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.
I can feel it swimming through my veins like glitter … it’s liquid gold.
When socialite Lexi Volkov almost overdoses, she thinks she’s hit rock bottom. She’s wrong. Rock bottom is when she’s forced into an exclusive rehab facility. From there, the only way is up for Lexi and her fellow inmates, including the mysterious Brady. As she faces her demons, Lexi realises love is the most powerful drug of all … It’s a dirty business getting clean …
Was there any ever any doubt as to whether or not I would be reading the newest release from Queen of Teen, Juno Dawson? It was only a matter of time before I got my hands on a copy of Clean, with its gorgeous rose gold cover. *swoons* Every time I see it mentioned on Twitter, I get even more excited to read this gritty, hard-hitting tale of addiction and privilege.
It begins with two boys, Ellis and Michael, who are inseparable. And the boys become men, and then Annie walks into their lives, and it changes nothing and everything.
Tin Man by Sarah Winman is a book I constantly see praised on my Twitter feed, so I couldn’t help putting my hand up for a review copy when the opportunity arose. I am about 50 pages in so far, and I am savouring each word. Oooh, I can’t wait to share my thoughts on this already!
Lily wakes up one crisp Sunday morning on the side of the road. She has no idea how she got there. It is all very peaceful. and very beautiful. It is only when the police car, and then the ambulance arrive, and she sees her own body, that she realises that she is in fact… dead. But what is she supposed do now? Lily has no option but to follow her body and see her family – her parents and her twin brother start falling apart. And then her twin brother Ben gives her a once in a deathtime opportunity – to use his own body for a while. But will Lily give Ben his body back? She is beginning to have a rather good time…
Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton was one of the British Book Challenge books of the month. Even though I didn’t read it as part of the challenge, the book stayed on my mind. When it came to treating myself, I couldn’t resist picking up a copy. The plot reminds me of The Lovely Bones, a book I loved as a teenager, so I wonder whether I will love Sunflowers in February too. Note to self: re-read The Lovely Bones.
Abortion is illegal in almost every circumstance in Ireland, making it the only democracy in the western world to have such a constitutional ban. The movement to repeal the Eighth Amendment and make abortion legal in Ireland has grown massively over the last few years. This anthology shares the literature, personal stories, opinions, photography, art and design produced by the movement that catalysed 2018’s momentous referendum.
The Repeal Anthology by Una Mullally was a project I backed on Unbound last year to show my support towards the Repeal the Eight movement in Ireland. This is the second project I have backed on Unbound; it’s quite exciting to see yourself named as a supporter in the back of the book. With contributions from Louise O’Neill, Tara Flynn and Aisling Bea, I can’t wait to read this powerful and emotional set of essays, poems and stories.
What is new on your bookshelf?