Book Haul - March 2015
March is almost over, so I suppose it's the time of month where I fess up and tell you about all the books I've bought throughout the month. There's been a lot... I don't even feel bad. Let's get started.
First up, ever since I learned about these Penguin editions of the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, I have been obsessed with collecting them. These are the ones I have accumulated between February and March. I have every intention of getting all 7. The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books, and for some reason, I haven't read any other of Fitzgerald's books. I plan to rectify that soon... with these beautiful hardcover editions.
I've been feeling a little smothered by all the Young Adult reading I've been doing lately, so I decided to add some adult literary fiction titles to my book shelf. First up, two classics: Slaughterhouse-Five (one I'm ashamed I haven't read yet) and Candide by Voltaire. This edition of Candide is the Penguin Deluxe Edition which has a little comic on the front cover. So cute! The next two were impulse buys while I was at Barnes and Noble. They were in the Nobel Peace Prize / other award winning section, which is where I tend to gravitate towards every time I am there. Blindness by Jose Saramago is an adult horror dystopian novel where a town is struck by an epidemic of "white blindness". It sounds extremely interesting and scary. I can't wait to read it! Next, I picked up A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan based solely on the premise of an ex-punk rocker turned record executive becoming a mentor to a young female employee of his. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey has been on my to-read list for about 4 years now and when I saw it on Book Outlet, I scooped it up immediately. It's about a husband and wife living in the 1920's in Alaska. One day they build a child-sized snowman and the next day it has disappeared, apparently turning into a little girl. After reading The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, I'm excited to read some more magical realism.
I've been itching to read more nerdy/sci-fi books so that's how I came to acquire these. I picked up Close to the Machine by Ellen Ullman after seeing this review. It's a non-fiction book written by a female software engineer in the 70's, which sounds right up my alley. You by Austin Grossman was another cheap buy from Book Outlet, which I've heard compared to Ready Player One. I'm taking that with a grain of salt, since I've heard some not-so-great reviews of it. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie is a spacey sci-fi novel with a lot of badass ladies. I've heard great things about it. Lastly, after reading Lock In and The Android's Dream by John Scalzi, I wanted to get into The Old Man's War series. I love his writing and I'm hoping that I will get a little more attached to the characters than the other books I've read.
Of course, it wouldn't be a haul without some young adult titles involved. I'm slowly trying to get all of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy in the UK editions. So far I've only received book 2- Days of Blood and Starlight. It's so beautiful! Next, I've heard EVERYONE rave about The Grisha Trilogy, so when I saw the paperbacks of Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm on Book Outlet I had to get them. Then, they also had some A.S. King novels, which again, everyone loves. I picked up Please Ignore Vera Dietz to start out with.
Last but certainly not least, I picked up these two books purely for fun and because I wanted them on my shelf. First is a collection of short stories selected by Neil Gaiman called Unnatural Creatures. I can definitely see myself pulling this out every once in a while to read one story when I need something quick. Zombies vs. Unicorns (edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier) I HAD to pick up after seeing how amazing it is in person. It has a dust jacket that is smaller than the book, with this massive comic-like zombie apocalypse scene under it.
I think it's safe to say I need to go on a book buying ban... I'm not sure that will happen, but I definitely need to catch up on reading some of these before I buy anything else! What books have you picked up lately?