The list of books I want to read in August is so ridiculously long, I can’t imagine there’s any way I’m actually going to get through them all. But hopefully I can at least make a good dent!
Considering the number of books I’ve bought in recent months, I’m not sure it’s possible for me to stick to my 2018 goal of reading books within three months of purchase, but I still want to try for it. The below books are all purchases from May that I’m hoping to read in August in order to maintain that goal.
Not That Bad edited by Roxane Gay: I’m a huge fan of Roxane Gay’s nonfiction writing, so of course I had to pick this up when it released in May. Plus it’s such a timely topic, covering a myriad of experiences with sexual harassment and assault. I know it will be a difficult read, but it’s also a really important one.
Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai: How have I not read this already?! I really enjoyed the first two books in Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts trilogy and really need to read the conclusion!
What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell: I’ve really enjoyed Lenora Bell’s previous books, so I bought this when she released a new one. Again, I couldn’t tell you why I haven’t gotten around to it yet, but I’m sure I’ll enjoy it!
Surpassing Certainty by Janet Mock: My only complaint about Janet Mock’s first memoir, Redefining Realness, was that it cut off too soon. As it turns out, there’s a reason for that: she was writing a two-part memoir! Or at least, her first book was supposed to be about her early years and eventual gender reassignment surgery, while the second book is about life in her twenties. I imagine this will be just as good as the first one!
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin: Ursula K. Le Guin’s passing earlier this year was a good motivator for me to finally pick up some of her books, as she’s a classic for a reason and an inspiration to a number of my favorite authors. So I finally got the beautiful edition of The Left Hand of Darkness pictured above. Now I just need to actually read it!
March Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell: This graphic novel trilogy about Representative John Lewis’ life, specifically about his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, has been such an interesting and important read. I read the first two in digital format but finally caved and bought the print versions because I really need to own these books. Now I just need to finish reading the last installment, especially before his sequel trilogy launches in August!
Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner: I love The Queen’s Thief books! I’m very excited to return to this political fantasy world, though I can’t believe there will only be one book left in the series once I read this one!
The other major category of books I’m hoping to read in August is ARCs, because I’ve accumulated a lot of them between Book Expo and RWA. My first priority is definitely the two August arcs I didn’t make it to in July, and then I’m hoping to also get through the books scheduled for September releases.
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker (August 28): I’ve been in the mood for a pirate story lately, and I think this is going to be exactly what I’m looking for. I’m super excited to read about an all-female pirate ship!
Mirage by Somaiya Daud (August 28): I love a good political fantasy, but what makes me super excited to read this one is the fact that it’s set in a world inspired by Morocco, which is super high on my wish list of places to visit!
Meet the Sky by McCall Hoyle (September 5): I so enjoyed meeting the author at RWA earlier this month and am excited to check out her sophomore novel! It’s a contemporary YA set during a hurricane in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
Intercepted by Alexa Martin (September 11): I’m still kind of surprised that I enjoy a good sports romance, but I do! In this one, the heroine reconnects with an old flame who happens to be the new hotshot quarterback.
The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes (September 18): I love a good mythology-inspired fantasy, and I’m especially excited that this one is inspired by Mayan mythology, which I know nothing about! Plus it’s for the Rick Riordan Presents imprint, so I know it’s going to be a fun read.
Pride by Ibi Zoboi (September 18): I’m a little hesitant when it comes to Pride and Prejudice retellings because the original is such a beloved book, but I’m excited to check out Ibi Zoboi’s take on the classic story, which she chose to set in a Brooklyn neighborhood that’s in the process of gentrification.
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (September 18): I love a good mystery even though I don’t pick them up often enough, and I’ve heard amazing things about this one, which released in the UK in February. It follows a man who repeats the day Evelyn Hardcastle is murdered over and over and attempts to figure out who her killer is.
As if that’s not enough books, we’re not quite done! It’s also been my goal in 2018 to reread at least one book a month, which I’ve actually been doing a good job of, so I want to keep the streak going. And of course I’m going to do that by finishing up my Harry Potter reread with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!
And last but not least is my book club’s September pick, On These Silken Sheets by Sabrina Darby. I know nothing about it, but my book club is always a good time, so I’ll definitely have to make it around to this book sometime in August.
Alright, I’m cutting myself off! I also have some library books I want to get to, and I should really finish reading a bunch of the books I’ve started (*cough* John Adams *cough*), plus there’s all those books I just got at RWA. But I’m going to starting crying at the reality of so many books, so little time if I put them on this list, too.
What books are you planning to read in August? Let me know in the comments, as well as what arcs you’d like to see full reviews of!