Finally! A reasonably-sized book haul! And by that, I mean twelve books. Which for some of you might seem like a lot, but, for me, it’s progress. This haul does contain a Book Outlet order I made at the end of January (the last of my history-buying binge), but I didn’t order any books from Book Outlet this month, which is probably the first time in at least a year. I’m pretty proud of myself.
The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller. This was my Book of the Month pick for February. This month, they advertised each book with a few key words and I was honestly sold as soon as I saw “feminist” and “light read”.
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang. I passed this one up on BOTM a while back, and I kept coming back to it. I’ve heard a lot of great things since then, so I decided to add it to my February box.
Educated by Tara Westover. I received a digital ARC of this book, and absolutely loved it! (Read my review of Educated here.) It is a really great memoir, one I may actually reread someday, and the cover is one of my favorites, so I had to have a copy.
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson. I started listening to this on audiobook, and loved it so much I needed to pick up a hard copy. Also, I wanted to reference the illustrations and pictures on something other than a PDF. This may have already claimed the spot of my favorite biography.
The Darkling Bride by Laura Anderson. This was kindly sent to me by Random House, and it is exactly the sort of book I was in the mood for. I just started it (though I’ll probably be finished by the time this post goes live), and I’m really enjoying it so far! I should have a review up soon.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. This has been on my TBR for a while now, and I finally decided to pick up a copy. (Not going to lie: my decision was driven by a particularly bad day in which I wanted nothing more than everyone around me to shut up for five minutes. I’m hoping this book might help me cope better with the “world that can’t stop talking”.)
Birth of the Chess Queen: A History by Marilyn Yalom. I really enjoyed Yalom’s A History of the Wife, which explores the role of wives in society throughout history, and have been wanting to read more of her work. This is about how real-life queens influenced the chess queen, and how she got her moves (she did not start out as the most powerful piece on the board).
The Pirate Wars by Peter Earle. I took – and loved – a history of piracy class in college and have read pretty much nothing about piracy since then, which is a shame. This one seemed fairly interesting, and it was cheap, so I picked it up.
Jefferson and Monticello by Jack McLaughlin. I went on a pretty big American history binge over the past few months, and this one kept catching my eye, so I finally got it. Monticello is so fascinating to me (did you know Jefferson hid an illegal billiards table in the dome?), and I do want to learn more about Jefferson.
Edward VII: The Prince of Wales and the Women He Loved by Catherine Arnold. My British history is pretty sparse after Queen Victoria, and I always love a good historical scandal, so I picked up this book about Victoria’s eldest son.
Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire by Shane White. My collection of history and biographies is sadly lacking in diversity (recommendations please!) and this seemed like an interesting place to start. I’d never heard of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, but I am now intensely curious about how a possible former slave amassed a fortune equivalent to $50 million today and had enough power to challenge Cornelius Vanderbilt himself. Just after the Civil War, no less.
Hannibal by Patrick N. Hunt. I spent years studying European and world history and somehow managed to learn very little about Hannibal. I figured I’d add this to my collection since I seem to be going through a biography phase lately.
Have you read any of these books? Are there any you would like to see reviews of?