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This weeks topic made me both simultaneously excited and sad. Excited, because I got to list down a bunch of books I would buy straight away if I could! Sad, because I cannot. But I thought I’d clue you in on what I’m eyeing off anyway! (Heads up, a few of these have definitely been mentioned before)
How to be Both by Ali Smith
Ali Smith’s How to be Both has been called many things:”innovative, original, unforgettable, scrupulously playful,” just to name a few. And along with recently reading another one of her books Girl Meets Boy, this has been sitting at the top of my mental wish list for a few weeks now. I’m itching to get my hands on it and see what I think. On Goodreads it says, “it’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There’s a Renaissance artist of the 1460s. There’s the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real—and all life’s givens get given a second chance.” If you’re not hooked, I don’t know what you’re reading but it can’t be that!
Breathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle
This is a recent young-adult release penned by Australian Sophie Hardcastle (author of one of my favourites, Running Like China). I haven’t seen this in stores yet or you bet I would have already got my hands on a copy, but according to Goodreads it is “a lyrical and emotionally powerful novel about life, death and learning to breathe in between” which sounds absolutely stunning. I have been waiting to get my hands on this since earlier in the year when I heard about it’s release, and the cover is absolutely gorgeous as well so there is nothing stopping me from wanting my own copy of this one.
In the Woods by Tana French
A few months ago I had a friend as me for “recommendations similar to Gillian Flynn”. While I hadn’t actually read this book myself, I had heard a lot of people praising it online and thought I’d share the title anyway. She came back to me a couple of weeks later raving about this one and ever since I’ve wanted to pick it up and dive right in. This is a psychological thriller, and while I’ve tried to stay away from too many details because I love going into thrillers blind, I’m pretty sure this somehow involves a murder. Murder mystery maybe?
On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
I’ve definitely talked about this one before, but now that On the Other Side has been officially released I am even more desperate to own a copy. I have been following Carrie online for years now via her youtube channel ‘ItsWayPastMyBedTime’. I absolutely fell in love with her charismatic writing style in her autobiography All I Know Now and have been waiting anxiously ever since for the release of her first novel. A quick summary, curtesy of Goodreads, “Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won’t open.” I’m not the biggest lover of romantic fiction, however I am biting at my nails waiting to finally pick this one up. I cannot wait.
Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairytales by Justin Richards
I stumbled across this book online nearly a year ago now and haven’t been able to get it out of my head. It is a tad on the pricey side, hence why I haven’t felt the need to pick it up just yet, but that makes it perfect for this weeks topic – doesn’t it? The title pretty much explains this book for itself, but just to clarify, this is “an ancient, illustrated collection of dark and captivating fairytales about heroes and monsters from across the Whouniverse, originally told to young Time Lords at bedtime” and as an avid Doctor Who lover, this one sounds just perfect!
If you were given a fully loaded bookstore voucher, what books would you pick up? Or have you read any of the ones I mentioned above? Let’s have a chat ▲