Francine, the Impulsive Book Hoarder


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SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALE~ BUUUUUY BUUUUUUUY BUUUUUUUUY!!!! That was me all November. OTL I don’t really know why, but the world has conspired against me. Amazon had a LOT of ebooks sale for Halloween, Black Friday, or whatever reason they had. TBD also had book offers and the 50 Book Sale. And then two of the biggest local bookstores in our country, Fully Booked and National Bookstore, decided to sell their books for CHEAP prices too. And I also found an indie book seller online. Early warning, this post is going to be REALLY long because I bought too many books. To be exact, I bought 55 books(15 of which are ebooks and some are for gifts), won 3 books, received 7 eARCS, and dowloaded 17 Kindle freebies. 82 books in ONE MONTH. Wow. What am I doing with my life. To those concerned, please stop me from getting too many books. Sincerely yours, Francine the impulsive book hoarder.

Anyway, I shall start rambling about all the books I got so you can choose whether to go on or just skip it all~ I excluded Goodreads/Amazon links too because that would take too much time and effort. Sorry~





booksI went on a random trip to Fully Booked one day. It’s at walking distance from home, and makes me feel at home. This felt like a very girly day though. The cover of the two are too bright.

  1. Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell
  2. Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  3. Where She Went by Gayle Forman

booksOh, and I also went to another Fully Booked branch when I met up with my best friend one weekend. I wanted to buy a couple of books, and I was holding them all already. And then I remembered that I forgot to bring my Fully Booked Discount Card. I felt so stupid for leaving my wallet which had a lot of the stuff that I needed that day. So I ended up buying this super expensive Illustration book that I wanted and sort of needed. Plus this other one. I really wanted to get more but I didn’t want to spend more if I could get them at lower prices.

  1. In Honor by Jessi Kirby

booksAnd just recently, I visited the main branch ofย Fully Booked, and they were on sale. I wanted to cry so bad because I couldn’t spend because I was saving up. So I only got these:

  1. Love is Hell by Melissa Marr, Scott Westerfeld, Justine Larbalestier, Gabrielle Zevin, and Laurie Faria Stolarz
  2. Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani
  3. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

And then there was the Warehouse Sale at National Bookstore. And my oh my did they have a lot of good-looking books, and at $0.65-$3.25 per book, I just couldn’t resist. Although I had a totally stupid moment when I added up the prices wrong and I let go of a couple of good books because I thought I couldn’t afford them when I could.

booksI seem to have strange urges to buy classic

  1. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  2. Aesop’s Fables

I had another very stupid and impulsive moment when I got sequels of books I don’t even know.

  1. Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Sunset Boulevard by Zoey Dean

And I took a chance on books that look scary.

  1. Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith
  2. The Graveminders by Melissa Meyer

booksOh, I’m super proud of these ’cause I completed the whole series by going through sales only. 2 brand new copies of any of the books are far more expensive than the whole series I own. And I dug deep into a huge pile for book 2

  1. Ink Exchange by Melissa Meyer
  2. Fragile Eternity by Melissa Meyer

And I got a couple of series books I’m interested in and hope to complete soon.

  1. Specials by Scott Westerfeld
  2. Extras by Scott Westerfeld
  3. Hourglass by Claudia Gray
  4. Stargazer by Claudia Gray

booksI got more series books that were so cheap. I only need one more to complete it, and hopefully I’ll find a cheap one too.

  1. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
  2. Envy by Anna Godbersen
  3. Splendor by Anna Godbersen

I also got super cheap hardback books~

  1. Slide by Jill Hathaway – I’ve been seeing bloggers say that this is good so yeah
  2. Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig – impulsive random buy + Katherine Tegen
  3. Banished by Sophie Littlefield – I have a copy, but this HB is super cheap! I’ll give it away soon.

And then I went shopping at The Book Depository~ I don’t have the pictures for the books simply because they haven’t arrived yet. It takes a long while for them to get to the country. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ One did already though, but it was a gift for someone else so I don’t have it.

Legend gone girlFor the September and October giveaway, of course I got the books from TBD. Cheaper, but still reliable. These are the winners and the books they wanted.

  1. Legend by Marie Lu – this was for Ner @ A Cup of Coffee and a Book, the winner of the Series September Giveaway (any series book I featured that month)
  2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – for Nara @ Looking for the Panacea, winner of the One Only October Giveaway (any standalone book)

all these things i've done the great gatsby bunheadsAnd these are the books that I bought for myself because they were cheap:

  1. Bunheads by Sophie Flack – I always dreamt of being a ballerina
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitgerald – me and the classics.
  3. All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin – fought for this at the 50 book sale. Haha!

I also bought stuff from Amazon. It’s my first time to buy tangible things from there because I normally only shop for Kindle ebooks because shipping and taxes are EXPENSIVE. And I found out that I could send stuff to my Uncle who’s in America and who’s coming back here in January so I’ll get my stuff then~ That feels like a long time, but I think I’m pretty much set on having enough books for a while.

Fangirl angelfall world after

  1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I bought the Hardback and used the 30% promo on this one. I got it at about 38% of the selling price in our country!
  2. Angelfall by Susan Ee – I’ve been hearing a lot about this so I wanted to know I bought it. This one cost about half of what I’d need to pay in the stores here.
  3. World After by Susan Ee

And lastly for the paperbacks and hardcovers part, I ordered books from a local indie online seller, bookaddictph. I was expecting to get them on November 30, but the seller wasn’t able to ship it out for me so I’m expecting to get them this week instead.

