Summer Book Haul | I couldn’t resist these new releases!

Even with COVID-19, quarantine, and many releases being pushed forward, this summer was still particularly good, with tons of new books to choose from. I was lucky to receive quite a lot of ARCs of my most anticipated releases, and the ones I didn’t receive I decided to purchase!

This haul won’t be absurdly huge, but I did get myself a couple of incredible books that I’m dying to get to. Some of them were on my July and August TBRs, but with so many other books (mostly ARCs) that I needed to prioritize, I didn’t get to them all. Some of them are still on their way, as shipping times has been much longer lately [as you all know]. So you might see these books appear on my TBRs for the upcoming months.

SUMMER 2020 BOOK HAUL

HOME BEFORE DARK BY RILEY SAGER

What was it like? Living in that house.
Maggie Holt is used to such questions. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism… more

burn our bodies down by rory power

Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.
But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for… more

the pull of the stars by emma donoghue

In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia’s regimented world step two outsiders — Doctor Kathleen Lynn, a rumoured Rebel on the run from the police , and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney… more

the midnight library by matt haig

A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time.
Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better? … more

the death of vivek oji by akwaeke emezi

One afternoon, in a town in southeastern Nigeria, a mother opens her front door to discover her son’s body, wrapped in colorful fabric, at her feet. What follows is the tumultuous, heart-wrenching story of one family’s struggle to understand a child whose spirit is both gentle and mysterious. Raised by a distant father and an understanding but overprotective mother, Vivek suffers disorienting blackouts, moments of disconnection between self and surroundings. As adolescence gives way to adulthood, Vivek finds solace in friendships with the warm, boisterous daughters of the Nigerwives, foreign-born women married to Nigerian men… more

the city we became by n.k. jemisin

Five New Yorkers must come together in order to defend their city in the first book of a stunning new series by Hugo award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.
Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got five.
But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for all… more

middlegame by seanan mcguire

Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.
Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.
Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet… more

woven in moonlight by isabel ibanez

A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.
Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight… more

the warehouse by rob hart

Cloud isn’t just a place to work. It’s a place to live. And when you’re here, you’ll never want to leave.
Paxton never thought he’d be working for Cloud, the giant tech company that’s eaten much of the American economy. Much less that he’d be moving into one of the company’s sprawling live-work facilities.
But compared to what’s left outside, Cloud’s bland chainstore life of gleaming entertainment halls, open-plan offices, and vast warehouses…well, it doesn’t seem so bad. It’s more than anyone else is offering… more


I already have plans for most of these books. «Burn our Bodies Down» and «The Pull of the Stars» will probably be on my October TBR, and I still hope to read «Home Before Dark» this month, in time for Booksandlala’s book club live show. But I haven’t planned anything for the other books, so I’d love to know which one you think I should read first! 🥰

If you’ve read any of these book, let me know what you thought of them! Do you have any of these on your TBR?

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24 thoughts on “Summer Book Haul | I couldn’t resist these new releases!

  1. Ooh, this is a great haul! I want to get my hands on quite a few of these especially The Midnight Library and Woven in Moonlight 😀 Both look and sound sooo good! If I had any of these I think I’d choose to read Midnight Library first lol happy reading!!

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    1. The Midnight Library is winning the poll. 😀 I wasn’t going to pick it up in September (as I have other reading plans I’m very excited about) but seeing how excited everyone is about it, makes me want to read it asap 😀

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  2. I am so excited for Home Before Dark! It’s one of my most anticipated releases for the year. I should really buy it sometime soon, but I’ve been pretty good about not buying too many books this year (it was a real problem haha). The Death of Vivek Oji sounds intriguing. It got my vote for the poll! Which is a cool idea by the way. 🙂

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    1. I’m reading Home Before Dark right now 😀 Hopefully, I can finish it tomorrow as I still have one more book to read this month D: and it’s almost over!!! But no, I’m not going to panic (just yet). Lol
      And thank you for voting! The Midnight Library is currently winning but I’m SO excited about all of these books.

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  3. We have a lot of TBR books in common – The Death of Vivek Oji, The Midnight Library, Burn Our Bodies Down… You’ve made me feel even more excited to get to these! Really hope you enjoy the books and looking forward to hearing your thoughts! 📚❤️ X x x

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  4. So many good books on this list! I love Burn our bodies down and Middlegame! Also really want to read Home before dark and The midnight library!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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  5. I’ve read one book by Haig before. The Humans I think it’s called? Human is definitely in the title! It wasnt my fav. I loved the premise but I found it a little bit too cheesy by the end and thought that perhaps Haig just isn’t to my personal taste…. but then he comes along with his new release and I’m sooooooo curious to read it! So if you could do me a favour and read that soon and tell me then whether or not to read it I’d really appreciate it ….. not presumptuous at all am I 😂😂😂😂😂😂 LOL Alex what am I like! But I definitely will be keeping an eye out to see whenever you do read it. I hope at least one of the books in this haul will become a new all time favourite. Fab list of books ☺️☺️☺️💛❤️

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    1. Ahaha, I will try to squeeze it in my TBR either in September or October 😀 The only book I read by Matt Haig is also the Humans, and I liked it but didn’t love it. So hopefully, this one will be better and make me fall in love with his adult books. Actually, I read his children books last year as well – 2 or 3 of them and they are about Christmas ❤

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  6. It makes me SO happy to see Middlegame on your list!! *crying in happiness* 🥺🥺🥺 you know I love that book and I can’t wait to know what you think! ❤️ & OMG, I’m dying to read Burn our bodies down too, it sounds amazing, I hope we both enjoy it 🤩✨

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