Hi everyone! Hope all my UK readers are keeping warm and safe in the snow, it really is treacherous out there. I’ve not left the house for a few days as our school got closed and then the snow just keeps on falling! I need to get out to the shop this weekend so the snow boots will go on (so to speak, I don’t have actual snow boots).
Anyway, on this fine Saturday morning I’m here to share with you all the books that got added to my shelves during February. I didn’t buy many books but I was super duper lucky to receive some really EXCELLENT book post this month and I am ever so grateful! I’ve linked to Goodreads throughout and would love to hear if you are anticipating any of these or have read them already!
Here are all the books I was lucky enough to receive this month that I didn’t buy myself. These are from lovely publicists, friends and authors. I haven’t included the books from my subscription boxes as I don’t want to spoil anyone, they’ll be featured in separate posts.
The lovely people at Usborne started off my month by sending these gorgeous finished copies. I’ve not read either of them yet but I’ve been hearing great things, Stevie in particular was SUPER excited about Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean. Although I haven’t yet read Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen, I did host a wonderful guest post from him as part of the blog tour last week, check it out here. Usborne publish some of my absolute favourite YA books so I’m always so over the moon that I get to work with these lovely people.
The ever lovely Lydia from Titan Books sent me Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones which is the sequel to last years big hit Wintersong. I’m a terrible person so I still haven’t read Wintersong but I do have a copy and owning the sequel will motivate me to finally pick it up. I hear great things about it so there really isn’t any excuse. The cover of this book is particularly gorgeous and I love the mix of purples and reds.
I was OVERJOYED when I received these two books from Egmont/Electric Monkey who also happen to be one of my absolute favourite UK publishers. I own so many of their books and now I get to work with them it is a DREAM. They sent me Purple Hearts by Michael Grant which is the final in the Front Lines trilogy. I really enjoyed the first two books when I was sent them last year and I’m interested to see what happens to the girls in this final chapter. I practically screamed with joy when I saw that they had also sent me a GORGEOUS finished copy of The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven. I devoured this book and it is absolutely flipping BRILLIANT – read my full, GUSHING review here.
Sarah Govett author of The Territory trilogy sent me a DM on Twitter asking if I would be interested in receiving a copy to review as the final book in the trilogy publishes at the end of March. I’d heard quite a bit about this one when I went to an event last year so I snapped up the chance. I am yet to read it but it sounds great and looks like a quick read!
Tender by Eve Ainsworth is a book that has really caught my interest. It is about two Young Carers and as a teacher who works with pupils who are YCs I’m really hoping that this will be a book I can pass on to them as soon as I’ve read it. I’m so pleased these young people will be able to read a book that will resonate with them so strongly. A huge thank you to the lovely Eve for arranging a copy to be sent out to me from Scholastic!
My favourite kind of book post is that which comes from a thoughtful friend and my darling Rosie is just that! I had a really fantastic observation lesson a few weeks ago and Rosie sent me this really gorgeous hard cover version of The Jungle Book with a lovely card. I love having bookish friends! ❤
I am SO excited to read Skylarks by Karen Gregory which the lovely Lizz from Bloomsbury sent me a proof of (with some gorgeous origami birds!). I fell in love with Countless last year, despite it absolutely breaking my heart, so I am really looking forward to getting my teeth into this one! Look how gorgeous the proof is!!
Okay so I am a HUGE fan of Alice Oseman’s writing so the fact that I am in possession of a proof of I Was Born For This which isn’t out until May just blows my mind. I’m SO excited to read this book and I am so, so grateful to the lovely team at Harper Collins Children’s Books for sending me this proof. I’m hearing such brilliant things already!!
Only three books this month – I am being good in 2018 (to my bank balance, that is). My preorder of State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury arrived over a week before release date so I was really excited to pick that up. I’m currently reading and loving it. I also picked up copies of Make More Noise which is an anthology celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage and Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone. I don’t read as much MG as I would like and everyone has been raving about this book so I thought I’d grab myself a copy!
I did slightly better at controlling myself on NetGalley in February with only 4 books being added to my shelf. I’ve got quite a few reviews to upload there and then I’ll be feeling a bit better about my ratio – although it is still double what it was in 2017! Here are the books I added to my NetGalley review shelf!
And there we have my February book haul! I am so, so lucky that I am in a position where I receive books and that feeling of receiving book post never gets old. It’s like Christmas day every time a book arrives! Thank you to all the lovely publishers, publicists, authors and bookish friends who have sent me books – you are all wonderful!
What books did you add to your shelves in February?
Did we haul any of the same books? Have you read any of these yet?