I am trying super hard not to buy books. Like most of us, I am out of space, so we even have books on our stairs! (They look quite pretty there! Maybe I’ll take a pic of that?). I am determined this time, so perhaps I won’t have hauls to share often. And let’s be honest…sometimes I’ll be too mortified to share. 😬 😂

When this particular box of books came in, I immediately noticed a trend. Every single purchase was enabled by a book friend: via Goodreads, blogs, or bookstagram. Because I like to give credit where credit is due, I am doling shout-outs to some of my amazing enablers. 😊

First, we’ll start with the elephant in the room, that giant Harry Potter illustrated book. I am the last person on the planet to read Harry Potter. I know you all cannot believe there is someone left! 👀 That would be me! I also have not seen the movies! Are you even more shocked? 😱

A dear Goodreads friend, LaDonna, has been reading and beautifully reviewing the illustrated HP books, and it was just the push I needed…and then, the very next day, Nikki, at Saturday Night Reader, posted her Saturday Spotlight of Harry Potter books at Barnes & Noble, with accompanying coupon code, I might add (huge enabler, that one!), so I had to do the same (that package with a box set of HP books is on the way). Thank you, LaDonna and Nikki! 🤗 I hope I love this series as much as everyone else! ♥️

Working our way up from the bottom, Monsoon Mansion was reviewed by a friend on Bookstagram, but for the life of me, I cannot find the post. I adore memoirs, and quite honestly, I could not resist the cover with a giant hibiscus flower (also included in my picture above!).

The Summer in Puglia is next-up, and it came highly recommended by two blogger friends,  Fiction Fan’s review and Ann Marie at LitWitWineDine review.  FictionFan even said she thought this book would be a perfect match for me, so extra enabling points for her! Thank you, FF and Ann Marie!

The Beekeeper was purchased due to this review The Beekeeper by my friend Paula at Book Jotter. Though difficult to read due to content, I can’t get enough of these harrowing literary nonfiction stories. Thanks, Paula!

Lastly, because I strive to be a well-rounded reader, as this one is a bit of a stretch for me, we have Scythe. It was Beth’s review of Thunderhead, the second in the series, that grabbed my attention. I had also seen other reviews of both books all over Goodreads and the blogosphere. Here’s Beth’s review of Scythe. Thank you, Beth!

I have bought several Kindle books recently thanks to enablers, and one of many was due to Nicole’s Go Home Afton Review at The Bookworm Drinketh. Also, friends like Susan and Carrie send me running to Netgalley for requests, as do my BB reading group ladies, Berit , Melisa ,Mack , and Holly. There are many more of out there, so if I didn’t tag you this time, I will be soon! 💗

In other news, on Netgalley,  I was approved for two books this week (I am doing a slow-down on NG!): John Boyne’s A Ladder to the Sky and Kate DiCamillo’s Louisiana’s Way Home.

I also received an ARC from St. Martin’s Press of Daughter of Moloka’i and shared this image on my Bookstagram. I still need to read Moloka’i I purchased years ago. Let me know if you would like to join me!


I cannot wait to dig in to these books, but since I just admitted to you there are (unread) books on my actual stairs, it may take some time. 😂 Thanks to everyone, tagged or not, for their friendship and enabling!  ♥️

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Did you enjoy this post? Is it something I should do again? (Assuming I ever buy another book! 🙃)

Thanks for reading! Jennifer THR