November 2020 Book Haul
It’s the last day of November, and that means it’s time to share my November 2020 Book Haul. Here’s what books I’ve bought, received and been gifted this month.
I’ve been meaning to read more obscure classics. Everyone knows the famous film Ben-Hur, but no one ever seems to talk about the book. So, I thought I would get it and give it ago. I had no idea it was written in the mid-1800s by an American.
We’ve heard the fairytales, but I’ve never read the fairytales – the originals. So I decided to treat myself to a secondhand copy of The Grimm’s Fairytales.
Another obscure read, for me at least. I enjoy 1920s-1930s novels with some sort of moralistic theme. This one follows a man who befriends a religious family, I believe, but that’s all I know.
I have read everything that Emma Gannon has ever written, including her Pound Project book Sabotage released last year. That performed so well in its short run that it was picked up and made into a complete non-fiction book about self-sabotage at Hodder & Stoughton. I treated myself to the audiobook to listen to in December.
At work we have a Book Club which encourages us to read more diversely, and this month’s book pick is Love in Colour. This is a collection of myths from around the world, re-told in modern ways. It’s been a brilliant read so far, and I look forward to finishing it asap.
I’ve been meaning to read 84 Charing Cross Road for years. This is a book of letters between Helene Hanff and the Manager of Foyles Bookshop in the early 20th century. She was in America and wanted to purchase books by mail-order, and accidentally struck up a strange friendship with the Foyles manager related to their love of books.
This was a 99p Kindle Daily Deal, and I’ve seen Samantha Irby’s essays everywhere but never read one. This was an impulse buy but I’m looking forward to seeing what her writing is like.
I recently binged the first series of A Discovery of Witches on Sky, and I’m looking forward to series 2. The series is based on a three-book paranormal series, and it was recently a Kindle Daily Deal for 99p for all three books. That’s a bargain I can’t deny, and it’s been a while since I’ve read a book series, particularly a paranormal one.
This is my Books Before Boys book club group pick for November. It turns out one of my friends has never read Agatha Christie before. We were all shook, so when she gave us a choice of four books to choose from we selected this one.
After reading The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett I was really fascinated by this idea of ‘passing’ as a white person when you’re born black. I don’t really understand it, and that’s because I’ve been born with white privilege. After discussing this with my friends in the book club, they recommended I read Passing to learn more about it.
I love Greek Myth re-tellings, and whilst this isn’t a re-telling per se, it’s a modern way of storytelling that I enjoy. I’ve read Mythos and Heroes which are Stephen Fry’s previous books about Greek Mythology, and Troy is the final in the trilogy of books.
After watching the Netflix adaptation I had to buy the eBook of The Queen’s Gambit and read it immediately. It’s practically word-for-word the same as the series, but I couldn’t get enough of it. From the fashions featured in the TV series, to the intricacies of the game of chess which flows so well in the book, I adored everything to do with this book.
My friend recommended this to our book club months ago, and when it was released I kept meaning to pick it up. When it dropped to 99p on Kindle I knew I had to get it, although I still don’t know anything about it except that my friend loved it. And that’s good enough for me.
Hodder Studio, a new imprint at Hachette, sent me a copy of Body of Stars by Laura Maylene Walters which is a debut fiction novel about women, fate and the future. In this dystopian world, markings on women’s bodies predict the future. This story follows a brother and sister, as the sister is coming of age she discovers a secret about his future on her body. It’s sound fascinating and I don’t know how it’s all going to work. I’ll have to read it to find out…
I previously read Daisy Buchanan’s non-fiction book How to Be a Grown Up and really enjoyed it. Her writing style is really enjoyable, and I love her journalism as well. One of my authors read an early copy of Daisy’s debut novel and told me it was filthy and fabulous. From then on I wanted to get my hands on copy, and I was lucky enough to be approved for an early copy via NetGalley.
Finally, another greek myth re-telling is coming and I’m ecstatic. Ariadne is a greek myth re-telling about the daughter of King Minos. She is also the sister of the Minotaur, who lives below the city where she and her family rule. This book is following on from the likes of Circe by Madeline Miller, giving voice to the females of the Greek Myths. And I’m here for it!
And that’s my November 2020 Book Haul. What have you been buying in November? Let me know in the comments below. I’m always after a good book recommendation.