Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Haven’t Read Because of the Hype

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Hi everyone! It’s been a whole week since I posted, I know! School kicked my butt last week. I really need to learn to plan out my posts…

This week’s Top 5 Tuesday is a freebie, so I’ve decided to talk about the top 5 books that have scared me away because of the hype. Hype tends to freak me out because of the pressure to like what so many other people like. What if I don’t like the book? What if I want to DNF it? And now, because I’m trying to take my reviews more seriously, what if I have to write a negative review??

The thing is, for the majority of the books I’m about to list, I know I’ll love them, too. I just have to get myself to read them.


1. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

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I don’t know anyone who’s read this that doesn’t love Nevermoor. They could love fantasy, science fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction, YA, non-YA and still have the highest praises for this book. Plus, it’s continuously been compared to Harry Potter. Talk about setting the bar high for my expectations.

 

2. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

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What book is more hyped in the adult fantasy world right now than The Poppy War? Let me tell you, this was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, but I have not yet read it! I have seen nothing but positive reviews for this book and amazingly written reviews at that! Check out Kathy’s and Petrick’s reviews.

 

3. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

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I don’t even know with this one, guys. I’m a total Brandon Sanderson fan, but I keep putting this book off. The hype is huge!! The Stormlight Archives is even nominated for a Hugo this year, and if it wins I might actually have a chance to be there when it gets the award (It’s in San Jose, CA this year, FYI). I think my expectations are scaring me off more than the hype to be honest.

 

4. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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Children of Blood and Bone’s hype started way before it even got published, so just purchasing this book made me hesitate. Also, if there’s a book with themes of systematic oppression and colorism written by an #ownvoice author, then I want to love it, and I want to promote it. That being said, even though there is still so much hype surrounding this book, there’s also more criticisms. I’ve heard there is instalove and pacing issues, and I usually can’t get with both.

 

5. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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This book has so much hype surrounding it that a couple of my friends who don’t read read and loved it. Though, I’m pretty sure they initially picked it up because Pierce Brown was named sexiest author alive or something like that… Regardless, the book community does seem to love this book, and I’ve been putting it off for at least 2 years because there’s so much hype, and what if I hate it??


Have you read any of these? Are there any you think I need to read right this moment? What books have you backed away from because of the hype? Let me know in the comments!

Cya! ^^

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Top 5 Tuesday: Covers With Green, Blue, Purple

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Hey, hey! I finished Assassin’s Apprentice and I’ve debated putting the trilogy down to get to smaller books while in summer school, but I CAN’T! I’m so in love with the characters and really need to know what happens next. If I finish just this trilogy in June I will feel super happy and accomplished because I had hoped that I would love Robin Hobb’s works for so long but that 14 book world is daunting. However, after reading the first book I’m kind of sad that I only have 13 books left lol… If you’ve read Assassin’s Apprentice and loved it (or disliked it that’s okay, too) I’d love to discuss it with you!

But okay, now for Top 5 Tuesday I thought I would discuss books I’ve already read again, but I always talk about the books I came up with. So for today, these books will be my top 5 anticipated releases with green, blue, and purple covers.

Hope you enjoy!


1. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

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I think this cover is gorgeous! Also, it’s another maritime fantasy adventure and a Little Mermaid retelling. My buzz words all over the place. All it needs now is a whole lot of swashbuckling, and I’m sure I’ll love this one.

 

2. The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie

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I think I just like this cover because it’s mostly purple, and purple is my favorite color. >.> However, it seems super interesting, too. It’s set in a world where everyone knows their death days and they are separated based on the length of their lives. Somehow, people start to dodge their death days and have to flee their planet as a result. It also features an M/M romance and a strong M/M/F friendship.

