Book Haul: “Freebie” Fiction

Featuring books I’ve been lucky enough to bring home for free!

Half Year Haul: January to July, 2016

In case you’re nosy like me, here’s everything I acquired in the last six months!

Lauren Conrad Style by Lauren Conrad // The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison // Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell // A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (read my review here!) // Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Home: No-Nonsense Advice That Will Inspire You to CLEAN like the DICKENS by Thelma Meyer // Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh // The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin (ZOMG) // Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes // The Doctors Are In: The Essential and Unofficial Guide to Doctor Who‘s Greatest Time Lord by Graeme Burk and Robert Smith // Infomocracy by Malka Ann Older // Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey McCarter

Half Year Haul: July to December, 2015

In case you’re nosy like me, here’s (almost) everything I acquired in the last six months! Starred (*) books were taken from donations given to the library at which I work.


Smile by Raina Telgemeier*

Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne*

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (Boston Book Festival)

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray (Book Riot Quarterly Box [BKR08])

The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; Or, Why I’m Never Getting All That Glitter off of the Dog by Jen Lancaster*

Lauren Conrad Style by Lauren Conrad (present)

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand*

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng*

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue*


Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore*

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie*

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple*

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Boston Book Festival)

The Living by Matt de la Peña (Boston Book Festival)

Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living by Nick Offerman*

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (Boston Book Festival)

Half Year Haul: January to June, 2015

I would love to do more haul posts, but I just don’t get a lot of books. Here’s to hoping, one day, I’ll have the kind of job where buying books instead of borrowing them is the norm. Until then…. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Unless others noted, all of these were donated to one of the libraries at which I work and then taken home by me.

* These books came in Book Riot Quarterly Boxes (BR06 and BR07 to be specific)

† These books were Goodreads First Reads


  • Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older* (I decided to give away this after reading the summary)
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  • The Biology of Luck by Jacob M. Appel† (I gave this 30 minutes of reading and then decided it was a DNF)
  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande* (Even though this is a high-interest title, I have no interest in it – so I gave it to my library)


  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead†
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better by Clive Thompson*
  • What Is the What by Dave Eggers
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (I can’t believe I scored this; it’s in pristine condition, too)
  • The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan
  • Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon*

Autumn Book Haul

I am apparently AWFUL at remembering to update all you lovelies on what I added to my collection – because the last time I did this, it was August! (Oops.) So… below are the books I acquired between September and December.

Title by Author: MSRP / What I Paid

autumn book hall 1

  • What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by : $14.99 / free from GoodReads First Reads!
  • As Long as You Love Me by Ann Aguirre: $14.95 / free from BookRiot!
  • Beowulf by Seamus Heaney: $13.95 / free from the library!
  • Losing My Brotherhood: A Collection of Poems by Bobby Long: $15.00 / $15.00

autumn book haul 2

  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt: $15.00 / free from the library!
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson: $16.95 / free from the library!


  • Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi: $16.00 / $16.00
  • Night Film by Marisha Pessl: $18.00 / free from the library!
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith: $28.00 / free from the library!
  • Ms. Marvel: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona: $15.99 / $15.99
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: $35.00 / gift

What books did you get this autumn?

August Book Haul

This month’s book haul was a rather productive one:

  • I found Shopaholic & Baby (a book that’s been on my to-buy list for quite a few years) for $1.00 at one of the grocery stores I frequent. (Randomly, I might add.)
  • I came across an ARC of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour on the free table at my job, thought it looked interesting, and then figured out that the title was already on my to-be-read list once I brought it home.
  • A first-edition signed copy of Telegraph Avenue was hiding in plain sight at my local Barnes & Noble and, when I brought it to the register, the cashier seemed super (duper) surprised that it was sitting in the clearance section and hadn’t already been sent back to the publisher. (To my knowledge, it was the only signed one there!)
  • I happened upon a rather interesting biography of Julia Child for my mum – can’t beat buying a Christmas present for $6.00 in August!!!
  • I splurged on The Book of Life. If you can believe it, I still haven’t read Shadow of Night, but I own both that and A Discovery of Witches in the same hardcover format, so I really could not justify not spending a little more to complete my set. (Also, I snagged TBoL at 40% off.)

Title by Author: MSRP / What I Paid


  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe: $7.95 / $1.00
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas L. Friedman: $16.00 / 75¢
  • Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella: $14.00 / $1.00
  • To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris: $26.00 (hc) / $0.00 (arc)


  • Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon: $27.99 / $6.28
  • The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness: $28.95 / $17.37
  • Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz: $29.95 / $6.28

The totally-worth-more-than-$6.00 signed page in Telegraph Avenue.

Bargain Bin Book Haul

If you’re a serial book buyer (like me), then you know the jittery excitement a used book sale can produce. There are the rows and rows (and possibly rows) of books once loved and then forgotten, ready and waiting for your finger to lazily sweep across its spine and be tempted enough by the title or the author or the color or the font or the size (etc., etc.) to pick it up and quite possibly bring it home. There are the sweaty palms you get just thinking about what kind of out-of-print gems or lingering title on your to-buy list (because we all have one) you’ll find inconspicuously sitting next to a mass market romance or last year’s best seller.

And then there’s the cold hard fact that, no matter the publisher’s sticker price, the highest you’ll pay for a book is most likely $5.00 (but probably only 50¢ – $1.00).

Because I work at a library, I almost always get first dibs on newly withdrawn books or off-hand donations being put on the for-sale cart (which is its own kind of torture). But there’s also the pure joy of walking into a library not-always-visited or finding out about a library’s much anticipated yearly book sale that really gets me going. I just love looking, even if nothing really catches my attention enough for me to buy it.

Aside from the two noted, all the books below were bought at book sales for under $2.o0 each – and they aren’t even everything I purchased. (I think I went into the book sale room at my library every day I was working, and actually purchased a full bag of books on three separate occasions. Oops.)

My haul


Title by Author: Retail Price / What I Paid

  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini: $28.95 / $2.00
  • The Selected Words of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen: $27.95 / $2.00
  • The Host by Stephenie Meyer: $25.99 / $2.00
  • A Shortcut in Time by Charles Dickinson: $14.95 / $1.00
  • A Conspiracy of Tall Men by Noah Hawley: $14.00 / $1.00
  • The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach: $14.99 / $5.38 (@ B&N)
  • The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen: $15.99 / $3.59 (@ B&N)
  • Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley: $8.99 / $1.00
  • Incendiary by Chris Cleave: $15.00 / $1.00
  • Crime and Punishment by Fodor Dostoyevsky: $11.95 / $1.00
  • Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne: $14.99 / $1.00
  • World War Z by Max Brooks: $9.99 / $1.00
  • Roots by Alex Haley: $2.75 / 50¢
  • A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood: 50¢ / 50¢


I bought this book not only because I loved the film but because it’s been hanging around in the world since 1964! So cool!!


I LOVE Winnie the Pooh, but I’ve never actually read any stories by A.A. Milne. The colors on this book jacket were beautiful AND there’s this gold-leaf edge on the pages. So, that’s awesome.

This book (and its jacket) looked so intriguing that I had to pick it up.

I seriously picked this up to read the summary because of the fonts, colors, and graphics. Such a simple design but still beautiful.

Here’s to happy book hunting!