Thursday Thirteen: Books I Bought This Year (Well, So Far)

Thursday Thirteen is a weekly meme with a simple theme: each Thursday you blog a list of 13 things. What kind of things? Any kind! Just come up with a list theme and run with it.

This is my very first Thursday Thirteen post! Since I’ve been blogging about books lately, I’d like to make this freshman post still about my true love (yes, books). What about them? I want to share thirteen books I bought this year. Yes, we’re eight months in, and I only purchased 13 so far. Well, don’t congratulate me for my restraint yet, for I came out of a much-announced-to-the-point-of-annoyance book-buying ban for six months. So technically, I started buying books only 33 days ago and I already amassed thirteen.

Here are my lovely book purchases so far:

1. The Dark Prophecy (Anthony E. Zuiker)

This is Zuiker’s 2nd book in the Level 26 series which I’ve been wanting to get after reading the first, Level 26, and getting so impressed by it.  The protagonist, Steve Dark, may still be chasing the bad guy, who was so incredibly ahead of him most of the time.  It’s so sick.  Looking at my reading plan, I may not be able to read this one right away, maybe not even this year, but I will do so definitely.

2.  Songs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love (edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois)

3. The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins)

I fell in love instantly with its pretty cover which is part of the Penguin Victorian series.  I wish I’d still find the other titles.  Check this out for the other covers!

4. Amberville (Tim Davys)

I feel this will have characters like the ones in Robert Rankin’s The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse.  I love that book.

5.  The Night Eternal (Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan)

The third and final book in the Strain Trilogy!  I could have bought this later but I thought, getting it would hopefully motivate me to finish the series’ second, The Fall.  I’ve gone until the 4th chapter but too many things happened that I left it there.  I am planning to start it over then jump right to this third installment.  Maybe during my planned Halloween readathon?

6. Clockwork Prince (Cassandra Clare)

7. The Dark and Hollow Places (Carrie Ryan)

8. Deadline (Mira Grant)

9. Blackout (Mira Grant)

As you can see, the last four are part of serials I really took a fancy to.  Thank God for the last FullyBooked sale, I managed to snag all of them at discounted prices.

10. The Little Book (Selden Edwards)

11. The Scandal of the Season (Sophie Gee)

I came across this title when reading a book about writers and their libraries last year.  The author’s bookshelf, including her partner, Lev Grossman’s (of The Magicians fame), interested me.  So glad to find a copy of this in local stores.

12. Something Rotten (Jasper Fforde)

I have not read anything by Fforde (I know, I know) but I have a terrible completist tendency.  After buying this one, if my book list is accurate, I’m only missing one book in the Thursday Next series.

13. The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)

I started this one in its e-book format.  I found it very interesting so what the heck, I needed to get a printed copy of it.


This did not make it to my ’13’ list but I’m glad that after five weeks, FINALLY, I received my copy of Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland!  I won it from The Nocturnal Library’s urban fantasy international giveaway.  I am new to urban fantasy so the list they made is very handy.  I got to choose a first installment of an urban fantasy series so I chose Mark…  From the description and how they marveled at the character, I felt it’s like a paranormal Kate Beckett! 🙂  Let’s see if I thought correctly.  If not, I’m sure I will still enjoy it. So far, my only urban fantasies are Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files, Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series, Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate Series, and Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series (e-books).  I hope to expand it more in the months to come.

Anyway, as you can tell from the photo, it was sent to me via Book Depository.  Many bibliophile friends told me about the wait time for BD deliveries to the Philippines.  I can say mine arrived just in time.  I factored in the rainy weather we have been having in the past few weeks which could affect delivery times.  It’s still pretty long a wait but for free shipping, it’s still a very good option!  I’m thinking if I am ready to place my own BD orders.  I’ll let you know if I am finally doing it. 🙂

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