October Book Haul


I may or may not have gotten caught up in the sales on Book Outlet during October, which convinced me to pick up more books than I meant to…I’ll try to do better in November!

Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter – I hate to say that I wasn’t in love with Carter’s short story collection The Bloody Chamber; I really liked the first two stories but felt it got repetitive from there. I really wanted to give Angela Carter another shot, though, since she’s such a well-renowned author, and this book about a circus performer who claims to be part-human, part-swan sounds really intriguing. Lots of books about bird people coming up this month, apparently.

The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah – this book about an albino woman imprisoned in Zimbabwe after being convicted of murdering her adopted father sounds fascinating, and I’m assuming it also deals with the unreliability of memory, something I always like in fiction.

The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales – this sounds like a really fun, action-packed book about female assassins, and I’ve heard good things so far.

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel – I haven’t been hearing great things about this book in reviews, but I somehow feel that I will like it. Sometimes I like really unpopular books (and vice versa, actually probably more frequently I hate really popular books) so I wanted to give this one a try. It’s about a mysterious (alien?) artifact found by a young girl who grows up to be a physicist studying where the object could have come from. It’s getting comparisons to World War Z, which I’ve never read, but I hope that doesn’t mean there are zombies because I HATE THEM. Vampires, yes. Werewolves, yes. Aliens, yes. Fairies, sure. But zombies? No thanks.

Iluminae and Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman – I enjoyed reading Illuminae so much during Dewey’s 24-hour readathon that I immediately bought its sequel after I finished it. The main characters in Gemina shift to two teenagers living on the space station mentioned in the first book, which I’m okay with–not that I didn’t like the main characters in Illuminae, but they weren’t the reason that I enjoyed the book. I’d ideally like to wait and save Gemina for the next readathon (24 in 48 and Bout of Books are both in January) but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to wait that long.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu – I’ve heard that this YA novel has a really great female antihero as its main character, and that it’s dark fantasy, which I tend to enjoy. I haven’t found a really good YA trilogy in awhile, and since the last book just came out, it seemed like good timing to pick this one up.

Bats of the Republic by Zachary Thomas Dodson – this book sounds SO COOL. It’s a nontraditional format with illustrations and documents as part of the story, and is told through dual narratives, one in 1843 and one in a dystopian future. I honestly don’t even want to know any details so that I can discover them for myself; the book also includes a letter labeled “DO NOT OPEN.” Can’t wait to ignore that and open it.

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman – I’ve heard really good things about this book, whose characters are named only A, B, and C. I believe it’s sort of a darkly funny look at consumerist culture, but I could be totally wrong on that.

A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain by Adrianne Harun – I’m going to let the Goodreads page take this one: “In isolated British Columbia, girls, mostly native, are vanishing from the sides of a notorious highway. Leo Kreutzer and his four friends are barely touched by these disappearances—until a series of mysterious and troublesome outsiders come to town. Then it seems as if the devil himself has appeared among them.” Apparently magical realism is also involved. This one doesn’t have many reviews up, but I’m feeling really drawn to the story.

On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee – this dystopian science fiction book set in future America was really highly recommended; I’ve had my eye on it since it came out in 2014 but was waiting for the paperback.

Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis – a book of short stories, because apparently I don’t have enough short story collections on my tbr shelves *gives self a disapproving look*

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