My Spectacular October Book Haul!

My last book haul post was in early July, during which I hauled 11 books for my birthmonth. I thought 11 books was a lot, but the last few months, my book buying has gotten out of control. I love it!

But none of my 2016 book hauls beat October’s. I hauled 25 books, y’all. 25 books!

I started the month by attending the Texas Teen Book Festival and bought 6 very new and very expensive novels. Then I treated myself for no reason at all to even more books. So I acquired a few more from subscription boxes, sent to me as ARCs, or given as gifts.

Finally, I went to my city’s library bookstore. It’s where the library system keeps all extra or donated books and sells them at ridiculously cheap prices! All hardcovers are $2 and paperbacks $1. Often, these books are in excellent condition, so I think it’s a fantastic deal. The store is located right next to a barbershop, so I will make a habit to buy a few books every time I need a hair cut. At last, a reason not to hate cutting my hair!

Let me know what you think of my haul and if any of these books are on your TBR!

Texas Teen Book Festival haul


  • The Star Touched Queen – by Roshani Chokshi
    • I’ve seen mixed reviews, but they didn’t stop me from buying this gorgeous book!
  • Six of Crows – by Leigh Bardugo
    • You’ve probably already read it and the sequel. Twice. Now it’s my turn.
  • The Reader – by Traci Chee
    • I love the concept of this book. Plus, the author is so cool.  I “met” her at a book festival. 🙂
  • The Rose and the Dagger – by Renee Ahdieh
    • I forgot to read TWATD when I first bought it 5 months ago. Oops. Now I own both!
  • A Torch Against the Night – by Sabaa Tahir
    • I also met Sabaa Tahir at a book festival. She’s so darn witty and smart.
  • Gabi, A Girl In Pieces – by Isabel Quintero
    • The cover still terrifies me, but the reviews I’ve read convinced me I will love this book.

Treat Yo’ Self haul


  • The Mothers – by Brit Bennett
    • One of my top 5 anticipated books of the year. OMG. So good. Must gather thoughts to review.
  • Ink – by Sabrina Vourvouilas
    • I’ve talked about this book a lot on my blog…it was time to buy it and read it. Sabrina Vourvouilas also stopped by on my blog for Latinx Heritage Month.
  • The Story of a Brief Marriage – by Anuk Arudpragasam
    • October’s book for My Lit Box. It’s set during the Sri Lankan Civil War. I expect to learn tons.
  • The Upside of Unrequited – by Becky Albertalli
    • You guys, I’m so lucky. This is my first high-profile (ish) print ARC. I’m crying.
  • Ghosts – by Raina Telgemeier
    • A twitter friend sent me her ARC. I liked it, but had a problem with how Dia De Los Muertos was depicted and the lack of research that went into some aspects of the story.
  • Karankawa – by Iliana Rocha
  • Deceit and Other Possibilities – by Vanessa Hua
    • Not pictured because I couldn’t find my copy. It’s the last ARC I accepted for the year. 


Library Bookstore haul

Many of you have probably already seen this picture. Sorry for recycling it!


  • King of Cuba – by Cristina Garcia
    • I read Dreaming In Cuban in college and enjoyed it. Now I want to continue exploring the authors work.
  • Love Medicine – by Louise Erdrich
    • Bought to expand my small, but growing Erdrich collection. One day I’ll own/read all her books!
  • Home – by Toni Morisson
    • How can I not buy a new Morrison novel? I also want to complete her bibliography.
  • Go Tell It On The Mountain – by James Baldwin
    • I have unfortunately never read a Baldwin novel before. I hear this is a good place to start.
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – by Jenny Han
    • There many positive reviews for this book. It sounds so cute and sweet. I may put it off for next spring or summer, though.
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz
    • I’ve read and own this gem in paperback. I couldn’t say no to a hardcover for $2.
  • For Today, I Am A Boy – by Kim Fu
    • A few bloggers I trust recommended this book and I want to read more books with trans characters, so this was a must-buy!
  • Ruby – by Cynthia Bond
    • Recommended to me by the wonderful Resh. I’m so stoked to read this one! 
  • Ghana Must Go – by Taiye Selasi
    • I actually don’t know much about it, but I’ve seen it around the internet a bit and the cover is pretty. Plus, it’s ostensibly set in or about Ghana, so sign me up.
  • LaRose – by Louise Erdrich
    • I already own this book but bought a second copy so I can do a giveaway with my review. 🙂


Collective Haul

Is there such a thing as too many books?



And one last-minute, (non)spooky Halloween read!


A Monster Calls – by Patrick Ness. I loved this book to pieces. 

