May ’18 Haul (& Returning to My Ban!)

May 30, 2018

What up, this is my 400TH POST! Thanks for sticking with me through so much of my nonsense, you amazing book dragons!

Now, with you all as my witness, I am back on a legitimate book ban after this post. My shelves are full, my TBR is beyond hope, and my bank account is in a constant state of grieving. I was very successful at my summer book ban last year, so wish me luck!

I’m going on a book ban for all of June and July, with the same rules applying as last year’s ban:

1. eBooks on sale for $1.99 or less = free game!
2. ARCs & trades = a-okay!
3. Pre-existing pre-orders = go for it!
4. ALL OTHER PURCHASES: must be read within ONE WEEK of purchase!

Now… for the haul!

(Click the titles for Goodreads links!)





Hell House
Universal Harvester
Books of Blood Vol 1-3
Red Queen
Mapping the Interior
Certain Dark Things
If We Were Villains
The Fire This Time
The Traitor Baru Cormorant
The Star-Touched Queen
Station Eleven
Saints and Misfits



A Court of Frost and Starlight (review)
Sky in the Deep (RTC)
The Way You Make Me Feel (review)
LIFEL1K3 (review)



Worlds Seen in Passing
Bright We Burn
Blanca & Roja



Hush, Hush
The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Burial Rites
The Girl from the Well
An Ember in the Ashes

Misc. Purchases:


Kitchen Table Tarot
Little & Lion




Hark! The Herald Angels Scream
Spinning Silver
Grace and Fury
Summer Bird Blue
Babyteeth, Vol 2
Scream All Night

Kindle Purchases:


Ramona Blue
Beauty of the Beast
The Princess Trap
The New Voices of Fantasy
Sour Candy
The City of Brass
Six Stories
The Best Horror of the Year, Vol 8
The Folcroft Ghosts
Dead Lake

How big was your May haul – or did you stick to a book ban? Let me know in the comments, and let me know if you read (and loved) anything I hauled this month!


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  • Reply Laura Beth May 30, 2018 at 11:17 am

    I only bought books while I was with my family in Florida, supporting one of the independent book shops down there.

  • Reply (Danielle) Books, Vertigo and Tea May 30, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Ugh, I do not even want to talk about my current TBR ? But I see you scored some promising reads! Best of luck on the “ban” as I always fail miserably. It starts with those Kindle deals and just spirals out of hand.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 4, 2018 at 1:04 am

      Bahaha I feel you! Awww, thank you. I did really well on my summer ban last year so I am just hoping I can do it again this year! I feel so silly because I was really proud of myself – right after midnight on the 1st, I saw a coupon for Book of the Month’s sub box, and was like, “Ooh, I should re-sub for this month and get this one book I’ve been wanting!” And I was literally in mid-checkout when I realized it was after midnight and my ban had “officially” started… so I got super grumpy with myself and closed the browser, LMAO. But afterwards I was ridiculously proud. ? ? ?

  • Reply (Danielle) Books, Vertigo and Tea May 30, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Not sure if my first comment went through. This phone.. I will just say good luck with the ban instead of repeating myself ?

  • Reply confessionsofayareader May 30, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Great haul and good luck on your buying ban!

  • Reply booksandblends May 30, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Woah that’s a lot of books lo!
    I need to take a part of this book ban with you. Lord knows I’m all over the place with buying books!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 4, 2018 at 1:04 am

      If you decide you wanna go on a book ban, let me know and we can yell at each other if we see any book mail on IG lol!

  • Reply Annemieke May 30, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    My fnger slipped with my May book haul…
    I’m curious what you will think of The Girl from the Well. I’ve heard some good things but I have to read The Bone Witch by her first since I actually own that haha. I really enjoyed Spinning Silver though I didn’t find it as good as Uprooted, but still pretty good. And so lucky to find Oathbringer in hc on bookoutlet. Those are otherwise so expensive!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 4, 2018 at 1:05 am

      Bahaha “my finger slipped”… suuuuuure… 😉
      I have had The Bone Witch since it came out and have NO idea why I haven’t read it yet, but Girl from the Well just really caught my eye, so hopefully I’ll enjoy Rin Chupeco’s writing! I’m probably starting Spinning Silver tomorrow and excited about it. And yes, Oathbringer was a real steal!

