Don’t look at me like that. Yes, I know that I am supposed to be on a book buying ban, but after a hectic and stressful period at work, I needed a treat in the form of a book (or two). Sit down, grab a drink, and let me tell you about the books that have entered my life recently.
When I came to write my last New Bookshelf Additions post, I realised I had bought more books than I had originally thought *guilty face* so I decided to write two separate blog posts instead.
In the previous New Bookshelf Additions blog post, I shared the Kindle books I had bought. Today, I am sharing with you the physical books I have bought, or acquired, recently.
January seemed to be about 5 years long, yet February flew by in a blink of an eye. Did I actually do anything in February? March is here, with a lot of exciting books coming our way. One of them is The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven.
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
Publication Date: 8th March 2018
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Format: Paperback, 337 pages
Synopsis: Izzy O’Neill here! Impoverished orphan, aspiring comedian and Slut Extraordinaire, if the gossip sites are anything to go by… Izzy never expected to be eighteen and internationally reviled. But when explicit photos involving her, a politician’s son and a garden bench are published online, the trolls set out to take her apart. Armed with best friend Ajita and a metric ton of nachos, she tries to laugh it off – but as the daily slut-shaming intensifies, she soon learns the way the world treats teenage girls is not okay. It’s the Exact Opposite of Okay.
My original intention for this blog post was to share the books I had bought recently, but when I came to write it, I realised I had bought a lot more than I had thought. *wears the cone of shame*
In this instalment, I am sharing the Kindle books I have bought recently.
Fun fact: it’s taken me so long to write this blog post two of the books I originally planned to feature have already been published. Oops.
As there are so many amazing books being published in 2018, I thought I would create a new series on my blog to regularly share the books I’m looking forward to. The idea behind this series is to make sure I don’t miss out on a book I’m excited for, as well as (hopefully!) put a new book on to your radar too.
It’s February! Yay! That means January is FINALLY over. I don’t know about you, but it felt like January was never going to end. The main reason that I couldn’t wait for February to arrive was the publication of a book I was incredibly excited for; Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard.
Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard
Publication Date: 8th February 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan / Macmillan Children’s Books
Format: Paperback, 300 pages
Synopsis: When I was wild, you were steady . . .
Now you are wild – what am I?
Eden McKinley knows she can’t count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it’s a bit of a surprise when Bonnie runs away with the boyfriend Eden knows nothing about five days before the start of their GCSEs. Especially when the police arrive on her doorstep and Eden finds out that the boyfriend is actually their music teacher, Mr Cohn.
Sworn to secrecy and bound by loyalty, only Eden knows Bonnie’s location, and that’s the way it has to stay. There’s no way she’s betraying her best friend. Not even when she’s faced with police questioning, suspicious parents and her own growing doubts.
As the days pass and things begin to unravel, Eden is forced to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her best friend and herself.
I’ll be honest, I couldn’t think of a catchy name for this blog post, and with my book buying habits, for a potential blog series. Suggestions are welcome!
I buy a lot of books, and I enjoy seeing what books other people have bought (as it gives me ideas as to what book to buy next!). I thought that I would share the books I have recently bought, or been given, for those who are looking for a new read.
I know I am probably a little bit behind everyone else, but seeing as it is still January, it’s ok for me to talk about my reading resolutions for 2018… right? Usually, I set myself a simple reading target, a set amount of books I want to read. However, as it is my first year of blogging on Don’t Bend the Spine *jazz hands* I thought I would set myself some challenges to mix things up a bit.
Resolution #1: Read More Thrillers
Ooh, what’s this? My very first review on Don’t Bend the Spine! How exciting. For my first book review (and as an entry for the #britishbookschallenge18), I have chosen The Power by Naomi Alderman.
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Publication Date: 27th October 2016
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
Format: Kindle, 339 pages
Synopsis: All over the world, women are discovering they have the power.
With a flick of the fingers, they can inflict terrible pain – even death.
Suddenly, every man on the planet finds they’ve lost control.
The Day of the Girls has arrived – but where will it end?
If you have read all of my What I Read in 2017 blog posts (if you have, thank you!), then you may have already guessed what my top 10 books of 2017 were. However, I’m always up for recommending books and sharing the love where I can, so I’m bringing all my 5* rated books together in one blog post.
Instead of using my favourite quotes from the books, I have decided to use the first line; I hope this introduces you to some new reads.
My Top 10 Books of 2017