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.
I visited Foyles Charing Cross Road with Charlie and we chatted to the lovely Chloe, a children’s bookseller there, about her upcoming novel The Bookshop Girl. After watching an early preview of Love, Simon, I wanted re-read the book but didn’t own a physical copy, so I bought the film tie-in edition (I like Nick Robinson, okay?!). I also bought Francesca Zappia’s Made You Up because I absolutely adored Eliza and Her Monsters (you can read my review here). From Foyles Royal Festival Hall I picked up Dodie: Secrets for the Mad on a whim. It’s a mix of doodles, poetry and prose all about self-care, mental health, life and relationships.
For my birthday, I visited Cambridge and popped into Heffers, an awesome bookshop. I bought the Lonely Planet guide to Budapest as I’m off on holiday with one of my best friends in May. As a birthday gift, my colleague Kara gave me my first Penguin Modern, Shirley Jackson’s The Missing Girl. I also want to check out Daphne du Maurier’s The Breakthrough, and Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer. I was given National Book Tokens for my birthday and I’m super excited even though I work there… ! I’m ready for more book-shopping!
My (now-ex!) housemate Charlie moved out at the end of the month and had to sadly cull a lot of her books… she wanted them to go to a good home, so I picked out Movie Night, The Fire Sermon and Truly, Wildly, Deeply. I’m especially looking forward to Jenny McLachlan’s – I’m loving her books lately.
Here are the lovely books I added to my shelves in December!
For Christmas, I was super lucky to get the Harry Potter illustrated books. I’ve wanted them ever since I worked at Bloomsbury Children’s before they were published, so as soon as Foyles announced they were selling them for half price, I quickly added them to my list. I’ll definitely be starting a Harry Potter re-read this year, accompanied by Jim Kay’s beautiful illustrations. My lovely friend Cathy also bought me a copy of Craig Taylor’s Londoners, which I read and loved more than five years ago. I read the eBook, so I’m really looking forward to picking it up again – it’s even more relevant now.
At the beginning of October, I went to the launch of Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage (I blogged about it here), involving lots of Gyptian festivities, and picked up a beautiful stamped copy of the book at midnight. After listening to the original trilogy on audiobook, I also pre-ordered the newest, read by Michael Sheen. Once I’d finished these, I needed more, so I bought Lyra’s Oxford, which is a fun but I wouldn’t say essential addition to the series.
I’ve really been loving audiobooks over the past six months, so I bought Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt, the poignant and hilarious memoir of a junior doctor – and one of my favourite books of the year.
Nearly six years after The Fault in Our Stars was published, I bought John Green’sTurtles All the Way Down and, after hearing lots about her poetry, a copy of Rupi Kaur’s The Sun and Her Flowers. I didn’t expect to love Turtles as much as TFiOS, but I did enjoy it a lot.
Lastly, I attended my first Lush Book Club and got to hang out with lots of bookish people, eating cupcakes and chatting about the lovely Lush bath bombs we were given. It was for Rowan Coleman’s The Summer of Impossible Things – about sisters, secrets and time travel – and I’m really looking forward to it, and to more Lush Book Clubs next year.