I decided to do this a bit late, but whatever. I’ve never done a book haul before, but I recently discovered the amazingness that is Book Outlet (if you use this link, we both get a $5 credit!), and went a tad bit crazy in September. So I thought I’d share what I picked up, because I always love watching/reading book hauls. And this one’s kind of huge. Even though I said I don’t have money for books. Oops. But all of these were either purchased at a discount from Book Outlet, iBooks, or Audible, or were received as ARCs (advanced reader copies) from NetGalley. So it’s not quite as bad as it looks.
Below are all the books I purchased or received in September. I’ve already read a few of them, but let me know in the comments which one(s) you think I should read next!
1. The Appointment by Herta Müller. This book looks really interesting, and I am planning on reading it very soon.
2. Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell. I love the movie, but I tried to read her blog a while ago, and found her to be really annoying. But this book was like $2, so I thought I’d give it a shot anyway.
3. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. I’ve been hearing a lot about this book lately, and it sounds like a great story (based off actual events). I’m trying to get back into historical fiction, so this is perfect for me.
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin. I read this back in high school, but have no idea what happened to my copy. So I re-bought it.
5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë ArtFolds. Yes, I do own like three copies of Jane Eyre. But this is one of those books where you fold down all the pages so it says “read.” So far, I’ve finished most of the R.
6. The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais. I listened to the audiobook a year or so ago, and really enjoyed it. And because I’m a book addict, any audio or ebooks I like I tend to acquire hard copies of.
7. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. I just finished reading this and liked it a lot more than I thought I would! I loved that it was an interesting, existential take on zombies.
8. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley. I honestly don’t know what this book is about, but I saw it a lot on BookTube, so I got it. I have an addiction, okay?
9. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. This is on my ultimate TBR list, so I thought I’d pick it up since it was a great deal. Will read eventually.
10. A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar. I’ve been really into learning about genius scientists and mathematicians lately (i.e. Stephen Hawking, Alan Turing), so this book about John Forbes Nash, Jr. is a great addition to my library.
11. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer. I like history books. And WWII is one of my favorite subjects, so this one’s been on my want list for a while. And thanks to Book Outlet, I paid a ridiculously low price for it.
12. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Already read and loved this book!
13. Boy Snow Bird by Helen Oyeyemi. Another book I know almost nothing about, but bought because I keep hearing about it. You see why I have too many books, now, right?
14. The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill. Historical fiction about a really cool female astronomer? Count me in.
15. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. As obsessed as I was with Mr. Toad as a child (it’s also my favorite ride at Disneyland), I never read this book.
16. S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. I first saw this on Peruse Project on YouTube, and had to get it! It’s a fake classic with a second story written in the margins and on pieces of paper inserted throughout the book, which sounds awesome!
17. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. I really enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by the same author, so I thought this would be a fun read.
18. Lock In by John Scalzi. I’ve never read a Scalzi book (though Redshirts is on my list), and this one sounded interesting.
19. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I’m a bit late to the party on the Grisha Trilogy, but I’m trying to read more YA fantasy. I feel like there’s a lot of great books out there I’m missing.
20. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. Again, not sure what this is about, but I see it everywhere. So I bought it. Because I have no self-control when it comes to books.
21. Room by Emma Donoghue. Already read this. Loved it! Definitely made me cry.
22. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. Another well-loved author I’ve never read. This books been on my list for a while, and I actually had to stalk Book Outlet for a few days because it kept selling out.
23. Every Day by David Leviathan. This book just sounds really interesting – the main character wakes up as a different person every day.
24. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham. I’ve been watching a lot of Gilmore Girls lately. So I bought Lauren Graham’s book.
25. John Dies at the End by David Wong. Not sure what this is about, but I feel like I’ve seen it around a lot.
25. This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong. Again, no idea what this is about, but the cover is awesome.
26. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. Honestly, this was an impulse buy and I feel kind of “meh” about this book. Most people seem to either love or hate it. I’ll give it a shot.
27. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. Not going to lie, I pretty much just bought this book because of the three medals on the cover. And because I saw it on BookTube.
28. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (ebook). This was on sale on iBooks, and it’s on my ultimate TBR list. Mostly because it’s a classic, though I cannot for the life of me remember what it’s about.
29. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling (ebook). I haven’t read any of the Cormoran Strike novels yet, but I really want to, and this one was on sale on iBooks, so I decided to get it. (I will most likely end up purchasing a hard copy if I like it.)
28. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (audiobook). I needed to use up a few Audible credits because I haven’t been listening to audiobooks as much, and I’ve heard this book is amazing.
29. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (audiobook). Same as above.
30. The Shining by Stephen King (audiobook). I am planning on reading this around Halloween this year, and I thought it might be interesting to alternate between the audiobook and the hard copy (which I just purchased a few days ago). I also have the ebook, so I really need to actually read it.
31. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (NetGalley ARC ebook). This book looks really good and I’m excited to read it! It doesn’t come out until April, so my review won’t be up for a while, but I am planning on reading it sometime this year.
32. Slade House by David Mitchell (NetGalley ARC ebook). Already read and loved this! My review will be up Monday.
33. The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirpatrick (NetGalley ARC ebook). Got this at the beginning of the month and already reviewed it (link here in case you’re interested).
34. Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie (NetGalley ARC ebook). Already read and reviewed here.
35. Bream Gives Me Hiccups by Jesse Eisenberg (NetGalley ARC ebook). I received this at the beginning of the month and really enjoyed it – click here for my review.
36. Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley (NetGalley ARC ebook). This one looks really interesting! It’s a YA mystery about the Brontë siblings. It comes out in January, and I’m really excited to read it.
37. Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins (NetGalley ARC ebook). A YA love story that involves characters from different decades (it’s advertised as “The Time Traveler’s Wife for teens”). This one comes out November 1st, so I will be reading it very soon!
38. The Winter Girl by Matt Marinovich (NetGalley ARC ebook). This one looks very similar to The Girl on the Train, so I’m excited to read it. It will be released in January, so I’m planning on getting to it in the next month or two.