  1. uglies an abundance of katherines going bovineUglies by Scott Westerfeld – one step closer to completing the series. I just need Pretties.
  2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green – I already have a copy, but I personally like this cover better so I’ll just give away my other copy.
  3. Going Bovine by Libba Bray – I’ve heard good things.
  4. confessions of a teenage drama queen 13 Little Blue Envelopes speakConfessions of a Teenage Drama Queen by Dyan Sheldon – super cheap. and memories of childhood or teenage years
  5. 13 Little Blue Envelopes bu Maureen Johnson – I already own this, but I got this to give to my friend
  6. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – I’ve heard good things.



boy meets boyย silver linings playbook perfect ruin Burn for Burn variant breathless taste the heat seven day fiance Finding It my own mr. darcy crewel text me like ice my wishful thinking let's face it

These were mostly from sales on Amazon. There were a lot. I got a couple of well-known titles, and I took a chance on some there were sold at $0.99 that I knew nothing about but looked interesting based on the synopsis and reviews.

  1. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
  2. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
  3. Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
  4. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Vivian Siobhan
  5. Variant by Robison Wells
  6. Breathless by Tawdra Kandle
  7. Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris
  8. Seven Day Fiance by Rachel Harris
  9. Finding It by Cora Carmack
  10. My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White
  11. Crewel by Gennifer Albin
  12. Text Me: 8 Novels of First Love by Shana Norris, Amanda Brice, Shel Delisle, Elle Strauss, Juli Alexander, Cindy M. Hogan, Kate Avery Ellison, and Kat Brookes
  13. Like Ice by Sherry Torgent
  14. My Wishful Thinking by Shel Delisle
  15. Let’s Face It by Jodi R. Moore



what the heart wants Second Hearts the moth in the mirrorI love how I won books that I really planned to buy and read in the first place.

  1. The Moth in the Mirror by A.G. Howard from the Ya Valentines
  2. Second Heardts by G.J. Walker-Smith from the Two Roads Read-along
  3. What the Heart Wants by Staciย Hart from her flashย giveaway



For tours and from Netgalley:

  1. 8-Bit Christmas by Kevin Jakubowski
  2. A Grimm Legacy by Janna Jennings
  3. North Pole Reform School by Jaimie Admans
  4. Finding Home by Lauren K. McKellar
  5. Georgetown Academy Season One by Alyssa Embree Schwartz and Jessica Koosed Etting
  6. The Gleaning by Heidi R. Kling
  7. Of Triton by Dan Rix



I got these books for free at different times so I’m not sure if they’re all still free

  1. Dancing Days
  2. Flirting Games
  3. Afterlife Academy
  4. Heavenly Hell
  5. The Language of Souls
  6. The Guardians
  7. Fire Country
  8. Banished from Grace
  9. Happy Birthday to Me
  10. The Last Page
  11. The Light Life New York
  12. The Light Life Paris
  13. Atone
  14. A Summer to Remember
  15. In the Middle of Nowhere
  16. Diamonds are a Teen’s Best Friend
  17. Kinetic

There. At least a couple of them can easily be stored on my phone. But my books no longer fit in my closet and I’m now eyeing the space under my bed for storing. I’ll need boxes though. I don’t like keeping books on shelves because they get dusty so easily. I’ll have to figure things out, and hopefully I’ll control myself from buying or downloading too much in the future. Wish me luck~

P.S. I’ll update the last two parts with pictures soon. Maybe. So many ย @_@


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12 thoughts on “Francine, the Impulsive Book Hoarder

  1. Francine? You okay there? Goodness that’s a lot of books! Though if given the chance (and the wallet) I’d totally have joined you ๐Ÿ˜‰ I don’t recognize half those titles, but ANGELFALL!!! You just HAVE to read that series right now!

    • Haha! Too many sales. I think every book lover dreams of getting any book they want or can find. ๐Ÿ˜› I know. All the book bloggers I know love it so much. But I have to wait until January to get it.

  2. woaaaaah. That’s a lot of books! I have to say that I can’t resist the sales as well haha. Whenever bookstores have some sort of sale, I’m like GIMME *grabby hands*
    OMG FANGIRL IS SO GOOD. Anything by Rainbow Rowell is good, actually ๐Ÿ˜›
    Happy reading!

    • I’m glad I’m not alone. Haha!
      I have Fangirl on my Kindle app and I’m getting the hardcover. I’m excited to read it but haven’t found the time. Thankfully you have that read-a-thon. XD I love Attachments.
      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. AHHH BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS WHEEEE! ๐Ÿ˜€ I don’t think you have a problem at all, Francine… what’s wrong with getting good bookish deals? Don’t expect fellow readers to stop you from getting more books, haha! Drooling over all these book covers I can’t even gahhh. (I’ll be reading Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies soon, and I’m excited to start this series!)

    • Hahaha. Thank you. My non-bookish friends and family don’t get it and make me feel guilty. But they were all so cheap! I know. One of my favorite parts is just staring at them sometimes. Hahaha. I plan to start that series once I find a copy of Pretties. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Woah! That is a ton of books! I dream of a day that I can sit back and go “I almost bought 100 books in a month”…seriously I do. I probably download that many free kindle books in a month but they don’t count.
    How do you have room for all of those?! ๐Ÿ˜› I hope you enjoy them all, I’m sure they’ll keep you busy for a while.

    • Maybe one day. Splurge on tons of books~ I actually don’t have the space. I’m worrying about the incoming books and where I should put them. I have a couple on my bed already. Thank you. And yes, got tons to read. I hope I have the time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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