I’ve accumulated some books over the last months so I thought I’d share them with you!
The first two I bought as a treat to myself for passing my QTS Maths test, and these were:
Poor Unfortunate Soul by Serena Valentine. It’s Ursula’s story, and she’s such a sassy villain I’d love to read from her point of view. The blurb reads: How did the sea witch Ursula become so twisted and filled with hatred and anger?
Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a deal with Ursula. Will the cost of losing her enchanting voice and nearly her soul prove too high for Ariel, or will the power of good prevail?
Losing then finding one’s voice is at the heart of the classic story of The Little Mermaid.
Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell. This book is part of the Twisted Fairytale range and I’m so intrigued by them! It’s a retelling of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.
Synopsis: Discover what would have happened if a kiss from the prince didn’t wake Sleep no Beauty.
The handsome prince is poised to kiss the beautiful sleeping princess and live happily ever after, but as soon as his lips touch hers he too falls fast asleep. It is clear that this tale is far from over.
Now, a Princess Aurora must escape from a dangerous and magical land created from her very own dreams.
With Maleficent’s agents following every move, Aurora needs to discover who her true friends are and, most importantly, who she really is.
I also won a pile of books from Penguin from their February Reads giveaway and these were the books included in the prize:
The first book is the only fiction book in the entire pile which is The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert.
I’ve heard so much about this book- it’s been making the rounds around booktube and book blogs so I cannot wait to get to it.
Synopsis: Alice has spent most of her life on the road, always one step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at her heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her isolated estate- The Hazel Wood- Alice discovers how bad her luck can really get.
Her own mother is stolen away- by a figure who claims to come from the supernatural world where the fairy tales are set. Alice’s only clue is the message left behind:
STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD
To rescue her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began…..
Now onto the non-fiction!
Plus + Edited by Bethany Ritter
It contains some stunning photos of some stunning plus size women. The back reads ‘Style Inspiration for everyone, no matter your size. Be inspired by the very best plus size street style from all over the world’
I’m not a plus size girl, but I still think this book is awesome!
Everything I Know about Love By Dolly Alderton
Synopsis: A spot-on, wildly funny and sometimes heartbreaking book about growing up, getting older and navigating all kinds of love along the way.
When it comes to trials and triumphs of becoming a grown-up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self- sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod Stewart themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you’ve ever been able to rely on, and finding that your mates are always at the end of every messy night out. It’s a book about bad dates, good friends and- above all else- about recognising that you and you alone are enough.
Glittering with wit and insight, heart and humour, Dolly Alderton’s powerful debut weaves together personal stories, satirical observations and a series of lists, recipes and other vignettes that will strike a chord of recognition with women of every age- whole making you laugh until you fall over. Everything I Know About Love is about he struggles of early adulthood in all its grubby, hopeful uncertainty.
This book sounds hilarious and I. Cannot. Wait to read it!
Misfit by Charli Howard
This was the book that made me enter the giveaway because it spoke to me on a personal level.
Synopsis: So, how did a slightly bonkers misfit with anxiety and eating disorders decide to solve their problems? I became a model. As you do.
Growing up, Charli Howard always felt like an outsider. So she looked at the skinny girls smiling out of magazines and come to the conclusion that to be happy, she needed to be thin. Believing that these models had perfect lives, she decided to become one herself.
It wasn’t quite as glamorous as she’s hoped. No matter how much weight she lost it was never enough. At her thinnest, Charli was dropped by her agency. Her angry response went viral, and she finally discovered that she wasn’t alone after all. The perfection she’d been chasing does not exist.
In this funny, honest and unfiltered memoir, Charlie is determined to share the truth she never understood as a teenager: that standing out is so much better than fitting in
I am SO ready to read this book! Having face similar problems as a teen myself, I think it’ll be great to have an understanding as I read someone else’s story.
Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch
Sypnopsis: Where are you really from?
You’re British. Your parents are British. You were raised in Britain. Your partner, your children and most of your friends are British. So why do people keep asking you where you are from?
Brit(ish) is about a search for identity. It is about the everyday racism in that plagues British society. It is about our awkward, troubled relationship with our history. It is about why liberal attempts to be ‘colour-blind’ have caused more problems than they have solved. It is about why we continue to avoid talking about race.
In this personal and provocative investigation, Aqua Hirsch explores a very British crisis of identity. We are a nation of denial about our past and present. We believe we are a nation of abolition, but forget we are the nation of slavery. We are convinced that fairness is one of our values, but that immigration is one of our problems. Brit(ish) is the story of how and why this came to be, and an urgent call for change.
And that’s all the books I’ve got over the last couple of months!
Which ones do you think I should read first?
Thanks for reading!