I swear, I only went in for, like one book. Maybe two, at a push. Certainly not the *cough* five I came out with…!
I haven’t done a book haul on this blog for a while, but these books seriously excite me, and I want to share them with you!
Brighton is pretty near me, about two hours away, but I was actually here as I was helping my brother move house. I stayed in a spare room in his student accommodation, and it was both bizarre and strangely comforting to be back in student housing for the night! I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is, but whether it was in a 60s build like my place, or an old Victorian house like my brother’s, there’s just something about it that feels like a student house.
Anyway, I had a chance to slip out in the morning and investigate the city. Not only did I buy the most adorable cat mug which is featured in these photos, but it was so nice to actually explore the Lanes in the sunshine!
But without further ado, let’s jump straight into the book haul!
This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron
This is a book I am buddy reading with my best friend Natalie, as every month we pick a book to read together. The Poison Heart is the second book by the author of Cinderella is Dead, which stormed the YA scene. I haven’t actually read Cinderella Is Dead yet, though it is on my list for later on in the year, but I’ve heard great things about this book. It’s a magical realism YA tale and has had fantastic reviews!
Once Upon a Crime by Robin Stevens
The final book in the Wells & Wong detective series! This book is actually a collection of middle grade crime short stories, two which I have already read as they were released separately, but I think I’ll still reread them! There’s also a story featuring the protagonist of Stevens’ new series, May Wong, so I’m excited to read her introduction as I’m so sad to be leaving Daisy and Hazel, the protagonists of the current series, behind.
Amari and the Night Brothers by BB Alston
This is a middle grade magical realism novel, and it’s Waterstones’ children’s book of the month! Not only is the cover beautiful, but it sounds like something I’m going to really enjoy reading about. Amari’s brother disappears, and then she receives an invitation to a mysterious school, where she can learn about magic. I’m very intrigued to see what magical laws are in this book, and what adventures she gets up to.
Betty by Tiffany McDaniel
I was not interested in this book until one of the incredible Waterstones booksellers saw me looking and came to talk to me about it! They said they loved the book, and it was heart wrenching but thoroughly enjoyable too. It’s a coming-of-age story, and actually based on the upbringing of the author’s mother, which piqued my curiosity me even more. It’s also the Waterstones’ adult fiction book of the month.
Shooting Martha by David Thewlis
How excited I am to say that not only do I have a copy of this book, but a signed copy! In case you didn’t know, I love Harry Potter, and Remus Lupin, played by Thewlis in the films, is one of my favourite characters. I was so excited to find it signed! The story revolves around a man who hires a woman to act as his dead wife, so it sounds dark and intriguing. I’m fascinated to see what Thewlis’ writing is like after watching his brilliant acting in so many films!
And those are all of the books I purchased at Waterstones Brighton! I had a wonderful time investigating all of the books over the five floors! And I had a hot chocolate and red velvet cake at the café. If you purchase a book of the month, you can receive a free hot drink, and I very much enjoyed my hot chocolate.
Which one on this list would you be most excited to read?