December Book Haul // Self Control win?

I still cannot believe that December’s come and gone and we are more than one week into 2019! After my going overboard during Black Friday sales in November (and thankfully not many anticipated releases for December), this haul is significantly smaller and consisting mostly of previously released titles that I hadn’t picked up yet. In 2019 I want to focus on my owned TBR and am hoping to schedule a couple buddy reads a month to keep my reading more balanced between backlist and frontlist. Expect a post on this very soon!

Before I get into the haul, I 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 quite frugal with everything else so that I can buy books because I love them, but I do not ever want to make you feel bad if you cannot afford to buy books or have poor access where you live.

The Haul


Kindle Deals

ARC Approvals


That’s it for the books that I hauled in December! Are any of these on your TBRs, or have you read them? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!


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Hi! I’m Kaleena: book lover, runner, wanderer, and philanthropist. Life is an adventurous gift: through the outdoors and books. I run Reader Voracious Blog, where I post spoiler-free book reviews of science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, and mystery & thriller.

51 thoughts on “December Book Haul // Self Control win?

      1. Omg I feel this. Lucky for me I probably won’t be able to read this when it first releases, so I can get everyone else’s opinion (besides die-hard Shannon fans, of course, haha) to know if I should just avoid it or not

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  1. That’s so commendable, Kaleena! I need to practice my self-control, too. I’m gonna pause ARC requesting this year, at least until I have only 5 ARCs left or something.

    You’ve got some really good ones in this haul! I’d LOVE to do some buddy reading this year, do you have a list of books you’ll be reading for that?

    P.S. Do you think Joan of Arc/witchcraft count as mythology/folklore?

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    1. My self control honestly ebbs and flows, I wish it were a bit more consistent! I am trying to be careful about requesting too many arcs; hopefully I can sort out my backlog before March ends!

      YAY BUDDY READS! Honestly I am willing to buddy read anything that’s on my owned TBR but it might be a couple of months because somehow I have a bunch this and next month? And I am on day 13 of a slump, sooooo.

      I don’t know, my personal inclination is more historical fiction than folklore? why do you ask?

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      1. I have so far stemmed myself from requesting any ARCs(except for Descendant of the Crane—it’s a Chinese-based historical epic fantasy—, I told myself just this one, hehe. It’s too good to pass up! The reviews mention wonderful twists!).

        I took that reading speed test you shared and, hypothetically, I could finish my ARCs by the end of this year at my current speed.(60+ books >.<) You'd finish much faster than me!
        Lollll, my, 13 days! That sounds more like me than you! Looks like us bloggers are more alike than we think 😛 It's okay though! I buddy read with other ppl while I wait for you 😀

        Lol, I was asking cuz I'm doing this Hodderscape challenge and this month's pormpt is folklore/myth. And I'm trying to figure out if I have any from my ARC pile that fits the genre.

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  2. KALEENA WHAT IS SELF CONTROL. I know no such thing (lol I have so much control because budget so thanks for that, budget?). Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is deliciously evil and dark, though I found myself struggling through maybe the first half of the book? But I LOVED the parts later, so I’ll say I like the darkness. 😏

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  3. I have heard of these books but I haven’t read any of them so far. I mostly got freebies and ARCs in December. I’m still in a book buying ban, if I’m being completely honest. I also didn’t see that many deals in December that were available in my neck of the woods, at least not for the books I wanted to read.

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  4. Ah that’s not too bad !

    Ive successfully read 4books out of my owned shelves now !
    I’ve got the two I wanted for christmas (finished one already, need to wait for my reread of the serie to start the other because well …its the last tome) and i’ve got accepted for only ONE arc, which is a poetry one, so shall go pretty quick.
    However … I have a giftcard for our bookstore from christmas that I still need to use so, haul coming soon !! hahah

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  5. A much smaller haul then the last one I saw you do! 😂 So there’s definitely some self-control showing. You got some great books here, though!

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  6. Oh, Gemina & Obsidio ❤ I'm still debating whether i want them on kindle, or the printed version.

    I'm also a bit like you. Don't really spend on much else, just books. It got to the point where the BF offered to buy me a handbag, cuz apparently women change their bags often and mine is like 4 years old. Still in perfect condition tho. 😀

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    1. I have heard the Kindle version doesn’t do the mixed media format as well, but I haven’t seen them myself to be able to say for certain one way or another. Marie Lu’s artwork in Gemina is incredible though!

      HAHAHAA. Why would I want a new handbag when my current one is fine? I don’t need shoes… just give me more books!

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