Every avid reader has done it, whether at a flea market, an independent bookstore or one of the giant booksellers, book hauls are life. What is a book haul? It is when you go into a bookstore and end up spending your entire paycheck on books. Or, that is what it has been in my experience. Book hauls are fun and extremely therapeutic and I love doing it for various reasons.
And truth be told, my annual book budget is larger than my food budget. Why? Because sometimes devouring words is more important than actual sustenance. Don’t believe me? Once when I was around ten or eleven my mother bought my brother the first two Harry Potter books and she let me have the third one. Of course, I wasn’t going to start in the middle of a series so I took them from him and that Saturday I only left me room twice. To go to the bathroom. My family had eaten and everything by the time I had emerged, they didn’t even know I was home. But sometimes, binge reading just has to be done. Since then, I have done it more times than I can count. I would go to a library and get every book in a series and try to read it all before my own self-imposed five day deadline. It is one of the ways I relax, a hot cup of tea and a good book.
Well, back to book hauls. I truly just wanted to share my book haul experience with all of you. A few weeks ago I went to a major bookstore because I needed a quiet place to write (obviously for Camp NaNoWriMo) and I always think that reading helps to write better. I know many writers do not agree with reading while you are working on your own pieces but I disagree. Sometimes you come across a block, some obstacle you cannot seem to cross over correctly, reading helps by giving you ideas. And so, although I was there to work on my piece, I still searched through the shelves. I found some old favorites and some books that I had been meaning to pick up but decided to let it be. Instead, I went to the fantasy section and picked the largest book I could find. I kept searching and somehow found my way into satire. Shopping for books has always been an adventure for me and I am sure that for many of you reading this, you can understand. Who wouldn’t want to get lost in the stacks?
So, all in all, I picked up four books. Twelve, technically, but four actual separately bound books. This particular book haul was relatively cheap at approximately $60.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut
The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny (ten novels in one)
I am super excited about this particular haul and you can be expecting some reviews as soon as I am done. (I still have a few others in my reading list to get to first.)
Now, I know that I may be behind the times but I have just found out about monthly book subscription boxes and I could not be more intrigued. I have discovered these four boxes and am super excited about all of them Have you ever tried a book monthly subscription box? Let me know your favorites in the comments.
Enchanted Book Box
Cozy Reader Club
Once Upon A Book Club
The Nocturnal Reader’s Box
Now, I have also heard of CrateJoy, which is basically a search engine of subscription boxes. Who knew? Anyway, I am thinking of looking into it a bit more and I feel that anyone who is living a fast-paced lifestyle and loves to read could also enjoy a service like this. Books can be sent to your door so you don’t have to stress about making time to visit the store, plus the book and other items are a surprise so it’s like Christmas every day.