Here’s all the books I bought and borrowed in March, plus eBooks I downloaded in March and April (so far!).
I attended the UKYA Blogger Awards last month because many of my friends were nominated for (and won!) awards. Waterstones High Street Kensington kindly offered us ‘buy one get one half price’ on ALL their YA and science fiction for that night only, so of course I picked up a few books. I bought two new John Wyndham novels to add to my collection: Trouble with Lichen and The Kraken Wakes. I also bought I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak because The Book Thief has been one of my favourite novels for years, and The Ruby Circle, the last book in the Bloodlines series.
At the UKYA Blogger Awards, we were also given Monster by C.J. Skuse (hurrah for boarding school novels!) and Keris Stainton was nice enough to give me a copy of her latest book, Spotlight on Sunny. I need to pick up the first book, Starring Kitty. I also attended the YA Book Prize and bought the winning novel, Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill. I can’t wait to read it – I’ve been told it’s an ‘uncomfortable’, important, feminist read.
A few of my lovely blogger friends loaned me books last month. Jim loaned me Cowgirl and Daphne loaned me My Heart and Other Black Holes. And last, but definitely not least, I received Remix by Non Pratt (author of Trouble) for review from Walker Books. It’s my current read and although I’ve not read much, I can tell it’s going to be another hilarious, brilliant and realistic story.
As for eBooks, I should have stayed away from NetGalley because I got a bit carried away – I think I’ll need to dedicate a month to reading only eBooks! I picked up Don’t Stay Up Late because I love a bit of YA horror and who better to turn to than R.L. Stine? As always, I’m drawn to YA contemporary so I downloaded Everything, Everything (‘Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years’), The DUFF (because it has just been adapted into a movie) and Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella (I enjoyed the Shopaholic novels I’ve read so I’m looking forward to reading her first YA novel).
I also downloaded a couple of adult eBooks: The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton (who is one of my favourite mystery authors – I loved her previous novels Sister and Afterwards) and Our Endless Numbered Days. And lastly, I bought The Humans because had been on my wishlist for a while!