At first, August was looking like a pretty sparse book buying month. I’m trying to cut down the amount of books I buy for the next few months for 3 main reasons: 1) I’m currently providing for me and my Dad while he recovers from an amputation. 2) I want to have some money for YallFest to splurge on books! 3) Christmas is coming fast and I have godkids. A lot of godkids. So, I’m trying to stay away from book buying.
But I stopped at a tiny library one town over and they had a tremendous sale section. I ended up getting 29 book for about $20. The librarian even threw in a free friends of the library bag and a coke! (She said it was because I had a kind face which made me feel pretty dang good).
Without further ado… here’s the EPIC August haul.
1.RISE OF THE JUMBIES by Tracey Baptiste. This is one of my most anticipated MG releases and Claribel was nice enough to snag me a copy (and the next two books as well!)
Corinne LaMer defeated the wicked jumbie Severine months ago, but things haven’t exactly gone back to normal in her Caribbean island home. Everyone knows Corinne is half-jumbie, and many of her neighbors treat her with mistrust. When local children begin to go missing, snatched from the beach and vanishing into wells, suspicious eyes turn to Corinne. To rescue the missing children and clear her own name, Corinne goes deep into the ocean to find Mama D’Leau, the dangerous jumbie who rules the sea. But Mama D’Leau’s help comes with a price. Corinne and her friends Dru, Bouki, and Malik must travel with mermaids across the ocean to the shores of Ghana to fetch a powerful object for Mama D’Leau. The only thing more perilous than Corinne’s adventures across the sea is the foe that waits for her back home.
2. A LINE IN THE DARK by Malinda Lo.
Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. While nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more curse than gift. As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences. When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.
3. THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO by F.C. Yee. I wasn’t expecting to love this book… but I did! You can check out my review here!
Genie Lo is one among droves of Ivy-hopeful overachievers in her sleepy Bay Area suburb. You know, the type who wins. When she’s not crushing it at volleyball or hitting the books, Genie is typically working on how to crack the elusive Harvard entry code.
But when her hometown comes under siege from hellspawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are dramatically rearranged. Enter Quentin Sun, a mysterious new kid in class who becomes Genie’s self-appointed guide to battling demons. While Genie knows Quentin only as an attractive transfer student with an oddly formal command of the English language, in another reality he is Sun Wukong, the mythological Monkey King incarnate—right down to the furry tale and penchant for peaches. Suddenly, acing the SATs is the least of Genie’s worries. The fates of her friends, family, and the entire Bay Area all depend on her summoning an inner power that Quentin assures her is strong enough to level the very gates of Heaven. But every second Genie spends tapping into the secret of her true nature is a second in which the lives of her loved ones hang in the balance.
4. WILD BEAUTY by Anna-Marie McLemore. Easily, easily my favorite magical realism book of all time. This (and the next book) was sent to me by the fantastic Rachel!
For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens. The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.
5. THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert. Look at that cover!!
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.” Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.
6.I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE by Maurene Goo. Shenwei was kind enough to send me this!
Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.
7. THE GIRL FROM THE WELL by Rin Chupeco. I was sent this and the next one in exchange for a small sensitivity read.
A dead girl walks the streets. She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago. And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan. Because the boy has a terrifying secret – one that would just kill to get out.
8. THE DEADLY SISTER by Eliot Schrefer.
Abby Goodwin is sure her sister Maya isn’t a murderer. But her parents don’t agree. Her friends don’t agree. And the cops definitely don’t agree. Maya is a drop-out, a stoner, a girl who’s obsessed with her tutor, Jefferson Andrews…until he ends up dead. Maya runs away, and leaves Abby following the trail of clues. Each piece of evidence points to Maya, but it also appears that Jefferson had secrets of his own. And enemies. Like his brother, who Abby becomes involved with…until he falls under suspicion. Is Abby getting closer to finding the true murderer? Or is someone leading her down a twisted false path?
Now on to the epic library haul. I’ve tried to kind of sort this into reasons why I bought them. (I’m not going to link their blurbs… we’d be here all day)
I’ve mentioned before that I am trying to collect up all the books I loved as a kid and I really hit the jackpot with these!
9. THE VELVETEEN RABBIT by Margery Williams.
10. PETER PAN by J.M. Barrie. This one will actually probably go to my niece for her birthday since she love Peter Pan so much.
11. THE MOUSE AND THE MOTORCYCLE by Beverly Cleary. Here’s a fun fact: this book is actually what got me over my fear of mice!
12. THE JUNGLE BOOK by Rudyard Kipling.
13. BLUBBER by Judy Blume.
14. DRAGONS DON’T COOK PIZZA by Debbie Dadey. I used to love the Bailey School Kids books!
15. MRS. FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien.
These are books I got to share with my godkids!
16.ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY by Chris Grabenstein
17. THE MEANWHILE ADVENTURE by Roddy Doyle.
18. MAY-BIRD AND THE EVER AFTER by Jodi Lynn Anderson
19. THE SISTERS GRIMM by Michael Buckley
20. SHUG by Jenny Han
21. EGGS by Jerry Spinelli
22. THE VIEW FROM SATURDAY by E.L. KONINGSBURG
23. GIB AND THE GRAY GHOST by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
24. THE WRIGHT 3 by Blue Balliett
These were books I found that I either just thought sounded good or I had read something by the author before.
25.THE YEAR OF THE HANGMAN by Gary Blackwood.
26. THE CHRISTOPHER KILLER by Alane Ferguson.
27. THE PORTABLE PROMISED LAND by Toure.
28. THE SHARP SHOOTER BLUES by Lewis Nordan
29. THE FORETELLING by Alice Hoffman.
30. RANT by Chuck Palahniuk.
I had to talk myself out of making excuses for buying these. Or even just leaving them out. There’s literally no reason for me to explain my reading or book buying habits unless I’m buying problematic books. Every now and then I get intense feels for more “adult” books and I like to have a few of these on hand to kind of quench that thirst when it arises.
31. A TEXAS CHRISTMAS WISH by Jolene Navarro.
32. TRIPLETS FIND A MOM by Annie Jones
33. LOVING WAYS by Gail Martin
34. BETWEEN FRIENDS by Debbie Macomber
35. READY FOR LOVE by Debbie Macomber
35. BACK ON BLOSSOM STREET by Debbie Macomber
And that is officially it for my August Book Haul, thank God!
Did you get/buy any good books this month?