Today I am drinking NOT COFFEE because in my infinite wisdom I neglected to order replacement coffee and I would rather drink ground eyeballs than the jar of instant that has been in the back of my cupboard so long that I don’t remember buying it. So instead, I am drinking weak black tea and hoping my latest bean order shows up soon.
Spark by Alice Broadway – I have been waiting for this book to come out since the moment I finished Ink. I cannot wait to immerse myself back in Leora’s world and find out what she does after that dramatic ending and how she will deal with the news that she is not who she thought she was. Will she finally get answers to her questions? Who knows. I do know that I am clearing my schedule for release day. I get a little giddy every time I think about it.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – This is one of my most anticipated reads of this year. I fell in love with the idea of it the moment I heard of it’s existence and I squealed aloud (and scared my dog) when I was recently sent a proof. I am so excited to read it! It promises to be a magical story of a young girl learning to be brave and to trying to find her place in the world as she tours art schools with her childhood friend. How perfect does it sound?
When the Mountains Roared by Jess Butterworth – Let me confess now that I have not read anything by Jess before. I have heard amazing things about her work from blogger friends, I’ve just never got round to it (cut me some slack okay, my TBR is 364 books high!!!) This one caught my eye because one of it’s themes is a young girl coming to terms with the death of her mother. Show me a book with grief in it and I am all over it like a rash. This also has a young girl fighting her fears and anxiety, and this is another of my favourite themes. I’m a broken human, okay?
Clean by Juno Dawson – If you’re new around here: Hi I’m Charlotte and I like dark books with depressing themes. Welcome to my joyful blog. Clean is the story of socialite Lexi hitting rock bottom and trying to get clean. It’s going to be a struggle for her and I am all ready to read it!
The City of Lost Fortunes by Bryan Camp – Set in a New Orleans recovering from Hurricane Katrina, telling the story of a street magician with a fascinating secret: he has the magical ability to find lost things inherited from his non-human father (whom he has never known). I love stories that blur magic with reality and this one really caught my eye. I have high hopes for it!
An Argumentation of Historians by Jodi Taylor – this is the 9th book in Jodi’s St Mary’s series, and I have loved every book so far. Time-travelling historians with a gift for messing things up and causing chaos. These are brilliantly hilarious stories that bring history alive. I can’t wait to see where Max and the gang are heading next.
Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks- A collection of stories of 100 men who challenge the gender stereotype that men are all strong, independent saviours who never cry. These men are all different and amazing in their own ways. As a parent to a small boy, the gender stereotyping of young boys and linked mental health crisis in young men worries me. I hope that this book will go some way to tackling that and showing young boys that they don’t have to conform to the stereotypes that surround them.
What do you think of my April picks? What books are you looking forward to next month?