 

3. Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan

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There is more red, orange, and yellow on this cover, but I had to give this one a shout out because Maura Milan is a Filipina author. And look! A WOC on the cover, too! Apparently this  should feel like Throne of Glass but set in space. I’m a little hesitant when a book is pitched as “for fans of ToG” because the book never actually feels like ToG, but Ia, the main character, is a space outlaw who is caught by the imperialist nation she has been terrorizing and is forced to work for them. Seems like ToG set in space, so I’m in!

 

4. (Don’t) Call Me Crazy edited by Kelly Jensen

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Though I am very much anticipating this anthology, I’m also terrified by it. As you probably already know, I am learning to live with my own mental health disorder. It’s a touchy subject for me still, but I’m trying to become more comfortable with it, and I think reading this anthology will show me that others really can relate.

 

5. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

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I can’t wait for this one! And the cover is super pretty. I was actually lucky enough to grab an ARC without the cover art at YALLWEST. It’s another YA book about women competing to become queen but with a twist. The main character is hiding that she’s a yokai (demon) that can transform into a terrifying monster. There is also a half-human, half-yokai outcast. I’m hoping this feels something like Monstress and Inuyasha combined.


What books are you looking forward to for the rest of 2018? Any of these? Are you also obsessed with Assassin’s Apprentice like me??? Let me know!

Cya! ^^

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Book Blogger Confession Tag

Hey everyone! I started an accelerated summer class on child psychopathology (maybe I’ll review my textbook o.o…just kidding >.>), but I am slowly making my way through Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb and am pretty sure she’s about to find herself a new fan. I am completely obsessed and have been trying so hard to find just a little more time to finish it! But for now, a tag!

I was tagged by Melanie @ Meltotheany to do the Book Blogger Confession Tag. Thanks for always being so nice, Melanie!

Before you read on! There were apparently some interesting questions that lead to lots of ranting.


1. Which book, most recently, did you not finish?

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The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu. This is just for right now. I have to do a lot of thinking when I read books in this trilogy, and it’s not working out for me while I’m in class for child psychopathology. I’ll be picking this book again in July because I need to catch up with the friend I read The Three-Body Problem with!

2. Which book is your guilty pleasure?

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I have no idea. I guess I have to go with When It’s Real by Erin Watt because the main male character is kind of a jerk. I still think it’s a cute possible summer read, though!

3. Which book do you love to hate?

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Unpopular opinion but, yep, I didn’t love Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I’ve actually debated this with my brother on so many different occasions because he’s a huge fan. I can see how it’s basically fanfiction for people obsessed with video games. Everything that people assume the stereotypical gamer wants to happen happens, and of course there were tons of awesome 80’s pop culture references. But there was some really bad misrepresentation that made me feel uncomfortable and kind of gross whenever I read through those parts. Not all Asian people are otakus with bad skin obsessed with honor. And we can preserve our honor on our own, thank you very much. There were so many other things that upset me about this book, but this answer is already pretty long. >.>

4. Which book would you like to throw into the sea?

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Geez, this tag is bringing out opinions I didn’t think I wanted to bring up on my blog yet lol… but for this I have to go with Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle. This is one of the only books that I’ve DNF’d and given a rating to. I’d been interested in learning more about the political climate of North Korea ever since reading In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park, so while looking through my university’s library I was immediately drawn to this graphic novel. But not even 10 pages into the book the author says, “[The hotel’s] got those good old standard rooms — cold and impersonal, just like they like them in Asia.” I finally DNF’d at page 35 when the author went on about how he could tell his hotel neighbors were Chinese because they yell at each other from across the hall. So, yes, this book can be chucked into the sea with a boulder attached to it.

5. What book have you read the most?

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Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi for sure. I was going to pick a novel, but I had to go with the Sailor Moon manga. I wanted to be a princess of the moon so badly when I was little! I wanted to be Sailor Moon so much, I got my parents to buy me a life sized wedding Barbie for Christmas because I wanted to wear her white dress so I could be like Princess Serenity. I even attempted to write my own fanfiction without knowing it was called fanfiction when I was 13 and started to read fanfiction thinking it was canon. These manga and the anime were my childhood.

