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Epic Book Haul: Part One of Three

Yes, you read that right–this is only part one of three! I haven’t done a book haul post in four months, and as you can imagine (if you know how addicted to books I am), I’ve had quite a few books arrive in boxes over that time. Hence, the need for a multiple-part book haul. And the reason this one is so freaking

Epic Book Haul

Without further ado, let’s get started. The books are listed and grouped in no particular order, so enjoy the randomness.

V.Thomas Pynchon

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Book Haul Thomas Pynchon V.

You had me at “wild,” “macabre,” and “the unknown woman of the title.”

The Game-Players of Titan, Philip K. Dick

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First, look at that cover! I love it. Second, it’s PKD. So of course I bought it.

Book Haul The Game-Players of Titan Philip K Dick

And remember when books could be purchased by mailing in one of these handy-dandy forms? Ah, the good old days.

Heathenish, Kelby Losack

Book Haul Heathenish Kelby Losack

I got this baby for a whopping $4.50 on Amazon. It was some kind of freak pricing mistake. I like the publishing company and was intrigued by both the cover and the blurb on the back:

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…even though there are grammatical mistakes.

The Zen of Horror, T.N. Kaylor

T.N. Kaylor and I have been Facebook friends for quite some time now, but I’m only now getting one of her books (I know–I’m so slack!). And what a perfect book to get.

Book Haul The Zen of Horror T.N. Kaylor

To give you a taste, here’s the entry for today, May 31:

Book Haul The Zen of Horror T.N. Kaylor

SapiensYuval Noah Harari

Book Haul Sapiens Yuval Noah Harari

I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while, and I finally got it! Now just need to read the damn thing.

The OutsidersS.E. Hinton

Book Haul The Outsiders S.E. Hinton

Can you believe I’ve never read this book? Love the movie, so I’m sure I’ll be head over heels for the book (even though the cover is awful).

Adulthood RitesOctavia E. Butler

Book Haul Adulthood Rites Octavia E. Butler

Book Haul Adulthood Rites Octavia E. Butler

As you might have guessed, I’m a fan of Octavia Butler. She is flippin’ awesome.

Anatomy of an EpidemicRobert Whitaker

Book Haul Anatomy of an Epidemic Robert Whitaker

As someone who struggles with mental illness, I think it’s vital that I’m educated regarding the topic. I’ve heard only amazing things about this book, so I’m looking forward to cracking it open.

White Hot Truth, Danielle LaPorte

Book Haul White Hot Truth Danielle LaPorte

Danielle LaPorte is, as my friend who recommended this book calls her, “one badass chick.” I’m currently making my way through her book The Desire Map, and I know I’ll get a lot out of this one, too.

Don’t believe me? I just flipped open to a page, and here’s what it said:

Book Haul White Hot Truth Danielle LaPorte Page

Believe me now?

So that’s it for this part of the epic book haul.

The above books were purchased via AbeBooks.com, Amazon.com, and Collectible Science Fiction, which is becoming something of an obsession of mine. Seriously–if you haven’t visited CSF, if you’re into sci-fi and fantasy and the likes of Neil Gaiman and Octavia Butler, check his goods out. You won’t be disappointed.

What books have you acquired over the past few months? Share any and all recommendations below!

*Heads up: if you click on the links to purchase any of the mentioned books from Amazon, know that I’m an affiliate. Your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*


The First Book Haul of 2017! Are You Stoked?

I know I’ve been doing #FridayBookShare this month, but the truth is–I haven’t been reading much the past week because I have an editing deadline coming up.

So instead of Friday Book Share, I’m going to do something some of you may think is even better:

THE FIRST BOOK HAUL OF THE YEAR!

The following were purchased from Abebooks, Uncommon Goods, Urban Outfitters (I’m only a little bit ashamed), Amazon, and Zulily. And a good many of them were Christmas presents (books being the best kind of presents, in my opinion).

There are a lot of them, so I won’t be adding much commentary. Enjoy.

