YAY! I’m calling this haul the “Surprise Haul” because it includes 2 books that were a nice surprise in the mail when I received them! I will start with those:
First is The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry. This book came from Larkin at Wonderfilled Reads, who had a giveaway recently for reaching 300 followers on her awesome Bookstagram (check her out!). She also sent me an adorable candle with the book (as well as some bath stuff that didn’t quite make it all the way from Texas to Illinois…haha!). This book is just plain gorgeous, and I’m excited to read it because it has time travel!
The next surprise that came in the mail was from Call Me Ishmael, a super cool reader-experience-book-sharing program that you can read about here. I was a backer on their Kickstarter several months ago, and this was the perk I chose. It is a random used book they sent me (Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver) based on my genre preferences, along with a list of 5 books they recommended for me (some of which I’ve actually read/am currently reading!), a postcard, and even a cell phone card carrier thingy! Super cute!
The next book is The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie. I bought this book on my spring break trip to South Dakota (yes, I did just write “spring break trip to South Dakota”). I got it at Wall Drug, which if you’ve never been to South Dakota, is a shopping center that’s all Western-themed and campy and gigantic and hilarious and awesome. Here’s a photo of the book (with my Wall Drug map), as well as a pic of the store in which I bought it (that of course only stocks western-themed books):
Lastly, a few books I picked up at my local bookstore: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, which is my current read, and The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss, a companion book to the Kingkiller Chronicle. I hadn’t found the latter book in stock anywhere else so I had to pick it up when I saw it. I had a nice surprise when I realized that it is illustrated! I’m very excited to read it. Also, Ready Player One is shaping up to be just as amazing as everyone says. I am reading it long-distance with a friend of mine, so you will be hearing about that soon, too!