I am finally getting around to posting my first book haul of the year! As I did not get many books in January, I thought I would give that month a miss, and just do a double book haul at the end of February . . . and then I ended up not writing anything for ages, and now have accumulated fourteen new books since the start of the year! There is a wide range of genres, but this book haul is definitely the most YA heavy one I have done in a while.
Firstly, in January I was sent a copy of Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar from Gallic Books; I did work experience with this publisher over the summer, and was able to observe some of the design process behind Salt Creek, which I personally found really cool! This is a historical fiction novel set in Australia, which discusses civilisation and the conflict in Australia in the 1800s. This is a topic that I find very interesting, and the book itself has had a lot of excellent feedback, and so I am looking forward to see how Lucy Treloar narrates this story. As I have mentioned a couple of times, later this month I am taking part in the YA Shot Blog Tour, and was sent a copy of No Filter by Orlagh Collins by Orlagh herself! I have already read this book (my review is here, and an interview with Orlagh will be up on this blog in a couple of weeks!), and I thought it was a topical and heartwarming story. The book is the classic summer romance, dealing with issues regarding social media and superficiality, and it made for the most adorable story!
Last month, I was delighted to attend Scholastic’s Bloggers’ Book Feast, and as well as having a lovely morning chatting about their upcoming releases, Scholastic gave us all some books to take back with us! I received a proof copy of Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl, which is about a group of five former friends who reunite to try and get to the bottom of the death of one of their friends. On Goodreads, this book has been categorised as sci-fi, so I am interested to see how that plays into the story. The goodie bag also included a copy of Northern Lights by Philip Pullman – which I am sure you have all heard of but I, ashamedly, have never read! At the event, I picked up a copy of A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke, which I have been wanting to read since last year; this story is set in a fantasy world where the colour of the sky portrays what is to come. When the sky turns red, representing a warning, the protagonist, Ósa, knows she must act fast to save her village. The sequel to this book has now been announced, so I definitely need to read this soon!
At the end of February, I treated myself to a copy of A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab. I have been hearing amazing things about this series ever since I started blogging, and the overwhelming praise it has received has assured me that this is a book I will love! For those of you who do not know about this series, it is a fantasy story about magic and parallel worlds, set in London. In fact, set in four different Londons. I think this sounds infinitely cool and I definitely want to read this soon!
A few weeks ago I went to Andersen Press’ Blogger’s Brunch, which was so lovely. As I talked about the event, and all the books, in my latest blog post, I will just list the books (
because otherwise this blog post will be a gazillion words long), and go check out my wrap up of the morning to hear about these books in more detail!
- The Lost Witch by Melvin Burgess
- Little Liar by Julia Gray
- No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
- Mud by Emily Thomas
- Rebound by Kwame Alexander
- Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls
Last week, I was sent a proof copy of A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood by Scholastic, so thank you so much to them! I asked for a copy of this book after hearing Laura read an extract during Scholastic’s Bloggers’ Book Feast, and was utterly taken by the beautiful writing and intriguing story. It’s been described as Gatsby-esque, which is a very promising start, in my opinion, so I will hopefully be starting this one soon! Finally, I bought a copy of Virginia Woolf and December 1910 by Makiko Minow-Pinkney that I found in my local charity shop. This is a non-fiction book on Woolf’s works, context, and modernism – I will probably dip in and out of this book, as there are parts that look really interesting, and it will also hopefully be relevant to my English A Level!
So those are all the books I have bought or been sent over the past three months! There are honestly so many different plots and stories in these books, I don’t think I have ever had a book haul with such a diverse selection. Have you bought or received any particularly exciting bookmail over the past few months? I would love to hear about them!