New Books & Novel Discoveries (August 2020)

Hard to believe how quickly August has flown by. It really is the Sunday of summer. I suppose I got up to a bit more back in July though. That can certainly make a month feel longer. I’ll be happy if we don’t have any more heat waves, though. I can’t stand the humidity… Oh yeah, this is about books.

On to the books!

New Books

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Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris is a book I picked up at a local thrift store. I actually wracked my brain for a while about whether I already had a copy; turns out I technically have bought one before, but for my mother. So, here’s a nice second-hand hardcover for myself. It’s been too long since I read any Sedaris.

Venus in the Blind Spot by Junji Ito was a preorder. I’ve spoken a lot about this book this month, having already read and reviewed it. It’s not among my favourites, but I’m happy to have it.

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Kracht is a book I’ve been on the lookout for for a while. I’m debating starting to read it now, since it looks like a fun book to pick up and put down in small bursts, but we’ll see. I popped into the bookstore nearby when I did First Aid training a couple weeks ago and saw it right there on the shelf, staring at me. I had to pick it up.

Berserk, volumes 22, 23, & 24 by Kentaro Miura kind of go without saying considering that’s how far I’ve read into the series. I picked these three volumes up now, though, because Indigo was having a buy 2 get 1 free sale on manga. Couldn’t pass it up.

Star Wars: Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse was a book I almost picked up in hardcover last year, but I decided to go into Episode IX without a primer instead, choosing to wait for the paperback so it would match the majority of my other books. I’m actually quite keen to start it, but I’ve got other Star Wars books I’ve committed to reading this year, so it will just have to wait a little longer.

This World is Full of Monsters by Jeff VanderMeer was my first digital purchase of the month and the second time I’ve bought one of the author’s short stories on Kindle. I know little about it, but I liked Komodo and it was only a couple dollars, so I bought it.

Herc by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente was finally on sale for a good price digitally. I know it’s a deluxe edition, but for some reason it goes for over $25 regularly, despite being digital. Crazy, right? Now I can actually continue with the next Hercules storyline.

Novel Discoveries

Star Wars Age of Resistance CE

Goodness, I just realized this is the only newly discovered book I’ve added to my to-read shelf on Goodreads this month. I think this is the first time it’s been so scant.

Oh well, Star Wars: Age of Resistance sounds like a fun read anyway, even if it’s really a deluxe magazine rather than a book. Though the sequel trilogy had a lot of unrealized potential, I sincerely love a lot about these films, so I’m excited to give this a read.

I did also add the next two books in the Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers, but they’re hardly new discoveries. I just officially added them because I loved The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

Closing Thoughts

With all of that being said, I think that just leaves one very important question: are you happy the hotter weather is leaving, or can you not get enough of it? I have mixed feelings because I do love autumn, but the warm weather is superior to ice and snow, which autumn is the harbinger of. Yet, the hot weather makes sitting at home unbearable sometimes, whereas it is much more comfortable in winter because my apartment is much better at keeping in the heat. Always there is something to complain about.

Until next time, thank you for reading.

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