This is the prequel to what will probably be my largest book haul of the year. I ordered a ton of books that haven’t arrived yet this month, especially with Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, so I’m already expecting December to be a doozy and it hasn’t even arrived yet. In the meantime, here’s one of my more reasonable monthly hauls of 2018:
(Titles linked to my reviews, if they exist)
- A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne. This was my BOTM selection for November. There were several good-looking selections this month, but since I was too busy in October to read my last BOTM choices I managed to pick only one book. Boyne’s latest novel gives a look at the publishing industry, and at one selfish writer who steals others’ ideas for himself. I did read this one already, and will have a full review up soon.
- Finders Keepers by Stephen King. I read King’s Mr. Mercedes, the first book in the Bill Hodges trilogy, in October. I ordered this second book in the trilogy right away, but it took a long time for my copy to arrive. Thankfully, it finally did. I won’t say much about the synopsis because this is a sequel, but I’ll say it’s a crime series that follows a retired detective and his whimsical band of assistants as they attempt to put a stop to a crazy mass murderer that the police couldn’t catch in the wake of his first spree. I’ll probably pick this one up in January.
- Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I read this one earlier in the year and enjoyed it as much as I’ve enjoyed any other Shadowhunter novel in recent years. I’m definitely not as interested as I was in my teens, but it’s a world that I’ve spent a lot of time in and I’m not quite ready to let it go yet. Especially since I finally caught up with all of Clare’s books. I’m collecting them all in the paperback editions with the characters on the spines, though I’ll probably borrow a copy of Queen of Air and Darkness to read before the paperback release, like I did with Lord of Shadows.
- Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon. I’ve been slowly collecting the film tie-in covers of this series as they’re released because I originally read library copies and want to own them for guilty pleasure rereads. It’s possible I like the TV show more than the books, for once. But in any case, I’ve read this book already, and now I own paperbacks of the first 4 novels in the series. This is the first Outlander book that takes place primarily in America, but since it is the fourth book I won’t say more about the plot. It was not one of my favorites from the series, but I am definitely looking forward to watching the corresponding season of the TV show.
- The Crimes of Grindelwald by J. K. Rowling. This is the screenplay, in a matching edition to the Fantastic Beasts screenplay. I have not yet read either or watched the films, but I need to because I’m extremely out of the loop and the rock I’ve been living under to avoid spoilers on these isn’t going to protect me forever.
Clearly I overshot my monthly 2018 goal of 3 books or less (again), but I don’t feel overwhelmed about it this month. Two of these five books I had read before purchasing, and another one I read within the month. I’m excited to read the remaining two as soon as possible, and even if I don’t get to them before the end of this year (still trying to meet a few 2018 goals), I don’t imagine they’ll be sitting unread on my shelves for long. So at the end of the month, there are two new books on my owned-unread TBR, but I did read two books from last month’s haul in the meantime, which evens out the numbers. This is getting to be a lot of math, let’s go back to new books…
I was also expecting my copy of In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne to arrive in November, but no luck so far. I was hoping to be able to receive and read that one within November, to finish the Man Booker longlist before the last month of the year. Things always go awry when I try to plan my reading schedule. Hopefully the mail will get sorted out and you’ll be seeing In Our Mad and Furious City in December’s haul instead! Along with a hefty stack of other exciting purchases on their way.
Did you pick up any great new books this month? Have you read any of these titles? Tell me what you thought!
The Literary Elephant