Mini B&N Book Haul #BookHaul #MiddleGrade #YA #Poetry #Books

Hey, friends! It’s Friday, and I couldn’t be happier. I had a good week, but it was quite stressful. I’m looking forward to resting and reading this weekend. How did your week go? Did you read any good books?

Today I thought I’d share a quick video of our book haul for this week. This was mainly a book haul for my kids, but I did manage to squeeze two books in for myself as well. I ordered from Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, and the box came on Thursday, which is faster than Amazon! With that said, this is only part of the order. I’ll do another post next week with the books that are still on the way. I’m trying to spend our book money with booksellers other than Amazon whenever possible. It’s also a guarantee that my books will ship in a box and not a bubble mailer.

Hope you enjoy ❤

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh


Deadly storms have ravaged Mina’s homeland for generations. Floods sweep away entire villages, while bloody wars are waged over the few remaining resources. Her people believe the Sea God, once their protector, now curses them with death and despair. In an attempt to appease him, each year a beautiful maiden is thrown into the sea to serve as the Sea God’s bride, in the hopes that one day the “true bride” will be chosen and end the suffering.

Many believe that Shim Cheong, the most beautiful girl in the village—and the beloved of Mina’s older brother Joon—may be the legendary true bride. But on the night Cheong is to be sacrificed, Joon follows Cheong out to sea, even knowing that to interfere is a death sentence. To save her brother, Mina throws herself into the water in Cheong’s stead.

Swept away to the Spirit Realm, a magical city of lesser gods and mythical beasts, Mina seeks out the Sea God, only to find him caught in an enchanted sleep. With the help of a mysterious young man named Shin—as well as a motley crew of demons, gods and spirits—Mina sets out to wake the Sea God and bring an end to the killer storms once and for all.

But she doesn’t have much time: A human cannot live long in the land of the spirits. And there are those who would do anything to keep the Sea God from waking…

Self Love Poetry by Melody Godfred


In Self Love Poetry, Godfred explores concepts like authenticity, surrender, resilience, gratitude, believing in yourself, and of course, love, through 100 pairs of poems, each dedicated to a central theme. On the left side of the book are “thinker” poems that light up the analytical, more literal, left side of the brain, and on the right side are companion “feeler” poems that speak to the creative, more emotional right side of the brain. Combined, the poems electrify the mind, body and soul through a completely unique poetry experience that inspires each of us to embrace all parts of ourselves. This empowering poetry book will not only engage you to think and feel, but will make you feel seen, show you how to love yourself, and encourage you to seek out the hope and beauty in the world … and in yourself. It’s the perfect gift for yourself or someone you love, especially after a most difficult year.

The Book of Fatal Errors Dashka Slater


Rufus doesn’t just make mistakes – he makes fatal errors. Clumsy and awkward, he feels entrapped by his teasing classmates and their constant laughter. But now it is summer. Rufus is free. He roams the wildlands of his grandfather’s mysterious homestead, blissfully unaware of the danger up ahead.

And there is much danger. Rufus and his snooty cousin Abigail soon become entangled in the tantalizing world of the feylings, mischievous fairly-like creatures desperate to find their way home. In helping the feylings, Rufus tumbles down a dark path rich with age-old secrets and difficult truths. Any move he makes might be his final fatal error.

Or perhaps, his most spectacular beginning.

The Sea in Winter by Christine Day

Blurb: The story of a Native American girl struggling to find her joy again.

It’s been a hard year for Maisie Cannon, ever since she hurt her leg and could not keep up with her ballet training and auditions.

Her blended family is loving and supportive, but Maisie knows that they just can’t understand how hopeless she feels. With everything she’s dealing with, Maisie is not excited for their family midwinter road trip along the coast, near the Makah community where her mother grew up.

But soon, Maisie’s anxieties and dark moods start to hurt as much as the pain in her knee. How can she keep pretending to be strong when on the inside she feels as roiling and cold as the ocean? 

Of a Feather by Dayna Lorentz


A story told in alternating perspectives about a down-on-her-luck girl who rescues a baby owl, and how the two set each other free.

Great horned owl Rufus is eight months old and still can’t hunt. When his mother is hit by a car, he discovers just how dangerous the forest can be.

