To celebrate my book blog’s birthday, here are some birthday books I received / bought for myself because I’m greedy and buy a ton of books before I’ve finished any of the millions on my to read list.
1. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
So this one was actually a gift from a close friend of mine, also coincidentally called Kathryn. This book is about – actually, I’m not entirely sure what it’s about yet, but I love it. Set in Russia, full of magic and fairy-tales and unexplainable goings-on, I’m head over heels in love with this book just six chapters in, which is probably why it was a gift (and a darn good one for me!).
Stay tuned for the review which will follow in due course.
2. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
I love fantasy because fantasy novels are a more interesting version of the real world. That’s to say, our fantasy heroines tend to experience the same problems we do, but in a more imaginative and action-packed way, and The Belles sounds like just this. Did I also mention a royal family is involved?
Fantasy, royalty, an exploration of body politics… what more could you want from a novel?
3. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeymi
Rumour has it that this is the most hyped-up YA novel of the year and I can’t wait to find out why. This novel captures the desire of many YA readers – fantasy, with an interesting twist. In this case, the twist is that it’s based on West African magic, and I am definitely here for this.
Again, this book involves magic, royalty… ticks all the boxes for this blog! Stick around for the review which will come as fast as I can finish this book.
4. The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
So this book is hugely different to everything else on this list so far, but it’s not unlike other books I’ve reviewed on this blog because I do love my contemporary.
This novel is about a girl whose sex life is the talk of the town, and she’s not let it get to her before – but when a sex scandal with a politician’s son makes the national news, Izzy finds it harder and harder to keep her chin up.
5. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Oops… so I just realised I’ve had an ARC of this novel since January that I hadn’t gotten around to reading. It’s nice to know my taste in novels hasn’t changed between then and now.
This fantasy novel is based on fairy tales (there seems to be a common theme recurring here…), specifically the tales that Alice’s grandmother has told her, tales that become truth when Alice has to venture into The Hazel Wood to find her missing mother.
6. The Beauty and the Beast Colouring Book by Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve
I thought I would end this on a light note as most of these books seem quite heavy – this was something a friend (again, Kathryn) got me for my birthday (definitely a recurring theme) that I can’t wait to start because sometimes you need a break from all the action and the fantasy to just chill, and colouring is probably the perfect way to wind down.
7. The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
Oops – almost forgot about this gem of a book. I’ve already read this book but I waited a year to buy it in hardcopy to match all my paperbacks. If you haven’t already, you must pick up The Bone Season series because it is hands-down the best fantasy series in existence.
And that’s it! To wrap up this post, I would like to say thanks to Waterstones for having Buy One Get One Half Price off some books in their YA section which allowed me to buy so many books for myself on my birthday.
Are any of these books on your to-read list? Or have you read them already and want to share how much you love them? Let me know in the comments!