2021 most anticipated book releases

I recently wrote a post about the video games I am most anticipating this year (and into the future) which reminded me of the list I had been compiling on random post it notes scattered throughout my house of all the books I am so excited to read this year. 

If you’ve been here for a while or even if you are new (Welcome!) it might be obvious that I am a pretty avid reader. Now I know things are most likely going to slow down once Bubs is in the mix but I am hoping to still be able to read something each month, even if its just one book. 

Every year I look forward to seeing all the books that they are going to be released in a new year, it always seems like an exciting ‘fresh start’ for the year and even through everything going on last year it was something to look forward too. 

Without adding to much to the preamble, these are the books that I am most looking forward too picking up this year. 

Already released

Since I am writing this post so late there are some books that I am am mentioning that have already been released that I just haven’t picked up yet. 

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I absolutely loved Courtney Summers book ‘Sadie’ so I do really want to get to this soon

May 4th

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may 13th

May 18th

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may 25th

June 8th

june 15th

july 25th

November 11th

I am so excited for all these books to come out and these are just the releases I know about that I’m excited for. If you have any book recommendations of new releases leave a comment so I can add it to my list!

February 2020 TBR

After having what I consider a decent start to the year, when it comes to reading specifically, I am keen to get into February and continue on this reading streak!

Overall I really want to get to all 13 of these books in February. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

What are your reading plans for February?

November Book Haul

I know its practically the end of December and the end of the year but I wanted to still post my haul from November. I didn’t pick up too many books during the month of November but here is what I did get…

‘Chasing River’
by K.A. Tucker

Paperback

Armed with two years’ worth of savings and the need to experience life outside the bubble of her Oregon small town, twenty-five-year old Amber Welles is prepared for anything. Except dying in Dublin. Had it not been for the bravery of a stranger, she might have. But he takes off before she has the chance to offer her gratitude.

Twenty-four-year-old River Delaney is rattled. No one was supposed to get hurt. But then that American tourist showed up. He couldn’t let her die, but he also couldn’t risk being identified at the scene—so, he ran. Back to his everyday life of running his family’s pub. Only, everyday life is getting more and more complicated, thanks to his brother, Aengus, and his criminal associations. When the American girl tracks River down, he quickly realises how much he likes her, how wrong she is for him. And how dangerous it is to have her around. Chasing her off would be the smart move.

Maybe it’s because he saved her life, or maybe it’s because he’s completely different from everything she’s left behind, but Amber finds herself chasing after River Delaney. Amber isn’t the kind of girl to chase after anyone.

And River isn’t the kind of guy she’d want to catch.

Fence
Volume Three
C.S. Pacat

Paperback

As Nicholas works to become a better fencer, Seiji takes an unexpected interest in his journey.

Nevernight
by Jay Kristoff

Hardcover

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

‘Gideon the Ninth’
by Tamsyn Muir

Hardcover

The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.

Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as necromantic skeletons. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.

Of course, some things are better left dead.

‘They Both Die at the End’
by Adam Silvera

Hardcover

Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

‘Scythe’
By Neal Shusterman

Hardcover

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

‘Waiting for Spring’
Volume 3

by Anashin
Paperback

COURTING ON THE COURT Mitsuki overcomes some hiccups in her friendship with Towa, and the two grow even closer! But before Mitsuki can celebrate, her old friend Aya is on the offense, vying for her attention. Mitsuki meets a new rival as well, and every day is as busy as every play. Meanwhile, with the Inter-High prelims just around the corner, Towa and his team must train hard to go up against the prestigious Hōjō High School’s star-player: Aya!

‘Until it Fades’
by K.A. Tucker

Paperback

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realises exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

‘The Tea Dragon Society’
by Katie O’Neill

Hardcover

From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.

After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.

‘The Tea Dragon Festival’
by Katie O’Neill

Hardcover

Rinn has grown up with the Tea Dragons that inhabit their village, but stumbling across a real dragon turns out to be a different matter entirely! Aedhan is a young dragon who was appointed to protect the village but fell asleep in the forest eighty years ago. With the aid of Rinn’s adventuring uncle Erik and his partner Hesekiel, they investigate the mystery of his enchanted sleep, but Rinn’s real challenge is to help Aedhan come to terms with feeling that he cannot get back the time he has lost.

12 days of Christmas Book Tag

I saw this tag over on Paper Fury’s Blog and thought it was perfect for the holiday season!

Definitely ‘Daisy Jones and the Six’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This book honestly changed my reading habits in 2019.

Achilles and Patroclus from the song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I was genuinely in tears by the end of this story. They are one of the best pairings ever!

