Library Bonanza Book Haul


November 18, 2012 by Heidi

Book Haul (31)

I recently put a mental restriction on my library borrowing.  I told myself I’d just check out 4 books at a time.  Three could be parts of series, but one had to be a stand alone.  Of course…this didn’t apply to audiobooks or those for read alongs, so here I am going library crazy again!  Here’s what I picked up:

  • Sacred Scars by Kathleen Duey (Book two in A Resurrection of Magic after Skin Hunger)
  • Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews (Book three in The Edge after On the Edge and Bayou Moon)
  • An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire (Book three in October Daye after Rosemary and Rue and A Local Habitation)
  • The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick
  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Bloody Jack: Being the Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy by L.A. Meyer
  • Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
  • A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
  • A Beautiful Friendship by David Weber

Bloody Jack by L.A. MeyerA Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce audio book coverA Beautiful Friendship by David Weber audio book coverMoon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool audio book cover

In addition to my library bonanza I got:

  • An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott (Purchased on Kindle)
  • Shut Out by Kody Keplinger (Signed)
  • A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger (Signed)
  • One Plus One Equals Blue by MJ Auch (For review)

I’ve already listened to Moon Over Manifest and loved it–I’ll be posting my review this week.  I’m knee deep into reading Little House books with Wendy which I’m finding are the perfect holiday comfort reads!  Do any of you have certain books you like to pull out during the holidays?  I’m also relistening to Harry Potter, and will undoubtedly be doing a Harry Potter movie weekend before the end of the year.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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  1. Chachic says:

    Thanksgiving is coming up? You should borrow more books for the long weekend then! I’m excited for you to read Fate’s Edge. :) And let me know what you think of the third October Daye book, I still haven’t gotten back to that series. I’ve also read A Curse as Dark as Gold but didn’t love it, hope you like it a lot better than I did.

    • Heidi says:

      Yep! Thanksgiving is on Thursday here in the U.S. Unfortunately, I don’t get a long weekend though. I’ll be helping out in the knitting store where I teach on Friday, but that’s all right. I’m looking forward to baking pie and decorating for Christmas! I’m curious as to what I’ll think of the audio for A Curse Dark as Gold. It’s a narrator I’ve never listened to before, which always makes me nervous, but I’m gonna try!

  2. I’m making a conscious effort to read new-to-me books vs. (re)reading old favorites, but it’s very likely I’ll be reading Fire and Bitterblue again this winter, especially after (re)reading Graceling last month. I’ll also probably (re)read Finnikin of the Rock in prep for reading Froi of the Exiles and Quintana of Charyn.

    Mostly, I really love reading long, weighty fantasies during the winter. (Maybe I’ll even (finally) tackle Game of Thrones??)

    • Heidi says:

      I usually have a good mixture of new and rereads–a lot of the time I’ll do rereads on audio, but I have been rereading a lot lately! Working on three different series atm (Sandman, Harry Potter and Little House books). I STILL haven’t read Fire or Bitterblue, which is terrible since I read Graceling earlier this year and loved it so much! I agree that winter is the perfect time for some heavy epic fantasy. You should give the Song of Ice and Fire series a go! It’s soooooo soooo good. But I’m sure you hear that a lot. :)

      • The thing about ASOIAF is that every person I know who’s read the books mentions that 1. they literally threw at least one of the books at least once, and 2. the wait for the next book is best described as agonizing. So I’m just not sure I want to do that to myself. :)

        You MUST read Fire. And Bitterblue, but ohmigawd, Fire! You know how sometimes there are fictional characters who you love so much, you actively miss them unless you’re reading their book(s)? Fire is possibly #1 on that list, which means she’s beating Will and Lyra and Alanna & co. I love her so much.

        • Heidi says:

          Yeah, that’s totally fair on ASoIaF. The only reason I didn’t throw the last one was I was reading the e-book. 😛

          If George R.R. Martin pulls a Robert Jordan and dies before he finishes his series there will be riots.

          I’ve heard so many amazing things about Fire at this point, I don’t know whether to be excited or nervous. I’m sure I’m going to love it though–trying to shove in the rest of my 2012 reads this year, and then I’ll probably fit it in at the beginning of 2013. :)

  3. I can’t tell you again how much your readalong of the Little House books makes me want to grab mine and reread my own. I loved them, but haven’t read them in awhile and I’m curious to see how they stood up. But yay!
    I’m curious to see what you think of A Curse Dark as Gold. I really, really enjoyed it. I think it’s a great, kind of dark Rumplestiltskin retelling.
    Enjoy all your great books Heidi!!!