Reenie has given up on adults and learned how to care for herself—a good thing, since she’s sent to live with an aunt she’s never met. Yet this aunt has a wonderful secret: she’s a falconer who agrees to help Reenie catch an injured passage hawk in the wild and rehabilitate it.

When Reenie traps bedraggled Rufus, his eyes lock onto her heart, and they form a powerful friendship. But can Rufus learn to trust in the outside world and fly free? And can Reenie open her heart enough to truly soar?

The Witch, the Sword, and the Cursed Knights by Alexandria Rogers


Twelve-year-old Ellie can’t help that she’s a witch, the most hated member of society. Determined to prove her worth and eschew her heritage, Ellie applies to the Fairy Godmother Academy—her golden ticket to societal acceptance. But Ellie’s dreams are squashed when she receives the dreaded draft letter to serve as a knight of King Arthur’s legendary Round Table. She can get out of the draft—but only if she saves a lost cause.

Enter Caedmon, a boy from Wisconsin struggling with the death of his best friend. He first dismisses the draft as ridiculous; magic can’t possibly exist. But when Merlin’s ancient magic foretells his family’s death if he doesn’t follow through, he travels to the knights’ castle, where he learns of a wicked curse leeching the knights of their power.

To break the curse, Ellie and Caedmon must pass a series of deathly trials and reforge the lost, shattered sword of Excalibur. And unless Ellie accepts her witch magic and Caedmon rises to become the knight he’s meant to be, they will both fail—and the world will fall to the same darkness that brought King Arthur and Camelot to ruin. 

That’s it for this week. Have a wonderful weekend!


28 thoughts on “Mini B&N Book Haul #BookHaul #MiddleGrade #YA #Poetry #Books

  1. I remember when my girls were little and we would spend hours in Barnes and Noble. We always came away with so many books – me and them. I miss that fun sometimes ❤️. I’ve been pulling away from Amazon too. Not for the same reasons as you (though your experience definitely is part of it) but just because I don’t like it when one place gets too much of my money and attention. Lol. I like to spread the love. So, I’ve been ordering a lot more through Target (household items), Apple Books (ebooks), and Barnes and Noble (physical books).

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    1. Good times, Tessa. I absolutely love those days, and I’m glad you have those memories with your daughters. Did they stay readers? My oldest is 22 now, and he doesn’t read much anymore because he’s way too busy with work.

      I’m interested in Apple Books. That’s one I haven’t tried yet. Target has some great deals!

      Have a wonderful weekend ❤️

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  2. Looks like a fascinating haul! I hear you about Amazon, we’ve been trying to avoid it whenever possible in this house. It’s getting harder to find things these days, with so many businesses having closed through the last two years, but we try our best. Happy reading, hope you can destress!

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  3. I gave up buying used books from amazon years ago, not because I’m of your mindset about amazon, but because you never knew what condition the book was going to show up in. Didn’t matter what the seller wrote, you couldn’t trust it 😦

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    1. Oh, I see. I’ve only purchased new books from Amazon, but I hate that they often ship them in bubble mailers, which often results in the book getting pretty banged up. They did that twice to me with a collector’s edition of A Game of Thrones. I guess they don’t care that they’re losing money when they damage books, especially expensive ones. People on eBay do a better job of shipping books! No joke. It’s probably because they’re going to be held accountable.

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  4. Some great selections there. I’ve been trying to shop more locally and less on Amazon as well. There’s just something so wonderful about browsing for books in person…you never know what treasures you’ll find!

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    1. Vanessa, exactly! It’s such an enjoyable experience. The people that work at the closest Barnes and Noble are very kind too. I always took forward to going. Thanks for sharing that ❤ Hugs


  5. It looks like you and your kids are in for many hours of great reading Jenn. I am like you and Tessa. I loved spending time picking out books with my kids at both the bookstore and the library. My son still reads a lot but more online stuff, but my daughter actually participates in a book club which I love. Enjoy all these books. I am especially intrigued by Self Love Poetry. It sounds like something we could all use after the last couple of years.

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    1. I’m excited to read them all, Carla. How cool that your daughter is a member of a book club! I’d love to do that. Our library has a few of them a year.

      I’ll let you know how the poetry book goes. The first poem I read, I loved. High hopes.

      Take care ❤

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