I hauled a decent number of books in October, but I’m totally okay with that because I’m excited about every single one of them (and only paid full price for two of them). Usually book hauls involve me complaining about how many books I have (still a problem), but, this month, I’m feeling more inspired than suffocated by piles of books. I think this is a really great haul – I’ve been into biographies lately, so there’s lots of those – and I’m excited to share it with you!
Keep reading to see all the books I added to my collection in October!
1. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye. This is one of those books I’ve been on the fence about for a while, but I’ve seen some great reviews, so when I saw this on sale, I picked it up. I love Jane Eyre, which is what this book was inspired by, so I’m excited to read it.
2. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. I’ve been admiring the Penguin Threads Classics for months, and when I saw that Book Outlet had a few, they immediately went into my cart. My grandma bought me a copy of this book when I was in elementary school, but I never read it, and I’m not sure what happened to it. I think she enjoyed this book a lot, so I’m more motivated to read it now.
3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. My favorite of the Penguin Threads, this was a must-have. Even though I already have a lovely vintage copy of this book. Side note: I’m planning on reading this in December, and am doing a readathon for it!. (If any fellow bloggers want to co-host, let me know!)
4. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. Yes, I already had a copy of Les Mis. And yes, I got another one from my grandparents library a few days ago. And no, I have not yet read it. But it was just so pretty!
5. Catherine the Great & Potemkin: The Imperial Love Affair by Simon Sebag Montefiore. Catherine the Great was such an interesting figure in history, and she is most famous for her affairs, particularly this one.
6. The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin by Steven Lee Myers. As a former history major, I’m incredibly interested in the relationship between current world politics and WWII (they’re scarily similar), and don’t know too much about Putin. And, considering recent events, I feel like I should remedy that.
7. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. Back in high school and the first few years of college, I read a lot of Sophie Kinsella books. It’s been a while since I’ve picked one of them up, but I hear about this one all the time, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
8. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while (I’ve borrowed and returned a digital library copy several times) so when I saw the hardcover on sale, I picked it up. Hopefully I’ll get to it soon.
9. Georgiana: The Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman. I kind of went crazy on biographies this month, and I have no regrets. I love the movie inspired by Georgiana (The Duchess), so I thought this would be a great read.
10. The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel. When I used to do technical theater in high school, I remember all the actor kids giving a monologue from this play, and I remember loving it. When I saw it for a couple of dollars, I thought I’d add it to my collection.
11. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson. More biographies. And when you think about biographies, you need Walter Isaacson. This one has been on my list for a while, because I’m a little bit obsessed with Ben Franklin.
12. Einsten: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson. See above (because it’s pretty much exactly the same).
13. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. I put off listening to Hamilton for way too long, but it only took me about five minutes to become obsessed. Naturally, that means I needed this book.
14. Jefferson and Hamilton by John Ferling. Again, I bought this one because of my Hamilton obsession, but I think it’s going to be an interesting read.
15. Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict by John B. Judis. My dad is a Palestinian immigrant, and most of his side of the family still lives there. The Arab/Israeli conflict is something that still affects their everyday lives, so I feel like this would be a great read to help me understand what actually caused it.
16. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. My cousin asked me to read this as part of our very informal book club because she loved it. I initially borrowed a digital copy from the library, but when I saw it on Book Outlet a day later, I ended up buying a copy. (I trust my cousin’s taste in books.)
17. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. I have the first two books in this series, and was waiting for the paperback of this one to come to Book Outlet, because the series has to match. And they finally did.
18. The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones. I picked this one up on a trip to Barnes & Noble. They didn’t have the editions of any of the books I wanted, and I keep hearing about this one, so I decided to buy it.
19. Misery by Stephen King. I’ve had the ebook (and audiobook) for a while, but when I finally read it last month and loved it, I decided to pick up a physical copy for my shelves. I think this is definitely going to be a book I end up rereading.
20. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. So many people have told me I need to read this, so I finally bought a copy. I haven’t read it yet, but I plan to very soon.
21. The New Hunger by Isaac Marion. Last year, I read and loved Warm Bodies. I can’t figure out if this is supposed to be book 2 or 1.5, but either way, there’s a new one coming out next year, so I figured I should catch up with the series.
22. The Mothers by Brit Bennett. This is the first book I got in my Book of the Month Club box in October. I’ve been hearing amazing things about it, so I’m excited to read it.
23. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue. This was another Book of the Month Club pick, which was on my TBR even before I saw what the picks were, so, obviously, I added it.
24. Good as Gone by Amy Gentry. I have such a hard time picking just one (or two) books for Book of the Month Club. I almost didn’t get this one, but I threw it in anyway. It looks like a fun thriller, so I’m looking forward to it the next time I’m in the mood.
25. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I have been really looking forward to this book, and ended up finding a signed copy at Target. Obviously, it had to come home with me.
Note: My grandmother passed away recently, so I inherited quite a few books from my grandparents. They are not included in this haul, but if you’d like to see a separate post on those, let me know in the comments! I don’t mind sharing, and might have included them in this haul, but I’m hesitant to unpack them from their boxes until I find a safe place to store them (my bookshelf is full, and I habitually knock over the piles of books on my floor/desk).