A couple weeks ago my boyfriend commented on how someone should really find a way to prevent me from buying more books until I get through some of the books sitting in the many piles in my room. He’s not wrong. I have so many books in my TBR piles that one would think it’d be easy to just focus on reading all those instead of buying more books (At my average pace it would probably take me 2-3 years to read all those books, if I only read those books). Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately?) a bibliophile does not think that way and despite my budget restrictions I still managed to add more books (many more) to my collection this month. (Please nobody tell him about this blog post!)
The one restriction I have tried to place on myself is to only buy books that I’m pretty sure I’ll read either immediately or very shortly after I purchase them. They’re all going straight onto my immediate TBR list. Hopefully this will help me be more discerning when it comes to buying books. I have managed to read more than half of the books in my February Book Haul, so maybe this plan is working.
After seeing how long this list is, my new goal for April is to try not to buy ANY new books. And no, that is not an April Fools’ Joke (though it probably should be). Feel free to remind me of this statement when I post my Book Haul at the end of the month.
But enough rambling. Here are the books I couldn’t resist in March (along with a couple ARCs and finished copies I received):
- The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston – I helped a customer look for this book and it sounded really interesting, so I couldn’t resist picking up a copy.
- All About Love by bell hooks – This was the March reading selection for Emma Watson’s book club. I’ve already finished it and really loved it. My review will probably be coming next week.
- Scarlet (A Lunar Chronicles Novel) by Marissa Meyer – I held off so long on reading this series and ended up loving Cinder. Now I can’t wait to read the next book.
- I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai – I find this girl and her story fascinating. I can’t wait to learn more about her.
- Moving Beyond Words and Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions by Gloria Steinem – After reading Steinem’s latest book back in January I’ve been wanting to read more of her writing. I finally went ahead and ordered used copies of these from Amazon.
- It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis – I’ve been hearing a lot of comparisons between this book and the current political climate here in the US so my curiosity got the best of me and I had to get a copy.
- How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran – This is the April book for Our Shared Shelf and I’m about a quarter of the way into it. Moran is straightforward, blunt, and hilarious. I’m really enjoying this so far.
ARCs, Finished Copies, and other miscellaneous free books:
- The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin – I had thought this book sounded interesting, so I was more than happy to claim the free finished copy that was sent to the bookstore where I work.
- The Progeny by Tosca Lee – One of my managers gave me this ARC and it sounds like an interesting novel.
- Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – I started losing interest in the Shadowhunters during the second modern day trilogy, but I’m hoping this restores my love for this world.
- Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay – One of my coworkers thought I might like this book, so when I saw a decent copy in the free bin at a local used bookstore I had to grab it.
- The Blue Bath by Mary Waters-Sayer – This sounds interesting and it takes place in London and Paris. It’s not really my typical genre, but I’m learning that books can surprise me when I’m willing to branch out and try something new.
- I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh – This is apparently already a bestseller in the UK and will be released in the US in May.
- Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin – My former elementary school librarian (whom originally recommended The Martian to me) told me I had to read this book, so I purchased it for my Kindle when it was discounted one day.