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Judging Books By Their Covers: August Releases Edition

Let’s judge some books by the cover, shall we? 

So last month I did a post in which I picked out some July releases based on their covers and then proceeded to choose the ones I enjoyed the premises of to share with you. And we’re doing that again this month. Basically, I spend a lot of time on Netgalley, and scouring the Internet for new releases, so I am gonna do that, but pick the books based on their cover. Then I’ll read the blurbs and pick my favorites and then I share them with all of you!

So the basic formula of this post is pretty books meets new releases I am excited about

With that long winded explanation out of the way, let’s get into it!

1. A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton 

Release Date: August 15

Why I love the cover: I just think it’s gorgeous. The muted colors mixing in with the really vibrant ones that pop. It looks like the blurb sounds and I love it.

Why I love the blurb: This follows an African American family and it’s set in New Orleans, which sounds like a fabulous setting for a book. We follow Evelyn who comes of age during World War II and as she chooses between the man she loves and her family, and then we follow her daughter, Jackie, in the 80s who has struggles of her own. The story then shifts to Jackie’s son and his life. I love the family through generations story and I love the setting of the South. Sounds amazing.

2. A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

Release Date: August 15

Why I love the cover: I love the black backdrop and then the vibrant yellow title enveloped in these colorful flowers. I think it’s gorgeous.

Why I love the blurb: Because it’s about sisters. I love sister stories (if you have any recs PLEASE share them with me). This is also advertised as something fans of Gone Girl and Pretty Little Liars would enjoy. It’s basically a YA thriller about sisters and I would love to read it.

3. The History of Bees by Maya Lunde

Release Date: August 22

Why I love the cover: It’s so vibrant and eye-catching and absolutely stunning. I love the yellow and green combination and I love the little bees on it.

Why I love the blurb: This sounds absolutely amazing. It’s another family through generations story, but it’s a science fiction novel. It follows a family of bee keepers through the past, present and future, meaning it’s set first in 1852, England, then we move to the US during 2007, and finish in China in 2098. It says that this is similar to Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go and I love the vibe of it.

4. The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes

Release Date: August 22


Why I love the blurb: We follow two teenagers, Molly, who’s father is convicted of murder and Pepper, a Kuwaiti immigrant with epilepsy as they try to uncover what happened to a girl called Ava, back in 1989. This actually sounds diverse and lovely. We follow these three characters and watch the mystery unravel. I am ready for it, it sounds spectacular.

5. I Know Your Kind: Poems by William Brewer

Release Date: August 29

Why I love the cover: I think it’s so stunning. It immediately caught my attention. It’s not in your face, but it’s absolutely gorgeous.

Why I love the blurb: I thought I’d end with something a bit different. I enjoy poetry that centers around a specific theme and this is about the American opioid epidemic and poverty in West Virginia. I love the Virginia setting (*cough* Raven Boys *cough*) and this sounds unlike anything I ever read. I am definitely going to be picking this up.

And those are all the new releases with gorgeous covers I am really excited about. I am so pumped about all these books I discovered and I can’t wait to get my hands on some of them. Let me know if any of these spark your interest and also let me know what pretty covers you found lately!


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