July was a fairly good book month for book buying. I found a few books on Book Outlet that I’ve been meaning to read for a while, and I also bought a couple of books I don’t know too much about. I think that’s typically how my hauls go. But I am excited about all of these books, so, without further ado, here are the books I acquired during the month of July:
Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong. I’ve been kind of into family-centric memoirs lately, especially after reading The Glass Castle in July, so when I saw this, I was immediately interested, and ended up choosing it as my Book of the Month. Plus, the cover is amazing.
Final Girls by Riley Sager. And, yet again, I couldn’t pick just one Book of the Month, so I also selected this thriller, which sounded pretty interesting. Maybe it’ll make my October TBR.
Literary Starbucks: Fresh-Brewed, Half-Caf, No-Whip Bookish Humor by Jill Poskanzer, Wilson Josephson, and Nora Katz. This is a book of literary jokes about famous authors or characters in Starbucks. I’m only a little ashamed to admit a few of these went over my head, so if you’re not super into reading those books everyone else says you should read, this might not be for you. (Two of the “rejected subtitles” are: “Because Everyone Likes Coffee and Academic Elitism” and “Can You Tell We Went to a Liberal Arts College?”) That said, most of the jokes I did get were pretty funny. This will be a brilliant nerdy coffee table book. As soon as I have a coffee table (and an apartment to put it in).
The Relic Master by Christopher Buckley. I read an eARC when this came out last year (I think), and I really enjoyed it. So when I saw a copy on Book Outlet I thought it was time to add it to my library.
The Dark Half by Stephen King. On a whim, I decided that this would be my annual Stephen King Halloween read this year. I couldn’t decide, and I thought it might be fun to read the book he published the year I was born. I happened to see it on Book Outlet, so I picked it up. And then of course, I found out about The Dead Zone, and am strongly considering reading that one instead. We’ll see what happens. I will read this eventually.
The Miniature Wife and Other Stories by Manuel Gonzales. I like reading short stories, especially by authors I’m not familiar with. Plus, this cover is ridiculously amazing, and I have a problem.
All Men Are Liars by Alberto Manguel. Total title buy. I have no explanation. I’m not even sure what this is about.
Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang and Lark Pien. I’ve actually been meaning to pick this up for a while, and Book Outlet happened to have the box set, so now it’s mine.
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley. Another book I know very little about. However, I’ve been staring at this for over a year because 1) the cover is really pretty and 2) it was blurbed by Neil Gaiman.
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem. I loved this book when I listened to it on audiobook a year or so ago, and I finally got myself a physical copy. It might be time for a reread.
Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum. This book has been on my radar for a while. It’s one of those I just want to read, even though I’m not entirely sure what it’s about. (This might have been a cover buy.)
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Woman and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister. I was so excited to find this on Book Outlet, because I have been meaning to read it for a while! This is definitely going to be a nonfiction book of the month soon.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I read an ebook version of this book and loved it. I found a copy on Book Outlet, and decided to add it to my library, because I think this is one I’m going to reread whenever I’m in the mood for something light and fun.
City of Thieves by David Benioff. I actually bought an ebook copy of this one maybe two years ago, and have still not read it. I’m hoping that picking up a physical copy will motivate me a bit more, because I would really like to read this one soon.
And, lest you think I restrained myself last month, go check out my Dollar Bookstore Haul to see what I picked up during my trip to the dollar bookstore in July. Because it was enough to justify a separate list.
I hope you enjoyed this haul! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books, and/or what you think I should pick up first.