You might have noticed that I’ve changed up my book hauls this year. And that’s because I haven’t been buying twenty books every month this year. I’m not sure what happened. Maybe it has something to do with me trying to save my money for the trip I took in February or a new computer (which I unexpectedly had to order yesterday – this will be the last post written on the computer from which I started this blog!). Or maybe it’s just me seeing how many books I own and realizing I should probably read some of those. Whatever the case, I haven’t bought very many books so far this year, and I kind of like it.
This haul includes all the books I purchased in January, February, and March. Most of these were actually my Book of the Month picks, but I also purchased a few new books that I’m very excited about (which of course means I haven’t read a single one of them – yet).
Things in Jars by Jess Kidd. I don’t remember too much about this one other than the fact I had a review copy and I ended up not really liking it. It sounds like a book I should like, but something about the writing made it hard for me to connect.
When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald. This is one of those books that I was excited about, until all the reviews started coming. I’m still curious, but not enough to read it right away. Wow, this haul isn’t getting off to a great start, is it?
Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire. I absolutely love the Wayward Children series (which starts with Every Heart a Doorway), and I’m very excited about this one, which is the sixth book in the series. It follows one of my favorite characters, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it.
The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré. I’ll be honest, I don’t know too much about this one, but it was one of those books everyone has been talking about. I’ve also been trying to read more authors of color this year (and been kind of failing), so I thought it would be a good idea to pick up one or two more that I can choose from.
The Golem by Gustav Meyrink. I actually bought this in Shakespeare and Synove (Shakespeare and Sons) bookstore in Prague. I thought a piece of classic Czech literature would be a great souvenir, and decided on this one since I already own a Kafka collection and a couple books by Milan Kundera.
The King of Crows by Libba Bray. I have been a fan of Libba Bray since I was in high school (so, over a decade if you have to do the math). And I love the Diviners series, so obviously I had to get a copy of the finale. I haven’t read it quite yet, but I am planning on fitting it in to the OWLs Magical Readathon this month, so it will be soon!
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson. I have still not read an Erik Larson book (I know, I know), but this one sounded too good not to pick up. It’s also massive, and I know I’ll probably do better with the audiobook, but whatever.
A Good Neighbor is Hard to Find by Therese Anne Fowler. The synopsis of this one kind of reminded me of Celeste Ng’s books, which I love, so I thought I’d give this a shot. I’m not too into family dramas, but I’m always willing to take a chance on a good one.
Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance. This was recommended by both Bill Gates and Barack Obama, so obviously, I had to get it. I’m actually currently in the middle of the audiobook. Unfortunately, I’m not loving it – which may be because I’ve already read so many memoirs set in Appalachia – but it is pretty good.
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. I loved Station Eleven, and was excited to see a new book by Emily St. John Mandel was coming out this year. I managed to find a signed copy at Barnes & Noble, so, obviously, I had to order it. Will definitely be reading this soon!
That’s it for this book haul! What books have you added to your library so far this year?