Jane Ridgewood

Another Tea Addicted Writer On The Loose!

I feel like I should call this one “My Bibliophile is Showing”, but simply referring to it as a book haul is probably better. Besides, I am sure plenty of people have purchased more books than I did this past month. However I am definitely pleased with the increase in options that have been added to my ever-growing TBR pile. Outside of the four titles I received from My Thrill Club this month, I have managed to obtain fifteen other books! Some I got for free, some I paid $1 for…and the rest varies.

So what beautiful books have been added to my library? Well I’ve debated several times on how to handle this haul post. I’ve never actually done one before. I came to the conclusion that I would break it down into the buying spurts throughout the month. Also, I shall link each book title to its Amazon listing in case you want to check it out for yourself…and probably find out what it’s about.

What got me started…

Keeper” by Kim Chance
Chasing God” by Angie Smith.

Both of these books intrigued me from the moment I heard about them. Firstly, Kim is a Michigan author, so naturally there is a preset biased interest. However her YA debut novel actually had me intrigued. Plus, Kim is also an Author-Tuber which is where I initially discovered her and her writing. With Angie’s book, I actually stumbled on this one when looking at some Bible Studies that Candace Cameron Bure suggests at the end of her book “Kind is the New Classy”. Angie wrote one called “Seamless”, which I still have yet to purchase, but am still highly considering.

Then I went into the dollar store…

Then Again” by Diane Keaton
All Stories Are Love Stories” by Elizabeth Percer
The Unquiet” by Mikaela Everett
The Trilogy of Two” by Juman Malovf
The Tutor” by Andrea Chapin
The Unquiet Dead” by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Oh yes, all six of these beautiful books were found in my local dollar store. Whenever I get time I love slipping inside just to check out the book section. One of my best friends actually introduced me to dollar store book shopping, as really it’s surprising what good books you can find at the low, low cost of $1. Pretty much all of these books intrigued me, hence the fast purchases. I do sometimes like to “judge a book by the cover” and purchase one or two titles based off that. Because for $1, why not? I won’t lie, if I had more time that day I would have probably picked up more than six.

Then I stumbled over good deals and a silly purchase…

Just Juliet” by Charlotte Reagan
A Bad Case of Stripes” by David Shannon
Paperweight” by Meg Haston

The first book I came across awhile back when in query of some LGBTQ+ themed books. The book has great reviews and I’ve actually been wanting to read it for some time now. Fortunately, at the time of my purchase I found it for less than what it normally goes for. The same goes with the last book in this hit list. It was another one I came across and had been meaning to pick up for the longest time. The premise had intrigued me, though also makes me cautious. Not sure when I’ll read this one, but I’m glad to officially own it. That special middle book, the children’s one was purchased as a joke. My mom and I have an ongoing thing with lima beans. She hates them, I love them. It was actually from her reading another book that mentioned the protagonist hiding and finding this book randomly. I had to buy it… and actually, it’s a pretty cute well thought out imaginative story. I look forward to reading it to my younger nieces and nephews.

Then was the eBook grabs…

Essence” by Mandi Lynn
The Things We Don’t Say” by Ella Carey

Both of these books I was able to purchase for free. Mandi ran a special on this one for like a two day period. I just so happened to run across it through another author that I follow on social media. I’ve wanted to check out Mandi’s writing so I snagged this up feeling it was the perfect opportunity to do so. The other book I got for being an Amazon Prime member. It’s a perk. I guess once a month they showcase new books that members can get the eBook version for free. You can only pick one and I felt this one was intriguing enough that I couldn’t resist selecting it.

Then I watched an Author unboxing video…

The Yahweh Gene” by N.J. Simmons

In times of needing a little boost in switching my mind from one area into writing, I watch Author-Tube. While doing so one day some unboxing videos of Author’s (specifically Indie Authors) were unveiling their debut novels and seeing them in person for the first time. I love these videos. Well, N.J.’s video came up and I just happened to click on it. The way this man reacted to just the box and how he opened it, I literally was like “Okay God, if his book is less than $10 regardless of what it’s about I’ll buy it!” – Sure enough, I found it on Amazon for $9.99 – and truthfully, after reading the synopsis I’m really looking forward to the read of this one. Had I not been intrigued to actually read it though, I still would have purchased it. I just felt like you could really see the blood, sweat, and tears that went into his debut novel. The passion this man felt for all the hard work he had accomplished with this book.

Finally, the absolute impulse buy…

PenPal” by Dathan Auerbach

This came up as a suggested eBook on my Amazon account. I read the synopsis and found myself looking it up to see what the physical copy cost. Sure enough I found a great deal on it and could not resist the impulse of purchasing. Some books just sound too intriguing to pass up.

Well that is all for my June bookshelf additions! I’m not sure if I’m going to do book hauls regularly, but I actually had a lot of fun putting this post together. If this is something you want to see more of, let me know in the comments. Otherwise, just feel free to share what books you’ve purchased recently. I’m also always open to book suggestions.

XOXO, Jane

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