I was planning on going on a book buying ban in August but that didn’t last long. I did only buy seven books but I still broke the ban. I seriously don’t even know why I bother.
Anyway, I’ll just get into the haul. Hopefully this won’t be as long.
So the first two books I got in August were sent to me from HarperCollins New Zealand. I’ve actually already read and reviewed this. Which doesn’t happen very often in my hauls. If you want to read my review you can click the link here.
I’m not going to go into what The Cause of Death is about here because I have posted my review of this. But I will say that if you love true crime and can find a copy of this then I recommend reading it. Plus, it’s set in the area where I live. So I’ve actually been to some of the places in this book rather than just reading about them. Which was a nice change. And some of the cases were really interesting.
I read The Outliers last year and really enjoyed it. I’ve been waiting for the sequel ever since I finished the first book. I don’t remember everything that happened but I do remember how the book ended. I’m hoping to pick this up soon.
I think the first book was about some kind of power? I know someone was kidnapped or ran away and her friend and boyfriend went to look for her. Then things went all kinds of crazy and that’s where I’m missing things. But I can remember the ending which is weird. I might either look up the book or read my review so that I don’t have to re-read the book. I’ll see. Hopefully there’s some kind of recap at the start of The Scattering.
So the next book was a surprise. I don’t remember requesting it but that doesn’t mean I didn’t. I’m not good with remembering which books I’ve requested. Anyway, this book was sent to me from Allen and Unwin New Zealand.
I don’t know anything about this. It’s not a very long book so hopefully I’ll get to it soon-ish. I’m assuming it’s about someone who either wants to fit in with everyone else or is being told to be like all the other girls and doesn’t want to. But I can also be completely off. I guess I’ll find out when I pick it up. I’m not exactly sure when that will be with the reading slumps I’ve been in lately. I’m struggling to even start a new book right now….
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was sent to me from Walker Books Australia. I read Laurens other books, The Next Together and The Last Beginning. I liked them both so I was excited to see Lauren had written a sci-fi because I love sci-fi books. Although I haven’t read that many…
I think this is about a girl that’s alone and falls in love with someone she’s never met. Or something like that anyway. I might put this on my August TBR. I haven’t even thought about that yet. This reading slump is annoying me and I don’t know what books will help get me out of it this time. Or maybe I should just stop scrolling through social media and actually pick up a book.
The next two books were sent to me from Bloomsbury Australia to review. I have read Moonrise but haven’t reviewed it yet. I have read one other book by Sarah Crossan and I loved that so I was excited to receive Moonrise to review.
This book follows Joe as he goes to visit the brother he hasn’t seen in ten years. Ed has been sitting on death row in Texas (I think) and his execution has been set. This might be the last summer Joe and Ed get to spend together.
I found Moonrise really gripping and so hard to put down. And it actually made me cry. Not a lot of book have made me cry but this one did. I’m hoping to post my review of this soon but I’d definitely recommend it.
Bloomsbury Australia also sent me a copy of Because You Love to Hate Me. I know I don’t have a very good history with short story books with different authors but there were a few that have written stories for this that I love and I just had to read it. I’m looking forward to reading the stories by Renee Ahdieh, Marissa Meyer, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon and Nicola Yoon. I think some of the stories are retellings and I love retellings so I can’t wait to pick this up.
I think I might put this on my August TBR. I have been wanting to read this since I first heard about it. Maybe it’ll help me with my stupid reading slump. I bet you’re sick of me talking about that now.
The next books I got were the ones I broke my book buying ban for. I had wanted the hardbacks of this edition of the Harry Potter series since they came out but my mum bought be the paperback box set. But I got an email from Booktopia with a free shipping code and saw that they were that expensive on there. I’ve seen them listed for double what I paid so I just got them. But I did sell my paperbacks so I don’t have three editions.
I have slowly been re-reading the series. I’m up to Goblet of Fire so I’m thinking I might also put that on my August TBR. I love re-reading the Harry Potter books even though I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read them. It’s one of my favourite series.
The next two books were sent to me from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. I was so excited to see Wonder Woman: Warbringer! It’s one of the books I was most excited to read this month so this is definitely going on my TBR for August.
All I can remember about this book is it follows Diana as she saves a mortal girl, Alia, who is a warbringer descended from Helen of Troy and something about if Alia is left to live and not helped by some spring then she will bring in an age of war.
I loved the Wonder Woman movie and cannot wait to pick this up. I think this might have to be my next read.
Penguin Random House New Zealand also sent me a copy of A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares to review. I can’t remember what this is about but I’ve heard good things about Krystal Sutherland so I wanted to give this book a chance.
I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading this. Hopefully sometime this month but who really knows at this point?
I know Krystal is an Australian author and I need to read more NZ and Aussie authors. I haven’t actually read that many. Although I don’t know of a lot of NZ YA authors so that’s also a problem I need to fix. Maybe one day. I think I need to read my books first.
So a few of weeks ago I was contacted on Instagram by a company asking if I’d like a review copy of The Crowns of Croswald. I looked the book up on Goodreads and thought it sounded interesting so i said yes. Then at the end of August this box of goodies showed up. It’s such an amazing box full of things that relate to the book and I can’t wait to read it.
I’ve seen a lot of people on Bookstagram have loved this so I think I might pick this up soon-ish.
This isn’t the best photo of everything that came in the box so I might have to take a better one when I start the book because so much went into it.
The last two books I received in August were sent to me from Allen and Unwin New Zealand. I can’t remember what drew me to S.T.A.G.S but when I requested it I thought it sounded like something I’d enjoy.
Maybe it was because it sounded kind of similar to The Hunger Games with the “deadly weekend” thing? I really don’t remember. But who doesn’t love reading about death?
Anyway, I have seen a couple of people picking this up on Bookstagram and saying it was better than they expected to I guess I’ll find out what they’re talking about when I get around to picking it up. Whenever that will be.
The last book I received in August was Genuine Fraud. I have only ever read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and I wasn’t really a fan of the main character, she was really annoying, so I couldn’t get into the book. I did see the twist coming though.
But I did like the sound of Genuine Fraud so I thought I’d give this a chance. Although I can’t remember what it’s about now.
So that’s my book haul for August. What books did you get last month?