August Book Haul (I Bought Way Too Many Books. Again.)

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I went a little bit crazy last month. And I have no regrets. Because I am genuinely excited about all of these books. Okay, most of them. There are a few cover buys. I have no self control when it comes to books. Keep scrolling to see all the books I bought in the month of August. All thirty-three of them. (I need to read faster.)

Eat Only When You’re Hungry by Lindsay Hunter. This was my Book of the Month pick for August. I decided to go a little outside my comfort zone with this book, and I’m excited to get to it.

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis. I read this book a few months ago, and loved it, so when I saw it on Book Outlet, I had to add it to my shelf. Plus, I have a serious problem where I cannot resist chartreuse book covers, and this is no exception.

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly. I’ve had the ebook for a while (I think it was on sale on iBooks), and picked up the hardcover last month because it was $3. I ended up buddy reading it for The Reading Quest, and I liked it so much more than I thought I would! It definitely satisfied my craving for a dark YA read.

Salt to the Sea by Rita Sepetys. I have almost picked this up so many times, and it finally happened. I haven’t read it yet, but I do gravitate towards historical fiction more in the fall and winter, so maybe I’ll get to it soon. (Side note: is it fall yet? Because I am so over this 90 degree weather.)

That Summer by Lauren Willig. I was a huge fan of Lauren Willig in high school and college, and have been meaning to restart/continue her Pink Carnation series for a while. But it’s a long series, and it seems pretty daunting, so when I saw this book, which is a standalone, I thought it might be a good place to ease back in.

The House Girl by Tara Conklin. I am always looking for diverse historical fiction, and this one has been catching my eye for a while. It’s about an escaped house slave in 1852 Virginia, and the lawyer who discovers her story a century and a half later. And it sounds really interesting.

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel. Hilary Mantel is an author I’ve been meaning to read for a while, but the two of her books I own – Wolf Hall and Bringing Up the Bodies – are intimidating and long and historical, and I just haven’t been in the mood for them. I saw this collection of short stories, and thought it would be a good introduction to Mantel’s writing, especially because I’ve been meaning to read more short fiction.

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes. I actually won this last year when I participated in my first Dewey’s 24-Hr Readathon, but it never arrived (sad face). I still wanted to read it, and it was on Book Outlet, so now it’s finally on my shelf. Ok, fine, it’s on top of a very tall pile of books near my desk, but whatever.

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle. This was 100% a cover buy. I mean, it’s metallic and oil-spill-y and awesome and I don’t really know what it’s about, but I don’t care. I actually own Darnielle’s Wolf in White Van (somewhere), but haven’t read it yet. Hopefully I enjoy his writing.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks. My new job is actually in the neurology department of a medical school, and I’m kind of curious to read more about neurology because it covers so much. Sacks is actually a famous writer and neurologist, and I was definitely drawn in by the title of this book. I’m hoping to read it soon.

Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silverman. This has gotten a lot of praise, so I thought it would be another good neurology-related book to read. I am curious about autism, and I’ve read a lot of interesting articles about how it may be more evolution than disability, and I really just want to read more.

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. I feel like I’ve been seeing this everywhere lately, and I am so curious about it. I’m always on board for more magical realism, and I’m looking forward to this one.

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue. Another book I decided to pick up mostly because I’ve been staring at it on Book Outlet for months. I really enjoyed Room, and I need to read more of Donoghue’s books, because her stories sound so interesting.

Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue. Ditto.

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. I’ve been on the fence about this one for a while, but I kept coming back to it, so I just decided to give it a shot.

Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter. I’ve had the first two books in this series – Jackaby and Beastly Bones – for a while, and saw this on sale, so I picked it up. Fortunately, I then read the first two books and loved them, and this one ended up being my favorite. Finally, buying an entire series without having read any of them paid off!

The Dire King by William Ritter. This is the finale to the Jackaby series, which actually just came out last month (I picked the perfect time to finally pick these books up), and I can’t wait to read it!

Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore. I read an ARC of this book (review here), and loved it, so I had to get a copy. Also, the cover is EVERYTHING, and I needed to own it.

This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi LeeThe Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was a surprise favorite for me, so I needed to pick up Mackenzi Lee’s first novel, because I’m a little bit obsessed with her at the moment. I’m excited to read this one, especially because I love Frankenstein and Mary Shelley.

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl. I keep hearing people talk about this one, I bought it. Honestly, I don’t remember adding this to my cart, but apparently it happened. It sounds pretty good, though. Hopefully I’ll enjoy it.

