you know which posts are exhausting to write/put together? hauls. especially for me since i keep getting more stuff. i drag out these posts until the very last minute – until it’s not socially acceptable anymore. aka a christmas haul in like, mid-january. but whatever, i got some pretty COOOOOOL stuff this winter. (my puns are freakin’ fantastic.) total tally: 22 books – excluding the ones tamara got my for the TBTBSANTA. *hides* i didn’t think it was that much until i stack ’em all.
things i won because i’m a lucky ducky
my luck is usually awful, so when i won not one but three (!!) giveaways this past month it felt like christmas came early. (which isn’t true because it came exactly on time. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.) the first giveaway i won was hosted by shannelle from the art of escapism for her bookish mug! i could feel it on a spiritual level because 1/ i have a horrible book buying habit and i love bookstores, 2/ it’s a frozen reference and lately i’ve been feeling particularly frozen. (my puns won’t stop.)
the next thing i won was from josephine of the word revel for A RULE OF THIRDS trilogy! i was eyeing this series after reading her review since the main character follows a girl who loves photography. i haven’t read any fictional books based around photography yet, so i’m so excited to dive into these!
i also won an instagram giveaway from ava (or @bloomsbery) and she sent me three beautiful bookmarks she made! she also sent me a lovely letter and i suppose the two of us are pen pals now. (snail mail is the best and i love it so much. if you’re interested in being pen pals, feel free to hit me up!)
gifts from special snowflakes
aside from participating in the TBTBSANTA, aneeqah, annie, and i decided to do a mini gift exchange because gift-giving is the best (and also because anneqah and annie are the bomb dot com). i haven’t received annie’s gift yet (international shipping sighhhhh), but i did get anneqah’s! i heart you two to death <333 anyway, here’s what she got me:
- A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES, by sarah j. maas (it’s been on my wish list for ever)
- a B&BW candle (CANDLES!)
- A TINY PLANT (okay, she got me like this pot and seeds set thing where you can plant your own plant but it’s a PLANT. i’ve been wanting a plant like all year.)
- a postcard set!! (it’s the cutest thing ever and will go on my walls)
- MICKEY MOUSE & A SANTA HAT (this is so adorable <333)
- a mini chalkboard thing (perfect as an instagram prop!)
- overall cute notes & sticky marker things
publishers and authors are very nice and i love them.
i got a huuuuuge package from bloomsbury publishing right before i left for christmas vacation and couldn’t properly devour/take pictures until i came back. it was definitely something i was looking forward to when coming back. here’s what they got me:
- THE BONE SEASON, by samantha shannon
- THE MIME ORDER, by samantha shannon
- THE FIXER, by jennifer lynn barnes
- SILVER IN THE BLOOD, by jessica day george
- BECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER MEET ME, by leah thomas
i was happy and excited when i got this package from st. martin’s press because i’ve been eager to read this book since i heard about it. IN REAL LIFE, by jessica love follows a girl who’s been best friends with someone over the internet for a while and decides to pay a surprise visit. (internet people!) i’ve been itching to devour this since i read the summary, so thank you st. martin’s press!
i also recently got an early copy of STARFLIGHT, by melissa landers! the author sent me a signed early copy, which is always a wonderfully pleasant surprise. the book is releasing on february 2nd, 2016! i actually have no idea what this book is about. it’s sci-fi-ish and fantasy and romance so… i’m excited!
bookish boxes are the cutest
i had the honor of receiving two bookish subscription boxes in december, which is exciting since i’ve never gotten one before! i already shared my owl crate unboxing. the other one was from lovingly bookish box. it included NEXIS, by a.l. davroe, some tea, gryffindor socks, a happy hello art bookmark, a cute necklace, and a heart. thank you to both companies for sending these to me!! <333
other (and also things i got myself)
i also got a few holiday cards from some beautiful bloggers (and also big honcho media)!! thank you for taking the time to write to meeeee. i love snail mail and these cards made my day! a million bajillion hugs to… brittany at brittany’s book rambles, summer from butter my books, kaitlin from next page please, and monica from @bookishjourney on instagram!!
on black friday, i bought myself a few books from book outlet (don’t worry; it wasn’t as bad as LAST TIME) and they finally arrived! these are all books i’ve been eyeing for a while and i’m so happy i finally made the choice to get them! my lack of bookshelf space is a bit disappointing, though. anyway, here’s what i got:
- YES PLEASE, by amy poehler
- BOXERS & SAINTS, by gene luen yang
- FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK, by mathew quick
- WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE, by maria semple
- ANYA’S GHOST, by vera brosgol
i also got myself an instax wide camera for christmas, as i’ve been eyeing it foreverrrrr and finally caved. i’m so happy with how the pictures are coming out and i’m honestly regretful for not getting this earlier (instead of my instax minis).
aaaaaaaaand i also got myself PASSENGER, by alexandra bracken, as well as TRUTHWITCH, by susan dennard, since they were just released. i pre-ordered these and they finally arrived! i haven’t read TRUTHWITCH yet since i’m, unfortunately, not in the mood for it and figured i wouldn’t enjoy it all too much if i forced it upon myself. i’ll be rereading PASSENGER with my friends at the bibliophile academy, a new book club i’m an admin of!