January Digital Haul: Don't mind me, just drowning in eARCs.

January 28, 2019

The infamous “new librarian gets themselves into a world of trouble with NetGalley” saga continues.

(Click the titles for Goodreads links!)



I got a lot of NetGalley approvals this month, but a lot of them were kids’ books, which I know many of you aren’t interested in, so I decided to start sorting them by age range in case you want to skim past. ?

adult fiction:


adult NONfiction:






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Kindle Sales & Gifts:



Did you bring in any fun digital hauls this month? Let me know in the comments!


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  • Reply Sarah January 28, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Besides the two tarot books on Netgalley that you sent me (which I am so excited to read!), I also got a copy of The Invited, an upcoming release from one of my fav authors (also from NG, haha). ARCs are almost always the only eBooks I get, so my digital hauls are usually pretty limited! 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 28, 2019 at 6:42 pm

      Oooooh, that’s so exciting! And yeah, I don’t buy ebooks too often these days, and I try to keep myself away from the freebies on the kindle store because I never get around to reading them. ?

      • Reply Sarah January 28, 2019 at 8:42 pm

        I mostly end up grabbing the kindle freebies when someone happens to mention them in a review or on Twitter and it’s something that I want to read. But that rarely happens!

  • Reply Hannie January 28, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    My NetGalley queue is out of control, I’m putting myself on a requesting ban until I get what I currently have read!

  • Reply Alexis Spivak January 28, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    I completely feel the drowning in eARCS. I keep thinking that I’m almost to the bottom of my pile, but then I get clicker happy and end up with several more. I received three books in January from NetGalley. Maid by Stephanie Land, Juliet The Maniac by Juliet Escoria and Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay.

  • Reply Avery @ RedRocketPanda January 28, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Oh Destiny, you’re so terrible :’) <3

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 28, 2019 at 6:43 pm

      I mean, am I, though? 😛

      • Reply yarnowlreads January 29, 2019 at 2:55 pm

        Definitely not! Imagine all the readers advisory you’ll be able to do. For real, I’ve worked in a bunch of library positions, and from pages to the director patrons aren’t going to differentiate. If you work in a library they’re going to think of you as a librarian and your thoughts on books are going to carry weight. You’re working with kids and you need to be on top of kids books, yeah, but you’re also going to be able to rec books to their older siblings and parents, which I can say from experience will help you advance quickly in the eyes of both your admin and patrons!

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 29, 2019 at 3:43 pm

          This is all so true. ♥ Thank you for this, because I really honestly needed the reassurance. It’s hard sometimes to remember that these ARCs are a partnership with the publishers, and a way to help me with my job—not me just being a greedy grabby-hands haha.

  • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches January 28, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I’m going to be sitting in envy here, haha. Sooo many eARC’s! I don’t know how you’ll get through them all, woman!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 28, 2019 at 6:46 pm

      On one hand, I’m like, I almost feel… *bad* about this many eARCs? Like, is it too much, you know? But on the other hand, I keep reminding myself that my imposter syndrome has kicked in BIG TIME lately and that, yes, it DOES make sense for publishers to favor librarians when we have the opportunity to put these books in patrons’ hands. But that doesn’t stop me from wondering when all of these publishers are going to revoke my privileges and be like, “NOPE, NOT LIBRARIAN ENOUGH FOR US!” It’s… been a weird place to be in, mentally. ?

      • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches January 29, 2019 at 2:26 am

        Hahaha, I can imagine the struggle you must be dealing with! it does make sense, but I guess that – to others that don’t really know / see you as a librarian – it might feel.. weird to see you with ALL THESE ARC’S. [Although I’m used to seeing you drowning in ARC’s so I’m not really bothered, haha!]

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 29, 2019 at 3:32 pm

          Yeah, I hear you! I honestly don’t get it. I get a few snarky or weird comments every single month when I post my hauls and it makes me so freaking uncomfortable because I know bloggers who get way more ARCs than I do, or way bigger ones than mine, and I’ve never felt the need to say anything rude to them about it? I’m honestly to the point where I’m tempted to stop posting hauls at all because it’s getting old. 🙁 I’m not hurting anyone. Sigh.. sorry for the mini-rant. I’m just frustrated with some of the behavior I’ve had to deal with lately, people have just… not been very nice over the past few weeks. 🙁

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches January 30, 2019 at 3:34 pm

            Social media lately has shown me you’re not the only one struggling with things like this. Seriously. It’s like, new year, new ways to annoy and frustrate and make people feel down or something. What’s up with that?
            You shouldn’t feel bad about your hauls. I actually LOVE seeing hauls, even if they do tend to frustrate me a bit once in a while. [Like, even more so if you just got denied for seven requests on Edelweiss and feel like the whole publishing industry hates you but whatever. xD] It’s not like I’ll start blaming other bloggers for that. You can’t help it that you’re so lucky to get all the ARC’s while others have less luck. It’s not up to you.
            But I do see why you’d want to stop posting the hauls – I hope you won’t though. 🙂

      • Reply yarnowlreads January 29, 2019 at 2:57 pm

        I’ve definitely struggled with the impostor syndrome, but soon you’ll start seeing the readers advisory rolling in and you’ll realize just how beneficial eARCs are to both you and your patrons! And anyone who’s upset that you’re getting more ARCs than they are should stay in their lane.

