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July Book Haul and OwlCrate Unboxing

Hey all, Dani here.

All right, let’s talk book shopping. Okay, yes, this post was supposed to be up sooner….but there is a Wi-Fi issue at the cabin, so I wasn’t able to log in and finalize this post in time. We literally had to make a drive to the lodge at a nearby park to get enough signal to check our devices and everything. Normally I wouldn’t mind having a couple days unplugged from everything…but considering my grandpa passed away less than a week ago, I need to be able to check my messages at least once a day.

Anyway, now that it’s the beginning of August, it is time to look back on the month of July and all of the books I picked up, so let’s get started.

One of these seemed like a somewhat funny thief/warrior adventure fantasy tale, and the other two are fantasies that I have had on my anticipated releases list for a while. I’m loving all of these fantasy tales that are coming out that are inspired by something other than Greco-Roman historical world-building. All of these various Asian and African and Middle Eastern inspired fantasy tales have been SO GOOD, and I’m excited to just keep reading them more and more. Diversity in all genres matters, and I’m so glad to see that we are seeing more of these types of books being released.

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake, Isn’t It Bromantic? by Lyssa Kay Adams, Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade, and Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

Okay, so I already read Isn’t It Bromantic? and I’ll be writing up a review sometime in the next month or so…I can’t remember off the top of my head when I scheduled it in my blog calendar. But these other books follow a difficult to get into magic society, the friend of a Chosen One who has to step up with a band of the misfits and losers when the Chosen One fails at their task, and an Octavia Butler novel written back in the 1990s talking about America in the 2020s that apparently has some somewhat scary parallels to events that either are happening or have happened. Basically I’ve been picking up some really interesting books lately, and I’m excited to read them all.

Well Met (Walmart Edition) by Jen DeLuca

My final physical book purchase is a book that I technically already own, but they decided to release a special edition through Walmart, so I had to get it. Yes, I adore the original illustrated cover, but having this very portable Mass Market Paperback with this adorable live recreation of the original cover. It’s great, and yes, I did start re-reading this book because I miss Ren Faires (my local festival starts in just a few more weeks, thankfully).

Okay, so I thought that I didn’t have that bad of a book haul for the month of July…and then I remembered that I did buy some e-books on sale as well…so I should probably include those in this haul as well. Oh boy. Here’s where my haul gets ridiculous. Again, I reiterate that I got almost all of these books on sale–the only non-sale books were the rest of the Bridgerton novels.

Some of these I’ve read since I’ve purchased them, a couple I had read before I purchased them, and some are books that I own multiple editions of…hello Wheel of Time. I definitely want to start a re-read of WoT, especially with the series premiering in November. I need a good refresher on what all has gone on. Most of these were only a couple dollars, which was nice, and the Wheel of Time books were about half-off the original e-book prices, so I considered them worth the purchase…especially since Damian has proclaimed that he can’t read my paperbacks because the text is a bit too small for him to read without getting lost on the page.

All right, and moving on to the July OwlCrate Unboxing. The July theme was Potions & Poisons. I was actually pretty happy with the box overall.

There is a cool poisonous plant tea towel, which I think is really cool. And speaking of cool, there is a frozen treat/popsicle maker in this box. That’s a pretty nifty gadget to have. I especially adore the OwlCrate Apothecary TBR jar. I’ll probably use it to store some random stuff I don’t want to lose, but the design is super interesting. I also like the Narnia inspired hand sanitizer holder that can clip onto a bag or a belt loop or something. Oh, and the bubble bath/body wash smells pretty nice, so I’m excited to use it.

Also, I can say that I really like the color changes and cover changes they made for this OwlCrate exclusive cover. It definitely makes the book stand out a bit more.

Well, all right. That is all from me for today. Thanks for stopping by and I will be back soon with more geeky content.

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