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January

Books Bought:
Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops – Jen Campbell

Books Read:
Wolf Winter – Cecilia Ekback
Saga Vol. 4 – Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
When Everything Feels Like the Movies – Raziel Reid
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops – Jen Campbell
The Unwritten, Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor & the Bogus Identity – Mike Carey & Peter Gross

I’ve decided to take a new approach to my bookish reporting by writing a monthly commentary on the books I read and bought during that month. This is clearly inspired by the wonderful Nick Hornby’s monthly book column in The Believer.

Firstly, I must say, my first month of concious book buying was a success! Two books is a very, very good sign. I’ve been eyeing Jon Krakauer’s work for the past year after seeing an amazing review from one of my trusted book recommending sources. Though Into the Wild seems to be his most famous book, Into Thin Air sounds more appealing to me. I’m eagerly awaiting it’s arrival in the mail and plan to start it right away!

My other purchase was the lovely Jen Campbell’s Weird Things People Say in Bookshops. I’d wanted to read this even before I started watching Jen’s wonderful YouTube channel, but finally caved after a long day at work. I desperately needed a laugh, and this fit the bill. What a fun book! If you’ve ever worked in a bookstore, or even retail in general, you will find something relatable in its pages.

One thing I noticed last year, was that during frustrating times, I would go straight for the comics, or short stories or easy things I knew I would love (cough – Weird Things Customers Say – cough). That ended in a lot of my reading being short, very approachable books. This year, I wanted to dive into more challenging things; longer novels, non fiction, things outside of my usual go-tos. This month, I didn’t do the best job of that. After reading Wolf Winter and When Everything Feels Like the Movies for work, I jumped into We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves with such excitement. When I didn’t love it, I fell into my usual pattern. On the side, I read Harry Potter (which I should be finishing this weekend and so it is included here!)

Next month, I’m going to challenge myself to read not one, but TWO non fiction books. Into Thin Air and also the advanced copy a coworker lent me of Jon Robson’s new book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.  I’m hoping this will break me out of my regular routine!

Favourite book of the month was Harry Potter, just because. Good start for the year and I’m super proud of my book buying (which totalled to under $25)!  Now, if only I can keep that going..

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4 thoughts on “January in Review

  1. I’m trying to watch my book-buying too. I only spent about $16, not too shabby. And I am so jealous that you have the new Saga, HOW do I not have it yet?? That needs to happen next weekend.

    Also, yay Harry Potter!! :) :)

  2. Conscious book buying! That is so not a concept I am familiar with. If I started to keep a monthly log of the books I bought…I think I’d be really surprised! I went to a used book store yesterday on the understanding that I could buy one book and walked out with 5.

    Harry Potter should always be the favourite.

    • New books? I request a haul post! I love seeing the books (and specific editions – because I’m a super nerd) that people buy.
      Sadly, space and money constraints mean that concious book buying is a necessity now. It’s also a huge challenge for me, which is kind of nice lol. I feel accomplished lol.
      But yes.. haul post!

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