Hey guys! Last month I went on a little book buying spree! As a somewhat reasonable person, I will never (never say never) buy 20 books in one month and have a huge ass book haul as some of the fabulous booktubers have. I adore books and love reading, but I don’t have the space or the capital (sadly. Still dreaming about the huge mansion–I’m imagining something akin to the Malfoy Mansion but with light and joy–with the library from Beauty and the Beast). Anyhow, this past month, I bought 6 books! And I decided to share them with you, in case you were looking for some bookish ideas.
Four of these are actually used, while two are brand new from the airport, ’cause what else do you do at an airport?
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Rebel of the Sands is a novel that I have heard a lot about on booktube (though it’s probably been a while). But when a friend of mine rated the third book on goodreads (five stars btb), I decided to get the first one. I’ll admit the cover may have had something to with that decision. I mean, I know we’re not supposed to “judge a book by its cover” but this is GORGEOUS. I mean, the colors, the stars, the swirls! What’s not to love? I’m not totally sure of what it is about but I kind of want to keep it that way! I do know that it is a YA novel, though! And I feel safe in assuming that there probably is some dessert and sand involved as well.
Anne’s House of Dreams by L. M. Montgomery
I read Anne of Green Gables some years ago and I have reread it many times since. It’s just so GOOD. So far, I’ve read the first three novels and I absolutely love the development of Anne. Up until now, she has moved in with the Cuthberts, gone to Avonlea to become a teacher and gotten a job. This book will follow the next few steps in Anne’s life. And yes, I am expecting some Gilbert.
PS. If you haven’t read Anne of Green Gables (and you have a love of joy and life and everything nice in it), go read it! Immediately! Fall in love with Anne– always remember the E– and her strange but amazing mind.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
I have been eyeing this for quite some years! First of all, I just really like the ocean. And this cover portrays a mix of ocean and space with a splash of something magical. I have read a few of Neil Gaiman’s book and I am super excited to read another one. Especially this one.
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Another buy inspired by booktube. Little Book Owl has been raving about anything Jay Kristoff and well … I’ve finally given in.
This YA-novel features ASSASINS. That’s the one thing about this book I know! According to the synopsis, the main character is in some kind of assassin’s school. She’s the baddest of them all and she’s out for some revenge. I am really really really really hoping for a good training sequence here! If there is one thing I love, it’s a training sequence.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
If you will, just take in this beautiful cover for a second. The contrast of the white on black. The splash of red. The hint of blue. B-E-A-utiful. This cover and the fact that the novel is supposed to be all African-inspired are the reasons for me buying this.
The novel a YA high fantasy about Zelíe and her mission to bring magic back to Orïsha. Once Orïsha was full of magic and maji but when magic was lost, all of the adult Maji were killed (including Zelíe’s mother). The children were allowed to live and now Zelié will venture out on an adventure to bring back magic.
I read this as soon as I had bought it. However, my expectations were not in check, at all, so instead of expecting a YA novel, I was expecting an adult high fantasy novel. This is not adult. This is YA in its truest form (especially if you like stereotyping.) Anyhow, I’m writing a review of this, so watch out for that if you’re interested in hearing my thoughts on it.
Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde (#2 in the Thursday Next series)
I am so excited for this one! “The Eyre Affair” was such a fun, crazy and silly read. And I hope this one lives up to it! For those of you who haven’t read “The Eyre Affair,” it’s a fantasy/historical/literary/alternative novel that centers on Thursday Next, a literary detective in a parallel universe. This universe is much like ours except for some fun weird difference like the fact that all scientists are obsessed with figuring out rubber ducks and that the question of Shakespearian authorship is very hot and can lead to gang violence. It is a great read for all literary fans, especially because it toys with literature and the importance of it.
Let me know what books you have bought or have been eyeing for some time! I am always up for recommendations!