This is the first month in a while that I splurged on Book Outlet – I haven’t placed an order since the end of January! I’ve had a lot of these books sitting in my cart for months, so I figured I should probably order them before someone else did. And then I placed another order. Oops.
Still Lives by Maria Hummel. I am loving the way Book of the Month has been using keywords (and cute little graphics) to describe their selections! It has made my decision so much easier these past few months. I was a bit conflicted, but when I saw this one was described as “feminist” “puzzle” and “chilling”, I was sold. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it, though. You can read my review of Still Lives here.
Dune by Frank Herbert. This is one of those essential classics that I had somehow never picked up. It’s kind of massive, but I do want to try and read it soon.
Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel. I was excited to read the finale to the Themis Files, so I immediately picked this up. It wasn’t a bad book, and I think it ended the trilogy fairly well, but it was probably my least favorite of the three. Read my review of Only Human if you want to find out more.
Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates. I haven’t read an Oates book since undergrad, but this one caught my eye (mostly because it’s a hardcover and was less than $2). It’s a mystery about a missing girl and a war veteran and sounds really good.
13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough. I recently read Sarah Pinborough’s adult thriller, Behind Her Eyes, and enjoyed it, so I was curious to see what this one’s all about. It is a young adult novel about a girl who was dead for thirteen minutes and remembers nothing other than that it wasn’t suicide or an accident. Sounds like it could be interesting.
Smoke by Dan Vyleta. I’ve actually already read this one (in the form of a digital ARC). Even though I didn’t love it, I did enjoy it. And the paperback kept catching my eye, so it ended up in my cart.
All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein. This is a Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction book about the Watergate scandal, and I just feel like my American history collection was incomplete without it.
Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor. I fell in love with Nnedi Okorafor after reading Binti, and have wanted to read more of her writing. This one is about humanity’s first contact with an alien ambassador, and I think it’s going to be really great.
The Singles Game by Lauren Weisburger. I’ve been in the mood for some light, summer reading lately, and this one looked pretty good. I enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada, so I’m hoping this ends up being just as fun.
The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. Book Outlet had these really cool editions for only a couple of dollars each, so I picked up all the H. G. Wells books they had. The Time Machine is one of my favorite classic sci-fi novels, and I’m excited to read The Invisible Man (finally). Obviously, I needed The War of the Worlds, too, even if it isn’t my favorite.
America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray. I’ve been staring at this for months (mostly in Target), so I finally grabbed a copy. It has great reviews, so I’m hoping it’s good.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. Another book I’ve heard great things about, and so I decided to treat myself.
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu. I recently started working with someone new at work, and when she found out I enjoy sci-fi, she highly recommended this one. I keep hearing about it, and it sounds great, so I picked up a copy.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. This has gotten a lot of praise, and I am always up for some new middle grade fantasy. I did try and listen to the audiobook a while back, but couldn’t get into it, so I picked up a hard copy.
Autonomous by Annalee Newitz. I have been really into sci-fi lately, and this has been on my radar for a while. It was on Book Outlet, so now it’s mine.
All the Ugly and Wonderful Thingsby Bryn Greenwood. This has gotten some mixed reviews, but a few reviews I trust really enjoyed it, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
Those are all the books I bought in May. I think this was a pretty good haul, and I can’t wait to read these!
Have you read any of these books? Are there any I have to read immediately? Let me know in the comments!