My August was spent almost entirely abroad, and I was lucky enough to buy and receive six new books; I feel as if I have a lot of variety in this month’s haul, and so if any of these stand out to you, or if you have read any of these before, please let me know!
I visited a market whilst on holiday, and of course gravitated towards the book stall – here I found On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan*. At the time I was currently reading Atonement, and as I knew I would want to read more from Ian McEwan, it felt a little bit like fate! After that, I bought Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler* – this is a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew, and has one of the prettiest covers I think I have ever seen. It was love at first sight. I cannot wait to read this! I also got a copy of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern* from my grandma whilst I was on holiday! This is the story of a mystical circus which only opens at night, and two young performers caught in a deadly contest; it is apparently quite similar to Caraval, another book I loved, so I hope I enjoy this just as much! I have been wanting to read it for months, and plan on reading it this September! I then picked up a copy of Shirley by Charlotte Bronte*, having loved reading Jane Eyre in August. I will admit, the size of this book (as well as the teeny tiny font) has me a little daunted by this particular classic, but I nonetheless want to give it a try!
From a contest at YALC in July, I won a copy of Hole in the Middle by Kendra Fortmeyer – this, as the title suggests, is the story of a girl with a literal hole in her middle. After seventeen years, Morgan (our protagonist) is tired of being a medical phenomenon, hidden from the rest of the world, and she is ready to come out into the open. The Goodreads description has dubbed it ‘Feisty, feminist and downright different’, which sounds perfect to me! Finally, I got a copy of The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie Sue-Hitchcock. This is another book that has been on my TBR for an unbelievably long time (in fact, it is one of the books on my somewhat-neglected Beat the Backlist Challenge. I promise, I’m going to sort that out. Bear with me). This book is set in Alaska in 1970, and is about four people, about to get mixed up in each other’s lives. The writing in this book is, I’ve heard, excellent, and I really hope to read it soon.
And thus ends my wonderfully bookish summer; this is significantly smaller than my June and July hauls, but I am genuinely so pleased with all of these! I am soon going to be putting up some bookcases in my bedroom, and then will be able to house all of these beautiful books. Until then, they will remain in a lovingly arranged pile on my floor.
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