January Physical Haul: You’re never gonna believe the size of this one…

For 2019, I decided it was time to make a change: I needed to buy less, borrow more, and read more of the books I already owned pre-2019.

So… did I stick to my goals? See for yourself!

(Click the titles for Goodreads links!)

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Pre-Orders:

(pre-orders placed before 2019 don’t count against my book buying limits!)

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  • Savage Species — Jonathan Janz
  • The Gilded Wolves — Roshani Chokshi
  • Fence, Vol. 2 — C. S. Pacat
    • I loved volume 1 so much I needed volume 2!
  • Song of the Dead — Sarah Glenn Marsh

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Gifts:

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  • Final Girls — Mira Grant
    • Thank you so much, Owl! This is an out-of-print novella and I was STUNNED when I received the surprise package in the mail ♥
  • Internment — Samira Ahmed
    • Thank you SO much to Kayla for this one! ♥
  • The Music of What Happens — Bill Konigsberg
    • This one was also from Kayla!

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ARCs & Review Copies:

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  • Wolf Land — Jonathan Janz
    • vicious werewolves!
  • The Dark Game — Jonathan Janz
    • horror authors on a nightmarish writing retreat (literally one of my fave horror themes ever)
  • Will Haunt You — Brian Kirk
    • a haunted book curses everyone who reads it
  • You Must Not Miss — Katrina Leno
    • YA contemporary about slut-shaming, trauma, and dreaming up imaginary worlds to escape away to
  • Crazy Cupid Love — Amanda Heger
    • adult rom-com about a descendant of Cupid who works in her family’s matchmaking shop
      • this wasn’t sent to me for reviewing, just for IG promo shots, but it sounds cute so I still plan on reading it!
  • The Smoke — Simon Ings
    • adult dystopian sci-fi about… I don’t know what, actually, it just sounds so intriguing!
  • Binti: The Complete Trilogy — Nnedi Okorafor
    • adult sci-fi novella collection
  • Gates of Stone — Angus Macallan
    • adult Asian-inspired (Indonesian, I believe) fantasy
      • this and the Binti trilogy were both given to me as eARCs last month, but you’re seeing them again here thanks to the publisher also offering me finished copies! ♥

So, as you can see, I actually stuck to my book buying limits REALLY well! I didn’t spend any money at all on physical books this month—my only “purchases” were paid for last year!

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Did you have any haul-related resolutions for 2019? If so, how’s it going so far?

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34 thoughts on “January Physical Haul: You’re never gonna believe the size of this one…

  1. I think it’s so funny that while you’re buying fewer books, I’m finally buying more books! I barely ever buy myself books, but have been cutting myself some slack with it as long as they’re books I love and/or know I’ll come back to. It feels nice to be getting some of my own again!

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    1. Oooooh, yesss! You go for buying books! I miss buying a lot but at the same time, it’s been motivating me to use the library and books I already have, plus kindle unlimited (which I’ve finally decided to keep when my sub expires because I’ve honestly loved having it).

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    1. Bahaha fingers crossed indeed. 😂 That’s what caught my attention about it – it’s like The Ring, when it was new, and how so many of us were secretly a little worried by watching *the* cursed film. I love that trope and never get tired of it.

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  2. I am so jealous of your physical ARCs! And, kudos to you for sticking to the goal. I tried to do a book buying ban last year and I bought more books than EVER. So, this year I am trying to read 5 before I buy one. I have done it once but I have already thought of other ways around the ban (using gift cards to buy books etc). Some books just need to be owned right?

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m sorry your book ban didn’t work well last year! My bans last year usually didn’t work out too well, either, so I have no idea why this one is going as well as it is but I’m pleased about it! I don’t think there’s anything wrong with finding some loopholes every now and then, though 😉 haha! good luck!

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  3. Wow! This is super impressive! I’m in awe of your self restraint. I don’t usually put myself on a book buying ban because I rarely buy books. But since my TBR has expanded by quite a bit in the past 2-3 months, I’m trying not to borrow any more books from the library or friends until I finish up some of the older books I’ve bought or read. But it won’t be a year long thing, hopefully. It should just last a few months.

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    1. Thank you so much! Ooooh, way to go! Good luck on staying frugal 😀 ❤ I bought my first non-preorder (and non-kindle sale) book of the year yesterday, and it was actually just buying a copy of a reference book on astrology I'd been borrowing from a local library. So I feel like it barely even counts since it's for my personal "research" and not for "fun"! 😂😂

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