Confessions of a Bookaholic: Hi my name is Cat, and I can’t stop buying books

Confessions of a Bookaholic

Hi, my name is Cat, and I have a book buying obsession.

 

Okay, it’s not really a problem most of the time. Any book lover will happily tell you that there’s no such thing as reading or buying too many books. But there’s more to it than that, isn’t there?

My 'Display' Bookshelf

The Reality of it

The real problem isn’t so clear to see. If I were to look at all the unread books on my shelves (bought with the sincere intent to get around to them asap), I know I wouldn’t be capable of reading them all this year. Or probably within five years. I hate having to say that, because I really do want to read them all.

And that’s not even counting the books on my kindle and ereaders…but let’s not go there. That way lay dragons.

I know that eventually I’m going to buy more books than I can hope to read in a lifetime. It feels weird knowing that, and still buying books. But every single book I purchase, I do so with the intent of reading it. I buy books with the intent of supporting the industry and the authors I love so much.

The Space

Right now I actually own more books than shelving space. It’s something I hope to rectify in the near future (with the purchase of new shelves as well as a heavily loaded trip to the second hand bookstore).

The other day my mom joked that my desk looked like it belonged to a book hoarder – and she’s not wrong. There are two stacks of books over three feet tall on it. And the only reason there aren’t more stacks is because I needed access to my keyboard. You know, to write reviews.

There’s also a chair that I’ve stolen and repurposed solely to stack up my TBR piles. It’s not practical in the least, and results with me shuffling books around on it like a twisted book version of musical chairs.

I’ve been tempted to buy one of those little carts to put my TBR books in it (only for the current month of course – there’s no way it’d fit them all). If nothing else than to prevent a repeat of the hilarious scene from Fullmetal Alchemist. You know the one, where the ex-librarian is found in her home, buried under all her books? Yeah. I’d like to avoid that happening.

 

My ‘Budget’

I actually try really hard not to let me book love get in the way. I set a strict book budget per paycheck. I won’t say what it is, because then people could call me out when I exceed it.

I’m really good at finding loopholes in my book budget though.

 

‘Oh, new releases don’t apply to the budget! How could I possibly anticipate how many of my favorite authors will be publishing a book in a given week?’ Yeah, I use that one a lot. In my defense I do review books…so having access to new ones is helpful. And that’s totally not an excuse or anything.

‘Oh look, a sale!’ Yep, that one too. After all, the best sites to go to for deals have a minimum purchase for free shipping. In the case of my particular favorite, when it comes to sales (Book Outlet) the minimum is over what I’d like to spend in a given paycheck (emphasis on like). So…I have to cheat. And cheat I do.

But it’s okay

 

I can easily justify all my book purchases. Honestly, I’m not even sure I have to go to those lengths. I love books, and I love reading them.

I love having my own personal library, and having the ability to loan books out to friends and family.

I love being able to donate books that I don’t find worth reading again, and I love supporting small bookstores in that way.

I love being able to support the industry, and being able to buy the books of authors I love.

I’m lucky in that I can afford to buy these books I love, and I refuse to take that for granted.

Sort of My TBR Shelf

Sort of My TBR Shelf

Hi, my name is Cat, and I have a book buying problem, and that’s okay.

 

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Review: Literary Places by Sarah Baxter and Amy Grimes

Literary Places

Publisher: White Lion Publishing
Released: March 5th 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: Kitty Rating

I received a copy of Literary Places through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Literary Places is an absolutely striking collection of locations that are mentioned in literary works. They’re all real locations, of course. This novel includes beautiful hand drawn images of some of the most iconic locations, as well as a brief bit of information about each one.

Personally, I really felt like it brought these locations that I’ve never had the luxury of visiting to life. It reminded me of just how many classic novels are based in real locations – locations I could visit, should I ever get the opportunity to do so.

I sincerely hope that Sarah Baxter and Amy Grimes were given the opportunity to travel to most of these locations while working on their book. I imagine that would have been a dream come true.

This novel covers literary locations such as Paris, Dublin, Florence, Naples, Berlin, Nordland, St. Petersburg, Sierre de Guardarrama, La Mancha, Davos, Bath, London, Yorkshire, Cairo, Soweto, Kerala, Saigon, Kabul, Hanging Rock, New York, Monterey, Mississippi River, Monroeville, Cartagena, and Chile. Best of all? It even cites some of the novels that used each location as a basis. For somebody that can be a bit forgetful at times, that little detail was greatly appreciated.

