It is time once again for my monthly book haul! As you might have noticed, I did not go completely insane in July – well, at least not as insane as I usually am when it comes to buying books. But I did still add quite a few books to my library (which, at this point, is starting to rival an actual library). Here are the books I accumulated in July:
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. This was my Book of the Month pick for July (I also had a digital ARC already, but it was too beautiful not to own). Not only is it one of my favorite covers of the year, but this was one of my favorite books of the year so far. I loved it, and I highly recommend it (especially if you liked Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver or Uprooted).
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo. This was an add-on to my BOTM. I’ve heard great things about it, and I’m always down for some feminist nonfiction. I think this’ll make a great addition to my nonfiction reading, and it’s something a little bit different.
Dark Age by Pierce Brown. I’ve been obsessed with the Red Rising series since the beginning, so, naturally, I had to pick this up. And I’m terrified (of both the size and what’s going to happen after the brutal cliffhanger at the end of Iron Gold). But I’ll definitely be reading this soon.
The Philosopher’s War by Tom Miller. I loved Tom Miller’s debut, The Philosopher’s Flight, last year – it is the most feminist book I have ever read that has a male main character, and was written by a man, and I loved that. I needed to pick up book two, Hopefully I’ll get to it soon.
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie. When this post is published – I pre-write almost everything – I will have either just finished the audiobook of this, or will be very close to finishing it. And I am obsessed. I love Catherine, and am so glad I picked this up on a whim. And I had to buy the book because I needed it for my library (I can’t shake the image of a shelf full of historical biographies and I want it), but also because I’m a visual learner, and Russian names are hard.
Wilder Girls by Rory Power. Everyone has been talking about this, so I thought why not? I do think this is something I’ll like, and it’ll make a great fall read.
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. Lately, when I get that itch to finish a book, I pick up a thriller, because I know I’ll fly through it. This one was nominated both for the Women’s Prize and the Booker Prize, and I couldn’t resist.
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper. Maybe a year (probably longer) ago, a reader with cerebral palsy – I’m pretty sure it was Robyn, but please correct me if I’m wrong! – recommended this to me. I actually came across this in Target and remembered the recommendation and it felt like fate.
Ideal by Ayn Rand. My first Ayn Rand! I have always associated her with the pretentious assholes in my college literature courses, but that never stopped me from being curious. This is a newly published novella and play, which I think will be a great way to dip my toe into the Rand waters. Because Atlas Shrugged scares me.
The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders. This was on sale, and it sounded interesting, so I picked it up. Sometimes my book buying habits really are that simple.
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman. This was on my radar earlier this year, and (again) it was on sale. And now I own it. Hopefully one day I will read it.
That’s it for this month’s book haul! If you’re used to my hauls being a tad bit longer, don’t worry! August’s haul will feature not only a Book Outlet haul, but also a trip to the dollar bookstore (aka the most dangerous place for a bookworm).
Which one of these do you think I should read first? Let me know in the comments!