Realllllly loving these book haul posts. I’m an obsessive buyer of books and bookish bits. But it’s only since 2017 that I’ve been sharing them. Why? I don’t know, but they feel like a blogging revelation. (For me, I know everyone’s been doing them for 385908593959 years.) Not only do they give me a list of books to attempt to read that month, but they also steer my blogging for the month. To attempt (ATTEMPT) to blog around said books. Enough babbling. The April Book Haul.

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The Haul

Mona by Dan Sehlberg

T and I spent a Sunday trawling Halcyon Books in Greenwich. I am going to be utterly gutted when it shuts. Books are still a pound – post and pictures to come soon. T picked this out for me because strangely I like cyber-attack type books. It’s described as a technothriller and that sounded pretty cool. It’s based on the hacking of Mind Surf: a thought-controlled system that allows people with disabilities to browse the web. Super kl.

A suspenseful and highly original technothriller based on breathtaking developments in the field of thought-controlled systems and cyber warfare.

The Yard by Alex Grecian

Wanted to read a Sherlock Holmes style novel. Picked up The Yard by Alex Grecian. It was the cover that really struck me. I adore the silhouette on the spine and I’m still looking for Holmes style book that I really love. Like really love.

Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only twelve detectives—known as “The Murder Squad”—to investigate countless murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own . . . one of the twelve . .

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The Book of Dave by Will Self

I picked this out mainly because of the title. The idea of a book of Dave amused me. I’ve also wanted to read a lot more books based on/around London. Since moving here certain things have intrigued me. Cab drivers and their stories are one of said things. I’ll let you know how it goes.

When cabdriver Dave Rudman’s wife of five years deserts him for another man, taking their only child with her, he is thrown into a tailspin of doubt and discontent. Fearing his son will never know his father, Dave pens a gripping text part memoir, part deranged philosophical treatise, and part handbook of “the Knowledge” learned by all London cab drivers.

The Romantics by Barbara Gowdy

I wanted something – cute to read. A bit of romance  without picking up something written by Marian Keyes. Grown-up romantic. The cover again looked gorgeous and I love a good white loose-cover. So classy. So sophisticated.

“Louise Kirk learns about love and loss at an early age. When she is nine years old, her former beauty queen mother disappears, leaving a note that reads only – and incorrectly – “Louise knows how to work the washing machine.”

Separations are followed by reunions, but with every turn of their fractured relationship, Louise discovers that she cannot get Abel to love her as fiercely and exclusively as she loves him.

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There’s my April book haul. Knowing me I won’t get round to allll of them but imma going to try. Have you read any of these? What are you reading this April?

PS. Ty T for picking up these tasty mini Freddos. They look kinda gross but were fabby.

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Helooooo readers, it’s time for another TOP TEN TUESDAY POST *cheeeers.* Really sorry for not taking part last week it seems like my bookish brain wasn’t in gear and I totally forgot which was a bit silly. However, I’m back today to show you more books I’ve added to my to-be-read pile and there are some really good ones on this list which I’m really excited to get stuck into – and before you say anything, yes I know I should get through the ones already on there but it’s always much to tempting to add new one!

Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett

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Furo Wariboko – born and bred in Lagos – wakes up on the morning of his job interview to discover he has turned into a white man. As he hits the city streets running, still reeling from his new-found condition, Furo finds the dead ends of his life open out before him. As a white man in Nigeria, the world is seemingly his oyster – except for one thing: despite his radical transformation, Furo’s ass remains robustly black . . .

Really thought-provoking book which I think will be really interesting to review.

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

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Exciting thriller about a missing  person with a stunning cover and a really interesting premise of family relationships I think this thriller looks brilliant.

Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta

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I always seem to add books because they conflict opinion and this is one of them! I love the idea of the two girls and their contrasting emotions on sex and the like but some readers have really panned it. So, I kind of want to read it! *throws on le tbr pile.*

Sweetbitter: A novel by Stephanie Danler

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A lush, raw, thrilling novel of the senses about a year in the life of a uniquely beguiling young woman, set in the wild, alluring world of a famous downtown New York restaurant.

This book definitely appeals to my twenty-something vibe – the line of the blurb stating ‘she’s come to New York to look for a life she can’t define, except as a burning drive to become someone, to belong somewhere.’ resonates in a slightly terrifying way.

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

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Definitely attempted to create a very varied and exciting list of books for you today. This book is full of stories that play with words, emotions, meanings. The reviews so far have been stunningly positive and I want to add to them.

After You (Me Before You #2) by Jojo Moyes

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Every so often one of my wonderful girl group suggest a book for me – this one the beautiful Hope suggested I read so here it is! (I swear this was the book – well this is the one I wrote down – Hope please remind me if I’m being a doughnut.)

Can I Have a Chocolate Milkshake? by Rajat Mishra

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I won’t lie this is a very recent addition to my TBR pile. It popped up as a suggestion when I trying to decide how many books to aim for 2016 and it just looked like my cup of tea. Described as a pick me up book I thought this might be perfect if I ever have another truly stressful reading slump and might just be an excellent read!

