August Book Haul

book haul

I have been on a book buying ban along with my father for about eight months now. This ban means that I cannot buy books at all with my own money (I can accept gifts or use gift vouchers to buy books) and if I was to buy a book I’d have to buy one for my father too. So far this has been a pretty successful deal as us tight arses don’t want to spend money buying books for each other! However as August brought a family holiday and the end of summer, the ban had been lifted and we were free to buy books until our hearts were content – or wallets were empty!

This August I ended up buying eleven books and two graphic novels. The books that were purchased were:

Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I’ve been wanting to read this book for quite a long time after hearing absolutely incredible things about the story. It’s a young adult novel and as far as I’m aware it’s in the LGBTQ category. I know absolutely nothing about this story and that’s the way I want to dive in to it!
Bought from WATERSTONES.

Amy & Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
I have never read anything by Morgan Matson and I think its about time that I changed that. I’ve heard so many good things about this novel over the last few years so when I saw it in Foyles I absolutely had to pick it up. Its most likely a contemporary romance young adult novel about a road trip, once again it’s a novel I want to go in to completely blind!
Bought from FOYLES.

Noggin by John Corey Whaley
So many good things are being said online about John Corey Whaley’s work and I felt it was about time I had a look for myself. Noggin is a story about a boy who was alive, died and then came back to life with his head on someone else’s body. This story sounds interesting and a little bit strange, that’s what captured my attention to begin with!
Bought from FOYLES.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
I didn’t intend on picking up this new release last month, however I’d just finished A Monster Calls and fell absolutely in love with it. When I saw this signed copy my mind gave me no other option that to buy it right away. I know nothing about the story inside but I’m more than happy going in to Patrick Ness’ novels being absolutely surprised.
Bought from WATERSTONES.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
So many people have been talking about The 5th Wave for a long time on BookTube, at first I didn’t have much of an interest in it. However I know that the movie is set to be released in the near future and when I saw a hardback copy literally dirt cheap I couldn’t pass up reading it before watching the movie!
Bought from THE WORKS.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
This has been a purchase that I’ve been debating making for a long time. I’ve heard so many incredible things about the story, however with it being a crime and thriller novel it’s not something that I’d usually read. But hey, comfort zones are meant to be stepped out of! I’m going to get to this novel very soon as the hype around it is already fading and I don’t want to be left behind!
Bought from BRIERLOW BAR.

When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan
Over the last year I’ve heard some incredible things about this novel and I’ve never read anything by Brian Conaghan so I thought I’d pick it up as I found it cheap! I know that the story is based on a young boy with Tourette’s and his discovery that he is going to die in the near future. The story sounds moving and emotion and exactly the kind of thing I like to read!
Bought from BRIERLOW BAR.

Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas
After reading Bright Young Things a few years ago now and absolutely falling in love with it I’m gaining quite the collection of Scarlett Thomas novels. Scarlett has such a steady writing style that I adore and her stories are interesting and extravagant without making them seem unlikely. I cannot wait to dive in to the world of Meg in this novel!
Bought from BRIERLOW BAR.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
My main reason for picking up this collection of short stories is that we have been discussing Raymond Carver in my creative writing class at university. I’ve not read anything by Raymond Carver before so it should be an exciting experience with the hype around his short stories!
Bought from BRIERLOW BAR.

Torchwood: Almost Perfect by James Goss
Torchwood novels are pretty hard to come across in book shops, that’s why I picked up the 9th in the series as soon as I saw it. I absolutely adore Torchwood (It’s a lot better than Doctor Who) and have read a couple of the past novels. Almost Perfect is about a mysterious being which is making everything ‘perfect.’
Bought from BRIERLOW BAR.

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
This adult contemporary romance was absolutely everywhere in 2012 but I didn’t give it a great deal of thought. Giovanna Fletcher recently vlogged about how much she adored this book and how the story was incredible. I’ve read a couple of novels that Giovanna has recommended and have never been disappointed so I decided to pick it up!
Bought from DAISY LANE BOOKS.

The graphic novels that I purchased in August are:

Sex Criminals: The Weird Trick Volume 1 by Matt Fraction
I’ve been hearing good things about this graphic novel around BookTube recently and know that the second volume has just been released. It sounds like the type of graphic novel I’d enjoy (not so much action and guns) so I decided to pick it up! I’ve not read it yet but have flicked through and it’s definitely strictly for an older audience!
Bought from WATERSTONES.

Fandemonium – The Wicked and the Divine Volume 2 by Kieron Gillen
If I haven’t gushed about it enough on this blog I’ll say it again: THIS IS SUCH A GOOD GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES! I read the first volume of the Wicked and the Divine in August and still can’t fathom my love for it. The series is based on twelve Gods who return to earth every ninety years but after two years they all die. These Gods are loved and hated like celebrities. As soon as I finished the first volume I knew that I had to pick up the second!
Bought from WORDERY.

So there you have my ridiculously over the top and large book haul of August 2015! I’m trying to get to some of these books as soon as possible as I’m so excited about reading them!

Most of these books are available in other good bookstores or online-stores than the stores i bought from.

Sarah x

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