I’ve been watching a lot of Booktuber videos (for those of you who aren’t familiar, this is an entire subculture on YouTube of vloggers dedicated primarily to sharing their thoughts on books and reading) and book hauls are popular. Most do a monthly video sharing the books they bought or received during the month, maybe explaining where it came from and what it’s about, gushing about how excited they are to read it.

I’ll admit I’m conflicted about these videos. It’s a little “look what I got!!!” At the same time, I have found a few books I’m interested in based on these videos. I’d say they aren’t must-see for me but I’ll watch them occasionally.

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My personal idea of a book haul? It’s usually in the form of a tweet with a picture of what I picked up. Something like this. So if you want to see my book hauls, follow me on Twitter. (Protip: Say hello and I’ll follow you back. Don’t say hello and I’ll assume you’re interested more in numbers than engaging. Or worse – you want to sell me something.) But if you have absolutely anything better to do with your time, probably don’t follow me on Twitter.

Anyways, this post is kind of a Part Two to last Tuesday’s post on used bookstores. The books on these two shelves represent all of the physical books I’ve bought since the first of the year with three exceptions. I have two used books and one new book from Amazon that had not arrived when the photo was taken but I’ve listed them where they belong below. Very soon (as in tonight?) this little bookcase will be home to all of my TBR books (to-be-read).

When I posted this photo last week, it was more about showing how much better the selection was at one store over another. Now, I’ll share with you what I actually bought and where, just for kicks. The linked version is the edition I own, unless marked otherwise. (Full disclosure – if you click the link and make a purchase, I make about a penny, which I’ll put towards a book I’ll review here.)

Group #1: These books were all bought at Booksmart Used Books, which is no longer in business. All three are books I’ve already read but either I borrowed them from the library or read the e-book. Because I loved them so much, I wanted them to live with me on my shelves permanently.

  • The Bookman’s Tale – Charlie Lovett (hardcover)
  • The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon (paperback)
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (paperback)

Group #2 (top to bottom): This is my Amazon pile. I think Amazon has missed me this year. There are three books not pictured here because they weren’t here in time for the photo (some still aren’t here). Of this pile, three are new:  The Yellow Wallpaper, Jane Eyre, and Ten Days in a Mad-House. Four if you count the movie, which I put in the pile because it’s based on a book. When ordering from Amazon, I try to weigh cost, condition, shipping, speed, and desire for a paper vs ebook version when deciding what to buy. If it makes any sense at all, I’ll buy the used version over the new even though it usually takes longer.

  • Owl hologram bookmark – bought in San Diego
  • The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories – Charlotte Perkins Gilman (paperback)
  • The Book Thief (Blu-Ray)
  • Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac – Gabrielle Zevin (paperback)
  • (not pictured)
    • The Poisoner’s Handbook – Deborah Blum  (hardcover)
    • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (paperback)
    • Ten Days in a Mad-House – Nellie Bly (paperback)

Group #3: This is a pile of books I bought on vacation. The Virgin Suicides has the distinction of being the only book on the shelf that I paid full retail for – I bought it at an adorable shop called Upstart Crow while on vacation in San Diego. It was a souvenir and as a result we could get our parking validated. The other three books were bought in Florida. The Reading Group was bought as a bargain book at a Books-A-Million and the other two came from Brightlight Books, a used bookstore in Casselberry, FL.

  • The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides (paperback)
  • The Reading Group – Elizabeth Noble (paperback)
  • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats – Jan-Philipp Sendker (paperback)
  • Edgar Allan Poe: Greenwich Unabridged Library Classics – Edgar Allan Poe  (hardcover)

Group #4: Here’s my pile of unread books from Booksmart Used Books. Some of these I paid as little as $1 for when they were going out of business. Very few of these were on any kind of wishlist and I hadn’t heard of most of them before. I was drawn in either by the spine, the title, or the author.

  • Get Fuzzy: Take Our Cat, Please – Darby Conley (paperback)
  • City of Thieves – David Benioff (paperback)
  • The Poe Shadow – Matthew Pearl (paperback)
  • The Snowman – Jo Nesbo (paperback – newer edition)
  • Faithful Place – Tana French (hardcover)
  • Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden (paperback)
  • Sister – Rosamund Lupton (paperback)
  • My Name is Memory – Ann Brashares (paperback)
  • A Long Way Down – Nick Hornby (hardcover)
  • Asylum – Madeline Roux (hardcover)
  • The Monsters of Templeton – Lauren Groff (hardcover)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon (paperback)
  • The Book of Secrets – Elizabeth Joy Arnold (paperback)

Group #5 (top to bottom) – These come from Unnamed Used Books. If you want to know why I refer to them as that, please read my other post. Of the seven books here, four were specifically on my wishlist.

  • Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier (paperback)
  • The Kitchen House – Kathleen Grissom (paperback)
  • Broken Harbor – Tana French (paperback)
  • In the Woods – Tana French (paperback)
  • Almost Heaven – Marianne Wiggins (hardcover)
  • Writers [on Writing]: Collected Essays from The New York Times (hardcover)
  • The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt (hardcover)
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