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 29, 2019 at 3:44 pm

          Word. ♥ Thank you! I’ve already found ARCs so helpful (99% of my current acquisitions request list for the region is made up of books I loved as ARCs), and I think I just need to keep in mind that this is what ARCs were originally made for—early reviews from people getting books in readers’ hands—and I don’t need to feel guilty for using them as planned!

  • Reply ✩ Ashley ✩ January 28, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Looking forward to see which turn out to be your new loves!!

  • Reply CJR The Brit January 28, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Daisy Jo es and the Six really intrigues me….let me know how it is!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 28, 2019 at 6:46 pm

      Will do! I loved Evelyn Hugo so much that it made me want to read everything she writes! 🙂

  • Reply singerofstories January 28, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    I got a couple NG ARCs that I am super excited about this month! However, I was trying really hard not to request more because I am trying to get my percentage up. Oops. :\

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 28, 2019 at 6:47 pm

      Oh noooo! Well, you’ll get them caught up and improve that percentage in no time. 🙂 And then, as you read and review more, your percentage stops being affected so much by new ones, thankfully! I have no idea what your ratios look like, so you may already know this, and if you do, feel free to ignore me ?

  • Reply MetalPhantasmReads January 28, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Yay for Changeling! I really love his Jackaby series 🙂 awesome haul as always!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 28, 2019 at 6:52 pm

      I read the first few chapters of Jackaby, and got distracted by something else and forgot to finish it ? BUT the point of me telling you this is that I ADORED the few chapters I read so I’m super excited for Changeling!

      • Reply MetalPhantasmReads January 30, 2019 at 11:10 am

        Yay 😀 the Jackaby series is really fun. Hopefully you do enjoy it if you pick it back up!

  • Reply Cecelia January 28, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    That is SO many ARCs ? how are you even going to decide what to read??

    • Reply yarnowlreads January 29, 2019 at 2:58 pm

      That’s what TBR jars are for! ?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 29, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      I typically try to go in release order, or something close to it, with exceptions here and there for books that I’m extra excited for and can’t wait to read. 🙂

  • Reply Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum January 28, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Wow yes, that’s quite the haul! I’m so happy to spy The Wolf in the Whale in there though. Just two words: SO GOOD. I hope you’ll like that one 😀

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 29, 2019 at 3:29 pm

      Excellent! 😀 I feel like I’m not hearing a lot of reviews for The Wolf in the Whale, but the reviews I am hearing have all been raving about it, so I definitely want to get to it ASAP. Thank you!

  • Reply KateMonroeSeries (@rachel_troyer93) January 29, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Awesome haul! 😀 I got a copy of The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren this week. I already read it and it was a enjoyable read.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 29, 2019 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you! Oooh, how exciting, I just got that one too and I’m super excited. 😀 I’m glad you liked it!!

  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators January 29, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    There are quite a few books on here that I really want to read. Top priority is The Bride Test. I want that book out NOW so I can read it already! I also think Red, White, and Royal Blue sounds super cute and can’t wait to hear what you think of it.

  • Reply yarnowlreads January 29, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    As a librarian who has gone through this, I have a couple pointers. Mostly, at the beginning it mostly just feels selfish, but you are going to have SUCH A BIG impact on your patrons. Especially because you work with kids and their families, your word regarding recs is going to be invaluable, and so you’ll need a really wide range of knowledge. Even if you don’t read/review them all, even skimming and getting an idea what it’s about and what the style is so you can rec it is so helpful. <3 You’ve got this, love!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 29, 2019 at 3:47 pm

      Thank you so much. ♥ I needed this! It’s been hard, adjusting to the paradox of being a librarian and blogger at the same time, because a lot of times, those two worlds don’t actually mesh as much as people think they would, and I don’t think some people have been totally understanding of why my reviewing life is so much different than it was 6 weeks ago. And you made such a good point about how sometimes ARCs are provided for us just to skim and get a feel for, not just to review critically! I need to remember that next time I start struggling with the way I view myself. ♥

  • Reply Kaleena @ Reader Voracious January 29, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    So many books, happy reading love!

  • Reply Ellyn January 30, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Ooh Mera has a really lovely copy! Have you seen the movie Aquaman? She’s really great in the film so hopefully she’s similar in the book!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 31, 2019 at 8:33 pm

      It’s really gorgeous! I haven’t seen the movie yet sadly, I want to but we don’t make it to the theatre much so I’m waiting to rent it!

      • Reply Ellyn January 31, 2019 at 9:24 pm

        It’s really really good, I hope you enjoy it whenever you get around to watching it!

  • Reply rachel @ typed truths January 31, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    so many books! you’re going to find some new favourites from this pile and i’m so excited for you to discover which ones. and i’m genuinely so keen to hear your thoughts so i can know which ones to prioritise lol.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries January 31, 2019 at 9:10 pm

      Awww thank you Rachel!! ♥♥ you’re so sweet and supportive and I just love you and needed this comment ??

  • Reply Fadwa @ Word Wonders February 3, 2019 at 7:30 am

    You got approved for so many of my anticipated releases omg ?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 3, 2019 at 4:54 pm

      There are soooo many good books coming out this year! :O I’ll be crossing my fingers for you!

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