April 2021 Book Haul

stack of 13 books

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Every month I tell myself to buy less books, but looking back on March, I bought the exact same amount of books, again… Oh, well. I can’t seem to pass up good deals, but I am excited about some of the surprise books I found this month. Without further ado, this is my April 2021 book haul.


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Once again, I bought a total of 13 books this month from a variety of different places. Some of the books were brand new, and others were used. I did end up using a couple gift cards this month, which is why my spending was still pretty low.


1. The Return by Nicholas Sparks- $1.00

The Return

Since I’m such a big Nicholas Sparks fan, I was excited to find this book at my local thrift store. I almost didn’t see it at first because it has a reversible dust jacket that was turned to the opposite side (which I didn’t recognize).

I haven’t read this book yet, but I have high expectations for it.


2. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen- $0.20


Since Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen is considered middle grade, it was located in the kids section at my local thrift store. That is why it was so cheap.

I actually haven’t heard anyone talk about this book (probably because it’s been out a while), but I read the synopsis and thought it sounded good.


3. The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee – $2.26

Downstairs Girl

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee is not a book I would typically pick up since it’s historical fiction. I bought it because I was already buying a couple other books from Barnes & Noble, and they were having a deal where you could get this book for $5 if you were buying another book. I decided why not and purchased it. Since I had some e-gift cards, I was able to get it even cheaper than $5.

The gift cards I used at Barnes & Noble were actually ones that I earned using the apps Fetch Rewards and Ibotta. I was able to redeem $10 from Fetch Rewards and $20 from Ibotta. Both of these free apps allow you to earn money by scanning receipts. If you’re interested in checking out either, I believe that my links will help you get a sign up bonus. But even if you don’t use my links, I still recommend you check them out sometime because I’ve gotten a lot of things for free over the years simply by scanning receipts.

Fetch Rewards Code: 46NDN

Ibotta Code: asljnam


4. Not Cinderella’s Type by Jenni James – $2.00

Not Cinderella's Type

I decided to order this book from Barnes & Noble because I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook in the past and wanted to own a physical copy. I first learned about this book when I watched the movie based off of it. The movie is a bit cheesy and has some subpar acting, but I enjoyed the story enough to want to read the book. I liked this book a lot and am a big fan of Cinderella retellings.


5. My Calamity Jane by The Lady Janies- $6.48

My Calamity Jane

I own and have read both My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane, so when I saw this for sale on Book Outlet, I knew that I wanted to get it. I’m excited to read it at some point this year because the other books in this series were both 5 star reads for me. Also, this one is set in the Wild West, and I’ve never read anything from that time period.

If you’ve never shopped on Book Outlet, I highly recommend you check them out because they have a lot of affordable new books. You can get $10 off your first order using my link if interested.


6. Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer – $0

Life and Death Twilight Reimagined

I already own all of the other Twilight books, and I love them a lot. I haven’t read this one yet, but I’m excited to be back in that world.

This book didn’t cost me anything because it came from Book Outlet. When it arrived in the mail, it was a bit damaged. I sent a help ticket in, and they told me that they didn’t have any others currently in stock. They instead refunded me the cost of the book, but I still got to keep it. Even though the front cover is slightly damaged, it’s not bad enough to get rid of.


7. It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood- $5.04

It Sounded Better in My Head

I listened to the audiobook of this last year and wanted to own my own copy. This also came from Book Outlet. The original copy that came in the mail was damaged during shipping, so they sent me a new copy for free.

I did have some reward points on there, so I was able to get this book, My Calamity Jane, and Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined for less money.


8. By the Book by Amanda Sellet – $2.22

By the Book

Near the end of the month, I decided to visit my local bookstore after having seen this book and the next book in this list advertised on their Facebook page. My local bookstore sells used books, so you never know what they will have. Once in a while though, they post some books they recently got in on their Facebook page. As soon as I saw this book on there, I knew that I wanted to buy it.

I did have a small gift certificate to the store, and then I had a few credits to use towards some of my purchase. I ended up getting a total of six books there even though I hadn’t planned on buying that many.


9. Together, Apart by various authors – $2.22

Together, Apart

I haven’t read any books that incorporate the pandemic, so I thought this book looked like it would be a fun and relatable read. Short stories can be hit or miss for me, but I expect that I’ll like at least one story out of all of them.

This was the other book that I saw advertised on my local bookstore’s Facebook page.


10. Confess by Colleen Hoover – $2.22


Every time I go to my local bookstore, I always look for Colleen Hoover books. I never find any, so I was so excited that they had this book. Colleen Hoover books are usually so expensive, so it is so nice to find one at an affordable price.

I’ve read three Colleen Hoover books so far, and I’ve loved them all. I have high expectations for this one as well.


11. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – $2.22

Throne of Glass

Honestly, the best find of the month has to be this book and the last two books on my list.

When I went to my local bookstore to get By the Book and Together, Apart, I was not expecting to find the first three books in the Throne of Glass series. As soon as I walked into the young adult section, I saw these three books and immediately grabbed them. They are all hardcover books with their dust jackets. They look like they were read maybe once.

I’ve been wanting to read this series for a while, so I’m excited that I was able to find them at such an affordable price.


12. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas – $2.22

Crown of Midnight


13. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – $2.22

Heir of Fire


How much did I spend on this book haul?

I spent a total of $30.30, which I think is really good for the 13 books that I found. I also pre-ordered a book this month, but I won’t reveal what that is until October 🙂


Have you read any of these books?

I’ve only read a couple of the books I bought this month, so I would love to know what you think about any of these books. Are there any that I should read soon?


Related posts:

March 2021 Book Haul

March 2021 Wrap-Up

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