Have you heard of #buyastrangerabook day? It’s an initiative being run by @BigGreenBooks on Twitter, an independent bookshop in London. Every Wednesday for the last few weeks, the owner has been running this hashtag which lets you pay for a stranger’s book, and/or receive one yourself. Last week, I bought an exciting story book for two little brothers, and the wonderful Claire Fuller was kind enough to buy me a copy of this book, which I’ve been wanting to read for ages!
Ever get those days where none of the books you have on the go are grabbing you, and you feel a bit fed up of reading? Daughter of the Pirate King was the perfect book to head off the start of a reading slump – exactly what I needed!
I can’t remember where I first read about Mun Mun, but when I saw it was available to request on NetGalley I grabbed it immediately, because the concept was so intriguing. In the end, this has a better concept than execution, but I think some people out there will love it.
I read the sneak peek of Undead Girl Gang on Netgalley earlier this month, and was amazed by it, so when @Jo_Scribbles on Twitter announced that Foyles had a bunch of US releases in, I was on their website and buying this like a flash! (Yes, book ban, I know, I know…)
Okay, because I have no self-control I picked up the sequel to Austenland in the same library trip. I mean, they were just sitting there next to each other on the shelf! How could I not?
Austenland is one of my favourite films to watch when I need a pick-me-up. It’s cute and romantic and funny and sassy – so, when I saw that it was based on a Shannon Hale novel, I had to track it down!
I thought it might get a tad tedious if I reviewed these all individually, so I’m going to give a quick overview of the rest of the series (my review of First Term at Malory Towers is here). The general gist, however, is that these are brilliant!
Truthwitch is a book I’ve been vaguely interested in for a long time, but just somehow never got round to reading. Partly, I think, I was never really grabbed by the US cover (not a fan of models on covers) – so when I saw this gorgeous graphic edition, I took the plunge!
Lady Jane Grey, the girl who was queen for nine days before being beheaded as a traitor, doesn’t instantly strike me as the ideal subject for a teen comedy. She was sent to her death by the political machinations of the Tudor court – what’s funny about that? But I have to hand it to the Lady Janies, this alternate history manages to create a situation where the wit sparkles, the magic abounds, and the ending is much, much happier. It’s silly and fun and modern and glorious!