December Book Haul: Lots of Fantasy with a Surprising Amount of Adult Fiction!

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Normally, on a month-to-month basis, I don’t acquire a lot of books–if any–but December/Christmas is the time when I accumulate most of the books I own. Between Christmas, a book exchange between my book club, and using some old gift cards to treat myself to a few mass market paperbacks, I hauled 18 books this month! The majority are fantasy novels (so surprising, right?), but I didn’t realize how little YA I acquired and how many “adult” books I got until I lined them all up to take a picture! Perhaps I’m “maturing”? (baha, unlikely; YA Forever!)

Also, I just unhauled ~12 YA books and a couple dozen children’s books yesterday so hopefully I’ll be able to find the shelf space for these books (and omg, it feels so nice to have donated and rid myself of so many books). I have 2 full bookcases, 1 short bookcase, and an additional shelf which I use for books. Once I reorganize my remaining childhood books, I’ll should be able to have all my books neatly tucked away. But let’s be real; I’m horrible at cleaning–as in you can barely see the floor in my room–so it’s unlikely that I get to this before returning to school. 😅

eightteen books stacked in front of a glowing christmas tree

From my Book Club’s Exchange:

There was so much hype around this book last year/earlier this year and I’m so excited to own a copy! My book club does a white-elephant-style book exchange every semester and I was super excited to snatch this book up at it! My friend, who contributed the book, said she loved it, so I’m very curious to see exactly what this book entails.

Books I Bought for Myself:

Using some Barnes & Noble and Amazon gift cards, I treated myself to these 3 books after finishing some particularly stressful finals and moving back home. I’ve actually already read one of these books, Heroine Complex, and really enjoyed it! It’s a fun, relatively quick read that parodies the expectations and work of superheroes.

**Post Edit**

I completely forgot to include a book, making my total haul 19 books! I picked this book up in a used bookshop in at a library. When the Emperor was Divine is an amazing book. Julie Otsuka is the queen of show and not tell, and additionally, her use of perspective is extremely powerful. I’ve read this book twice now and I can only dream of writing like her.

the book When the Emperor was Divine lying against a red background

Christmas Gifts:

I am extremely fortunate and blessed to have parents and grandparents that are willing to buy me lots of books for Christmas. My book collection and my passion for reading would be nothing without them, particularly my mom. If it wasn’t for her tirelessly searching for books that piqued my interest and reading with me during my elementary school years, I wouldn’t be the reader I am today (or probably a reader at all).
Wow, I just got really sentimental there, sorry guys. 😅 Essentially all that I meant to say is that I’m really grateful for these books and that I’m equally excited to dive into all of them (ahhh, why I can’t I just take an entire suitcase full of books with me back to school??)

That’s it for my December book haul! 😄

What books have you acquired recently?
Any suggestions on which of these books I should pick up first?
What’s your favorite book that you own?



Top Ten Tuesday: Books from a LONG Time Ago that I Actually Want to Read

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Ha, so this week’s TTT topic is “Longest Books I’ve Ever Read” but I checked my Goodreads account and of the 10 longest books I have recorded, 4 of them are Sarah J. Maas books and I don’t think you guys want to hear me scream about SJM repeatedly. Not to mention, I just wasn’t feeling this topic, so I decided to put my own spin on this week’s post. Okay yes, I’m REALLY stretching it here with what is essentially a Classics TBR, but did you see how I incorporated the word ‘long’ into the title? Thus, I think it counts.

Lol, this post is also very much inspired by the fact that I’m taking a class called “Jane Austen and Popular Culture” and that we’re currently reading Pride & Prejudice and I’m adoring it!

For those of you who don’t know:

“Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

(This quote comes directly from the blog, That Artsy Reader Girl)

1. Persuasion by Jane Austen


First Published: 1817

I told you I’m on a Jane Austen kick! Sadly, my class is not reading all of Austen’s works (we’re only reading P&P, S&S, Northanger Abbey, and Emma), so this book is definitely on my TBR for when the class concludes!

2. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen


First Published: 1814

Same goes with this one. I know for sure that I’ve watched the movie adaptation of this book and that it involves cousins, but I remember nothing else about the plot.

3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë


First Published: 1847

Bought a copy of this book for 50 cents at a used book sale a few years ago and I’ve been meaning to read it ever since! I remember that I started the first chapter and found it intriguing, so I’m hoping that I’ll enjoy the rest of the book!

4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë


First Published: 1847

Honestly, I don’t really know what this book entails, but I want to. I feel like I’ve heard this book referenced so many times, so I really just want to be in the know!

5. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy


First Published: 1905

I’m obsessed with the secret identity trope, so of course I want to read this classic! This book is probably the classic that I’m most excited to pick up.

6. Grimm’s Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm


First Published: 1812

And how could this list be complete without some fantasy? I know what a few of these original fairy tale versions entail, but I’ve never actually read them, and I feel like I should. (Not to mention that I want an excuse to buy a fancy collector’s edition of the tales from B&N!)

7. Le Morte d’Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table


First Published: 1485

I blame the TV show Merlin for my obsession with King Arthur. And yes, I know this is more a collection of tales then a set classic novel, but I really want to read more Arthurian legends (I’ve only read “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”)!

8. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


First Published: 1877

Another classic I know next to nothing about but I still want to read??? I think I’m just intrigued because it’s actually a classic with a female protagonist (and because Keira Knightley stars in the movie adaptation 😀).

9. The Arabian Nights: Tales from A Thousand and One Nights


First Published: 800

I love Shahrazad/One Thousand and One Nights retellings so I feel as though I should read the actual tales? Ahhh, I just love mythology and folklore!

10. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux


First Published: 1910

I’ve seen both the musical and the movie adaptation, but I’ve never read the actual book and I’m curious to see how they all compare!

What classics do you love? Any recommendations? Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts?

If you participated in TTT this week, feel free to link up your posts in the comments below, I would love to read them!