Last week I shared a poll on Twitter asking people which post they wanted to see from me next, this or a top 10 style post of books (that I’ve read this year) and people picked this one so here goes… these are the books I’ve bought over the past few months.
Back in the summer I did a massive unhaul of books, some I’d read, some I hadn’t but that gave me extra shelf space to buy new books wooo! I do think reading preferences can change over time so books I’d bought a while back *and still hadn’t read* I thought it was probably about time I moved them on.
The Girls I’ve Been – Tess Sharpe, this is a book I’m listening to on audiobook at the moment, timing is everything right? ‘Nora’ ended up running late because she went to get donuts then got caught up in a bank heist – with her ex boyfriend and her new girlfriend! There’s so much to this story and I’m not even halfway through it yet.
Payback’s A Witch – Lana Harper, I was looking for something to read in October for Halloween, saw this and decided to get it (…then got distracted and haven’t actually read it yet) but it’s one I’m still looking forward to reading. I think one of my favourite bookish tropes is a character returning to the town they grew up in, this one is magical too and I love the name of the town, Thistle Grove.
Every Heart A Doorway – Seanan McGuire, a story about (mostly) teens who come back from fantasy lands they ended up in (think Alice in Wonderland – falling down a rabbit hole, but this can be anything), and how they want to go back, I started reading this one soon after I bought it, I’m about halfway through and enjoying it so far. I’m not sure if it gets darker as it goes on but I haven’t found it too dark yet.
The Girl of Ink & Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave I actually listened to this one on audiobook earlier in the year then ended up getting the paperback version of the book, I found the cartography fascinating.
One Last Stop – Casey McQuiston, I knew the minute I saw the synopsis to this, it was one I wanted to read. The main character August has moved to New York (I always love a book set in New York!), with new roommates and a new job, she meets someone on the subway who soon becomes a crush – but she’s lost in time from the 1970s! I have it on audiobook as well so I’ll probably start it after I finish The Girls I’ve Been.
Malibu Rising – Taylor Jenkins Reid, I absolutely loved Daisy Jones & The Six when I read it the other year, then I saw this online, liked the sound of the synopsis and the cover looks sooo pretty, I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but it definitely tempted me into buying this one.
The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo I didn’t own any poetry before I bought this book, in fact I hardly ever read poetry books like ever but I really enjoyed the story telling through poetry that the author did with this one.
Gemina, Obsidio – Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff, wow, just wow. I read Illuminae earlier this year and these books are so different to anything I’ve read before, particularly with the format they’ve been written in, words are not just words on a page… they tell a story within their own art some of the time. When this was first recommended to me the length put me off, I was looking for short quick reads at the time, but how it’s put together, it didn’t feel like it took too long to read at all! So of course I went and bought the second and third books of the series, I’m yet to read these but I’m looking forward to getting into them.
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins so I found these on audiobook on the library online, obviously I’d heard of The Hunger Games before but I’d never read any of the books (or watched the films) and I thought I’d give them a go, I’ve listened to the first two so far. I actually think I enjoyed them more because of listening on audiobook, it really made the stories come alive to me, though since I’m yet to listen to/read the third book I am thinking of reading the third book instead now I have this boxset.
I also bought a Christmas eBook recently Silent Night by Lily Seabrooke and got Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo on audiobook when they had an offer on it on Audible last month and I bought three paperbacks of the Harry Potter books which now sit on my shelves, they always will be my first favourite fantasy series.
Have you read any of these books before?
After not posting on here for a while I’m full of ideas for new posts at the moment, mostly Christmas related, so coming up on my blog soon… a festive baking recipe, a Christmas short story from my fictional Cedarbee island series and a new list of favourite Christmas films.