so lucky to find them, but I kind of hate that I had to shop books to feel better about not being able to read a lot because of university. That’s not a healthy coping mechanism, Silvia!!!! Also not how you stay on top of your TBR.

I decided to also include ebooks and audiobooks in this post, as well as e-ARCs I got, because why not! Here’s a useful key for the post:


📚 currently reading
✅ read
🇩🇪 in German


Physical – used:

📕 Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – ✅ – it was cheap and I wanted a physical copy since I reread it this summer so I got it
📕 A Darker Shade of Magic – Collector’s Edition by V.E. Schwab –  – this is probably my best and luckiest purchase in this post. The book is new, it doesn’t even look like it was ever opened (some of the pages were still a little bit stuck together at the edges? like not really stuck but I think you all know what I mean) but because it was technically “used” I got it for cheaper. And thus I am one book closer to getting all my favorite books/series in physical copy…
📕 The complete Shatter Me series (minus Defy Me) by Tahereh Mafi – ✅ – I don’t know what happened? I saw them all there for around 3€ each and the next thing I knew they were in my cart
📕 Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – it was cheap like all of these used books, I don’t know much about it but it’s supposedly gay
📕 Tschick by Wolfgang Herrndorf – 🇩🇪 – it got recommended to me as having queer rep but I’m not sure if that’s true or if the queer rep is the MC or someone else, but I wanted to give it a go anyway since it’s so hard for me to find German recs and I need to read more in German
📕 Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – ✅ – “I need to spend a couple more € to reach free shipping and this is one of my favorite books ever and it’s currently available”
📕 Die Mitte der Welt by Andreas Steinhöfel – 🇩🇪 – this is supposedly one of the best known queer books in German, I don’t know anything about it but I’m scared because it’s a big book and I’m slow (slower than when I read in English at least)
📕 Lesbisch für Anfängerinnen: Willkommen in der WG! by Celia Martin – 🇩🇪 – this sounds like a silly lesbian romcom and was recommended to me by a twitter mutual who also speaks German so I’m curious to read it


Physical – new:

📗 Der Mann meines Bruders #1 by Gengoroh Tagame ✅🇩🇪 – I had heard about it on GR and when I saw it in a German bookstore it was an instant purchase. I’ve already read it, it’s very good and I look forward to the next issue
📗 Graham’s Delicacies by Em Ali – – I actually got a digital ARC of this but I also ordered it when it came out because it was so cute! ↪ Read my review here
📗 Dein perfektes Jahr by Charlotte Lucas – 🇩🇪 – I don’t know? I put it in the “new” category but it was on sale at my discount where they sell new but “damaged” (which often just means they got a tiny scratch on the cover or something) books for very cheap. And the cover is so pretty and it has PINK SPRAYED EDGES


📘 Can’t Escape Love (Reluctant Royals #3.5) by Alyssa Cole – I think I’m going to buy every single book in this series (and so far I have) although I’m barely in the middle of book #2 while I’m writing this post
📘 Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan ✅ – this is only my second CM book and both of them were novellas. It was so lovely although I didn’t fall in love completely with it like I did with The Pursuit of… (if you haven’t, please please please do yourself a favor and read it!)


📙🎧 Chainbreaker by Tara Sim – 
📙🎧 Firestarter by Tara Sim – ✅ – I read the whole series in February and it was incredible
📙🎧 Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay – I….love audible deals. I’m planning to listen to this on my commute maybe, although it’s not very long
📙🎧 Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – also an audible deal, I heard it’s cool and feminist
📙🎧 The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – also an audible deal, I don’t know anything about, heard it’s aesthetic or something
📙🎧 The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – 📚 – this is THE big book everyone’s talking about and I can’t blame them. I only have a few hours left to finish and it’s been such an incredible journey, but I think I will need to find a used physical copy once it’s been out for a while because I just want to know how everything is spelled
📙🎧 The Afterward by E.K. Johnston – ✅ – this became one of my all-time favorite f/f romances, no doubt
📙🎧 The Stars are Legion
 by Kameron Hurley – ✅ – definitely a book to be approached with caution, but I highly recommend it if you can handle the themes (CWs in my review) and you’re looking for cool, morally grey lesbians. ↪ Read my review here

eARCs I got:

📓 The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum – I don’t have words left for this. Just. Such a beautiful book inside and out. ↪ Read my review here
📓 The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance by Madeline J. Reynolds –   Cool concept and cute execution, could have been done better  Read my review here
📓 Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – ✅ – absolutely incredible. One of the best romances, no, one of the best BOOKS I’ve ever read. Keep your eyes on the author, folks. She’s going places. (RTC)
📓 King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody – I’m so keen to read this, sadly I still haven’t had time, but Ace of Shades was one of my favorite fantasies last year and I can’t wait to read this!
📓 Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner – I barely know anything about but I’m so ready to read this soon
📓 Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book I’m not sure how to judge this, it’s just kind of what I expected after playing the game but it was almost not centered on dating at all ↪ Read my review here
📓 Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé – I must have known something about it at some point when I requested it but I just don’t anymore? I’m sure it sounded interesting though and I’m looking forward to it
📓 Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter 📚 – no comment so far because of Reasons
📓 Masquerade by Cyrus Parker – I’ve read the author’s debut and I found it so raw and honest, I can’t wait to see what they came up with now

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That’s it for this long and probably boring haul.

Have you read any of these or bought them recently? Do you buy more physical books or more ebooks/audiobooks? 

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