September Book Hauls – Book Outlet & Book of the Month!

I was fortunate enough to obtain some really great books in the month of September, most of them from Book Outlet, as well as a couple from my first Book of the Month box.

Book Outlet

I just recently learned about the discount book website Book Outlet, and I’m officially obsessed. I spent at least an hour browsing their massive selection, before settling on seven books, which ended up costing just $35, including shipping and tax. Yes, really.

The important thing to note about Book Outlet is that their stock rotates frequently, so if you see a book you really want, you should purchase it as soon as you’re able to. I just got this box of books, and many of them are already sold out, so for those, I’ve included links for you to purchase them on Amazon.

Another quick note: many of the books available on Book Outlet are bargain books or scratch and dent copies. I chose the bargain books, some of which have a small scratch or line marked on the top or bottom of the pages.

Here are the books I got, and why I’m excited to read them:

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  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
    This is one of two from this haul that I’ve started reading already and, despite being only halfway through it, I’m in love. I’ve been craving a great high fantasy novel, and this certainly is that. It takes place in a world where people who could do magic, called Magi, once ruled. Now, however, the magic is gone, and those Magi are being repressed and killed. We follow the story of Zelie Adebola, a young girl who is given the chance to bring magic back and save people like her.
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
    In this collection of poems, Woodson talks about growing up as an African American in the 60s and 70s. The prose is beautiful, and the topic is an important one.
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
    I don’t know much about this book but purchased it because I’d heard from a plethora of sources that it was an incredible story. It follows a couple, one of whom is accused of a crime that they didn’t commit.
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
    It’s been ages since I’ve read historical fiction, and I really want to get back into it. When I came across this on Book Outlet, I checked ratings on Amazon, and it’s rated 5 stars with over 37,000 reviews. So yeah, I bought it.
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
    This is the first part of the Arc of a Scythe trilogy. The second book, Thunderhead, was also available, so I’m actually going to be placing a second order next month to get that. The trilogy sounds so interesting – it’s a world where scythes are the only people who can end a life, which they do to keep the population under control.
  • Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
    The first sentence of the synopsis of this book had me hooked: “In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism.” I can’t wait to read it.
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
    When I went back to Book Outlet today to grab the link to this book, I saw that The Night Masquerade is now available as well, which is book five in this series. I’ve seen my favorite author, Neil Gaiman, write good things about this series, and I trust his judgment, so I wanted to give it a shot. I’m not sure about the rest of the series, but book one is very short – more a novella than a novel, so I feel like I’ll be able to finish it in a just a few hours.

Book of the Month

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I’m obsessed with subscription boxes. I love coming home from a long day at the call center where I work to find a box full of goodies waiting for me. There are so many I would love to subscribe to, although subscribing to all of them would definitely be way outside of my current budget.

Thus, I ended up choosing two to start with: Book of the Month and OwlCrate. While my OwlCrate subscription is starting in October, I did receive my first Book of the Month box in September.

The thing that attracted me to Book of the Month was its simplicity and affordability. For $14.99 per month, you get to pick a book out of their monthly selection, and extra books from their backstock just add $9.99. The books are hardcover editions, so that’s quite a bit cheaper than buying the books from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

For my monthly selection, I chose The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, even though it was a tough decision between that and The Mermaid and Mrs. HancockThe Silence of the Girls takes place during the events of The Illiad and is told from the point of views of the women who are captured and enslaved, including Queen Briseis.

I also got to choose a free book because I had a discount code, so I selected The Line that Held Us by David Joy. I’d never heard of that book before, and selected it on a whim, but when I received it, I was excited to see that the author is from Sylva, NC, which is where I went to college. I’m looking forward to reading it.

If you want to try out Book of the Month, I have a referral code you can use!


I hope you enjoyed this book haul! I’m thinking about doing them more often since I frequently find myself in situations where I impulse buy discount books. Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? What were your thoughts?


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Tuesday Temptations: New Releases for the Week of September 11, 2018

“Discovering the ‘impossible’ ending to a new book makes me sick with joy and relief.” – Chuck Palahniuk

I apologize for this being a day late. I’ve been distracted by the massive hurricane heading this way and having a cold. There are so many amazing books coming out this week. Here are a few of my favorites!

  1. The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock – Imogen Hermes Gowar
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    Fiction
    Amazon | Goodreads
    I came so close to choosing this book for my Book of the Month Club, until I read about The Silence of the Girls. It sounds delightful and has already been shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.Following a merchant in 1780s London who is given a dead mermaid, the story follows him as he rises in the ranks of society and meets the most enchanting woman he’s ever laid eyes on.
  2. She Would Be King – Wayetu Moore
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    Fiction, Magical realism, historical fiction
    Amazon | Goodreads
    This story takes place during Liberia’s formation and follows three characters as they struggle to deal with colonization. This is Moore’s debut novel, and I’m excited to give it a try.
  3. Ordinary People – Diana Evans
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    Fiction
    Amazon | Goodreads
    This novel follows two couples as they work through their marital strife. I’ve heard amazing things about both the book and Diana Evans’ writing.
  4. Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany – Jane Mount
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    Non-fiction/Entertainment
    Amazon | Goodreads
    I adore books about books, so I definitely want to check this one out.
  5. Checkpoint – David Albahari
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    Fiction
    Amazon | Goodreads
    The description of this book hooked me immediately: “From the award-winning Serbian author David Albahari comes a devasting and Kafkaesque war fable about an army unit sent to guard a military checkpoint with no idea where they are or who the enemy might be.”
  6. Moderan – David R. Bunch
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    Science Fiction, Short Stories
    Amazon | Goodreads
    Stories about apocalypse brought on by ecological disasters are my favorite genre, so this book of short stories is immediately going on my TBR pile.
  7. All the Stars Denied – Guadalupe Garcia McCall
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    Young Adult, Fiction
    Amazon | Goodreads
    This novel tells the story of a Mexican-American family who is repatriated back to Mexico by a racist Texan government during the Great Depression. The main character, Estrella, tries to get her family back home to America.
  8. Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth – Sarah Smarsh
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    Memoir, non-fiction
    Amazon | Goodreads
    There is a huge income-gap in America, and Sarah Smarsh’s new book is going to be an important look at the people who work much too hard just to survive.
  9. One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy – Carol Anderson
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    Nonfiction
    Amazon | Goodreads
    From the Author of White Rage, Anderson takes an in-depth look at all the ways people are being kept from the voting booths. It’s a relevant book for a turbulent time, especially with the midterm elections coming up.
  10. Rule – Ellen Goodlett
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    Fantasy, young adult
    Amazon | Goodreads
    This book follows three girls, Zofi, Akeylah, and Ren, who find out that they are the illegitimate daughters of a dying king. One of them will have to be crowned, but it won’t be that easy; someone is trying to keep them from that privilege. This sounds like it is going to be a fun story to read.

Which books are you most looking forward to this week?