Do you ever feel like you’ve got too many books? I never thought that I would ever say it, but my TBR pile is getting higher and higher every month, and I am starting to think I won’t catch up! In saying that, of my eleven books I bought/received in February, two were doubles, and two were copies of a book I already have (but in different covers… I’m crazy, but not that crazy), plus two are art books, and one is a children’s limited edition… which I guess means that I really only got five books, and since I read five books, I’m really on par.
Wow… I can justify anything to myself!
So let’s get down to business!
February book boxes
Yes, I do normally do ‘book boxes and book mail’ together, but that’s all of this month’s books, so I’m splitting it! I know, I’m proud that I didn’t go into a book store too!
OK, so for the month of February, I received the following books in subscription boxes:
- OwlCrate this month had a signed exclusive edition of The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert *sigh*… this is definitely on my TBR for March. It’s the green and gold one in the picture.
- FairyLoot also had a signed exclusive edition of The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (the blue and black version in the picture).
- The YA Chronicles had Reign the Earth by A. C. Gaughen, which I’ve not really heard anything about, but it does appear to be the first in a series (The Elementae), so I’ll let you know what I think when I read it!
- I got the exclusive Batman edition box from LitJoy (unboxing here), which (of course) had a signed edition of Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu included (which I forgot to put in the picture).
- Technically I didn’t get January’s OwlCrate until 1 February, but it had The Cruel Prince, signed and exclusive cover as well (but I forgot to add it to the picture).
- I also got Fanciful Box’s January box on 1 February and, as I guessed, it had Everless by Sara Holland (maybe I should retake the photo?).
Now, I am still waiting for my Fanciful Box and my The Book Crate Australia to arrive… so I guess they’ll be in my March haul post (if I remember?)!
Also, I just want to mention, that for the second month in a row, OwlCrate and FairyLoot have had the same book. While it’s not the end of the world (because they have exclusive covers and I really loved the January book), it’s kind of annoying particularly since I pay so much for postage to Australia. That’s not to say that I won’t be renewing my subscription (they are the two best, most consistent boxes I receive), but when I am debating renewing other boxes in order to save some money, it’s frustrating that I seem to be getting the same book twice when I could get something else in another box. Food for thought…
February book mail
A bit more of a splurge here than I hope to see in the coming months (I really do need to cut back), and I also haven’t included books I bought as gifts, because I am terrible at posting things to people, so best to just not have it here at all!
OK, starting left to right in the picture:
- I backed Brian Kesinger’s latest (and previous) project on Kickstarter, and this one was Dragons vs Mermaids. In the reward tier I chose I received two art books (which will sit on my bookcase with the other Kesinger art book I have), one Penned Dragons, the other Inked Tails. I did open these on my Instagram stories, which I may turn into a video for later viewing (MAY being the main word here). There were also other bits and pieces like buttons and bookmarks and a print, and hologram covers! I’m pretty much in love with them! If you don’t know anything about Brian, I implore you to go check out his Instagram feed, linked above. He is an artist for Disney and worked on Moana amongst other things. He also does these super sweet Star Wars and Calvin and Hobbes comic mashups.
- Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo – I’ve actually been wanting this book for a while, and more so since I got the Batman book, so I found a copy of the matching hardback online and bought it… I have no self-control. However, it had a huge rip down the title page, so I contacted the seller and they’re sending me another copy… So this will likely be in my March book haul too…
- So I went on this huge Rainbow Rowell search after I reread Midnights, and I discovered that Rainbow had actually already published it in a collection of short stories called My True Love Gave to Me, and it included other authors I love, such as John Green, Holly Black, Laini Taylor and David Levithan (who is Maggie Stiefvater’s editor so even though I’ve never read anything he’s written I love him nonetheless). So, I bought it because I have no impulse control.
- I’ve been saying for months that I really want a cute copy of the two Lewis Carroll Alice stories, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, and I found a really sweet leather-bound Barnes and Noble edition that I decided I had to have. Once it came and I saw it had silver-sprayed edges and was even more beautiful than I expected, I spent two hours online hunting down the other books in the series. Of course B&N don’t publish this series anymore so I probably spent way too much on the others, but you’ll get to see them all eventually because, again, I have no self-control…
- Have you noticed that I’m no longer just telling you what I got, I’m now explaining the reasons behind why I JUST HAD TO HAVE IT? Well, you’ll love this. Because I have so many different editions of Godsgrave, I decided to buy the corresponding copies of Nevernight. Hence the two hardback editions here – US and UK covers. I will be taking both to the Obsidio launch to be signed by Jay Kristoff on 9 March. No judgement. I won’t hear it when we talk about The Nevernight Chronicle. I’m obsessed. It’s not even low-key obsessed, I’m genuinely all-in-obsessed. No regrets!
- Finally, I bought The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell because Stephanie liked it and I trust her judgement. Now I just need to squeeze it into a TBR somewhere!
So that was my February book haul! Thanks for hanging out with me! I plan on posting more again this month… I’m still not sure where February went, but it happened so quickly I feel like I didn’t even come close to catching up!
One thing I did do in February, though was I changed all my book review pictures to the official pictures of the books, as opposed to me finding motivation to take more photos… which never happens… which is why I have 39 book reviews in draft format ready to post, but without a photo. This will change now! Huzzah!
Happy reading xx