We aren't even halfway through August and I did say I was on a book buying ban but my birthday last month sent that out of the window. I got a few vouchers and so here are the books I got for myself besides the ones I was gifted with.
In a month time I'll be in London because my parents got me and my sisters tickets for the Harry Potter Studios and althought it will be a quick visit I think I'll manage to visit some bookshops - Persephone Books is a priority - so let's test once again my will power as to not buy anymore books until that trip happens.
Anyways, here are the books I got:
The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel. Summer of 1984 and a horrible heat wave has hit Breathed, Ohio pretty hard. At the same time a boy appears out of nowhere and claims he's the devil. I found the premise incredibly interesting and the reviews out there praise it to the skies so I couldn't resist myself.
Smoke by Dan Vyleta. A fantasy novel in which sins are visible. They smoke literally out of people's bodies. I'm very eager to see if it is any good or not.
The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss. Another one doing its rounds on Booktube and so far, I haven't heard a negative thing about it. It is told by Adam, a father that one day receives a call from his daughter's school telling him she has collapsed and stopped breathing for no apparent reason. She recovers but the angst of not knowing what caused it and if it can happen again follows this family everywhere.
Ruby by Cynthia Bond. Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Welcome to Liberty, a small town in Texas where you find everything but just that: liberty. Ruby escapes this place just to be drawn back into town by her past.
Names for the Sea by Sarah Moss. A memoir/travel book by the same author of The Tidal Zone. It is about her experiences in Iceland when she got a job at The University of Iceland and decided to move there with her entire family. I'm obsessed with Iceland and I wish I could visit one day; for the time being, I'll live vicariously through her words.
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan. The only YA book in the selection and I got it because I loved Fairytales for Wilde Girls back in July and I felt this might be similar. It is a fantasy novel dealing with fairy-tales. I can't wait to read it while on holidays surrounded by nature. It would create the perfect atmosphere to lose myself.
Get in Trouble by Kelly Link. A magical short story collection. This one I added it to my cart on a whim because I liked the sound of it. It's kind of hard to explain a short story collection because each story adds something different but I know Link touches fantasy, magical realism, science fiction and even horror. What else can I ask for?
The Fifth Season by N. J. Jemisin. The last book in this haul is the first book in fantasy trilogy. The world building is apparently fantastic and it is paired with beautiful writing. I'm a sucker for fantasy, it is indeed my favourite genre even though I've been reading other stuff lately, but it is always nice to go back into a genre you love so much when it's being so long.
Have you read any of these? What books have you purchased recently?