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Books I bought in August

Here’s a little thing you need to know about me. For years, unless I was given a gift card, I didn’t buy books. This was because when I was younger, I bought a book, read it and went back to exchange it. Until I was told that the book store is not a library and you can’t do that. From then on, I rarely bought books other than as gifts, going to the library instead.

Starting a few years ago, when I moved to where I live now, I started going to the bookstore again, normally around holidays and I always ended up in the bargain section with at least one book in my hand for me. Then Alice and I started talking about joining one of the bookstore memberships. Would we use it enough? Was it really worth it? A few weeks ago, I finally convinced her. I had just started this blog and even if we didn’t use it, it was only 25 dollars and we didn’t have to renew. So we signed up and apparently, that was all we needed to buy more books.

Here are all 16 books we bought in August, three that were gifted and one that was returned.

We bought The Turn Of The Key for Alice’s 25th birthday gift! She loves Ruth Ware so we both at least read all of the books. We are also planning on buying all of them at some point.

Honestly, I only bought The Hamilton Affair because I was at the dollar store buying pens and I saw this. It was a dollar so I figure no harm done if it doesn’t turn out to be a good read. It has a rating of 3.8 on Goodreads though so I’m hopeful! This is on my September TBR.

I’ve seen Between Shades of Gray around a lot so when I was allowed to buy a book to celebrate getting my job, I picked this one. Honestly, I thought it was about something else but I’ve never read any historical fiction focusing on the Soviet Union so I’m excited to see how it turns out.

I bought The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett because it was on sale. This was the last book I read this month and it wasn’t the best.

I think I’ve talked about Emergency Contact at least twice now? I bought it because I think the idea is super sweet and gosh, would you just look at the cover? So cute!!! I love the idea of close online friends but I haven’t read any reviews so I’m slightly nervous about how it plays out nicely or if the friendships becomes toxic. It is on my September TBR as well.

Tell Me Three Things, another coming of age book with online friends, a little bit of heartache and a super cute cover. I clearly have a type. I saw this book a few times at BAM for around 10 bucks and thought it looked nice but when we went to another BAM, I saw it for 4 and finally pulled the trigger.

The Girl in the Ice was also on sale!! Do you see a theme here? I’m going to be honest with y’all, we hate paying more than ten dollars for almost any book so we are constantly buying payback or going through the bargain section at BAM. This one was Alice’s pick since she loves murder mystery/suspense novels.

The Way I Used to Be... I thought the blurb on the back sounded like a book I would read. I tend to be pulled toward angsty books.

I’ve actually already read Prince Charming since my aunt and uncle got it for me. I loved it a lot and can’t wait to share a review with y’all. (Gifted by my Aunt and Uncle)

13 Little Blue Envelopes really stood out to me at the bookstore too. I love the cover and the blurb sounds amazing. (Gifted by my Aunt and Uncle)

Save The Date was bought because it sounded good, it was part of a sale and it is going to help me with a post about books with weddings in a few months. (Gifted by my Aunt and Uncle)

A few days ago, I realized the author of one of my favorite books had released a new book in June, This Time Will Be Different. I had requested it at the library but I had a bad day at work and stopped at Target and there it was. So I got it!

All of the following books were bought from our local library book sale where one bag of books is only a dollar and tax. Meaning each and every one of them was an impulse buy and I won’t be explaining them at this point.

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And lastly, the one book we bought and ended up taking back

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The Truth About Us was a one star read from me and while I try not to return books (or even buy if I’m not 80% sure I will like them), I did end up taking this one back.

This is the most books we’ve bought in a while so I’m now on a book ban until the 14th of September. I’m pretty pleased with our haul and will be reading most of these in September or October.

What books did you buy in August? Share your favorite with me!


15 thoughts on “Books I bought in August

  1. Nice collection. 🙂 I look forward to your reviews! I bought 9 in August, mostly on my Kindle.
    – The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey – Circe by Madeline Miller
    – The Hollow Tree by James Brogden – The time collector by Gwendolyn Womack
    – Heart of a Lion by Stephen Zimmer – Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
    – New Yorked by Rob Hart – The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
    – I’m not dying with you tonight by Kimberly Jones


  2. Yeah, I read the Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett too, it was very strange. I too want to read Emergency Contact, I hope it’s good!


  3. Wow, so many books! The only one that’s coming to my mind right now is Nevernight and Godsgrave 😂 But I know I bought a whole lot more contemporary romances in my attempts to get me out of my reading slump! I adored Emergency Contact and Between Shades of Gray (never seen that cover before, it’s beautiful), and I can’t wait to read Turn of the Key. Great haul!


    1. Yeah it was a ton. I just started Emergency Contact literally an hour ago. Also, yes I love that cover, it’s the one I got! I’ve never seen it before either so I had to have it. Turn of the Key was SO good, you’ll have to let me know what you think 💙


      1. I hope you’re enjoying Emergency Contact! I admit that Penny took some time to grow on me but she really did in the end 🙂 I can’t wait to read Turn of the Key although I’m such a scaredy cat and I’m scared I’ll be way too freaked out haha 😂


      2. I definitely was a little scared of Turn of the Key. I started it at night and ended up forcing myself to stay awake to finish it so I wasn’t afraid


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