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

February 4, 2019

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!)



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


  • 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




  • 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!


ARCs & Review Copies:


  • 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!


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


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  • Reply Roachie's Reviews February 4, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Oooh I like the look of The Smoke, will have to look this one up even though I don’t have any capacity for any more books…!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 4, 2019 at 6:18 pm

      It looks excellent! It just sounds really unique and the publicist I work with said that he’s one of the original major voices in sci-fi or something, which is cool :0

  • Reply Sarah February 4, 2019 at 9:08 am

    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!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 4, 2019 at 6:18 pm

      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).

  • Reply ich lese February 4, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I have Will Haunt You on my ARC list for this month! Fingers crossed we won’t get cursed by reading it 😉

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 4, 2019 at 6:19 pm

      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.

  • Reply MetalPhantasmReads February 4, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Great haul Destiny! I’m definitely curious about Gates of Stone! It sounds like a cool fantasy book 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 4, 2019 at 6:20 pm

      Thank you! It really does! Plus I read Petrik’s own-voice review for the rep and he said it was beautifully done, which makes me even more excited!

      • Reply MetalPhantasmReads February 6, 2019 at 10:16 am

        Oh ok what’s the rep in it? I don’t remember

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 18, 2019 at 1:49 am

          Sorry for the late reply! I think it’s an Indonesian-inspired fantasy specifically 🙂

          • MetalPhantasmReads February 18, 2019 at 3:52 pm

            Oh ok cool 🙂 no worries girl! Can’t wait to see your thoughts on it

  • Reply silverbuttonbooks February 4, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    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?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 4, 2019 at 6:21 pm

      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!

  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators February 4, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    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.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 4, 2019 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m hoping I can keep this up for the whole year, but we’ll see. 🙂 Good luck with your goals, too!!

  • Reply KateMonroeSeries (@rachel_troyer93) February 4, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    I just read vol 1-2 of Fence this week and loved it. 😀 I also bought all the remaining issues because I could not wait for vol. 3.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 5, 2019 at 1:42 am

      Yessss! It’s so good. 🙂 I planned on reading v2 as soon as my pre-order arrived and sadly keep not getting around to it, but I’m hoping to read it this week.

  • Reply ✩ Ashley ✩ February 4, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Woohoo! Congrats ?✨
    I’m on an ARC request ban hehe… Oh and my library has Crazy Cupid Love and it sounds so cute! I may need to read it soon(ish)?!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 18, 2019 at 1:19 am

      Thank you! I need to go on an ARC request ban, too. ?

      • Reply ✩ Ashley ✩ February 18, 2019 at 9:49 am

        I’ve been so good! But then I saw The Mutts cartoon had a read now book and I couldn’t resist (“in my defense” ? it’s a comic so it doesn’t count?? ?)

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 18, 2019 at 8:39 pm

          Bahaha The Mutts are so cute! I considered getting that comic collection too, was it cute?

          • ✩ Ashley ✩ February 18, 2019 at 10:17 pm

            Well, I don’t know yet LOL… but I liked #LoveMUTTS last year ?

  • Reply Annemieke February 5, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Woohoo you did great!

  • Reply Kelly | Another Book in the Wall February 5, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    YAY! Way to go, Destiny! I shockingly haven’t bought any books this year (yet … haha), so I’m hoping to remain frugal with my book buying habits in the coming months! ?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 18, 2019 at 1:48 am

      Thank you so much! Ooooh, way to go! Good luck on staying frugal 😀 <3 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"! ??

  • Reply Victoria February 6, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Congrats on sticking to your goal!

  • Reply Kaleena @ Reader Voracious February 6, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    You did so well, great job! I only bought like 4 books last month myself and essentially gave myself a trophy for my self control, haha. I also was sent a copy of The Smoke, it looks so good!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 18, 2019 at 1:51 am

      Thank you! Haha congrats on your self-restraint as well! Hopefully we can both keep it up <3

  • Reply sammers65 February 7, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    All I saw was Fence Vol. 2 and nothing else mattered in the world. LOL. SUPER excited to hear your thoughts on these! Much books, such happy!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 18, 2019 at 1:56 am

      LMAO. The Fence series is so much fun and how the hell have I not read volume 2 yet?!?!

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