With the world slowly settling into a new normal, the publishing industry is also returning in full force, boasting with a whole host of brilliant summer and autumn releases. While I’m already working on my Christmas wish list (it’s getting longer by the day!), I have selected my most anticipated reads for August. Get ready for some fantastic female authors, from dazzling debuts to established writing styles!
A Song of Wraiths and Ruinby Roseanne A. Brown
This fantasy debut is inspired by West African folklore and follows crown princess Karina, who loses her only family in a shocking turn of events, and Malik, who desperately fights to save his family and learns that the only way to do so is by killing Karina. I’m expecting enemies-to-lovers, an intricate magic system, and an action-filled page turner that will keep me reading until 3am! I’ve already had a quick sneak and have found the writing so compelling that I can’t wait to pick up this story. If there’s only one book you’re reading this August, let this be it!
Prideby Ibi Zoboi
We’re all familiar with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice– be it from English classes, television re-runs, or our Auntie Maggie who is obsessed with classics. Ibi Zoboi has taken it upon herself to translate the timeless classic to a modern setting by placing her sassy and proud heroine Zuri Benitez in a Black community in New York. When the wealthy Darcy brothers, Darius and Ainsley, move into the big mansion across from their home, the life of the Benitez sisters is about to change rapidly… Although Prideisn’t a new release – originally published in 2018 – I can’t believe I have only just added it to my TBR pile. With all the classics remakes in the cinema this year – EmmaAND David Copperfield?! – it’s the perfect opportunity to revisit one of the most beloved classics of our time.
Other Words for Smokeby Sarah Maria Griffin
The mystery of the burned down house at the end of the lane has the townspeople in an uproar. No one has an explanation for what happened. No one, except for Mae and Rossa whose aunt and her ward died in the fire… Now, this book boasts of an owl in the wallpaper, a strange cat, and a whole lot of disturbing dark magic – what more could I ask for? I came across this story because Sarah Maria Griffin is an absolute legend on Twitter, and I have no doubt I will love her writing style. Plus, she’s from Ireland (and an outspoken feminist and activist) so I cannot wait to see how the rich Irish folklore has shaped this story. And, last but definitely not least, the book is stunningly beautiful (I am a sucker for sprayed edges)!
Words by BathtubBiblio on Twitter.
Image by Maddi Bazzocco on Unsplash.