Shelf Swap with Robin Stevens

Shelf Swap: Robin Stevens
I love swapping book recommendations, so I’m asking one person each month to pick five books from my Goodreads shelves that they want to read and five books from their own shelves that they think I might like to read.

I’m delighted to welcome Robin Stevens (@redbreastedbird), author of the Murder Most Unladylike series, to Pretty Books for Shelf Swap!


Night Owls by Jenn Bennett
Romance, rooftops and San Francisco – just the description of this YA love story about two teens who meet on a night bus has me hooked. Jenn’s writing has been compared to my favourite Jenny Valentine’s, too, which has rocketed the book up even higher on my to-read list.

The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham
I love John Wyndham’s books. They’re creepy and imaginative, the kind of science fiction that feels absolutely possible, and I think Wyndham is a beautiful writer. I have no idea why I haven’t read this yet – I need to resolve that quickly!

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
I’ve gotten very into graphic novels this year, and I definitely want to read more. This comes highly recommended, it looks gorgeous and it’s all about female friendship and summertime at the beach.

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Cuckoo Song is one of my all-time favourite books, I love crime, I’m fascinated by the Victorians and Frances wrote an incredible short story for the upcoming Mystery and Mayhem anthology that I’m a part of. Oh, and this book just won the COSTA! I couldn’t be prouder of her, and I am so looking forward to finally reading this.

Skullduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Confession time: I’ve never read this book. This is the year I finally listen to my friends and right this wrong. I know that it’s a modern children’s classic – and it features a dancing skeleton. I can’t wait.


I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
by Nora Ephron
I only recently discovered the joy of Nora Ephron’s essays. If you have ever been a woman, or known a woman, or just been near a woman, you need to read her. The essay about handbags had me weeping with laughter, and I want her to be my friend.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
I’m being a little sneaky here – I know Stacey is currently reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle, so I’m recommending her Hill House, a fantastically creepy and psychological ghost story. Just like Hill House itself, the story seems gorgeous, engrossing and gently funny, and then before you know it’s lured you in and you’re terrified.

Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe
This reads like a novel, but it’s real – a collection of letters that the young Nina sent her sister when she was working as a nanny in the 1980s. She’s about the worst nanny you can imagine, but she’s totally delightful, and it’s impossible not to fall in love with her and the bonkers London family she looks after. Oh, and Alan Bennett lives next door.

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
From what I know of Stacey’s reading tastes, I think she’s a fan of great literary fiction with a historical bent, and so this will be perfect for her. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas for a new generation, this is a beautiful and heartbreaking World War II story that feels very fresh and new.

Unwritten, Vol 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity by Mike Carey & Peter Gross
Stacey has a lot of graphic novels on her shelves, and she’s hosting the 2016 Classics Challenge, so I think she’ll love this. It’s about a sort of fictional grown-up Harry Potter character who finds himself mixed up with a whole host of famous stories – it’s very clever and very referential. One for a true book nerd!

Thank you for swapping bookshelves, Robin!

Which of these books would you read?

11 thoughts on “Shelf Swap with Robin Stevens

  1. This One Summer is really good! I enjoyed my time reading it 🙂

  2. I really enjoyed Night Owls and Skulduggery Pleasant remains to be my favourite fictional character to date. If I could bring him into the real world I would so in a heart beat. Witty, sarcastic. Just the best.

  3. I’d like to read the Nora Ephron book, I really liked her movies.

  4. catherinebelvedere

    Night Owls, This One Summer, and I Feel Bad About My Neck are added to my list!

  5. I’m gonna give Night Owls a try. I’m currently reading The Truth About Forever and I’ve fallen head over heels in love with it. Previously, I read Girl Online and this really cool Fantasy Romance called Daughter of Smoke and Bone which kept me completely hooked.

  6. Have been loving ‘Dear Nina’, thank you for recommendation

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