December Digital Haul—my new job brought in some perks!

January 1, 2019

My new job as a youth librarian doesn’t start until tomorrow, but Netgalley gave me the go-ahead to change over to librarian status week before last, and, uh… well. You’ll see. ?

(Click the titles for Goodreads links!)



  • Wicked Saints — Emily A. Duncan (april 2nd, 2019)
    • YA gothic fantasy inspired by DnD clerics, involving assassinations, war, bloodshed, forbidden romance
      • (I screamed a little when I received this blog tour email and literally feel this WEIGHT of gratitude in my chest every time I remember I have this waiting for me because WOW talk about anticipated releases ??)
  • Love Looks Pretty On You — Lang Leav (jan 29th, 2019)
    • adult poetry collection, releasing
      • Lang Leav is my #1 fave modern poet and I LOVED this so much
  • Child of the Moon — Jessica Semaan (jan 8th, 2019)
    • adult poetry collection about abuse, healing, immigration, feminism, and self-love
      • The writing was okay but the themes were WONDERFUL
  • Chameleon Aura — Billy Chapata (jan 22nd, 2019)
    • adult poetry collection about love and loss from a Zimbabwean author
  • You Are Here — Dawn Lanuza (feb 12th, 2019)
    • adult poetry collection about self-love


  • soft magic. — Upile Chisala (released)
    • adult poetry collection about spirituality, gender, and blackness
  • The Devouring Gray — Christine Lynn Herman (april 16th, 2019)
    • YA urban fantasy about chosen ones and monsters, pitched for fans of The Raven Cycle + Stranger Things
  • Waves — Ingrid Chabbert (may 7th, 2019)
    • adult nonfiction graphic novel about two women and their struggles with infertility
      • this DESTROYED me but it was soooo good!
  • Bone Parish, Vol. 1 — Cullen Bunn (may 7th, 2019)
    • adult horror graphic novel about a New Orleans family who makes drugs from corpse ash
      • super creepy and gross, def recommend
  • Unfollowing You — Komal Kapoor (feb 5th, 2019)
    • adult nonfiction poetry collection about the end of a “situationship”
      • literally AWFUL and the entire thing was a build-up to an online dating site’s advertisement, yikes


  • Somewhere Only We Know — Maurene Goo (may 7th, 2019)
    • YA contemporary about a K-pop star and tabloid reporter falling in love
      • also this title gets the Keane song by this name stuck in my head EVERY TIME I see it
  • We Hunt the Flame — Hafsah Faizal (may 14th, 2019)
    • YA fantasy, reluctant royals, inspired by ancient Arabia (wow please & thank you this sounds so good I’m emotional?) and it has ELVES
  • Girls on the Verge — Sharon Biggs Waller (april 9th, 2019)
    • YA contemporary about a girl who enlists two friends on a road trip to get an abortion
  • Never-Contented Things — Sarah Porter (march 19th, 2019)
    • YA dark fantasy about cruel feyfolk



  • Goodbye, Perfect — Sara Barnard (jan 29th, 2019; already out in UK)
    • YA contemporary about a girl who must choose whether or not to rat out her missing bestie for her relationship with a teacher
  • The Exact Opposite of Okay — Laura Steven (june 11th, 2019; already out in UK)
    • YA contemporary about slut-shaming & misogyny
  • Hello Girls — Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry (august 6th, 2019)
    • YA contemporary about 2 girls on a road trip to run away from the sexist men in their lives
  • Let’s Call it a Doomsday — Katie Henry (august 6th, 2019)
    • YA contemporary about two girls—one who is a doomsday prepper and the other who has predicted the world’s end
  • Missing, Presumed Dead — Emma Berquist (may 21st, 2019)
    • YA paranormal about a teen who sees deaths before they happen and has to help one of “her” ghosts find revenge (confirmed f/f romance by the author, yes please give me queer ghost/human loves!!)

Misc. eARCs: 


  • Clouded by Envy — Candace Robinson (feb 19th, 2019)
    • YA fantasy about fae siblings and curses
      • thank you, Candace!
  • The Same Deep Water As You — Chad Lutzke
    • YA/NA horror/dark fiction, releasing january 11th—I’m not even sure what this is about, but I love Chad’s writing so I jumped at the chance to read it!
      • thank you, Chad!

Kindle Sales & Gifts:


  • GOTH — Otsuichi
    • adult horror manga (I think this is also available in standard novel formatting)
      • I read this and gave it 3.5 stars, it was pretty good
  • The Restorer — Amanda Stevens
    • adult paranormal, ghost hunter… falls in love with a ghost? maybe? PLEASE?
  • Fortune Box — Madeleine Swann
    • adult horror/bizarro about a company mailing out random disgusting/terrifying packages to unsuspecting strangers
      • thank you, Harker!
  • Fear the Drowning Deep — Sarah Glenn Marsh
    • YA historical fantasy/paranormal, witches & dangerous sea things!
      • thank you, Colleen!


