Behold the Pretty Books / April & May Book Haul

Behold the Pretty Books / April & May Book Haul

Here are the books I acquired over the past couple of months!

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen
Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide by Betty Cornell
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
The Explorer by James Smythe
The Glass Bird Girl by Esme Kerr
Valentine Joe by Rebecca Stevens
The Woebegone Twins by Christopher William Hill
Rebel Heart by Moira Young
Raging Star by Moira Young

I attended a 1950s evening recently, hosted by Penguin Books and Glamour to celebrate the publication of Popular, written by Maya Van Wagenen when she was thirteen-years-old, after she decides to spend a school year following advice from Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide. It sounds like an ideal read for a Sociology graduate! I was also sent Counting by 7s for review from Piccadilly Press, a middle grade novel ‘about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family’. I’ve been hearing a lot about it over the past year, so I’m looking forward to reading some more contemporary middle grade. I’ve also read fantastic reviews of The Explorer, so I had to buy it when I came across it in a used bookshop a few weeks ago.

I have lovely friends that often loan me books, but I didn’t quite notice the effect it was having on my TBR! Debbie loaned me Far From You, which has been causing a lot of buzz on Twitter, so I can’t wait to read that, and Jim loaned me the rest (in the understanding that I was doing him a favour by taking them off his hands!). I’m probably most looking forward to reading the three middle grade novels – The Glass Bird Girl (mystery), Valentine Joe (historical) and The Woebegone Twins (comedy), but I also read Blood Red Road by Moira Young such a long time ago so it’s nice to know I can finally finish the trilogy!

Behold the Pretty Books / April & May Book Haul

These Days Are Ours by Michelle Haimoff
The Tightrope Walkers by David Almond
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Hi So Much by Laura Dockrill

I also downloaded a few digital review copies! These Days Are Ours and The Tightrope Walkers are two upcoming adult contemporary novels from Penguin Books that I was previously unfamiliar with. And I’ve already read both Landline (review coming soon!) and Hi So Much, the second book in the Darcy Burdock series (reviewed here).

Behold the Pretty Books / April & May Book Haul

Fruits Basket (Volume #1) by Natsuki Takaya
7 Billion Needles (Volume #1) by Nobuaki Tadano
Strawberry Marshmallow (Volume #3) by Barasui
Translucent (Volume #3) by Kazuhiro Okamoto
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre
Kidnap in the Caribbean by Lauren St. John

And lastly, I went to the library to pick up Fruits Basket (and ONLY Fruits Basket), since I want to try out manga (I bought Ouran High School Host Club recently too!) but I ended up coming home with many more books… Oh! I picked up a few more manga books, even though some of the first volumes weren’t available, plus three middle grade novels. I feel like I’m the only person who loves children’s books and has not yet read Wonder, so I’m looking forward to rectifying that. And I had to grab a copy of Oliver and the Seawigs as Sarah McIntyre will be at the Young Adult Literature Conference in July, plus yesterday you saw me raving about Dead Man’s Cove, so I had to pick up the sequel, Kidnap in the Caribbean.

Have you read any of these books?

Behold the Pretty Books / April & May Book Haul

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20 thoughts on “Behold the Pretty Books / April & May Book Haul

  1. Great haul! I’ve heard amazing things about both Counting by Sevens and Far From You. Can’t wait to read them! Enjoy all the books! 🙂

  2. Your books look so amazing Stacey! I hope you enjoy all of them :). I haven’t read Fruits Basket, but you should consider reading Attack on Titan. It’s phenomenal, both as a story in Manga format as well as the anime! Happy reading once again!

  3. Ooh, awesome books!! (: Far From You is just… amazing. I was so blown away. I really hope you enjoy it!
    Popular looks so good- and written when the author was roughly my age, too… that’s so cool. I’m hoping to buy a copy when I have enough money. It doesn’t look exactly like my kinda genre, but I’m really intrigued about it. 😀
    -Georgia x

  4. Wow, you’ll certainly be occupied for a good while!

  5. Wonderful haul — I envy it. I’ve heard great things about Wonder and Far From You, so I’d be interested in buying them too. Enjoy!

  6. Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary

    I read Popular a week or two ago and really enjoyed it – I hope you do, Stacey!
    I’m extremely jealous of Landline. I am a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell’s books so I can’t wait to read your review.

    Happy reading!

  7. TheBookishOwl

    Wonder is absolutely amazing. I cried buckets reading it!

  8. ooohh, nice haul! Strawberry Marshmallow sounds like a fun manga to read && 7 Billion Needles sounds like something I’d really like to try. Happy reading! Hope you enjoy them all~

  9. I LOVED FFY so hope you read that soon! Fruits Basket is totally gonna be your thing.

    Cait

  10. I just read Popular, and it’s pretty good! A different kind of book, and I love how real Maya is. I think you’ll enjoy it 🙂

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