This summer, I’ve been really good about not going crazy with my book buying. My past few hauls were pretty small – easily the smallest hauls I’ve posted on this blog ever. It’s been kind of nice not having to jam twenty books in my already overflowing bookcases. But, not to worry, because in August, I went a little overboard. And by overboard, I mean seventeen books. Not terrible, but definitely a lot. But, between a Book Outlet order and a Barnes and Noble sale, I had do. Right?
The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles. This was my Book of the Month pick for August. I love the little buzzwords they have for each book now, because it makes it so easy to decide which book I want (narrowing it down to just one is another issue altogether). This one has female friendships, is LGBTQ+ friendly, and literary fiction. And it was chosen by Diane Guerrero, who I love. It was an easy choice. And I can’t wait to read this.
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. I preordered this forever ago, and was so excited to get my hands on Victoria Schwab’s first middle grade book. It looks so good and is set in one of my favorite cities. I think I’m going to save this for Halloween, because, you know, ghosts.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. I’ve been meaning to read this for a long time, so when I saw it for half off in Barnes and Noble’s sale, I instantly added it to my cart.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. I listened to the audiobook of this at the end of last year and LOVED it, so when I saw the chance to pick it up for half off, it was an easy decision.
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl. I keep hearing about this one, and it sounds really interesting, so I picked it up for less than $10 in the BN sale.
The Poppy War by R. F. Kang. I have almost bought this one so many times, but I’m glad I waited because half off! I am really excited about this book, so I’ll probably read it sooner rather than later. But I’m always looking for some good adult fantasy, and love that this was inspired by Chinese history.
Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire. This is the third book in the Wayward Children series, which I have loved so far. I can’t believe I haven’t gotten around to this one yet, but I will definitely be reading it before the end of the year.
The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu. In August, I read The Three Body Problem, and while I still don’t quite know how I feel about it, that didn’t stop me from picking up the rest of the trilogy (I got the third book a while back on Book Outlet, but they didn’t have this one). It’s a very complex story, so I kind of want to read the other two before I forget too many details.
Dumplin‘ by Julie Murphy. This is one of those YA books I’ve been staring at for years, and never picked up. But we all know I have a Book Outlet problem, so I finally got it.
The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan. I’ve been keeping an eye on this one for a while, too, but I heard mixed reviews, so I wasn’t sure. Even the hardcover on Book Outlet was kind of expensive (in BO pricing), so I waited. Then, they finally had the paperback for less than $6, so now it’s mine.
Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer. I am all about nonfiction this year, and this one caught my eye. It’s all about the science of memory and how it impacts our lives. I could definitely stand to improve my memory (how many books have I forgotten?), so I’m looking forward to reading this and see if I can implement it in my own life.
The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor. I LOVED Binti when I read it earlier this year, and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I picked this up, so now I can binge the next two books.
The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin. This is the third Daisy Goodwin book I’ve picked up and not yet read, but I couldn’t resist. This one sounds really interesting and fun, which is exactly the kind of historical fiction I love.
Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff. I haven’t yet read Nevernight, but I have a feeling I’m going to love this series. Book Outlet is really not helping with my not picking up entire series before I read them.
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. I can’t resist classics with special edition covers. This one is gorgeous. We’re not going to talk about the fact that I’m pretty sure I already own a different edition. Somewhere.
By the Book by Julia Sonneborn. I am not a big romance novel reader (I like romance within other genres, but rarely pick it up on it’s own). However, I just could not resist a retelling of Persuasion with a main character who is an English professor. I really hope this is good, because I love Persuasion and anything to do with literature.
Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin. Another book I’ve heard great things about, and I am definitely excited to pick up another adult novel with a LGBT main character. Plus, the cover is actually sparkly gold, which I didn’t realize when I ordered it. It’s so beautiful and I love it.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman. This is a contemporary YA novel about a half-Japanese girl dealing with a lot of tough family drama. I’ve heard so many good things about it, and I’m always on the lookout for a good young adult novel.
That’s it for this month! I already have another two books coming from the BN sale and a Book Outlet order for September, so there have been a lot of books added to my library lately. Now I just need to read them all.
What books did you haul in August? Any new releases I should know about? Let me know in the comments!