October Book Haul

It’s almost December and of course that means that it is the perfect time to look at the books I added to my collection in October. I will be honest and I’ve been hesitant to post this haul (hence it being posted at the end of November). I don’t want to give the impression that you 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. I am working on a post for finding bookish deals, but it will be awhile as I am looking for more international resources before posting it. But without further adieu, let’s see what I added to my shelves in October!


The Haul

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer 20 Years of Slaying: The Watcher’s Guide by Christpher Golden
  • The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton   |  📖 Read my full review here!
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White
  • Asylum by Madeline Roux
  • Sanctum (Asylum, Bk. 2) by Madeline Roux
  • Catacomb (An Asylum Novel, Bk. 3) by Madeline Roux
  • Escape From Asylum by Madeline Roux
  • The Asylum Novellas by Madeline Roux
  • Dracula (Puffin Classics) by Bram Stoker
  • Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
  • Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, Bk.1) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
  • Pretty Little Liars #1 by Sara Shepard
  • The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman  |  📖 Read my full review here!
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Cristo
  • Warcross by Marie lu
  • This Cruel Design (Mortal Coil #2) by Emily Suvada

While on vacation in Vancouver, my best friend and I visited probably every independent bookshop in the city proper. Our goal was to find a book to buddy read together, which proved difficult in used bookshops. We finally found an Indigo (amazing, by the way! Canada you are lucky!) and settled on Vox. I also couldn’t leave without buying this special hardback with shiny silver sprayed edges of American Gods and Anansi Boys… who cares if I already own both of them?

Free Kindle Deals

  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • HellCorp: Because even the Devil needs a holiday…. by Jonathan Whitlaw

ARC Approvals

  • Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield (NetGalley), publishes December 4, 2018
  • If You’re Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser (Edelweiss), publishes March 5, 2019

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


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49 Comments

  1. Madam Mim

    November 29, 2018 at 9:21 AM

    Great book haul!

  2. Tammy

    November 29, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    You should never apologize for how you spend your money. I follow a lot of bloggers who are still in high school or college and therefore have no money, lol, so I’m sure to them it’s shocking when us grown ups can afford to buy lots of books. I buy a LOT myself and honestly it’s no one else’s business how I choose to spend my money. I share my book hauls because I love books and I get excited to share what I find with others, I figure people who are jealous or offended by big book hauls can choose not to read my posts or follow me. Wow, I had no idea this was going to turn into a rant!! Sorry!!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      December 2, 2018 at 4:02 PM

      Thank you so much, Tammy! Don’t you apologize for your rant, you made me feel a lot better about sharing. My friend Taylor pretty much said the same thing to me and said she loves reading haul posts because it helps her find buddy reads & books to add to TBR.

      I just didn’t want people to feel bad by my post or think that I was bragging in any way. I do work really hard for my money though and am fortunate to be at a place in my life where I can afford to buy books. I adore you, thanks for taking the time to comment! (also I love your haul posts!)

  3. Paige @ BookishPaige_

    November 29, 2018 at 11:27 AM

    Great haul! Most of these I have but haven’t read and there’s a few that I plan to get ^_^

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      December 2, 2018 at 4:03 PM

      Thank you, and most of these are on my TBR as well… here’s hoping that I get to them before I get distracted!

  4. Norrie

    November 29, 2018 at 11:32 AM

    Books are the best souvenirs! 😀

  5. confessionsofayareader

    November 29, 2018 at 12:38 PM

    I bought books on our last vacation, too. Even at the airport!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      December 2, 2018 at 4:05 PM

      I love picking up books at the airport, but I don’t do it that often these days. I do think books as souvenirs may be my new favorite thing, though.

      1. confessionsofayareader

        December 2, 2018 at 4:35 PM

        I think so, too. I’m not sure if we’ll find any with our next trip, but I’m going to try.

  6. pcochrun

    November 29, 2018 at 2:01 PM

    Nice! Looks like some good titles! I’m interested in Warcross… I like the first, but didn’t love it. We’ll see.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      December 2, 2018 at 4:07 PM

      I am excited to read Warcross! It was on my November TBR but we didn’t get to it. Soon!

