10 August Book Releases to Get Excited About

SO, even though we’re just about halfway through this month, I still wanted to put together a list of all the books I can’t wait to read that are coming out (or are already out) this month! So many of these have already been raved about by other bloggers/sites I read, and some I just have a feeling I’ll like. Either way, here are 10 books I’m already excited about!

Out Now:

The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting

the good luck charm by helena huntingFrom Goodreads: Lilah isn’t sure what hurt worse: the day Ethan left her to focus on his hockey career, or the day he came back eight years later. He might think they can pick up just where they left off, but she’s no longer that same girl and never wants to be again.

Ethan Kane wants his glory days back. And that includes having Lilah by his side. With her, he was magic. They were magic. All he has to do is make her see that.

Just when Lilah might finally be ready to let him in, though, she finds out their reunion has nothing to do with her and everything to do with his game. But Ethan’s already lost her once, and even if it costs him his career, he’ll do anything to keep from losing her again.

Why I can’t wait: Something about this reminds me just a little of The Hating Game and since I’m forever on a quest to replicate that book, I’m definitely looking forward to giving this one a try!

Maeve in America by Maeve Higgins

maeve in america by maeve higginsFrom Goodreads: Maeve Higgins was a bestselling memoirist and comedian in her native Ireland when, at the grand old age of thirty-one, she left the only home she’d ever known in search of something more. Like many women in their early thirties, she both was and was not the adult she wanted to be. At once smart, curious, and humane, Maeve in America is the story of how Maeve found herself, literally and figuratively, in New York City.

Here are stories of not being able to afford a dress for the ball, of the curse of over-politeness, of the true significance of realizing what sort of shelter dog you would be. Self-aware and laugh-out-loud funny, this collection is also a fearless exploration of the awkward questions in life, such as: Is clapping too loudly at a gig a good enough reason to break up with somebody? Is it ever really possible to leave home?

Why I can’t wait: I’ve had really good luck with hilarious collections lately (Meaty and Priestdaddy) and this one sounds like it will fit right in with those!

Mr. & Mrs. American Pie by Juliet McDaniel

Mr. & Mrs. American Pie by Juliet McDanielFrom Goodreads: The year is 1969. Dick Nixon was just sworn in as the thirty-seventh President of the United States. Neil Armstrong just took one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind. And notable Palm Springs socialite Maxine Simmons just found out that her husband is leaving her for his twenty-two-year-old secretary.

After a public meltdown at Thanksgiving, Maxine finds herself not only divorced, but exiled to Scottsdale, Arizona. However, these desert boondocks will not be her end―only her Elba. The former beauty queen sets her eyes on a new crown: that of the Mrs. American Pie pageant, awarded to the nation’s best wife and mother.

Maxine only has one problem: to win the crown she’ll need to find―or build―a family of her own.

Why I can’t wait: This one reminds me a lot of the movie version of The Help, which I loved, and I think if this is done well, it’ll be hilarious. So it can really go either way, but I have high hopes!

Meet Me At the Museum by Anne Youngson

meet me at the museum by anne youngsonFrom Goodreads: In Denmark, Professor Kristian Larsen, an urbane man of facts, has lost his wife and his hopes for the future. On an isolated English farm, Tina Hopgood is trapped in a life she doesn’t remember choosing. Both believe their love stories are over.

Brought together by a shared fascination with the Tollund Man, subject of Seamus Heaney’s famous poem, they begin writing letters to one another. And from their vastly different worlds, they find they have more in common than they could have imagined. As they open up to one another about their lives, an unexpected friendship blooms. But then Tina’s letters stop coming, and Kristian is thrown into despair. How far are they willing to go to write a new story for themselves?

Why I can’t wait: This reminds me A LOT of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and I can’t wait to pick it up.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

where the crawdads sing by delia owensFrom Goodreads: For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She’s barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark.

But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world–until the unthinkable happens.

Why I can’t wait: This book has been getting nothing but praise from readers I trust: Sarah, Susie, and Catherine have all raved about this book. 

