…because I didn’t expect to be hauling books anytime soon.
It’s Saturday. I should do a Weekend Reads post, but I don’t know what to write about, and I should post a book review, but I’m procrastinating on doing those. I have loads to review, but it’s been more than a month since I’ve done one and now I feel intimidated by the thought of crafting one. I read the books and noted what I’d like to discuss, but I don’t know how to start and fear that whatever I write will be crappy.
That’s my mood right now: “everything I create is crappy” mood. It doesn’t help that this is NaNoWriMo and I’m participating (unofficially) and I already think the story I’m working on is crappy. I typed 5,000 words and then decided to start over from a different character’s POV because I ran out of steam. The character I switched to feels better to continue with, but it’s the antagonist and, and, and…I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m freaking out as I’m typing the story yet hoping it will all work out.
Anyway, I need to get these reviews out but until I stop procrastinating, here is an unexpected book haul. All of this is because I had coupons and saw awesome or discounted books while travelling. (Totally not my fault.)
Quick note: All book titles will be linked to their Goodreads page since I don’t give much of a synopsis for some of them.
Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent
I forgot where I learned of this book, but wherever it was the source either compared it to You by Caroline Kepnes, or I was reminded of You as I read about it. It’s about a charismatic, likeable guy who beats his wife into a coma.
Wyrd Sister by Terry Pratchett
I so enjoyed Equal Rites that I wanted to get and read the next book in the Witches series of the larger Discworld series.
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell
I’ve wanted to try this book ever since I got hooked on booktube and was introduced to Jen’s channel. She recently published a book of fantastical short stories that I’d like to get as well.
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
It was discounted and I was curious so I got it. Lots of readers have raved about Schwab’s books and after listening to several podcast interviews of her, I was convinced to try one.
Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly
I subscribed to the Book Riot e-book deals newsletter and am so happy I did. Though I’m not a fan of e-books, they do come in handy as I constantly run out of shelf space. Some books, like this one, I’d rather buy at a discounted price as an e-book or borrow from the library because I’m not sure I’ll like it. Usually if I like it, I’ll get a physical copy.
Seriously Wicked was featured in one of my Wishes for My TBR posts. I placed it there because I’m always on the lookout for books about witches.
Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic by the British Library
I wasn’t going to get this at first but then I saw all the content in it and my defenses weakened.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
I so loved her recently published Little Fires Everywhere that I couldn’t stop myself from buying this when I saw it at an airport bookstore. (Trust me, I tried to resist the temptation but I really, really want to experience more of Ng’s storytelling talent.)
How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston
I’ve heard such great things about this one and was surprised to see it in the airport bookstore. I couldn’t leave without it.
The Seven Songs of Merlin and The Mirror of Merlin by T.A. Barron
I enjoyed the Lost Years of Merlin fantasy series as a teen so when I saw these old covers in a second-hand bookshop (inside an airport!!! 😀 ) I had to get them.
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Le Guin
I requested this on NetGalley and was granted access (awesome!). I’ve already started it and I quite like it. It’s a book of essays about old age that Le Guin had initially published on her blog. The book will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on December 5.
Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
Another Discworld book to continue the series.
The Dumb House by John Burnside
Jen (author of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, mentioned above) often recommends this book on her YouTube channel and it has always intrigued me so…I got it.
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Everyone says it’s good. I want to see for myself… Or not since looking at things in this book makes people die of fright… something like that.
Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeanette Ng
I learned about this book from this great review of it soon after completing The Bear and the Nightingale and wanted to start reading it immediately after, but I’m in a bit of a reading slump. Kinda. I am looking forward to this, though, because I think it’s about people trying to convert fairies to religion.
Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell
I heard that this is great, so of course I got it because witches!! Also, there was an e-book deal for the three novellas in the series on Amazon so I also got The Lost Child of Lychford and A Long Day in Lychford.
The Book of Swords edited by Gardner Dozois
This is a short story anthology focused on fantasy stories described as “sword and sorcery.” It’s my favorite type of fantasy stories so when I saw this book and the lineup of authors, which includes George R.R. Martin and Robin Hobb, I immediately placed it on my TBR and looked to get it.
Batman: Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison, illus. by Dave McKean
I keep buying Batman comics but have yet to read any. This one got my attention because Batman’s sanity is questioned in it. The comic was recommended to me by Neha, who runs the Biblionyan, which is both a blog and a YouTube channel. I watched her video of 15 Horror Book Recommendations for Halloween in which she mentions this comic book and convinced me to get it. She also reviewed it on her blog here.
The Accidental Quarterback and The Impossible Pitcher by Charles Curtis
The Accidental Quarterback is middle-grade fantasy novels about a boy who really wants to play football but lacks the athletic build and talent for it. He tries out anyway and discovers he has superhuman abilities that makes him great at the sport but also catches the attention of some “nefarious adults.” I was offered an e-ARC of both The Accidental Quarterback and its sequel The Impossible Pitcher, which will both be published on November 7 by Month9Books.
And that’s all the books!
Hopefully this will be the last haul for the year.