April Book Haul


April was a decent book buying month for me. I browsed my local Goodwills, Books-A-Million, Barnes and Noble, and Target, and I ended up getting a nice collection to add to my TBR. April was a bit of a letdown compared to my March book haul, but I blame school and lack of time to hit the Nashville stores and being forced to stay in Memphis for my book browsing. Nevertheless, I ended up with 16 books!

If you know me at all, you know that it pains me to pay full price for books. I don’t know why, but I love to save my money, and I know that if I wait patiently for a few months or search for books online, I’ll be able to save tons of money for future use. The most expensive book I bought this month was a little over $8 with tax, and I only paid full price for that one because I literally could not wait for someone to donate it to a used bookstore or to be placed on sale.

So, without further ado here, is my April book haul. These are not in the order in which I bought them. I just made them aesthetically pleasing in the photo.

The Martian by Andy Weir
Bought at Goodwill for 2.99
I’ve heard wonderful things about this book, so I can’t wait to read it sometime in the near future!

Beautiful Boss by Christina Lauren
Bought at Target for $7.99
This was my most expensive buy of the month, and the day I bought it, I read it. This little novella was the last book I needed in the Beautiful series before the final book, Beautiful, is released this fall. My rating and information about my thoughts will be included in my April wrap-up, but I’ll give you one word that’ll clue you in to my thoughts: amazing!

Lux: Beginnings (comprised of Obsidian and Onyx) and Lux: Opposition (comprised of Shadows and Opposition) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Bought at Books-A-Million for $3.97 each
I’ve been a bit reluctant to read this series because one, the covers are terrible, and two, I wasn’t sure if these books would really fit into my preferred genre. However, after hearing people rave about not only Jennifer L. Armentrout but also this series, I decided to give it a try. I’ve only ever seen the mash up books instead of the individual ones. Now I only need books three and four in the mash up Lux: Consequences (Opal and Origin).

Mine by Katy Evans
Bought at Goodwill for $2.99
I’ve heard good things about this series, so I decided to grab them as I see them on sale or in Goodwill. I believe this is book two, so I only have five more to go before I have the complete series. I’m not really sure what the series is about, but I believe it’s a New Adult series—something that’s right up my alley!

Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
Bought at Barnes and Noble for $5.98
I’ve never read a Colleen Hoover book. I’ve heard mixed reviews of Slammed and Point of Retreat, but I decided to give it a chance because of all the praise Colleen Hoover’s books have in general. I just need to find Slammed before I can begin this small series!

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
Bought at Goodwill for $1.99
I’d been searching for this book for forever! A friend of mine recommended this to me years ago, and after years of searching, I finally found it! I never knew what the cover looked like, and I’m so pleased! I can’t wait to read this.

The Semester of Our Discontent by Cynthia Kuhn
Won from a Goodreads Giveaway
I won this for free, and the author was so kind to sign the book and send a cute, little card! To my knowledge, it’s a murder-mystery type novel set in the college setting. It sounds really interesting and I’m sure it’ll be a quick, fun, and somewhat suspenseful read.

Frozen by L.A. Casey
Won from a Goodreads Giveaway
I also won this for free from Goodreads. I think this is going to be a sexy romance, but I’m not exactly sure the specifics. I do know that the cover is really soft, and I do love sexy romances!

The Underdogs by Sara Hammel
Won from a Goodreads Giveaway
Once again, I won this from Goodreads. This is supposed to be a middle grade murder mystery, but from what I’ve read from the reviews on Goodreads, it’s suited for much older ages than middle grade. Nevertheless, I can’t wait to read it, middle grade or not!

Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Bought Graceling and Fire from Goodwill for $2.99. Bought Bitterblue from Books-A-Million for $2.97
To be honest, I’m not sure what this series is about. I know each book has gotten high ratings on Goodreads, so that was enough for me to buy them. Besides, they were cheap and the covers are amazing!

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Bought at Goodwill for $2.99
I’ve heard incredible things about this novel, though I’m not sure what exactly it’s about, I have great bookish friends that have insisted that I buy this book. When I found it hidden at Goodwill, I snatched it up and bought it immediately!

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Bought at Goodwill for $2.99

Based off the condition of this book, I don’t think it has ever been read. I’ve heard pretty mixed things about this book, but I’ve heard it is sort of like Gone Girl, which I adored. I love thrillers, and since this is last year’s most talked about thriller, I decided to try it!

Beacham’s Sourcebook For Teaching Young Adult Fiction: Exploring Harry Potter by Elizabeth D. Schafer
Bought at Goodwill for $3.99
I don’t know much about this book, but I love, adore, am obsessed with, etc. Harry Potter! I browsed on Goodreads, and although this has negative ratings, I’m excited to own it. I plan on being a middle or high school English teacher in the near future, and one day, I’d love to teach Harry Potter. Even though I think this only covers the first three books, maybe this will give me some more insight to the series or some inspiration when teaching to my future students. Plus, it’s about Harry Potter – I had to have it!

That’s all my books for April! Stay tuned for my April Reading Wrap-Up!