  • Black Iris — Elliot Wake (formerly writing as Leah Raeder)
    • NA contemporary about sex, slut-shaming, queer romance, and bullying
      • thank you, Haley!
  • Naked in Death — J. D. Robb
    • adult mystery/romance, this book is the intro to a series that is currently 47 BOOKS DEEP, WHAT AM I DOING TO MYSELF
      • thank you, Haley!
  • Rolling in the Deep — Mira Grant
    • adult horror novella, prequel to Into the Drowning Deep
      • thank you, Jayme!
  • Collected Christmas Horror Shorts 2 — edited by Kevin J. Kennedy
    • adult Christmas horror anthology
      • free at the time I got it, but it’s now on Kindle Unlimited if you’re still needing some spooky holiday vibes!

How was your December haul?


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  • Reply ✩ Ashley ✩ January 1, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!! You definitely have some new perks! ?

  • Reply thecritiquesofafangirl January 1, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    I just bought one book in December
    Best of luck for tomorrow, you’ll be great
    I have one question, what exactly is net galley?

  • Reply mybookworld24 January 1, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Great haul, how is Late-a-thon going for you?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 1, 2019 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks! I start my new job tomorrow so today has mostly been about spending time with family but I did manage to fit in the first half of one overdue ARC this afternoon. 🙂 Hopefully I can finish it tonight. How about you?

  • Reply Harker @ The Hermit Librarian January 1, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    O.M.G. You have some truly stupendous titles to read. I can’t decide which is the one I’d read first! Wicked Saints? We Hunt the Flame? ??

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 1, 2019 at 7:35 pm

      I knooooow, it’s so hard to pick! I’m trying to focus on titles that are releasing sooner rather than later right now, but I think I’m gonna cave and end up reading Wicked Saints either this week or next. 😛

  • Reply Mandy R January 1, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Congrats on the new joba

  • Reply Alyssa Cohen January 1, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Omg so many great eARCs!! Good luck tomorrow, you will be a fantastic youth librarian!!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 1, 2019 at 7:38 pm

      Thank you soooo much! I’m so nervous I’ve been a wreck all day, haha. I’ve wanted this job for so long that it feels surreal that I’ve gotten it and I keep worrying I’m going to walk in tomorrow and say one thing and they’ll realize I have no clue what I’m doing and send me home. ??

  • Reply Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum January 1, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    That is the most awesome job perk! Gah, all self-control would have gone out the window if it were me, I actually think you showed great restraint 😀

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 2, 2019 at 9:05 pm

      Hahaha thank you! There are so many more I was SO tempted to get, so I’m glad someone else agrees that I actually restrained myself a bit ?

  • Reply Ellyn January 1, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Ooh so many good books! I hope you enjoy them all!

  • Reply Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky January 2, 2019 at 2:56 am

    AHHH many congrats on the new job, Destiny! And that is the best perk. 😀 I totally would have gone on a wild request spree.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 2, 2019 at 10:32 pm

      Thank you Kathy! Haha yessss, it’s super exciting 😀 Pay? Who needs pay?! I’ve got ARCs! ??

  • Reply Fran (Ramblebee) January 2, 2019 at 4:50 am

    Congrats on the new job and the librarian status!!

  • Reply Kayla @ Books and Blends January 2, 2019 at 9:31 am

    number one, I’m so jealous that you have Somewhere only we know!
    Also, I have Wicked Saints and Never Contended Things as well! I hope we both enjoy these.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 2, 2019 at 10:38 pm

      Girl I flipped out when I realized they had auto-approved me and that was literally the first thing I ran to download!! I loved The Way You Make Me Feel so I am so excited. I hope you get an ARC of it soon!! And yes, I hope we both love those, too! ♥

      • Reply Kayla @ Books and Blends January 3, 2019 at 12:11 pm

        I haven’t read that one yet! I’ve only read I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen. It was funny and really cute!

  • Reply Laura Beth January 2, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Congrats on the new job! I know you will be awesome!

  • Reply Alexa January 2, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Wow, so much poetry! and it’s scary how many books you can get for free or super cheap. my TBR is crying.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 2, 2019 at 10:46 pm

      Netgalley, yo! Andrews McMeel Publishing puts up soooo many poetry collections and they’re in “read now” status (at least on the US Netgalley, that’s the only one I’m familiar with). It’s awesome!

      • Reply Alexa January 3, 2019 at 5:02 am

        Have fun with them 😀

  • Reply Annemieke January 3, 2019 at 6:18 am

    On the up the In Death books are pretty quick reads. I read the first 4 now and they are nice inbetween books.
    I’m curious what you will think of The Restorer. I’ve read all but the last one and enjoyed the series though it went a little up and down for me.

  • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches January 8, 2019 at 6:49 am

    Ooh, I hope you enjoy The Exact Opposite of Okay! Read it, loved it and the author is lovely as well!

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