I recently finished reading the ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard’ series by Rick Rirodan and I absolutely fell in love. I love the peak of characters from other Rick Riordan stories as well as the representation that all three books have.

Always.

I love other series but my go to all the time would have to be the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

Nova from the ‘Renegades’ Trilogy by Marissa Meyer.

She’s probably one of the only anti hero type characters I can think of who I really enjoy reading about.

I would say Harry Potter but I want to have a different answer for each question so behind Harry Potter would be the ‘Keeper of Lost Cities’ Series by Shannon Messenger.

The elf world is expansive and so interesting. I absolutely adore this series.

The Tea Dragons from ‘The Tea Dragon Society’ by Katie O’Neill.

They are honestly the cutest things!

I want a Tea Dragon

I think the food from ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ by Kevin Kwan would be amazing!

From both the description in the book and what we see in the movie everything looks absolutely delicious!

Celaena Sardothian from the ‘Throne of Glass’ series by Sarah J. Maas.

She is legitimately a total badass and I really enjoy reading about her as a character. I genuinely find that she works hard to do things that people don’t expect from her and that is a really interesting quality to read about.

Lazlo Strange from the ‘Strange the Dreamer’ Duology by Laini Taylor.

He is honestly such a caring character and really shows his strength through atypical means.

I love my little harry potter music box that I got from my friend Kim. It is so cute and plays Hegwid’s Theme when you wind it.

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker is definitely one of my favourite books that I’ve read this year. I am obsessed and I really want to reerad it, even though I only read it in October.

I tag everyone, this is such a fun Christmasy tag!

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

The Simple Wild
by K.A. Tucker

Publisher: Atria Books
Date: 2018
Pages: 390
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Romance
Days to Read: 3
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks Scribd QBD

Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

I don’t want to come out and say that ‘A Simple Wild’ by K.A. Tucker is my favourite book of the year, with the year not being over, however I think I’m going yo say it!

‘The Simple Wild’ is my favourite read of 2019!

I know, I can’t believe it either. Who would of thought at the start of 2019 that a contemporary romance would be my favourite book of the year? I am absolutely in love with Calla and Jonah and while writing this review ave discovered there is a sequel coming and I honestly cannot contain my excitement.

I don’t know what did it for me. It could be the characters Calla is a city girl in the wilds of Alaska trying to figure out how she fits into a life that her father has built here. Jonah is a self assured bush pilot who is kind of an ass at the start but who kind of grew on me as a reader.

Alaska is one of my all time favourite places. I haven’t visited yet but it is on my bucket list of places. The description of the landscape really made me feel as though I was there experiencing the extreme weather and the breathtaking wilderness.

I really don’t think there was much about this book that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy. The characters all held their own and had their own strong and distinct personalities, a trait I’ve found I really gravitate towards on contemporary fiction.

The Simple Wild absolutely took my breath away be it the scenery, the story or the writing overall. I was encaptualated and loved every single minute of my time in this story. I am counting down until our next instalment!

Plot: 6/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 6/10
World Building: 6/10
Quality of Writing: 6/10
Stars: 3/5

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One True Loves
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Publisher: Washington Square Press
Date: 2016
Pages: 352
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Contemporary
Days to Read: 6
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

This year feels like a year where I am really starting to expand on what I enjoy reading, this in turn has meant that I have discovered a slew of new authors as well as a very packed bookshelf.

Taylor Jenkins Reid is definitely one of those new discoveries. I started by bowing to the peer pressure and reading ‘Daisy Jones and The Six’ and honestly that book deserved all the hype it got!

After enjoying it so thoroughly I wanted to read the rest of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s published works. ‘One True Loves’ was the third book I picked up of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s.

One True Loves follows Emma Blair whose husband goes missing when he heads of to Antarctica to help film a nature documentary and the helicopter he is in goes missing. After years of struggling with this loss, Emma runs into Sam, a boy she went to school with and a spark begins to form between the two. Next thing Sam and Emma know Jesse is found, he is not dead as it was believed. This leaves Emma in an impossible situation.

The premise of this book really hooked me. I was intrigued to see, not only how Jesse survived but how the characters would deal with such an impossible situation.

I am going to be honest though, I was a little let down. As much as I enjoyed reading the book, I wouldn’t say it is a master piece or even Taylor Jenkins Reid’s best work. One thing I noted that really bothered me was the continual use of ‘said Sam, said Emma’ when it came to dialogue. I found it a very simple way for the characters to interact.

I did however find snippets I enjoyed. There was an excerpt that I really loved, mostly for its Grey’s Anatomy monologue vibes.

