Coffee and… A (Birthday) Book Haul

Today I am sitting down with my coffee to share the books I have acquired most recently. Join me?

The Coffee:

This week, we’re drinking a coffee from Workshop roasters. The Jorge Tapia from Ecuador has tasting notes of cherry blossom, apricot and boiled sweets, and it’s delicious!

The Books:

I’m going to preface this by saying yes, there are a lot of books on this list. I know big hauls are a thing people like to comment on every now and then on book Twitter, and I’m firmly in the camp of it’s your money, do as you wish with it. As it happens, the majority of these books were bought with vouchers and money that I was given for my birthday to spend on books. I used a good portion of this to pre-order books for later in the year so I get parts of my birthday present every month from now until September (Past Me made a great decision in doing that). Anyway. Books.


Mina Mistry: The Case of the Disappearing Pets by Angie Lake – This is the second in the Mina Mistry series and I can’t wait to read it with S. I think we’re going to love this one!

Mina and the Undead by Amy McCaw – Amy is a blogger I have known for a few years now, so I was thrilled to be approved for her debut novel on Netgalley. It’s pitched as being perfect for Buffy fans, and it sounds like a great read!

The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley – I picked this up as soon as I was approved on Netgalley and it was phenomenal. I’ll be sharing a full review soon, but definitely check this one out!


Six of my pre-orders arrived since my last haul post. I love having pre-orders just popping up in the post when I forget they’re due. It’s been one of the genuine joys of this last year with all the lockdowns and not being able to visit the book shops in person.

What’s the T? by Juno Dawson – Juno’s latest non-fiction book, a guide to all things trans and non-binary. This is going to be an important book, and one I hope everyone will read at some point. I plan to pick it up very soon.

Murder on the Safari Star by M.G.Leonard and Sam Sedgman – This is the third book in the Adventures on Trains series. It will be no shock to regular readers that I love these books and I’ve heard amazing things about this one. I am really looking forward to sitting down and reading this.

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna – I am about half way through this as I type up this post, and I don’t imagine it taking me long to finish. I am obsessed with this world, and with Daka’s story. I feel this is going to be a 2021 favourite.

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas I am so excited to read Maverick’s story. It’s on the month’s TBR too, so I will be picking it up and sharing my thoughts really soon.

A Tangle of Spells by Michelle Harrison This is the third (and I believe final) book in the Widdershins sister’s series. I have book two to read this month, but I’m so confident I’ll love it, that I preordered book 3.

The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon – Another one that I have already read and adored. The fourth installment in the Bone Season series and I am a little bit broken after that ending. It might be my favourite in the series so far.

Kindle Books

I’ve recently rediscovered the joy of reading on my kindle. It’s handy for when I’m exhausted, or a bit sad or under the weather and tucked in bed under my weighted blanket. Here are the kindle books I bought with my birthday money:

The Gender Games by Juno Dawson – I read this recently and loved it. It’s a brilliant, thought-provoking book about identity, being transgender, intersectional feminism and Juno’s journey. It’s important, and witty, and everyone should read it. 

American Street by Ibi Zoboi – I’ve been a fan of Ibi’s writing since I read Pride, and I’ve been wanting to pick this book up for a while now, this gave me the perfect opportunity to add it to my shelves!

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – It will be no secret to anyone that this book is here, I loved Elizabeth’s book Clap When You Land; it was one of my favourites from last year and I am sure I will love this just as much.

Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly – I saw this one mentioned on BookTube on Olivia’s Catastrophe and it sounded brilliant, so I had to add it.

A Burning by Megha Majumdar – I heard about this one when it was added to the shelf for one of my StoryGraph reading challenges. It’s not going to be an easy subject to read about, but it sounds brilliant.

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo – I don’t often read adult books, but I have been curious about this it won the Booker prize. It was on special offer so it seemed the perfect time to pick it up!

A Phoenix First Must Burn by Patrice Caldwell – This is another that has been on my radar for a while but I hadn’t got around to buying, so I took the chance to add it to my shelves this month!

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi – I absolutely loved Pet last year. This is another book of Akwaeke’s that I have seen raved about and I am excited to pick this up soon.

This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson – Yes, I am on a mission to read all Juno’s non-fiction. What gave it away? Her non-fiction books are some of my favourites and I loved The Gender Games. I am sure I will love this just as much.


Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake I heard about this one from Martha, and I couldn’t wait to pick it up. It’s a middle grade with a lesbian main character learning to be open about her identity. What’s not to love?

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart – I hadn’t heard of this before, but Tsam gave me it as a Christmas gift and I am all here for it. It sounds right up my street!

Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker – Morgan is learning what her blackness means to her, how to manage her mental health, and how it feels to find your people. I don’t know how I haven’t heard of this before, but I really want to read it.

Phew. That’s all the books for this massive birthday haul! I feel like having read 3 and a half of them already is some kind of record for me. What books have you added to your shelves recently? Have you read any of these?


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