Happy May! I made it…I completed my April book-buy-ban and went the entire month without purchasing a single new book.
Lemme tell you, it was difficult.
So when May began to inch closer, I decided I was going to treat myself to some fantasy books I’d had my eye on for quite some time (because if anything can bring me out of my reading slump, it’s fantasy).
So I put all my books in the cart…and it totaled $104.
Then I whittled it down to about half, but this girl is going on vacation twice this month, and she can’t be spending all her money on books.
Finally, I split my purchases between Amazon Prime, BookOutlet, and Thriftbooks (I don’t order often from Thriftbooks as I’ve found their books can be in poor [perfectly readable, but poor] shape, but they have free shipping over $10. It’s a great site if you have a limited budget, want to buy vacation reads you’ll thrift later, or don’t care about buying picture-perfect, pretty books for your shelves *cry*). This meant I couldn’t get all of the books I REALLY wanted because many of them just weren’t available, so I’m a bit disappointed, but I’m hoping I still got some great reads. If they end up being a dump… Well, my budget may also suffer in June. #readerwoes
May I introduce my book haul and May TBR list:
Rise of Empire, Book 2 of The Riyria Revelations
The first in this series was my single read in April. I enjoyed the first book well enough and found it to be a surprisingly quick read, and while there were things that disappointed me, I wanted to give the series a fair shot. Here’s hoping book 2 is better.
Crown of Midnight, Book 2 of the Throne of Glass series
I’m rather shocked I bought this book, and it was a last minute purchase. I read Throne of Glass last year, and in similar fashion to the Riyria Revelations, I enjoyed it, flew through the book, was engrossed, but the story was deeply flawed. I told myself I would probably never continue with the series, and yet all I hear is how this series just keeps getting better. Honestly, curiosity is the culprit behind this purchase, and I wanted a book I could get lost in…even if it is a bit fluffy.
Eon and Eona
I made a few purchases of books I’d never heard of before, two of them being the duology Eon and Eona. (Other publishers have different names for these books, including Two Pearls of Wisdom, Eon: Rise of Dragoneye, Eon: Dragoneye Reborn, and Eona: The Last Dragoneye. Don’t be confused as I was; they are all the same book.) The story centers around a twelve year old boy who enters a competition to become a Dragoneye, the human link to an energy dragon’s power, but he harbors a secret: Eon is actually a sixteen year old girl, and it is forbidden for a female to be a Dragoneye. I discovered these through Booktube as I was trying to decide what fantasy books to purchase. There are mixed reviews on this series, but it contains dragons, so…my heart couldn’t say no.
The Legend of Eli Monpress
Another series unbeknownst to me before my fantasy hunt. You can buy these these books separately or as a three-book omnibus, which is what I did, and then there are two more books concluding the series which I haven’t bought yet. Basically, this series looked fun (I seem to enjoy the “greatest thief in the world” trope), the magic system seems unique, and while the books are not widely known, those who do know about it LOVE the series.
*My goal is to read the first book, not this entire omnibus!
Then I made a couple of purchases that weren’t fantasy but still managed to jump into my cart…
Dee Henderson is my favorite Christian fiction author, which is saying something as I’m extremely picky about CF; I really enjoy her older books, and True Honor sounds like one of her best. I’ve read another in this particular series and it’s probably my favorite of hers, so I have high hopes. My best friend and I both love Henderson, so it’ll be the perfect book to read by the pool on our vacation later this month.
Jane Austen Cover to Cover: 200 Years of Classic Book Covers
I’m fangirling over this book a little bit… It takes the covers of Austen’s books spanning two centuries, gives historical blurbs on them, and throws in some Austen trivia. I mean, how amazing does this look?
(image taken from Amazon)
Have I bitten off more than I can chew? I hope not. What’s on your TBR list? Is it ambitious or are you taking it easy this month?