It’s my first book haul of the year! It’s getting a little out of hand already, so I thought I’d do a book haul post (only two weeks in…).
I headed two Waterstones Gower Street only a few days into January to buy Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson. I love children’s and YA more than anything, but I also miss reading adult novels, so I’m hoping to get stuck into more this year. Station Eleven and Life After Life are two in particularly that keep cropping up as people’s favourites. I also attended the launch of The Art of Being Normal and bought it in advance so I could read a little. It’s brilliant so far and it’ll definitely be one of the most popular YA novels of 2015 – watch out!
I also downloaded a few adult fiction eBooks for review: Second Life by S.J. Watson & A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install. I really enjoyed S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep. I was lucky enough to read it before publication, but I had no idea it would become as popular as it is. I had to click on A Robot in the Garden because of that little robot face. It sounds quirky, beautiful and ever so cute!
I attended The Booksellers’ YA Book Prize social this week and we were given goodie bags – mine contained The Winter Horses by Philip Kerr & Louder Than Words by Laura Jarratt. The Winter Horses appeals to me especially as I really do love contemporary historical children’s fiction. I also met a lovely bookseller who brought along a bunch of books for people to take. It’s a sign that I shouldn’t buy eBooks unless I’m going to read them straight away, because she had The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. I couldn’t resist the beauty! I also picked up Gone by Michael Grant as it’s been on my wishlist for years.
Jim, a blogger friend of mine, is one of the most prolific readers and he’s always giving away or lending books to people! I borrowed Darcy Burdock by Laura Dockrill (I’ve already read Hi So Much), Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (companion novel to Code Name Verity) and Stories of World War One edited by Tony Bradman (featured in my Children’s and Young Adult Books Set During WWI post).
And lastly, Books Are My Bag sent me a surprise bookish package to start the year off, including two Irish YA novels: Primperfect by Deirdre Sullivan & Finding a Voice by Kim Hood. I tend read English and American YA the most, so I’m looking forward to reading these.
It’s a great start to 2015!
Have you read any of these?