August Book Haul – I Bought a Book Because Obama Liked It

I went a little crazy with the book buying in August. I blame BookOutlet (again). But they were having a sale, and, you know I can’t resist book sales. About half of the books haven’t arrived yet, so I can divide up the haul (and not seem too crazy). There are some really great books on this list, some of which I’ve already read, and some I’m really excited about reading soon! If you’ve read any of the books on this list, let me know what you thought about them!

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1. The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore. I actually got a digital ARC of this one – check out my review here – and loved it so much I had to preorder a physical copy to have in my library.

2. Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran. I’ve been meaning to get around to reading some of Moran’s books, and this one really caught my eye. It’s a story about an Indian queen who raises two armies – one male and one female – and rides into battle against the British Empire, who is trying to take over India in the 1850s. I’m really excited about 1) a new badass female character and 2) reading a historical fiction novel set somewhere I don’t read about often.

3. The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White. This is pretty much on every list of “must-reads for writers,” so I think it’s time I finally got myself a copy. I saw an illustrated edition on Book Outlet, so it got added to my cart. Though, not going to lie, it was really the cute dog on the cover that caught my eye.

4. On Writing by Stephen King. I’m supposed reread this for school, and I can’t find my copy anywhere. So I repurchased it. It is a slightly nicer edition, so if I do find my first copy eventually, I can donate that one. (It’s a great book, so I don’t mind having to repurchase that much.)

5. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. In August, I signed up for Book of the Month, which is a book subscription box where you get to choose which book you get, and this was my pick for the month. It’s been on my radar since it came out, so I’m excited to read it.

6. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. As part of Book of the Month, you’re able to add additional books for $10, and when I saw they had a hardcover copy of this one, I immediately added it to my box. I listened to the audiobook earlier this year and loved it, and have been meaning to add it to my shelves ever since.

7. At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen. I’ve come across this book multiple times, but, for some reason, never read the synopsis. Recently, I saw it on sale, and as soon as I realized it was a historical fiction book about the search for the Loch Ness monster, it was in my cart. What can I say? I love Scotland. And Nessie.

8. Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson. I’ve been in the mood for a thriller lately, and this one caught my eye. It’s about a woman who wakes up every morning with no memory of the previous day. Every morning, her husband explains to her who she is. But when she starts keeping a journal, she realizes he’s not telling her the whole truth. I already read this this one, and really enjoyed it!

9. The Sherlockian by Graham Moore. I loved Moore’s newest release (see #1 on this list), and I love Sherlock Holmes, so when I saw this on Book Outlet, I didn’t even hesitate to add it to my cart. Really excited to read this!

10. City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg. I’ve been hesitating to pick this one up since it came out. It’s gotten mixed reviews, and I’m not sure I’m totally interested in the story, but I’ll admit to being hugely curious about all of these new books getting obscene (aka $2-million) advances, so I ended up picking it up when I saw a hardcover for $5.

11. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. Another book that’s gotten mixed reviews, but it kind of intrigues me. Though I’m not going to lie, I was hesitant about adding this one to my TBR until I heard that Obama loved it. Again, I got it at a discount, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

12. Franny and Zooey by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Even though I love The Great Gatsby, I have yet to read anything else by Fitzgerald, and I’ve been meaning to pick this one up for a while. I think it’ll be perfect when I’m in the mood for a quirky classic (which is kind of a lot).

13. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield. This was an impulse buy, but, since I’ve been pretty into science fiction lately, I thought it would be fun to read the perspective of an actual astronaut.

14. Ernest Hemingway on Writing by Ernest Hemingway (obviously). I haven’t read much of Hemingway’s fiction, but, from what I have read, I already recognize him as an incredible writer. And I always really love reading about writers’ processes.

15. Middle Passage by Charles Johnson. After reading The Underground Railroad in August, my interest in the history of slavery was renewed, and this was recommended to me years ago by a history professor, so I thought I’d finally pick it up.

16. 1776 by David McCullough. How I spent four years studying American history without reading one of McCullough’s books is beyond me. I already own (but haven’t read) John Adams, but 1776 is a must-read, and it was on sale, so…

18.  Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick. Every once in a while, I hear about this book, and it’s been a while since I’ve read any paranormal young adult. I found a copy for only a couple dollars, and it’s gotten great reviews on Goodreads from all the reviewers I trust, so I picked it up.

19. The Revenant by Michael Punke. Okay, I didn’t love the movie. I still stand by my claim that Redmayne should have gotten the Oscar. But I can’t help but be intrigued by this book, mostly because it’s so popular. After staring at it literally every time I’ve walked in to Target this year (which is A LOT of times), I finally bought it.

20. Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman. This is a book of stories about women who almost made history: Oscar Wilde’s niece, Lord Byron’s daughter, etc. I absolutely love this idea, so, obviously, I had to pick up the book.

21. How to Be Both by Ali Smith. This shows up on lists of must-read feminist nonfiction more often than not, so when I saw the hardcover on sale, I snapped it up. Let’s be honest, if a book is 80% off, I will most likely pick it up.

22. The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel. I’ve been meaning to read another book by Emily St. John Mandel ever since I read and loved Station Eleven last year. This one sounded interesting, so I snapped it up.

8 thoughts on “August Book Haul – I Bought a Book Because Obama Liked It

  1. Amazing haul! Some of the books are already on my tbr and just by looking at the rest I’m sure I could add a lot more of them ❤ I will have to check some out and feed the monster that is my tbr pile again 😛

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  2. I hope you enjoy Fates & Furies more than I did. I hate that book lol And omg I just got Dark Matter on kindle, myself!!! I love Blake Crouch’s writing. His Wayward Pines trilogy is phenomenal. I hope this one is as good!

    Great haul!

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  3. I really loved Fates and Furies – I hope it works out for you. Most people like the second half – it is very good and definitely takes the book to another level – so if you’re struggling to get through the first part of the book, just push through!

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  4. Holy cow, that’s a lot of books! I read “Fates and Furies” earlier this year and thought it was ok… the first half of the story is a little slow, but right when I was getting really bored the second section started and I blew through it. I own “1776” but have yet to pick it up. After living in Ohio, I also want to read his “The Wright Brothers.” You’ve got tons of other books here that are on my to-read list! I’m most excited to read “The Last Days of Night.” I keep checking to see if my library has gotten it in yet but so far no luck.

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