Why I Don’t Post My Book Hauls Anymore

In October 2017 we went on a little book-buying spree, our last book purchase of the year.  In the past, I’ve posted about book hauls and then never reviewed any substantial portion of the books.  It takes long time for me to post reviews (I have about a two month turn-around time assuming nothing else comes up).  However, I felt bad about posting pictures of the awesome books on my shelf and then never reviewing them.

This time I did things a bit differently.  I waited until I’d read a few of the books to post about the book haul, so I had a head start.  Then when some extra time came up, I made a dedicated effort to focus on the books pictured for reading and reviewing efforts.  I had ideas about what pages I wanted to photograph so the process went more smoothly when I got the camera.

2017 October Book Haul resized

From top to bottom:
Good As Lily by Derek Kirk Kim and Jesse Hamm.
Level Up by Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham.
Artists and Writers of the Harlem Renaissance by Wendy Hart Beckman.
Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins.
A Special Fate by Alison Leslie Gold.
Black Diamond by Patricia McKissack and Fredrick McKissack, Jr.
Free At Last by Angela Bull.
10 Days Martin Luther King, Jr. by David Colbert.
Kaiulani: Crown Princess of Hawai’i by Nancy Webb and Jean Francis Webb.
Nelson Mandela “No Easy Walk to Freedom” by Barry Denenberg.
Great Black Heroes: Five Brilliant Scientists by Lynda Jones, illustrated by Ron Garnett.
The Greatest: Muhammad Ali by Walter Dean Myers.
President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston.
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig.
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali.

The reviews that have been posted are linked.  The books in bold I still haven’t read yet.  The book about the Harlem Renaissance I got knowing that there were other books on the same topic that I wanted to read first.  I still plan to read this book but not for a while – it was a good price and will wait on my TBR shelf.  The book about Kaiulani is one I’d like to read this winter, but first I want to reread her autobiography since it’s been many years.

I’ve posted before about my habit of saving fiction books I’m confident I’ll like as a special treat.  The Girl From Everywhere has gotten rave reviews from several bloggers I trust, so I’m confident I’ll enjoy it, but am saving it for a time when I can sit and enjoy the whole book.


I wrote the first part of this post, and first read these books, back in 2018!

To date I still have not read the three in bold, but as I mentioned, those were meant to be saved.  I’ve finally purchased the sequel to The Girl From Everywhere, and am planning to read them both during vacation.  I’m nearly done with the other Harlem Renaissance books so might actually read that one in 2019 as well.  Other topics took precedence over Hawaii, but I’ve started a booklist and been gathering what I own on the subject, so that will probably get read in the next year or so.

Now you know why I never post book hauls anymore!  Anyone else have this problem, where you buy books and then still haven’t read them years later?  Or you read a book, are too busy to review it, so then you have to reread it when you actually want to write the review?  Or are you all better at book turnover than I am?

Author: colorfulbookreviews

I work in a library by day and parent the rest of the time. I am passionate about good books representing the full spectrum of human diversity for every age group and reading level. This blog is my attempt to help parents, educators, and librarians find the best children's books authored by or featuring characters of color.

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