Didn't I say I wanted August to fly by? Well, it hasn't half done so for me! To be fair, I think the Edinburgh Festival Fringe had a lot to play in that but I'm not complaining. I saw some great shows (COLIN. FUCKING. CLOUD) and I even chaired my first bookish event as a blogger (thank you again, Ink Road!) - Yes, I'll eventually stop talking about it. Maybe. Not yet.
We're finally creeping into September and that means getting closer and closer to Pumpkin Spice, shorter days, candles and sweater weather (ok so the song by The Neighbourhood just came on as I wrote that... woah) which basically are my favourite things because it's just so cosy. If you ask me to picture my ideal night in, it's a dark autumn evening (thunder storm optional) with candles, a massive knitted jumper, cinnamon hot chocolate, and a gripping book.
I'm not sure what books I'm in the mood to read. I have my October pile sorted with a bunch of thriller-types but as for the weird 'sort of summer-sort of autumn' month of September, I haven't a clue what I'm in the mood for. Luckily, there's a bunch of new releases coming out that sound super interesting!
So... I seem to have a lot more on this list than I first thought, and most are the horror/mystery/thrillers I've been saving for October, although I'm not surprised as a LOT of those are coming out in time for halloween. I've been buying as many of those as I can find recently so I. am. buzzing for these!
As usual, there's a small number I am extremely excited for and will definitely be purchasing (or putting on my birthday list - I'll be 21 on October 11th, for anyone who wants to know. - and there's one that I think sounds weird as hell and I wasn't going to include it because I'm not sure it's my cup of tea but I just... I need to talk about it...
These are in no particular order, just alphabetical! Enough rambling. BOOKS:
THE 12 DARES OF CHRISTA BY MARISSA BURT
I saw the words 'scavenger hunt' and was sold. I'm currently [at the time of writing] reading 'When Dimple Met Rishi' and there's a part at the beginning where they have to go on a polaroid photo taking hunt thing. Well explained, I know. Anyway, I said to myself that I'd love a book about a scavenger hunt or something like that so the fact I found this book the same day is clearly a sign in my eyes!
We follow Christa as she spends her christmas holidays with her mum in Europe. She's disheartened this year after her parents divorce but upon arrival at her hotel, there is a package from her father that starts her off on this scavenger hunt!
This definitely has a christmas vibe to it so, although it comes out this month, if I get my hands on it I'll be saving it for December!
A SEMI-DEFINITIVE LIST OF WORST NIGHTMARES BY KRYSTAL SUTHERLAND
This sounds so interesting! Esther's grandfather was cursed by Death and now her whole family each suffers with one massive fear that, apparently, will be the thing to kill them. Esther doesn't know what her fear is yet as she avoids all things such as elevators, crowds, even haircuts and lists the things that could be her fear. Then she has this list stolen by someone. Despite this they become friends and start to work their way through the list in an effort to break the curse. And of course there's the fear Esther never thought about which, I'm sure you've guessed, is love. I just love the sound of this and I really hope it's done well!
There's also a cat on the cover so ya know... book. cat. book(ly)cat.
BEFORE SHE IGNITES BY JODI MEADOWS
I mean... dragons. Need I say more?
HOUSE OF ASH BY HOPE COOK
I have such a fascination with the 1800's and early 1900's so the minute a book mentions 'Victorian' I am sold (particularly if it's set in London. No idea why but Victorian London is my thing. I need all the books set in that era. Doubly so if it involves Jack the Ripper or crime in general).
I haven't really paid much attention to the synopsis because, as I said, I was sold on Victorian, but what I gather is that the main character starts to hear voices and worries he has developed his fathers mental illness but then he discovers the ruins of a burnt down victorian building and there's a girl trapped in the mirror or something so he tries to save her? I have no clue.
