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:

Key:

📚 currently reading
✅ read
🇩🇪 in German

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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

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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

Ebooks:

📘 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!)

Audiobooks:

📙🎧 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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Another Used Books Haul // y’all better not get used to it

Hi friends! Today I’m back with another book haul, the second ever, because I got more physical books for very cheap this past month and I think it’s fun to share them with you.

This time they’re all used ones with the exception of one, so let’s get right into it.

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📕 Fingersmith by Sarah Waters – I don’t know much about this, only that it’s f/f historical romance (but please correct me if I’m wrong) and a few of my friends really liked it. My copy shows a few signs of having being moved around a bit but I don’t think anyone ever read it. What’s cool is that inside I found a tiny bookmark with the address of a Munich based bookstore which apparently only sells English used books…if this isn’t used-books-store-inception then I don’t know what is, plus free bookmarks are always cool (even though I always use post-its instead lmao)

📕 The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – all I know about this is that it’s brutal and feminist and looking at the inside it seems to have a few POVs (I love stories told in multiple POVs). It gives me The Nowhere Girls meets Sadie vibes and I’m here for this. This also was in very good condition, I hope someone has read it before me but if they did they definitely did a good job at not cracking the spine.

📕 Ash by Malinda Lo – this is another f/f romance set in a fantasy world and I wasn’t sure I would like it but it was so cheap I just had to buy it. It shows a few signs of being used and read and I love it, it’s just a nice feeling knowing someone read the same copy before you.

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📕 Das Mozart-Mysterium by Christoph Öhm – this was actually the only not-used book I bought, but for the price of one. I found out that at the discount where I sometimes go to buy groceries they have this box with a lot of books that they sell for 2.99€. They are basically new books but from what I understand they have some flaw, maybe during transportation they got a bit damaged (maybe the cover got a bit dog-eared, or there’s a scratch somewhere), so they can’t sell them at normal bookstores for their normal price. I always take a look whenever I go but I never found anything that I wanted to read, but this one caught my eye because of the cover and because Mozart is my favorite composer. It’s apparently an historical mystery featuring Leopold Mozart (W.A. Mozart’s father) as a protagonist/investigator and it’s supposed to have to do with music? I don’t know, it honestly sounds a bit trashy but a) I need to grow comfortable reading in German regardless of quality; b) …it was cheap lmao?

📕 Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search by Gene Luen Yang – this is a story set after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender and it’s about Zuko’s search for his mother. There are other comics set after the cartoon but I was mostly interested in this one because I love post-redemption-arc Zuko, and when I was notified that they had it in stock, used for a reduced price (although stil somewhat expensive) I decided to go for it. It was mostly an impulsive purchase but the book is honestly massive and what’s even better is that every page has comments by the creators on the margins, so I don’t regret it. I also don’t think anyone has read it or even opened it before me, which is honestly a shame.

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And that concludes my haul! Have you read any of these? Do you like reading used books?

First Ever Book Haul // amazing what having space for physical books & finding out about online used books stores will do to your book buying habits

kay, first of all, can we agree that that’s the longest title I’ve ever had in a post? Second, welcome to an actual book haul, something I didn’t think I’d ever do! As most of you know, I’ve been reading predominantly ebooks for the past 4 or 5 years (long before I started blogging), and I never really saw the point of announcing to everyone what I’d bought (or maybe………………………..I was avoiding facing the hard truth that I always end up buying more books than I can read. But in the past month I’ve kind of given in and bought a few physical books and I decided I would try sharing it here.

Excuse very poor bookstagrammability of my photos but here’s all the books I bought:

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Also featured in the picture is my new plant which I called Dan (short for Danielle) because she’s orange and I’m rereading All for the Game so it was the obvious choice for a name. I hope she’ll enjoy her new house 🌸

Used books

dav  The reason I managed to buy so many is because, as the title says, I found an amazing site based in Germany which sells used books of all kinds. It has a very decent English (and even Italian and French, as far as I could see) section, which is both a blessing and a curse. I don’t know what they do in terms of selling abroad but if you’re in Europe it might be worth checking out their site. In any case, they have enough English books that after a while I gave up trying to scroll through it all and literally pulled out my goodreads TBR and searched for every book on it that I think I might want to own in physical copy, and lo and behold I actually found quite a lot. I also love the feeling of used books, plus all of these are in almost perfect conditions and if they have a little more signs of use the price definitely reflects that so it’s all worth it.

I ended up picking these four up:

📕 If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio – I’ve heard it’s gay and that everyone who reads it cries a lot

📕 A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – this is not a book I intend to read anytime soon but it was literally less than 3€ and it’s one of those books I want to read when I’m like, a Proper Adult and my mental health is stable enough that I don’t need books for escapism

📕 The Secret History by Donna Tartt – do I know anything about this book? No but it was 2.50€ and all of my friends loved it.

📕 The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury – I’ve actually read this years ago! And I really liked it and I want to reread it at some point. Also the cover is stunning.

New books


davI decided to also treat myself to some new books:

📗  Six of Crows (collector’s edition) by Leigh Bardugo – I pre-ordered this back in July when it was announced and I don’t regret it one bit because it’s stunning with its fanart and maps and red sprayed edges!!!

📗 Check, Please! (Vol.1, #Hockey) by Ngozi Ukazu – I read this as a webcomic in March 2017 and I loved it so much. I haven’t kept up with it and I’ve been meaning to reread it and catch up with it for ages, so when I saw it was coming out as a physical book I wanted to get it so I can reread without having to click “next” on tumblr and also I wanted to support the author because this is such a feel-good comic and she deserves it. I can’t wait to read it again!

📗 9 From The Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan – I want to own anything related to the Magnus Chase universe in physical copy eventually, so this was a first step towards that. Also the cover is so pretty, a picture doesn’t do it justice.

Extra – Library books

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I also wanted to mention library books because I think more hauls should include them.

My friend recommended the Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer and when I was at the library to return some stuff I saw they have most of the series so I tried getting the first book. I still haven’t read it but I’m looking forward to it.

Not featured in the pictures are a physics and a chemistry textbooks and three books full of music sheets because I had to study for the audition of my choir. I got them at a different library than the Artemis Fowl one and can I just say libraries are awesome?

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That’s it for this haul! Have you read any of these? Did you like them? Also, would you guys be interested in seeing more hauls, even if most of the time I would be talking about ebooks? Please let me know in the comments!