December Book Haul | 2014

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Let me start by saying this: naively, I thought I wouldn't have many books to talk about in this haul because I didn't plan on buying books in December. In my defense, I didn't do much book shopping until the end of the month, but then holidays happened with sales, gifts, and impulse buys because I was left alone in a bookstore (never a good idea)... So here I am with 10 new books to add to my collection, but I have no regrets. I'm so excited to read every single book that I bought in December—I think I have a very interesting mix going on here. Some of these aren't necessarily on my immediate TBR, but I'm not really worried about that—I've always wanted to have a nice library at home, so this is me adding to it.

The first books that I picked up were three leather-bound classics from Barnes & Noble (something I have been collecting): Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wild, Persuasion by Jane Austen. There was some kind of deal going on, so I got a pretty nice discount on buying all three. I think those editions are stunning, and the quality of pages inside is really nice as well. Later, I also picked up The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov—I had a discount code for a single item, and this award-winning trilogy is supposed to be one of the best things that happened to science fiction. I'm so happy I got them when I did, because all of these books have gone up in price since then.

After that. I realized that my TBR has been looking a big grim lately, so I finally decided to jump on the Rainbow Rowell bandwagon and picked up Fangirl. I've heard so many amazing great things about this novel, I just had to give it a chance—I love a good coming-of-age story! Later, while doing some last minute shopping, I got tempted by Lexicon by Max Barry, which is still on sale at Barnes & Noble for under $5. I honestly don't know much about this book, other than the fact that it's a science fiction mystery novel, and that it has pretty good reviews on Goodreads. My awesome friend Lindsay gave me The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin as a gift (thank you!), and I am so excited to get started on this one—it's supposed to be a novel any book lover will appreciate. The last work of fiction I picked up was Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. I have heard so much praise towards this author, that I'm a bit scared that I have unrealistic expectations at this point. This book better blow my mind—it's a first book in a post-apocalyptic science fiction series, that has to do with young people and super powers. Can you tell it sounds like my kind of book?

Last, but not least, I picked up two non-fiction books with really long titles. The first one is A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir by Lev Golinkin. This is a book I know absolutely nothing about, but it looks very interesting to me because the topic of immigration from Eastern Europe to the US is very close to my heart. The other one is a discussion on current events and media called Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia by Peter Pomerantsev. Once again, this subject is very interesting to me for obvious reasons—growing up in Ukraine, I've had my fair share of Russian media and politics, and don't even get me started on current events. I am very intrigued by both of these books.

Have you read any of these or picked up any other good books recently?

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