As the year comes to a close, I’m preparing for January and what 2020 is going to bring. I’m participating in a 2020 Bookish New Years challenge hosted by my friend Tabatha at Broken Soul Reviews that has some cool blog post prompts for the first 15 days of January, along with not one but two bookish bingo challenges! The first one is through Bookish First and is just for the month of January, and the second is a year-long challenge hosted by Kriti and her friend Ariel at Armed with a Book. Both sound interesting and will definitely help me to get outside my comfort zone.
With that in mind, I figured I’d stop by the library today on my way home from an appointment. I stay out of bookstores because I don’t have much income and I clearly have no shelf control. I picked up a ton of books, and placed some additional requests, which means that I’ll have some more books coming in within the next week. Additionally, I have a few books on my Kindle, and got a physical ARC, a book in my Owlcrate box, and a couple of books gifted to me. I’ve seen a lot of book bloggers post monthly book hauls, and while mine are mostly library books, I still wanted to post my book haul for the month. So here goes nothing!
1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I’ve heard so many great things about this, so I just grabbed it off the shelf at the library. It definitely sounds creative.
2. Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Although I didn’t absolutely adore Caraval, I had heard that the second book is better, so I took it out from the library. It’s got a map in it, so that’s a bonus for my bingo card.
3. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
This one sounds like another incredible fantasy book in a Western African-inspired setting. It’s a debut novel, so it’s perfect to help me fill out my bingo card as well.
4. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Seeing how much I’ve loved all of her other books, I couldn’t pass this one by. It’s the first in a duology, so it counts on my bingo card as well.
5. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
I absolutely loved Red Queen so much. I rushed to take this one out, because I absolutely have to find out what happens next. Plus, the pretty blue cover works on my bingo card.
6. The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
This was the book in the December Owlcrate box, and I had already read the ARC and loved it. Plus, it’s my first signed book ever.
7. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
This is an author I haven’t read before, but the topic is one I’m really interested in. It’s about what happened on a mountaintop in the middle of the Judean desert in Israel almost 2,000 years ago — we know it as Masada, and I visited it last year. The history there is incredible. Here’s the link to the Goodreads summary.
8. Night by Elie Wiesel
This is a book I own, and I’m going to read it for the book about the Holocaust square on my bingo card.
9. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
This one just sounded so interesting that I couldn’t resist. Plus, since it’s from the library, it also checks that box on my bingo card.
10. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
I just walked past this one and grabbed it. This is exactly what I mean when I say I have no shelf control. I’m impulsive and just snatch books up left and right, until I could barely see over the stack I carried to the check out desk.
11. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
Short stories about the Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo? How could I possibly pass by this gem without grabbing it? I couldn’t. It’s a collection of fairy tales from all over the world she created.
12. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
This was highly recommended by a friend, and it also ticks off that bingo square. I’m always intrigued by books that friends recommend.
13. We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
This was another impulse grab. It just sounded really interesting, and I got curious. The only way to really find out what’s under this gorgeous cover is to read it.
14. Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Another book that was highly recommended by a good friend. And this friend has recommended some seriously amazing books.
15. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Another author that I absolutely love, and the second book in a series that I’ve enjoyed so far. It seems like second books are usually better than the first, and I’m hoping that this trend will continue.
16. Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin
This is an ARC I received from Bookish First, and it’s going to satisfy that bingo square.
17. The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh
This was a gift and it’s a book I’ve wanted since it was released. It’s also going to fit perfect in the bingo square for set in a city I want to visit, since I’ve always wanted to go to New Orleans.
Here's my January Bookish First Bingo card:
And my card for the Armed with a Book Bingo, which you can join up until March 15th:
What’s your book haul for December looking like?