October Book Haul

This month I went a little overboard on the book purchases — enough that I think a transmitter of sorts should be secured to my car and if I drive within 5km radius of a bookstore my car either immediately stop or turn my car around the other way.

But that is not safe or realistic; what I can control (hopefully) is my willpower to purchase a book.  I have plenty to read over the next two months, without accounting for any books I may acquire for my birthday and Christmas.
IMG_4192Now before you judge and say “Whoa! How much money did you spend?” or “You’re going to read/did you buy all those in one month!?” — Not all these are purchased, some are library books (…only a few though) and a few I purchased in the later half of September.  And no, I did not necessarily read all these: some I bought because I read a copy from the library months ago and am now buying my own copy to add it to my personal collection; while others are books that I know that I will love and are still TBR (to be read) list.

Listed from top of the stack, down:

The Little Prince by Antonine de Saint-Exupery
A close friend of mine recommended this book to me before but I did not get around to picking myself up a copy or asking to borrow her’s.  This same friend later moved to Scotland and has been there for almost two years now, and I miss her dearly.  Fast forward >> I then saw The Little Prince in my local bookstore and remembered her recommendation and the memory made me smile, so I had to buy it and make good on reading it. Miss you Kate. 😉

The Nest by Jon Klassen
Stumbled across The Nest on Goodreads while searching for some eerie, Tim Burton-like reads.  It was not available yet, so I pre-ordered it and had a nice surprise early this month when it arrived!  Will be posting a review soon.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
I have been on a Neil Gaiman fix lately and thought that I would be able to squeeze in this read before Halloween, but I do not think that that’s going to happen this Halloween.  Either way its Neil Gaiman, which means that I will likely LOVE IT! 

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman again.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Oh look more Neil Gaiman.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief has been on my radar of a few years but I never got around to reading it.  It’s super popular right now on BookTube — so let’s see what all the hype is about. 

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
This book has been on my radar for about 4 – 5 months and I was wanting to wait to read it when there was snow on the ground — help get me into a wintery-mood.  This book had me hooked immediately when I read the back synopsis.  I am hoping for something whimsical mixed with fantasy, with a dash of eerie — snowman child possibly coming to life / child (with fox as a companion) found in the woods; heck yes!

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
Wanting to add more graphic novels to my personal library and The Sculptor has been receiving raving reviews.  Plus, Neil Gaiman blurbed the cover! (Did I mention that I am addicted the Neil Gaiman ATM?)

The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
I read this last year before I heard all the hype — went into it blind not knowing the twist — and I loved this book.  I owned it on eBook but I wanted a physical copy for my bookshelf.  Great book, I highly recommend if you’re in the mood for thriller, post apocalyptic.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Read this back in 2011 while traveling and I was not able to keep the physical copy of the book.  This became one of my favourites and I have been looking for an edition with a pretty cover.  I also highly recommend this read.

The Universe Verses Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
Read this book earlier in the year on eBook and found it on sale at my local bookstore for $4.00 this month!  Great book that deals with a topics of spirituality, euthanasia and marijuana in a  humourous tone and without being pushy/in-your-face.

Saga (Volumes 3, 4, & 5by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)
Read Saga Volumes 1 & 2, and really liked them!  The first one took some getting used to because I am new to graphic novels but the by the time I was 20 pages into Saga Volume 2, I was hooked.   

The Complete Alice by Lewis Carroll & John Tenniel (Illustrations)
As some of you may know, it was the 150th year anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (aka Alice in Wonderland).  To make the occasion, I purchase The Alice Complete works and will be reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass before the end of the year.  I have a special Alice-themed even happening in December, that I really excited for!

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