Every month I swear to myself that I will buy fewer books. Every month ends in me swearing in a very different way as I write these posts and own up to all the books I have gained since I swore I wouldn’t.
This week, I’m drinking Nemba, a filter coffee from Burundi, roasted by the Maude
I could start this by saying I requested far too many books from Netgalley this month, but let’s stick a positive spin on it and say I was so lucky to be approved to read so many great books this month.
To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – This one was pitched to me in Foyles at Birmingham New Street Train Station as a really dark, twisty Little Mermaid retelling. I am all here for that. I am saving it for a day when I can sit myself down and devour it whole. It turns out I got approved for it on Netgalley too, so obviously the world is as keen for me to read it as I am myself.
Genesis by Brendan Reichs – This is the sequel to Nemesis, which I read and loved last year, so I requested this as soon as it became available. I was so desperate to see where Brendan took this story. At the time of writing this post, I have already read Genesis, and I’ll be sharing my thoughts with you soon.
Stranger by Keren David – I’ve been waiting to get my mitts on this one since I first saw the cover art over on Twitter some time ago. It tells the story of Emmy who befriends a boy who staggered from the forest covered in blood, and the story of her great granddaughter Megan, ninety years later. I am thrilled to have been approved to read this on netgalley and am really looking forward to picking it up.
My Box Shaped Heart by Rachael Lucas – I’ve only recently read The State of Grace by the same author, but I am hooked on her writing and lovely stories already, and jumped at the chance to request this on netgalley. Holly and Ed meet at the swimming pool, both escaping their home lives. It sounds like another wonderful and heart-warming story of friendship.
The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green – A princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief. The perfect book recipe for me. I am all here for this fantasy story with royalty, betrayal, magic and war. I’ve heard excellent things about this so far so I can’t wait to get stuck in.
Clean by Juno Dawson – This is the story of Lexi Volkov and her attempts to get clean in rehab. It is one of this years most hyped books so far, and deserves every bit of hype it is getting. I’d barely started my Netgalley of this before I got the finished copy. It is so, so shiny and wonderful, and is another book I will be reviewing in full just as soon as I can write some sensible things instead of just screaming “It’s awesome, read it!!!!”
Arcs and Proofs:
I’ve been spoilt this month. I honestly get so excited every time someone sends me a book to review. It makes my little bookish brick happy.
The Leavers by Lisa Ko – This is a story about belonging and family. Deming Guo is an eleven year old chinese boy thrown into turmoil when his mother disappears. He is adopted by a white couple who want to make him over as the “all-American white boy” and rename him Daniel. I was sent a copy of this by the lovely Grace over at Little Brown Book Group, and I will be taking part in the blog tour for this book on Friday (27th April), so be sure to check back for my review!
Me Mam, Me Dad, Me by Malcolm Duffy – Malcolm did a guest post on my blog earlier this month about his inspirations for this novel. Set in Newcastle and written in Geordie dialect, this is a brilliant debut novel about the effects of domestic violence from the viewpoint of a child. I’ll be sharing my review of this next Friday (4th May).
Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton – I was given this one in a goody bag for being a shortlisted blogger at the UKYABA. I saw Jess raving about this book over on Read by Jess. I, like Jess, love a book about grief and this one sounds really intriguing, especially as it is told from the viewpoint of a girl who has just died.
Books I Bought:
Let’s just preface this by saying I have had worse months for book buying. This is a moderate haul by my standards and I am really excited to read each and every one of these (in about 90 years).
Spark by Alice Broadway – I was so excited to read this one that I took a day off work for it. Granted, I took the wrong day off work, but I read it as soon as I got my hands on it and will be sharing my review soon. In this sequel to Ink, Leora finds herself spending time with the Blanks and starts to discover a fresh perspective on the stories she learnt as a child as she searches for more information about her mother and her heritage after discovering she is half-blank. Spolier: it’s a great read.
When the Mountains Roared by Jess Butterworth – This book featured in my books I’m excited for in April post, and also came highly recommended by blogger friends Amy and Steph. Both of them recommend great books, so I am really looking forward to reading this one. Ruby’s mum is dead. Her dad moves her to a hotel in India. Ruby is scared and devastated. When the last remaining leopards of the mountain she lives on are threatened, Ruby sets out to overcome her fears. Grief AND a story about finding yourself? Yes please.
Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans – Honestly, I picked this up because I’m pretty sure Steph is going to disown me if I don’t read it soon. Elliot’s life is changed when Virgo (the star) falls to earth and the pair accidentally set a wicked death daemon loose. Zeus and his crew have to come out of retirement to save the world. It sounds hilarious. I was hoping to get S to read it with me, but so far he seems less keen than I am #mumproblems.
The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson -the cover is purple and the concept is intriguing: a house with chicken legs that can play. Marinka clearly has the best house, but what she really wants is a friend. Making friends is not easy when your grandmother guides the dead into the afterlife, is training you to do the same and your house never stays still. I really want to drop everything I am reading and pick this up right now.
Frat Girl by Kiley Roache – One of my favourite booksellers of ever recommended this one. It didn’t sound like my normal kind of read, but she’s reassured me I will love it, and I’m looking forward to her proving me right. This is a story about feminism and sexism in a fraternity house. Cassie, trying to get a university scholarship, begins a project to join Delta Tau Chi and gain evidence of their misogynistic behaviour. But is it going to be as simple as that? This is a pretty big book, so I’m going to go out on a limb and say probably not. It sounds like a great read.
The Polar Bear Explorer’s Club by Alex Bell – I love polar bears. That’s 99% of the reason why I picked up this book. That, and so many of my blogger friends have recommended it. There are polar bears, frost fairies, snow queens and unicorns, and four junior explorers who get separated from their expedition and have to navigate this alone. Yes please.
The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth – This is the sequel to Veronica’s Carve the Mark, which I really enjoyed, although that seems to be a very unpopular opinion (Francine Simone did two great videos about Carve the Mark – here and here- and the allegations of racism which sum up my own thoughts pretty well, there’s also this post by Veronica herself in response to the same subject), so I’m not going to go into all the discussion around the first book because I really feel that that’s been done to death. I’m here for the next story, because I want to find out more about Cyra and Akos, their fates, the oracles, and the impending war. Oh, and space. More space please.
My audible credit this month was spent on Ketchup Clouds by Annabelle Pitcher I read and loved Annabelle’s book The Last Days of Archie Maxwell and loved it, and heard so much about this other book at Northern YA Lit Fest that I couldn’t pass up the chance. There was also a sale on audible books, so I decided to give A Court of Thorns and Roses a try. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this series, but I’m willing to give it a go because it has faeries.
My subscription boxes were great again this month. In my Wildest Dreams book box I got The Witch’s Blood, the third and final book in the series by the lovely Corr sisters. Now I finally have this book I can read the others. In Book Box Club (I have a purely books subscription), I got Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron. This might just be the kick up the backside that I need to read this one.
Books I Was Given:
I was also lucky enough to be given some books. The Witch’s Kiss from lovely Steph at A Little But a Lot, and two Kathy Reichs books (Flash and Bones and 206 Bones) by my Grandmother-in-law. I am a huge fan of Bones the TV Series but not yet sure how I feel about the books, so it’ll be good to try some of those.
That’s me for another month. I am not going to make any stupid promises about buying fewer books next month. What books have you added this month? What did you think of my choices?