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)
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!