I said I was going to cut back on the book-buying this summer.
I say a lot of things.
Turns out, the issue of the student health insurance worked out (yay for student loans!). Which means, I have more money now for new clothes, textbooks…and, you know, books. Still, this job is only going at least until August. So, every paycheck, I put money into my savings account. Whether or not I have anything left for books after that is a bonus.
I’m calling this book haul “round one” for two reasons. First, I know I’m going to buy more books later. It’s a guarantee I accepted. Second is, if I wait until the end of summer break to post a haul, I’m not going to have a lot of time to write about all the books I bought.
In hindsight, buying ten books over a course of two and a half months is actually not a bad thing. Given that, in the past, that would be the amount I’d buy in a single trip to the bookstore….A sign I am on my way to becoming a full-fledged adult. (Now all I need is to move out of my dad’s house….)
Between May and the first two weeks of July, I bought:
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season is on my Goodreads, yet so low on my radar I forget it’s there. The Priory of the Orange Tree immediately got my attention, though. I don’t know much about it, other than it’s about two warring kingdoms ruled by queens and there are dragons. And I bought this book online from Barnes & Noble—you better believe I wasn’t lugging this behemoth on my arm, on a bus or a train.
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
Black Leopard, Red Wolf is advertised as an “African Game of Thrones.” Despite not being a GOT fan, the idea behind this novel did intrigue me. Plus, the cover always caught my attention whenever I was in a bookstore. It’s gorgeous and, of course, expensive. Even on Amazon. Thankfully, a sale at Barnes & Noble came to my rescue.
Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Kelly Link, and Robin Wasserman
The latest of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles novella bind-ups, it is low on my priority list at the moment. If I don’t read Ghosts of the Shadow Market before the end of 2019, I have no problem leaving it for my Chain of Gold hangover cure. I did not love Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and I keep forgetting The Bane Chronicles exists. Ghosts of the Shadow Market is allegedly best read before Queen of Air and Darkness, as it explains certain things that happened. But the two new novellas also include spoilers, so I think I better not.
Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich
One of my most anticipated releases of the year, Teeth in the Mist is a young adult horror novel following three girls in three time periods. I want to know as little as possible before I read this book. If it is anything like Dawn Kurtagich’s previous works, I expect a dark fantasy storyline, an unsettling atmosphere, and a twisty plot.
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Another of my anticipated releases of the year, Sorcery of Thorns follows a young librarian, Elizabeth, charged with protecting magical books inside a library. When the demons contained in the books get out, she is held responsible and must turn to her mortal enemy, a sorcerer named Nathaniel, along with his demonic sidekick to clear her name. Even though I have not read Margaret Rogerson’s debut novel, An Enchantment of Ravens, I have a feeling I will like her books. And the covers are gorgeous.
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
I found The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu while browsing one of the bookstores near my work. It took me a couple of trips, but eventually I cracked. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is set in Africa when the Al Qaeda invaded in the 1980s. To protect the country’s valuable documents, librarians smuggled them out to safety to preserve their homeland’s history.
Anne Frank’s Diary graphic novel adaption by Ari Feldman and illustrated by David Polonsky
After reading the graphic novel adaptions of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, classic or popular novels adapted into graphic novels have become my new favorite thing. I read the original Anne Frank’s Diary, or at least excerpts of it, in middle school. I’ve wanted to reread it for years, though.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and illustrated by Fred Fordham
I love To Kill a Mockingbird. The cover and a flip through of the book showed some gorgeous artwork. I want to read this book right now. I might, hopefully, at the end of the year when I’m looking for lighter reading material.
Sabrina by Nick Drnaso
I can’t begin to describe the synopsis of Sabrina. It’s a mystery graphic novel revolved a missing woman in a futuristic modern society where technology has taken over. Or that’s my interpretation of it anyway. I’m starting to wonder if Sabrina is a book I’m better off not knowing anything about it before reading.
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Good Omens is an adult urban fantasy where an angel and a demon are charged with finding the misplaced Antichrist before apocalypse happens. I bought this book because I enjoyed the show. This is the second Neil Gaiman book I own; the first being American Gods (which I have not read). But after watching the Amazon Prime adaption of Good Omens and reading The Sleeper and the Spindle from the library earlier this year, his books are slowly working their way higher up on my TBR pile.