Hey, remember that post yesterday when I said I wasn’t going to do as many book hauls this year? And that I wasn’t going to buy as many books? Well, that clearly didn’t apply to the month of December. Because I still have one big haul before the hauls (hopefully) slow down. This is the last bunch of books I picked up before the end of 2019:
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker. This is on my 2020 Reading List because 1. Bill Gates recommended it and I want to read everything he recommends because it’s usually amazing, and 2. I really need to get better about sleeping (a lesson I never learn, even though I’m exhausted when I don’t go to bed on time).
The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang. This is the only book I got for Christmas this year. To be fair, my family and friends know I have a ridiculous number of books, so they tend to just not get me any because I probably already own it. But not this one! I loved The Poppy War earlier last year, so I’m excited to get to this one (probably not that soon, if we’re being honest).
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand. I saw a discounted copy of this and grabbed it with the intentions of reading it around the holidays (since it’s a retelling of A Christmas Carol). Obviously that didn’t happen, but there’s always this year!
The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen. I’ve mentioned my trip to Prague next month, but the original plan was Copenhagen. Which obviously necessitated the reading of Hans Christian Anderson. (Don’t worry, my Prague-themed reading list is coming soon. In case anyone but me cares.)
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand. I have not yet read Claire Legrand, but I’ve heard great things about this one. I do like throwing in a few YA horror books around Halloween, so I might plan to pick this up then.
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner. I loved The Serpent King when I read it a few years ago, and I’ve been meaning to read this one. I was so happy to grab a copy, and I think I’ll pick it up next time I’m in the mood for YA.
Under the Black Flag by David Cordingly. This was required reading for my History of Piracy class back in college (yes, I really did take an entire college course on the history of piracy, and yes, it was amazing). But I don’t know what happened to my copy. So I decided to pick up another. You know, in case I ever write a book about pirates and the internet isn’t a good enough research tool.
Silence by Shūsaku Endō. I genuinely don’t remember why I picked this up. Probably because it sounded interesting and I want to read more books set in different countries. And more books with philosophical elements. Seriously, no idea. But it sounds good!
Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister. I need to read more Rebecca Traister (I also have – and have not yet read – her book, All the Single Ladies about why women are staying single longer) because I am definitely good and mad about a lot of things going on in the world. And maybe this will help me direct that in a more productive direction.
Slayer by Kiersten White. I am definitely a Buffy fan. BUT this is now the fifth book I own by Kiersten White, all of which I HAVE NOT READ. You see why I need to buy fewer books this year.
Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali. I’ve heard good things about this one, but I also wanted to pick it up for a blog post project later in the year. So this one is definitely (unofficially) on my reading list for 2020. I hope.
That’s it for this book haul! Hopefully it won’t be too long before my next one (in case you missed it, I’m stopping monthly book hauls in exchange for hauls whenever I’ve bought enough books to justify one).
Which of these do you think I should pick up first?