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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Helllllo readers, hope you’re well and happy and busy. It’s January which is obviously a little terrifying and I’ve been trying to stick to a couple of New Year’s resolutions although I’m pretty sure they won’t stick. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday post is where I (a little sadly) put together a post of all the books I said I would get round to but didn’t in 2K15. These are the books that I was adament I would get done but didn’t because – you know, life. I will try my utter best to get these lovely books read in 2k16 because they all look pretty darn brilliant.

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Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut

I read so, so many classics in 2015 but this one I just didn’t get round to. I hope to in 2016 because I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this book.

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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

One of my friends favourite books and one I have seen reviewed all the time. It’s been on my list a long time but I always forget about it and end up picking another up. One to get hold of on my next library trip I think.

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Wild by Cheryl Strayed

This book has been on my TBR for over a year now and yet still haven’t got my reading butt in gear and read it. I will this year, because I desperately want to see the film but want to read it first!

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A Room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf

I even have a copy of this book now but have I read it – no, why, no idea.

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

One of the many books I’m embarrassed not to have read and still haven’t! Hopefully 2016 will be the year to get this read.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

*grumbles.* I think I must be one of the worst bookworms for never ever having picked up a copy of this book let alone read it. I promised I would get this read but not yet. Once again 2016 will be the year hopefully.

We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver

I loved the film adaptation of this and have seen varying reviews of the book – if I could just get this read and reviewed this year I will be a happy bunny.

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

I’m really lagging at my 101 things in 1001 days challenge especially the one to read twenty books recommended by friends. This is one of the suggested books so hopefully I can get back on track with this brilliant book.

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K Rowling)

Still need to read. Soon. Hopefully.

Love Letters to the dead by Ava Dellaira

Finally, this book has also been on my TBR for almost a year but I’ve been the worst for getting through it this year. I have this waiting in my Amazon basket so there’s no excuse really!

I’m really sorry that these books have featured on so many lists but I really am the worst for reading books on my TBR. I cannot wait to get these all read and reviewed for you. What books are you hoping to get read this year? Have you read any of those ^ and have thoughts on them? Comment below or tweet me @littlebookblog1!

 

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Helllllllo readers, I was trying to be super organised and knocked up a blogging resolutions post on Friday not thinking, that there would be one for Top Ten Tuesday come the next week. Lizzy, Lizzy, Lizzy – will you ever learn. Therefore I’ve popped together a slightly different post entitled books I resolve to get read in 2016. I am super good at putting the lists together but not so great at getting the books read so let’s hope these wonderful reads finally get read.

The Martian by Andy Weir

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I recently went to go see this at the cinema and O-M-GGGG this was just fantastic. Funny. witty, sarcastic and I normally hate science fiction yet I was on the edge of my seat throughout. I NEED to get this read now.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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I reaaaaly want to get into a series this year and I think that this could be the one. I’ve seen the first film but yet to see the second so maybe it’s the series for this year!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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Still on my list – still needs to be read – keep forgetting about *slaps wrist.*

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

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Recently saw lots of my bookish friends reading this and there have been some fantastic reviews that have made me just need to pick up a copy and dive in. I’ve been in a bit of a reading rut and I’m wondering whether this will help sort it out!

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Still attempting to read this – still haven’t quite made it through. Yet.

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

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Not only is the cover wonderfully wonderful but, the story inside sounds so original and interesting. It’s had some really exciting write-ups and I cannae wait to my tiny mitts on this and read alllll the way through.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

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Been on my TBR since early last year – still on the list. This has to get read, fingers crossed I can get hold of a copy soon and just get down to it. C’mon Lizzo.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

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A book of essays about women in the 21st Century. Sounds like a must read and one that is still waiting patiently on my TBR.

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman

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I mean – it’s Neil Gaiman? Needs a read right?

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator)

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I think this is T’s favourite Murakami book and that must mean something. It’s on the list, it will get read. Soon. I meant I’ve got about 8576895898 to get through first *cries uncontrollably*

Right, there we go, ten books I WILL (YES WILL) get read during 2016. I think it’s important to at least attempt to have a list together to read. Without further delay I’m off to eat all the chocolate oranges and bathe in a sea of wrappers. Good day y’all.

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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.