Another month is over, which means it is time for another book haul! I didn’t go too crazy in November because not only are the holidays coming up, I have an international trip quickly approaching, so I needed to not spend all my money on books. But I still bought a few I’m pretty excited about. Here’s what I added to my shelves in November:
The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan. I actually had a hard time deciding on my Book of the Month pick for November, but, ultimately, I decided to go with this one. I think mental health is an important issue, and definitely something I want to read more about.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. This is one of my most anticipated books of the year, so of course I picked up a copy. I just finished it and absolutely loved it. Such a great book!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Yes, I already own a copy of The Night Circus. It’s one of my favorite books. So, when my book club chose it for our December/January read, I used it as an excuse to buy myself a special edition (I got this one on Amazon – its fairly inexpensive, but it’s gorgeous and also available on Book Depository). I love it, and I’m so excited to read it!
The Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay. I really enjoyed Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt last year, so when I saw he had a new book out, I knew I needed to check it out. It helps that it’s a Christmas-related book, so I have to read it this month.
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire. I’ve loved every Seanan McGuire book I’ve read so far, so when I saw this one on Book Outlet, I knew I needed to pick it up. I probably won’t get to it until next year, but I’m very excited to read it.
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim. This is just one of those books I keep hearing about everywhere. I did kind of regret not picking it as my Book of the Month a month or two ago. I saw it on Book Outlet, so I picked up a copy.
The Overstory by Richard Powers. This book has been on my radar for a while, and I decided I wanted to pick up a copy when I saw that it had won the Pulitzer Prize. Ok, it was really because Emilia Clark liked it.
Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky. Yes, I am fully aware this is a weird pick. But it’s been on my mental TBR since I took a history of piracy course in college and my professor raved about this book. I’ve also been wanting to read a few micro histories, and this one looks great (I also have micro histories about salt – also by Kurlansky – and rats).
An Unrestored Woman by Shobha Rao. Short stories are, unfortunately, not really my thing. But I do want to read more of them because I know so many of them are good. This is a collection of twelve paired stories that take place during the creation of India and Pakistan. I’ve heard good things, so I’m hoping it will get me back into reading short fiction.
The Girl King by Mimi Yu. This one has gotten mixed reviews, but I’m still interested in giving it a try. I’m always up for good female-centered fantasy.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I recently read Mary Shelley’s The Last Man and enjoyed it so much more than I was expecting. Which made me want to read Frankenstein again. Since I can’t find my copy from college, I decided to pick up a new one. (Book sales are my weakness.)
That’s it for this month! Which of these books do you think I should read first? Did you acquire any new books in November? Let me know in the comments!