Here are the books I acquired over the past two months!
The Babysitters Club Collection (#1-3) by Ann M. Martin
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell
Ottoline Goes to School by Chris Riddell
Ottoline at Sea by Chris Riddell
Bird by Crystal Chan
A Room Full of Chocolate by Jane Elson
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Burn by Monica Hesse
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Salvage by Keren David
I was talking about The Babysitters Club with Debbie on Twitter last year and I don’t think I’ve actually ever read the books, so I decided to buy this omnibus secondhand. (And she bought the first 45 books in the series!). I was also given a few books (Bird and A Room Full of Chocolate) by two lovely publishing friends, Helen and Cait. Bird featured on my Top Ten / 2014 Debuts I’m Excited For and A Room Full of Chocolate sounds like just my kind of middle grade novel.
Waterstones had a 20% off everything sale this weekend, so I bought a few books that had been on my wishlist for a while. Chris Riddell’s Ottoline novels sound adorable – and you may remember that I bought Goth Girl recently too. Ready Player One had been on my wishlist the longest, almost two years! I hope it’s worth the wait! As I love ‘all the things’, I had to buy Hyperbole and a Half, which I’m reading at the moment and loving. I finally tracked down a copy of Hollow City, the sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. And lastly, I received Burn (sequel to Stray) and Salvage for review. Salvage turned up unexpectedly so I don’t know too much about it, but it’s receiving a lot of praise so far from fellow bloggers!
Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson
The Tin Snail by Cameron McAllister
Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband by Natalie Young
The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
Sunrise by Mile Mullin
Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen
As always, I cannot seem to stop buying/downloading eBooks. (I wrote about my recent eBook haul). I downloaded Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts because it sounds like a sweeter, safer version of the TV show Bomb Girls, which I loved – it’s about a group of girls who work in a bomb factory during WWII. (It’s available on Sky and Netflix! Go watch it!). At RHCP’s recent blogger event, we were told about The Tin Snail (a delightful children’s novel set during the 1940s), The Forbidden Library (perfect for the bookish) and also Boy in the Tower (which was compared to The Day of the Triffids!) so I had to download review copies. I want to purchase a finished copy of The Forbidden Library, especially as it’s a beautiful book. And I’ve been curious about Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband since Daphne bought it on one of our many bookstore trips, so I downloaded that review copy too. I loved Ashfall, so I really need to catch up with Ashen Winter and Sunrise.
Just One Day by Gayle Foreman
Just One Year by Gayle Foreman
The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
One Hundred Great Books in Haiku by David M. Bader
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead (not pictured as I’ve already read it and taken it back!)
Aaaand I’ve also been going to the library a lot more lately. I wouldn’t have requested so many, but I thought it’d take a while for them all to come in. It didn’t… I’m most excited to read Just One Day & Just One Year plus Skulduggery Pleasant, which is one of Cait’s favourite middle grade series. I’m hoping I can read all of these without having to take them back!
And, of course, I have to share with you pretty photos of pretty books…
I’ve also been lucky enough to attend YA blogger events at Simon & Schuster, Walker Books, Faber & Faber, Hachette, Random House & Oxford University Press Children’s recently, so I’ll link to other bloggers’ write ups below so you can see the books we were given and the upcoming books we were told about. I’ll update this post as they appear!
Simon & Schuster Children’s
Phew! 2014 will be a busy year.