April Book Haul

Book Haul

It’s time for another book haul! This month, I did go a little crazy with not one, but two Book Outlet orders and ended up with nineteen new books. Three (and a half) of which I’ve already read. And only two of them are sequels to books I haven’t read yet. Baby steps, right?

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

Normal People by Sally Rooney. This was my Book of the Month pick for April. I’ve been seeing this around quite a bit, and I’m definitely curious. Plus, it made the longest for the Women’s Prize for Fiction this year, and I tend to love those books.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou. Something you should know about me: if I listen to a book on audio and enjoy it, I almost always end up buying a physical copy. Which is exactly what happened with this one. It was just really fascinating, and I think I might want to go back to it once all of the Theranos movies start coming out.

The Killer in Me by Olivia Kiernan. Detective thrillers aren’t usually my thing, but I did enjoy the first book in this series. I’m looking forward to reading more.

The Last Man by Mary Shelley. I love Mary Shelley, and Frankenstein, and I thought it might be interesting to read more of her work.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He. I definitely fell for the hype (and the beautiful cover). And of course, I haven’t read it yet. But I will. Eventually.

The Anatomy of Dreams by Chloe Benjamin. The Immortalists was one of my favorite books of 2018, and I’ve been meaning to read Benjamins debut novel. I honestly have no idea what this is about, but I love her writing so much that I don’t really care.

The Marriage Game: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth I by Alison Weir. I’ve been a fan of Alison Weir for about a decade at this point. I love her fiction and nonfiction, but I really want to read more of her novels outside of the Six Tudor Queens series – I love them, but there’s more to read. And I’ve always been fascinated by Elizabeth I.

Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) by Victor Hugo. I won’t lie, I picked this up after the Notre Dame fire. I’m pretty sensitive to the loss of history, and I couldn’t help but feel sad (the fact that I had literally read about the burning of the fictional Kingsbridge cathedral – in The Pillars of the Earth – the same day didn’t help). Also, I’ve never read anything by Victor Hugo, and this seemed a little less intimidating than Les Mis (we just won’t talk about my three copies of that one).

NeuroLogic: The Brain’s Hidden Rationale Behind Our Irrational Behavior by Eliezer Sternberg. Maybe I will finally understand why I buy so many books. Seriously, I probably should not surround myself with so many stacks of books when I live so close to a fault line. If there’s an earthquake, I might die under a pile of books.

The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist’s Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain by James Fallon. For someone who watches a lot of documentaries about psychopaths, I’ve read very little about them. What exactly is a psychopath? I thought it might be interesting to find out from someone who is both a neuroscientist and an actual psychopath.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. I still haven’t read The Nightingale, even though it’s been on my shelves for years, but I couldn’t resist this one on Book Outlet. I keep buying historical fiction I think I’ll love, and then not reading it because I know it’ll make me cry.

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood. Margaret Atwood? Yes. Shakespeare retelling? Also yes. I had to.

The Brain Defense: Murder in Manhattan and the Dawn of Neuroscience in America’s Courtrooms by Kevin Davis. This combines two of my favorite things: neuroscience and true crime. I’m especially fascinated with the brain chemistry of murderers, so I feel like this one will turn out to be very interesting.

Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart. I read this one a while ago (I think I borrowed the ebook from the library), and saw the hardcover for less than $2 on Book Outlet. Why am I compelled to own every book I’ve ever read (and about a thousand I haven’t yet read)?

Winter of the World by Ken Follett. I just finished my first Ken Follett book, The Pillars of the Earth, and loved it. I’ve been gradually collecting the Century Trilogy from discount bookstores, and finally found book two! So now I can binge read this intimidating historical fiction series. Just not right now. (Seriously, The Pillars of the Earth is a 40-hour audiobook and it destroyed me. I’m not ready.)

The Clothing of Books by Jhumpa Lahiri. I am not just a bibliophile in the sense that I love the stories of books, I truly love the entire package. And I’m really curious to see what Lahiri has to say about the external design of books.

The Sea Queen by Linnea Hartsuyker. Okay, this is the second book in a series I haven’t started yet. Don’t judge me. I have a problem. Also the covers are so good! Plus, vikings. I needed it, okay?

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. I am planning on finishing the Binti series soon, and want to read more by Nnedi Okorafor because I love her writing. Not just because her cat has the best Twitter.

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Yet another book I read and loved and needed to own. This one is just as good as We Should All Be Feminists.

That’s it for this month! Which book(s) from this haul do you think I should read first?

15 thoughts on “April Book Haul

  1. I can highly recommend Winter World by Ken Follet, the whole series is very good, although it is a trilogy to be read in order, the author did say you could read them out of sequence as a family secret hinted at in a latter book is explained in an earlier one.

    In a side not you were not the only one to by the Hunchback of Notre Dame the week of the fire as it was the number one book in France that week. https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/17/the-hunchback-of-notre-dame-book-tops-bestseller-list-fire?CMP=share_btn_tw&__twitter_impression=true

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    1. Good to know. I might try to read them in order, just because I know there is a lot going on and reading it chronologically might help.

      And I definitely wasn’t the only one buying that book! I spent time trying to find the best translation, and it was sold out in the US for over a week.


  2. Ooooh I want to read ‘Normal People’ so bad! I hope you like it☺️ and don’t feel ashamed about the multiple les mis copies😉 I have wanted to read it for so long but I just can’t, it’s too big, I can’t do it😂

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  3. Oooh, I’m interested in The Last Man, too. I finally got a copy of “Herland” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman as the only thing of hers I had read was “The Yellow Wallpaper.”

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  4. Pillars of the Earth has a sequel, World without End which is also pretty good. I love Follett. I have only read the first book of the century novels but definitely have plans to read more. Good list. Adding some to my own TBR now.

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    1. Thanks! I do want to read the rest of that series (there’s a third book in the Kingsbridge series, too – A Column of Fire). But it might take me a while. Those books are huge, and The Pillars of the Earth was a pretty painful read (in a good way). Plus, I already have the entire Century trilogy, so I might start there. Thanks! And good luck with your TBR.

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  5. Book Outlet gets me every time too! Normal People is phenomenal and I also added The Hunchback of Notre Dame to my TBR after the fire. Hope you enjoy this excellent haul!

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