I don’t usually acquire books often enough to constitute a book haul, but I was extremely fortunate to have a internship this past spring semester where I was able to get access to a lot of free books and ARCs, so I thought I would dedicate a post to them!
This internship led me to send 26 pounds of books back to myself at the end of the semester. Within 4 months, I accumulated 26 physical books, only 3 of which I paid for myself, and 11 ebooks, for a total of 37 books. Literally, how did I do this??
Note: If I have a review for a book, the link will send you to that post, otherwise all links will redirect you to Goodreads.
ALSO, please don’t judge my sketchy book pictures. There’s a reason I don’t have a bookstagram. 😅
The Wicked King was of course a preorder and a book I’ve already read (and adored!). Bloodleaf is an ARC that Susan @ Bloggin’ ’bout Books was kind enough to send me since she got sent an extra one.
- Smoke & Summons by Charlie N. Holmberg (ARC)
- Grace After Henry by Eithne Shortall (ARC)
- The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
- King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
I’ve already read all of these books except King of Scars (I need to get on this soon…). Receiving Smoke & Summons was an ecstatic moment for me because it was the first time I got sent a physical ARC for a review/blog tour. Grace After Henry was an interesting contemporary and great palette cleanser between all the fantasy I’ve been reading. The Language of Thorns WAS FRICKING AMAZING and probably the best book I’ve read all year.
These two were kind of weird grabs for me. I didn’t know anything about Tracks, but I’ve read Erdrich’s Love Medicine and I know a lot of her books focus on the same two families so I thought I’d give it a try. And I haven’t read any books by Mark Lawrence but I’ve been meaning to read Red Sister for awhile now and this cover was just so pretty…. I thought having the third book might be a good motivator to pick up the first.
Update: I just ordered Red Sister! 😂
- Gates of Stone by Angus Macallan
- A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
- Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliot (ARC)
- Two Girls, A Clock, and a Crooked House by Michael Poore (ARC)
- Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon (ARC)
- The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sagar
- The Afterward by E. K. Johnston
- The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne
- Empire of Grass by Tad Williams
- Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor
- The Master of Dreams by Mike Resnick
- The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood
- Electric Forest by Tanith Lee
- Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
- A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire
- An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire
- Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn
- Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines
Yeah, I went a bit overboard in April. I realized I was in the final month of my internship and I was like I NEED ALL THE BOOKS and started visiting the “take shelves” very frequently. Thank goodness the company I interned with was kind enough to mail back all these books for me, because I had no room for them in my suitcases.
- An Illusion of Thieves by Cate Glass (ARC)
I don’t ever purchase ebooks (my one exception being The Cruel Prince novella, The Lost Sisters, back in October!) so all of these ebooks are Netgalley ARCs, Amazon First Reads, or other free ebooks from Amazon.
Wow, this haul had a lot more books in it than I first realized. Again, I am extremely grateful that my internship gave me access to so many AMAZING fantasy and science fiction titles. Lol, if I could read all of these titles RIGHT NOW, I so would. 😊