  7. dragonsandzombies

    November 29, 2018 at 5:28 PM

    Don’t ever feel bad for buying books or feel the need to justify it 🙂

    Spend money on what you like, I always say 😀 It’s yours and there for spending. Money doesn’t make you happy, but the things you spend it on definitely do! (Also, I like reading book haul posts^^)

    I need a shiny pretty version of ‘American Gods’ as well at some point.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      December 2, 2018 at 4:11 PM

      Thank you so much, this means a lot! I also really enjoy reading haul posts, but was honestly kind of embarrassed and nervous about posting mine. I don’t want to make anyone feel bad or rub it in their faces.

      I love my shiny copy of American Gods so much. I nabbed it at Indigo in Vancouver!

  8. Kelly Brigid

    November 29, 2018 at 7:13 PM

    Ooh, ooh, SO many lovely books here! I hope you adore TKAK, Dracula, and Warcross! And I haven’t read Illuminae and Flame in the Mist yet, but I own both. They’re just sitting on my shelf calling me. Hahahaha.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      December 2, 2018 at 4:15 PM

      I JUST FOUND ANOTHER COPY OF DRACULA ON MY SHELVES I AM A HEATHEN why am I like this. Buddy read Flame in the Mist?!!?!??!! I have heard reading Illuminae along with the stellar audiobook is an amazing experience, so that is what I plan to do… eventually.

      1. Kelly Brigid

        December 4, 2018 at 8:46 AM

        IT’S FATE TELLING YOU TO READ DRACULA! Ooh, I would love to buddy read Flame in the Mist! Is there a specific date you were hoping to start reading it by? <3

  9. Alexia Cambaling

    November 29, 2018 at 7:50 PM

    Great haul! Don’t feel guilty about how you spend your money. Books are wonderful things to spend money on. If it makes you happy, why not? We get to read great works and support the wonderful authors who write them!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      December 2, 2018 at 4:17 PM

      Thank you so much, and you are totally right! Gotta support those authors when I am able to do so!!

  10. BiblioNyan

    November 29, 2018 at 11:00 PM

    I loved To Kill a Kingdom. It really surprised me with its world-building. I would love a book solely about the lore and the different countries. Great haul.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      December 2, 2018 at 4:18 PM

      I have heard so many good things about To Kill a Kingdom, and love morally grey characters! Glad you enjoyed it and it’s a great sign that you want more of the lore!!!

      1. BiblioNyan

        December 3, 2018 at 11:06 PM

        Morally grey characters are my faves! 😀

  11. Kathy @ Books & Munches

    November 30, 2018 at 2:04 AM

    Flame in the Mist, Illuminae, To Kill a Kingdom and Warcross – all books I really liked! I really should read the sequels of both Flame in the Mist and Warcross though.. Ugh..

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      December 2, 2018 at 4:19 PM

      Oh I am so glad that you enjoyed them, that makes me more excited to read them (eventually)!

      1. Kathy @ Books & Munches

        December 3, 2018 at 6:19 AM

        Hahaha, the “eventually” is very.. recognizable. 😛

        1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

          December 3, 2018 at 3:09 PM

          My physical TBR is obnoxious and I need to be stopped!

          1. Kathy @ Books & Munches

            December 3, 2018 at 10:27 PM

            Hahaha, same! Not to mention how I just ordered a whole batch of books yesterday morning.. No self-restraint whatsoever. 😀

          2. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

            December 7, 2018 at 8:09 AM

            Oh no, you succumbed to more orders! (so far) I am holding strong on my ban for the rest of 2018… but I feel that weakening.

          3. Kathy @ Books & Munches

            December 7, 2018 at 10:22 PM

            I.. did.. I SWEAR I won’t buy any more books now though? I think.. Ugh. :’) It’s hard because I know I’ll have close to no book budget starting next year for the first couple of years so it automatically feels like I should splurge while I still can, haha.

