Barnes & Nobles Book Haul! 📚 😄💕
to those in the U.S.! 🥧
Today’s post is going to be a new type of post that I haven’t done yet on Whisked Away By Words: a book haul! 📚 Recently I went to Barnes & Nobles and just roamed around the place with the intention of getting Nightfall, buuuut apparently it was sold out so I wasn’t able to get it that day. 😅However, since it had been a while since I walked around a bookstore, I found myself going through a very familiar process of…
🌻 When the Zoie 🌻
Goes in a Bookstore
Roaming around innocently. I occasionally pick up a book to admire/read the synopsis of/flip through, but I always end up putting it back on the shelf. I am calm and composed.
More books begin to catch my eye. I carry one book with me as I walk around, but that’s okay because I tell myself I’ll just put it down later. I pick up more books but put them down because I know I can always just get them at the library. I walk at a moderate pace, a little faster than before, but I am still calm. Very calm.
I’m not quite sure how this happened, but suddenly I’m cradling five books now? Wow. I’m also realizing that there are a lot of books I haven’t read yet! And new releases I haven’t seen yet! And books that I want to buy instead of borrow from the library! I begin to feel guilty about how many books I’m carrying and how much it would cost if I buy all of them; I get around that feeling of guilt by telling myself I’ll have enough self-control to put them down later.
For now, I’ll just carry them around with me.
This is the scary stage. I’m walking fast now, and the books in my hands have surpassed eight. I do not look calm. I do not composed. I look slightly insane. My arms are starting to ache from holding too many books for such an extended period of time, but put them down? No. Not happening. Also I’m starting to sweat underneath my down jacket, but because I’m holding like ten books so I can’t exactly take it off. Inside, conflicted feelings of wanting and not wanting to buy all these books clash together in my like cymbals. My vision starts to blur and I spin into place, not sure where to head next. My head spins and suddenly the world tilts from beneath me…
Okay… that last part does not actually happen when I’m in a bookstore 😂
I had waaaay too much fun writing that. 😇
Anyways, at that stage in my walking-around-a-bookstore process, I usually am carrying around five to ten books. I set them down somewhere and spend too much time deliberating which ones I should return to the shelf and which ones I should buy.
I’m really picky with which books I buy because I am a big fan of using my library to get books to read. However, there are certain books that I will not get from the library and actually buy because I want to take my time reading them and be able to put them on my bookshelf. I’m pretty good at selecting books that I’ll end up loving, so I’m usually not disappointed by a book I buy, which, of course, is always wonderful. 😊👍
Also, whenever I do buy books, I don’t feel bad because guess what? I absolutely hate clothes shopping! Or any other kind of shopping that does not involve camping/travel gear, art supplies, or books! Even then I don’t go shopping often at all… so buying books is a very special thing for me because it doesn’t happen that frequently. 😋 Thus, this is why I have a book haul to share with you guys today!
So, after going through those four stages that I mentioned above, I ended up buying four books that I hadn’t heard about or seen before, and they all happened to be nonfiction books (though two are creative/art-related nonfiction books).
The first book I have to share with you is…
Happy Hand Lettering
By Jen Wagner!
This school year has been very busy for me, and because of that, I haven’t been able to do a lot of things that make me happy not because I’m amazing at it, but because they’re my hobbies and I love doing them. Sadly, art hasn’t been something I’ve had time to work on this year, especially water coloring. 🙁 I saw that Happy Hand Lettering included watercolor hand-lettering, though, so I decided to buy the book and have some fun developing my calligraphy skills with watercolor!
After going to Barnes & Nobles, I went to Michael’s to get myself a blank medium-weight paper notebook to personalize my blogging schedule and also write down other creative projects that I want to do. Before, I had used my school planner or pieces of scrap paper to write down my creative projects plans, but I wanted to disassociate my creative projects with school and using a notebook dedicated to planning that sort of stuff felt like the best way to go. 😊 You can glimpse a little bit of my hand-lettering work in my notebook on the bottom left corner of the picture, and I have been practicing with watercolors since I bought this book!
