Book Haul | April 2015
Hello all! It's that time again when I reveal (confess) how many books I've bought in the last month. This month was not as crazy as March haul, because let's be honest, my bank account could not sustain that kind of book buying every month. Still, there's plenty here to look at, so let's get into it!
First up is sort of a random assortment of books, as you can see in the photo above. I picked up Dreams of Gods and Monsters to complete the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy in the discontinued UK covers. I have not read any of the books, but I panicked when I saw that Book Depository sold out, so I quickly bought a used copy on Amazon. Next, I impulse bought The Sculptor after hearing several rave (and emotional) reviews on youtube. I've already read it and included it in my April wrap-up here. The next 2, Bone Clocks by David Mitchell and Stardust by Neil Gaiman, are both books that are picks for the Impression Parade Bookclub that my friend Marianna and I created. Stardust is our May pick and Bone Clocks is coming up this summer.
As you may recall, I recently read/listened to Child 44 and absolutely loved it (review here). I decided to start buying physical copies of the series and I'll definitely be reading The Secret Speech sometime in May. I found Child 44 and book #2 in the Fairyland series, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, on Book Outlet and bought both for about $6.
Now this next part of the haul you may see a theme with. I got it in my head that I need to expand my classics section on my bookshelf, so I went a little crazy with them. First, I fell in love with the Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions after watching so many people talk about them in their classics book tag videos. I ended up buying Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, and Dracula all in the deluxe editions. The art on the covers is fantastic and they seem so much less intimidating than the fancy leather or clothbound editions (although, those are beautiful too!). Then, I found another series of books that I love as well, the Penguin English Library editions (damn you Penguin!). I caved and bought one, The Picture of Dorian Gray, but I have many more on my wishlist...
Last, but certainly not least are these two behemoths of books, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. I spent an embarrassingly long amount of time deciding which editions of these books to buy. They have a LOT of pages, so I definitely did not want a paperback of them, but I couldn't find hardcovers that I liked. So, I ended up with a happy medium. The Canterbury Word Cloud Editions have a leather exterior that is pretty rigid, but not as stiff as a hard cover typically is. They are also constructed like a hardcover where the binding isn't glued to the spine of the book so won't break the spine when you open the book all of the way. I'm hoping that these will be comfortable to read and therefore make me pick them up sooner rather than later.
All in all, I'm really happy with the books I bought this month. I am especially thrilled about how my classics shelf is filling up, as I was severely lacking in that area before.
What books did you buy this month?