Monthly Archives: January 2018

Books Bought and Read December 2017

I have basically bought all the books I’m going to read next year, in the sales, after xmas. I feel like I need this disclaimer before I write the list because it’s a lot of books!!!! It’s actually showing I have a shameful addiction. Hopefully I will prove next year that I can spend a lot of months NOT buying any more!

Books Bought

Early on in the month, I visited Oxfam Books in Preston:

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  • Grief is the Thing With Feathers – Max Porter
  • Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
  • Towards the End of the Morning – Michael Frayn
  • The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Butler, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker: An Erotic Memoir – Suzanne Portnoy

Next I seem to have a problem with buying xmas presents. Things seem to appear for me when I’m buying other people books! This is how I picked up:

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Women and Power with my xmas jumper

Women and Power – Mary Beard, and

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The Vindication of the Rights of Women – Mary Wollstonecraft.

Next up, just some books I wanted, so I bought them.

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I read Inferior by Angela Saini earlier in the year as an ebook and I loved it so much I knew I wanted a paper version for my book shelves.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of those I’ve wanted to get round to reading for a long, long time. Seems more likely to happen now I have a copy of it!

How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer was on my reading list for last year. I read a few reviews of it where people have said it’s their favourite collection of short stories.

A visit to the YMCA charity shop, where books were four for a pound! Hope it’s obvious that some of these were for my kids!

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some xmas beers peeping over to say hello

  • 31 Songs – Nick Hornby
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
  • The Faber Book of 20th Century Women’s Poetry – ed by Fleur Adcock
  • Three Lives – Gertrude Stein
  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  • The End of the World Maybe – Jo Nesbo
  • The Great Gold Robbery – Jo Nesbo
  • Minecraft Redstone Handbook

Now for the post xmas purchases. I just went for some books I really wanted to read. Some in the sales that I liked the look of – ones I really want to read next year. First up:

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  • Fingers In the Sparkle Jar – Chris Packham
  • I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson
  • At the Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being and Apricot Cocktails.
  • Hag-seed – Margaret Atwood
  • How To Stop Time – Matt Haig
  • The Dark Dark – Samantha Hunt
  • Storm in a Teacup – Helen Czerski
  • The Christmas Chronicles – Nigel Slater

I also bought this beauty after seeing an instagram picture of it! Mermaids Are Salty Bitches: A Coloring Book for Juvenile Adults – Katy Morrison.

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Next up, Waterstones Sale:

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  • The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy: the Trilogy of Four – Douglas Adams (I’ve read these before but lent out my copy and it never returned)
  • Motherhood – Helen Simpson (hardly showing up in the photo)
  • The Long War – Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers
  • An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth – Chris Hadfield
  • Commonwealth – Ann Patchett
  • Winter – Ali Smith
  • La Belle Sauvage – Phillip Pullman

A few more arrived in the post:

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In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan.

and

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Carrie – Stephen King

And I’ve realised writing this that some of the books I ordered haven’t arrived yet… there should also be:

  • Ancillary Sword – Ann Leckie
  • The Dark Road To Mercy – Wiley Cash

Hmm… where are they? They should have arrived by now.

I also pre-ordered a paperback copy of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge.

Finally, we have the kindle sale….

  • On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century – Timothy Snyder
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary’s Series Book 1) – Jodi Taylor
  • The Vegetarian – Han Kang
  • Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys – Viv Albertine
  • The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism – Naomi Klein
  • Girl Up – Laura Bates
  • Little Black Book – Otegha Uwagba
  • Gut Symmetries – Jeanette Winterson
  • A Perfect Spy – John le Carré
  • Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon
  • Everyday Sexism – Laura Bates
  • The Temporary Gentleman – Sebastian Barry
  • Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout
  • Into The Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them – John Yorke
  • Barkskins – Annie Proulx
  • Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds – Cordelia Fine

That is an obscene amount of books, but we aren’t quite done yet… I bought a few audiobooks:

  • IQ84 – Haruki Murakami. It’s 47 hours long!
  • White Tears – Hari Kunzru

I think that’s all of them. I’ll be writing a post on my plans for my 2018 reading shortly, and I’ll get into the true horror that is my TBR pile here. 😀

Books Read

I only managed to read two books this month. Too much thinking about xmas!

The Trouble With Goats and Sheep – Joanna Cannon. 

Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet – Dallas Campbell

I also did far too many year wrap up posts that I will post here in place of actual book reviews!

My Top Science Reads for 2017

My Top Politics and Feminism Reads for 2017

My Top Biography and Memoir Reads for 2017

My Top Fiction Reads for 2017

2017 Reading Bingo!

and finally:

My 2017 Reading in Statistics

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I didn’t keep very good track of this in December. I definitely read Jesus’ Christmas Party an few times. My oldest child (7 1/2) has just got into the Beast Quest Books too. He’s started to do some reading for fun (at last!) and has just devoured two of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

My smallest child still makes me read a German picture book quite a lot. We also have some new xmas books that seem to be a hit: The Day the Crayons Quit, and The Day the Crayons Came Home. 

 

Thanks for reading!

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