A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf

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Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert

The Little Book of Confidence, Tiddy Rowan

I may seem like a damn confident person to some, but the truth is, I lack confidence. Quite a bit. So I got this little guy, and it can come with me anywhere so I can pull it out if I need a boost.

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Dark Moon Digest, Issue #25

I’m most excited about reading my friend Andrew Novak‘s story:

dark moon digest story book haul

The Dreamday Pattern Journal: Renaissance

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Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, Salman Rushdie

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The Alienist, Caleb Carr

book haul reading recommendations

I’ve been meaning to read this book for years, ever since my brother recommended it to me when I was in college. Now I have a copy! (But when will I read it?!)

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde

book haul reading recommendations

The Little PrinceAntoine de Saint-Exupéry

Can you believe I’ve never read this?

The Time Keeper, Mitch Albom

book haul reading recommendations

Well-Read Women: A Reader’s Journal

Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression, Nell Casey

book haul reading recommendations

Since I struggle with depression and I’m a writer, this one seemed like a no-brainer.

2017 is going to be a kickass reading year. Don’t you think?

*Heads up: if you click on the links to purchase any of the mentioned books from Amazon, know that I’m an affiliate. Your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*


Book Haul Time: I’m Obsessed with Online Shopping

By the title, you know what’s coming: a list of books I recently bought in one of my I-don’t-need-this-book-but-I-NEED-this-book moments.

Enjoy the spoils of my latest book haul, via Amazon.

Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman

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I fell in love with Neil Gaiman after reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It totally blew my mind and convinced me that this man is a genius.

Since then, I’ve been devouring his books, and Anansi Boys is next. I mean, look at the back cover:

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Who wouldn’t be intrigued?

PushSapphire

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Yeah, yeah, I know: I’m super behind because I have yet to see the film Precious. I decided reading the book first was in order.

HangsamanShirley Jackson

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Shirley Jackson. What a master of horror and the bizarre. I’m pretty damned excited to read this novel. Check out the back cover blurb to get an idea of why:

Seventeen-year-old Natalie Waite longs to escape home for college. Her father is a domineering and egotistical writer who keeps a tight rein on Natalie and her long-suffering mother. When Natalie finally does get away, however, college life doesn’t bring the happiness she expected. Little by little, Natalie is no longer certain of anything—even where reality ends and her dark imaginings begin. Chilling and suspenseful, Hangsaman is loosely based on the real-life disappearance of a Bennington College sophomore in 1946.

What’s that you say about Natalie’s father…?

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Parable of the TalentsOctavia E. Butler

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I first read Octavia Butler when I was fourteen years old, and I immediately loved her. For some reason I don’t understand, though, it’s only now–almost two decades later–that I picked up another book by the sci-fi queen.

I can’t wait to dig in.

Oh, and by the way, Butler predicted Donald Trump’s campaign slogan over twenty years ago in The Parable of the Talents. <Cue creepy music>

The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us AllLaird Barron

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I recently joined an online book club run by Dirge Magazine (if you don’t know what Dirge is, I encourage you to check it out), and The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All was one of August’s books.

I’m about halfway through it (late, as usual), and so far, it’s…meh. Follow me on Goodreads to find out my final opinion of the short story collection.

The Witches, Stacy Schiff

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Another August Dirge Book Club book, The Witches focuses on the Salem witch trials of 1692. Check out the illustrations…

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…and the inside cover:

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I’m typically a fiction-only reader, but I have always been interested in the Salem witch trials (I blame my childhood field trip to Salem, Massachusetts)…so I’m fairly certain this is one nonfiction tome I’m going to love.

That’s it for this book haul! What books have you purchased or borrowed recently?

And a Little Something Extra…

  • Writers, take note: Michael Cristiano‘s list of fiction clichés should be read…and then those clichés should be avoided like the plague (like what I did there?). Read the post over at A Writer’s Path.
  • Ari Sytner did something that few of us (likely) would even think about: He donated a kidney to a complete stranger in need. During his experience, he realized that kidney donation is quite the taboo topic. For that reason, he wrote The Kidney Donor’s Journey: 100 Questions I Asked Before Donating My Kidney. It’s the first Q&A book on the subject and includes a wealth of information. To support Sytner in the publication of this book, check out his Kickstarter campaign.

