In October, I did something I haven’t done in a while: I bought a total of seven books from places that were not Book Outlet. And I only have one Book Outlet order in this haul (don’t worry, it’s a big one). As usual, I’m writing this at the last minute, so let’s just get right into the haul:
Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray. I was so looking forward to this book, which is the third installment in The Diviners series. While it didn’t quite live up to my expectations, I still really enjoyed it. You can read my full review of Before the Devil Breaks You, if you’re interested in reading more of my thoughts.
The Power by Naomi Alderman. This was my Book of the Month pick for October. There were so many great books to choose from, but I kept coming back to this one. It’s about women around the world suddenly getting the ability to shoot electricity from their fingers. I’m intrigued.
The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera. This is one I’ve been hearing so many great things about, and I haven’t read fantasy in a while, so I decided to pick up a copy. I haven’t gotten to it yet, but it’s near the top of my list.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated Edition) by J. K. Rowling and Jim Kay. Do I even need to explain this one?
An American Family by Khizr Khan. I read this as a digital ARC, and LOVED it. So when I saw that Barnes & Noble had signed copies, I ordered it immediately (on my phone while waiting for a meeting to start, because I COULD NOT WAIT).
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton. This is another book I loved – I listened to the audiobook – and I needed to order another book to get free shipping when I ordered An American Family, so this ended up in my cart.
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks. I was really looking forward to this one, and while I read this mostly in audiobook form, I had preordered a signed copy from BN. I’m glad I did, because there are pictures, and I have a typewriter obsession and love looking at them (because, unlike Tom Hanks, I can’t afford to actually buy them).
Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley. This is the start of the Book Outlet haul. I haven’t read Magonia (the first book in this series) yet, but the books are blurbed by Neil Gaiman and Libba Bray and I have no self-control. Help me.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman. This may or may not be my third copy of American Gods. Don’t judge me. I had a copy, and then I met Neil Gaiman and got a signed copy (because no way was I turning that down), and then I couldn’t resist the amazing mass market paperback cover – it was super cheap, okay? – so now I have three. But I’ve read it twice, so it kind of evens out, right?
American Street by Ibi Zoboi. I keep hearing about this one, so it got added to the huge pile of diverse YA books I need to read.
Buffering by Hannah Hart. I’ve been a fan of Hannah Hart since college (My Drunk Kitchen got me through a lot of late nights), and I’ve heard great things about her memoir. I’m looking forward to reading it.
Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer. I have been slightly obsessed with Jonathan Safran Foer for about twelve years now, ever since I read Everything is Illuminated in high school. I was on the fence about this one, because it’s gotten mixed reviews and the synopsis isn’t as intriguing as those of his other novels, but it was like $8, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan. I just keep buying books in this series and not reading them. I’ve actually convinced other people to read this series, and I have not read it yet. I just need to do it.
Stronger by Jeff Bauman. This book was maybe $2, and I thought I’d pick it up because I love Boston and I’m interested in this story. Jeff Bauman was on Ellen a while back to promote the film adaptation and he is hilarious, and it definitely made me want to read this even more.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. I feel like this is one of those books everyone should read. I’m waiting until I’m in the mood for some historical fiction – which almost always happens around Christmas – because I have so many on my list.
These Ruthless Deeds by Kelly Zekas and Tarun Shanker. Again, haven’t read the first book in this series yet, but it was on sale.
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. I’ve been really into feminist nonfiction this year, and this book just keeps popping up. Obviously, it needed to be added to my collection, and I can’t wait to read it.
That’s it for October! It was a much longer list than I thought (oops), but I’ve either read and enjoyed, or think I will enjoy every single book on this list.
Have you read any of these books? What should I read next? And what books did you haul during the month of October? Let me know in the comments below.