A few weeks ago, I got an email from Book Outlet announcing a surprise sale in which each customer is sent a mystery coupon ranging anywhere from 15% to 50% off their total order. Although I wasn’t planning to buy any books, my curiosity got the better of me, and I clicked through to see which coupon I had received.
Once my 50% off offer was revealed, it was all over. How could I possibly resist such a good deal?!! I spent some time browsing the site and discovered a ton of titles that have been on my TBR list for a while.
Here are the books I bought:
Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed
This feminist dystopian novel about a cult-like Island society in which women are only valued for their ability to bear children, sounds equally disturbing and gripping.
Since there are quite a few dystopian novels in a similar vein on my TBR shelf (i.e. The Power, Red Clocks), maybe I’ll have to have a themed readathon. After all, some of these premises no longer seem very far-fetched…
Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
Girls Burn Brighter sounds like a devastating and unforgettable portrayal of female friendship and resilience. Moving from India to Seattle, the novel follows the lives of two young Indian teenagers born into poverty who face unimaginable tragedies. This certainly won’t be a pleasant read, but I’m sure it will be an impactful one.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
This powerful little book seemed to be everywhere last year, and I’m really looking forward to reading it soon. On a superficial note, I absolutely love the cover design as well.
Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
Although I’ve wanted to pick this book up for years now, I think it’s found its way to me at exactly the perfect time.
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
I really enjoyed Moran’s How to be a Woman when I read it a few years ago, and have wanted to read more of her work ever since. After watching Raised by Wolves – the TV series Caitlin wrote with her sister loosely based on their childhood – I’m even more excited to read How to Build a Girl. I imagine this will be a fun and quirky novel that will have me laughing out loud and rushing out to buy the sequel, How to Be Famous, ASAP.
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeline Thien
No doubt Thien’s tome will introduce me to aspects of Chinese culture and history that I’m not very familiar with. This multi-generational family saga spans Mao’s cultural revolution (including the infamous events of Tiananmen Square) to present day Vancouver.
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
I’ve heard that The Lesser Bohemians is a bit hit or miss for most people, so I made sure to read an excerpt before purchasing it. While McBride’s innovative and abstract prose will definitely take some getting used to, I think I’ll most likely end up in the camp who loves it.
Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
Hot Milk seems like it will be an evocative and escapist read with a somewhat darker undertone. I think I’ll save it for the summer or for when I need a dose of fictional Spanish sun and heat.
Nutshell by Ian McEwan
I wrote recently about wanting to read more of Ian McEwan’s work, and am therefore extra excited to own this copy of Nutshell. I’ve been super curious about this novel and its unusual protagonist: an unborn fetus who “overhears” a murder plot.
Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
The diary entry writing style of Goodbye, Vitamnin should make the heavier subject of dementia and loss a little easier to digest. It seems like this will be heartbreaking but with moments of hope and humor woven throughout.
What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
I fell hard for Oyeyemi’s strange and hypnotic prose in White is For Witching and can’t wait to experience more of her writing. The short stories in What is Not Yours is Not Yours seem like the perfect next step in my Oyeyemi journey. Hopefully they make for every bit as weird and wonderful reading.
Affinity by Sarah Waters
I was thrilled to be able to complete my Sarah Waters collection with this copy of Affinity. Here’s hoping she’ll announce her seventh novel very soon!
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
I have a feeling Suzanne Rindell may become one of my new favorite historical fiction writers. I can’t wait to test that theory by starting The Other Typist in the near future.
Three-Martini Lunch by Suzanne Rindell
A historical fiction novel set in the NYC publishing world of the 1950’s? Yes please!
Thanks Book Outlet!
Have you read any of these? Are any of the titles on your TBR list as well?