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What I’m Reading

First: Happy Independence Day to my American friends, and happy July 4th to everyone else! Now that we’ve exchanged pleasantries, let’s move on to our next topic: books.

I don’t buy a lot of books, for two reasons.

1) Books can be very expensive and I’m a college student, so when I do purchase them, they’re usually paperbacks and often used.

2) I don’t have much room for more books. Over the years, I’ve accumulated so many books that I’ve pretty much run out of places to keep them. I’ve scouted out a spot in the house where I could fit another bookcase, and I’m currently on the lookout for one that’s the right size, which will increase my book-buying capacity.

So for the most part, I request books from the library. It’s a win-win: I get to read them for free, and they don’t take up too much space, since I have a cubby that’s reserved for library books. Most of the books in my personal library are ones that I really, really love and would be checking out from the library constantly if I didn’t own my own copies.

But recently, there was a fabulous sale on used books at Hastings (which is where I buy most of my books), and I was able to pick up a few used copies of some books I’d been wanting to own for a while. (I’ll take a photo of them to post sometime, but for now, the covers will have to suffice!) I went home with:

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa. I love this book. It’s probably my favorite in the Iron Fey series (even though I’ve always been Team Puck), and the cover is to die for. *swoons*
Red Glove by Holly Black. Amazing book! And if that weren’t enough, I also picked up…
Black Heart by Holly Black! On one hand, it’s great that I’ve finally completed my Curse Workers collection. On the other hand, NONE OF THE BOOKS MATCH AND THAT IS FRUSTRATING.
But speaking of, I don’t think I ever posted photos of my copy of White Cat. My sister pointed it out to me when we were browsing for used books, and I just about dropped dead:
 
It’s signed! Holly Black touched it! *melts into a puddle of goo*
Oh, and also made a trip to the library yesterday. I haven’t been picking up many new books lately–I’m hard at work on Brightly and I just don’t have much reading time right now, tragically–but yesterday, nearly every YA book that’s been on my to-read list was on the shelves. It was like torture. I felt like they were taunting me, because they knew I didn’t have time for them all. Finally, I settled on just two books:
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, which I’ve been wanting to read forever. (My library’s copy doesn’t have this cover, but I like this one better. Such a lovely illustration.)

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. I read and enjoyed Daughter of Smoke and Bone last year–I had a few minor issues with it, but the concept was very imaginative–so I was curious about the sequel. I’ll let you guys know what I think when I finish reading.
Your turn! Spill! What are you reading over the long weekend?

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