‘I think perhaps everyone has a moment that splits their life in two. When you look back on your own timeline, there’s a sharp spike somewhere along the way, some event that changed you, changed your life, more than others.
A moment that creates a “before” and an “after”.
Maybe it’s when you meet your love or you figure out your life’s passion of you have your first child. Maybe it’s something wonderful. Maybe its something tragic.
But when it happens, it tints your memories, shifts your perspective on your own life, and it suddenly seems as if everything you’ve been through falls under the label of “pre” and “post”‘

I also enjoyed the settings we explored. The bookstore was definitely a favourite and pretty much any part where there was snow.

The characters were ones that I enjoyed reading about but wasn’t super invested it. I did like that the characters changed over time and developed within their personalities, however at some points the growth was sudden. I’m not sure whether this device was used on purpose to explore how both grief and traumatic events change people or rather a progression within the story. Either way it definitely made the characters somewhat more interesting.

The end of the story left me feeling content. I was happy with the choice that Emma made. It was definitely the right one, at least in my opinion.

Overall ‘One True Loves’ is an easy contemporary romance novel with relatively low stakes. It was a fast read that I found kept me engaged within the story.

Plot: 7/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 5/10
World Building: 5/10
Quality of Writing: 3/10
Stars: 2/5

September Book Haul

I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve uploaded a haul, but it probably hasn’t been at all!

‘China Rich Girlfriend’
by Kevin Kwan

On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond from JAR, a wedding dress she loves more than anything found in the salons of Paris, and a fiance willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her. But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won’t be able to walk her down the aisle. Until: a shocking revelation draws Rachel into a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined. Here we meet Carlton, a Ferrari-crashing bad boy known for Prince Harry-like antics; Colette, a celebrity girlfriend chased by fevered paparazzi; and the man Rachel has spent her entire life waiting to meet: her father. Meanwhile, Singapore’s It Girl, Astrid Leong, is shocked to discover that there is a downside to having a newly minted tech billionaire husband. A romp through Asia’s most exclusive clubs, auction houses, and estates, China Rich Girlfriend brings us into the elite circles of Mainland China, introducing a captivating cast of characters, and offering an inside glimpse at what it’s like to be gloriously, crazily, China-rich. 

‘One True Loves’
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

‘Permanent Record’
by Mary H.K. Choi

After a year of college, Pablo is working at his local twenty-four-hour deli, selling overpriced snacks to brownstone yuppies. He’s dodging calls from the student loan office and he has no idea what his next move is.

Leanna Smart’s life so far has been nothing but success. Age eight: Disney Mouseketeer; Age fifteen: first #1 single on the US pop chart; Age seventeen, *tenth* #1 single; and now, at Age nineteen…life is a queasy blur of private planes, weird hotel rooms, and strangers asking for selfies on the street.

When Leanna and Pab randomly meet at 4:00 a.m. in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn, they both know they can’t be together forever. So, they keep things on the down-low and off Instagram for as long as they can. But it takes about three seconds before the world finds out

‘Forever, interrupted’
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Have you ever heard of supernovas? They shine brighter than anything else in the sky and then fade out really quickly, a short burst of extraordinary energy. I like to think you and Ben were like that . . . in that short time, you had more passion than some people have in a lifetime.

Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year’s Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn’t expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they’ve eloped.

Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met and who doesn’t even know Elsie exists.

Interweaving Elsie and Ben’s charmed romance with Elsie and Susan’s healing process, Forever, Interrupted will remind you that there’s more than one way to find a happy ending.

‘The Unhoneymooners’
by Christina Lauren

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.

‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo’
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

From Taylor Jenkins Reid, “a genius when it comes to stories about life and love” (Redbook,), comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’ relentless rise to the top – the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jump-start her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late ’80s and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds – revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love – Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

‘Maybe This Time’
by Kasie West

One year. Nine events. Nine chances to . . . fall in love?

Weddings. Funerals. Barbecues. New Year’s Eve parties. Name the occasion, and Sophie Evans will be there. Well, she has to be there. Sophie works for the local florist, so she can be found at every big event in her small hometown, arranging bouquets and managing family dramas.

Enter Andrew Hart. The son of the fancy new chef in town, Andrew is suddenly required to attend all the same events as Sophie. Entitled, arrogant, preppy Andrew. Sophie just wants to get her job done and finish up her sketches so she can apply to design school. But every time she turns around, there is Andrew, getting in her way and making her life more complicated. Until one day she wonders if maybe complicated isn’t so bad after all . . .

Told over the course of one year and following Sophie from event to event, this delightful novel from master of romantic comedy Kasie West shows how love can blossom in unexpected places.

‘Yes Please’
by Amy Poehler

In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.


