March Book Haul | 2015

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March has been a great month for book shopping, it seems. Some of these have been purchased at the end of February, but didn't arrive until March, so I'm including those too (since I didn't do a February haul due to the lack of things to show you). I only read one of these so far, but let me tell you: my next few reading months are looking really good. Let me show you...

First of all, I've had a big urge to get back into reading classics for the past few months, and it turns out Penguin wants me to go broke because they release way too many stunning editions of classics. I stared by getting these three gorgeous F. Scott Fitzerald books: The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, and Tales of the Jazz Age. There are more in this collection, but I'm trying to restrain myself, so I'm not allowed to buy them until I read those three. 

After that, I started eyeing the Penguin English Library collection, and when I saw all of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle books the childhood nostalgia hit me hard. Once again, I picked up three: A Study in Scarlet, The Five Orange Pips and Other Cases, and The Hound of Baskervilles (my favorite). Just like with F. Scott Fitzerald, I intend to pick up more once I'm done re-reading these. Still riding the wave of nostalgia, I also grabbed a copy of The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells—this was the first book that made me love science fiction.

Speaking of science (and fiction) I decided to check out Close to the Machine: Technophilia and its Discontents—a memoir by Ellen Ullman, a software engineer working in the Silicon Valley in the 80's and 90's. I know quite a few people who work in the field, and very tech-friendly myself, so this sounds very interesting to me. On the fiction side of things, I picked up Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie—a winner of the Hugo, Nebula, British Science Fiction, Locus and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. Color me intrigued! This book also kick-started my sizable BookOutlet order—their discounts always get me.

You didn't think I'd forget about fantasy, did you? When I saw a hardcover of Seraphina by Rachel Hartman for $6.99 I immediately put it in my cart. It's about dragons who can take on a human form. Sold. I also got Shadow and Bone, and Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, which I'm skeptical about. The premise and beautiful covers make me very curious, so I'm hoping these surprise me in a good way. Also, they were $3 each, so I thought I could take a chance on them.

Finally, I've really been in the mood for historical fiction, so I got a few things in that department as well. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a title I'm sure many of you have heard of. I watched the movie a few years ago, but I've been really curious about the book as well. The Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman had apparently been made into a movie, starring Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz, that's coming out some time this year. It takes place post-WWI, when Tom returns to Australia after four years on the Western Front, and takes a job as a lighthouse keeper. Another movie coming out this year is based on Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. This one is set in the Soviet Union, in 1953, and centers around a very real series of child murders—an idealistic MGB officer Leo decides to look into this, in the country where crime "doesn't exist". 

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent is set in Iceland, in 1829. It's about Agnes—a young woman who has been accused of murder. As I'm writing this, I'm realizing this list got very dark all of a sudden. It's a coincidence, I promise. The last book I picked up is The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory—the final book in The Cousin's War series I've been eager to read. This one "is the story of lady-in-waiting Margaret Pole and her unique view of King Henry VIII's stratospheric rise to power in Tudor England."

Now THAT's a book haul! Seriously though, I need to tame my book shopping habit a bit. I don't think a book buying ban will ever happen, but maybe something along the lines of read 3 buy 1? We'll see how that one goes next month. 

 Have you read any of these? What books did you buy recently?