Added to My Bookshelves: March & April


Here are the books I’ve added to my shelves recently!

In March, I was lucky to attend Andersen Press’ first ever blogger brunch. We got to hear all about their lovely upcoming books, eat lots of pastries and discover whether we were an optimist, realist or pessimist to celebrate Susin Nielsen’s Optimists Die First (I’m most definitely a pessimist). In our goody bags, we were given Troublemakers, Goodbye Days, The Way Back Home, and Encounters. I was intrigued to hear that Encounters was based on a true story – in 1994, students from a Zimbabwe school claimed to see a UFO land on the school grounds. The Way Back Home and Goodbye Days are both emotional reads, so they’re right up my street.

I was also extremely lucky to receive a whole bunch of surprise review copies from publishers. In my contemporary pile, you’ll find Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index, Stargazing for Beginners, Everything Beautiful is Not RuinedNoah Can’t Even, Release and I Have No Secrets. I’m excited to delve into all of these, but Release (it’s Patrick Ness, obv.) and Stargazing for Beginners (I’ve heard such amazing things about Jenny McLachlan’s latest) are high up on my TBR.

I also received copies of Doing It!, The Bookshop Girl and Things a Bright Girl Can Do. I’ve already read The Bookshop Girl and absolutely adored it, so check back for a review very soon. I even match the cover! I was also happy to receive Hannah Witton’s debut book and a copy of Things a Bright Girl Can Do – one I heard all about at Andersen Press – about three suffragettes, Evelyn, May and Nell.

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And lastly, I took a trip to Foyles and bought It’s All Absolutely Fine – which I’ve wanted for ages, and I follow Ruby on Instagram – and I received All My Friends Are Superheroes for my birthday from my lovely friend Louise, which sounds like an incredibly unique short story!

Have you read any of these books?


Hannah Witton's Doing It!

15 thoughts on “Added to My Bookshelves: March & April

  1. I love how much blue and yellow there is! great post x

  2. I’ve read Troublemakers, Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index, and Doing It! and I thought all three were fab :) I’m so excited to get started on Release! Love your bookish photography <3

  3. I love that photo of the stack, the colours are amazing! I really want to read Doing It, I love Hannah’s channel. And you’re right, Patrick Ness is always amazing

  4. I loved ‘Doing It!’ I just made a video about it but haven’t posted it yet, it’s a definite must read though!

  5. Awesome books and photos! I’m going to blame you for my fast growing TBR list lol!!

  6. Hello !
    I am new here and I just started a book blog. I got on here randomly and scrolled through your articles. You’ve got a really nice blog and I’ll keep coming and follow the new content :)

  7. Thanks to this post, I’m about to add a whole bunch of books to my TBR pile!

    I’ve just started a new blog for book reviews and have followed you as I adore YA fiction (even though at 34, I’m probably a little old!). I’m so glad I discovered the likes of Netgallery as my bank account can’t keep up with my reading habit, and I’m really enjoying the process of doing a brain dump after reading novels. I was curious as to your process of reviewing; do you make notes while you’re reading with post-its and the like or do you just write about it afterwards from memory?

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