My August reading always takes on a slightly frenetic quality as I buckle down and (attempt to) clear the TBR for the extravaganza of fall releases, and this year is no exception. I’ve maxed out my library reserves and pre-ordered until my wallet cried uncle, and I am hoping to make August the most productive reading month yet!
Inbox (Books Acquired)
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
I knew the second I saw the gorgeous cover that I would not be able to resist this book. Plus, that title. Plus, “a timeless tale of the American dream that spans three generations, four continents, and five love affairs”? Yes, please! I’m forever grateful for friends who send me ARCs so I don’t have to wait until September for this book.
The Spellbook of Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle
I’ve been waiting nearly two years for this book, even before it was announced. The moment I finished Fowley-Doyle’s first novel, the deeply mysterious The Accident Season, I knew I’d be pre-ordering her next book. It looks like this new release will share the same moody Irish setting and genre-bending mystery/speculative nature: two girls begin losing things, and discover a spellbook that will conjure the lost, but also bring them closer to things that should never be found.
Outbox (Books Read)
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
This book has been on my TBR for literal years—it’s an assigned summer read for a local high school English class and every summer when a bunch of teens start frantically tracking down copies, I think, “I should read that!” And this year I finally did, thanks to the upcoming movie. I’m not quite sure what to say that hasn’t already been said a million times already, but this book is remarkable. Walls is brutally unsentimental about her upbringing, and her journey was absolutely riveting. I can’t wait to watch it on the big screen!
Final Girls by Riley Sager
Final Girls has been getting lots of buzz, and now having finished it, I totally understand the hype! It’s about Quincey, who was the sole survivor of a horror-movie style massacre in the woods ten years ago. The media has dubbed her and two other survivors of similar scenarios “final girls” but despite sharing a media title, the women have never met—until the first final girl dies, and the second shows up unexpectedly on Quincey’s doorstep. Now, I am an absolute wimp when it comes to watching horror movie, but this book was absolutely riveting. I was completely caught up in the many twists and unreliability of the characters. Reading this, I see why people find horror movies entertaining—but I’m still not going to watch one with you.
In the Queue
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
As of writing this, I’m halfway through McLemore’s third book and it’s so beautiful that sometimes I just have to stop and savor the sentences. I love the magical, fairy tale feel to her stories so much, and I can’t wait until this one is out in the wider world so I can talk about it! Ahhh, magical queer girls!
Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn
I’ve been hearing wonderful things about Kuehn’s books for ages, but somehow keep missing them. I finally decided to get serious about reading her work and I asked the Book Riot team which one I should read first and Amanda responded within .05 seconds with “COMPLICIT!” so here we are! I can’t wait.
What are you reading this week?