My July Mini Book Haul

My July Mini Book Haul

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!  

My July TBR Challenge|

My July TBR Challenge|

It’s my first monthly TBR challenge so I’m trying not to overestimate my abilities. My aim is to read all 5 of these books by the end of this month. I know this may not seem like many but I’m still in the first month of my new job so any more than that might be ambitious.

I’m only listing books I already own to try and deter me from buying any more new books but I’m not sure how successful this tactic will be!


1.The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller 



‘Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles.

Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’s mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny.

Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear’


2. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge



‘I’m no longer engaging with white people on the topic of race. Not all white people, just the vast majority who refuse to accept the legitimacy of structural racism and its symptoms… You can see their eyes shut down and harden. It’s like treacle is poured into their ears, blocking up their ear canals. It’s like they can no longer hear us.’


3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris



‘I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart.

In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did, too.

So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz.’


4. The Power – Naomi Alderman


‘What if the power to hurt were in women’s hands?

Suddenly – tomorrow or the day after – teenage girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonising pain and even death. With this single twist, the four lives at the heart of Naomi Alderman’s extraordinary, visceral novel are utterly transformed.’


5. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep – Joanna Cannon



‘Mrs Creasy disappeared on a Monday.

I know it was a Monday, because it was the day the dustbin men came, and the avenue was filled with a smell of scraped plates.

England, the summer of 1976 and the heat is blazing and Mrs Creasy is missing.

The avenue is alive with whispers, as the heat mingles with the swirling dust of rumours and long-buried secrets, bringing old resentments to the surface.

For ten-year-old Grace and her best friend Tilly the mystery is a welcome distraction from the usual round of summer holiday boredom and as the summer shimmers endlessly on, they decide to take matters into their own hands.

Yet as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined…’ 



Have you read any of these books? What books do you want to read in July? Let me know in the comments below!