So today we’re doing something a bit different. After seeing Lauren and Sarah‘s posts, I thought this would be a perfect joint post for us to do. So the basic idea is to send each other a photo of our bookshelves, and below we’ve commented on what we love, what we want to read, and what we don’t recommend from the other persons bookshelves.
Deathless by Catherynne M Valente
Umm I think if you know me you know I love this book. The most beautifully written Russian inspired fantasy ever. 100% recommend.
Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin
Once again, I’ve been raving about this book for what feels like forever. Obsession, witchcraft and a haunted house. It’s out really soon! You should buy it.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
I feel like I have to say this is a book I’ve read and recommend since I bought Angharad this copy. You should all tell her how good it is so she reads it next.
The Furies by Katie Lowe
I’ve been so excited for this book for such a long time that I’m actually borrowing this very copy (thank you, partner in crime!) I can’t wait to read it!
The Migration by Helen Marshall
This is definitely a book I need to pick up! I’m not always a horror fan but I’ve heard a lot of good things about this (mostly from Lauren) so it’s definitely high on my TBR.
The Antidote by Shelley Sackier
This is another book that’s been on my TBR for a while. I love how it sounds like a really unique magic system and I can’t wait to pick up a copy!
The Girl King by Mimi Yu
I was so lucky to win an ARC of this book at YALC last year, but unfortunately I just couldn’t get on with it. I felt as though it was slow paced, not in a good way, and it didn’t live up to my high expectations.
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
So every time I say this I feel like a bad person. I LOVE Marie Lu. I LOVE the idea of this book… but I just didn’t enjoy it when I read it. However, it has been a long time since I read it – let me know if you’d recommend me trying it again!
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
I think it was after hearing me rant and rave for around ten minutes that Becky decided to pick this up too. I love this cute little LGBTQ+ graphic novel and I’d definitely recommend it, even if you’re not a fan of comics (like myself, usually!)
Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne
I am a huge fan of Holly Bourne and her latest novel (although there’s another coming out soon!) makes me an even bigger fan. A story about a mental health retreat that deals excellently with all types of mental health with Holly’s inclusion of humour and sadness respectively.
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
An oldie but a goldie. This book delves into the world of teenage girls and their complexities. It explores the relationships we bond and the lines we cross whilst also being an excellent thriller/mystery. Definitely one I need to reread soon.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
As you can probably see from her shelves, Becky (and a lot of others) are a huge fan of this book but I’m yet to pick it up unfortunately. Also, the fact that it’s the size of a small child is a bit daunting but all the raving reviews are making me eager to read it.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
This is another book that has been on my wish-list for a very long time. A fairytale retelling that takes the idea of a princess and turns it on its head when you introduce a dragon. I’m excited to meet Agnieszka and delve into her world.
After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott
Mystery thrillers have always been my thing so seeing Becky enjoy this and review it here has definitely put it on my radar. Not only including an amazing psychological twist, this book also deals with sisterhood, f/f relationships and mental health issues.
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
Although I enjoyed this book when it first came out, I’ve since had to rethink after realising that it’s another book that romanticises relationships between Nazis and the protagonist.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
I remember only reading a short part of this book and being uncomfortable and this isn’t an uncommon reaction amongst readers due to the protagonist being sold into slavery and falling in love with her captor. (CW) She is branded and numbered, drugged and almost raped. So overall, wouldn’t recommend.
Wintersong by S. Jae Jones
I don’t necessarily have a problem with this book but I remember struggling to read it and quitting at the halfway mark. I know this is a much-loved book so I’d definitely try it for yourself. Just felt a bit unoriginal in my opinion and had nothing to make it stand out.
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Lots of Love,
Angharad & Becky @