Thursday, August 17, 2017

Library Book Haul - August 2017

I've been quite a few states away from home, visiting family for the last month - one of the first things I did before heading home from vacation - put book on hold so that they would be ready for me to pick up at the library the day I came home. I think I may have a problem. jk, the library is life. Keep reading to find out which books I'm excited to read in the month of August and comment below to tell me which of these books you've read and I need to read first/ immediately return to the library!

Six book! Six, that's a lot for me to loan out from the library at the same time. I feel guilty thinking about someone who wants to read a book, and they can't because I have it, so I try to keep my library borrowing under control. Here are the six currently resting on my book shelf...

When Dimple Met Rishi
Sandhya Menon

I've already read this one! It was the first book I read- pretty sure I started it before I started unpacking. #priorities. I'm working on a full review for this book- long story short, I liked it BUT it plunged into a lot of the reason I avoid several categories YA, contemporaries, and romance. There just wasn't a lot of there, there. Which is particularly frustrating when you are working with as good material as this author was. Great concept for a story, but the writing felt pretty sloppy- but I still enjoyed large parts of it, because while it might not be especially deep it is definitely fun. Stay posted for more thoughts.

The Thicket
Joe R. Landsdale

You know how sometimes books land on your TBR list and you have no earthly reason why?! That is "The Thicket", but because of the stellar reviews on Goodreads I decided to ignore my confusion and picked this book up anyway. I am about halfway through it and I've reached a point where if something doesn't happen- and quick- I'm going to lose it. The premise for the book is really interesting and should be exciting - but the book has been anything but. Despite my frustrations with the pacing, I am really enjoying other aspects of the authors writing. Definitely more to come regarding my thoughts on this book.

The Upside of Unrequited 
Becky Albertalli

I grabbed quite a few YA books this library trip- totally unintentional, but I am also totally cool with it. YA is a genre that I rarely read before joining the book blogging, tubeing, stagramming world, but now it is *everywhere*. I feel out of place talking about adult fiction at times, just because YA is so abundantly represented. And this book, more than any other in recent memory, is one that *everyone* seems to be reading. I do not know much about this book plot wise, but the author and this book are both immensely popular, and I am excited to find out why!

Rainbow Rowell

Everytime I read a book by this amazingly talented unicorn, I want to read ALL THE BOOKS. So far I have only read "Fangirl" and "Eleanor and Park", and of course loved them both to pieces! This book has a slightly more science fiction-y feel to me - a wife tries to save her marriage by communicating with her husband in the past- and I can't wait to feel all the feels, and the desire to read and reread all of her books right meow.

Salt to the Sea
Ruta Sepetys

I think the last time I read YA historical fiction was The Book Thief, so clearly this book has so big shoes to fill! But if a book could do it, it sounds like this would be the one! I have heard nothing but good things about this book on Instagram and Youtube reviews and I can't wait to start it. Reading historical fiction is my favorite way to learn about history, particularly a history I am not familiar with - "Salt to the Sea" follows a little known part of WWII history about the ship Wilhelm Gustloff.

We Are All The Same
Jim Wooten

Another book on my TBR list - and I have no idea how it got there! But I'm happy that it is. This has been a fairly quick read and I'm really enjoying it. " We Are All The Same" is about Nkoski, an orphaned boy in South Africa with AIDS who is taken in by a woman and how his strength, courage, and bond with his white adoptive mother, brought attention to such an important epidemic. It isn't the heart wrenching story I had expected, but it has included a lot of interesting South African history that I was no familiar with. This has been a quick read so far - hoping that the book focuses more on Nkosi's story as I get further into it.

Check out my YouTube video below for more thoughts about these great reads I picked up at the library.


  1. What a great library haul! I love using my library. I enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi but didn't think it quite lived up to all the hype. It was cute and sweet and funny - but the hype surrounding it was crazy! On the flip side, The Upside of Unrequited totally deserved the hype. I didn't love it *quite* as much as Simon vs the Homo Sapies Agenda, but it was close. I related to Molly so much and I'm now convinced that Albertalli is YA contemporary GOLD. :) As much as I adore Rainbow Rowell (I so love your "amazingly talented unicorn" moniker for her!), Landline was just okay for me. I had a hard time connecting with Georgie and basically wanted to shake her for every decision she made. Eleanor & Park and Attachments are still my favorites. Great post, Katie!

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    1. Thanks, Tanya! I think I might switch out Landline for Attachments - I keep hearing such good things about it!

  2. Great haul! I’ve read The Upside of Unrequited and Landline. I liked both of them. Enjoy your new books!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!


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