Its been a good six months since my last book haul back in April, and so it is well past time to share with you all of the books I have picked up for myself between then and now. I am quite proud of the fact that I have managed to restrict my book buying this year to match my slower reading pace, and so because of this I also feel as though all of the books I have picked up are ones I am genuinely very excited to read.
As I mentioned in my last discussion post about why I’m not reading sequels, I also have been actively trying to buy sequels in an attempt to stop putting them over newer books or standalones.
So here are all of the books I have picked up over the last few months!
By far the oldest book on this list, I picked up this backlist title after finding it in a local charity shop after months of looking specifically for it as I knew it was a story I wanted to discover for myself. I feel like everyone read this back in the day, and so after loving Marie Lu’s Warcross and with the recent release of the fourth book Rebel, it seems like the perfect time to hopefully fall in love with this series as well.
For some reason it took me almost six months to finally get around to picking up a copy of Cait’s second novel, despite loving her debut A Thousand Perfect Notes, but nonetheless I am so glad to finally be able to dive into it as soon as I please. This own-voices story follows two brothers as they try to find a home for themselves, and sounds just as heart-warming and emotional as her first book.
I am so annoyed at myself for not picking this one up at the start of the year when Waterstones had their signed hardbacks of this, leaving me instead to end up buying a copy from a lovely seller on Depop just over a month ago. I can not wait to dive back into this world, particularly now with all of the buzz surrounding the Netflix adaptation, so here’s to hoping to Nikolai is just as amazing a character as the lead in his own story.
It feels like so long since I read and adored Furyborn, following two women living centuries apart as their paths begin to intertwine as they are faced with holding the power to save the world. I am more than ready to return to our two protagonists and to this beautifully rich fantasy world in this sequel that hopefully holds even more twists and turns and action packed moments, even if I am more than a little intimidated by the size of this one.
Amanda Foody has quickly become one of my new favourite authors this year, and so it only seemed right to allow myself to continue adoring her books by picking up the sequel to Ace of Shades. I fell in love with Levi and Enne and the City of Sin in the first book and so am already desperately in need of returning to this tale of card games, street lords and deadly secrets.
I am pretty sure I now own all of Becky Albertalli’s books, and yet I haven’t picked one up since I read Simon at the end of 2017. Therefore, I am hoping that now I will be able to finally end that break from her uplifting contemporaries as I have no excuse for not reading at least one of them very soon, be it this companion to Simon or not.
I was so excited for the release of this Viking-esque fantasy story that I can’t believe it took me this long to so much as pick it up for myself. It sounds like an epic story of family, fighting and survival, and I am already excited to curl up on a cold winters day and dive right into this brutal world.
Here is yet another sequel that I have been meaning to pick up ever since I finished Warcross last year and was left with so many questions about this story that I need answering. I am even more excited to read this one as it is also the conclusion of this series, and so I know that this one will both be even more action packed and addicting, and will provide me with hopefully all of my answers that I am desperate to discover.
This was a little more of a spontaneous purchase, as I am sucker for getting good deals on books, but that doesn’t mean that I am any less excited about diving into this fantasy story that seems unlike alot of the usual books I tend to gravitate towards in the genre. I can’t wait to see what I think of this one and to dive even slightly outside of my comfort zone, especially as I can now dive straight into the sequel if I am a fan.
In my most recent discussion post, I mentioned why I’ve been putting this book off as it is such a complex fantasy world in which we follow multiple different storylines and unique characters. That said, this is also the reason that I am excited to be able to continue on this series and why I ultimately decided to pick up the sequel, as I feel like the detail and complexity of this story is what will allow this series to get better and better as it goes, and so I hoping that I will prove myself right whenever I get around to reading this one.
What books have you picked up recently? Have you read any of these – what did you think?