At the beginning of this year, I told myself that I wasn’t going to go on book buying bans or force myself not to buy books. But I wanted to limit my book buying so that I’d read more books each month than I bought. That has completely gone out the window in the last few months and July was no exception. My terrible book buying habits are still in full force. So let’s just get into it.
- Soppy – Philippa Rice
- Golden Son (Red Rising #2) – Pierce Brown
- Furiously Happy – Jenny Lawson
- The Great American Whatever – Tim Federle
- Starflight – Melissa Landers
Aila @ One Way or an Author has been telling me to read Starflight since she read it and I finally got myself a copy! It’s beautiful and I’ll be reading it really soon. I read Red Rising a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it so when I saw Golden Son majorly discounted, I picked it up so that I could continue the trilogy. I’ve been wanting to read The Great American Whatever since it was released and I’m happy that I finally bought it. The other two books, Soppy and Furiously Happy, were books that I bought using the BookTubeAThon discount. I have two other books that I ordered along with them but were shipped out late so they’ll be in my August haul at the end of this month.
- The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
- The Problem with Forever – Jennifer L. Armentrout
- How They Met, and Other Stories – David Levithan
- You Know Me Well – Nina LaCour & David Levithan
- Every Word (Every #2) – Ellie Marney
- The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You – Lily Anderson
- Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Alex + Ada, Vol. 1 (Alex + Ada #1-5) – Jonathan Luna & Sarah Vaughn
- Alex + Ada, Vol. 2 (Alex + Ada #6-10) – Jonathan Luna & Sarah Vaughn
- Alex + Ada, Vol. 3 (Alex + Ada #11-15) – Jonathan Luna & Sarah Vaughn
I was a little naughty this month and went to Kinokuniya multiple times to browse… which obviously led to some book buying. I’m going to a few David Levithan events in late August and early September so I’m making my way through his books that I haven’t yet read. Obviously I had to pick up his newest release, You Know Me Well, and I also couldn’t keep my hands away from How They Met, which is a short story collection. I’d been wanting to check out a Jennifer L. Armentrout novel for a really long time but I was never really that interested in her Lux series or any of her other books. But The Problem with Forever sounds right up my alley! And it also has a beautiful cover
Kinokuniya had a 14th birthday 20% off storewide sale at the beginning of the July, so I bought a few books then. I purchased The Outsiders, which I’ve always wanted to read. Every Word is the second book in a trilogy and I picked it up because I own the first and third books. I also picked up Between the World and Me and The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You because I’d heard some good things about them. Finally, I got the Alex + Ada volumes because it’s been a series that I’ve been eyeing for a while and I liked that it was a completed series.
- Maggot Moon – Sally Gardner
- Seven Ways We Lie – Riley Redgate
- Where Things Come Back – John Corey Whaley
- Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) – Jay Kristoff
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8) – J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is finally here! I preordered it and picked it up on July 31st because I was so excited about it! The book itself is so beautiful. The naked hardcover is stunning, as are the end papers. I try to go to #YABookmeet each month, hosted by Emily from Dymocks Sydney, and the theme for last month was disability. She recommended Maggot Moon and I snatched up the last copy. I also did a bit of a browse and bought a copy of Where Things Come Back, because I loved John Corey Whaley’s Highly Illogical Behaviour. Emily also convinced me that I needed a copy of Seven Ways We Lie, which she special ordered for me. In July, I also went to the Sydney launch of Nevernight and got myself an early release copy. It was absolutely amazing!
- With Malice – Eileen Cook
- Saving Jazz – Kate McCaffrey
- London Belongs to Us – Sarra Manning
- Trial by Fire (The World Walker Trilogy #1) – Josephine Angelini
- The Boundless Sublime – Lili Wilkinson
- Maggie’s Kitchen – Caroline Beecham
- Arena 13 (Arena 13 Trilogy #1) – Joseph Delaney
- The Other Side of Summer – Emily Gale
- When Michael Met Mina – Randa Abdel-Fattah
- Whisper to Me – Nick Lake
- Nothing Tastes as Good – Claire Hennessy
I was really fortunate this month to receive lots of books from publishers and from my coblogger, Jeann @ Happy Indulgence. Jeann moved house in July, so she sent me a package of books to review on Happy Indulgence before she packed them all away. She sent me her extra copy of When Michael Met Mina, and review copies of The Other Side of Summer (thanks to Penguin Random House Australia), Whisper to Me (thanks to Bloomsbury Australia) and Nothing Tastes As Good (thanks to Allen & Unwin). I received Arena 13 as a trivia prize at the #YABookmeet.
From Allen & Unwin, I received for review The Boundless Sublime, Maggie’s Kitchen, With Malice and London Belongs to Us. Fremantle Press sent me Saving Jazz and I received Trial by Fire from Pan Macmillan Australia. Thank you to all these wonderful publishers.
- Unicorn Tracks – Julia Ember
The author of Unicorn Tracks, Julia Ember, asked if I wanted to review her book and of course I said yes because UNICORNS. BABY UNICORNS.
Check out the books I read in July and what I thought of them in my July Wrap Up!