The artwork for Literary Places was absolutely stunning. It had just a touch of whimsy, but otherwise was bright and clear. The style was perfect for what they were trying to portray here. To be honest, I really hope they come out with more works like this. It’d be interesting to see what they’d cover next. Plus I’d love to see more artwork in this style and theme.

 

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Review: The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 7: Mothering Invention

The Wicked The Divine Vol. 7

Publisher: Image Comics
Released: October 9th 2018
Received: Own
Issues: The Wicked + The Divine 34-39
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

I can’t believe that The Wicked + The Divine is already on its seventh volume. It feels like just a few months ago that I picked it up. Oh right, I found it when it was a few volumes in and binged the whole series. Still, we’ve come a long way in a very short period of time.

So here’s the good news/bad news about having us already at seven volumes. The series was intended to only last for about eight volumes, nine if you count the extra volume they’re going to do to collect all the special and one-shot issues. The good news is that we’re finally going to truly know what’s going on in the next volume. The bad news is that we’re going to learn all of it because the next volume will likely be the last. I’m very conflicted about this, but I suppose that’s to be expected.

Thanks to the Wicked + The Divine I’ve officially hit the point where I’m willing to read anything that has Kieron Gillen or Jamie McKelvie involved in it. And I’m not ashamed to admit it. I actually really love it when I become attached to creators – it gets me to try new series that I wouldn’t have otherwise, simply because I trust the creative team. It’s an interesting feeling, and realistically I don’t need to be adding to my reading list…but it is what it is, right?

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Review: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Vol. 4: The Catastrophe Con

Doctor Aphra Vol. 4

Publisher: Marvel
Released: January 7th 2019
Received: Own
Issues: Doctor Aphra 20-25
Rating: 4 kitties

The Catastrophe Con continues the epic story of Doctor Aphra. The last volume introduced a love interest of sorts for Aphra, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t anxious to see what was going to happen next for them.

Doctor Aphra is by far one of my favorite Star Wars series right now. Granted, I haven’t been doing a great job of staying up to date with the others…but I suppose the fact that I’ve been making an active effort to stay up with hers should say something.

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Blog Tour: The Onyx Crown

Blitz BannerThe Onyx Crown

The Onyx Crown #1

Publication Date: January 27th, 2019

Genre: Fantasy/ Adventure

The Onyx Crown

The Onyx Crown is an exciting foray into the world of African fantasy. From the searing heat of the desert to the vastness of the savannah, it tells the story of three children–Sania, Gesi, and Jorann who grow up in a pre-medieval era of wars and successions, not fifteen years after the greatest king in the history of the continent has been deposed and assassinated. They must overcome the traumatic circumstances of their birth as well as many dangerous trials to fulfill the destiny bestowed upon them as infants. Can mere children use their courage, wits, and uncanny abilities to defeat legendary warriors, entire tribes, provinces, and kingdoms–allowing them to lead the worthy to the greatest prize of all, the Onyx Crown?

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Review: Haphaven

Haphaven

Publisher: Lion Forge
Released: March 19th 2019
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 3 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of
Haphaven through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Haphaven is a graphic novel full of superstitions and rules. It’s one part fairy tale, and one part coming of age story. The series follows Alex as she grows up with superstitions, thanks to her father. Until one day she stepped on a crack and found herself on a desperate quest to undo the damage wrought.

This was an interesting series, on the whole. I originally became interested in it because of the artwork on the cover (which I promise you carries through the whole graphic novel). Though I’ll admit that the introduction was a bit off, and it took me longer than expected for me to get really into the story being told.

It was fun reading about all the different superstitions that Alex lived by. At first, we saw how difficult it would be; living in the modern world while driven to follow complex rules that may or may not be judged by society. Like feeling compelled to throw a stranger’s spilled salt over your shoulder during a family dinner…

It quickly becomes more fantastical though, as Alex rushes to save her mom after a sudden broken back – courtesy of the crack that Alex stepped all over. It gets a bit hectic and crazy from there, but the story hangs on to its cohesion and ultimately has an interesting point to make.

