If you’ve followed my book hauls for a while, you might notice that this month’s list is exceptionally small. I just didn’t buy that many books in November. (Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll have a massive haul for December.) Still, I am really excited about every single one of these books, and am hoping to have a massive reading session the second I’m done with my thesis.
1. Every Man a Menace by Patrick Hoffman. This was my pick for Book of the Month Club this month. It’s about a drug smuggling ring, but from an inside perspective. I was intrigued because it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I am definitely looking forward to it!
2. The Professor and the Madman: A Take of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester. Does this book establish me as a grammar nerd? Because I feel like it does. But I really do want to know the history behind the OED. (And if anyone wants to buy me an actual OED, I’d love them forever. Just saying.) Bonus: I just discovered this is being made into a movie with Mel Gibson, Natalie Dormer, and Sean Penn.
3. Moranthology by Caitlin Moran. This year, I read two books by Caitlin Moran and really enjoyed both of them. I’ve been meaning to pick this one up, and it happened to catch my eye on Book Outlet, so I snagged a copy.
4. Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution by Caroline Weber. I’ve been really into nonfiction books lately, and this seems like it will be a fun nonfiction read. Whenever I’ve studied French history, Marie Antoinette always catches my interest, so I feel like I will like this book.
5. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. In an effort to diversity my nonfiction reading, I picked this up. Nelson Mandela is one of those people I like, but don’t know nearly enough about. Hopefully this book will educate me well.
6. & 7. Fall of Giants and Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett. These are books one and three of the Century Trilogy, which keeps getting recommended to me. I saw them on Book Outlet, so I picked them up since they are pretty expensive elsewhere (understandable, since they’re also enormous). I’ll get book two eventually.
8. Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson by William Hazelgrove. I read about Edith Wilson’s story years ago, and have always wanted to know more. She basically took over as President of the United States in order to hide the fact that her husband, Woodrow Wilson, was incapacitated by a stroke.
9. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. Last year, I got an ARC of Nicola Yoon’s debut novel, Everything, Everything, and really enjoyed it. For some reason, I was on the fence about this one, but finding a signed copy in Target pushed me over the edge. I had to get it.
10. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham. Anyone as obsessed with Gilmore Girls as I am knows picking up this book was a necessity. I already read it and loved it.
11. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick. I’m a huge fan of Anna Kendrick, and I managed to snag a signed copy from Barnes & Noble. I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, but it looks really funny!
11. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling. Do I even need to explain this one?
13. The Mermaid Girl by Erika Swyler. This is actually a short story I won from Goodreads. It came all pretty and bound and everything. I have Swyler’s novel, The Book of Speculation, as well, but I haven’t read it yet.
And that’s it for this month! Have you read any of these books? Are there any you think I should read first?