I know, I know... we're just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the holidays, and here I am, buying a whole ton of books or myself. But that's not really the case... you see, not only did I place this book order on November 9th, but I did so with the intention of buying books for other people! Sure, I may have picked up *cough* seven *cough* books for myself, but I also bought five for various family members.
Also, one of the ones I bought is to share with my brother. Also, two of them are ones I've read and loved already; I just didn't have a physical copy on my shelves. Also, I fully intend to start clearing out a few off of my shelves in the new year, because I'm super close to 500 followers on Instagram, and really want to do a giveaway soon!
Alright, alright, excuses over. The long and short of it is, at the time of my ordering, Book Outlet had a massive sale going on... the total of 12 books I got, only ended up totaling about $68! So, if you've got anyone left on your holiday shopping list, I'd definitely recommend getting a look at some of what this incredible site has on offer. (And no, this isn't a sponsored post. Though, I mean...)
Not sure what kind of books to check out? Allow me to show you some of my picks...
The Rules Do Not Apply, April Levy
This popular nonfiction pick and Goodreads nominee for Best Memoir in 2017 has been on my radar for a while, but I never picked it up. I really only added it to my cart because it was under $5, and I figured I'd get around to it eventually... but after I started leafing through the pages while I was adding it to my TBR shelf, I decided that "eventually" was going to turn out a lot more like "real, real soon."
The Fate of the Tearling (Tearling #3), Erika Johansen
Have I read the first book in the series, The Queen of the Tearling? Yes, in my senior year of college, and I loved it. Have I read the sequel, The Invasion of the Tearling? Errr... no. But I own it, and totally plan on getting around to it at sometime. And now, on a whim, and because it was under $5, I own a complete trilogy after having only read one of its installments. It's basically the Shades of Magic trilogy all over again... and come to think of it, I should probably thumb through those again soon, too!
Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books, Cara Nicoletti
This is one of those oddball library favorites, that I picked up on a whim in the cookbook section, memoir subsection, and was happily surprised when it totally checked all of my boxes. The author - a butcher, living in New York - is also a total bookworm, who sought out recipes from some of her lifelong favorite reads, and tested them out for herself. The results are present in this lovingly rendered book, including fun food illustrations. Naturally, after checking it out from the library for a third time, I figured I should probably just pick up my own copy.
Dumplin', Julie Murphy
Another library favorite, one I read over the summer in anticipation of the new Netflix movie's release. And it's a good thing I got this copy for myself: not only has the book stuck with me, leading me to think of it in odd moments, but we watched the movie adaptation the day after it came out, and I cried at least three to four times throughout the whole thing. I still have to get around to the sequel, Puddin', but I'm glad that I now have the paperback to reread when I need it (and a new Dolly Parton soundtrack to make my life so, so much better).
Sightwitch: A Witchlands Novella, Susan Dennard
My baby brother - he's seventeen - and I are called the bookends of the siblings, for two good reasons: we're the beginning and end of the kid lineup, and we're both absolute fiends for fiction. One of my favorite things is how we have various YA series in common... and after bullying him into picking up Truthwitch this past summer, Susan Dennard has become of his favorite guilty read authors. I picked up this copy as a special "welcome to Winter Break" present for later this month, but I also grabbed a copy of Windwitch at Powell's this past Fall, as well. Needless to say, the kid's going to have more homework over Break than just what his teachers assigned.
A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression, Andrew Coe and Jane Ziegelman
I've had this book on my radar for a really long time, as it combines my favorite period of American history, with one of my favorite nonfiction topics. Because I was able to get it on Book Outlet's crazy discounts, I finally grabbed a copy of my own, and despite the fact that its price was so reduced, it is in virtually perfect condition! Unfortunately, I have a few more books to finish up before the new year, but after reading Ann Vileisis' Kitchen Literacy, another excellent work of contemporary culinary anthropology, I know I want to make sure it's soon.
If We Were Villains, M. L. Rio
Another longtime want, this book began making the rounds of #bookstagram this past Fall, as everyone fell in love with its gorgeous, lush cover, and enthralling "scholar-gothic" Shakespearean subject matter. Supposedly for fans of Donna Tart's A Secret History - another book I own and haven't read yet, dammit - I've been dying for a copy, but couldn't find it in any of the bookstores I frequent! Naturally, I was delighted to find a copy, and at such a discount, too.
But like I said, this book haul wasn't just an exercise in wanton book-gluttony: I also bought two books for each of my sisters, and one for my mom, all of which you will be hearing about after they are delivered to their intended recipients at Christmas.
Okay, maybe a little bit of book-gluttony was involved.
What was your most recent book order? Which of these would you read first? Let me know, in the comments below!