Here’s a bunch of books I purchased over the past two months. I’ve had to split this book haul into two parts because otherwise I’d have taken a ton of photos! Come back next week to see the books I acquired through other means (sounds ominous, but it’s not…!).
The Midnight Picnic: A Laura Marlin Mystery by Lauren St. John
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Girl with a White Dog by Anne Booth
Trouble by Non Pratt
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
Resistance by Owen Sheers
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
I went on a bit of a book-buying spree this month. I bought Trouble, If You Find Me and Rooftoppers on World Book Day from Waterstones Islington. I have already read Trouble, but I wanted to own a lovely finished copy. If you love YA contemporary, you’ll want to read this one. If You Find Me and Rooftoppers are both shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Prize, so I thought I’d give them a shot as they’ve both received immense praise from reviewers and booksellers.
I went to Waterstones Gower Street yesterday, which I think is my favourite Waterstones (it’s old and like a maze), and I bought The Midnight Picnic. It wasone of the £1 World Book Day stories and Dead Man’s Cove is the first in the series, which I really want to read – it’s a children’s Famous Five-type mystery series. I also adore the covers – they’re just perfect. I then bought Girl with a White Dog as there’s been a bit of an online buzz about it. It was published this month and Jim in particular has been pushing it onto everyone! I’m not one to be left out of the loop, so I thought I’d buy it as it’s my sort of middle grade novel, about a little girl who starts learning about Nazi Germany at school. I also picked up The Remains of the Day as it’s been on my wishlist for a while. It totally counts as a modern classic, right? And because you all know how much I love Vintage Children’s Classics, I purchased The Secret Garden to read as part of my 2014 Classics Challenge and add to my collection. I’m really enjoying it so far and it’s made me get out the movie!
And lastly, I spontaneously bought The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks after reading We Were Liars (review coming soon!). E. Lockhart is hailed as one of the best writers of YA contemporary, so I wanted to finally read her most popular novel. And I bought Resistance because the pretty cover attracted my attention and because it’s a ‘beautifully written and powerful story set during an imagined occupation of Britain by Nazi Germany in World War II’.
I also purchased some eBooks…
I’m one of those people who downloaded The Shock of the Fall just after it won the Costa, sorry not sorry. I bought it back in January, but I forgot to include it last time. A Boy Called Hope is a beautiful middle grade novel that I had been following via social media and I also bought Firefly Lane, about two friends growing up in the 1970s – and Kristin Hannah’s most popular novel – as well as Take Me Home, because I already have Daniela Sacerdoti’s other novel, Watch Over Me.
Stay tuned for Part 2 next week! edit: Here it is!