Welcome back to another Book Haul! I quite enjoyed putting together last month’s ensemble of books that I had picked up throughout the month, so I’ve decided I shall do it again for November! This time around we have some excitement with a prequel, a superhero and some non-fiction, and you’ll also be glad to know there are no YouTu–wait, no… well…
First up this month I picked up Philip Pullman’s new book La Belle Sauvage, volume one in the Book of Dust series. Once upon a time I read The Northern Lights, but never finished the other books in the series. I know this book is a prequel to those, but I still feel like I’m going to have to go back and re-read Northern Lights and finish the rest of the series before I start this beasty! The series is already building up so much hype with fans old and new, and I can’t wait to join in on it!
Next up we have December Girl by Nicola Cassidy. Nicola is an Irish author, and I cannot wait to tuck into this–she has kindly supplied me with a copy for review, so I guess I really should get cracking on with it. December Girl is a tale of family bonds, love, revenge and murder set in the 1890’s.
My favourite book of the month was Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon. I’d heard about this book about this time last year before it got cast aside in my brain, and then recently I’ve heard it mentioned a few times, so I decided to pick up my own copy and give it a go and boy was I glad I did. I devoured the book in a couple of hours, but while it didn’t take me long to read, it’s one of those books that I will constantly refer back to and pick up every now and again to pick a page or chapter to read from. As an artist, Steal Like an Artist really struck a chord with me and is great for getting ones self out of a rut.
Out of all the books I picked up, the one I’m most looking forward to reading is Wonder Woman: Warbringer, the first in the DC Icons series. If you don’t know me by now, I’m a huge superhero buff, and I’m surprised I haven’t picked this up before now, because I love all things super hero and comic book related. I haven’t actually read too much into what this book is about or heard any feedback about it, so it’ll be interesting to see what I make of it!
Last up on this month’s book haul is an audiobook–does that count? I was recommended Lewis Howes’ The Mask of Masculinity by a friend and I’d also seen a YouTuber I watch recommend it, and considering I had a Audible credit or two to use up, I decided to check it out. Alas, I couldn’t finish it. I got about 50% through before calling it quits. I would listen to it as I walked in and out of work, and at first I thought once it got going I would get into it, but it turns out it just wasn’t really my cup of tea. I found myself forgetting to listen, concentrating more on my thoughts even though I was being spoken to directly in my ears. It wasn’t that I just couldn’t concentrate, I couldn’t make myself interested enough to concentrate. Maybe down the line somewhere I’ll pick it up again when it might have a better impact on me.
That covers the books I picked up this month! How about you, have you picked up many books this month? Any of these tickle your fancy? 😉