Autumn is my favourite season of the year. The falling leaves that crunch under my crisp, new boots. The smell of warm coffee, the hot water heating my hands through the ceramic, as I sit in a café, watching people puddle through the rain, a warm jumper over my body. Old books, paper crinkling between my fingers. A hot chocolate and a crackling fire.
One of my favourite autumnal activities is waking up on a Sunday morning, opening the curtains and climbing back into bed with a hot cup of tea, the rain streaming outside the window, droplets racing themselves down the glass, a good book in my hands and nowhere I need to be.
June is Pride month, and as usual Books That Matter have released their June Pride box! This box was easily my favourite so far of all of the BTM boxes I have ever received, so read on to find out why…
I think it’s easiest if we get onto what was inside this box before I start telling you why I loved it so much! So, what was included?
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and the organisation that created this week, MentalHealth.org.uk, have decided on the theme of nature to raise awareness of looking after our mental health and supporting one another in all aspects of our brains!
During the first lockdown, I read about 50 books in the space of a month. They became my saviour during that time; when the world was thrown into turmoil, I turned to books to cope. I devoured title after title, and, as there were many beautiful sunny days in 2020, I also enjoyed reading outside.
10-year-old Samkad lives with his Father and his village in the Philippines100 years ago. Life is not always fair and is not always safe, but Samkad is awaiting the day he becomes aman. But then a new boy arrives in the village, bringing someone called an “American” with them, and war is about to come.
I read Bone Talk as I will be teaching it at school, and this book raises a lot of questions that I think will be fascinating to discuss (though they could be tricky too!).
March was a pretty slow reading month for me! I had eyes bigger than my brain for my to be read list, and ended up reading 4 books over all. Whilst this isn’t necessarily bad, it’s frustrating to me as someone who wants to read a lot!
Today I’m excited to participate in the Creative Blog Tour for Kill or Cure by Pixie Britton hosted by MTMC Tours! Kill or Cure is the gut-wrenching first book in the Kill or Cure post-apocalyptic dystopian teen fiction series. If you like feisty young heroines, struggles against chaos, and teenage love, then you’ll adore Pixie Britton’s action-packed trilogy! The ebook is ON SALE for 99p during the tour!
Thank you so much to MTMC Tours for inviting me to take part!
Just before the second UK lockdown started, I was able to venture into a Waterstones and purchased some books! It’s weird going back into “the outside world” but I was very excited to pick these up. I haven’t finished any yet, but I’ve got all of that to look forward to…
PINE // Francine Toon
I’ve heard so much about this book! Apparently it’s a ghost story/thriller set in Scotland. The cover itself is super spooky too. The protagonist’s mother went missing when she was young, and now with another woman going missing, could secrets about to be discovered?
THE CONFESSION // Jessie Burton
I won’t lie to you – I mostly have no idea what this book is about. However, The Miniaturist is one of my favourite books. This book is about a mysterious writer and it’s about an old mystery (already sensing a theme…) being solved, so right up my street.
NINTH HOUSE // Leigh Bardugo
This is the adult debut from one of my favourite YA authors! I think it’s going to be pretty spooky. Our main character, Alex Stern, is given a full scholarship to university – with a catch. She must spy on 8 secret, occult societies. It has had incredible reviews and I cannot wait.
THE HAUNTING OF ALMA FIELDING // Kate Summerscale
Kate Summerscale is one of my favourite creative non-fiction writers. This book follows the true 1934 story of Alma Fielding, who reported to be haunted by a poltergeist. Nandor Folder investigates, but discovers that Alma is not all that she seems…
REQUIEM OF A KNAVE // Laura Carlin
THE WICKED COMETH is one of my favourite debut books, so I preordered Carlin’s second novel without even reading the description and it arrived this week – I completely forgot! This one seems to be set in the medieval period, where our main character takes a pilgrimage – and is witness to a number of horrific crimes. I’m excited to dive into this one!
What have you bought recently? Have you read any of these? Let me know!
If you don’t know, I read a lot of crime! I love it. For some reason, reading about murder and violence is just a good read for me.
Okay, it’s a bit weird. But even stranger is the sheer amount of non-fiction books about crime on my TBR! I thought I’d share 5 of them with you today, and see if you have any more recommendations for me.