In September, I hauled a total of 38 books and resolved to buy less last month. So, naturally, I acquired 45 books in October. Most of them were purchased from Book Outlet, a few of them I got on Amazon, I got a couple of new audiobooks on Audible, and I got a few ARCs (advance reader copies) via NetGalley. I’m pretty much set with reading material for a long time. And I’ve decided that this month (November), I am limiting myself to two books. I’m sure I will also get a few ARCs, and maybe a couple of audiobooks (I already have Audible credits to use). And I don’t really count schoolbooks. So, we’ll see what happens.
Below is a list of all the books I purchased/received in the month of October. Let me know if you’ve read any of these, and what your thoughts are. Which one(s) should I read first?
1. The Shining by Stephen King. I read a Stephen King book every Halloween, and this was my pick this year. I’m surprised I didn’t already own it.
2. The Early Stories of Truman Capote (NetGalley ARC ebook). A very interesting book of short stories – you can see my review here.
3. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page. I’ve been seeing this book around, so it was an impulse buy. Other than having something to do with The Wizard of Oz, I don’t know too much about it.
4. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe. Another impulse buy, mostly because I’ve seen it on a few must-read lists over the last few years, and the cover is gold foil and I just can’t resist that. I actually knew a guy in high school named Tom Wolfe.
5. The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport. I’ve heard wonderful things about this book! In college, I took a Russian history course and loved it, but haven’t read anything about Russian history since. So I’m pretty excited about this one.
6. This is How: Surviving What You Think You Can’t by Augusten Burroughs. I love Augusten Burroughs! I’ve been reading his books since high school. And this one looks really fun!
7. Memory Wall: Stories by Anthony Doerr. I’m planning on reading his Pulitzer-prize winning book, All The Light We Cannot See, this month and I’ve been into short fiction lately, so I thought it would be interesting to read a few of Doerr’s short stories.
8. The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr. This is also a book of short stories, so same as above.
9. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I’m pretty sure I have this book somewhere, but I could not resist this cover! It took a lot of willpower not to get the entire series in these editions.
10. Incendiary by Chris Cleave (signed). From what I know about this book, it’s basically written as an open letter to Osama bin Laden from a woman whose husband and son died in an al-Queda attack (fictional, but based on real events).
11. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. Honestly, I don’t really know what this one’s about, it was a total cover buy. Look at it!
12. The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma. This is a novel about writing, which really intrigues me.
13. The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove. The premise of this book is just really cool: every place in the world exists in a different time period.
14. Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen. This one’s a Captain Hook origin story, which sounds really interesting. Also, how beautiful is that cover?
15. My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins. I thought this would make a cute Christmas read, since it’s a bunch of YA short stories that take place around the holidays.
16. Austenland by Shannon Hale. I really enjoyed this movie, and this book was a dollar, so I couldn’t resist. Plus, it’s really short, so it’ll be perfect when I’m in the mood for a fun, rom-com read.
17. Seige & Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I haven’t even read the first book in the Grisha trilogy yet, but I can’t resist discounted books. So I bought it. Fingers crossed I like the first one enough to read this.
18. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. This book was amazing! I read it towards the end of the month and absolutely loved it.
19. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (ebook). I only have a vague idea what this is about, but I’ve been interested in reading more LGBTQIA books, and it was on sale on iBooks, so I picked it up.
20. Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card. I really enjoyed Ender’s Game, and this book sounds really interesting. It’s about a boy who can see the paths of people’s pasts.
21. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (leather-bound edition). This book is just pretty.
22. Dangerous Women by George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois. I’ve been wanting to read this for a while, and jumped on it when I saw it on Book Outlet. But I was not prepared for how enormous this book is. It’s probably one of the fattest books on my shelf right now.
23. Vicious by V. E. Schwab. After I read A Darker Shade of Magic, I immediately went out and bought this. I already read it, and it’s amazing!
24. The Archived by Victoria Schwab. I’m pretty much obsessed with this author at the moment. I’ve read both of her adult books, and picked up one of her YA books to read this month.
25. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Illustrated Edition by J. K. Rowling. Do I even need to explain this one? Sadly, I still haven’t gotten my hands on it since it’s on backorder on Amazon.
26. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (NetGalley ARC ebook). It looks like this one’s going to be a major sci-fi release next year, and I am so excited about reading it! I’m trying to put it off for a bit, since it doesn’t come out until April, but I might cave soon because it looks so good!
27. Dickon by Marjorie Bowen (NetGalley ARC ebook). I requested this book because I’ve been trying to read more historical fiction. I really loved Shakespeare’s Richard III, and this book is about Richard III, so I think it’s definitely something I’ll enjoy.
28. Movie Game by Michael Ebner (NetGalley ARC ebook). This book kind of seems like it might be similar to Ready Player One, which I loved, so I’m definitely looking forward to reading this soon.
29. The Urban Boys by K. N. Smith (NetGalley ARC ebook). This book has gotten rave reviews so far, and I kind of want to go into it without knowing too much about it. Definitely reading it soon, though!
30. One Night in Winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore. Another historical fiction book set in Russia. I think I’ve just been in the mood for Russian history lately.
31. The Time Traveler’s Guide of Elizabeth England by Ian Mortimer. The history nerd in me loves these kinds of books. I’ve read a bit of it already, and it’s one of those history books that somehow avoids being dry.
32. The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer. I picked up this one, because I’ve taken a few courses in Medieval Literature (both in grad school and as an undergrad), and really enjoyed them. This would have been useful when I was writing my term paper, but it’s too late for that.
33. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. I’ve heard great things about this book, and it’s going to be a movie next year with Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz.
34. John Adams by David McCullough. I somehow got a degree in History, with a minor in American Studies, without ever reading David McCullough. I feel like I need to fix that.
35. Three Days to Never by Tim Powers. I pretty much bought this book because my favorite high school English teacher was Tim Powers’s brother. It also looks really good, and I’m planning on reading it soon.
36. Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers. Same as above.
37. Declare by Tim Powers. Ditto. I bought all four because Book Outlet had really cool, matching editions.
38. Last Call by Tim Powers. I’m planning on reading this one this month.
39. The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi. I bought this series because I saw it on Peruse Project, and Regan highly recommended it. We like a lot of the same books, so I think I will enjoy these. I also want to read more middle-grade fiction.
40. A Hero for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi. Ditto.
41. The Battle for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi. I need to stop buying entire series before I read the first book.
42. Trouble by Non Pratt. This is about a girl who gets pregnant with her ex-best friend’s baby, and the new kid in school who offers to pretend to be the father.
43. The Secret Daughter of the Tsar by Jennifer Laam. More Russian historical fiction. What can I say?
44. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (audiobook). I really want to read a Joe Hill book, and saw that this audiobook was read by Kate Mulgrew, who I love (she plays Red on Orange is the New Black).
45. Locke & Key by Joe Hill (free audiobook). This one was free, so why not? I do want to read the hard copies of this, since it is a graphic novel series, but it’s a full cast recording with Haley Joel Osment and Kate Mulgrew. So I think listening to it will be very interesting as well. Maybe I’ll listen while I read – I’ve heard that’s probably the best way to approach this audiobook.