October Book Haul

book haul

It’s time for another book haul! If you’ve missed my ridiculously long book hauls, you’re in luck! Because this is one of them. I feel like it’s been a while since I when this crazy (probably not true, but I’m too lazy to go back and look). But I just got super excited about these books, and I didn’t pay full price for a single one of them. I have no regrets.

Here are all the books I bought in October:

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton. This was my Book of the Month pick for October. I’ve read a Kate Morton book before, and really enjoyed it. I don’t totally know what this is about, but I just couldn’t resist Victorian historical fiction with a contemporary timeline woven in. It’s one of my favorite things, and it’s been way too long.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I obviously needed the special edition. And it’s beautiful. (And signed!)

Sons of Ares by Pierce Brown and Rik Hoskin. This is a graphic novel prequel in the Red Rising series. I was so looking forward to this one, but, unfortunately, I didn’t love it.

Saga Vol. 9 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. I have high hopes for binging the last two installments of Saga, so I picked this up so I’d have it on hand.

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zuzak. I couldn’t walk past a signed copy of this in Target and not buy it. I don’t even know that much about what it’s about, but I like Markus Zuzak and signed books are my kryptonite.

The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker. This is one of those books that just keeps catching my eye, and it ended up in my Book Outlet cart. I have no idea how.

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai. I read this last year (I think) and really enjoyed it. And if we know anything, it’s that I have to own books I enjoy. Also that I have no self control when it comes to books. But I’m well on my way to living in a library and I have no regrets.

I Stop Somewhere by T. E. Carter. This is a YA book about assault. I’ve been trying to read more YA lately. Well, YA that I think might be important. And I’ve heard good things about it. Plus, Book Outlet. So now I own it.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. I was very on the fence about this one. It got a lot of mixed reviews from people I generally trust, so I’m just not sure. But, ultimately, I saw it on Book Outlet and decided I wanted to read it for myself. I was just too curious.

Roses and Rot by Kat Howard. This has been on my radar for a while, and I finally picked it up. I am always up for a dark fairy-tale inspired fantasy.

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard. We’re not going to talk about how I didn’t realize this was by the same author until just now. I literally purchased them in the same order. Clearly, I have a problem. And I need to read some Kat Howard. Soon.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I liked The Secret History (not as much as everyone else), but I’ve been putting this one off for a while. But it was directly recommended to me, and it was on Book Outlet, so I decided to finally give it a shot. Eventually.

The Lost Tudor Princess by Alison Weir. I am already having Weir withdrawals and have been wanting to pick up some of her older work, so I decided to give this one a shot.

Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman. I do really want to squeeze another biography in this year (hopefully for Nonfiction November), and realized I have not read a single biography of a woman this year. Since I love Charlotte Brontë, I thought this would be a good opportunity to read this one. Plus, it’s nice and short compared to the other biographies on my shelf (that I’ll get to one day).

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsay Fitzharris. Also hoping to read this one in November. Ever since I started working in a medical school, I have been gravitating towards more medical nonfiction. I also love Victorian anything, and this one had great reviews.

The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates. I have yet to read Coates, though I won at least one (maybe two) of his books. But I am really curious about his work, and I’m really into memoirs at the moment.

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones. Despite my lifelong fascinating with the Tudors, I don’t have a very good understanding of the Wars of the Roses. What better way to learn than a book?

Victoria The Queen by Julia Baird. I read and loved this one about two years ago, but biographies are expensive, you guys. So when I saw it on Book Outlet, I needed to get it. And I am excited to add more female biographies to my shelf.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. I have almost picked this one up so many times, but never did. And then the paperback came out, but I liked the hardcover cover better (I’m a bit of a cover snob, sue me). And then I found it on Book Outlet! So now it’s mine.

The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting by Alanna Okun. Another book I was on the fence about, but BookTube (specifically A Book Olive) convinced me to pick this up. I like knitting and what it can mean, so I’m curious.

The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman. Again, I blame Olive and her obsession with birds. I just couldn’t resist.

Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth by Mark Peyser and Timothy Dwyer. I love Eleanor Roosevelt. I couldn’t resist that title. And it was only $5.

Life in a Medieval City and Life in a Medieval Village by Joseph Gies and Frances Gies. I’ve always been curious about everything Medieval, and these caught my eye. For less than $5 each, how was I supposed to resist. I am planning on picking up the third part of this series (Life in a Medieval Castle), because Book Outlet didn’t have it.

London and Paris by Edward Rutherfurd. I’ve been slowly collecting Rutherfurd books, and these two were at the top of my list. And Book Outlet finally had them in stock! I need to make these a priority next year, because I’ve heard such great things.


I hope you enjoyed reading this haul! I’m excited about all of these books. Let me know in the comments: which of these do I definitely need to read by the end of the year?

And, in case you think I’ve gone completely insane, be sure to read my post about Why I Buy So Many Books. Because I am not stopping anytime soon.

15 thoughts on “October Book Haul

  1. My mother in law gave me her copy of the goldfinch to read recently and it’s sat on my shelf looking at me wondering why I haven’t opened it yet. The trouble is it’s massive and I can’t help thinking that I could read at least two other books in the same….. I didn’t used to think like that before I had children, now my reading time is precious!!!

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    1. I completely understand. I put off big books as well. My new technique is listening to big books on audio while I read other things. Because then, even if it takes me months, I’m still reading lots of other books in the meantime.

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    1. I really loved This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay and When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. (They’re both memoirs, but do go into a lot of medical things.) Currently, I’m reading When the Air Hits Your Brain by Frank Vertosick (about neurosurgery) and really enjoying that as well.

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