A new month brings new releases that are screaming my name! Inspired by a two-part series I did last year where I highlighted the books of the first and second halves of 2017, this year I’m doing it a little differently. Instead of breaking it down by genre, I’m focusing on each month’s releases I need in my life.
Curious about previous books I featured?
sci-fi/fantasy part 1 | sci-fi/fantasy part 2
contemporary part 1 | contemporary part 2
historical fiction part 1 | historical fiction part 2
mystery/suspense part 1 | mystery/suspense part 2
May releases I need to get my hands on!
June releases I need to get my hands on!
August releases I need to get my hands on!
Sadie by Courtney Summers | September 4
Sadie is shaping up to be one of THE most buzzed-about books of fall! Inspired by Serial, this novel follows Sadie, a girl determined to track down her sister’s killer. A radio host overhears Sadie’s story and launches a podcast, tracking her journey and trying to figure out what happened.
When I first received a copy a few months ago there were already some pretty praise-worthy reviews. And now, as the release date inches closer, the gushing has only continued!
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory | September 4
Five months into dating her man-bunned, actor-bro boyfriend, the last thing Nikole expects is a big screen proposal at a baseball game (he can’t even spell her name right!) With her refusal comes a massive blow-up, not just from the disappointed fans in the stadium, but Nik’s social media once the video goes viral. Carlos was at that game, even helped Nik flee from the camera crews, but Nik knows this handsome LA doctor can’t possibly be looking for anything serious.
Out of the 8 books I featured for August releases, I had already received ARCs of 5 of them. Out of the 8 September releases, I shockingly have 6! The Proposal has some pretty big shoes to fill after Guillory’s wildly popular The Wedding Date, and I’m so looking forward to sinking into this one soon! As a bonus, it comes out just days before my birthday!!
Dare You to Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch | September 4
After her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is sent to live with her grandfather – back to the town that drove her away and the boy that betrayed her. Kylene’s only focus is to clear her father’s name…but someone refuses to let go of a years-old scandal.
I’ll be a stop on the blog tour for this one!! I’ve had pleasantly fantastic luck with YA thrillers lately and the Veronica Mars comparisons isn’t hurting one bit!
Life on the Leash by Victoria Schade | September 18
Okay so Cora might be utterly lacking in the social-life department, but her dog walking business is thriving and as far as Cora is concerned, the only man she needs is her rescue Pit. Everything changes with a new client, drop dead gorgeous Charlie. Unfortunately, Charlie’s taken. Thankfully Cora has sweet, adorable, geeky Eli, always there to listen to Cora’s problems. As things take an interesting turn with Charlie, however, Cora’s floored to discover there just might be something there with Eli as well.
I mean, come on. Like there was any chance I wasn’t going to read this one.
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White | September 25
Okay, I’ll be honest: that kinda gross kinda cool cover instantly caught my eye – and it’s oh so perfect for a Frankenstein retelling! As if the retelling bit wasn’t intriguing enough, early reviews have made a point to mention the book places more of its focus on the historical side rather than delving into fantasy. And I am SO there.
The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum | September 25
I’m weeping over the lack of nonfic this year! I’m a huge nonfiction nerd, especially when it comes to books with subtitles like One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. Last year I read several books about food and how we eat and how our eating habits have changed over the years (not always for the better – a few chapters of one particular book were straight up horrifying) and NO ONE does science writing better than Deborah Blum!
Also, I’m positive this will suitably terrifying just in time for Halloween!
Last Night with the Earl by Kelly Bowen | September 25
Don’t mind the squealing and flailing, that’s just me losing my mind over this series! A few months ago I fell HARD for the first book in this series (also my introduction to Kelly Bowen, huzzah!) and have been itching to get my hands on the sequel ever since.
A young earl, presumed dead, turns out to be merely wounded after Waterloo – though he’s happy to let society think the worst. Unfortunately for Eli, when he sneaks back to his estate to hide away his scars in the comfort of his own bedroom, he discovers someone is already occupying the room. And not just any someone, but Rose Hayward. See, Eli had a hand in her fiance’s betrayal. Whoops. If this book is anything like the first, I know I’m in for an amazing time!
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier | September 25
In addition to nonfic, there’s a distinct lack of Middle Grade! The rest of 2018 better step up its game and I have a feeling this one will be just what I need.
19th Century England. Nan Sparrow, a 10-year-old orphan who works as a climbing boy, someone who assists chimney sweeps. Oh, and a golem. Yes, yes, and yes.