18 July 2018

Book Haul


Most of the time I try to keep my to-read pile pretty minimal as it's easy to get overwhelmed with choice. At the moment, I have just six books to read when I get round to them in the coming months. I'm so glad I made the decision to get rid of my reading goal and just read as much as I want to, especially now that the second half of my year is looking busier. In this stack there's a mix of contemporary, young adult and fantasy - something for everyone!

Lou Out of Luck by Nat Luurtsema
It may seem like an unlikely choice but one of my favourite reads of 2016 was Girl Out of Water - I've read it multiple times and it never fails to entertain and amuse me. Lou Out of Luck is the follow-up. I've always said the first book gave me Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging vibes, with the main character being quite awkward and unpopular. When Lou's dreams of swimming at an Olympic level are crushed, she finds herself teaching synchronised swimming to a trio of boys at her school so they can compete on a national talent show. There's something so realistic, heartwarming, and above all, funny about this oddball story and it's exactly the type of thing I want made into a movie - the cheesier the better. I won't give too much away about the second book in case you want to read the first, but clearly I'm super excited to find out what happens to Lou next.

White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock*
While the thriller genre isn't something I'm necessarily into, reading the synopsis of White Rabbit, Red Wolf definitely left me intrigued. I was again curious when one of my favourite authors said she'd stayed up past midnight to finish it. It's about a teen math prodigy with an extreme anxiety disorder who finds himself caught in a web of lies after an assassination attempt on his mother - how could I resist with that summary? As well as having thriller elements, this young adult book explores mental health as a topic so I'm looking forward to seeing how those two things integrate. 

Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Despite not knowing much about this book, I have heard wonderful things about it here and there. I don't pick up too many fantasy novels but my sister recommended this one. It's set in a village where once every ten years, the Dragon (or wizard who rules over the land) comes and picks a seventeen year-old girl and takes her to his palace. The summary is pretty vague for a reason I suspect, but people have called it enthralling, enchanting and magical. I'm looking forward to reading this when I'm in the mood for it!

The Surface Breaks by Louise O'Neill
When I heard Louise O'Neill was doing a feminist retelling of The Little Mermaid, I was like I'm there. I think it's really interesting when the fairytales we know and love are turned on their head and reinvented; this one is apparently pretty dark and different from the original story. There's not much more I can say about this one - I'll have to see if it lives up to my expectations!

How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne
For some reason I end up mentioning Holly Bourne in a lot of my book posts, but if you didn't know I love her young adult books and now she's released her first adult novel. I've heard this is a more realistic (or less problematic, more like) Bridget Jones and it's exactly the type of story I love to read. Tori Bailey is a bestselling author and has inspired millions of women around the world with her self-help memoir. The reality is that Tori is living a lie - she feels like she's being left behind as she approaches her thirtieth birthday. I'm expecting this to be an honest and funny book that everyone can relate to.

Circe by Madeline Miller
Mythology is something I've never read about, apart from when I did Classics in high school, but I've had this recommended to me and it's received some great reviews so far. Apparently this is a modern retelling of Circe's journey. If you like stories with the whole shebang - adventure, betrayal, magic, monsters, and bloodshed - you will probably enjoy this.


Are you planning to read any of these?

-Emma


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