Hey, hey, hey, bookwormies! It’s the end of July, so I figured it’s as good a time as any to do a book haul! Get excited, because I am!
My last book haul was my May Book Haul, and because I only acquired a couple of new books in June, I figured I’d group my June and July book hauls together into one collective haul, but then I ended up going a little crazy with my book buying and now I have a huuuuge haul.
So let’s get to it, shall we?
By the way, these are in no particular order, especially because I can’t remember in what order I acquired them.
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
After reading and instantly falling in love with We Are Okay by Nina LaCour, I decided I wanted to read all her books, and started by purchasing Everything Leads to You, about a young set designer working in the movie business in LA who stumbles across a mysterious letter while at an estate sale. The letters contents lead her to pursuing the mysteries of a deceased Hollywood star’s secret life, and in the process she meets Ava and starts to learn about her own love life.
I haven’t read this one yet, but considering how good We Are Okay was, I have a pretty good amount of faith that this one is going to be amazing, as well.
Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
I picked up Point of Retreat because it is the sequel to Colleen Hoover’s novel Slammed, where teenage Layken met and fell in love with her new neighbor Will—who also ended up being a teacher at her high school. The two had to overcome some major obstacles in order to be together, and in Point of Retreat, life is going to be throwing some new wrenches into the works. I’m eager to see what awaits these two, as aside from their relationship difficulties, they’ve already been through quite a lot in their lives. I love Colleen Hoover’s work and she is definitely one of my favorite contemporary romance writers, so this should be a good read.
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
I actually picked this up at Barnes & Noble for only five dollars, which I think is a steal. I’m not sure if it’s just for the summer or all the time, but Barnes & Noble is currently selling paperback classics for only five bucks, so it’s a great time to stock up—and the covers are really pretty. I study Buddhism but haven’t yet read this novel by Herman Hesse, which tells the tale of Siddhartha, or Buddha, and how, unhappy and dissatisfied, he leaves his life behind to go on a journey of self-discovery to seek wisdom and the ultimate inner peace.
Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
This is my current read and so far I am loving it. Horrorstor is so unique, so funny, and delivers everything it does with a knowing wink that lets the reader in on the joke. It’s a ghost/haunted house story, but instead of taking place in a haunted house, it takes place in a haunted store, which happens to be an Ikea knockoff store called Orsk, which makes for some really hilarious satirical commentary on several aspects of the retail industry. And to really feed into the illusion, Horrorstor is designed to look like an Ikea—I mean, Orsk—catalog, including a guide to how to tour the showroom, an order form, fake ads, and even Orsk coupons. So far this book. Is. Delightful. And I’m really having a good time reading it.
The Merciless III by Danielle Vega
I was so excited for The Merciless III that I pre-ordered it and then spent the whole day that it was supposed to arrive peering out my front window and wondering why the mailman hadn’t come yet. When I finally got my hands on this beautiful holographic wonder of spookiness, I stayed up until three in the morning so I could read it one sitting (and at night in the dark…so atmospheric. Much creepy). I have an entire review on The Merciless III here, but the short version is I absolutely loved it. This and the first book are my favorites in The Merciless series. The Merciless III—a YA horror/suspense novel—goes back before the events of The Merciless and takes a look at how Brooklyn became wrapped up with evil in the first place, and the events leading up to the other two books. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it, as well as the whole series.
Burning by Danielle Rollins
Also by Danielle Vega, writing under a different last name, Burning is a YA horror novel about Angela Davis, a young woman who has spent the past few years in a juvenile detention center and is on the verge of being released when a new warden shows up. Sure that the new warden is evil and there is something dark and sinister going on, Angela and her friends have to set about trying to find a way to escape the detention center. This seems like it has all the spooky, demonic vibes that The Merciless series and Survive the Night have, so I have no doubt I’ll be pretty happy with it, and it’s high on my TBR.
Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay is one of my favorite spooky suspense books and one of the best books I read in 2016, so one day I went perusing the interwebs for more books by Tremblay. To be honest with you, it was hard to choose, because they all sound good, but I eventually settled on Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, a thriller/horror novel about the family left behind searching for answers after the disappearance of thirteen-year-old Tommy. The whole atmosphere seems super spooky, with Elizabeth (Tommy’s mother) seeing a ghostly shadow of Tommy materializing in her room and Kate (his sister), as well as other people in town, claiming to see a mysterious shadow peeping in their windows. I’m excited to see how things unfold, because if it’s anything like A Head Full of Ghosts, things are probably not what they seem, and it will definitely keep me on my toes.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder, a YA sci-fi/fantasy novel, is a futuristic retelling of Cinderella in which Cinder, rather than being a housemaid whose companions are pretty little birds and mice, is a cyborg and a mechanic (a girl after my own heart) whose companion is an android named Iko. Cinder lives in New Beijing in the Eastern Commonwealth, which is what Asia has been transformed into post-World War IV. Cinder meets the Prince when he brings one of his androids to her to be fixed, and before she knows it she finds herself wrapped up in espionage, mystery, and the threat of war with the shadowy (and somewhat bitchy) Lunar Queen who is visiting from her colony on, well, the moon. Obvi.
I actually got a copy of this book for a friend last month, and then when I was shopping at Book People in Austin (which I have a review on here), I saw it and thought to myself, wait a second. I don’t have a copy of that book, and it looks really good! I always see people raving about The Lunar Chronicles, but was late to the party on getting involved with them. Turns out I loved Cinder, and I can’t wait to start reading Scarlet…which is also the next book in this haul.
Oh, and I have a post about Cinder and how it relates to Fallout 4 here, if that interests you.
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
I actually picked up this book today, because I recently finished Cinder and I’m dying to know what happens next, so I decided to pick up the second book in The Lunar Chronicles so I have it on hand and can get reading and find out where this crazy story goes!
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Night Film is a psychological thriller about journalist Scott McGrath’s investigation into the suspicious death of Ashley Cordova, the daughter of acclaimed horror film director, Stanislav Cordova. This is another book that got rave reviews and I heard tons of people talking about, so it’s been on my TBR for a while, but I just now picked up a copy. One of the most appealing things about this novel is that it appears to be mixed media, which I am always a sucker for.
Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman’s work is always well written, always unique, and sometimes downright trippy, and ever since I read the synopsis for Ocean at the End of the Lane on Goodreads a couple months ago, it’s been lurking in the back of my mind as one of those books that whispers “buyyyy me…read me…”, so, obviously, I finally gave in.
Ocean at the End of the Lane is about a middle-aged man who returns home for a funeral. Being back in his old neighborhood and by the pond at the end of the lane—otherwise referred to as the “ocean” in his childhood—dredges up frightening and bizarre memories from his childhood.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
I actually came to this one in a strange way. I’m interested in seeing the movie version of Before I Fall, but, as a loyal bookworm, I’d feel a little guilty watching the movie without reading the book first, so I decided to pick up a copy and read it so that I can compare the two—and not feel like such a guilty bookworm.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by MacKenzi Lee
I received this book in my July Owl Crate, and I’m excited because I’m not usually a huge historical fiction person, so I’m not sure if I would have picked this up on my own while book shopping. Book subscription boxes or subscription services are a great way to discover new books like this, so I’m hoping I find a new favorite in the process!
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a YA historical fiction about Henry “Monty” Montague, a young British lord who embarks on a 1700s-style road trip across Europe with his best friend Percy—who he secretly has a crush on. But when the impulsive playboy’s actions get them involved in a straight up manhunt, Monty is in for a hell of a trip and probably quite a few life lessons, too.
It may not be a genre I have a ton of on my shelves, but I love expanding my horizons, and it definitely looks like a fun read!
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Deluxe Box Set by J.R.R. Tolkien
I already own The Hobbit and all three books in The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien, but my copies are beat up old paperback versions. They’ve served me well, of course, but I’ve been lusting after this faux-leather covered set for months now, and I finally decided to get them this month because I just COULDN’T RESIST ANYMORE. I mean, look at them.
Whew. I need some water after that one. That was a long haul.
See what I did there? Long haul…?
I’ll see myself out.
So what new books did all the other bookwormies get in the months of June and July? What are your favorite reads of the summer? Let me know in the comments! You know I’d love to talk. <3