Hi everyone! Hope you’ve all had marvellous Mays.
May has been a major book slump month for me. Half way through May, I hadn’t finished a single book, or posted ANYTHING on my blog… and worst of all, I HADN’T BOUGHT ANY BOOKS!
Thankfully, I got over that business like a pro, and I did end up lining my shelves with some very beautiful books indeed.
Sadly, I ended up getting rid of some books too….
But it had to be done. I was running out of space for my own body in my bedroom because I was piling books all over the floor, and I keep adding to the problem by buying a ridiculous number of books every month.
Although it hurt, I got fairly ruthless, and managed to narrow my collection down to one bookshelf, and a couple of boxes, containing only books that mean something to me, books I’ll re-read, and books I haven’t read yet.
Don’t get me wrong, the situation is still at crisis level… (see how the shelves are straining?!), but I’m proud of myself all the same:
(I wish I could make my shelves look as flawlessly tidy and glossy as some people’s do, but alas, I will always be the higgledy-piggledy variety of person in all corners of my life.)
So, let’s examine this month’s (slightly more restrained than usual? Oh, who am I kidding?!) book haul…
***To have and to hold***
A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas
I read and loved A Court of Thorns and Roses this month, so obviously I needed to pick this one up, stat! I started reading this last night, and although I’m cringing a little at the sex scenes (UM PLEASE DO NOT DESCRIBE KISSING AS ‘BRANDING’ #minisick) I am really enjoying it so far. You can read my review of the first book here.
It’s Not Me, It’s You – Mhairi McFarlane
Emma @ The Terror of Knowing recommended this book, and I went out and bought it straight away, as it sounded exactly the kind of cheer-me-up book I’d been craving. This was light-hearted, fun, and witty, with a very relatable protagonist. It appears in the ‘chick-lit’ section of the bookshop, but proves exactly why we should look beyond such silly classifications, which often lead us to dismiss great books. I loved every minute of this one.
The Butterfly Summer – Harriet Evans
(Sorry about all the gloom in this picture, my house is apparently the sworn enemy of natural light.)
I’m a huge fan of Harriet Evans’ books, and this one sounds so intriguing – it’s about a woman called Nina who inherits her family home, but with her birthright comes this mysterious role every woman in her family must embrace when they take over the running of the house. It’s a very vague synopsis, tbh, but it has me desperate to find out what’s going on!
Nightfall – Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
This novel is set on a mysterious island where the sun only rises every 28 years. WHAT A PREMISE! Plus, it’s described as a ‘terrifying YA thriller’ on the cover… SOLD.
The Girl of Ink and Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave
I have to admit, this book was a total cover buy – I had no idea what it was about when I picked it up!
It turns out this is a fantasy novel set on an island the protagonist Isabella is forbidden to leave. It also involves a missing best friend, an ancient map, and an adventure into the ‘Forgotten Territories’ of the island. It sounds magical, and I’m SO HAPPY I blindly snapped this one up.
Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Summer Romances – Stephanie Perkins
I pre-ordered this book, as I really enjoyed the Christmassy ‘My True Love Gave to Me’ collection (also compiled by Stephanie). This arrives on Thursday and I’m so excited as the weather is grey and cold here in the UK and I need some summer sunshine, even if only the fictional variety…
Dear Amy – Helen Callaghan
I received an ARC of this psychological thriller from Penguin via Netgalley. Watch this space, as I’ll be posting my review of this one later in the month.
The Reflections of Queen Snow White – David Meredith
The author kindly sent me a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The premise really grabbed me: “What happens after the happily-ever-after?” I haven’t started this one yet, but I’m really excited to do so! Review coming soon.
***Read me a story***
I never usually buy audiobooks, but this month I decided to download one, as I wasn’t in the mood to read myself.
It turns out, due to my technological ineptitude, I wasn’t able to make this sync with my iPod, so I haven’t actually listened to it yet!
The book I went for was…
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson Book 1) – Rick Riordan
I must be one of the only people left on the planet who’s never picked up one of Rick Riordan’s books, and I thought it was high time I did something about that! 🙂
So, that concludes my May book haul! I’m going to try my best not to buy any books in June, as I’m attending YALC (the Young Adult Literature Convention in London) in July and I just know my haul from that event is going to be massive. I mean, I’m considering bringing a wheely suitcase to cart my purchases around the venue – that’s how big I’m planning to go!
Wish me luck, and slap me if you see me buying books!
Have you read any of these books? Are your bookshelves also on the verge of collapsing? And are any of you lovely people attending YALC this year? I’d love to hear from you!