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57 thoughts on “My Spectacular October Book Haul!

  1. Hah! There’s no such thing as too many books. Not at all! I spy a copy of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – I adored this book! Such a quick read because omg the MC is an hilarious disaster. Have fun reading all of those!

  2. I love the photos, and that copy of A Monster Calls is beautiful. I really need to read a book by Sabaa Tahir. A few of my blogger friends are obsessed with her work. I’ve also heard good things about The Mothers, so I’m looking forward to your review.

  3. The Gabi cover is terrible even though it matches the book. Ugh. It’s my least favorite thing about it, honestly.

    I hope you make time to read your entire stack. 🙂

    1. lol! Yes, it really is terrible. x) But the author is proud of it and stands behind it. Hopefully one day I will accept it as well.\

      Maybe I’ll do a Twitter thread/review for Ghosts sometime. I just don’t have anything insightful to say that other people haven’t already said more eloquently than I can. But I will let you know if I do!

  4. EPIC book haul, so many goodies!!! LOVE IT! funny thing, like the absolute bookworm nut that I am I was trying to compile my November TBR & found myself walking around my apartment with The Mothers in my hand. Not sure if I was trying to get a good vibe from it or what haha! but your speechlessness on how much you enjoyed it has convinced me to read it in November. YOU got the Monster Calls collectors edition?!?!? *heart eyes* it’s on my Christmas wish list & everyone knows I’m highly book lusting after this one as it is one of my fave books of all time. Congrats on scoring an ARC of the Upside of Unrequited, really looking forward to this one. Whelp! your October haul does seem pretty spectacular 😉

    1. lol, yes, I love the books I got this month so I couldn’t call it anything other than SPECTACULAR!!
      I hope you get your hands on the A Monster Calls Collector’s Edition. You deserve it.

      Hey, remember my story about the book publicist who I thought resented me for not reviewing a previous book she sent me? I got the new ARC I wanted! yay me! It’s for The Education of Margot Sanchez (forgot if I mentioned that previously). Anyway, I guess it was all in my head or maybe the publicist didn’t remember me because I am no one. lmao.

      1. Lmao! Thank you, I hope I do get it for xmas. I knew you would end up getting a copy, ahhh publicists! I guess they get pretty busy & need a little reminder here & there 😂 The Education Of Margot Sanchez was my Waiting On Wednesday last week 😍😍😍 that book has my name written all over it, seriously hyped up to read that one. Who knows, maybe I’ll get approved by NetGalley lol. Happy reading November 😊

        1. Thank you! I have terrible memory but now I remember why I brought up my story about Margot Sanchez, lol. I do plan to read it in November for sure. Then I will make a deal with someone to swap me an ARC of History is All You Left me. Now that I have a few cool ARCs, I should be able to swap, right?? I hope so! I plan to buy the books when they come out, so I am not attached to the ARCs at all.

          1. You should def be able to swap! I got an eGalley of History Is All You Left Me after not giving up & hitting up Edelweiss a 2nd time letting them know just how much I love Adam Silvera & More Happy Than Not. I seriously follow his accts including his booktube channel 🙈😂🙈😂 I’ve bought a few of the finished copies to ARCS that I loved, makes sense. Show these authors some love 💕

    1. Thanks! The library bookstore, named Recycled Reads, is one of my favorite bookstores in town now! So many great books at such cheap prices. 😀
      I do hope you read Six of Crows one day too. I will definitely read it before the year ends and will let you know what I think!

    1. This is what really stresses me out. I’m buying all these books because I want to fill my home library with them. But at some point I WILL HAVE TO SLOW DOWN. lol. For now, I’m enjoying the thrill of buying so many great books. Life is long, tho, so hopefully I get to read most of them. If not, I can pass them along or give them away to someone who will eventually enjoy them. We’ll see!

  5. I’m not the biggest fan of the cover for Gabi, A Girl In Pieces, but it’s a fantastic book and the cover goes with the book really well. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is really cute! And there is no such thing as too many books. It’s not possible.

    1. I still can’t get over the book cover x) But I do hear that it makes more sense once you read the book, so I’m glad you love it!
      Thanks for validating my incessant love and need for acquiring new books. lol <3 It means a lot!

