Here are the books I bought, received and downloaded over the past month:
Fly Away Home by Christine Nöstlinger
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
The Visitors by Rebecca Mascull
The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell
Fortunately, the Milk… by Neil Gaiman
Stay Where You Are and then Leave by John Boyn
Panic by Lauren Oliver
Dandelion Clocks by Rebecca Westcott Smith (e-galley)
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (e-galley)
I’ve only just realised that nearly all of the books I acquired this month are children’s books! I adore Vintage Children’s Classics. I do! I do! I particularly admire the cover designs, which use beautiful illustrations that are all quite different while still making it clear that the books are part of a series. It’s a stunning yet inexpensive series as Vintage hasn’t tried to do anything particularly fancy with the production. I also love that they chose to publish not so obvious children’s classics, like the top four that I purchased. Of course, the series also includes many familiar classics such as Little Women and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but a lot of them were completely new to me and I cannot wait to get stuck in. I bought I Capture the Castle last year, which I read a few months ago and loved. You can also browse the collection at aworldofstories.co.uk or here.
I then went on to continue to break my book-buying ban by purchasing Fortunately, the Milk… and Stay Where You Are and then Leave. I first heard a little bit about Neil Gaiman’s newest book through Books Are My Bag, and Stay Where You Are and then Leave – a children’s novel set during World War I – was one of those books that I kept picking up every time I went into a shop, so I decided to just go for it.
I received The Visitors and Panic unexpectedly for review. The Visitors is about a deafblind girl, set in late Victorian England, but it also seems to be about much more – friendship, mystery, adventure, history and fantasy. It looks like Hodder & Stoughton expect it to do brilliantly next year, so I’m quite intrigued. Hodder also sent the eagerly anticipated Panic, Lauren Oliver’s latest YA contemporary novel, which sounds quite different to anything she’s written before. I also won The Shadow Year in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway, which is a contemporary mystery novel that begins in the 80s.
And lastly, I downloaded Dandelion Clocks – a contemporary middle grade novel – and The Screaming Staircase, which I’ve heard is extremely well-written and a page-turner despite it being nearly 450 pages. I’m usually not one for paranormal entities, but there’s just something about ghosts that I love…
Which books did you buy, receive or downloaded in October?
And more pretty photos, as usual…