This week, I’m sitting down with my coffee to reflect on my recent hauls. I had a great month in May, only buying myself one book all month, but that’s gone a bit by the wayside this month. Join me?
This week’s coffee is a Peruvian coffee roasted by Steampunk: the La Huaca with tasting notes of honey and melon.
First up are the proof copies I’ve received recently. These were all gifted to me by publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart. Ava Lee has lost everything: her parents, her best friend and her home in a fire that has left her scarred. A year later, it’s time for her to try to get back to normal, whatever that is. I am so looking forward to reading this book.
The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James. This is a brilliant book set in an academy where people from all planets come to study. Dorian, one of the students, meets Hugo, an android working as a watchmaker. They form an unlikely friendship. I loved this story. Look out for my post on Friday for more on this one.
I Hold Your Heart by Karen Gregory. Any new Karen Gregory book is a cause for celebration. I loved her last two (Countless remains a firm favourite). This book tackles control and gaslighting in teenage relationships. I don’t think I’ve read a YA book with this subject matter before, but I am all here for it.
Lily’s Just Fine by Gill Stewart. Two teenagers dealing with their own difficult family situations, and a summer romance. Also, it’s set in Scotland. And, it sounds like the perfect summer read.
Tulip Taylor by Anna Mainwaring. Make up vlogger Tulip goes on a ‘survival’ reality TV show, and honestly, I’m sold at that. I secretly love a good survival situation, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how a group if unlikely teens cope!
These next ones are the books I’ve bought lately. There are more than I planned to buy, but still far fewer than I way buying this time last year, which is helping my giant TBR.
Meat Market by Juno Dawson. I’ve been desperate to get my hands on this one since it was announced at YALC last year. I love Juno’s work, and this book about the fashion industry is set to be her best yet. I cannot wait.
Rumblestar by Abi Elphinstone. Any new Abi book is cause for joy. I have been looking forward to this one so much since having the honour of watching Steph read it for the first time. I still cannot process how many emotions she went through in that journey home from London, but I look forward to feeling them all.
And Then I Turned Into A Mermaid by Laura Kirkpatrick. It Laura and it’s sarcastic mermaids. Of course I bought this one. And then I devoured it whole on the train to Coventry whilst laughing until I wheezed. This book is brilliant. Get on it.
The Elsewhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie. This is the one book I bought in May. I’ve wanted this one since I read The Nowhere Emporium. I’ve looked for it every time I’ve been in my local Waterstones since then, so I wasn’t passing up the chance to get this whether I was on a book buying ban or not.
Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans. This one was an impulse buy in a train station on the way home from an interview. I have seen it around a lot and heard amazing things. It’s about a girl who wakes up from cryogenic sleep after forty years. Also, when Cora calls a book dark and rates it 5*, you know it’s one you need in your life.
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith. Her Book Affair chose Lethal White for me to read this month. Then I remembered I hadn’t read books two or three from that series, and didn’t own book three. I have since read this one and loved it. I plan to share my reviews of the second, third and fourth books very soon.
What books have you been adding to your shelves lately?