Here are some of the new books I’ve added to my bookshelves recently!
Gifted: My first publisher event of the year was Stripes’ EqualiTea and I was particularly excited to be given a copy of LGBTQ+ anthology Proud, edited by Juno Dawson, which is full of stories, art and poems from authors and illustrators who are part of the community. I’m also looking forward to delving into romcom My So-Called Bollywood Life, about Bollywood film fanatic Winnie who meets fellow film geek Dev. It sounds like it’ll be a lot of fun to read!
I bought Erin Gough’s pretty book from Readings Books in Melbourne. I hadn’t heard about it before (it doesn’t yet have a UK publisher, it seems), but it sounds fantastic. Amelia Westlake won the Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2018 and is about two gay girls + a fancy school + a feminist campaign (plus the cover reminds me of Madeline, so what’s not to like?). I bought my friend Charlie a copy for Christmas, too!
Gifted: I attended a fabulous blogger event at Bonnier with Lucy Adlington (author of The Red Ribbon) interviewing Heather Morris about her global bestseller, The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Heather’s interview was more like a chat we happened to overhear, which I really enjoyed. Lucy Adlington – a fashion historian – was also great and I can’t wait to read her story. I’ve not read historical fiction for a while, but I’m looking forward to delving back in. I picked up a signed copy of Heather’s book for my mum, too!
Gifted: I also went to a publisher event at Scholastic, where we got to hear all about their 2019 titles. I’m excited to read Beth Garrod’s Take a Chance on Me, Simon James Green’s Alex in Wonderland, and Sabina Khan’s The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali, which we were given a copy of! It’s all about 17-year-old Rukhsana, who tries to live up to her conservative Muslim parents’ expectations, but when her parents catch her kissing her girlfriend Ariana, all of Rukhsana’s plans for her future fall apart.
Are any of these books on your TBR?