You guys, I didn’t actually buy any books in February! WHAT? I know, it feels wrong. Like I have to go on Book Outlet and fix it right this second. I think my smallest haul (since I’ve been posting them) has been around thirteen books. Well, until now. Because this month, I have five. That’s right, just five books. Two of which were from my Book of the Month Club box (my February pick plus an add-on I had a credit for), one was sent to me by the publisher, and two of them were preorders that I made way back in September.
It feels kind of good. Like I’m not drowning under a sea of dead trees (even though I totally still am, because I will never stop buying books). I wasn’t on a book buying ban (those only make me want to buy books more than I usually do). I’ve just been a bit more careful about my spending habits lately, because now that I’m out of grad school – and don’t have student loan money to blow on books – I kind of have to act like an adult. And I can no longer say “they’re for school” when my family judges me for the enormous boxes of books that arrive regularly.
The Possessions by Sarah Flannery Murphy. This was one of my Book of the Month Club picks for February. It’s about a woman who makes a living by allowing herself to be possessed by the ghosts of her clients’ loved ones. It sounds really interesting and really weird, and I’m totally up for that.
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. This was my second BOTM pick this month, a thriller about a woman who becomes involved a married man and then befriends his wife. I was on the fence about it until I saw both Stephen King and Neil Gaiman Talking about it, and then I knew I needed to have it.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. Already read and loved this book. It’s a collection of short stories about various myths surrounding the Norse gods. They’re not retellings, but they are written in Neil Gaiman’s distinctive style, which is one of my favorite things to read.
All That’s Left to Tell by Daniel Lowe. This book is about a man who is taken hostage and trades stories with a woman he meets during his captivity. This sounds intriguing, but I haven’t quite been in the mood for it yet. It was sent to me by the publisher, so I will be reading and reviewing it soon (I hope).
A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab. I did cheat a bit and ended up with two of these books. I had preordered a signed copy from Barnes & Noble, and then I ended up going to V. E. Schwab’s signing, so I picked up another one to be personalized and signed when I met her. (Also BN takes forever to ship things, and I wanted to read it on release day.) I’ve already read this one as well, and it’s amazing.
What book(s) did you haul this month? Have you read any on this list? Let me know in the comments!