Windwitch by Susan Dennard. I tried so hard to talk myself out of buying this one, because I haven’t yet read Truthwitch (though I do own it), but I failed. It was on sale! Seriously, though, someone stop me.

This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel. I hadn’t heard much about this one, but it was highly recommended by Lindsay of Lindsay’s Library, and I am so intrigued by an adult novel following a transgender child. I was so excited to see this on Book Outlet!

The Muse by Jessie Burton. This was another cover buy, but I have heard great things about Jessie Burton’s writing. And I’ve owned The Miniaturist for a while (though I still haven’t read it). I might actually end up reading this one first, because it sounds intriguing.

The Bricks That Built the Houses by Kate Tempest. I’m not going to lie: I have no idea what this book is about. But I keep seeing it everywhere, and, well, now I can see it on my shelf.

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas. I bought a copy of this book with every intention of reading it for The Reading Quest, but life got in the way and I don’t think I’ll end up getting to it in time. I will read it at some point. (Though, to be fair, I say that about all my books, and I’d have to read like five a day to keep up.)

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro. I enjoyed the first book in this series – A Study in Charlotte – and just never ended up picking this one up when it came out. I was kind of on a book buying spree (clearly), so I threw it in the pile. I think this is going to be a fun fall read.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I have wanted to pick this up for a while, but I kept putting it off. And then I was buying other things, and it ended up in the cart, and I have absolutely no regrets. I’m hoping to get to it in September, but we’ll see what happens.

the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace. I read this the day it arrived, and I really liked it! It was such a powerful collection of poems, and I can’t wait for the next installment.

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik. I loved Uprooted, and I have been wanting to start the Temeraire series for a while. Last month, I finally picked up the first book (with every intention of reading it). I haven’t gotten to it yet, but I definitely will soon. I hope.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Another book I actually got around to reading last month! I have been meaning to start this series for years, and I finally did it! Expect the rest of the series in next month’s haul.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. I’d been hearing about this for a while, so I decided to finally get myself a copy. I’m currently in the middle of reading this one, and, unfortunately, not loving it as much as I wanted to. But I still have a ways to go, so we’ll see what happens.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire. In July, I read and loved Every Heart a Doorway, and I needed the next installment. As of my writing this, I haven’t picked it up yet, but it might happen before this post goes up. If not, this book will definitely get read in the next week or two, because I’m pretty excited about it.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. I love Wonder Woman. I love Leigh Bardugo. Obviously, I needed this book. I even got myself a signed copy (thanks to Barnes & Noble). And I am really excited to read it!

Congratulations, you made it to the end of this ridiculous book haul! I feel like I should send you a reward, but (clearly) I already spent all my money on books.

I hope you enjoyed this super-long post. Let me know what book(s) you acquired in the month of August. Any new releases you are excited to buy in September? And can you please yell at me the next time I buy this many books? (Seriously, my hands hurt just from writing this post.)

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17 thoughts on “August Book Haul (I Bought Way Too Many Books. Again.)

  1. I read “As You Wish” last year and adored it! I’m a huge sucker for anything behind the scenes involving movies. Besides, it’s “The Princess Bride!” There was so much in that book I never knew and I have a new appreciation for the movie now. Many hilarious and poignant anecdotes from the cast. (One word: farts.) I hope you like it! 🙂

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  2. I love Hilary Mantel! Haven’t read the Margaret Tatcher one, but the Wolf Hall is reallyyy good!

    Looking forward to see what you think of His Majesty’s Dragon. I loved Uprooted as well, but haven’t read anything else by Novik.

    Quite an impressive haul!

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  3. Seems like you picked up some interesting books! I’m curious about your venture into neurology books, that could make for a unique recommendations list 😀
    I really loved Room as well and have had The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue on my shelf for ages! Also I love Kate Tempest’s poetry, but I haven’t read The Bricks That Built The Houses yet! I hope you enjoy it 😊
    (You bought way too many books dude)

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    1. Thanks! I know! My TBR pile is terrifying and I need to stop. I might try and go on a ban until Christmas or something. (I know I’ll fail, but I can at least try!)

      And a neuro recommendations list is a great idea. I’ll work on putting one together as soon as I get to all the related books on my TBR. I might be able to ask one of the doctors for recommendations, too.

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  4. Wow! This is an impressive list. I am interested in When the Moon Was Ours, because I read Wild Beauty and found McLemore’s writing so beautiful. I see a bunch of other faves too. I hope you enjoy your haul!

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