Bookish Month is more or less my version of a bookish monthly recap. I talk about anything from the books that caught my eye that month to the books I added to my ever-increasing TBR pile.
The Video Edition
As I sometimes do, I recorded a YouTube version of this post. If you would prefer to watch that, feel free, otherwise enjoy the content in my usual typed-out rambly way below. :)
Added to my Bookcase
I blame discounts for all purchases I made during the month of July. It’s hard enough to say no to buying books in general when you work in a mall containing a bookstore, but when you receive coupons for books in said store… it’s near impossible. Between the 4th of July and Membership coupons I received from Barnes and Noble this past month, I ended up purchasing three books. I’m so weak.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – This first purchase is one I would consider an impulse-buy. Most books I read and purchase are because the blogosphere has hyped up the author/book for me, but when it comes to Nimona I feel like I have barely heard anything about it. Every time I wandered the YA section at my local B&N though, that cover caught my eye (so gorgeous!) and after reading the back and noticing it’s about villains and wreaking havoc… well, I just couldn’t say no.
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol 2: Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, Clayton Cowles – I actually haven’t read the first volume of The Wicked + The Divine series yet, but I figured why not buy the second? That way I can binge read one right after the other, and I can also take it with me to London next week for Dave to read since he read Volume One and enjoyed it. (That’s right. Go me for being a sweet and thoughtful girlfriend. ;))
Armada by Ernest Cline – I was unsure if I would actually purchase this prior to seeing it in the store. Ernest Cline is one of those hyped-up authors, and while I enjoyed Ready Player One well enough, I wasn’t head-over-heels in love with it like a lot of other bookworms. Of course, as soon as I saw the gorgeousness that is this book in person, I couldn’t resist purchasing it. The reverse of the dust jacket features a blueprint of a spaceship and just… yeah… that’s all it took.
Barnes and Noble sucked me in when it came to making purchases in-store, and Amazon sucked me in when it came to purchasing pre-orders online. So weak, I am. So weak.
But seriously, each of these were only $9.99 if you pre-ordered them on Amazon. $9.99 for brand new hardbacks?! I mean, if you know you’re going to buy the book as soon as it comes out, why not buy it for nearly half off? (That was my logic, anyways.)
Plus, it’s going to make checking the mail more fun over the next couple of months!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I’m super excited to dive into this new series by Leigh Bardugo. I really loved The Grisha series and while this won’t be the same because it features a new cast of characters, I’m looking forward to revisiting the world she’s created. It also doesn’t hurt that I really love that cover. Like, really love.
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – I haven’t even read Heir of Fire yet but I pre-ordered Queen of Shadows. What is wrong with me?! But hey, I really like the direction the story seemed to be going at the end of Crown of Midnight so can’t imagine I won’t want to continue on with the series. Plus, Bloomsbury is going to send me free buttons for pre-ordering the book. Who doesn’t like free bookish swag?
Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman – Surely you’ve noticed that Jay Kristoff is like my new Patrick Ness? He’s not totally on the same level for me yet, but The Lotus War series has made him an auto-buy author for me. I’m quite curious as to whether or not I’ll like this book because of the mixed media format, but at the very least it’ll be nice to have this eye-catching book on my shelves. (Plus I’m looking forward to giving Amie Kaufman’s work a go. I own These Broken Stars, I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.)
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – Speaking of Patrick Ness, I pre-ordered his new book! I was sad because his book wasn’t originally part of the $9.99 pre-order thing, but I checked it during the last week of July on a whim and wa-lah, there it was! And while part of me thinks I should’ve just ordered the UK version instead because I probably would’ve gotten it before the US release and I really like that cover better, I just felt like it was a deal I couldn’t pass up. So yes. Ness for the win, always.
What I Read
This is like the saddest “Read” section ever. But hey, between running the blog by myself for two weeks, starting the BookTube thing, and getting promoted, I’ve just had little time to myself to sit back with a book and read. I’m really hoping to read a lot more in August, but even that will be a stretch since half of the month will be spent catching up with Dave. So yeah… I’m a fail reader. >.>
Endsinger by Jay Kristoff – As of right now (July 26th), I have like 80 pages left to read of this (which means I should have it done by the end of the month) and I AM SO FREAKING NERVOUS. The thing about this series is that it’s SO good and I want to keep reading it, but I’m SO nervous because Kristoff keeps having the characters say things that makes me just think “Oh crap, you’re going to die. Or get mortally wounded. Or just something horrible because HOW COULD YOU NOT AFTER SAYING THAT.” And yeah. I highly recommend this series and I absolutely love it, but it’s putting me through a rollercoaster of feels right now. I don’t remember the last time I was so scared to finish a series. I’m just not sure I can handle it…
The Little Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff – The Little Stormdancer is a picture book Jay Kristoff wrote for his editor and other select individuals so, sadly, isn’t readily available to the general public. Fortunately, Christina from A Reader of Fictions recorded a YouTube video where she reads it aloud to viewers, and I’m totally counting that as “reading” for this month. I absolutely loved this little picture book and thought Kristoff did an amazing job of adapting it to younger readers, but of course it’s still not as good as the real thing because it doesn’t contain Buruu’s sarcastic attitude which I absolutely love.
What I Listened to
Look! New section because OH MY GOSH ASTI IS LISTENING TO AUDIOBOOKS! I’m hoping to write a post about this after my hiatus, but I’ve actually started utilizing audiobooks for re-reads. I think it’s the perfect solution to audiobooking for me because it allows me to revisit stories I’ve been missing while relieving me the pressure of having to make sure I am fully engaged with the audiobook for fear I’ll miss something important. Woohoo.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale – I didn’t think anything could make me love this story more, but then I started listening to it as read by Jim Dale and, oh my, I’m in love. It’s just so much fun being reintroduced to these characters and this world again through Jim Dale’s voice, and I still can’t help but find it all to be absolutely fascinating. Expect a full review later on…
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale – I only got through part of The Chamber of Secrets in July, but that’s okay because at least I got reacquainted with Dobby. (Awww Dobby. How I love thee.) Again, Jim Dale’s voice is amazing and I actually look forward to having to drive to work every day knowing I get to continue reliving this series.
Your turn! Do you have any thoughts on the books I mentioned above? What have you been reading, buying, listening to, or pre-ordering lately?