I think this is the first book haul (that I’ve shared on this blog) that I’m actually really proud of. And that’s because I have a very diverse group of books here. I chose nonfiction books of all kinds, award winning books, books I’d never heard of before, and books I’ve been wanting to read for a long time (as well as one book I’d already read and really wanted to own). I’ve already read five of these books, and enjoyed all of them, so I am definitely looking forward to reading the rest of them.
This month – May – I’m going to try not to buy too many books, not because I’m trying to be good (I gave up on that a while ago), but because my birthday is at the end of this month, and I’m expecting a few books as gifts and probably a few gift cards, so I might have a nice birthday haul to share.
Keep reading to see all the books I bought in the month of April. What’s the best book you bought in the last month?
1. “Make Good Art” by Neil Gaiman. I have watched and read this speech dozens of times, but I still hadn’t bought the actual book. When I saw it on Book Outlet, it went straight into my cart.
2. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. I’ve wanted to read this ever since I read Jane Eyre in high school. I found a really pretty edition on Book Outlet, so I got it. I’m planning on reading it and rereading Jane Eyre (I know this is a prequel, but let me know if you suggest any particular order for reading them).
3. The Forest by Edward Rutherfurd. A friend recommended Rutherfurd’s books to me, so when I saw some of them on Book Outlet, I had to get them. They’re historical novels, but about places rather than people. They’re also super long, so I don’t know when I’ll actually read them. This one is about New Forest, a 100,000-acre woodland in southern England.
4. Sarum: The Novel of England by Edward Rutherfurd. This one’s about England, and spans the entire course of english history. (Which is why it’s 900 pages long.)
5. New York by Edward Rutherfurd. I’m pretty sure you can guess what this one’s about.
6. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally. I’ve wanted to read this ever since I watched the movie (which was probably about ten years ago). I’ve almost bought it a few times at the bookstore, but the movie was so heartbreaking I just wasn’t ready for it.
7. The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen. I’m not 100% sure what this book is about, but it’s a mystery having something to do with a literary society and a book virus. I’m intrigued enough to read it.
8. How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran. I’ve heard a ton of interesting things about this book. I’ve also been trying to read more feminist fiction (in addition to nonfiction) this year, so this was definitely on my TBR. I actually already read it and really enjoyed it – you can check out my review here.
9. The Nest by Kenneth Oppel. Once in a while, I’m in the mood for something really weird and original. This one has something to do with wasps making a nest around a baby, or making a nest that has a baby in it or something. So I think it should satisfy my craving for weird.
10. Egghead, or You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone by Bo Burnham. I’m not massively into comedians, but I did see Burnham live when I was living in Boston, and he is just so funny!
11. Burning Blue by Paul Griffin. This book is about a popular, beautiful girl who gets splashed with acid, marring the entire left side of her face, and the loner boy who decides to find out who did it. I’m kind of into contemporary YA novels that go deeper, so I think I’ll like this one.
12. Lust and Wonder by Augusten Burroughs. Despite the fact I haven’t read a Burroughs book in years, he’s one of my favorite authors. So when I saw I signed copy of this in Target, I didn’t even hesitate. I’m pretty sure the book was in my hand before I’d even registered what it was.
13. The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien. This year, I really want to read The Lord of the Rings, and I think this history of Middle Earth (basically why the world is how it is prior to The Hobbit) sounds right up my alley.
14. We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Acidie. Already read and loved this one! It’s a must-read for everyone. Really.
15. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. I’ve been collecting the Puffin Classics on Book Outlet for a while (I have almost all of them), so I picked up this one. I was supposed to read this my senior year in college and didn’t finish it, so that probably needs to happen.
16. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. My grandma bought me a copy of this when I was probably about eight and I never read it. I’m still not that interested in it, but it’s a Puffin Classic, so…. I will probably read it at some point, though.
17. The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green. This is one of my favorite Disney movies, so I’m definitely interested in reading it. Also, it’s another Puffin Classic.
18. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. A classic (also, a Puffin Classic). I actually ended up reading this one during Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon and really enjoyed it. I want to plan a day trip down to Baum’s house on Coronado Island, which is now a museum.
19. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld. I’ve heard amazing things about this one, so I’m excited about reading it. It falls into the magical realism category, which is something I haven’t read in a while.
20. Redeployment by Phil Klay. This is a book of short stories about soldiers on the frontline of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s very different form what I usually read, but I’m intrigued.
21. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. A book inspired by comic books that won the Pulitzer? That’s kind of all I needed to know.
22. Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell. Another cover buy. Rundell’s books sound really amazing, though. They seem to be almost magical, but grounded in nature.
23. The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell. Same as the one above. This one sounds very interesting – I’m excited about reading it!
24. In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick. In college, I read Philbrick’s Mayflower, and really liked it so I thought I’d give this one a shot. It’s a nonfiction book about the wreck of the whaleship Essex, which inspired Moby Dick and it just won the National Book Award.
25. A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install. I’ve been looking for more weird fiction, and this one sounds kind of fun, so I picked it up. Also, the synopsis compares the humor in this book to The Rosie Project, and that’s really all I need.
26. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick. I’m really curious about North Korea, because most of the information about it doesn’t really come from inside it (other than the heavily filtered info from the government).
27. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan. I’ve been pretty into collecting books about WWII that don’t necessarily take place in America or Western Europe. Plus, it won the Man Booker, and I tend to like those.
28. Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay. My biggest reading guilty pleasure is Jane Austen retellings, or books about people who love Austen, or books that have anything to do with Austen or her books. I do need to read Emma, first, though.
29. Girl Reading by Katie Ward. This was a total cover buy. But it does sound really interesting; it’s a novel about seven portraits about women reading, the women themselves, and the artists who painted them.
30. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I think I saw the movie adaptation a long time ago, but I don’t remember it. I’ve heard a lot of bloggers raving about this one lately, so I thought I’d pick it up.
31. World War Z by Max Brooks. I’m not all that into zombies or horror or things like that, but I keep hearing about how great this book is, so when I saw it on Book Outlet, I thought I’d give it a shot.
32. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith. Still haven’t read the first book in this series (which I got a few months ago in a dollar bookstore), but I know I’m going to like it. Because it’s J. K. Rowling.
33. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Lately, I’ve been really interested in books with authors or characters that suffer from learning disabilities. And I’ve heard about this one a lot.
34. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds. This is a new YA novel that addresses the current issue of race relations in America. And it’s been getting really great reviews.
35. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. I watched the movie adaptation a few years ago and really enjoyed it so I thought I’d pick this one up. Plus, it’s blurbed by J. K. Rowling, so…
36. The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. This is a nonfiction book about how we are heading towards a mass extinction – the sixth in the history of the planet. I’ve been wanting to pick it up for a while, and then it was on Book Outlet, so I had to.
37. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso. Recently, I’ve been reading a ton of feminist literature, and I can’t go anywhere without seeing this one. I’m honestly kind of hoping it gives me a bit more confidence as I go off in the world to get a big girl job. Which is honestly terrifying.