  6. *screams*

    I’m so glad you finally have Six of Crows!!! Idk if you remember lol but I told you on twitter that two of the characters are heavily implied to be queer, and Leigh Bardugo has confirmed 😉

  7. OHHH this haul is indeed spectacular!! I totally envy you <3 I have read and loved Six of Crows (and the sequel) and The Rose and the Dagger so I hope you enjoy it as well as I did. I've also had my eyes on The Reader for a while but it's not available yet on my local bookstore 🙁 and I can't wait for The Upside of Unrequited!! Looking forward to reading your review about it. I myself just finished reading To All the Boys I've Loved Before a couple days ago and I loved it, it was simple yet very dynamic and adorable. Have a great reading month! 😀

  8. Oh wow, Naz, just pop those in the mail, would you? The postage shouldn’t be too bad. 😉
    What a great bunch of books – I could look at your pictures all day! Really interested to hear more about The Story of a Brief Marriage. And you got Ruby! And I’m very envious of your copy of For Today I Am a Boy.
    My kids love Raina Telgemeier, but I think her previous ones are better (just a hunch).
    I’m thinking that soon you’re not going to have any hair left! 🙂

    1. lol, I love your comments, Naomi. This one was especially sweet and funny!

      You know, it’s very possible that I will make getting regular haircuts a reason to buy books every couple of weeks. I don’t want that to happen because I hate how I look with short hair. So thanks for pointing it out! I will try to go only when I absolutely need a hair cut. ;P

  9. Hahaha! I love the idea of a “Treat Yo’ Self!” haul. Note to self: Do that more often.
    There are so many great books in this pile– both books I’ve read and those I haven’t read yet (but plan on!). What book are you most excited to read? What book are you going to read first?

    1. Yes, we all deserve a Treat Yo’ S(h)elf haul! You don’t do many haul posts, do you? I don’t remember seeing one in the last few weeks.
      Of the books in this haul, I’m most excited to read Six of Crows! But my next read will be an ARC I received on November 1st! It’s called The Education of Margot Sanchez and I’ve wanted to read it for months so it has taken priority over other books. 😀

  10. Amazing haul. I got a similar one last month for my birthmonth haha. I have Ruby by Cynthia Bond but when I tried to read it I couldn’t connect well to the story? I hope to hear your thoughts on it so I can decide if I want to pick it up again or not. Happy reading! 😛

    1. I’ve seen some mixed reviews for Ruby, but the people who like it, praise it to the heavens! It seems to be a love or hate kind of book. Maybe it’s not a book for you, but I will read it hopefully early next year. :s I definitely will eventually, but you saw how many books I just bought, lol, so please be patient awaiting my thoughts on it. x)

  11. There are SO many amazing books on this, I don’t even know where to start, haha. I haven’t read Six of Crows either, so you’re definitely not alone. I’ll be looking forward to your thoughts on that one! Also, The Rose and The Dagger <3 I love The Wrath and The Dawn, and I can't wait to get my hands on that one. Though I read it in ebook, I want to buy the hardcovers because they look so beautiful, haha. And The Reader? I love the concept as well, but for some reason -probably the fact that there are way too many books….- I haven't read it yet. SO many of your reviews to look forward to, now 🙂
    Also, keeping To All The Boys I Loved Before for the spring / summer time, seems like a great idea, I think it's the perfect cute, fast-paced read for this time of the year 🙂
    Happy reading, Naz! 🙂

    1. I don’t know if I will review all of these books, but I’ll definitely talk about them on Twitter if I don’t review them on my blog!
      Glad to see you approve of a lot of the books I bought. It’s hard not to! This really was a fantastic haul. 😀

  12. I’m really curious to see what you’ll think of The Reader and The Star-Touched Queen.

    And hey, 25 books is just an awesome number so your haul just had to be that number. No shame for having to give these books a good home. 😉

    1. lol, yes I love the number 25 so I guess it was the perfect haul! I just came back from another book festival and only bought 5 books. And that was me being restrained! BUT I am done buying books for the next 2-3 months. x)

  13. Look at all the glorious books!!! Enjoy!

    So glad you loved A Moster Calls! My book club read it for our October book selection and we had a very emotional discussion.

    I’m going to be listening to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe after my current audiobook. I’ve seen so many good things about it 😊

  14. Yes yes yes! I hope my review is one of the ones that’s convinced you to read Gabi, A Girl in Pieces. I was THE MOST against that cover, but after I read the book, I not only super loved the book, I was actually kind of fine with the cover too. It’s such a good book, I hope you love it. Gabi’s voice is just wonderful.

  15. Ooh so many lovely books- I want them all!!! I loved Aristotle and Dante- great book! And Monster Calls was awesome!! Glad you liked them both! And To All the Boys is very sweet- definitely recommend it for summer!

  16. When I saw your question about what books in your haul were on our TBRs, I started to mentally calculate them, but there are just too many. I love your stacks and so many of these are either on my stacks already or on my TBR. And what fun you have had gathering them too. Hope you find many, many new favourites here, Naz!

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