  • Reply fictionologyst May 30, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    OMG this haul is so huge! I can’t wait to hear your thought on Spinning Silver!

  • Reply journeyintobooks May 30, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Great haul I hope you enjoy all of these books ??

  • Reply Ashley Rae May 30, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Impressive haul ?

  • Reply Ellyn May 30, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    So many amazing books! Oathbringer looks massive omg! I really want to start the series but, I think I’m going to wait until more books come out in the series!
    Have you read Hush Hush before? What made you pick it up?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 4, 2018 at 1:07 am

      It is HUGE! I think it’s about 1,200 pages? Something like that. Every book in the series is 1,000+, I think.
      I haven’t read Hush Hush before, actually! Have you? I just always see it around goodreads and the person who wanted to trade with me really wanted a book I had, and this was the only thing in her stack I had heard of, so I was like, “Hey, why not?” lol

      • Reply Ellyn June 4, 2018 at 2:57 am

        I have read Hush HUsh before actually and it’s got a bit of a darker Twilight vibe, just with angels. It’s an intresting and quick read,I’ll be interested to see your thoughts on it!

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 5, 2018 at 12:05 am

          Oooooh, cool! 🙂 I might have to put it in my July TBR. I’m planning on reading a bunch of “throwback” titles in July, haha.

  • Reply Lin May 31, 2018 at 7:20 am

    I was pretty good, kept myself under control. I bought about 6 books.
    The rest of the year though….. I probably won’t be able to hold back. There are so many good books coming out though! #notmyfaultidonthavemoneyanymore
    Happy Reading! 😀

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 4, 2018 at 1:08 am

      My poor TBR, indeed, lol! Way to go! And I feel you – I think my pre-order calendar is glaring at me. Happy reading to you too, Lin!

  • Reply shelfishforbooks May 31, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Wow, your 400th post?! That’s so amazing! How long have you been blogging for??
    You got so many books this month! That’s pretty impressive. How many of them have you read? I’ve gotten about eight books this month and haven’t even read two of them

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 4, 2018 at 1:09 am

      Thank you! I started the blog in January of 2017. 🙂
      I actually had to count and double check! I’m currently reading 1 from my haul, and have finished 4 – so, not nearly enough!

  • Reply MetalPhantasmReads May 31, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    You got Mirage! I’m so jealous; I’m dying to read that book after hearing more reviews about it. Hell House is seriously creepy and I’m curious to see what you think and Oathbringer is the best ever 🙂 awesome haul!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 4, 2018 at 1:12 am

      I didn’t actually expect to be approved for Mirage, so that was such a nice surprise! And I’m so glad you liked Hell House and Oathbringer. I’m excited for both of those. I have all 3 of the books currently out in the Stormlight Archives series so far, but I haven’t read any of them yet (oops, lol)

      • Reply MetalPhantasmReads June 4, 2018 at 10:32 am

        Ah you’re in for an awesome ride! It’s very easy to follow which Sanderson is always good at 🙂 So I can’t wait to see what you think!

  • Reply anna May 31, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    u bought oathbringer! the stormlight achrives is one of my favourite series :>>>>

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 4, 2018 at 1:13 am

      Ahhh, yay! I’m excited to start it – I own all 3 of the books currently out but haven’t read any of them yet. Whoops…

      • Reply anna June 4, 2018 at 8:30 am

        i mean, they’re pretty intimidating when u see them all together on a shelf so i feel u lmao

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 5, 2018 at 12:08 am

          LMAO THEY ARE. I was looking at Oathbringer today and I was just like… “god that’s a monster…”

          • anna June 5, 2018 at 3:51 am

            when i read the first two boks back in 2015, it took me like two weeks to finish each of them??? it’s worth it but who has the time !

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  • Reply Sarah June 3, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Omg I really want the Kitchen Tarot book!! I’ve been eyeing it for ages, hope you enjoy it. 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 4, 2018 at 1:28 am

      Thank you! I just started it not long ago and have barely touched it because I’ve been focusing on other reads, but I have REALLY enjoyed what I’ve read so far. Something nice about it is the fact that the author talks about diversity in tarot, and she lists the names of some decks that actually depict POC, queer couplings, etc. It’s really cool!

      • Reply Sarah June 4, 2018 at 6:02 am

        That sounds awesome!! I’ll have to pick it up soon 🙂

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