It’s been such a long time since I’ve sat myself down to do something without the intention of writing about it, taking pictures of it, or blogging about it, and buying Happy Hand Lettering was what I needed to get me to relax and do something just for the fun of it.
The next book I bought is
1,200 Words You Should Know to Sound Smart
by Robert W. Bly!
This was just a random, fun book I found in the sale section of Barnes & Nobles, and I bought it because I love learning new vocabulary words and am always trying to find new ways to improve my lexicon.
I find that because I’m learning so many foreign languages (I’m currently brushing up my Cantonese and Mandarin, as well as learning beginner Japanese), I get so caught up with improving my skills in those languages that I forget about improving my English. It’s so interesting to think about how, despite English being my first language and my strongest language, there is still so much that I don’t know about it yet. There are grammar rules, tons of vocabulary, and so many other little quirks of English that I’ve yet to uncover. 😊
I plan to look through this book once in a while and and hopefully pick up some new words I can use in my daily life and in my writing! If I want to get a little crazy with this and really master the words in this book, I can make flashcards… but I don’t know if I’m going to do that yet. 😇 No matter what I do with this book, I’m still glad I bought it and I can’t wait to expand my English vocabulary! 😆
I also stumbled across this book at Barnes & Nobles:
Creative Writer’s Notebook
By John Gillard!
The reason I bought this book was because inside, not only are there writing prompts, but each section focuses on an a famous and influential author and talks about the author’s bio, writing style, as well as how their writing influenced the world. Reading this book will introduce me to a lot of authors and books that I’ve heard of but maybe am not very familiar with, and while flipping through this book, I found the prompts very interesting, so I’m looking forward to using a few of the prompts to guide my writing.
Here’s an example of how one of the twenty total author pages look like:
As you can see, the formatting is very clean, and the descriptions of the author and his or her work is very brief as well. It’s a great introduction book for someone who wants to know more about famous authors (me! 🤗), and if you’re interested in that too + want short, simple, and interesting writing prompts related to each mentioned author, then I would highly recommend getting this book. 😊
This last book is probably my favorite out of the four, simply because of the fact that it involves traveling and exploration, two of my favorite things. 🛤🛫🌉
Are you ready to see what the book is?
*drumroll please* 🥁🥁🥁
By Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, & Ella Morton!
I was a bit hesitant to get this book because it’s expensive ($35 U.S. dollars! Gah! 😦), but I do love learning more about wonderful places in this world, and this book does exactly that — introduce people to the “hidden wonders” of this world.
I’m not sure if these “hidden wonders” are quite so “hidden” anymore, seeing as these people just published and marketed this book to hundreds/thousands of human beings around this world, but whatever. It’s still an interesting book — and the book gets even cooler when I flip through the pages and realize that I’ve been to a few of the places that this book has mentioned! 😄
Oh, and the book cover without the jacket is absolutely gorgeous:
The places are separated into chapters for each continent/major sections of each continent, like Canada and USA instead of just North America, and within each chapter are sections for major parts of each continent/place. I’ll show you a few examples of the layout within the book — personally, this isn’t a book I would read continuously, and definitely not in one setting; I’ll probably get through this book by reading a few pages here and there whenever I have time. 🙂
The descriptions of each place are very brief, and if there are places that interest you and/or that you want to visit, you’ll have to do your own research for it. I’ve read through the California section already and have started making a list of places close to where I live that I want to visit. Also, see that section above for Racetrack Playa? Death Valley National Park is my favorite place in this entire world and I’ve been to the Racetrack Playa before!! 😍💕💕 I’m happy to see it in this book, but a little bit sad because this book makes these supposed “hidden wonders” no longer hidden anymore… not sure how I feel about that yet 😕
But if you love travel and exploration, then this book will be a pretty good fit for you!
That’s all for this book haul from Barnes & Nobles! I hope you enjoyed the lovely pictures I have of these books, and found a few books recommendations that you, your friends, or your family might enjoy. Holiday season is coming up and these books might make good presents for people! 😋🎁
Thanks for reading,
and I will cya next time!