January Book Haul | 2015
The sales got to me, my friends. This looks like a ridiculous amount of books to randomly buy in one month, but I promise you, I did not pay full price for most of these: between BookOutlet, Barnes & Noble sale/coupon codes, and Amazon discounts, the only book that cost me more than $10 was The Girl on the Train (I wanted this specific cover, OK? I talked about it in this post) So, let's talk about what else I have here.
One of the first books I ordered in January was All Than is Solid Melts into Air, which is set around the Chernobyl disaster. As someone who had to grow up with the aftermath of this event, I am very curious about this book. I also picked up The Enchanted and The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, which both involve magical realism—a genre I have not explored yet. I don't really know much about them, and I actually like the idea of going into them without any set expectations.
On the lighter side of things, I decided to read The Silver Linings Playbook because I loved the movie, as well as Matthew Quick's Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock (which was one of my favorite books I read last year). I also thought I would give The Rosie Project a shot—I've heard that this is a quite funny contemporary book, with some romance. This isn't a genre I normally read, but you have to explore new things, right? Same goes for Rainbow Rowell's Landline, though I don't think it's supposed to be as funny.
Somewhere along the way, I decided I really wanted to get into David Mitchell's books, so I went with Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks. Both of these novels are a blend of mystery, historical fiction, science fiction, and fantasy (enough genres there for ya?) They involve many characters throughout the years, that are somehow connected. Basically, if you've seen the movie version of Cloud Atlas, you know what I'm talking about.
Lastly, this wouldn't be a real haul from me if there weren't any paranormal and fantasy books in here. I got Joe Hill's NOS4A2, because I was really intrigued by his imagination after reading Locke & Key comic book series. Apparently, this is also a paranormal/fantasy thriller. On the other side of the spectrum, Cinder is a fairy tale retelling, in which Cinderella is a cyborg (say, what?) Finally, The Bone Season is a science fiction fantasy novel (and first book in a series) that has to do with a girl who can break into other people's minds. Sounds like fun to me.
Have you read any of these books? What books have you bought recently?
By the way, if you want to know what I've read in January and what I'm planning to read in February, check out the video below: