October 2017 and birthday book haul

Since work kept me rather busy throughout October, I didn’t have a lot of time to go book shopping. Aside from a couple of discounted online purchases – including the utterly wonderful What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, which I reviewed in my last post – my month’s haul mostly resulted from my birthday at the end of the month.

I received some lovely bookish presented from friends, including a book of creative writing prompts, the beautifully illustrated Literary Listography (think Goodreads on paper), and Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale. While I hadn’t previously heard of Hannah’s novel, my friend said that she saw it and thought it would be a good fit for me, a message that pretty much guarantees I’ll pick it up soon.

Oct_haul_2And, since it was my birthday, I really didn’t have an excuse not to buy myself a few presents, too. After I headed to Foyles to pick up my pre-order of Jen Campbell’s debut short story collection (one of my 2017 anticipated reads), I treat myself to a few other goodies, including Dead Ink‘s crowdfunded essay collection on working class life, Know Your Place.

Because nothing says ‘happy birthday’ like reading up on social inequality, right?

New additions to The Bookshelf:

What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky – Lesley Nneka Arimah (review)
The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night – Jen Campbell
Know Your Place: Essays on the Working Class by the Working Class – ed. Nathan Connolly
The Nightingale
– Kristin Hannah
On Writing – Stephen King
The Good People
 – Hannah Kent
Literary Listography – Lisa Nola (ill. Holly Exley)
642 Tiny Things to Write About 
– The San Francisco Writers’ Grotto


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