I know it’s only been a couple weeks since my last book haul, but I really couldn’t resist. Those lovely people at Book Outlet have me hooked! Also, I’ve already read/re-read almost four of the five that I ordered last time and reviewed two, so really I was due for another box.
Unlike last time, where most of the books were re-reads, this time every last one was a surprise. I love surprises! (Actually, I don’t love surprises at all, but this was the type of situation in which I was willing to take a risk. I know. This hatred of surprises makes me very Grinch-y at Christmastime. Let me clarify, I don’t like receiving surprises. I love giving them. That makes me slightly less Grinch-y. At any rate, this little aside has gone on far too long. With apologies, I digress…) So, books…this time I only ordered four books, and other than reading a brief synopsis, I don’t know a thing about them!
Let’s start with The Letter Opener by Kyo Maclear. This is the story of Naiko, a Japanese-Canadian woman who works in the Undeliverable Mail Office, attempting to solve the mysteries of these letters and packages, reuniting them with their rightful owners. When her co-worker inexplicably goes missing, she applies these same skills to solving the mystery of his disappearance. This one interested me for a couple of reasons, mainly because it was written by a Japanese-Canadian woman about a Japanese-Canadian woman, and I happen to be a Japanese-American woman, and Canada is our lovely neighbor to the north. There really aren’t a lot of books about Japanese-American women, so it’s kind like reading something by and about a distant sister. Also, I love mysteries. So there you go.
Next, I’m just going to pull off the Band-Aid: Million Little Mistakes by Heather McElhatton. So. Painfully. Bad. Did any of you have those Choose Your Own Adventure books? (Children of the 80s, you’ll remember these.) I had them, and they were awesome! Anyway, this is supposed to be that…but it wasn’t. Yes, I’ve already read it, so I’ll save further recap for the review.
Moving on, The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland, who actually used to be a transcriptionist for the New York Times. The book is about a fictional transcriptionist named Lena who works for a fictional newspaper, the Record, and the discoveries she makes while working there, which call into question journalistic integrity and ethics. It sounded really interesting, and there was a bit of a mysterious twist thrown in. As you know, I like a bit of mystery, so into my cart it went!
Last in my October 2015 Book Haul Part II is Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole. This is the story of a young Nigerian man living in New York City who goes home to visit Lagos. I’ve already read the first two chapters, and it is absolutely beautiful so far. I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of it, and will update as soon as I’m finished.
So there you have it, Part Two of my October 2015 Book Haul. Unfortunately, I already know that one of the selections has cemented my already Grinch-y dislike of surprises, but I have high hopes for the rest. I’ll keep you posted on my progress, and update as soon as I can!
How do you feel about surprises in general? Are surprises the spice of life, or are they cruel agony inflicted upon you for the amusement of others? Books are the one place where I actually love a surprise, thus this month’s random book haul. How about you? Twists and turns inside a book are a great thing, but when you pick them, do you select based on careful research, or do you just go for it? I’d love to hear from you.
Until next time, happy reading!
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