January Book Haul
If you haven’t seen my recent blog post I am moving my book blog over to EllesBellesNotebook! From now on I will be posting all of my book-related posts over here too! Yippee!
So today’s first order of business: January Book Haul.
I bought a lot of books this month. A lot of books! Totalling: 15!
That many books! So I’m going to dive in!
The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss
This has been on my radar for a while. A lot of people were talking about it over on Booktube, so when I saw it in a charity shop I had to pick it up. A young girl stops breathing in school one day. She is revived but the story revolves around her and her family and how they cope with the possibility that it could just happen again.
The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan
Another book that’s been on my radar for a while. This tells the story of an alternate world where land is running out so people live on boats in the water. The story tells the tale of two girls. One who lives on a boat with a bear, and another who tends to those who die at sea. It sounds very magical and I’ve heard some great things so I can’t wait to read.
Yuki Chain in Bronte Country by Mick Jackson
Another charity shop buy. I love anything to do with the Bronte’s and this story focuses on Yuki who is over to visit her sister but is actually retracing her mother’s footsteps in Haworth. In the form of a pilgrimage and a search for answers. It sounds intriguing and sweet!
What’s a Girl Gotta Do by Holly Bourne
A feminist YA. Yes, please. This is the third book in the Spinster Series – but it can be read as a stand-alone as well. After an uncomfortable experience and a revelation from a friend, one of the three best friends decides to call out every time she hears something sexist. Highlighting the everyday sexism we all face on a day to day basis.
Animal by Sara Pascoe
I’ve been really enjoying listening to this lately. It’s a funny and yet feels somewhat scientific in language. She discusses everything from actual physical functions to the realities of dating. It’s a really interesting way of looking at the way of female sexuality and relationships. Full review to come.
Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
After seeing this was an audible deal of the day I had to purchase it. I’ve heard amazing things about Claire’s first book, and her second one has recently been published. It’s well worth a listen or a read!
Fat is a Feminist Issue by Susie Orbach
I bought this as I was intending on going to a Waterstones Feminist Book Club and this was the book of the month. Unfortunately, it didn’t arrive until the day after – due to Christmas backlog – so I never got a chance to attend. I will still read this though! This looks at the way dieting and females bodies is a feminist issue and how we shouldn’t read into diets just to conform to the latest ‘ideal woman fad’.
Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
I’m really interested in reading female memoirs at the moment and this was a big one a few years ago. Drew Barrymore is a really fascinating actress, not least because of her childhood misdemeanours. Her movies Never Been Kissed & Ever After are two of my favourites. I have completed this book so a full review is to come very soon!
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Amazon had a great book sale after Christmas and I’ve wanted to read this book for a while. It’s about a girl who is physically allergic to almost everything! She is kept inside her house and cannot leave. Her only company is her mother and tutor. Then one day a boy moves in next door. It sounds like a typical romance but a really interesting one and it is about to become a movie!
My Salinger Year by Joanne Rakoff
I read this just after Christmas and really enjoyed it! I did a full review over at my old Book Blog which I’ll include a link to it here. It’s a fascinating memoir/non-fiction about Joanne’s one year at the literary agency in New York whose client was J.D. Salinger. I’ve never read Salinger’s work but I’ve worked in a Literary Agency and recently went to New York so I enjoyed the similarities!
When I Grow Up I Want to be Mary Beard by Megan Beech
This is a poetry collection which is really modern and relevant in today’s society. The first poem – the titular poem – is funny and honest. A very raw collection of poems which I highly recommend today’s students read!
Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan
I received this book on NetGalley a while and started to read it and really enjoyed it. But I stopped for a while. It was recently published in Paperback and I found an ARC in a charity shop for a £1 and thought ‘why not’. I’m more likely to finish a book if it’s a hard copy, so I’m looking forward to restarting this.
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
Another charity shop find. I’ve had this on my Amazon Wishlist for a while, mostly because of the cover. The story is a Snow White retelling and I’ve been getting into my Fairytale retellings so I thought I would add this to the pile. Lorelai a vengeful/powerful princess must kill a Wicked Queen who took her throne. It’s a stand alone which makes it all the more unique as well!
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
I got this book on NetGalley a while ago and really wanted to read it! But the format it came in was corrupted and it was really difficult to read so I was unable too. So it was great to find the paperback in a second hand shop! This story is based on a true event during World War two. A tragic event aboard a ship. I’m expecting tears!
Ctl Alt Delete by Emma Gannon
I’ve recently tuned into Emma’s podcasts and really enjoy them! So when the opportunity came to get a free audiobook I got this one! So far so good. A lot of reminiscing about the old days of social media and Photoshop. I’m looking forward to finishing the rest.
I bought a lot of books! But I’m looking forward to reading all of them!
What books did you buy this month? Let me know in the comments below or share your own Book Haul blog posts!