welcome to the new edition to shelbylueders.com! A place for me to put my talent to the test and see if how quickly i can read new books as well as how well i can review it.
here is the first haul for my new site.
during the month of july (and a tiny part of august) i purchased 18.5 books (i’ll get to that half in a second). that is quite a haul! normally i would peruse the shelves of barns and nobles and write some titles down and then see how much they cost on amazon kindle (usually much cheaper!), but recently i decided to just forgo that whole step and if i saw something interesting, i would just buy it. you only live once right?
so here’s a list of the books:
- A Court of Thorns and Roses — Sarah J. Maas
- Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years — John Guy // it should come to no surprise that a giant anthology of queen elizabeth would be in my new collection
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne // need i say more?
- Hogwarts Classics: Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard — J.K. Rowling (see this is really two books in one…so here’s the half) // how did i not own this yet?? also, where do i even get fantastical beasts and where to find them?
- The Love that Split the World — Emily Henry // space, romance, young love, stars, what more can i ask for?
- The Museum of Heartbreak — Meg Leder // i too have my own museum of heartbreak that my current boyfriend doesn’t really know about
- The Paris Wife — Paula McLain // hadley hemingway is my all time favorite woman of the past. she is strong, romantic, a fantastic mother and more. i wish i was living during her time as a young woman
- The Old Man and the Sea — Ernest Hemingway // hemingway is an ispiration
- Romeo and/or Juliet — Ryan North // what a neat idea–making the audience choose what happens in the worlds most iconic play
- Save Me the Waltz — Zelda Fitzgerald // i am going to cry so hardcore when i read this
- Sex with Shakespeare: Here’s Much to Do with Pain, but More with Love — Jillian Keenan // such an amazing piece on shakespeare’s plain and simple sadomasochistic tendencies he wrote into his characters and the affect of BDSM in a modern relationship
- The Short Stories — Ernest Hemingway // once again, i love hemingway
- Since You’ve Been Gone — Morgan Matson // not sure what to expect from this cute looking beach read
- Six of Crows — Leigh B. Ardugo // thanks to twirlingpages.com, i bought this book.
- Shylock is my Name — Howard Jacobson // a modern rendition of the merchant of venice
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before — Jenny Han // my list would be quite longer i think!
- Van Gogh’s Ear — Bernadette Murphy // cliche maybe, but van gogh is my favorite painter and i have so many books about him
- Vinegar Girl — Anne Tyler // another modern rendition of a shakespeare play, this time taming of the shrew
this haul, as you can see, ranges over many different genres, with the most being in the young adult category. even though i just got my degree in literature, young adult books, though mostly left out of schooling, is one of my favorite genres to read and write. they entertain me to no end, satisfy my romantic relationship needs, and generally don’t require much thought.
here’s the young adult books all together:
stay tuned for some reviews of a few of these books, and for more blog posts to come.
have you read any of these yet? what is your favorite genre to splurge in?