6. Which book would you hate to receive as a present?

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I have to go with The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. I actually did receive this as a book once and read it! I was really curious as to what the secret was, but it has something to do with everything bad that happens to us happens because we don’t think positively and we don’t shift our thoughts more positively. I just couldn’t get with this message. Buying me a book for my birthday was a nice gesture on my friend’s part though!

7. Which book could you not live without?

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I can live without any book, to be honest! If I had to pick I’m just going to cop out and say Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling because I think the world would be a much better place if certain people read it when they were growing up. >.>

8. Which book made you the angriest?

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This easily goes to My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach. I was so angry when I read this, and now I am just sad. It is a memoir about a man whose wife has bipolar disorder and is 5150’d (put into an involuntary psychiatric hold). This book was marketed as about a man and a woman who love each other and continue to love each other through the woman’s hardships. But the author kept on referring to how beautiful and amazing his wife was prior to her bp disorder and how he didn’t ask to be sucked into the kind of life he was living now. He also gets angry when his wife doesn’t want to see him and when his wife’s parents help around their house. I feel like maybe the husband wanted to let caretakers know that they aren’t alone in their feelings, but I was just so angry and hurt by this book because I had only been diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder about 2 years prior and hadn’t gotten the hang of living with my illness yet. I have never been 5150’d but I have been through an intensive outpatient program, and the one thing the other patients and I always felt guilty about was how our loved ones had to “deal” with us. Do you know how hard it is to convince yourself in those situations that it’s okay to not think about other people for awhile so you can focus on feeling better yourself??? This book still makes me so angry when it doesn’t make me sad!

9. Which book made you cry the most?

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. >My Review< It was heartbreaking, and I cried way too much over certain parts! It was a mixture of the situation and Madeline Miller’s gorgeous writing that completely destroyed me.

10. Which book cover do you hate the most?

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I have no passionate hate for any book cover, but for the sake of this tag, I choose Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff. It sounds so interesting, but that cover is a little boring. However as I type this up, it’s kind of growing on me.

I tag:

Meaghan @ Words Gremlin

Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams

Angelica @ The Book Cover Girl

Anna @ Reading Peaches

No pressure!


I hope you were all okay with my ranty answers and possible unpopular opinions!

Cya! ^^

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Top 5 Tuesday: Covers With Red, Orange, and Yellow

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Hey everyone! It’s that time of the week again! Another Top 5 Tuesday is upon us, and this week’s topic is covers with red, orange, and yellow. I tried to choose books that I’ve already read and am able to remember, so this was another slightly tricky topic for me because apparently I don’t read many books with these colors on the cover. You learn so many new things about yourself when you join book memes, I swear lol.

Anyways!

Here are my top 5 books with red, orange and yellow on the cover.


1. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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I love this cover. I love it more than the new covers ><! It has this comic book kind of vibe to it, and I like how huge and busy the city looks like from Victor’s perspective. I’m not sure about you, but covers set the mood before I read on and this went perfectly with how I pictured events in the book. If you haven’t read Vicious yet, it’s basically about two men with extraordinary powers who are trying to get revenge on each other for an event that happened ten years prior. It is filled with a morally gray cast that I was never sure who to completely root for. This was my first read of the year, and I ended up enjoying it more than Schwab’s Shades of Magic Trilogy.

 

2. Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

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If you follow me on Instagram, or have seen this cover yourself, then you know that it is a bright bright orange. And because it’s so bright it stands out to me. Set during the unstable political climate of Nigeria during the 80’s, this story features a modern couple in a traditional society that are unable to have children. Yejide and Akin were so interesting to read about because they seemed to have a sense of how they wanted to be but were constantly interrupted by their family and society’s beliefs and traditions.

