April, May, June 2018 Book Haul

In the second quarter of the year my husband lost his job. The budget has been significantly tightened. Somehow I still managed to purchase or receive 24 physical books. And I haven’t finished any of them yet, though I am in the middle of three. Not very good numbers here. At the beginning of this quarter I was already in the middle of way too many books and I just haven’t caught up yet to begin many new books. I always get stuck in a cycle where library books have to take priority because they are going to have to be returned. I hope to begin reading my newly acquired books soon.


This was my favorite find of the month. On our anniversary we husband and I went to a local bookshop to sip coffee and look at books. I ended up leaving with four books and he left with one. This book caught my eye quickly. It is Captain January by Laura E. Richards. It’s a small, pretty, blue, hardcover, copyright 1902. It has illustrations scattered throughout. And I immediately thought of the Shirley Temple movie by the same name. Shirley Temple was a favorite when I was little and I have a whole box of VHS to watch with my kiddo at some point. My initial thought was correct. The book is the basis for the movie! I can’t wait to read this one, but love to just look at it too. I paid just $4 for this book.


These are the other books I purchased on that shopping trip. How to Buy a Love of Reading by Tanya Egan Gibson, Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier, and That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam. All were chosen simply based on reading the back cover descriptions.

Of the Trio the one I’m most excited about is How to Buy a Love of Reading is about  parents who have a book written specifically for their 16 year old daughter who doesn’t like to read.


These three books are ones that caught my attention at Dollar Tree and I purchased them for only $1 each. I don’t know much about them besides what is on the back cover.  These three are The Mahé Circle by Georges Simenon, Stir by Jessica Fechtor, and The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips.


The next set of books is three parenting books. Love that Baby by Mildred E. Cawlfield was a gift from my father-in-law. I started reading this one, but haven’t only made it 30 pages in so far. The other two books, It’s OK NOT to Share by Heather Shumaker, and How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen by Joanna Faber & Julie King where both purchased after watching a video on the subject on Charly Troff’s Youtube Channel. It was a great video that I really enjoyed watching. I’ve begun reading It’s OK NOT to share, but have not yet started How to talk.

You can see the video here: https://youtu.be/S_B6HH0qIpA


These three books are Dear Mr. President by Jennifer Armstrong, a book my mother got for me because I love books that don’t follow a traditional novel format and this is filled with letters.

Come As You Are by Emily Nagostki, Ph. D. a book I’m enjoying so far.

And How to Read Novels Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster. I purchased the latter because I was hoping it would give me some more insight on how to best annotate my books. I haven’t started it yet, but I hope to soon.


This picture is a set of books that I ordered from Discover Books. It was a Ten-Pack of Mass Market Paperbacks that I purchased for $6.80 after coupon. I don’t know that I would do it again, but it was a fun affordable surprise and there are at least a few that I can see myself reading at some point.


The last book I got this quarter is The Demon in the Trees by Ben Sanders. This book I won in a giveaway he was holding on his Youtube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC41rwV3Nv27UCnlsZ3FGeHg) I received this book and a candle that smells great! I was so excited to win, now I just have to make the time to read it. Soon!

These are the books I gained in the 2nd quarter. Lots of things I can’t wait to finish or start reading. I can’t wait to see what great books the 3rd quarter of 2018 brings my way.

Happy Reading!

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