Coffee and… My August Book Haul

You may remember me making a promise to buy fewer books this month. Join me in a coffee to see how I got on in this month’s haul. Sadly this post is missing pictures because I forgot to take them before heading to the Highlands, and most of the books are still at home.

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The Coffee:

This week I’m drinking another coffee from Atkinson’s: the Hambela washed natural. It’s an Ethiopian coffee and one of my favourites from this roaster.

The Books:


Right at the end of last month, I was approved for Evolution by Teri Terry. I didn’t get the email in time to add it to last month’s haul, so here I am adding it. Evolution is the third in the Dark Matter trilogy and I have been really excited to find out what happened to Shay, Callie and Kai.


A Darker Shade of Magic and Vicious by V. E. Schwab. I attended a panel event at Newcastle Waterstones which included V.E.Schwab. I had managed to read This Savage Song in advance of the panel, but haven’t yet read any of her others. They had the special editions of both these books available to buy on the night. Who am I to resist a beautiful book?

L1feLik3 by Jay Kristoff. If you’ve followed by blog or twitter for any length of time, then you will know how much I love Jay Kristoff’s work, so of course I picked up his latest book. A floating junkyard, secrets and a badass character called Eve. Also, robots. What’s not to love?

The Survival Game by Nicky Singer. I heard about this one during the dystopia panel at YALC and was fascinated by the concept of a girl alone in the Highlands with a gun. Dystopia and survival stories are one of my favourite bookish things and this one just sounds amazing.

Perijee and Me by Ross Montgomery. Look at that cover though. It so beautiful. Steph introduced me to this book and the second I saw the cover I knew I had to have it. It sounds a little like ET which was one of my childhood favourites (yes, I am that old). I cannot wait to read this story.

The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie. This is another recommendation from Steph. I don’t know why I haven’t picked this up sooner because it sounds perfect for me. A mysterious shop, magic and enchantment, secret rooms and something that comes along threatening to destroy it all. Yes, please. I will have this in my life. Many thanks.

Show Stopper by Hayley Barker. Steph made me buy it. Basically, this month, I have appointed Steph as my personal book buyer, okay? A circus book with a dark twist. I frequently joke about selling my child to the circus, but in this book, that’s thing people actually do. There’s also a forbidden love, which is one of my favourite tropes.

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J Maas. It had purple sprayed edges. I am a sucker for any book with a sprayed edge, but purple is my favourite colour and this is my favourite shade. It’s also meant to be a brilliant story, but I 100% picked it up for the edges.

Red Queen by Christina Henry. This is the sequel to Alice by the same author, which I have but haven’t read yet (obviously). I’ve been informed I’ll need book two as soon as I finish the first so I thought I better line it up.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. Early copies were out in the world. they looked beautiful. I had to have one. Also, it’s a middle grade book about ghosts, set in Edinburgh and written by an amazing author.

The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius. I needed a book in the buy one get one half price offer. This one in the middle grade section caught my eye because a bookseller recommended it, and it sounds really dark. Almost too dark to be middle grade.

Proofs / Advanced Copies

What About Us? by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. This one was donated to me by the lovely Rebecca of This Booky Place. I love Adam and Becky’s work so I am really excited for this collaboration.

Storm and Siege by Leigh Bardugo. This doesn’t really come under proofs or arcs, but it’s one that the publishers ( Team BKMRK) sent me as part of the Leigh Bardugo King of Scars box and I am thrilled to have a copy of this.

Audible Credit

I spent August’s audible credit on the third Harry Potter book. I am building the collection and hoping at some point S will hop aboard and join me in enjoying them.

11 thoughts on “Coffee and… My August Book Haul

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  1. The Nowhere Emporium is INCREDIBLE, I can’t wait to hear what you think of it! I really need to read Perijee and Me at some point; I’ve wanted to for years, and I enjoyed the author’s latest release recently. I’m looking forward to City of Ghosts and What if It’s Us being released 😊
    Amy x

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