November Book Haul

November was a good month for book buying. And by that, I mean I bought far too many of them. Again. Are we surprised? Since I encountered a major reading slump in November, I still got to celebrate Nonfiction November by buying a lot of nonfiction books. That counts, right?

Here are the books I bought in November:

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne. This was my Book of the Month pick for November. I am ashamed to say I haven’t read any John Boyne yet, but I am looking forward to fixing that soon. 

Becoming by Michelle Obama. This is probably one of my most anticipated books of the year, and I was so excited to finally get my hands on it. I can’t wait to read it. 

Life in a Medieval Castle by Joseph Gies and Frances Gies. I picked up the rest of this series on Book Outlet in October, and wanted to complete it, so I decided to order this one. I am really excited to delve into some medieval history in 2019. 

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. I’ve been seeing this everywhere this year, and I finally bit the bullet and got myself a copy. The cover was just too gorgeous to resist. 

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks. I went to Catholic school for twelve years, so I’ve had my fair share of biblical history. But for some reason (fine, it’s gold) this book caught my attention. It was a Book Outlet impulse buy. But I am curious enough to read it. Hopefully sometime soon.

Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr by Nancy Isenberg. An Aaron Burr biography by the woman who wrote White Trash? I’m definitely intrigued. 

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. Funny story: I’m pretty sure I already own a copy of this. Which did not prevent me from accidentally buying two copies last month (in two separate orders). I just got so excited to see it on Book Outlet that I might have kind of blacked out. We’re not going to talk about it. 

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I loved this, and it is definitely one I want to have on my shelf alongside We Should All Be Feminists

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. This was an Our Shared Shelf pick a while back, and I’ve been meaning to read it since. So when I saw it on Book Outlet, I decided to grab a copy. 

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon. I am going to read The Bone Season next year, I swear. But I could not resist the matching edition of book three, because I am not a fan of the cover change. 

The Illustrated Walden by Henry David Thoreau. I love Walden and was excited to add an illustrated edition to my collection. 

Botanical Shakespeare: An Illustrated Compendium of all the Flowers, Fruits, Herbs, Trees, Seeds and Grasses Cited by the World’s Greatest Playwright by Gerit Quealy and Sumie Hasegawa Collins. I’m over halfway through reading my way through Shakespeare, and thought this would be an interesting book to read along side the rest of his plays. 

The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures by William deBuys. I recently discovered that unicorns were real! And yes, I am completely serious (they just weren’t the pretty white horses we imagine). Naturally, I have to find out more. 

A Primate’s Memoir: A Neuroscientist’s Unconventional Life Among the Baboons by Robert M. Sapolsky. This has been on my TBR for a while, and I was excited to find a copy on Book Outlet. 

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery. I’ve heard wonderful things about this book. And I’m looking forward to reading it. 

Bring Back the King: The New Sciences of De-Extinction by Helen Pilcher. As much as I love Jurassic Park, I think it is a really bad idea. But that doesn’t mean I’m not curious about de-extinction. Let’s just bring back unicorns instead of dinosaurs, okay?

The Tyrannosaur Chronicles by David Hone. Clearly, I went through a bit of a dinosaur phase last month, and I am not mad about it. Because dinosaurs are awesome. 


That’s my haul for November! Have you read any of these books? Are there any I must read as soon as possible? Let me know in the comments. 

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