I wasn’t planning to do another book haul post, but I ordered so many more books that it seemed worth the time! Keep reading to see what I all have to find room on my shelves for.
It pained me, but I did go ahead and preorder Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean from Word Bookstore in Brooklyn, along with The Devil of Downtown by Joanna Shupe. The shipping price is a bit steep, but I think buying two preorders that were set to come out the same day helped bring down the shipping cost some so I didn’t get charged for two separate shipments. It’ll be nice to have physical copies of the newest releases by two of my favorite authors! And I’m excited to see what goodies will come with the Daring and the Duke.
Love’s Sweet Arrow
I updated my post after it went live, but I did wind up placing another order at the Chicago-based romance bookstore Love’s Sweet Arrow to get His at Night by Sherry Thomas, which is an older title that I’ve had a hard time track down. As it turns out, not only did they have it, but they had a signed copy, too! That was a really nice surprise when I opened my package. I also ordered copies of A Duke in the Night and Last Night with the Earl by Kelly Bowen. I already read and loved A Duke in the Night and decided to pick up the entire trilogy. I have the third one coming from Bank Square Books along with my preorder of Eloisa James’ upcoming book, so I grabbed the first two from Love’s Sweet Arrow.
Unfortunately, not long after I placed that order, I realized that Anderson’s Bookshop wasn’t sending me all of the Psy/Changeling books I had ordered. I’m actually kind of irked with them because they never notified me that they changed my order (which would have been totally fine), they just changed it in their system and marked it complete. I only realized what was happening when my order showed up and two books were missing, and I tracked down my account and saw that the other two apparently aren’t coming. Fortunately, Love’s Sweet Arrow had one of the two books I needed, plus I recently decided to pick up copies of all of the Spindle Cove books by Tessa Dare, which was trickier than I expected it to be. So I was able to get Tangle of Need as well as A Night to Surrender, which was one of the last titles I need. So while it was unfortunate having to place separate orders, it worked out great to get those two.
The Ripped Bodice
I knew I was going to place a second order at the Los Angeles-based romance bookstore The Ripped Bodice, and once Jessie Mihalik announced she was doing a preorder offer with them for Chaos Reigning, I immediately placed the order I’d been planning. In addition to Chaos Reigning, I bought a physical copy of The Earl I Ruined by Scarlett Peckham, which I read recently and really liked. I also got a physical copy of Mangoes and Mistletoe by Adrianna Herrera (having a digital copy of this GBBO-inspired romance just wasn’t enough) and added two Spindle Cove books by Tessa Dare, A Lady by Midnight and Any Duchess Will Do. Unfortunately, A Lady by Midnight is apparently backordered, but I’m sure I’ll get my book soon enough!
Barnes & Noble
Last but not least, I placed an order for a bunch of books and puzzles from Barnes & Noble. I’ve been wanting to pick up copies of Washington by Ron Chernow and The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang for a while, but had been meaning to get some other nonfiction off my shelves first. I figured now was a good time to get them, though, and went for it. I also bought A Week to by Wicked by Tessa Dare, the last Spindle Cove book I needed, and I preordered a copy of Beach Read by Emily Henry, which I read an arc of and really enjoyed (review coming soon!). Oh, and I got the last Psy/Changeling book I needed, Allegiance of Honor! And I should mention, one of the puzzles I picked up was of books, so it’s very on brand!
Bonus: Bank Square Books
I mentioned Bank Square Books in my last blog haul post, but since then my preorder of Eloisa James’ new book showed up as well as the Kelly Bowen book I ordered. In addition to being super flexible about swapping in a different Kelly Bowen title when they couldn’t get the initial one I ordered, they wrapped my books!! I don’t have pictures because I didn’t have enough self control to take pictures before I ripped into them, but it was such a fun touch! I’ve never shopped there before, but I would happily order from them again!
One of my goals for this year was to read books within three months of purchase and to keep my physical TBR down to one small shelf. While I’ve read a lot of the books that I’ve been buying, my physical TBR has definitely ballooned more than I’d like! And I doubt I’ll be reading them all as quickly as I wanted. But I think these are extraordinary circumstances, and I want to do what I can to help support bookstores, so I’m happy to ignore those goals for the time being. Besides, my physical TBR isn’t so crazy that I can’t shrink it down fairly quickly if I decide it’s bothering me!
Funnily enough, when I first drafted this post, I thought I was about tapped out when it came to buying books. I had bought pretty much all of the books I read digitally and have been wanting physical copies of, and I exhausted the list of nonfiction I’d been wanting to buy once I read what I had. But I’ve read some more great books since then that I need to own, and I keep discovering more nonfiction books I’ve been meaning to read, so my list has grown again! Though I think I’m going to wait until later this summer to pick them up and give my wallet a bit of a chance to recover. Besides, then I’ll be able to grab some of the books I’ve been looking forward to that release later this summer (*cough* Emerald Blaze *cough*).
What are some of your favorite bookstores to purchase from? I’m actually pretty partial to Barnes & Noble because that was the only bookstore I had access to growing up, but it’s been fun to support various indies, especially the romance ones. Let me know your favorite bookstore in the comments!