I figured I would document all the books I acquired this month and last month. You know, for posterity or history, or brotherhood or something. Most of these books for June and July are bought with my Audible credits or on Kindle Unlimited. This is a fascinating blog post already, I can understand why you can’t get enough of this. Really. It’s impressive. Prepare for a wild ride.
The Bees by Laline Paull
Recommended by: the podcast All the Books by Book Riot, which is my new favorite books-related podcast.
The story follows Flora 717, a bee living in a hive during a time of change. That’s about all I know about it, to be honest. I bought the audiobook with one of my Audible credits, and the narrator has a beautiful voice, but I have very little idea of where the story is going at the moment, (I’m about 15 minutes in). I’ve heard it compared to The Handmaid’s Tale, so I’m assuming dystopian themes abound, and the descriptions of bee life are really interesting so far. I’m having trouble keeping super invested, because they’re… you know… bees. But I am excited for any twists and turns that come up. Who knows, maybe one of them is a wasp in disguise! The stakes, they are high.
Off to be the Wizard by Scott Meyer
Recommended by: Kristina Horner on YouTube.
I’ve been watching Kristina for a while, and I really like her favorites videos, she is very into nerd culture, especially video games, so when she said she adored this series, I put it on my list to-buy. Then, suddenly, it appeared on my Kindle? Maybe it was available for Kindle Unlimited, or maybe I saw the cheap price and thought ‘what the hell, let’s do it,’ but either way, it’s mine now. The book is about a guy who discovers that the whole world is a computer program, and he has the power to manipulate it? I think? So he uses the power to take him and his friends back to the middle ages and they start living as wizards? I think? Yeah, I don’t remember a whole lot about it what she said, only that she liked it. And living in a computer program is something I’ve been interested in reading about since I saw .Hack Quantum. I LOVED THAT, by the way. It’s about these three rad girl friends who play this WoW-type mmorpg where they use virtual reality to go into the world. But then they get trapped in the world and, well, kick ass and stuff. It’s one of my favorite animes. Anyway, right, the book… should be alright.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Recommended by: I found it while researching the Bailey’s prize for fiction, as my current read (The Bees by Laline Paul) is nominated for that.
I got to the Orange Prize and a bunch of others, and found this one, which is apparently about a romantic relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. I’m all for Ancient Greece as a theme in fiction, it has a solid 4 stars on Amazon, and it happened to be $0.99 on Kindle edition so I went ahead and bought it. I’m excited to check it out!
Update: Finished recently, a review coming soon. My heart, it’s broken.
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Recommended by: Literally. everyone. ever.
I preordered this a long time ago, and it was delivered to my Kindle on July 14th, so I will definitely be reading this soon! I’ll be honest, although I really liked To Kill a Mockingbird, it’s been AGES since I read it, and it wasn’t an ALL TIME FAVORITE or anything like that, so my motivation to read this one is purely so I can ride the literary excitement wave with everyone else.
This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
Recommended by: A previous read.
I read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao earlier this year, and although I liked it I wasn’t IN LOVE with it. I did really really love Diaz’s writing, though, and when I saw this one I picked it up (Clicked it up? You know I’m only buying on my Kindle recently, so… yeah.) I’m excited to read this, but I know it’s going to be challenging, because Oscar almost broke my heart.
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Recommeded by: This is, if I’m not mistaken, one of my aunt’s favorite books, so it’s been on my classics-to-read list for a while, but I never knew what it was about.
I clicked it up, and I’ve started the first few pages and so far it’s… good? It’s a weird halting structure at the moment, with the diary entries and the dialectic language, but if the voice is going to change slowly as the main character’s IQ raises, bit by bit, I think I’m really going to enjoy that.
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
Recommended by: A… blogger? I think? I don’t even remember buying this one, honestly. It must have been on Kindle Unlimited, those are hard to keep track of because they’re FREE (for all intents and purposes).
I have zero idea what this book is about, but the cover is nice. The way I choose my books is quickly becoming all too apparent.
Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal
Recommended by: mhmmm… not sure. Maybe Sanne from Booksandquills on Youtube. Maybe not.
It’s about what it sounds like, a collection of essays from successful-in-their-field people about what it took to become successful. After each essay, there’s a bite size “Words of Wisdom” type section that summarizes the points, and after reading 5 or 6 I realized that for some of them, (like the investment banker… yawn) I would just rather read the boilerplate. I wish there were more writers featured, but then I guess it would be like every other writing advice book out there.
The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan – I bought this book for a friend’s birthday, then realized I should *probably* read a book before giving it as a gift. You know, just to make sure it isn’t total shit. You’ve probably heard of this one because of its immediate publication and rise to fame after the untimely death of its young author, just a week after she graduated from Yale. I haven’t gotten very far into this yet, it’s a collection of essays written during writing classes and alone, but so far it’s… not really my thing. I agree with the intro that the writer has an obvious talent, but it’s not a talent so immense that it knocks me over with the power of it, and the stories are not really amazing so far. Definitely intend to finish it, though, especially as I have still not given the gift yet. *Oops sorry Chelsea*
So that’s the book haul for June/July! I anticipate basically zero books bought in the next month or so, because my Kindle is backlogged and Scribd has an AMAZING SELECTION. Seriously, if you’re looking for ebooks or audiobooks with a pretty cheap monthly fee, this is the one for you. Also Kindle Unlimited. Basically, give me a subscription service for books and I’m all over it.