The hardest part about being unemployed is that I have plenty of time to read, but very little money to spend on books. This month, I did buy a few new books – mostly from Book Outlet – but I’ve noticed I’m a bit more selective about the books I spend money on. (And I’m keeping a list of the books I want to buy once I can afford them.) I’ll stop complaining now – because we all know I have plenty of books to read – and let’s just get into the books I added to my library in April:
American War by Omar El Akkad. I was so excited to see this book as one of the choices for this month’s Book of the Month Club box, and immediately selected it as my pick! It is set in the near future, during America’s second Civil War, and it sounds amazing. I cannot wait to read it!
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. This was actually one of the selections for March’s BOTM Club, but I (stupidly) passed on it. And then I ended up listening to the audiobook and fell in love, so I decided to add it to my box this month, because I need to own a copy. Seriously, this book is amazing. (Review)
Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel. I actually read an e-galley of this book before it was released on the 4th, but I could not resist ordering a physical copy as well, because the hardcover books in this series are seriously beautiful. (Review)
How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake. This book was sent to me for review by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. And while it isn’t something I probably would have picked up on my own, I’m glad I had the opportunity to read and review it for you because I feel like a lot of my readers will really enjoy this book. It was actually just released yesterday, so you can go get your copy now! (Review)
The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova. I have been eagerly awaiting this book for months and seriously almost cried when Random House offered to send me a finished copy. And it did not disappoint! I really loved this book, and am so happy to have it in my library. (Review)
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.
This is not my third copy of this book. Fine, I own three copies of this book. And yet, I still have not read it. But this copy is really beautiful and I’m hoping that will motivate me to read it soon. Maybe it’ll be my nonfiction book of the month for May.
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein. I have been really terrible at keeping up with the book picks for Our Shared Shelf (Emma Watson’s feminist book club), but I still add them all to my TBR. When I saw this book on Book Outlet, I decided to pick it up and hopefully I’ll read it soon.
The Snow Queen: A Tale in Seven Stories by Hans Christian Andersen. I read The Snow Queen last year (I think), and enjoyed it (but didn’t love it). Still, I couldn’t resist the beautiful clothbound edition when I saw it, and who knows? I might end up rereading it eventually.
The Art of Sleeping Alone by Sophie Fontanel. This was a bit of an impulse buy, but I’ve heard good things about it, and I’ve been really into memoirs (especially feminist ones) lately, so I thought I’d give it a try. If any of you have read this one, let me know what you think of it!
Capturing the Light: The Birth of Photography, A True Story of Genius and Rivalry by Roger Watson and Helen Rappaport. For the past year or so, I have been developing a pretty impressive collection of history books. While I’m interested in pretty much everything, inventor rivalries are one of my favorite things to learn about, so I thought this would make an interesting read. When I eventually get around to reading it.
Saga Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. I finally got all caught up with Saga this month, and had to order this after finishing Vol. 6, which was perhaps my favorite installment of the series. I enjoyed this volume, but it wasn’t my favorite.
That’s it for April! I’m keeping my book buying addiction relatively under control lately. Mostly out of necessity because I’m broke. But I’ve got some exciting things coming my way in the mail this month, so don’t worry, there will still be a May book haul!
Let me know what book you’re most excited to have acquired this past month! (Or link your most recent book haul in the comments.)