My January Book Haul will be my February TBR, as per my 2019 goal of reading new books before the end of the following month. I did buy some books in January that I’ve already read previously though, so I’ll list those first and then get to the unread (TBR) list.
Books new to my shelves that I’ve already read:
- The Dead Zone by Stephen King. I’m on a mission to read all of King’s books, as you’ll notice in this haul… but when I get to the end of them I want to reread some favorites, like The Dead Zone. I didn’t actually get the edition that I wanted for this one, so I might try again for the right one later.
- On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I loved the Little House series as a kid but only own about half of the books. I’ve been wanting for a couple years now to finish out my collection, and I found the titles I was missing for a good price. So I also picked up ->
- Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
- Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
- By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder. And
- The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
- The Magician King by Lev Grossman. I loved the Magicians trilogy in 2016, but the books always seemed so expensive. Last month I found The Magicians for cheap, and this month I found the other two, which means I also have ->
- The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman.
- and 10. The Long Walk by Richard Bachman/Stephen King. This was my favorite story from King’s The Bachman Books, and it was available in the edition I’m collecting. I ended up with two copies because my first order arrived wrong and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to get the right one anyway so I just kept it without complaint. In an unbelievable stroke of luck, the one I wanted came up cheap on Book Outlet soon after, so I got that and probably won’t keep the extra.
Before I move on to my February TBR books, here’s a look at my full haul this month, already-read books included:
And now, new (unread) books for February:
- Rose Madder by Stephen King. As I mentioned, I’m on a quest to read all of Stephen King. I found this one cheap on Book Outlet, so I just grabbed it without even looking at the premise. I like to go in blind anyway.
- Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King. This is a short story collection, which fits both my Stephen King aspirations and my goal to read more short stories in 2019.
- Christine by Stephen King. The 2016 Gallery paperbacks are the editions I’m collecting, so I bought this one basically just because it matched and it was available. I’ve had a hard time finding some of these covers because they’ve been out of print for a couple of years. Even though I don’t think they’re a big collector item (only 9 of King’s 60+ books were published in this edition that I know of), they seem a bit scarce. So part of the reason this haul is so large is that I’ve been grabbing these editions whenever they’re available on Book Outlet and then I just add on enough other books to get free shipping. I have a collect-them-all problem. I swear this haul is not an indication of how the year will continue.
- Thinner by Stephen King. Another one of the 2016 editions that I just grabbed because I was afraid I would never find it again. This one sounds sort of similar to Elevation, so I am looking forward to comparing the two.
- Insomnia by Stephen King. The last of the 2016 editions (in this haul). I honestly wasn’t sure I would ever get my hands on this one, but I got lucky with a used copy. This one is about a man with increasing difficulty sleeping at night, who starts wandering around town and discovers some weird things going on out there in the dark. This one sounds very intriguing to me but it doesn’t have the best reviews.
- Four Past Midnight by Stephen King. This is a collection of four short novels/novellas by King; I’m planning to buddy read this one, so I went ahead and bought my copy even though I know I won’t be reading this in February.
- Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. There are so many classics I still need to read. I picked this one up this month because I wanted free shipping, but I am very interested in reading this story about Emma Bovary’s dysfunctional marriage and subsequent affairs.
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. Again, I just wanted free shipping. But I read two books by Jackson last year and a short story early in January, and found a lot to appreciate in her writing and general spookery.
- Scythe by Neal Schusterman. I want to read more YA and more sci-fi/fantasy this year (though not necessary a lot of YA sci-fi/fantasy), and this one’s been on my radar for a while. I know that the main characters of this book are teens in training as scythes, who control the world population. I’m on board for that.
- The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill. Another I picked up cheap on my quest for free shipping. This one sounded intriguing (not that I remember any actual details about the premise, as usual), but it’s often promoted for fans of The Night Circus, which I haven’t read yet.
- The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo. This was my BOTM selection for January. Ideally, my monthly TBRs will not be this large every month and I will have time to read my BOTM choices within the month that I receive them instead of the next month. But it’s still early in the year, so I’m sticking with the system as much as I can so far. I believe this one is a historical fiction with magical elements, and it takes place in Malaysia.
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. I ordered this from Book Depository back in early November and it finally arrived a few days ago, along with my copy of In Our Mad and Furious City which, frustratingly, I no longer need and am not keeping. But I’m happy to have this beautiful paperback and I can’t wait to read it as I’ve heard such good things. All I remember about the premise is that it’s a family saga about Koreans in Japan.
- The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty. I just read The City of Brass and had to buy this sequel immediately. It’s an adult fantasy set in the Middle East and full of djinns.
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I did say I wanted to read more YA this year… I half-watched this Netflix adaptation in December and found it amusing, and a friend who also wants to get into this series gave me the trilogy for Christmas. So I’ll give these a shot, even though YA romance was never my niche, even when I was primarily reading YA. We’ll see how this goes. I also have ->
- P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han. And ->
- Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han. The same friend also gifted me ->
- One Day in December by Josie Silver. This is an adult romance. I think the premise of this one is that a man and woman meet at a bus stop, and then don’t meet again until a year later when the woman discovers the man that she’s been thinking about for months is now dating her best friend. If I don’t get to this by the end of February, it’ll probably wait until next December.
- Revival by Stephen King. My friend also picked up a free (used) hardback of this title for me. I don’t actually know anything about this one, but the cover is very shiny and that’s important, right?
Here are the books that- in a perfect world- my 2019 TBR system would have me reading in February (plus Pierre, checking them out):
All in all, I’m hauling an insane total of 28 books for January, 18 of which I *should* be reading in February. Since the ultimate goal of this TBR system is to read all of my new books without adding to my “owned-unread” shelves, I’ve decided I’m going to keep a stack of any TBR books that I don’t get to within the proper month to catch up on throughout the year. This could be the start of me separating my read books from the unreads, which I’ve never done before…
What I’m actually going to read in February remains a mystery. For one thing, I’m certainly not reading 7 Stephen King novels in the next month. I foresee myself reading one or two per month throughout the year, so I’ll probably intentionally hold some of these back for later months- which leaves 13 books on my February TBR. I do intend to read as many of these books as possible, but I should have a couple (five) library holds coming in soon as well.
Stay tuned for my January wrap-up on the 1st, where I’ll recap my December book haul and see how many of those books I managed to read in January!
Have you read any of these books? Where should I start?
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