Hey, everyone! Today I bring to you my October book haul, which I’m slightly ashamed of. I was doing so well the previous few months when it came to buying books. But, for some reason, my reading picked up in October, and so did my book-buying. I’m going to try and do better in November because this is probably my biggest haul in about a year. Also just a note: this post will probably be picture-heavy. Just a heads-up!
So, without further ado, let’s get started.
Books I Bought Myself
So, ever since Labyrinth Lost came out, I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. It was super cheap on Amazon, and I had to order something for my dorm so I ended up getting this too. Latinx witches, fantasy, culture, bad-assery; there’s little else I want from a book. I hope to get to it this November or December, so keep an eye out for my review!
I also bought (and read) Beast by Brie Spangler, which is a contemporary Beauty & the Beast retelling, and the beauty is a trans girl. I really enjoyed this book. You can find my review here.
I also read and reviewed More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera. Really loved this book – I’d heard such great things, so when I went to the Victoria Schwab signing near the beginning of October, I grabbed myself a copy of this too. The cover’s so pretty!
I feel like I should justify why I bought myself a third copy of Chamber of Secrets, but you all understand, right? This isn’t just an ordinary copy – it’s an illustrated explosion of beauty and awesomeness. I re-read this book in October, and the illustrations give it a whole new layer. It’s almost like re-living the magic again, and what else does a Harry Potter fan want?
I read and enjoyed the first book in Susan Ee’s dystopian series, so I bought myself books 2 and 3. They were both $4 each on Amazon, and I couldn’t pass up on that deal. At V.E. Schwab’s signing, you’re required to buy a book to enter, and since The Archived and The Unbound were the only Schwab books I didn’t own, I bought those and got them signed. I saw a copy of Rani Patel in Full Effect at the Strand bookstore, and it sounded great so I bought it. I didn’t enjoy it though- here’s my full review.
I’m not usually one for reading non-fiction, let alone celebrity autobiographies, but come on- this is Zayn we’re talking about. If you don’t know, I’m kind of obsessed with him, so when I found out that he was going to be releasing a biopic, I jumped on the opportunity and pre-ordered it. Technically, this should be in my November haul, but since I’m doing one now, what he heck?
I read this in one day, and I swear, it’s incredibly moving. High production – there are glossy photos throughout, as well as handwritten notes and lyric explanations. I have a full review coming up soon, so look out for that. Meanwhile, appreciate his (and the book’s) beauty.
Book of the Month Subscription Box
I mentioned in my wrap-up that I got rid of my Owlcrate subscription because I didn’t think I was getting the value that I was paying for. I didn’t use any of the extra stuff they were sending me, and I also thought that the quality had dropped significantly. So this month, I decided to try the Book of the Month subscription box, and I’m super happy with this one so far.
I’ve been meaning to diversify my reading in terms of genre as well. I realized that I enjoy adult fiction a lot- I just don’t often know where to start. This way, I get to choose what book I want but it’s still from a limited pool. The Wonder was the book I picked, and since I’d heard such great things about the Nightingale, I added that to my box for $9.99!
My floor at my internship at Macmillan has a cart full of free books that are available for any employee to take home. I’d never perused the cart before, but I immediately spotted this and snagged it. I haven’t read the first book in this series, but I do own a copy- they’re ridiculously expensive (not ridiculously, given the size of them) so I’m glad I got this as a freebie!
ARCs and Review Books
Okay so when I sent in a review request for History is All You Left Me, I couldn’t imagine in my wildest dreams that I’d be accepted- simply because Silvera’s become a really well-known author. But they sent me a copy and I’m so excited to be able to read this early. If it’s half as good as More Happy than Not, I know I’ll love it. A List of Cages was also sent to me after I put in a request. It sounds moving and incredible, so I hope to get to it soon.
I received The Glorious Heresies from the Blogging for Books platform. The last book I requested from them was Dark Matter by Blake Crouch- which is probably one of my favorite books of the year, so I’m excited to get to this one too. It has wonderful reviews!
I haven’t read any of the books I requested in October, but I’m super excited to get to them. Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought of them!