Happy January, everyone! It’s time to cover my purchases for the month of December. Overall, I thought I did a really good job with not buying as many books. It was all because I mainly remained as a couch potato throughout that month with all that Asian drama, movie, and anime watching. However, I did see the sunlight and go out on a few bookstore trips. But you’ll notice that most of this haul is comprised of ebooks (I went a little crazy with downloading them) or gifts.
You’re probably thinking, “A little my butt,” right? I can explain… they still had the buy two get one free manga sale from black Friday when I visited the bookstore. Since manga is usually never on sale-and pretty expensive-where I live, this was one of those rare opportunities in which I could fill in the gaps of some of my manga collections (Sailor Moon (I completed this one), Vampire Knight, Kamisama Hajimemashita, and now, Skip Beat). What was the point of “filling in the gaps” when I’d start a new series to collect anyway, huh? Well, I thought the Skip Beat volumes were a real steal since each volume was a 3-in-1 bind up. Oh and did you notice A Little Life? “Wait, Summer, you’ve been reading this and don’t you own it?” I did. I really wanted to gift my friend this too though. And basically I was behind on my gift shopping and forgot to order it in time for Christmas… I ended up giving her my copy for Christmas and reordered a copy for myself later in the month.
Haha, don’t worry, I didn’t haul all those purple books pictured on the left. That was just an Instagram photo that fulfilled a bookstagram tag; what I really wanted to show you guys is my first ever magnetic bookmark! Isn’t it darling? I just adore unicorns so much! I don’t tend to buy bookish things because I spend enough money on books as it is, but thanks to Carolyn at A Hundred Thousand Stories I was able to discover the Crafted Van free shipping deal they had for Black Friday. I also purchased a Panda in the jumbo size but I later decided to gift it for my friend. And, on the right, I used some of my Christmas gift card money to purchase those three books (they were only $8 all together!) and my first Pop! Funko figure. I just finished watching Attack on Titan and now I’m officially obsessed. To the point that I may create a post on that anime, heh.
I got a few review copies and ARCs this month. As you can see, Penguin Random House and St. Martin’s Press were super generous to send me books that have already been released (How the Grinch Stole Christmas! back in 1957 and My True Love Gave to Me in 2014). And if you’re interested, I posted my review for How the Grinch Stole Christmas and My True Love Gave to Me before 2015’s end; you can read them here and here respectively. The three on the bottom of this collage are eARCs I received. I’m actually going to have a blog tour stop with Sanctuary Bay at the end of this month; the publisher will be doing a giveaway so look out for that if you’re interested!
My friends seldom give me books as presents even though they know I enjoy reading… because I buy so many books and acquire them so quickly that they have a hard time keeping track if I’ve already purchased a book or not. Besides most of them don’t really like to read themselves.
I told you guys I went a little crazy with ebooks this month! I blame it all on Amazon’s Kindle Daily deals in the month of December. All of these titles you see here were $1.99 or less. Some weren’t even a dollar so I couldn’t resist. Also, lately, I’ve been keen towards ebooks since they don’t take up shelf space.
This post ended up being pretty short and sweet. Have you guys read any of these titles? Any must read immediately titles on this list? Let me know! And, as always, have an amazing day! 😀