December Book Haul

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This month’s haul is a combination of Christmas gifts, a post-Hamilton history binge, and Book Outlet’s Black Friday Sale. So there are quite a few books here. But there are a lot that I am very excited about, and a few that have been on my TBR for years.

The English Wife by Lauren Willig. I was a huge fan of Lauren Willig during my first few years of college, and have been meaning to read another book of hers for a while. So I chose this as my December Book of the Month.

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay. I loved this memoir of a junior doctor. It was funny and poignant and really well-written. I am so glad I decided to read it. You can read my full review of This is Going to Hurt, if you want to find out more.

Gerald’s Game by Stephen King. I watched the Netflix adaptation a few months ago, and enjoyed it (even if I did close my eyes through a few parts). I wasn’t planning on reading it, but when I saw it on Book Outlet, I decided to grab a copy. I always like having a few unread King books on hand.

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King. This is another one I was on the fence about, because I’d heard some mixed reviews. But, ultimately, I do really enjoy Stephen King’s short stories, so I thought I’d give this a shot.

The Enchanted Wanderer by Nikolai Leskbov. This was a bit of an impulse buy. I’ve been meaning to get back into Russian literature – I don’t think I’ve read any since War and Peace – and thought it might be interesting to pick up something by an author I don’t know.

The Leavers by Lisa Ko. I kept coming back to this book, but I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to read it. But it was on Book Outlet, and we all know I have no self-control when it comes to discounted books.

Ghostwritten by Isabel Wolff. I don’t know too much about this one, but the synopsis was fairly intriguing, and I want to start picking up more books that aren’t that popular.

The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu. I’ve heard such great things about Ken Liu’s writing, and it’s been a while since I’ve read a short story collection, so I picked this up.

Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan. I already owned the first four books in this series, so what’s one more? I just couldn’t resist when I saw the hardcover on Book Outlet. Now my collection is complete! I just need to read it.

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson. I keep hearing about this one, and I do want to read more thrillers this year.

In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. See above.

To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Collin. This book kept catching my eye on Book Outlet, so I decided to finally order it.

No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal. I kept seeing this one around while searching for more diverse books to read. I really love stories about immigrants, and am looking forward to reading this one.

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid. One thing that’s lacking in my collection are “beach reads”. I do occasionally like a light, fluffy read, and this seems like one with some depth to it. Plus, I always enjoy reading books about people my own age, because I feel like I don’t read enough of them.

The Atlas of Love by Laurie Frankel. I got this for basically the same reason I bought One True Loves. But this has the added appeal of being more about friendship than romance, and I just really need a book like that.

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve almost bought this book. So I finally did it (because Book Outlet).

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell. This was another impulse buy, but I kept seeing it everywhere, and it’s been a while since I’ve read a good YA fantasy. And I couldn’t resist the cover.

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky. This has been on my TBR for years, so I was really excited to find it on Book Outlet. Yes, I am a total nerd, and want to read about the history of salt.

White Trash: The 400-year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg. This is another book I’ve been wanting to read for a while, and was excited to find on Book Outlet.

Venice: A New History by Thomas F. Madden. I have always been curious about Venice, and this seemed like it would be an interesting read. I have a few biographies of places, and they always intrigue me.

Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow. I loved Hamilton, and I am always interested in George Washington, so I was glad to see this on Book Outlet. I am hoping to read it this year, but we’ll see.

War of Two: The Dark Mystery of the Duel Between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, and Its Legacy for America by John Sedgewick. What can I say? I’m obsessed.

Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt. I’ve heard great things about this one, so when I saw it on Book Outlet, it landed in my cart. (No idea how…)

The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government by Fergus M. Bordewich. Seriously, obsessed. I cannot get enough of early American history right now.

The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America by Ernest Freeberg. I’ve been interested in Edison for a while (an interest that peaked when I read The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore)

Christmas Gifts

I actually got some books that I didn’t buy for myself! Ok, fine, my parents asked me what I wanted and then just gave my money to buy my own gifts. So I guess, technically, I did buy these. But it wasn’t my money, and I still had to unwrap them on Christmas, so it doesn’t count, right?

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman. I’ve been wanting to read this for a while, so I’m really glad I finally added it to my collection. I’m looking forward to reading it soon!

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I finally got this one, and I can’t wait to read it. I’ve heard such great things, and I knew it was time to knock it off my TBR when I saw they’re making a movie with Daisy Ridley.

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu. I need more epic fantasy in my life, and if that epic fantasy is diverse, even better. It also seems like there’s a big political component to this book, and I am here for that.

The Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemsin. Speaking of diverse fantasy… I need to read this. I bought the bind-up, which is MASSIVE, but I’m excited.

I did not realize how big this haul was until I typed them all up like this. Oops. But I am really excited to get to these books, especially since I am reading whatever I want this year. And I want to read these.

Did you receive any good books over the holidays? Let me know in the comments!

19 thoughts on “December Book Haul

  1. Maus is outstanding. Really powerful. Hope you enjoy it!

    Never heard of Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History before, but that sounds like an absolutely fascinating read. One of those topics I never actually thought about, but now I see there’s a book about the subject, I’m curious to learn more. Will look out for it.

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  2. No One Can Pronounce My Name sounds intriguing! Also I’ve heard good things about Salt: A World History and Cannibalism, look forward to your reviews! x

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      1. Yeah the book has a lot of elements that are deeply literary. It’s very internal and the way they describe and show the noise is very specific. I’m not sure how it’ll translate to film, but it’s got a great cast and the author is involved so I’m optimistic. =]

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    1. I’m excited to read it. And if you’re looking for something creepy, I recently read The Dark Half and really enjoyed it. And The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is one of my favorites. Not as well-known, but great!

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      1. I’ve never heard of both of those books! The Dark Half looks really old but had lots of good ratings, and The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon seems intriguing as well. I definitely will check it out in the future 🙂

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