I got some really awesome books in June, and actually went to a physical bookstore. The last time I went to Barnes & Noble was way back in February. I remember, because they stocked A Gathering of Shadows a few days early, and I picked it up. So, it’s been a while. I also visited the Scholastic warehouse sale in Anaheim, and got some really great books there, too. Overall, I think it was a great month. I’ve already read some of these books, and loved most of the ones I’ve read. I can’t wait to read the rest of these soon!
Keep reading to see what books I acquired in the month of June! (The last four are all digital ARCs from NetGalley, so they barely count. Right?)
1. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. I bought this to read it for the Our Shared Shelf book club, and I absolutely loved it! If you’re interested, you can check out my review. It’s a brilliant graphic memoir – anyone who calls themselves a feminist should read it.
2. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. I’ve been looking at this book for months, and it was finally back on Book Outlet, so I bought it. Spy novels aren’t something I read very often, but the premise of this one is very interesting.
3. The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy. I can’t explain why I bought this one other than that I’ve been trying to read more diversely lately, and all the characters in this book are cats. Plus, it has decent reviews on Goodreads. So, I want to read it.
4. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins. This book sounds really interesting, but really the only reason I needed to read this is that V. E. Schwab gave it a five-star review. Definitely planning on reading this soon!
5. Smarter Than You Think by Clive Thompson. This book is all about how technology affects our brains. Which is something I’m interested in, since everyone seems to be glued to some form of technology. I try not to be on my phone all the time, but I know my technology use definitely affects how I think. Also, works towards my goal of reading more nonfiction.
6. Library: An Unquiet History by Matthew Battles. I probably have at least five different books on the history of books. What can I say? I love books. And books on books.
7. Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon. I love Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. They’re totally different, but both some of my favorite authors and favorite feminist historical figures. I’m really looking forward to reading this.
8. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. I follow literary prizes, and the one I have the best luck with liking is the Man Booker. This one looks really interesting, and is completely different than what I usually read. I’ve heard great things about it.
9. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. I did want to read this, mostly because it won this year’s Pulitzer for fiction, but I wasn’t planning on reading it anytime soon. Then I was in the bookstore, and read the first page and definitely got hooked. I’m going to attempt to read it sometime this summer.
10. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett. This was the only adult Neil Gaiman novel I didn’t own. Obviously, I needed it. Also, I’ve been wanting to get into Terry Pratchett, so this is kind of a good compromise.
11. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. Okay, I’ll admit it, I like this series. I really liked this book. And I needed to own it.
12. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin. I’ve been wanting to read this since it came out, I just never got around to it. And it was on sale, and we all know how I handle book sales.
13. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. I needed this one after seeing Whitney’s review, and it was on Book Outlet, so…
14. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. I got an ebook copy from the library. It only took me about fifty pages to order a copy of my own from Amazon. It’s so, so good! I will have a review up soon. Just know I loved it.
15. The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley. I mean, look at the title. Plus, it’s a great combo of two of the things I’ve been trying to read more of this year: feminist lit and nonfiction.
16. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. I read and LOVED The Name of the Wind last month, and I needed this one. I’m already in love with this series.
17. The Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Weibe and Roc Unchurch. I’ve been loving all these non-superhero comics lately, and I keep hearing about this one. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m planning to soon.
18. I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young. I don’t remember where I heard about this, but I ended up really enjoying it! Definitely looking forward to the second volume.
20. The Marvels by Brian Selznick. Not going to lie, I just liked the cover. Not really sure what this is about, but I’ve seen a lot about it on YouTube, and I saw it at the Scholastic warehouse sale, so I picked it up.
21. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Same as above. The spines of these books are so cool!
22. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. I didn’t love Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but I liked it enough to continue on with the series. Also got this at the Scholastic warehouse sale.
23. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler. This was another Scholastic warehouse sale purchase, but I’ve been staring at this book for months. Every time I walked into a bookstore (or Target) I came thisclose to buying it. So I finally got it.
24. The Girls by Emma Cline (NetGalley eARC). I was curious about this one because it got a very sizable advance. Personally, I really don’t think it was worth it. You can read my review here, but, honestly, I think this was a case of hype was better than the book.
25. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (NetGalley eARC). I’m going to read this one closer to it’s release date, but it sounds amazing, and I’ve heard great things.
26. Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg (NetGalley eARC). I requested this one because I read and enjoyed Holmberg’s Paper Magicians trilogy last year. It wasn’t quite as good, but it was fun. I’ll have a full review up sometime next week.
27. Smoke by Dan Vyleta (NetGalley eARC). This book has an interesting premise, and I was curious. It came out at the end of May, so I’m hoping to read an review it soon.