No (BLEEPING) Shelf Control: a *huge* book haul

Do you all expect anything less from me at this point?

January was my birthday month. During that time, I promised myself that, after January, I would stick to the resolutions I set at the beginning of the year. I preordered books I knew I really wanted. Then…I’m not sure what happened.

There were series I wanted to read for ages. 2020 was the year to start crossing them off my TBR. Of course, in between the packages arriving from Amazon, I visited Target and the bookstores near where I work. Because I have a problem. Needless to say, my bank account was not happy with me.

This introduction is long enough. Let’s get to the books!


The Young Elites, The Rose Society, and The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

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Of all the good things I’ve heard about Marie Lu, I have yet to read any of her books. The Young Elites trilogy was the one I was most interested in. A historical fantasy series with an anti-heroine as the main character? I’m in.


When You Ask Me Where I’m Going by Jasmin Kaur

Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris

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A few days after Christmas, I went to Target with my dad to get started on my birthday books. I had checked out Imaginary Friend from the library at the end of 2019, but didn’t finish it in time. I really liked what I did read, so I bought my own copy. When You Ask Me Where I’m Going was another library book I didn’t get around to reading. Bridge of Scarlet Leaves is a World War II book about an interracial couple who are sent to an American Japanese internment camp that I thought was a cover buy but turned out it was already on my Goodreads from years ago under a different title. The Bromance Book Club is an adult romance that sounds like a ton of fun and Cilka’s Journey is by the same author, as well as supposedly a sequel to, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.


Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini


You know 2020 is going to be a good year when you wake up on New Year’s Day to an email that you got a free book! I won a Goodreads giveaway for the first time ever.


The Vanishing Stair and The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

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The second and third novels in the Truly Devious trilogy. I’m looking forward to binge-reading this series this year.


Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning

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The sequel to Sea Witch, which is an origin story to the sea witch from The Little Mermaid.


I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter

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A dark contemporary that has been compared to Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.


Ember Queen by Laura Sebastian

The King of Crows by Libba Bray

Devil Darling Spy by Matt Killeen

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Besides The Hand on the Wall, I preordered Devil Darling Spy, the sequel to Orphan Monster Spy; Ember Queen is the final novel in the Ash Princess trilogy; and The King of Crows is the final novel in The Diviners series. These came out after my birthday in January and in the first week of February.


The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende

Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

Delicate Edible Birds and Other Stories by Lauren Groff

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

At the Wolf’s Table by Rosella Postering, translated by Leah Janeczko

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Ahab’s Wife; or The Star-Gazer by Sena Jetter Naslund and Herman Melville

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There is a used bookstore a block away from where I work. Admittedly, some of these were impulse buys I had never heard of before but their synopsis drew me in. Most of the books were already on my TBR or buy authors I wanted to read more of.


Skyward and Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

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Ever buy something and then regret it almost immediately after? I checked out Starsight from the library in December and made it halfway through before getting hit with a reading slump. I could have checked it out from the library again. I mean, I did like Skyward and what I read of Starsight. And yet…I’m not sure why I bought them.


The Night Country by Melissa Albert


The sequel to The Hazel Wood that I want to read RIGHT NOW!


Song of the Dead by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Seraphina and Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

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Song of the Dead is the sequel to Reign of the Fallen, a book on my priority TBR that I want to read this year. Seraphina and Shadow Scale are a young adult series about dragons I’ve wanted to read for years.


The Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton

The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland

Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

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One thing I love about the city I work in is that there are bookstores practically everywhere. There is a used bookstore in the area I walk through to get to my bus. Edith Wharton is a 20th century author I’ve read and loved before. I had never heard of The Fruit of the Tree, which is about assisted suicide—a subject that must have been very, very taboo during this time period. The Age of Light and A Reliable Wife were already on my Goodreads TBR. The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae and Before We Visit the Goddess were books I bought based off their synopsis that reminded me of other books.


Frostblood, Fireblood, and Nightblood by Elly Blake

Song of the Current and Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolcser

The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Rossa

Legendary and Finale by Stephanie Garber

Two Dark Reigns and Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake

A Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica Cluess

Shadow Song by S. Jae-Jones

Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao

The Cursed Sea by Lauren DeStefano

The Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman

Ozland by Wendy Spinale

Allied by Amy Tintera

Winter Glass by Lexa Hillyer

All the Wandering Light by Heather Fawcett

Endless Water, Starless Sky by Rosamund Hodge

Lost Crow Conspiracy and Winter War Awakening by Rosalyn Eves

Poison’s Kiss and Poison’s Cage by Breeana Shields

The Falconer, The Vanishing Throne, and The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May