IF THERE’S NO TOMORROW BY JENNIFER L ARMENTROUT
I'm yet to read any of this author's books but pretty much all of them intrigue me. If There's No Tomorrow sounds so good! It's sort of mysterious yet still somewhat of a normal contemporary? All I know is that the main character is excited for tomorrow, to start senior year, but then something happens to change the dynamic between her and her friend. She made a choice that has changed things and she now doesn't know if there will be a tomorrow. Or something like that. I'm sure we've all gathered that Emma is horrific at reading synopsises and describing books, OK? I'm sorry... - ish.
RIGHT WHERE YOU LEFT ME BY CALLA DEVLIN
I'm not even going to try to describe the synopsis for this book. It's mysterious and something to do with the main character's journalist dad going to Ukraine and then the FBI going to the door of the MC. I'm presuming the dad has gone missing or something but it sounds like it could be a really intense book and a little more 'grown up'/serious than YA tends to be.
STARFISH BY AKEMI DAWN BOWMAN
Starfish sounds like the perfect balance of serious topics and fun. Our main character, Kiko, dreams of getting into art school but she is rejected. Then her abusive uncle moves back in with the family. However, Kiko's friend invites her to go and tour art schools so of course Kiko jumps at the chance.
This just sounds like a perfect sort of coming of age story as well as there being a lot of opportunity for great character development. Hopefully Kiko can be herself and figure out herself and her life and I just have such high hopes for this.
STOLEN SECRETS BY L B SCHULMAN
This seemed a bit meh at first and then as I reached the end of the synopsis I was like "I NEED THIS". Livvy's mother moves the family to care for an old relative with Alzheimers - a relative that Livvy had believed to be dead. This relative forgets her name and talks a lot of nonsense. Livvy then discovers journals from the holocaust and it turns out the relative may have a connection to Anne Frank.
It's supposed to be very mysterious, compulsive and full of plot twists. I love books that involve real historical events/true crime etc and put a spin on things. Alternate history, if you will. I need this book now. Please and thanks.
TASTE OF BLUE LIGHT, THE BY LYDIA RUFFLES
This is another mystery and one that, for some reason, makes me want to go into blind. I just get this feeling that I don't want to know what it's about. I've skim read the synopsis but I'm not retaining what it says so apologies but I'll discuss it more once I actually get my hands on it!
THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END BY ADAM SILVERA
I'm sure we all know about this book by now as it's been shouted about on booktube and blogs for what feels like forever - but it does sound incredible! I haven't read any of Adam Silvera's previous books but I do own History Is All You Left Me. This book involves two boys who get contacted by Death-Cast and told that they are going to die within 24 hours. It's their end day. These boys are total strangers but meet on the Last Friend app and have one last adventure and to live a lifetime in this one single day.
THE THING WITH FEATHERS BY MCCALL HOYLE
This book follows a girl with epilepsy who up until now has been homeschooled. I'll be honest, I don't really know what else happens (probably a romance because... there always is). It was really the cover that got me with this one! It's stunning
And finally -
THE RAVENOUS BY AMY LUKAVICS
Ok. This is the book that I mentioned I don't want to read but need to share. It just sounds downright weird. I can't even put it into my own words because it feels like I'm making it up so I'm just going to copy and paste the goodreads description:
From the outside, the Cane family looks like they have it all. A successful military father, a loving mother and five beautiful teenage daughters. But on the inside, life isn't quite so idyllic: the Cane sisters can barely stand each other, their father is always away, and their neglectful mother struggles with addiction and depression.
When their youngest and most beloved sister, Rose, dies in a tragic accident, Mona Cane and her sisters are devastated. And when she is brought back from the dead, they are relieved. But soon they discover that Rose must eat human flesh to survive, and when their mother abandons them, the sisters will find out just how far they'll go to keep their family together.
I mean... cannibalism? And like why are you telling us in the synopsis but I mean what? There's just so much going on in the synopsis alone! I don't know if it's just because I'm sick so my head is all foggy and it's making this book sound worse than it is but... nope... I'll pass. If anyone reads it, please let me know your thoughts. I'm curious but... nope.
And there we have it! The last thing I need are more books but it's not really my fault that all these authors come out with amazing stories so I guess I'm just going to drown in even more books. I've passed the point of no return anyway - what's a couple hundred more books going to do?!