Books in August

These are the books I shall be reading in August. It seems like a lot, but two are graphic novels, and quite short. I’m halfway through one, and also I’m planning to do the Bout of books read-a-thon from the 18th to the 24th of August, so that’ll hopefully help.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
I read Fangirl last month, and I loved it, Rainbow Rowell is amazing. And when I finished I decided I had to read more Rainbow Rowell, and I had already bought Eleanor and Park, so I’m reading that. People rant and rave about this book, and I’m very excited. It’s a love story set over a high school year when Eleanor and Park are 16. On Goodreads it says it is “the story of star-crossed sixteen-year-olds smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try”. And I really love that sentence and I am very excited.

Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
I finally found the second and third book in the Mistborn trilogy. I had found them a couple of times, but they were in a box set, which didn’t help me because I had the first one already and I didn’t need two of it. But then finally, somewhere, they were. I read the Final Empire recently, and it’s so good. I love it so much. The Well of Ascencion is book two in the first Mistborn trilogy. The main protagonist of the first book, Vin, is now the surviving mistborn and she’s become the figurehead of a sort of weird religious movement. Also the mists that surround the people of Luthadel at all times are behaving a bit oddly. I’m very excited.

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
This is a book that Orwell was heavily inspired by when writing Nineteen-Eighty-Four. It is set in a world where there are no individuals, they’re just numbers. Technology has just taken over, nature has basically been banished, and only frontier remains, outer space. So they’ve built a rocket ship, and they’re going to space. By the way, this was published in 1921, SPACE! One of the architects of the spaceship decides to write a journal for the days leading up to the launch. Then he meets a lady person and everything just changes. It sounds awesome, it was written in the 1920s and it’s about space, I’m amazed. It’s supposed to be a really good dystopia, so I’m excited.

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
I think my sister read this, and I’ve been wanting to read it. And it is also one of the books of the month in a group I’m part of on Goodreads, and I got it quite cheaply as a Kindle book, I feel like everything is coming together for me to read this book. It is about Nicholas Flamel who was an alchemist in the 1300s and is still alive 700 years later. According to records he died in 1418, but his tomb is empty. And there’s a very powerful book with the secret to eternal life, and two kids who have the power to save the world.

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
I watch a lot of Booktubers, and one of my favorites is Misty the Bookrat, and she did this thing she called “Cootie Catcher Books” where she used a cootie catcher to get her viewers to pick a book, and I got Jellicoe Road, and I got excited, because I have the Kindle version, and when I commented on the video and this is the response she gave me.

So obviously I want to read it even more now. It’s about a boarding school called Jellicoe School, and Taylor is the leader of the boarders of the school. She has to keep control over them and a friend that she has relied on, named Hannah, has disappeared, and the only clue she has is a manuscript about people who lived in Jellicoe 18 years earlier. People are very excited about it, so I’m also excited.

Saga, volume #2 and #3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
I read volume #1 in July and really liked it. It’s very interesting and fascinating, and I love the art. It’s about two opposing people, who are at war, and two soldiers, on opposing sides, Marko and Alana, fall in love, get married and have a child. In the first volume they manage to escape to a big badass spaceship tree, tree-spaceship? I don’t know, it’s a spaceship that has grown, not been made, because it’s a strange world. There is also a mercenary looking for them, because they’ve basically fucked up everything, and he’s really angry because a prince, whose head is a computer screen, cause duh, killed his friend/lover, so he’s planning to kill him. It’s hard to explain, I really like it. Also the publisher has an app for the iPad, and I got more excited than what is really normal, but you know, fun. I’m a nerd.

Also I didn’t read the Company, or finish the Wise Man’s fear, but I’ll try to get through them this month.