I’m not really a ‘pop’ kind of reader—I don’t go chasing after bestsellers just because they’re the trend and selling off-the-charts across the world, I don’t judge books by their movie adaptations and hot actor-counterparts, I don’t panic when everybody seems to have already read a book except myself. I know this sounds so highbrow and snooty, but that’s just the way it is with my way of reading. I’d like to see myself as immune to outside influences, although, there still days that I come to meet certain exceptions, of course. Because come to think of it, some bestsellers actually deserve the hype cause they’re really good.
So here’s me, giddy and grinning at my new, shiny finds—the bulk of the book haul I’ve had for this month, all of which are titles everyone must’ve already heard about one way or another. It’s one thing to become a bestseller among readers and another thing to be a critically-acclaimed book by reviewers. These books manage to strike the balance between both, and I’m almost certain I’ll have a grand time reading all of them. Three of these authors I’ve already read in the past, and I’m confident I’m in for a great reading experience in their works. Emma Donoghue’s ‘Slammerkin’ and John Green’s ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ I’ve both read this year, while Jeffrey Eugenides’ ‘Virgin Suicides’, I have read five years ago. Nothing like coming home to the familiar and assured writing of the ones you once loved, hey. The Book Thief and Miss Peregrines’s Home for Peculiar Children, although written by authors I will be reading for the first time, are already winning their respective praises so I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt. Dear books, please, please surprise me.
So why the sudden change of heart, you ask? Let’s just say that some things in life really never change: like my cheapskate dorkiness going on full-mode whenever I hear about crazy-sales happening on bookstores and shops. The discounts, omg—I have no words. Seriously, how can I ever live without bookstores? God bless their generous hearts.
Ladies and gentlemen, lemme present the loot:
- The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak
- Room, Emma Donoghue
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
- Looking for Alaska, John Green
- Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides
August, why so awesome?