It’s only, what, 11 days late…
We will start with my MAMMOTH of a haul. No, it’s not a large haul, it’s just a super expensive haul. Like $100+. I went a little crazy during a few trips to Barnes and Noble. So let’s jump right in so I can get this over with 😛
Yup. You’re looking at over $100 of my hard earned money in two tiny stacks of books. If you recall June, I got over 18 books and spent less than half of that. Support your local thrift/bookstores everybody!
Excessive Book Shopping Day the First:
On the first day of August I rushed to my local Barnes and Noble to pick up my TBR Jar book for the month. It turned into a pretty expensive shopping spree.
The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: I originally heard about this book over at Katytastic and immediately fell in love with it! It is a retelling of the Arabian Nights, also known as The 1,001 Nights and I was all about this book! Until i actually picked it up that is, I was greatly disappointed and DNF’d after about 20 pages.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne: I love me a good ‘classic’ so when i saw this hanging around the bargain bin I said “Why the hell not” and then I read this over a particularly brutal road trip. It is the stpry of a Purtian woman in New England who has a child out of wedlock and the punishment that is handed down on her. I wasn’t impressed but I’m glad to have finally read it.
Excessive Book Shopping Day the Second:
A World Lit Only by Fire by William Manchester: This is a nonfiction about medieval Europe and one of my favorite reads of all time. I got another edition of this book for my AP European History class in high school and I LOVED it so much that I’ve always told myself I would read it again, and LO! Look at all that pretty I found on a shelf at Barnes and Noble for an amount of money i never even looked at!
Blood & Beauty by Sarah Dunant: This is about the Borgias I believe. I honestly only picked iut up because it was $5 and I have a problem but I am excited to read it!
Zodiac by Romina Russell: Again i do not know what this book is about but when it was still a brand new release I sent it to a pen pal of mine as a birthday gift and I got back a really excited reply after she’d read it. I had to see what all the fuss was about 🙂
Beauty by Sarah Pinborough: This is a retelling mashup of several classic fairy tales. It is also the sexiest book (physically and aesthetically) I’ve come across in a while. It is quite short and I read it in two hours after work one day. Nothing to rave about but a quick fun read for adults. Like seriously don’t let your middle-schooler pick this up, the violence is pretty bad but the sex is really graphic and while I don’t think younger humans shouldn’t know what all that stuff is already, I do think introducing the phrase “He stuck his c*ck in her mouth.” too young may have it’s consequences.
Cruel Beauty by Rosmund Hodge: This is another fairy tale retelling, this time Beauty and the Beast. It is an interesting twist with a good riddle to solve. Again, nothing to rave about but I enjoyed every moment, and the Beast was every YA fiction dream guy, and funny to boot!
Excessive Book Shopping Day the Third:
This haul came AFTER a few weeks of being on a book buying ban. I told myself I wouldn’t buy another book in the month of August but my cousin and I found a great little thrift store where they had a deal of 8 paperbacks for $2. Come. The. Fuck. On. It would literally be irresponsible NOT to buy these! Funnily enough they didn’t have many paperbacks that spoke to me so I got only 3 of the 8.
Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts: This is the story of a teenage girl who secretly lives and gives birth in a Walmart. I didn’t know it was a book but I’ve seen the movie like 20 times. It’s nothing special, the movie, but it’s one of those TV movies that I put on if I see it because why not? I’ve read the first paragraph of this one and it isn’t wowing me (shocking!) but I have a goal to read all the books movies i like are based off of.
The Known World by Edward P. Jones: I don’t know what this is about, slavery I believe. I just picked it up because it looked nice.
Wurthering Heights by Emily Bronte: Another classic that I’ve always wanted to read/own. I’ve read Jane Eyre by the authors sister and it’s one of my favorite books so I’ve always wanted to read more by the Bronte sisters.
Now onto my Wrap-up!
This month I read 10 books! That’s a LOT for me but all through August I was DEVOURING books. In the first week I read about a book a day.
In order I read-
- The Kings Curse by Phillipa Gregory, finished on the 2nd.
- The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne, finished on the 3rd.
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, finished on the 5th.
- Cruel Beauty by Rosmund Hodge, finished on the 7th.
- Beauty by Sarah Pinborough, finished on the 7th.
- The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, finished on the 11th.
- Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly, finished on the 18th.
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, finished on the 20th.
- Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, finished on the 22nd.
- Little Bee by Chris Cleave, finished on the 25th.
I began She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb after reading Little Bee but I didn’t finish until September 6th so i’m counting it as a September book.
Now I know i haven’t posted any reviews lately and honestly it’s because for a while all of the books I read were mediocre. Nothing said “TELL THE WORLD ABOUT ME!” I felt no strong feelings toward anything between An Ember in the Ashes and To Kill a Mockingbird.
I’ve already read some good things this month though so reviews will resume. Hopefully!