We’ve come to the end of another month, which means it’s time to share what books I picked up in July!
Most of these books came from an independent book store in my town, while a few came from Barnes and Noble, so settle in for a good old fashioned book haul!
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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables, for those of you who don’t know, is a story about a young, orphan girl who comes to live with the Cuthberts. She doesn’t quite fit in with this family, however, and is afraid they will send her back to the orphanage.
As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever…but will the Cuthberts send her back to the orphanage? Anne know she’s not what they expected–a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she’ll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes and blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. Anne is not like anybody else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special–a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day she can call herself Anne of Green Gables.
I read this book originally in middle school and fell in love with Anne’s tenacity and imagination. I had the rest of the series, but not the first one for some reason, so when I saw it in the bookstore, I went ahead and picked it up.
There is a Netflix show based off of this book, which I haven’t checked out yet, but I’ve heard amazing things about it.
This will always be one of my favorite childhood reads and will be passed on to my kids and hopefully to their kids.
Pick it up here: Anne of Green Gables
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This is yet another book I read in middle school and somehow didn’t have a copy of. Pride and Prejudice was one of the first classics I ever read, so it holds a special place in my heart.
Pride and Prejudice tells the story of a fiercely independent Elizabeth Bennet, one of five sisters who must marry rich, as she confounds the arrogant, wealthy Mr. Darcy. What ensues is one of the most delightful and engrossingly readable courtships known to literature.
I picked this book up at Barnes and Noble, as part of their 5 dollar classics deal (here’s a link to see all the classics that are part of this deal: B&N Classics).
There have also been several adaptations of this book in film, television, and online web shows so it’s definitely a favorite in the hearts of many, including myself. I’m planning on doing a classics reread month in the near future and this one will definitely be on my list.
Pick it up here: Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Yet another classic I (sort of) read in middle school, I also picked this up at Barnes and Nobles from their classics section. I say read, but as a 13 year old, I struggled through Jane Eyre, trying to understand the sophisticated language. I decided I’d give this one another try as a 19 year old, hoping it’ll be easier to understand.
Poor and plain, Jane Eyre begins life as a lonely orphan in the household of her hateful aunt. Despite the oppression she endures at home, and then later at the harsh boarding school she is sent to, Jane manages to emerge with her spirit and integrity unbroken. She becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she finds herself falling in love with her employer, the dark, impassioned Mr. Rochester. But an explosive secret tears apart their relationship, forcing Jane to face poverty and isolation once again before finally finding happiness.
This is a massive book, but I am excited to reread it and enjoy a beautiful literary masterpiece.
Pick it up here: Jane Eyre
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
You might recognize the name Maureen Johnson for her popular novel, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, which I loved. So, when I saw her name along a line of book spines, I knew I had to pick it up.
Scarlett Martin has grown up in a most unusual way. Her family owns the Hopewell, a small Art Deco hotel in the heart of New York City. When each of the Martins turns fifteen, they are expected to take over the care of a suite. For Scarlett’s fifteenth birthday, she gets both a room called the Empire Suite and a permanent guest named Mrs. Amberson. Scarlett doesn’t quite know what to make of this C-list starlet and world traveler. And when she meets Eric, an astonishingly gorgeous actor who has just moved to the city, her summer takes a second unexpected turn. Before the Summer is over, Scarlett will have to survive a whirlwind of thievery and romantic missteps. But in the city where anything can happen, she just might be able to pull it off.
This is definitely in the running for the next book I choose to read. The plot combined with Johnson’s unique and witty writing make this an excellent summer read.
Pick it up here: Suite Scarlett
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
If you’re a fan of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, you’ll also be a fan of this. Written by the same authors, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is a fun young adult novel that has been on my list for quite a while. When I saw it at the bookshop, I knew it was coming home with me.
Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on her favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. Dash, in a bad mood during the holidays, happens to be the first guy to pick up the notebook and rise to its challenges. What follows is a whirlwind romance as Dash and Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City. But can their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions, or will their scavenger hunt end in a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
I’m so excited to sink my teeth into what seems to be a fun and new twist on young adult romance. I might wait until the holiday season, because it’s set during Christmas time, but I’m not sure if I can wait that long!
Pick it up here: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
You made it to the final book in this haul. Congratulations!
If you keep up with the BookTube or Bookstagram community, you’ve definitely seen this book before. This dystopian thriller is popular among bloggers and readers alike, for good reason.
Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. And once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
Now if that doesn’t sound like an exciting thrill ride to you, I don’t know what to tell you. This book is also in the running for the next book I’ll be reading. I haven’t read dystopian in a long time, but this sounds right up my alley.
Pick it up here: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Whew! That was quite a haul, huh? Tune in next month to see what I picked up, as well as a wrap-up of what I read in August!
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