          4. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

            December 8, 2018 at 9:45 AM

            Well if you won’t be able to buy any more for awhile, I suppose it is acceptable to pick up what you can now! Ugh sorry, I literally can justify anything and am the worst enabler.

            Also I am about to buy Gemina and Obsidio because I am loving Illuminae so much that I think I am going to want to power through both of them right after. Oops.

          5. Kathy @ Books & Munches

            December 10, 2018 at 12:13 AM

            Haha, I enabled myself the exact same way so I’m not even going to blame anyone else but myself. :’)

            No oops! It’s normal! Obsidio totally ruined me though. Biggest slump I ever had so.. I hope you won’t end up having the same “issue”, haha.

          6. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

            December 10, 2018 at 8:24 AM

            Enabler high-five!

            Ugh that’s good, I will be sure to not have any ARC deadlines right after I read Obsidio, then.

  12. flippingthruthepages

    November 30, 2018 at 2:22 AM

    To Kill A Kingdom is my favourite book of the year and I can’t wait for you to read it. It is amazing.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      December 2, 2018 at 4:20 PM

      OMG really?!?!? Ahhh that makes me even more excited to read it!

  13. Avery @ RedRocketPanda

    November 30, 2018 at 5:53 AM

    I still really want to read Asylum by Madeline Roux but keep forgetting about it! Also that copy of American Gods/Anansi Boys!!!!!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      December 2, 2018 at 4:21 PM

      I read Asylum last month and it was a decent read for me… excited to read the rest of the series though! They are a good book to pick up when you are feeling slumpish, at least for me!

      I know, that American Gods/Anansi Boys book was screaming at me and I had to wear more clothes than I would have liked on my flight home to make room for it in my suitcase. Worth it!

  14. sammers65

    November 30, 2018 at 8:34 AM

    *stares at the list of books* *whispers* one of you will be dragged. *slinks back into the darkness*

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      December 2, 2018 at 4:22 PM

      LMAO wait which one are talking about?!

      1. sammers65

        December 7, 2018 at 10:07 AM

        *whispers cryptically* one of them.

        MWUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  15. Christine

    November 30, 2018 at 8:54 AM

    I read the first book in the Pretty Little Liars series. I just couldn’t quite get into it. This is QUITE the haul. I am impressed. Girl, buy away! You can be any type of book blogger that you wish to be ; ) Frugal, free, or expensive.

    I’ve been getting too many ARCs from new authors…I am so behind. It makes me miss searching NetGalley more often for great reads. I’ve also turned down a ton, which makes me sad. Not enough time in the darn day.

    What’s one secret to read more? Less TV is needed for me. But after blogging all day, I need some binge Netflix series.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      December 2, 2018 at 4:30 PM

      Pretty Little Liars was totally my “guilty pleasure” tv series, although I don’t really like calling anything a guilty pleasure. Never read the books and the show jumped the shark and angered me SO MUCH, but so many people told me the books were good so I decided to nab it. Not too bad, an enjoyable and fast read for me. I am actually reading the rest of the series now via Library loans, and plan on donating the two physical copies I bought to my library!

      Definitely not enough time in the day for reading! I haven’t been reading many ARCs lately, which has been nice. They pick up again for January releases though. I haven’t been watching much TV lately, I seem to go in waves. I think I am going to rewatch BSG though.

  16. bookishluna

    November 30, 2018 at 11:48 AM

    The 7 1/2 Death of E H is on my tbr too. Also, I am also guilty of buying books on vacation, I can’t resist.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      December 2, 2018 at 4:32 PM

      I actually read an ARC of 7 1/2 Deaths, I just loved it so much that I needed to get a finished copy! I hope you enjoy it when you get around to reading it… it’s a trip!

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  19. Annemieke

    December 8, 2018 at 11:32 AM

    I love haul posts and you should never feel bad about how you spend your money. It is yours to spend as you please. Anyway great haul.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      December 9, 2018 at 9:03 AM

      Thank you, Annemieke. I just really didn’t want anyone to feel bad because of my haul!

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