In my opinion, summer is the best time to get lots of reading done. I look forward to summer each year, when I can catch up on all the reading I’ve missed out on since the summer before. Here are a few books I think are essential to catch up on this year:
What if you were born again, into another life, another body, but you had to live with the fact that you did something terrible in your previous life? All of the details, however, are just outside of your grasp… This is the premise of My Second Life, a thrilling, mysterious novel that I wish more people would read because I adored it. It kept me on my toes as I read on and on, not being able to put it down. A must read!
To put it lightly, Boy’s Don’t Knit is the perfect book to make you cry with laughter. It’s about a boy who gets in trouble with the police after an unfortunate accident involving an old lady and a stolen bottle from Waitrose. As part of his community service, Ben has to take up a hobby and he chooses knitting. The book follows Ben as he learns that knitting isn’t just something for grannies, and tries to keep his new hobby a secret from his friends. I LOVED it!
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I’m getting absolutely useless at posting book hauls, and I always have such fun writing them too – I tend to post them all on my YouTube channel, but I’m going to try and alternate between the two from now on so that the blog gets a bit of attention too.
I’ve been very good lately and haven’t bought too much, but there are a few books I’ve missed out of past hauls for some reason and others I acquired recently. This haul will be a catch up of everything over the last few weeks to month and a half.
Ever since hearing about it, My Second Life by Faye Bird has appealed to me and I can’t wait to get stuck in to it. It’s about a girl who has been born again and has to unravel a mystery that happened in her previous life – sounds awesome, doesn’t it?! Thank you, Usborne!
City of Halves by Lucy Inglis is described for fans of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, and I’m a huge fan of her books so I’m looking forward to reading it when I’m in the mood for urban fantasy and the like. Thank you, Chicken House!
I absolutely adore Sophia Bennett’s books and I’m sure The Castle won’t be any different. Unlike her other books, which are cute contemporaries, this is more of a mystery-adventure type novel so I’m looking forward to seeing how it varies from Sophia’s other novels. Thank you, Chicken House!
Although it has been controversial, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity of reviewing Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. I know based on the things that have emerged, which I won’t go into detail about here, that many people have chosen not to read it, but I wanted to read and review it so that those of you who do read it in the future or are curious about it can hear my thoughts. It’s a re-telling of The Wizard of Oz years later when Dorothy rules over Oz, and is very awesome so far. My review should be up in the next few weeks. Thank you, Harper 360!
I’ve been meaning to buy Geek Girl: Picture Perfect by Holly Smale for ages now, but haven’t done so until now. I completely adored the first two books, and the third instalment was no exception!
Excluding the glasses (which I made!), I bought all of these books in charity shops, and I am so excited about all of them. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling was a super quick read which I managed to finish in under an hour. I enjoyed each of the stories a lot but I now miss all of the Harry Potter characters, especially Dumbledore.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion has been on my wishlist for ages now and I was going to buy it in Waterstones the other day but changed my mind at the last minute. I was ecstatic when I found this and I’m hoping to start it right away.
I started Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy in April after borrowing it from the library but eventually had to take it back so never got around to finish it. Hopefully I’ll get to finish it off sometime over the summer!
Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff was a purchase with no thought behind it other than, ‘It’s Meg Rosoff! I can’t not buy it!’ I’ve never actually read anything by Meg before, even though I now own three of her books. Sometimes I just can’t resist…
Have you read any of these, or are you planning on doing so? What have you acquired lately? Let me know, and link me to your own hauls!