New Reads: The Winter Edition

It feels like I only just did one of these posts but when I went back to check it was a good couple of months ago. Time flies when you're blogging, apparently. Today we have a neat lil' edit of books I acquired during May and June. If you follow my @whatsophieread Instagram, you will know I'm on a bit of a book buying ban for the foreseeable future. It's getting a bit crowded at the literary inn that is my bedroom for one, that and I'm saving up for some arguably more luxe purchases. More on that another time. Anyway anyway, six books, waiting to be read and considered...

Bluets by Maggie Nelson: At this point I can't remember who exactly recommended this book but it has been on my radar for a while. Last year I read The Argonauts also by Nelson and I found it quite the experience for lack of better words. I'll be honest, I don't know a lot about this book on purpose and I'm not going to find out. What I do know to expect however is beautiful writing. 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 20th Anniversary Edition by JK Rowling: How insane is it that it's been twenty years nearly, June 26th is the official day I believe, since this absolute treasure of a book was published? I didn't read it until 1999, I know this because I marked my name and age in the front of my well-loved copy. I read and reread and reenacted scenes with friends among other things. Harry Potter is always going to have a special place in my heart. These house editions, released by Bloomsbury are just exquisite. I prefer the paperbacks because if I'm honest, I'm not hugely fond of sprayed paper edges but the embossed covers are enough to win me over. That and it's got some special content, just for the anniversary. Oh-and it's always good to have a backup because my original copy is getting pretty battered. 

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue: I still can't bring myself to read Room. A friend of mine thinks I'll find it really sad so I decided to grab Donoghue's latest novel first. An eleven year old girl in 1850 stops eating yet somehow remains alive and well. Pitched as "a child's murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes." This is very different to what I usually read but it sounds so riveting. I'm looking forward to branching out of my narrow, contemporary fiction comfort zone.

How To Be A Grown-Up by Daisy Buchanan: After seeing and hearing rave reviews of this book from the likes of Liv and Rosalind and then reading its premise, I was hooked. I've said it before that there seems to be an almost unrealistic expectation to have it all together and mapped out so to speak, the minute we graduate high school. The reality however is very few of us are that way, although that being said I know what I want to ultimately do, I just have to work to get there. Anyway, this book is essentially a comforting read designed to help us twenty-somethings negotiate what can feel like a treacherous decade. As someone who does feel the odd pang of inadequacy every now and again, I'm sure I'll love this book. Keep an eye out for my review and takeaways from it.

Abandon Me by Melissa Febos: Described as the book of the year, and another memoir. Surprise surprise. Again I deliberately don't know much about it, other than the obvious themes of abandonment. It also explores the idea of heritage and coming to terms with our roots and behavioural aspects, such as addiction that we may inherit from our parents. 

Wave Me Goodbye* by Jacqueline Wilson: Here's a nostalgic read if ever there was one. I requested a copy of Jacqueline Wilson's newest novel. I've also been re-reading some of her other books, all in the name of a blog post. Set in 1939, Shirley is sent away from her family as WW2 begins. She's billeted in the country with two boys and a reclusive guardian. This is the first book Wilson has done set in this period, I know she's done a fair few that take place during Victorian times so it'll be interesting to see what it's like and to revisit her writing. 

-Have you acquired any new books lately? I'd love to know what you're reading in the comments.

*Review copy

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