*Want to buy any of the books mentioned here? Click on the links to purchase from Amazon; since I’m an affiliate, your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*



Book Haul Time! Check Out My Latest Bookstore Buys

After dinner with a friend, said friend asked for recommendations for good quote books. Since I don’t have any, I told her going to a bookstore and browsing was her best bet.

And what better time than right then?

So we headed to Barnes & Noble, and I all-too-quickly loaded up my arms with boooooookkkksss. My favorite thing.

Here’s what I got:

book haul bellman and black

What initially caught my eye about Bellman & Black wasn’t that I’d heard about it before, or that I was a fan of the author’s. No, it was the cover. I just dig a cool book cover.

Then I read the back cover blurb, and I was in:

Caught up in a moment of boyhood competition, William Bellman recklessly aims his slingshot at a rook resting on a branch, killing the bird instantly. It is a small but cruel act, and is soon forgotten. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to have put the whole incident behind him. It was as if he never killed the thing at all. But rooks don’t forget…

Years later, when a stranger mysteriously enters William’s life, his fortunes begin to turn—and the terrible and unforeseen consequences of his past indiscretion take root. In a desperate bid to save the only precious thing he has left, he enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner. Together, they found a decidedly macabre business.

And Bellman & Black is born.

book haul creative writers notebook

I’m always looking for great tools and resources to help me become a better writer…especially since I’ve been struggling with writer’s block on and off for the past couple of years.

So picking up a copy of The Creative Writer’s Notebook: A Creative Journal for Fiction Writers was a no-brainer. The collection of writing exercises is set up journal-style – another plus for me, since I’m trying to journal on a regular basis.

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Tattooed-man paperweight not included.

book haul grays anatomy

I’ve been wanting a copy of Gray’s Anatomy for years now. I think it’s a must-have resource for writers and editors, particularly if and when the body and all of its parts come into play (think: fight scene, details about character’s injuries, etc.). This one includes the classic illustrations (see below), and it had a super affordable price tag.

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So, yeah. Now I can know everything about anatomy. BOOM.

book haul notecards

Who doesn’t love getting a card in the mail? I’ve recently gotten more into sending notecards (thanks to the same friend who accompanied me to B&N the night I acquired these great finds), and these cards by Preserve Brands caught my eye. They’re handmade and brightly colored, on heavy and textured paper…and I love the flowers.

I mean, look at those sweet embossed flowers.

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book haul nietzsche

In college, I took an existentialism class and LOVED it. I was introduced to Dostoevsky, Sartre, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche, among others. So when I walked by a display with this copy of Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, there was no hesitation.

And these uneven, rustic pages. I love these pages.

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book haul the bees

Last, but certainly not least, I picked up a hardcover copy of Laline Paull’s The Bees. First, look at that cover in detail:

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Now read the back cover blurb:

Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive where work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and worship of the beloved Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. With circumstances threatening the hive’s survival, her curiosity is regarded as a dangerous flaw but her courage and strength are an asset. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect pollen. She also finds her way into the Queen’s inner sanctum, where she discovers mysteries about the hive that are both profound and ominous.

But when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all—daring to challenge the Queen’s fertility—enemies abound, from the fearsome fertility police who enforce the strict social hierarchy to the high priestesses jealously wedded to power. Her deepest instincts to serve and sacrifice are now overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce maternal love that will bring her into conflict with her conscience, her heart, her society—and lead her to unthinkable deeds.

Call me crazy, but THAT sounds badass.

What books have you recently purchased, and which are you most stoked to read?

Freewrite Update!

I know – you’re wondering what the hell happened with my Freewrite. Well, as I mentioned earlier, there were technical difficulties. The good news? A Freewrite that works perfectly is now in my possession, so the writing has commenced.

Expect a thorough review in a month or two.

*Want to buy any of the books mentioned here? Click on the links to purchase from Amazon; since I’m an affiliate, your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*

 




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