December 2017 Book Haul

Hi, readers!

It’s time for another monthly book haul! Today I’m sharing all the books I acquired this month. Most of these books were either purchased or were gifts, so we’ll start with the ARCs.


An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (out February 2018)

This novel is about a newly married couple living in the American South and the tests they endure. Jones writes about race, loyalty, and endurance in what seems to be a powerful book.

Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik (out February 2018)

Based on the true story of Forugh Farrokzhad, the scandalous poet of Iran in the 1940s and 50s. I think this book will be heartbreaking and beautiful, as well as a great introduction to a poet I know nothing about.

Sunburn by Laura Lippman (out February 2018)

This is a psychological suspense story (my favorite kind of thriller!) that focuses on a couple facing secrets, lies, and murder. This book is already receiving a lot of buzz and I’m eager to find out what happened!

White Houses by Amy Bloom (out March 2018)

This is a historical fiction novel about the real life relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok. This novel covers the changes in their relationship from friends to lovers and promises to be quite the engaging read. I don’t know much about either of these women, and I’m thinking I’ll pick up a biography of Eleanor Roosevelt later this year!

Already Published Books:

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

I started this one on Christmas Day! I’ve seen this book everywhere this year. It’s a historical fictional novel about three women, two of whom were involved with the resistance during WWII. Reese Witherspoon picked this for her book club so I expect great things!

The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

This book comes recommended by the Reading Women podcast. It’s a large (over 500 pages!) high fantasy novel full of magic and secrets. This already promises to be an entertaining read!

The Dry by Jane Harper

Another well-received mystery, The Dry is about a small town with big secrets. The main character returns home under mysterious circumstances, which is a favorite mystery trope of mine.

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

This book comes highly recommended from some of my bookstore coworkers. It’s a dark YA fantasy that seems to have some fairy tale elements. I’ve heard this book has lots of surprises and a great romance, as well! Plus, the cover is stunning.

The English Wife by Lauren Willig

I loved Willig’s series of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and am very excited about her newest novel. This one has it all: affairs, murder, and secrets. Plus, it takes place in England! I can already tell that I’m going to love this.

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

I won’t say too much about this one as I’ve already reviewed it for the blog. You can read that review here and I gave it 4 / 5 stars.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

This book promises to be a fascinating combination of historical fiction and noir thriller. This will be my first time reading anything by Egan, so I’m greatly looking forward to this one. I’ve heard readers either love it or hate it…

The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson

I first read The Odyssey back in high school. In college, my acting teachers did a much better job of exploring Greek drama. As such, I’m very much looking forward to reading this book next year. Wilson is the first woman ever to translate The Odyssey, and I’m curious to see what unique choices she made.

A Secret Sisterhood by Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney

This nonfiction read is about authors Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf and the letters they wrote. I think this will be a fascinating look at women, writing, and friendships.

Still Life by Louise Penny

Confession time: I’ve never read Louise Penny. I’m excited to finally start this mystery series that I’m constantly seeing over on Instagram. It’s Penny’s debut novel and received quite a lot of great reviews!

That’s all for now! What books did you pick up this month?

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