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2022 Book Haul (Part Two)

Hey all, Sam here.

Are we ready for part two of my book haul for the year of 2022? Because, hey, why not start off 2023 with talking about the books purchased in 2022. It works for me. And I’ve already started off the new year with a little bit of reading, so that’s pretty exciting.

Okay, so where were we on the book haul? Oh yeah, we had made it to roughly summer. Next up is my book haul from when the husband and I went to Gen Con, so early August.

Gen Con is definitely a convention we look forward to every year. We check out new and upcoming board games, attend some panels (he does crafting, I do writing) and get to hang out with some pretty cool fellow gamers. It’s really fun. I did take notes during my various creative writing panels…would anyone be interested in hearing about those?

Okay, these books are Searching for Evermore by Piper Bedwell, The Little Game Master by Randall Hampton, The Little Game Master: Of Bards and Bullies by Randall Hampton, Kobold Guide to Monsters edited by Amanda Hamon, four books for the Witcher RPG: The Witcher TRPG, The Witcher: A Witcher’s Journal, The Witcher: A Book of Tales, and The Witcher: A Tome of Chaos, all by R. Talsorian Games, Sweep of Stars by Maurice Broaddus (plus a bunch of book marks advertising other authors and books), Dragons of Deceit by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Dragons of Winter Night by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Dragons of Spring Dawning by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Time of Twins by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, War of Twins by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Test of Twins by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, The Border Keeper by Kerstin Hall, The Kingdom of Liars by Nick Martell, and The Book of Blades: A Sword & Sorcery Anthology by the Rogues in the House podcast (plus again, a bunch of book marks).

So the original Dragonlance trilogy was actually a gift for a friend, because I already owned them. But he didn’t have his collection anymore, and both Margaret and Tracy were at Gen Con, so I thought it was a perfect gift for a friend to restart his collection. Of course I got to be at the panel where they did an exclusive Gen Con drop of the newest Dragonlance book…..although, I’ll be honest, it will be a while before I can read it. I’ve only just started the series. Yes, I know, I’m very behind. It’s okay.

Overall I’ve read four books out of this bunch, but I probably won’t read the Witcher TRPG books until I know I’m going to have people wanting to play with us. So, overall not terrible. I’ll probably need to review the children’s books I got, because I think I read them while still at Gen Con.

Next section: continuing summer and heading into autumn. Interestingly enough, this section includes a book I’ve owned for a little while, but that I took with me to a convention because the author was going to be there. So, Little Thieves by Margaret Owen is pictured above, but it is pictured so that the book is open and you can see the signed title page. What I really love about the personalization is that she has one personalization for each of her books, and because I own all of them, I gave her permission to mash up the personalization into awesome ridiculousness.

Okay, here we have: Solo Leveling Vol 1 by Chugong and Dubu, Solo Leveling Vol 2 by Chugong and Dubu, Spy x Family Vol 1 by Tatsuya Endo, Child of a Mad God by R.A. Salvatore, The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories by R.A. Salvatore, The Dawn of Yangchen by F.C. Yee, A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet, Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation: Mo Dau Zu Shi Vol 1 by Mò Xiāng Tóng Xiù, Heaven Official’s Blessing: Tian Guan Ci Fu Vol 1 by Mò Xiāng Tóng Xiù, The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System: Ren Zha Fanpai Zijiu Xitong Vol 1 by Mò Xiāng Tóng Xiù, The Indestructibles by Matthew Phillion, Roll for Initiative: An Indestructibles Story by Matthew Phillion, Lost in Revery: Tales of the Dungeon Crawlers by Matthew Phillion, (Little Thieves by Margaret Owen – signed), Master of Iron by Tricia Levenseller, The Wild Hunt by Emma Seckel, The Wizard of Eventide by Jon Skovron, Ten Thousand Stitches by Olivia Atwater, Long Shadow by Olivia Atwater, The Tea Dragon Society box set by Kay O’Neill: The Tea Dragon Society, The Tea Dragon Festival, and The Tea Dragon Tapestry, A Quick & Easy Guide to Asexuality by Molly Muldoon and Will Hernandez.

Wow, so okay, I’ve read 8 of the books in this section, which is pretty nice. Going through all of these and realizing how many I have to review is nice, but oh wow, it’s going to be a long list to work my way through. If I can keep myself to a consistent schedule of sitting down to prep up my posts, it shouldn’t be too bad, and it will mean regular content for a while, which is awesome.

Next round: The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean, Babel, Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution by R.F. Kuang, The First Binding by R.R. Virdi, The Oleander Sword by Tasha Suri, The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones, The Valkyrie’s Daughter by Tiana Warner, The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams, Just Another Love Song by Kerry Winfrey, Bookish People by Susan Coll, The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas, Travelers Along the Way by Aminah Mae Safi, Serwa Boateng’s Guide to Vampire Hunting by Roseanne A Brown, Ballad & Dagger: An Outlaw Saints Novel by Daniel Jose Older, Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon, The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling, The Manningtree Witches by A.K. Blakemore, Mistborn: A Secret History by Brandon Sanderson, The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo, Rust in the Root by Justina Ireland, The Girl from the Well and The Suffering by Rin Chupeco (2-in-1 bindup), and It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey.

I’ve only read 1 book in this grouping, and that is a bit sad, but there’s a couple that are VERY high on my TBR…and since I have a little bit of downtime to start the new year (and the husband will be away for work so I will have about a week to myself), I think I’ll read to fill some of my time apart from him. And then I’ll hopefully prep up blog posts and work on some creative writing for some of the time too.

Okay, last section for today: Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments by T.L. Huchu, Waterworld: Volume 4: Sariah by Rachel E. Kelly, The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen, Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse, Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood, By the Book by Jasmine Guillory, Gallant by V.E. Schwab, Belladonna by Adalyn Grace, Raising the Horseman by Serena Valentino, Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Beginnings by Lydia Sherrer, Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Revelations by Lydia Sherrer, Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Allies by Lydia Sherrer, Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Legends by Lydia Sherrer, Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Betrayal by Lydia Sherrer, Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Identity by Lydia Sherrer, Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Kindred by Lydia Sherrer, Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco, The Art of Prophecy by Wesley Chu, The Witch and the Tsar by Olesya Salnikova Gilmore, Defend the Dawn by Brigid Kemmerer, Monsters Born and Made by Tanvi Berwah, Wildseed Witch by Marti Dumas, Scorpica by G.R. Macallister, and ARCs of The Stars Undying by Emery Robin, Spell Bound by F.T. Lukens, The Foxglove King by Hannah Whitten, The Luminaries by Susan Dennard, That Self-Same Metal by Brittany N. Williams, and Delicious Monsters by Liselle Sambury.

Whew, okay, well, I’ve read 7 of the books in today’s final section, which I guess is pretty good. And again, there are definitely a few of these that I want to read very soon, and might be at the top of my TBR for 2023. So we’ll see what happens. All of these physical ARCs are purely because I was at New York Comic Con and there were a number of scheduled ARC drops that I was lucky enough to rush to, or because I paid attention to publisher social media accounts to get the secret passwords on certain days to receive ARCs. In some ways it reminded me of being at Book Expo, especially since both were held in the Javits Center.

Well, that is all for part two, because again, I don’t want this post to run too long. In the realm of good news, there is only one more post for my 2022 book haul, so we’re almost at the end. Part three, which is the final part, will be up in a couple days…because Manga Monday is tomorrow!

I hope you are all having a wonderful start to 2023! I know mine has been pretty good…just some reading, spending time with my mom (and her boyfriend) and my husband, and eating some good food–prime rib, yum!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and I will be back soon with more geeky content.


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