Coffee and… My May Book Haul

Oooh, it’s haul time! Join me in a coffee whilst I show off the latest additions to my toppling TBR.

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The Coffee:

Today. I’m drinking Moguk, a filter coffee from Myanmar roasted by Clifton Coffee.

The Books:

Arcs and Proofs:

Sneaking in just after April haul was posted was The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse. I’ve been looking forward to this one since I heard about it at YA Shot. I was on my most anticipated books of June list, so I was super thrilled when the lovely folks at Little Brown sent me a proof in the post. I may have squeaked out loud and distressed my dog.

I was also sent a copy of the spooky Cold Bath Street by A.J. Hartley and published by the lovely team over at UCLAN Publishing. I’ll be taking part in the blog tour for this one on Friday, so check back then to see what I thought!

Books I Bought:

Slay by Kim Curran – Boy bands meet Buffy. That’s what I was told this book was and so I bought it. Buffy is one of my absolute favourite TV shows. Everyone I know who has read it has absolutely loved it and I have high hopes for this one.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. This is a book that features characters from Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which I have very recently read and loved. Leah is one of the characters in that book and this is her story. Leah seemed to have a lot of issues in Simon Vs, and I’m really looking forward to reading more about her.

I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman. Yes, I have hopped aboard the hype train for this book. I absolutely loved Radio Silence when I read it and have heard this book is even better (is that possible?) I adore Alice and can’t wait to get started on this book.

Thunderhead by Neal Schusterman. This is the sequel to Scythe, which I have but have not read yet. One of my favourite booksellers has assured me I will love it, so I got it. I have no willpower. But the book does sound very excellent.

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The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill. A feminist retelling of The Little Mermaid that promises to be a dark and twisty treasure. And look at how pretty it is. Look. At. It. The Northern Book Bloggers all got a copy at our last meeting, leaving our local Waterstones with only one copy on their previously beautiful display.

Dear Martin by Nic StoneI have heard so many good things about this book. It seems everyone is raving about it, and having read the synopsis, I can see why. I am looking forward to having my swinging-brick broken by this one.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence. Lovely Cora put me onto this one when I was struggling to find a second book in an offer. She showed me the cover and then started to tell me why I’d like it. The cover is basically a girl coming out of a swamp-looking-thing wielding a sword. This is my aesthetic. I am all here for this story. Thank you.

Solitaire by Alice Oseman- “I like to sleep and I like to blog”. Hello. Yes. It me. I loved Radio Silence so hard, and when I saw the new cover for Solitaire, I couldn’t resist.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – I already had Six of Crows which I planned to read this month, and my lovely pal Steph warned me I’d need the second one to hand. I am not the kind of girl to ignore a warning like that.

Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth – I finished When the Mountains Roared by the same author pretty early in the month and I loved it. I came over with the need to read everything Jess has ever written immediately, and I know Amy really loved this book too, so I had to pick it up. I had to.


The Mystery of the Colour Thief by Ewa Jozefkowicz – This was the book of choice for this month’s #MGChat, a middle grade Twitter chat hosted by the lovely Jess (if you’re a fan of middle grade, you should definitely join this chat). After hearing about the book during the chat, I had to get myself a copy. I have heard great things.

Margot and Me by Juno Dawson – If you saw my recent review of Clean, then you’ll know I need to read everything on Juno’s backlist. I saw Margot and Me on a recent trip to my local Waterstones and, having heard a lot of people rave about this, picked up a copy.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo – Steph messaged me recently to tell me that this book was 100% my aesthetic and I would love it. She hasn’t yet recommended a book I didn’t love and this one is so beautiful I couldn’t resist.


This month I spent my audible credit on My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece a book by Annabel Pitcher (who I heard speak at NYA Lit Fest earlier this year) and who writes brilliant books about young children in difficult circumstances. This is about a boy whose sister died and what his family is like five years later.

Subscription Boxes:


This month I’ve gone down to just getting my Wildest Dreams Book Box (my other subscription was a birthday gift). However, May saw two boxes arriving as Wildest Dreams and my favourite Twitter chat #SundayYA teamed up to bring an amazing box of goodies, including two books Clean by Juno Dawson and Genuine Fraud by E Lockhart. I already had a copy of Clean, and it is excellent. If you haven’t read it yet, please do. My spare copy will be going to one of my closest friends. Genuine Fraud is one I’ve had my eye on for a while, and I may have picked up an e-book copy some time ago, but I haven’t read it yet and am thrilled to have a copy from the box. My regular monthly box contained I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter, which I have heard very little about, but which sounds amazing. I can’t wait to read it. These boxes also contained some brilliant bookish products (some of which are pictured above).

That’s my haul for the month. Another excessive number of books added to my mountain.


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  1. Lots of great books in your haul this month! I really enjoyed The Surface Breaks, Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, Running on the Roof of the World and Radio Silence. Have yet to read the others so will have to add them to the towering TBR…

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  2. I Was Born For This is AMAZING, as is Running on the Roof. I really enjoyed Slay and Margot and Me as well. Solitaire, Leah on the Offbeat and Dear Martin are on my TBR, and I’m looking forward to the Summer of Us 😊
    Amy x


  3. Oh oh SO many gorgeous books in this round up!! I really liked Red Sister and I also just recently got Thunderhead, Under The Surface, and my copy of I Was Born For This needs to hurry up and arrive. 😂I’m so excited and impatient ahhh. Radio Silence was AMAZINGLY gorgeous last year!!

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  4. Greta Haul Charlotte! You have so many books here! Alice Oseman’s books are brilliant so I look forward to hearing your thoughts on them!

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