    • Heidi says:

      I’m loving reading them! I’m starting Farmer Boy today, and as I get into it I’m almost certain I never actually read this one as a kid (probably because it was about a boy?). They do stand up…I mean part of it has to be nostalgia, but they are well written and great if you’re interested in the time period and life style, you couldn’t ask for better! I’m curious about A Curse Dark as Gold as well–I decided to try the audio, but if the narrator doesn’t work for me I’ll have to switch to text!

  4. So many amazing books this week, Heidi! Shut Out and A Midsummer’s Nightmare are really quick, but fun, contemporary reads. I love Laura Ingalls Wilder and I’m sure you’re going to enjoy your relaxing read-along of it with Wendy! :) I do HP Movie Weekends every month…I know! I waste SO much time, but it’s worth it! 😉 I’m due for a Lord of the Rings Movie Weekend soon though! 😀 Not to mention a Jane Austen one…hehe. I can’t wait to see what you make of the sequel to Skin Hunger – definitely one I need to read – and I hope Fate’s Edge is just as good as Ilona Andrews other books! Happy Reading! :)

    • Heidi says:

      The Little House books are so much fun to sit back with! I love HP weekends, and we do LotR weekends sometimes too! It’s really a long haul with the extended editions, but always worth it. I honestly like Ilona Andrews’ The Edge series even better than Kate Daniels, so I know I’m gonna love Fate’s Edge. 😀

  5. Oh noez!! You are like me when I go to the bookstore! Once it is in my hand, it’s over! Hahaha. I truly need to start utilizing my library more.

    I have heard wonderful things about Moon Over Manifest. I got approved for the author’s latest on NG and I can’t wait to read it. If I like it, I imagine I will pick up the one you have straight away!

    Great haul, Heidi. :)

    • Heidi says:

      Hehe, yes, I’m SO much worse at the library than at a bookstore…I’m pretty good about not spending money, but terrible when everything’s free.

      Yes! I LOVED Moon Over Manifest, and am so excited to read Navigating Early asap.

  6. VeganYANerds says:

    I find it so hard to leave the library without a stack of books, love this stack, particularly Shut Out – sounds good!

    • Heidi says:

      I know! I’m terrible. I try to just pick up my Inter-Library Loan books without looking at the shelves, or this happens. :)

  7. BLOODY JACK! Ahhh. Dude I feckin love that audiobook series. Katherine Kellgren really shines.

    AND LOOK AT ALL THE LAURA INGALLS WILDER. That was totally my thing back in the day. Like I wanted to live on the freakin prairie in a cabin and grow food. Obviously my priorities have changed.


    I kind of love your haul and your wide, awesome taste.

    • Heidi says:

      <3 Thanks, April!

      Yeah, both you and Catie have said such great things about Bloody Jack, I just had to check out the audio, and I loved reading some Little House books with Wendy. I totally wanted to be a pioneer as a kid too!

  8. Sigh, I need to suck it up and start going to my library. I just love owning books! And keeping them FOREVER. Also, three cheers for the Little House books. Love them! And Kody Keplinger’s books!

    • Heidi says:

      Hehe, well, being poor and living in an apartment with no room really helps me on the utilizing the library front. I mostly try to only buy books that either aren’t available through my library system, are at events I attend, or that I know I will want to reread. I’ve been meaning to read Keplinger forever, I’m so glad I own 2/3 of them now!

  9. Melanie says:

    Ahh, Little House. I’m almost afraid to read them again and potentially ruin my childhood idolization of them. Glad to hear you’re enjoying them!

    • Heidi says:

      I know exactly what you mean, Melanie! I reread A Wrinkle in Time a couple of years ago and pretty much hated it. It was so unfortunate! These books have really held up for me though, I only read the first two, but I’m totally going to go back and read the rest come New Years.

  10. I just want you to know that I wish we could watch an entire Harry Potter movie marathon together. I proposed a marathon to a bunch of my friends here and they were all like, “Oh, we’ll stop by for a bit in the afternoon” blahblahblah and I gave them the stinkeye, like, “Are you seriously proposing that I just watch a movie marathon alone and that a bunch of you will stop by to throw a pity party with me for an hour or two? Screw you guys.”

    • Heidi says:

      Um, heck yes! I would love to do a full on Harry Potter marathon! That is just shameful, you need cooler friends. 😛

      We do themed movie marathons round these parts A LOT. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Kevin Smith, Tarentino, heck, we had a Vampire Weekend which in no way involved the band Vampire Weekend. I am all about the movie marathons.

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