Book Haul: January 21-27, 2018

Last week was an awesome week for book mail!  I was going to post this overview on Saturday when my Book Outlet order arrived.  Except, well, my Book Outlet order didn’t arrive.  So then I didn’t really feel like talking about books when I was worried about my books that were stuck in a different city.

But I’m all geared up and exhilarated again, so I’d like to share all the awesome that did arrive last week!!


My last OTSPSecretSister of the round came and super brightened my day!  I have had so much fun sending and receiving cheer 🙂  This month’s theme was purple and it was perfect.  I’ve listened to some of the Nightvale podcast and was excited when a book came out.  Tricks for Free is a signed arc in the InCryptid series.  The caramel corn is a local specialty.  Who doesn’t need a giant hashtag eraser?  And I’m excited to try the colourpop lippie stick.  I’ve never had one before and rarely wear lipstick, but yay!


I’ve been eagerly waiting for the sequel to Peadar O’Guilin’s The Call, so when The Invasion showed up at work, I had to snap it up!  RWBY Vol. 1 is the result of a trade.


Cast in Deception and The Bones of the Earth were also results of recent trades.


Another trade meant getting the mp3 audiobook of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.  And I won a Twitter giveaway from Emily R. King, the last of her The Rogue Queen arcs 🙂


The last thing I want to share was the preorder incentive from The Cruel Prince.  That pin is gorgeous and hurray for author signatures!


Throwback Thursday: Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff


Hardcover, 341 pages
Published August 14th 2014 by Razorbill
This cover really grabbed my attention when it was first released, but I didn’t get around to picking it up until my Secret Sister sent it in my October box.  I read it the week of Halloween, which was perfect timing with the spooky mystery and setting.

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#OTSPSecretSister, #TBTBSanta, #SecretbookSanta 2017 packages of cheer

I had the absolute pleasure of participating in a couple of secret santas arranged through Twitter.  I was new to all of them, and I loved being able to search for little fun gifts and wishlist books for people I didn’t really know.  It was a lot of fun, and I plan to participate again next year if they happen and I have the finances available!

I just want to take the time to thank the wonderful people who organized these exchanges and the generous people who contributed to my Christmas joy this year!

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#OTSPSecretSister October and November Packages


My secret sister is on point and always seems to get the month’s package out right at the beginning, so I don’t have long to wait!  October’s theme was Halloween/spooky and included 2 books! and an iZombie Funko Pop for my amazing ladies collection.  The first thing I did after opening this package was spend three hours excavating that tombstone, I found the tiny black skull hidden inside within the first hour.  But that tombstone was huge and I wasn’t sure if there was supposed to be any more.  Unfortunately, I did bruise my hand and typing at work the next couple days was quite interesting.

I did read Fiendish last month as my spooky Halloween read and should be sharing my review very soon!  Such as fun package, thanks secret sister.


November’s theme was Inspire, and it couldn’t be more timely!  I am only tangentially participating in #NaNoWriMo this year, but I am working on getting words on a page.  The round things are inspirational magnets, which I already put on my fridge.  I see them every time I get something to refresh myself.  The colored pencil are my favorite kind of multicolored with multiple shades of a single color to provide blending.  And they will almost certainly make coloring that lovely Labyrinth coloring book so much fun!  I couldn’t be happier with this package 🙂

Sadly, this means that there are only 2 more months for this round and then I’ll have to decide whether I can participate in the next round.  I really hope that I can as this has been such an amazing experience so far.

#OTSPsecretsister August and September!

I decided to join a fun little project through Twitter called The Secret Sister Project, which runs for a six month period (this one is August through January) and is meant to bring a little joy and cheer to strangers accepted into the program and secretly paired up.  You can check out more details here.  It’s been so much fun to plan little care and gift packages and writing back and forth on real paper, so I decided to share how awesome my Secret Sister is this round!  I’d share the packages I’ve put together, but then my secret sis would totally figure out it was me 🙂


For the first month, which was August, my secret sister put together some great little fun things with no theme.  Gel pens, positive stickers, Legacies signed by Rosemary Edghill, and the Valerian soundtrack!!  Not to mention that steampunk octopus art notecard created by Jessica Douglas 🙂  On point and amazing!  We have so much in common it turns out and I’m loving our new friendship.


So for this month, I received a wonderfully themed box: Classic Redux.  Another glorious art piece from Jessica Douglas, goldfish (rainbow), Monster High stickers and a mini (children of classic monsters), Prince of Egypt (musical retelling of Moses), and Indexing by Seanan McGuire, who I’m so excited to meet at the end of next week!!  And the book is a fairy tale retelling in an urban setting as a police procedural.  Loved it (expect my review very soon)!

I’m so impressed with my sister’s attention to details and love exchanging letters in between packages.  We have so much to talk about that it’s a great well to relieve stress and spread a little bit of fun and fandom.  I can’t help but want to do little things for my awesome sister, so I’ve sent a few signed bookplates her direction and will probably continue to do fun things like that for the rest of this session.  Love this program so much!!