January Book Haul – A Memoir From a Different Perspective


In January, I did haul quite a few books. I did have a little money from Christmas, which obviously needed to be spent on books. But mostly, this was kind of me celebrating being done with grad school and having time to read whatever the hell I want. I’m surprised I reigned myself in this much.

Here are the books I acquired in January:

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney. This was my pick for the Book of the Month Club in January, and I have really enjoyed what I’ve read of it so far. It’s about an 85-year-old woman who looks back on her life on New Year’s Eve 1984. It’s just a wonderful, touching story, and I’m looking forward to reading more!

Lucky You by Erika Carter. I added this book onto my BOTM subscription. (Thanks to those who used my link to subscribe – I got this one free!) It’s about a group of 20-something women who decide to go off the grid. I’ve been wanting to read more about characters my own age (and it’s oddly difficult to find ones who aren’t unrealistically successful or in a romance novel), and this one sounds super interesting.

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn. BOTM threw this in as a New Year’s gift, and I’m so glad to add it to my collection! I actually read it a while ago, but didn’t own a copy. I might actually reread it now, since it’s short.

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. I’ve been curious about this book for a while, so when I saw it on Book Outlet, I grabbed a copy. It’s a historical thriller set in a Boston insane asylum, and I think it will be perfect the next time I want to read something a bit dark and twisted.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. The sequel to this book was recently released, so I feel like everyone is talking about it again. I love that this book centers on friendship (as opposed to romance) and is a cool fantasy involving different kinds of witches. It was also only $3, so…

What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi. Last year, I read Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird, and while I didn’t love it, I did kind of fall in love with her writing, and have wanted to pick up more. This one came out last year, and is full of stories that (from what I understand) have a lot of magical realism elements. There are also a lot of diverse characters, which I’m excited about.

Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi. This one I’m super intrigued by. It’s about a novelist who kills his heroines. One day, he is confronted by his current heroine, who calls him a villain and a serial killer. I can’t wait to find out what happens.

House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest by Craig Childs. As I red more diversely, I’ve been looking at gaps in my reading, and trying to find books to fit those gaps. One thing I’ve read very little about is Native Americans, and Book Outlet has an entire section on that, so, yay! This one caught my interest, and was inexpensive, so I decided to give it a shot.

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. This is one of those classics that was assigned to some of the classes in my high school, but not mine. It’s super short, and it’s supposed to be really intense. I think I might like it, and I haven’t read Edith Wharton yet, so I want to fix that. Eventually.

The North Water by Ian McGuire. This one has serious Moby Dick vibes, but it’s a thriller. Which I am totally into. I think I tried to request an ARC on NetGalley, but it was restricted to the UK and then I forgot about it. So thanks, Book Outlet, for adding to my ever-growing TBR.

In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero. This one’s been recommended to me a few times, and it’s perfect timing that I pick it up, because it’s a memoir about a family of immigrants. Given recent events, I want to read it even more, and might end up picking it up soon.

Out of Orange: A Memoir by Cleary Wolters. I read Orange is the New Black a couple of years ago, and while I thought the book was just okay, I do love the Netflix series. When I came across this book, I knew I needed to read it, though. It was written by the woman most of us know as Alex (Laura Prepon’s character). I’m so curious to read the other side of that story.

The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984: A Graphic Memoir by Riad Sattouf. I saw this book, and thought it might be a fascinating read because 1) I’ve been looking to read more books set in the Middle East or about Middle Eastern characters, and 2) my dad grew up in the Middle East as well (though a bit earlier than this book takes place – I think he emigrated to the US in the 70s).

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire LeGrand. Yeah, this was a total cover buy. Have you seen it? Because it’s so beautiful! Plus, it was on sale on Book Outlet for around $2. I have been looking to read more middle grade books, and this one looked good. (Have I justified my impulse buy yet?)

Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates. I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while, and when I saw it on Book Outlet, I grabbed it. It’s a collection of stories about the sexism women experience in their every day lives.

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. Finally, I picked up this book, which I’ve been meaning to read for years. It’s actually an extended feminist lecture Virginia Woolf gave, and I am so excited about it!

What book(s) did you haul this month? Have you read any on this list?


23 thoughts on “January Book Haul – A Memoir From a Different Perspective

  1. Great Haul! i’m actually currently reading Everyday sexism (about 100 or so pages in) and I love it. Its really eye opening, some of the figures and statistics are from 2013 or earlier so i’ve been checking to see if their any different now – especially the how many women run countries. It’s not changed much!

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  2. Looks like a great haul! I have not read any on the list, but I look forward to reading, “The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984: A Graphic Memoir” by Riad Sattouf.

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