Another first for me on my blogging journey and this time it’s my first mini book haul post!
let me set the scene for you all. It was a lovely day outside and I was having a tough week, so I thought I would go for a walk during my lunch break on Wednesday and pop into Waterstones to pick up a new book. One hour and £30 later, I was rushing back to my office with 4 new books and an even a longer TBR.
(Side note, how do people go into bookshops and only buy one book? Is that even a possible? If so, please share your secret with me!)
I am honestly so excited to read each of these novels and they were all inspired purchases based on reviews I’d read on here so thanks, everyone!
I really hope they all give up to the hype!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
‘Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.’
I know. I know. How have I not read this yet? This was the ‘one’ book I was heading in to buy so this is right at the top of my TBR. I have read so many amazing review posts that have inspired me to buy this book (check out the most recent one I read on The Food and Book Life’s page!)
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
‘Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.’
I can’t remember where I first saw this book reviewed or who’s page it was on but it sounded interesting and I love the cover so I couldn’t resist.
A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood
‘Growing up in her sleepy Cornish village dreaming of being a writer, sixteen-year-old Lou has always wondered about the grand Cardew house which has stood empty for years. And when the owners arrive for the summer – a handsome, dashing brother and sister – Lou is quite swept off her feet and into a world of moonlit cocktail parties and glamour beyond her wildest dreams.
But, as she grows closer to the Cardews, is she abandoning her own ambitions… And is there something darker lurking at the heart of the Cardew family?’
This purchase was inspired by The Book Moo’s recent post on this insanely beautiful book. LOOK AT THAT COVER!
Floored by Eleanor Wood, Holly Bourne, Lisa Williamson, Melinda Salisbury, Non Pratt, Sara Barnard, and Tanya Byrne
‘When they got in the lift, they were strangers (though didn’t that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn’t match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn’t as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who’s losing her sight but won’t admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shouldn’t be here at all, but who wants to be here the most.
And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year.’
I first heard about this novel on Twitter during a Q&A with the authors of this novel and then I just happened to stumble across it in Waterstones one my way to the till. I love books from different characters perspectives and this one has 7 different perspectives all written by different authors! It sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it!
Thanks for reading! Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below!