We’re already halfway through March (and it’s no longer winter, hooray!), so here’s a little about the books I bought/borrowed/received in January and February!
Have you seen the Little Black Classics, published to celebrate 80 years of Penguin Books? I bought two: The Old Nurse’s Story (#39) by Elizabeth Gaskell and The Yellow Wall-Paper (#42) by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and I’m sure I’ll be buying many more!
I actually meant to include this in my previous Behold! post but I completely forgot: I borrowed Friends With Boys from Debbie in January. We exchanged graphic novels and I loaned her Relish: My Life in the Kitchen. Faith Erin Hicks will be illustrating Rainbow Rowell’s upcoming graphic novel, so I’m quite looking forward to this! I am signed up to Caboodle, the rewards programme from National Book Tokens. I got to pick a free book and chose another classic I’ve not yet read: Oliver Twist. One for the 2015 Classics Challenge perhaps?
I attended the Scholastic Bloggers’ Brunch in January and got to hear about their wonderful upcoming books. They were kind enough to treat us to brunch, lovely authors and publishers as well as a few goodies. Seven Days, The Sin Eater’s Daughter (written by my awesome buddy Mel) and An Island of Our Own are three completely different but wonderful-sounding books.
I do not request review copies any more, but if I’m offered them I do find it difficult to say no! I accepted Half Wild by Sally Green as Half Bad is one of the (many!) books at the top of my TBR. I’m also excited about two new books from Hot Key and Piccadilly Press: Fish Out of Water, the first YA contemporary novel from Natalie Whipple (author of Transparent) and The Scandalous Sisterhood, a charming middle grade mystery. I’ll be tucking into those shortly! I also received a surprise copy of Lottery Boy by Michael Byrne, from Walker Books, which is ‘a young boy’s story of loss and unbearable hope as he survives on London’s streets‘.
I also downloaded two eBooks for review: The Accident Season (the blogger world has been buzzing about this one recently) and All That Glitters (the fourth book in the Geek Girl series). I also bought Judith Kerr’s When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit and Marcus Sedgwick’s The Ghosts of Heaven.