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Blog Tour: Prince of Secrets and Shadows

Blog Tour: Prince of Secrets and Shadows

Prince of Secrets and Shadows

Publication Date: December 4th, 2018
Genre: YA/ Historical Fiction/ Adventure/ Romance

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“How do I know you’re telling me the truth?” The last thing I wanted to do was hurt him, but if I did not find a way to break free of him, I would risk doing even more harm.

Ferdy met my gaze with his. “I promise you this, Ella, that as of now, I will never lie to you again.” He leaned forward and kissed me again, and I stood there, letting him, desperately debating whether I could trust him or not. His promise burned through me, his words scorched into my being. It was so tempting to believe him, more tempting than anything else I had ever faced in all my life.

Freedom was only freedom if I could trust it to be true.

PRAGUE, 1870

After joining the Order of the Crystal Daggers, led by her dauntless grandmother, Lady Penelope, Eleanora Svobodová set out to save her kingdom from oncoming devastation.

And she failed.

Following the attack on Prague Castle, Eleanora is determined to redeem herself. She sets out to win Karl’s trust while distancing herself from Ferdy, whose secrets and lies have done nothing to stop her from falling in love with him. As she struggles to let him go, questions about the mission and her mother’s past cause a rift between Amir and Lady Penelope and add to the growing discord between Eleanora and her brother.

But when a cunning provocateur arrives in Prague, Eleanora discovers there is an even more deadly game afoot, one that reaches into Amir’s past and threatens Lady Penelope’s future. Now, the members of the Order must work together if they are to uncover the true enemy hiding in Bohemia.

Can they work together despite their divisions? Or will their division lead to even more destruction?

With spies, secrets, and suspense, Prince of Secrets and Shadows is the second book in The Order of the Crystal Daggers, a spy adventure series from C. S. Johnson.

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Review: Perfunctory Affection by Kim Harrison

Perfunctory Affection

Publisher: Subterranean Press
Author: Kim Harrison
Release: March 31st, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Phobias, anxiety, delusions
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Perfunctory Affection through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Perfunctory Affection is the newest novella from Kim Harrison. It explores the concepts of love, perfection, life, truth, and understanding. It’s a heavy but fascinating read, delving deep into anxiety, depression, and delusions.

This novella lands somewhere between a science fiction horror and an individual’s journey to understanding what’s happening to them. It has a touch of fantasy as well, which I personally appreciated.

This is nothing quite like any of Kim Harrison’s other works, and that’s okay. I enjoyed it anyway – though if I’m being entirely truthful her name being on the novella is the main reason why I became curious about it to begin with.

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Review: The Witch’s Kind by Louisa Morgan

The Witchs Kind

Publisher: Redhook
Author: Louisa Morgan
Released: March 19th 2019
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Child loss
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of The Witch’s Kind through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Witch’s Kind is the latest novel by Louisa Morgan. It’s a light paranormal novel, with lots of lush details and a casual buildup. It’s very relaxing of a read, while still having plenty of interesting things going on in the world around the main characters. It’s described as being perfect for fans of Practical Magic, and having read the book, I couldn’t agree more.

Barrie Anne is a capable woman; she survived the war, has been left alone, and will not tolerate the idea of moving away. She’s content with what she has now. That contentment isn’t lost when an unexpected event changes everything for her. If anything, it gave her a new reason to fight.

This novel lightly touches on paranormal beings and events, but it reads very much like a women’s fiction novel. It’s introspective and empowering, and has a lot of heart to it. The paranormal events and creatures are discussed openly though, just with a casual ease of taking it all in stride.

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Review: Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter

Never Contented Things

Publisher: Tor Teen
Author: Sarah Porter
Release: March 19th, 2019
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Rape, Kidnappings
Rating: 3 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of Never-Contented Things through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

If I was giving out awards for beautiful book covers, you can bet that Never-Contented Things would be getting one. The cover is absolutely striking, and immediately gave me an impression of the sort of story that it would have.

Never-Contented Things was written by Sarah Porter, and it’s an interesting shift on the whole fae/changeling/human dynamic. That’s not to say that the typical hierarchy isn’t there, because it absolutely is. More that the perspective is different. Everything is from the human side, and it really makes you realize just how hard it could be to identify fae actions.

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