November Book Haul // I went overboard on Black Friday

I am incredibly fortunate to finally be in the financial position to build the personal library that I've dreamed of since I was a little girl... and I definitely went a little overboard in November. Before I get into the haul, I do want to reiterate that you do not need to buy and own a lot of books in order to be considered a book blogger or lover; I am just fortunate to be at a place in my life that I can afford to spend money on books. I am quite frugal with everything else so that I can buy them!

The majority of these books I got on BookOutlet for incredibly cheap, which stretches the money I set aside for books further. YAY! But since I have no self control I now have Book Outlet and Book Depository blocked via a Chrome extension, haha. But without further adieu, let's see what I added to my shelves in November!

Schmuck the Buck: Santa’s Jewish Reindeer by EXO Books and Karina Shor (Illustrator)

"Christmas isn't just about gifts, but the love underneath, So it really doesn't matter your religious belief. We give because we care, we love, and we want to please, So there's room for every one of us under our Christmas trees."

Schmuck the Buck: Santa's Jewish Reindeer is a beautifully illustrated book and a more inclusive take at the traditional story of Rudolph. I don't read many illustrated books these days which honestly is a shame! I was instantly blown away by the artwork and really enjoyed this quick read.


Larry is a nerdy caribou that was teased and bullied in school, given the nickname Schmuck which unfortunately stuck. Despite never really fitting in, he worked hard and earned a degree in accounting with an emphasis in Yule. Continue reading...

Reading Around the Globe: Camilla in Italy

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Welcome to Reading Around the Globe, a series here on Reader Voracious Blog geared at fostering a culture of understanding in the bookish community about access to books in various countries around the world. Each post in the series highlights a full interview with one international reader. You can read more about this series here on the series master post.

  1. What is your name? Hello, everyone. My name is Camilla
  2. Blog URL? My blog is The Reader in the Attic, and you can find it at: https://readerintheattic.wordpress.com/
  3. Twitter handle? @ReaderAttic
  4. Where do you live? I live in Italy, currently in Rome. Continue reading...

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi

"Everywhere he looked, he was surrounded by gilded wolves. And for whatever reason, it made him feel perfectly at home. Wolves were everywhere. In politics, on thrones, in beds. They cut their teeth on history and grew fat on war. Not that Séverin was complaining. It was just that, like other wolves, he wanted his share."

I am a sucker for historical fantasy, and The Gilded Wolves delivers an action-packed story with a diverse cast of characters that I treasured with every ounce of my being. A secret society that pulls the strings of society (Illuminati?!)? Hunting for artifacts? Magic and technological invention when the world was on the cusp of Industrialism? Heck. Yes. If you are in the mood for an adventure with a precious found family, this book might be for you!


It's Paris, 1889. The world is at the brink of the Industrial Revolution, but there is another kind of technology that goes back way further. "The art of Forging is as old as civilization itself," and is the magic system of the book. Those born with the ability manifest it by their 13th birthday and can either influence the mind or matter. Continue reading...

Bookish Banter: Sophomore Novel Fear

The past few months have been almost a weird out of body experience to me when it comes to reading. I've noticed something about my reading habits over the last couple of months. Something that I have never noticed before.

I've found myself crippled by unease & afraid to read sophomore novels

sophomore is in their second year, either in high school or college. In the book world this can mean either the second book in a series or more generally an author's second published work.

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