 

3. Itazura na Kiss by Kaoru Tada

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I used to read a ton of shoujo manga when I was younger, but what I hated was the main characters would finally get together and that was it. We would never get to see the rest of their story. I enjoyed Itazura so much because it was the first time I read a shoujo manga where we get to see the main couple before they were together all the way to when they are married and expecting their first child. With that being said, Kotoko is not the smartest of cookies, and Naoki is kind of a jerk.

 

4. America is Not the Heat by Elaine Castillo

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I know! I’m cheating because I haven’t finished it yet, but the cover is super pretty and fits the prompt so it works! This is an ode to Filipinos written for Filipinos, and reading it feels like home. I’m listening to it on audio which is probably why I haven’t finished it yet, but I will get there!

 

5. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

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It’s been a minute since I’ve picked up anything by Sophie Kinsella, but this is the one book that I remember absolutely loving. In this story a lawyer some how ends up at a rich man’s house and ends up working as his maid. Sometimes I crave a cutesy romance full of tropes, and this hit the spot. It was hilarious and adorable, and I’m possibly due for a reread or another Sophie Kinsella book since Summer is among us!

 


So, I just realized I didn’t have any books with mostly red on the cover…><! How do I not have a favorite almost all red book???

Have you read anything on my list? What are some of your favorite red, orange, and yellow book covers? I’d love to chat about it!

Cya! ^^

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May Book Haul – So I Went a Little Overboard

So, I hauled 53 books this month >.>

But I mean, I went to YALLWEST, and then my brother got me books from his trip to Portland. And I got way more active in the blogging community and, therefore, learned of so many new books! And then I figured out how to use NetGalley and Edelweiss. And then I had finals so I needed retail therapy. And I had a BookOutlet coupon that I of course needed to use. And it was Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, so I wanted to make it a point to look for books by Asian authors.

I completely believe those are all valid reasons for my book acquiring this month! -nods-

However, although I totally think it’s fine to buy as many books as you want whenever you want as long as it’s not detrimental to your health, I’ve made some rules to restrict myself until November.

But book haul first!

 Click the title for more info.


Pre-orders

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The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

Barnes & Noble:

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Monsoon Mansion by Cinelle Barnes

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Book Outlet:

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When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu Translated by Joel Martinsen

Death’s End by Cixin Liu Translated by Ken Liu

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

Half Price Books:

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney

Golden Age by James Maxwell

Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de Castell

The Habitation of the Blessed by Catherynne M. Valente

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Eternal Life by Dara Horn

YALLWEST Purchases:

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East by Edith Pattou

Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

YALLWEST ARCs:

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Ship it by Britta Lundin

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake >My Review<

LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Seafire by Natalie C. Parker

Rule by Ellen Goodlett

The War Outside by Monica Hesse

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd

West by Edith Pattou

Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

The Me I Meant to Be by Sophie Jordan

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Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

The Legend of Drizzt by R.A. Salvatore

The Book Community Made Me Do It:

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The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi

Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff

The Astonishing Color of After of After by Emily X.R. Pan

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco

NetGalley eARCs:

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

Mr. Nice Guy by Jennifer Miller and Jason Feifer

Edelweiss eARCs:

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman >My Review<

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa


That’s everything!
And now for the rules of my sort of book ban that will last until November. I’m trying to restrict my book buying because I’ll be going to Hawaii for a wedding in October and would like to save a little more for it. Space isn’t a problem.

Book Ban Rules: 

1. E-arcs are okay.
2. Next in a series/world I just finished are okay.
3. I can buy books with store credit.
4. Trades are okay.
Wish me luck!

Are there any books in my haul that you’re interested in? Have you read any of them? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
Cya! ^^
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May Wrap-Up

Hey everyone! I’ve been sick and a little less active than I wanted to be this week, but today I’ll be doing my May wrap-up. Better late than never, right? In May I only read 4 books, but I loved every one of them. I’m hoping I’ll become better at scheduling in June so I can get back to reading more, but for now!


1. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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I was more impressed with this novella than I thought I would be probably because I went into it thinking it would be like a “T.V. special.” I didn’t expect much to happen so I enjoyed it.  >Full Review<

 

2. [ARC] Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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A hard-hitting novel about a girl whose brother has just been accused of rape. I was completely drawn in by this read that makes you ask the question: What would you do if someone close to you was accused of doing something horrible to someone else? >Full Review<

 

3.The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, Translated by Ken Liu – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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I buddy read this with one of my friends from high school and I’m glad I did because this was super tough to get through, especially because I’m not that familiar with adult science fiction yet. However, this book that has physicists taking part in a VRMMORPG to solve the three-body gravitational problem was definitely worth the extra effort. >Full Review<

 

4. [ARC] A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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An anthology of Asian mythology retellings by Asian authors. Ah, if you ran into me on any social media platform in May then you know how intensely I love these stories. This is the collection of short stories my younger self wishes she was able to read. If there’s one book I hope you all read soon, it’s this! >Full Review< 

DNF: Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi


How did your month of May go? Did you find any new favorites? Let me know!

Cya! ^^

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Top 5 Wednesday: Bookish Habits

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey and currently hosted by Sam on Goodreads. Come check out the group and join the fun!

Hey everyone! I had a different post planned for today’s Rewind, but I’m not feeling well so I decided on a topic that would allow me to participate and then go back to bed instead ><! This actually turned out to be pretty fun, and I’m sitting here wondering how I’ve become this obsessed with books and reading. I’m also pretty sure this confirms my book buying problem, but oh well! -shrugs-


1. I listen to audio books during my commute to school.

My university is a 45 minute drive without traffic and almost 2 hours with traffic. I make this commute 2 times a week, so I get a lot of audio book time in. I used to hate this commute, but I don’t mind it as much when I have a good audio book that I’m looking forward to listening to!

 

2. I read on my Kindle while on the elliptical.

I can’t stand cardio of any kind, especially cardio that involves sprinting or moving really fast (which I’m pretty sure is most cardio…). So instead, I crank the incline up on the elliptical and stay on there for an hour. I used to listen to music while I do this, but I kept outplaying songs after a few months. Reading on my Kindle turned out to be a great alternative because there are so many stories out there.

 

3. I have mastered Book Outlet…sort of.

For those of you who don’t know, Book Outlet is an online bookstore that sells books at overstocked prices. I check Book Outlet at around 10 PDT because that is when they usually restock and then add books I’m interested in to my cart. I do this most nights until I find that one book that makes me move on to purchasing whatever’s in my cart. This is usually a UK edition, a signed copy, or a book that costs a lot at full price. Before I check out, I remove books I don’t think I will actually get to and buy the rest. I don’t look through Book Outlet for awhile after, but I inevitably start the process all over again.  I can’t be the only one who does this, right? >.>

 

4. I get the most reading done at work.

I am a part time barista at a local cafe and my shift is from 6:30 AM to 1:30 PM. There is the initial rush in the morning until about 9 and then another rush at about 11 to noon. Between these rushes we clean and restock and then my coworker hops on Twitter while I read.

 

5. I have a release day Half Price Books and Barnes & Noble routine.

On the release day of a book I’ve been anticipating, I gather up books I’ve been wanting to unhaul and sell them at Half Price Books. While waiting for the employees to get to my books, I check the clearance section because I can usually find books that have been on my radar and never thought I would find in person in perfect condition for $1-$3 (Side note: This is another reason why I always end up with so many books at the end of the month. I love looking through clearance sections and used book stores!) When the HPB employee calls me over, I then check to see if they have the new release I’ve been wanting. If they don’t have the book, I drive a mile over to the Barnes & Noble and buy the book discounted or fully with the money I get from Half Price Books.


So yep, there you have it. You now all know the lengths I go for books >.>. Don’t judge me!! You gotta read whenever and where ever you can. And retail therapy, ya know?

What are some of your bookish habits? I’d love to know in the comments!

Cya! ^^

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