I think I did pretty well this month. I didn’t go crazy and buy forty books (again), but I still acquired fifteen books in March. Which I don’t feel too bad about because I read fourteen. So it kind of evens out, right?
Here are the books I added to my library in March:
Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson. This was my Book of the Month pick for March, and for once, I have already read it! It’s a thriller about a woman who happens to see the trophy of a boy who was murdered in her neighbor’s house. I’ll be reviewing it soon, so I won’t go too much into it, but it was interesting.
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing. I’m gradually becoming a big fan of thrillers, and this is one of the best I’ve read. I had a digital ARC, so, naturally, I needed to buy myself a copy. I’m really glad I did, because the cover is really cool. Even though the spine creeps me (it’s watching me from the shelf).
Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince by V. E. Schwab. Obviously, I need everything V. E. Schwab, so I preordered her new comic set in the Shades of Magic universe. I am planning on reading this soon, but I think I’m just worried it wont live up to the series.
A Gathering of Shadows (Collector’s Edition) by V. E. Schwab. If you don’t know already, I am a book hoarder. So even though I already own a signed copy of this book, I needed the special edition with the black cover. And then I saw the rose gold BN Collector’s Edition, and I needed that, too.
Devil on the Cross by Ngugi Thiong’o. This book was not even close to being on my radar. But a few weeks ago, I saw an article about this author, who is a distinguished professor at the university where I work. He wrote it on toilet paper in prison after he was incarcerated in Kenya for his controversial writings.
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal. I swore I already owned this book, but it turns out I did not. Which is better than my usual habit of not realizing I own a book and buying multiples. I’m interested, and I really want to know the answer to this question. My hypothesis: we are not smart enough to know how smart animals are.
The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth’s Ultimate Trophy by Paige Williams. Combining my obsessions with dinosaurs and true crime? Yes, please! Also, I just kind of want to know how I can acquire and sell a dinosaur skeleton and make a million dollars. Because that sounds fun.
The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace. I never thought I’d be so excited about poetry, but I really love this series. I will read as many of them as she writes. I haven’t read this one quite yet, but I’m definitely planning on getting to it in April.
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo. I recently read and loved The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo, so when I saw this on Book Outlet, I immediately jumped on it. To be honest, I’m not quite sure what it’s about, but I love Choo’s writing, so I’m sure it’ll be great.
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Use and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong. Give me a blurb by Bill Gates, and I’m in. Seriously, he has the best recommendations, and I’m definitely curious about this one. Though I’m not really looking forward to reading about the tiny bugs in my eyelashes.
The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton. King Lear is one of my top two Shakespeare plays, so I was really excited to read this retelling. Fun story: I thought I got an ARC via NetGalley, but it turned out to just be a sample chapter and I was kind of bitter, and put off reading it. But I’m glad I waited, because I managed to snag this on Book Outlet.
Sadie by Courtney Summers. This is one of those books everyone and their mother has been talking about for months, and curiosity finally got the best of me. Also, it was on Book Outlet, so win!
The Dragon Behind the Glass: A True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World’s Most Coveted Fish by Emily Voigt. I’ve kind of been on a nature nonfiction kick lately, and this one caught my eye on Book Outlet. I thought I should eventually venture beyond dinosaurs at some point, and what better than fish? Mostly, I just want to know more about how a single fish was worth $150,000. (Side note: did you know pet detectives are a thing? Because I didn’t.)
Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. What book haul of mine would be complete without a history book? I’ve been almost buying this one for months, so I finally did it. Because I’m always down for obscure history, and I’ve been really into American history lately, so why not?
That’s it for my March book haul! I don’t think I did too bad, especially since I have already read a few of these. Let me know in the comments: which of these books do you think I should pick up first?