A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua

A River of Stars by Vanessa HuaFrom Goodreads: Holed up with other moms-to-be in a secret maternity home in Los Angeles, Scarlett Chen is far from her native China, where she worked in a factory job and fell in love with the owner, Boss Yeung. Now she’s carrying his baby. Already married with three daughters, he’s overjoyed because the doctors confirmed he will finally have the son he has always wanted. To ensure that his son has every advantage, he has shipped Scarlett off to give birth on American soil. U.S. citizenship will open doors for their little prince.

As Scarlett awaits the baby’s arrival, she chokes down bitter medicinal stews and spars with her imperious housemates. The only one who fits in even less is Daisy, a spirited teenager and fellow unwed mother who is being kept apart from her American boyfriend.

Then a new sonogram of Scarlett’s baby reveals the unexpected. Panicked, she escapes by hijacking a van–only to discover that she has a stowaway: Daisy, who intends to track down the father of her child. They flee to San Francisco’s bustling Chinatown, where Scarlett will join countless immigrants desperately trying to seize their piece of the American dream. What Scarlett doesn’t know is that her baby’s father is not far behind her.

Why I can’t wait: This reminds me a little bit of Little Fires Everywhere and just sounds like something I would get completely invested in!

Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

Sweet Little Lies by Caz FrearFrom Goodreads: WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW:

In 1998, Maryanne Doyle disappeared and Dad knew something about it?
Maryanne Doyle was never seen again.


In 1998, Dad lied about knowing Maryanne Doyle.
Alice Lapaine has been found strangled near Dad’s pub.
Dad was in the local area for both Maryanne Doyle’s disappearance and Alice Lapaine’s murder – FACT

Trust cuts both ways . . . what do you do when it’s gone?

Why I can’t wait: Aside from the fact that I hear Fleetwood Mac whenever I look at this cover, I love a book set in the ’90s, and this is set in the UK AND in the ’90s so I have high hopes. I grabbed this from BOTM this month.

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter (8/21)

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter From Goodreads: Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?

But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.

The police want answers and Laura’s innocence is on the line, but she won’t speak to anyone, including her own daughter. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumb trail of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them.

Why I can’t wait: Every year Karin Slaughter releases a new book with an intriguing premise and I think it’ll finally be time for me to read something by her. Hopefully this is that time.

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson (8/28)

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson (8/28)From Goodreads: It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat—by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for “A Room to Talk”), they discover it’s safe to talk about what’s bothering them—everything from Esteban’s father’s deportation and Haley’s father’s incarceration to Amari’s fears of racial profiling and Ashton’s adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.

Why I can’t wait: Ever since I read Brown Girl Dreaming, I’ve fallen in love with Woodson’s writing, and Books and Lala on YouTube had nothing but great things to say about this one!

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram (8/28)

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram (8/28)From Goodreads: Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s about to take his first-ever trip to Iran, and it’s pretty overwhelming–especially when he’s also dealing with clinical depression, a disapproving dad, and a chronically anemic social life. In Iran, he gets to know his ailing but still formidable grandfather, his loving grandmother, and the rest of his mom’s family for the first time. And he meets Sohrab, the boy next door who changes everything.

Sohrab makes sure people speak English so Darius can understand what’s going on. He gets Darius an Iranian National Football Team jersey that makes him feel like a True Persian for the first time. And he understand that sometimes, best friends don’t have to talk. Darius has never had a true friend before, but now he’s spending his days with Sohrab playing soccer, eating rosewater ice cream, and sitting together for hours in their special place, a rooftop overlooking the Yazdi skyline.

Why I can’t wait: This sounds like the kind of hard-hitting YA that I tend to love, and like a timely read on top of that!

What are you looking forward to reading this month?

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  1. Thanks for the mention, Amy. I know you’ll love Crawdads. It’s one of those books that will really stay with you. You have a couple on this list that I hadn’t really considered. My sister just moved to Scottsdale last year, so that setting has me interested in Mr. & Mrs. American Pie. I almost never read YA, but Darius sounds like it could be worth a read. I think I’ll let you vet that one for me!