December Book Haul

If you’ve been keeping up with my monthly book hauls, you’ll know that I’ve been trying to buy fewer books. Despite the rather long list below, I’m actually succeeding! This month, I got four NetGalley Arcs, and received three books for Christmas (I actually got six, but three of them are signed preorders, so I’ll haul them when I get them). Almost all of the books on this list are – surprise – from Book Outlet, and quite a few were purchased during sales. And the final eight on the list I got at a dollar bookstore. So, while I got a good number of books, I didn’t actually spend that much on them. And, almost all of these books were ones I had previously read and wanted to own, or books that are on my TBR list, so I’m okay with buying them. (I’m definitely trying to convince myself here. Next month I will buy fewer books. I promise. I need to work on my TBR.)

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I’d love to hear what books you got in December! And if you’ve read any of the books below, let me know what you thought. Which one(s) should I read first?

  1. The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller
  2. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
  3. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  4. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
  5. The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin
  6. The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime by Judith Flanders
  7. An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel (NetGalley ARC ebook)
  8. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (NetGalley ARC ebook)
  9. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer (NetGalley ARC ebook)
  10. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
  11. The Once and Future King by T. H. White
  12. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  13. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  14. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
  15. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
  16. The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
  17. A Good Month for Murder by Del Quentin Wilber (NetGalley ARC ebook)
  18. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  19. You by Caroline Kepnes
  20. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (deluxe, leather-bound signed edition – gifted)
  21. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (gifted)
  22. Bradbury Stories by Ray Bradbury (gifted)
  23. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  24. Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary by J. R. R. Tolkien (deluxe edition)
  25. How to Love by Katie Cotugno
  26. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  27. The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
  28. Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori Brafman
  29. How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  30. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  31. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  32. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
  33. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  34. Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  35. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  36. The Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs
  37. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  38. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

13 thoughts on “December Book Haul

  1. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is a beautiful read, and so is The Grapes of Wrath! I’ve been wanting to buy The Miniaturist soon, doesn’t the cover just look absolutely gorgeous?? 😱

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  2. I’ve read Dracula a few times now, it’s a classic that I’ve always enjoyed! The Miniaturist I read several months ago, it was not what I was expecting, but I thought it was written well for the most part. I remember enjoying the Jane Austen Book Club. Absolutely love Shadow of the Wind! It’s the one book that I always recommend to almost everyone.
    Great list, enjoy! 🙂

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  3. I have read the Jane Austen Book Club by Fowler. It was an ‘interesting’ read, what I liked more was the sort of juxtaposition of the novels read in the club with the life of each of the character. There is also a more than enough decent film adaptation.

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      1. I am not sure, how much I paid for my copy, it was some time ago. There another thing that I liked about the book but I want you to see/experience first before I say anything. No pressures though, I have books on Goodreads since 2013, so take your time.


  4. I’ve only read two of them – ‘The Miniaturist’ which I enjoyed, but not as much as I’d hoped, and ‘The Shadow of the Wind which is AMAZING! One of my favourite books from recent years. You’ve got loads of great reading there though and definitely a few I’d like to read myself – enjoy!

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    1. Thanks! I’ve got a few books I’m supposed to read first, but I will definitely be starting The Shadow of the Wind soon! (It helps that it’s a lot shorter than I was expecting haha.) I got really lucky finding a copy at the dollar bookstore 🙂


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