Here are the books I acquired over the past two weeks or so!
Ouran High School Host Club (Vol. 1) by Bisco Hatori
War Girls by Various
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Dead Man’s Cove by Lauren St. John
The Mystery of the Missing Masterpiece by Helen Moss
Writing in the Sand by Helen Brandom
Back to Blackbrick by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
Sun Catcher by Sheila Rance
Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda by Margaret Atwood, illustrated by Dusan Petricic
Glaze by Kim Curran (eBook)
Remembrance by Theresa Breslin (eBook)
Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve never dipped my toe into the world of manga, so I thought I’d check out Ouran High School Host Club, which was recommended by Priscilla and I’ve reserved Fruits Basket at the library. I’m also participating in @countdownya, which is an epic month-long blog tour with some really brilliant authors whose books are being published on 5th June. I will be interviewing Sally Nicholls, whose story appears in War Girls. I think it’s important that children and teenagers are still educated about World War I and II. War Girls tackles a fascinating part of history – the women who were directly involved in the First World War and the women who stayed behind, left to live among poverty, fear and grief. I also downloaded a digital review copy of Remembrance, about the impact that the First World War has on a group of friends and their Scottish village.
I visited a friend’s workplace recently and there were free copies of One Hundred Years of Solitude available, a modern classic I’ve never read, so I thought it’d be suitable for my 2014 Classics Challenge. I also received my copies of Dead Man’s Cove and Glaze for a book club that I’ve just joined with a bunch of friends, plus a copy of Writing in the Sand – a début UKYA contemporary novel – for review.
Yesterday, I headed to The Chocolate Festival with Daphne, Debbie and Faye. After the festival, we met up with Jim and headed to Children’s Bookshop near Angel, where every book is £1. I visited the shop earlier in the day and planned to come back and purchase Storyteller: The Life of Roald Dahl, but someone beat me to it. Gah! But I did pick up The Mystery of the Missing Masterpiece, which sounds like a delightful old-fashioned children’s mystery series. (If I enjoy it, I’ll purchase all 14 books!) and Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda, which is a fun picture book for all ages. I had no idea Margaret Atwood wrote picture books!
And lastly, I went out for drinks with fellow lovers of young adult literature and took home Back to Blackbrick and Sun Catcher, two beautiful fantasy children’s books.
I know you saw me mention the world ‘chocolate’ earlier, so here’s a little peek at what I bought at the festival, from salted butterscotch and ginger fudge to mixed chocolates and peanut butter brownies, plus Daphne was lovely give me Hotel Chocolat goodies – rose & violet crèmes plus peppermint & cocoa tea – for my birthday last month.
But back to the books…