Artichoke’s Heart by Suzanne Supplee

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Already attempting my New Year’s Resolutions by using Goodreads more and this popped up on my feed. It reads a lot like a book I read by Katie Cross this year and I really enjoyed the premise and idea so I thought this might give me the same *feels!*

Exposure by Helen Dunmore

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Historical fiction, rave write-ups, a brilliant cover and a super exciting blurb – straight on the TBR!

That Girl From Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson

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I’ve added this one – almost only because I need to find myself another Dorothy Koomson book to rave about. There are so many of hers that I adore but I haven’t read one in a little while so I’ve added this to my TBR for the new year!

Too many books, too little time but these are definitely books I’m planning to get read this year! Have you read any of these already? What did you think? Comment below or as always tweet me @littlebookblog!

 

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Holla readers, it’s nearly Autumn, my favourite time of year. Snuggly jumpers, woolen scarves, leggings with wooly socks, I can almost feel the cosy roll-necks, long morning cuddles and steaming cups of coffee drank whilst walking through crunchie leaves. GIVE IT TOO ME. But, before I get a little Autumn crazy, I need to have a list of books to get me through the colder, darker nights and that is today’s post brought to us by the wonderful The Broke and the Bookish.

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close:

I’ve been really hooked on ‘reading lists’ recently. Whether it’s to read during your Twenties, during Autumn, or when you’re going through a break-up I’m all for them. This book tells the tale of three females as they struggle with family trouble, career stresses and heart-break. The perfect cosy, female strong book for the Autumn.

MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche:

This book is about a newly married lady, who realises she needs a couple of ladies as her besties. She goes on a number of friend-dates in the hope of finding her perfect BFF. A cool, cute read for the fall months.

What She Saw by Lucinda Rosenfeld:

I stumbled across this book on another blogging site and thought it looked brilliant. A mixture of breaking up, growing up and starting a new lease of life this is the perfect light-hearted read that I need after all those classics.

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People by Toby Young:

Ive seen a bit of the film but had never realised it was a book. I’m really interested to get this read because I’ve heard it’s a really comical read; witty, ironic and very jokey it sounds right up my street.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway:

I have yet to read any of this authors books and after my classics challenge I think it’s finally time to get hold of a book of his and tell you all my thoughts. Seen as one of Hemingway’s main masterpieces and set at the end of WW1 this may just be perfect.

My Misspent Youth by Meghan Dunn:

This is a little different because it is more of a collection of non-fiction essays I guess. They talk of real life worries especially relating to young people and I think it would make a different book type to review on MLBB and to see if I enjoy it as much as I think I will.

Just Kids by Patti Smith:

*eee* really excited by this book, set in the 60’s and 70’s it really does make my historical fiction senses tingle. It follows the authors relationship with a famous photographer and the idea of a romance set in the era following the glitz and the glamour of said famous photographer it sounds just, perfect.

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff:

Still on my TBR, still needs to be read, will be read this autumn finally.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven:

This book is literally on every blog I read. I need to read it and get it reviewed ASAP.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe:

Not only a brilliant title but the story of growing up gay in the 80’s and the exploration of sexuality and romances sounds brilliant. Right up me street.

Ten fantastic books, ten that will be reviewed, ten I need to buy now damn you bank balance. What would add? Which do you want to know more about? Let me know in le comments or tweet me @littlebookblog1.

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1. How many unread books do you own?

This is a difficult one because I technically own hundreds of books including the ones passed down to me and sent to me by authors. As to the ones I’ve bought and not read it’s less than twenty currently. The woes of being a little poor with student debts I guess. Saying this, if it’s the latter then it’s realllllly not worth thinking about. If you include the books I want to read that I haven’t got hold of yet the list is unforgivable

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2. How many books do you own that you have read?

How is that a fair question (when would I have counted my books *wails.*) I think my bookshelves at home have around two hundred and ten books and I have around thirty at my new house in Newcastle Under Lyme so I think around the two hundred and fifty mark maybe? (That doesn’t included any of the ones in my email inbox: it’s incredible how many books I’ve read!)

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3. Do you buy more books than you read?

I’m a bit of a library advocate if I’m honest. If I’m desperate to read or own a book I will buy a copy but I seem to find that I’m ready to move on and find that next wonderful book. Saying that I always take out more books than I can physically read!

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4. Why do you think you haven’t read your unread books?

I think it’s because there are constantly more and more incredible books from incredible authors coming out my To Be Read list just gets longer and longer until it’s undecipherable mess. Being a book blogger seems to make this plenty worse too.

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5. Are you going to go on a book buying ban?

Hmmm, yes, at the moment my Amazon basket is full to the brim and my bank balance is terrified that after a couple of glasses of wine Lizzy will just buy them all in one swoop. I’ve tried to stop adding books until I’m up to date with the ones I’ve promised to read for authors but that is a llloonngg way into the future.

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So there you go a little bookish look at all my sadly unread books that I need to get my little paws on. I now nominate Becky from Blogs Of A Bookaholic to complete said tag.