What’s on my shelves?

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?

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Added to My Bookshelves: February & March

Here are the books I added to my shelves in February and March!

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!

In February, my friend Cathy gave me Milk and Honey and from work I took home Suicide Club and How to Survive the End of the World (When it’s in Your Own Head). Kara and I are buddy reading Suicide Club – we’ll be discussing it over a chocolate brownie and tea this week!

I received some lovely review copies over the past few months. I’ve already read The Exact Opposite of Okay, Skylarks and Out of the Blue so I’ll be reviewing these soon. I also received The Taste of Blue Light, We Are Young, The Wild Folk, In Your Light, and Midnight Sun. What a wonderful two months!

Have you read any of these books?

Added to My Bookshelves: January

In January, I received some surprise review copies: White Rabbit, Red WolfFar From the Tree (on my current TBR!), Tender, and Not If I Save You First. I also received Secrets of a Teenage Heiress – such a fun young teen novel (with a sausage dog!), see my review here. Also through my letterbox, I got Neal Shusterman’s newest YA, Scythe – set in a world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery – and A Thousand Perfect Notes, a contemporary novel written by popular blogger Cait @ Paper Fury.

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.

Because a few US novels had been on my wishlist for a while, I also treated myself. I bought Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not because I adored They Both Die at the End and History is All You Left Me. And I’d seen a lot of buzz about Eliza and Her Monsters, so ordered it at the same time. I absolutely adored it – it’s one of my favourite books of the year so far, a mix of Fangirl and Radio Silence. From work, I took home Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow. I’m reading it now and enjoying it so much that I don’t want it to end – I want the sequel already. I haven’t read a middle grade story for a while, so thank you to everyone who told me about it! ☂ It’s such a cosy story, reminiscent of Harry Potter.

Have you read any of these books?

Added to My Bookshelves: December

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.

I also received a bunch of surprise review copies: Orphan Monster Spy, The Astonishing Colour of After, The Unknowns, The Truth and Lies of Ella Black, Bad Girls with Perfect Faces, The Nowhere Girls, Contagion, and Not Yet Dark. Most of these books are completely new to me and I am most intrigued by Orphan Monster Spy – a Jewish girl-turned-spy must infiltrate an elite Nazi boarding school – and An Astonishing Colour of After – Leigh Chen Sanders is sixteen when her mother dies by suicide, leaving only a scribbled note, and she finds herself travelling to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time.

In December, I also picked up Nevermore: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, The State of Grace, Seven Days of You, Songs About Us, Out of Heart, Spellbook of Lost and Found, It Only Happens in the Movies, and Moonrise. I recently raced through Sarah Crossan’s Moonrise, a poignant novel written in poetry from the point of view of a young boy whose brother is on death row, and Holly Bourne’s It Only Happens in the Movies was my first book of 2018. I started off 2017 reading ...And I Happy New Year? so it seemed fitting! I’ve also heard absolutely amazing things about Nevermore, which is said to be fans of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials, so I’d love to pick that up soon, too.

Have you read any of these books?

Added to My Bookshelves: October & November

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’s Turtles 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.

Thanks to lovely publishers, I also received some review copies in the post: Nick Lake’s, Satellite, Sara Barnard’s Goodbye, Perfect, Connie Glynn’s Undercover Princess, Alex Bertie’s Trans Mission and Robin Benway’s Far From The Tree. I’m reading Goodbye, Perfect now and throughly enjoying it – Sara really knows how to write teenagers!

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.