It has been a really excellent month for new books! In June, I had a lot of opportunities to visit bookshops and I was unable to resist.
I was sent copies of Editing Emma, Flight of a Starling, They Both Die at the End and Freshers for review – and added them all to my current TBR because they sound incredible. I adored Adam Silvera’s The History of Me and You and I’m sure his latest will make me cry just as much. I also enjoyed Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen’s Lobsters and Never Evers, so of course I made it my next read – and I loved it to bits. Lucy and Tom can do no wrong and it has paved the way for more UKYA set at university.
I bought Emery Lord’s The Start of Me and You as soon as it was announced as part of this summer’s Zoella Book Club – When We Collided was one of my favourite books of 2016. I also took a trip to Highgate Cemetery with fellow blogger Sophie and we had to pop into Waterstones, too. I picked up When Dimple Met Rishi after being intrigued by all the hype and I’m so glad I did. It’s my favourite book of the year so far! I love Dimple. I love Rishi. I love everything about this book.
During Independent Bookshop Week, I went on a bookshop crawl for work and visited Foyles, Goldsboro Books, London Review Bookshop and Stanfords. I picked up Salt to the Sea because it’s ridiculous that I haven’t read it yet – I loved Out of the Easy and Between Shades of Gray – and Stasiland. I read this years ago and as I’m heading to Berlin this autumn, it seems like the perfect time to brush up on my history.
What books have you bought recently?
I can’t believe it’s July already, I’m so not ready for this! But while I’ve been galavanting off solo to Stockholm, having yummy brunches with friends, and trying not to melt in this heat, I’ve also been adding new books to my shelves!
I went to Manchester over the early Bank Holiday and bought a copy of David Owen’s The Fallen Children. I’ve been on the look out for a teal copy (one of my all-time favourite colours), but in the end, I stuck with my trusty blue. If only we could choose the colours of our books all the time! It’s been described as a YA version of The Midwich Cuckoos and I can’t wait to read it. Knowing I’m onto summery contemporary reads, my lovely housemate Charlie gave me a copy of The Girl’s Guide to Summer, which I put straight onto my summer TBR.
I was also super excited to get Non Pratt’s Truth or Dare in the post, and was sent copies of No Filter, The Spellbook of Lost and Found, A Shiver of Snow and Sky, Love & Gelato, This Careless Life, Piglettes, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe for review.
I put Piglettes and Love & Gelato straight onto my summer TBR and I’m also going to pick up Lauren James’ The Loneliest Girl in the Universe soon – about Romy, who falls in love with J over email despite being light years away, literally – because I’ve heard some fantastic things from my most-trusted friends and bloggers.
I was lucky to attend HQ Stories’ blogger evening and picked up The Light We Lost, Ginny Moon and Sometimes I Lie, all very different books, but all awesome-sounding adult fiction. The Light We Lost is described as ‘Me Before You’ meets ‘One Day‘ – and has a beautiful cover.
Have you read any of these?
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 Ruined, Noah 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.
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?