‘Bossypants’
by Tina Fey

Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon—from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

‘Shatter City’
by Scott Westerfeld

When the world sees Frey, they think they see her twin sister Rafi. Frey was raised to be Rafi’s double, and now she’s taken on the role . . . without anyone else knowing.

Her goal? To destroy the forces that created her.

But with the world watching and a rebellion rising, Frey is forced into a detour. Suddenly she is stranded on her own in Paz, a city where many of the citizens attempt to regulate their emotions through an interface on their arms. Paz is an easy place to get lost . . . and also an easy place to lose yourself.

As the city comes under a catastrophic attack, Frey must leave the shadows and enter the chaos of warfare – because there is no other way for her to find her missing sister and have her revenge against her murderous father.

‘The Truth About Magic’
by Atticus

The Truth About Magic builds on the pains and joys of romance explored in Love Her Wild and the New York Times bestseller, The Dark Between Stars—heartbreaks and falling in love, looking back and looking inwards—by taking a fresh, awakened journey outward. An adventure into the great unknown. It’s about finding ourselves, our purpose, and the simple joys of life. It’s about lavender fields, drinking white wine out of oak barrels on vineyards, laughing until you cry, dancing in old barns until the sun comes up, and making love on sandy beaches.

The Truth About Magic is a vibrant, transcendent journey into growth, which will leave you energised and eager to explore the wider world.

‘After I Do’
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.

Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?

‘Adultolescence’
by Gabbie Hanna

Comedian Gabbie Hanna brings levity to the twists and turns of modern adulthood in this exhilarating debut collection of illustrated poetry.

In poems ranging from the singsong rhythms of children’s verses to a sophisticated confessional style, Gabbie explores what it means to feel like a kid and an adult all at once, revealing her own longings, obsessions, and insecurities along the way. Adultolescence announces the arrival of a brilliant new voice with a magical ability to connect through alienation, cut to the profound with internet slang, and detonate wickedly funny jokes between moments of existential dread. You’ll turn to the last page because you get her, and you’ll return to the first because she gets you.

‘The Road Between’
by Courtney Peppernell

Poetry for the soul that walks a fine line between losing yourself in the world and finding yourself again, often in the smallest of moments. Courtney Peppernell, author of the internationally best-selling poetry series Pillow Thoughts delivers another collection of prose and poetry that asks the reader to look deep within themselves and heal the ache.

The Road Between is the journey you take from the shadows to the light. Settle in, lose yourself in the pages, and find the strength to come back home.

‘The Hero of Ages’
by Brandon Sanderson

Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world.

‘An Unofficial Muggles Guide to the Wizarding World: Exploring the Harry Potter Universe’
by Fionna Boyle

From Azkaban to zombies, every aspect of the enthralling universe in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is explained, expanded, and celebrated in a literary guidebook which also includes information on the historical roots of the symbolism and mythology used in the series. Original.

‘American Royals’
by Katherine McGee

What if America had a royal family?

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

‘How to Houseplant: a Beginners Guide to Making and Keeping Plant Friends’
by Heather Rodino

Houseplants are more popular than ever: as expert writer and gardening enthusiast Heather Rodino notes, “plants have demonstrated therapeutic value, clean the air, and are an affordable way of decorating, adding beauty to your home, and making even the smallest rented space feel like your own.” She offers a lighthearted, colourfully illustrated overview of caring for your indoor garden, profiling 50 of the most popular houseplants, from the Boston fern and the fiddle-leaf fig to the moth orchid. Her accessible advice on handling pests and diseases, troubleshooting problems, and assessing your growing conditions, will give novices the confidence they need to begin nurturing their own collection. Tips and list detail everything from which plants are pet-friendly to the top five plants for frequent travellers.

‘One of us is Lying’
by Karen M. McManus

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
AndSimon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

‘Radio Silence’
by Alice Oseman

What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?

Frances is been a study machine with one goal. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside. Then Frances meets Aled, and for the first time she’s unafraid to be herself.

So when the fragile trust between them is broken, Frances is caught between who she was and who she longs to be. Now Frances knows that she has to confront her past. To confess why Carys disappeared…

Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.

Engaging with themes of identity, diversity and the freedom to choose, Radio Silence is a tor de force by the most exciting writer of her generation. 

October TBR

October seems to be the month that I’m giving myself a hell of a challenge. Why? I have no idea… But I think its because I want to read so many of my books!

Heres what I’m looking at reading in October

I’ve put 14 books on my TBR this month. I don’t think I am going to get to all of them but hopefully I can read the majority! My TBR has a really good mix of fantasy, contemporary and classic!

What’s on your TBR for October?