Friday, 16 October 2015

SEPTEMBER BOOK HAUL



Welcome to my September book haul!

I did so well with buying less books last month, I'm actually really pleased with myself! I think it's because I bought a ridiculous amount of books in August, so I knew it was time to calm down a little. So let's get into the books:

The Dumb House by John Burnside - £6.47, Wordery.
I absolutely had to get my hands on this creepy classic after hearing Jen Campbell and Jean from BookishThoughts both raving about it. I absolutely loved it and you can read more of my thoughts on it in my September reading wrap up post. This would be a perfect spine-chilling read this month for Halloween.

Being Me by Pete Kalu - received from HopeRoad publishing in exchange for honest review.
I was kindly contacted by the lovely PR people from HopeRoad and was asked if I would like to review Pete Kalu's latest YA novel, Being Me. I am fully in support of the #weneeddiversebooks campaign so of course I jumped at the chance to read and review a book featuring a diverse YA character. I hosted the first day of the Being Me blog tour last month and you can read a guest post on gender roles in YA from Pete Kalu along with my review here.

Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas - £6.48 and £6.56, Wordery.
Before I'd even finished reading Throne of Glass last month I'd already ordered the next two books in the series as I knew I wanted to continue on. I haven't started Crown of Midnight yet but I'm planning to get to it this weekend!

All the Rage by Courtney Summers - received from Macmillan Children's Books in exchange for an honest review
The lovely Leanne at Macmillan kindly sent me an advanced proof of All the Rage by Courtney Summers which is due out in the UK in January 2016. As far as I know All the Rage is the story of Romy, who is assaulted by the sherrif's son and is branded a liar when she speaks out, but when it happens to another girl Romy questions whether she should stay silent any longer. According to the synopsis this novel 'examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women in a culture that refuses to protect them'. This is a gorgeous proof with such a striking cover, I think the final cover is different but I just love this one so much. It really gives a sense of the violence that is far too often inflicted upon women. I'm really excited for this book and I'll probably read it closer to the UK release date so I can review it properly.

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler - £3.99, Sainsbury's.
I picked this up when I spotted it in my local Sainsbury's because I knew that it had been longlisted for the Man Booker prize. I started reading it that night and absolutely fell in love with it. Family sagas are one of my favourite ever genres and this one really drew me in. You can read more of my thoughts on it here.

So those were all the books I acquired last month, I only bought four so that's a huge improvement on last month's fifteen! I'm doing really well this month as well because I'm anticipating the possibility of getting some books for my birthday next month, so exciting!

Tomorrow I'll be participating in Dewey's 24 hour readathon so don't forget to keep up to date with my progress on Twitter @sarahs_chapter!

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

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