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!
Early on in the month, I visited Oxfam Books in Preston:
- 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:
Women and Power – Mary Beard, and
The Vindication of the Rights of Women – Mary Wollstonecraft.
Next up, just some books I wanted, so I bought them.
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!
- 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:
- 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.
Next up, Waterstones Sale:
- 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:
In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan.
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. 😀
I only managed to read two books this month. Too much thinking about xmas!
I also did far too many year wrap up posts that I will post here in place of actual book reviews!
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!