Why have a book blog with no hauls? Despite the fact this blog has been masquerading as a book blog since March, I have yet to actually show all the books I’ve bought each month. Luckily, October was a good month to start, as I left most of my money in bookshop tills.
Some books I bought, some I got as review copies.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Source: When Worlds Collide tour
One of Rainbow’s two adult books (the other is Attachments), Georgie’s marriage is in trouble. Her husband Neal has packed up and taken the kids to Omaha for Christmas. Without her.
That evening, left alone in their house, Georgie finds a way to contact her husband’s past. It’s not exactly time travel, but might it be a way to save their marriage?
I’m a huge Rainbow Rowell fan, and I’ve never read Attachments, but I’m really excited to see what her more adult reading is like.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Source: When Worlds Collide tour
If you’ve read Fangirl, you’ll be more than familiar with the story of Simon and Baz. They’re teens who meet in boarding school, and the focus of Cath’s fan fiction. The characters and the story were so popular, they got their own spin off.
It’s a step away for Rainbow, who mainly writes contemporary, but I was hooked on the Simon and Baz inserts in Fangirl so I had to have this one.
Ctrl Alt Delete by Emma Gannon
Source: Stylist Live
Emma was born in 1989, the year the World Wide Web debuted, so she has literally grown up with the Internet. She’s a successful blogger, has written for British online magazine The Debrief, and is a “social media influencer”. The book is full of stories from Emma’s childhood and teenage years, with catfishing, MSN, and quite an uncomfortable sexting encounter.
Ctrl Alt Delete is a fantastic read, and people who have more than a little addiction to social media will resonate with its message. I got so into it, I missed my bus stop.
A Year and a Day by Isabelle Broom
Isabelle has a habit of setting her novels in beautiful places that simply must be visited. This one is set in Prague, and features three holidaymakers whose stories intertwine as they meet in the hotel and explore the city together.
Megan and Ollie, best friends, are visiting the city together to help Ollie prepare for an upcoming class. This is Hope and Charlie’s first holiday together since they got together. As for Sophie, she’s travelled alone, and is waiting on the arrival of her true love, Robin, who she first met here ten years ago.
Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes by Lindsey Paley
Source: Neverland Blog Tours
Millie, a professional chef from the south of France, moves to the small and cold village Aisford before Christmas – and she hates it. Understandable, since she arrived to a snowy village in what are practically her summer clothes.
Millie takes over a cooking class, and so there are some amazing descriptions of mouthwatering food in this book. It’s a quick and light hearted read, and perfect for cosying up by the fire.
Holding by Graham Norton
Source: kindly sent by a fellow member of Rick O Shea’s book club
Graham Norton has written a couple of autobiographies (The Life and Loves of a He Devil is still on my TBR to this day) but Holding is his first work of fiction.
It’s a murder mystery book that has been described as somewhat akin to the works of Maeve Binchy, and I can’t wait to get home to my parent’s house and pick it up.
The 12 Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Coren and David Levithan
Source: Dubray Books
This book is the November discussion for one of my book clubs. I hadn’t read the first in the Dash and Lily series, but that didn’t pose a problem as this was a great standalone too.