Barnes & Nobles Book Haul! ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’•

Barnes & Nobles Book Haul! ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’•

Hello, and

Happy Thanksgiving

to those in the U.S.!ย ๐Ÿฅง


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! ๐Ÿ“šย 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. ๐Ÿ˜…However, since it had been a while since I walked around a bookstore, I found myself going through a very familiar process of…


What Happens

๐ŸŒปย When the Zoieย ๐ŸŒป

Goes in a Bookstore


Stage 1.

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.


Stage 2.

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.


Stage 3.

I’m not quite sure how this happened, but suddenly I’m cradling five books now? Wow. I’m also realizing that there areย 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.


Stage 4.

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?ย No.ย 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 bookstoreย ๐Ÿ˜‚

I had waaaay too much fun writing that.ย ๐Ÿ˜‡


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.ย ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

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.ย ๐Ÿ˜‹ย Thus, this is why I have a book haul to share with you guys today!ย 


*applause*ย ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘



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. ๐Ÿ™ย I saw thatย Happy Hand Letteringย includedย 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.ย ๐Ÿ˜Šย 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 buyingย Happy Hand Lettering was what I needed to get me to relax and do something just for the fun of it.ย 




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 inย 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.ย ๐Ÿ˜Š



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.ย ๐Ÿ˜‡ย 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!ย ๐Ÿ˜†


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!ย ๐Ÿค—), 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.ย ๐Ÿ˜Š




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.ย ๐Ÿ›ค๐Ÿ›ซ๐ŸŒ‰

Are you ready to see what the book is?

*drumroll please*ย ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ



Atlas Obscura

By Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, & Ella Morton!



I was a bit hesitant to get this book because it’sย expensive ($35 U.S. dollars! Gah!ย ๐Ÿ˜ฆ), 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” areย quite so “hidden” anymore, seeing as these people just published and marketed this book to hundreds/thousandsย 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!ย ๐Ÿ˜„


Oh, and the book cover without the jacket isย 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.ย ๐Ÿ™‚





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!!ย ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•ย 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 yetย ๐Ÿ˜•

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!ย ๐Ÿ˜‹๐ŸŽ


Thanks for reading,

and I will cya next time!


~Zoieย ๐Ÿž



10 thoughts on “Barnes & Nobles Book Haul! ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’•”

    • I didn’t realize this when I bought them, but all the books in my book haul go together very well aesthetically ๐Ÿ˜† I’ve had so much fun taking pictures of them for bookstagram ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ“š

    • I would live in bookstores if I could as well — my family and I used to joke that I would be the one most likely to secretly hide in a bookstore, wait until the store closes, and just wander around knowing that I have the entire bookstore to myself! That would definitely be a dream come true for me ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜‹ I will admit that I partly bought 1,200 Words You Should Know to Sound Smart partly because of the amazing cover BUT the actual content is applicable to life and pretty interesting! ๐Ÿ“š Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Rasya, and I’ll continue dreaming about our dream bookstore-home with you! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ“–

  • Hello Zoie!
    Great haul! I am very curious now about what 1200 words we will need to know to sound intelligent haha. And the Creative Writers’ Workbook sounds interesting as well- I definitely will keep an eye out for it, since I would like to improve my writing skills.
    I am the same way when I am in a bookstore, which is why I try to stay away! The library and the used bookstore are much more friendlier for my wallet ๐Ÿ™‚
    Sophie recently posted…The Fall Activities Book TagMy Profile

    • I’ve started to look through 1,200 Words You Should Know to Sound Smart and the selection of words they have in the book are actually words that are usable! I love the words so much that I’ve started to make flashcards so I remember to use the words when the perfect situation arises (or in my writing!) ๐Ÿ˜† And yes, bookstores are very dangerous places for me to go to… I definitely go to the library more often than bookstores to save money, though usually I’ll make a list a books I want to get that I see in bookstores and find the books at the library instead. Getting the book is all that matters in the end! ๐Ÿ“š Thank you for the comment, Sophie! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • That story of what happens when you’re in a bookstore… THIS IS JUST SO ME ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I always end up carrying at least 5 books in my hands, my arms are aching and I just don’t know what to do. I enter the bookstore with the intention of buying one or two books max and I always end up seeing more and more books, then, well… I just don’t know which ones I should end up buying ๐Ÿ˜‚ I spend SO MUCH TIME debating, looking at the books. I swear, going to bookstores with me is a NIGHTMARE ๐Ÿ˜‚
    You got some GREAT books – I wish I had some artsy part in me, doing calligraphy has to be so awesome. I hope you’ll show us what you can do, when you have some time to get back to art a little bit <3
    I want to say, happy reading, but happy arts-ing, exploring and so on, would be more fitting with these books ๐Ÿ˜€
    Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books recently posted…Review: Turtles All The Way Down, John GreenMy Profile

    • Even when I take my bookish friends with me to the bookstore, I feel like I need to rush with my process of picking books because they all start to look bored by the time I get to the third stage… ๐Ÿ˜… It’s just so tempting for me to buy all these books because I always discover new stories when I wander through a bookstore, and I never want to miss out on anything! I actually have been able to do some calligraphy between now and the day I got my calligraphy book, and haha it needs some work ๐Ÿ˜‹ It is really relaxing to sit down and pull out my watercolors again, though! I’m so happy you were able to relate to my experience going through a bookstore, and thank you so much for your lovely comment, Marie! Happy reading to you too! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ“š

    • Thank you, Patricia! ๐Ÿ˜Š These books were definitely a nice self-gift after not buying books for a while… and the best part about these books is that they can make great gifts for any writers, artists, or travelers out there, which is quite convenient when the holiday season is coming up! Glad you got some good recommendations from this post ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ“š

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

%d bloggers like this: