January Book Haul – Nonfiction About Plagues, Books, and Breakups

It’s time for another book haul! January was not just a great reading month, it was also a pretty good month fo hauling books. I added quite a few to my collection that I’ve been wanting to read for a while. This might be a decently long list, but I hope you’ll forgive me if I keep this short – it’s been a really long week.

Here are all the books I added to my library in January:

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo. I actually already had a digital ARC of this one, but I am so glad I decided to make it my Book of the Month – I already started reading it, and I am loving it so far! My review will be up very soon – likely later this week, so keep an eye out for that.

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne. I’ve been looking forward to more from Sally Thorne ever since I read The Hating Game. Obviously, I had to preorder this one. Excited to read it this month!

Frankenstein of Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi. I keep seeing this around, and I have been wanting to read more books set in the Middle East. So it ended up in my cart on Book Outlet.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding. This is one of my favorite assigned reading, but I haven’t read it since my freshman year of high school. So, out sixteen years. I’ve been meaning to read it, and I couldn’t resist an edition with a forward by Stephen King.

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis. I’ve loved everything I’ve read so far from Mindy McGinnis, so I thought it would be cool to pick up a new book, and this is the one I was most attracted to.

The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance by Anders Rydell. The history nerd in me has always been fascinated (and devastated) by how much the Nazis looted and destroyed. So many things were lost. And now I need to read this so I can find out if the books were returned to their rightful homes!

The Dry & The Force of Nature by Jane Harper. I’ve only read one detective mystery, and I liked it so much more than I thought I would. I’ve heard good things about this series, so I thought I’d give them a shot. Blame Book Outlet.

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner. I tend to like Booker Prize winners or nominees, and this was on that list. I was curious. I bought it. We’ll see.

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss. I really enjoyed Jekyll and Hyde, and was pretty curious about this retelling.

Dr. Mütter’s Marvel’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz. I have been on a science/medicine nonfiction kick lately, and this one sounds really interesting. Kind of like The Butchering Art – maybe I’ll try and read them both around the same time to compare?

The Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Hott. I was a fan of Hidden Figures (the book and the movie), so – more women in science, please!

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese Oneill. If you’ve ever read a book or watch a movie set during the Victorian Era, you might have wondered about things like what women did during that time of the month (surely not all of them were perpetually pregnant). I’m definitely curious (mostly because I want to know if I could have survived back then without being constantly annoyed).

Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao. This is one of those books I don’t know too much about, but I keep hearing great things about. It also fits into one of the challenges I’m low-key participating in this year, so I picked it up.

The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe by Elaine Showalter. I need to read more biographies by and about women, and this one caught my eye. Julia Ward Howe wrote “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” (you know, “Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!”) and was also an early feminist and I want to learn more.

The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act by Clay Risen. We all know how important the Civil Rights Act is (hint: very). Really, I just want to learn more about a part of American history I could stand to know more about.

It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History by Jennifer Wright. This just sounded fun.

Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright. This has been on my TBR for a while, and I’m glad I finally picked up a copy. I’m kind of fascinated by plagues (ask me about cats and the Black Plague sometime), but I’ve never really learned much about the people who fought them.

That’s it for my January book haul! I think this is a good one – I’m excited to read all of these books. Which one do you think I should read first?

7 thoughts on “January Book Haul – Nonfiction About Plagues, Books, and Breakups

  1. Given to the Sea sounds like a good read, and The Mars Room is just full of a kind of “science-fiction feel” that ups casual browsers’ interest factor toward it. The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance does sound intriguing, and it’s a topic I’d like to know more of. This is a huge book haul full of interesting books. Happy reading!

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