This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Books I Bought/Borrowed Because… Last year, I got a little carried away buying new books. I want to support authors, especially ones I’ve already read, but the constant barrage of special editions and preorder incentives was overwhelming. This year I’m trying to get my priorities straight and read more library books. This doesn’t mean I won’t buy books this year, but I’m being more careful about why I’m buying a book. Here are some of the books I bought in 2019 and why.
New Books by authors I love: Several books I bought were because they were by authors I already love and I wanted to read their new ones and trusted it would be good. These include King of Scars and Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo and To Best the Boys by Mary Weber.
Sequels to series: A few authors I love had a new book out in their current series so I obviously wanted to read them and own the other books in the series. These include: The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan, Supernova by Marissa Meyer, The Sky Weaver by Kristen Ciccarreli, and Soul of Stars by Ashley Poston.
Romanov by Nadine Brandes: This was my second Nadine Brandes book and I read an early copy through NetGalley. Since I enjoyed it, I thought I would buy a copy to support her.
The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson: I was swept up into the hype of this book and bought a copy before reading it because the first printing editions have a special design on the hardcover. I wish I would have just read it from the library because while I enjoyed it, I didn’t enjoy it enough to keep it on my shelf.
There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool: Another book that I preordered because of hype and a cool preorder incentive. Except I forgot to submit my preorder proof and didn’t enter for the incentive. Oh well. I should have just borrowed it from the library because I decided I didn’t enjoy it enough to keep it.
The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen: I was back and forth about whether to preorder this one or not. I heard a lot of great things, but I was worried about the hype (see above). So first I borrowed it from the library and when I loved it, I decided to buy myself a copy.
Fireborne by Rosaria Munda: This book was one of my favorite reads of 2019. I read an early copy via NetGalley and knew halfway through that I would want to own it so I preordered it.
The KingKiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss: A friend gave me a mass market paperback edition of The Name of the Wind and once I read it and discovered there were other, prettier editions, I knew I’d one on of those. Since I figured it took me a month to read the first book, I wanted to take my time with the second so I bought matching covers for the whole series (that’s out so far).
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman and Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan: I went to a book signing in April for Emily’s book release. Since she was signing with Christine, I bought copies of both books and got them signed.
Subscription box books: I like receiving book box subscriptions, but sometimes they disappoint me. So I was a lot more picky about when I would actually buy a box. I still received quite a few because I guessed the books ahead of time and loved the idea of a signed or exclusive edition. The ones I received include: Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Pena (LitJoy Crate), We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal (Shelflove Crate), Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson (Owlcrate), The Beholder by Anna Bright (The Bookish Box), Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (Owlcrate), House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A. Craig (Owlcrate), Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stievafter (Owlcrate), Dangerous Alliances by Jennieke Cohen (LitJoy Crate) and The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (Pixie Dust Official). Of these, I kept all except We Hunt the Flame.