Ever the Hunted, Ever the Brave, and Once a King by Erin Summerill

The Traitor’s Kiss, The Traitor’s Ruin, and The Traitor’s Kingdom by Erin Beaty

Poison Study, Magic Study, and Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder

As She Ascends and When She Reigns by Jodi Meadows

The Defiant and The Triumphant by Lesley Livingston

The Traitor Prince and The Blood Spell by C.J. Redwine

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A Sorrow Fierce and Falling Shadowsong Imprison the Sky The Winter of the Witch Muse of Nightmares  Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix The Cursed Sea The Dark Days Deceit

Ozland  Allied  Winter Glass  All the Wandering Light

Endless Water, Starless Sky Lost Crow Conspiracy Winter War Awakening Poison's Kiss

Poison's Cage The Falconer The Vanishing Throne The Fallen Kingdom

Ever the Hunted  Ever the Brave Once a King The Traitor's Kiss

The Traitor's Ruin The Traitor's Kingdom Poison Study  Magic Study (Study #2)

Fire Study  As She Ascends  When She Reigns The Defiant

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These are all the series and sequels that I wanted to buy for ages. This haul is already long enough as it is, so I won’t go into synopsis for each one. Hopefully, you will see at least some of these in 2020 monthly TBRs and wrap-ups.


Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely


Gunslinger Girl is set in an alternative Wild West world set after a Second Civil War in the U.S. To escape her suffocating life at home, Serendipity “Pity” Jones goes to the lawless city of Cessation. But her freedom comes at a price.


A School for Unusual Girls, Exile for Dreamers, Refuge for Masterminds, and Harbor for the Nightingale by Kathleen Baldwin

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I read A School for Unusual Girls from the library and it was one of my favorite books of 2019. My library didn’t have the other books available, otherwise I would have read the rest of the series right away. This is another series I want to get to in 2020.


The Skylarks’ War by Hilary McKay

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Another FREE book! A girl in my children’s literature class offered it to me. Turns out, she already owned a copy of the book under a different title, but didn’t realize it when she pulled it out of the “free books” cart of the children’s literature department (that I never found). It’s a middle grade novel set during World War II about a family trying to adjust after one of the sons enlists in the war effort.


The Rosie Result by Graeme Simison

The Sleeping Prince and The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Sailsbury

Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke

Still Me by Jojo Moyes

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At this point, I had told myself that is it. I was not going to buy any more books. Then, I realized I had forgotten there were other unfinished series that I had wanted to finally get to. The Rosie Result is the final novel in a trilogy which the first novel is The Rosie Project, one of my all-time favorite adult contemporary novels. Still Me is also the final sequel novel to Me Before You. Between the Spark and the Burn is the sequel to Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, a book I read back in 2015. Same goes for The Sleeping Prince and The Scarecrow Queen, books two and three in a young adult high fantasy trilogy following a girl who, in The Sin Eater’s Daughter, has a poisonous touch.


Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

The Power by Naomi Alderman

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Like I said, I planned on taking a break from book-buying after that last bit. Then, I go into one of the bookstores and I see four books I want are 30% off…can you blame me? Daisy Jones and the Six is a book everyone seems to adore as much as its predecessor, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo…both of which I have not read. The Power got a lot of buzz when it came out. Lost Roses is a companion novel to Lilac Girls, one of my favorite historical fiction novels. Women Talking is a book about women trapped in a cult where men are abusing them and how they plan on getting out.


Break Your Glass Slippers by Amanda Lovelace

Break Your Glass Slippers (You Are Your Own Fairy Tale, #1)

 At the time I am writing this, I’ve already read Break Your Glass Slippers, because I am absolute trash for Amanda Lovelace. You will see my full thoughts in my March wrap-up.


Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Manon

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

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These next four books were some anticipated releases for 2020. Though I have not read anything by Sandhya Manon, I am trash for any Beauty and the Beast retelling. Becky Albertalli, Cassandra Clare, and Sarah J. Maas are auto-buy authors. Even though I have not finished The Dark Artifices trilogy or the Throne of Glass series, or have read A Court of Wings and Ruin.


Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Writers & Lovers by Lily King

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Warrior of the Wild and The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

A Curse so Dark and Lonely and A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto

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Other people buy toilet paper…I buy books. In these dark times, we have to do what we can to keep the economy going.


If you are still here, thanks for sticking around! Let me know which of these books I should move higher up on my TBR.

One thought on “No (BLEEPING) Shelf Control: a *huge* book haul

  1. Wow that was a massive pile of great books. I´m currently reading The Bromance Book Club and it really is so good that everyone says. Other than that one I have read and really liked Poison Study, Red White & Royal Blue. I have not read any of those Tricia Levensellers books but I love her way of writing so I bet these are awesome too 😀

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