Library book sale:
This month, I only purchased one book from the library book sale: namely 'Party' by Tom Leveen. I've been looking at this one for a while, and when I realised it was still there I grabbed it, but I'm not sure how I'm going to feel about it. Apparently it follows the viewpoints of eleven - yep, ELEVEN - different characters. (I wonder if he chose eleven because it's nearly an anagram of his surname?).
I didn't buy as many charity shop books as I normally do either. As you can see, in the above pile I managed to pick up quite a few classics that I'm interested in, as well as some brand new releases that I got for a steal (the new Derek Landy hardback was only £2!). The copy of 'Disclaimer' I found was also £2, and - shock of the century - it's also signed.
Be still my beating heart!
As well as those charity shop books, I also managed to pick up five ARCs.
I am SO EXCITED to read 'Kill The Boyband' - which publishes in a fortnights time - and 'You Know Me Well', which isn't released until June. I was actually accepted to read and review 'In The Dark, In The Woods' on NetGalley, but my copy was missing every other sentence so I couldn't read it - I'm looking forward to FINALLY being able to dive into this one.
I had to treat myself to the second volume of 'Gotham Academy' when it came out - look how gorgeous the art is!
April was also the month that I turned 20. I'm no longer a teenager, guys! It's so scary. But my wonderful mum managed to soften the blow by getting me these three books, and I'm very excited about all of them (particularly 'Frozen Fire', which I've looked at a lot in the past!).
Brand new books:
Compared to most of my book hauls, this month was rather tiny, so I didn't feel so guilty about treating myself to some brand new books.
'Shadow and Bone' was left over from my day as a World Book Night giver. I enjoyed the first installment in the series, so I'm not too mad about having to keep this one.
I had to buy 'The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo', because I'm attempting to read all of the books that are nominated for the YA Book Prize before the winner is announced at the beginning of June, and this is the only one they didn't have on the catalogue at the library. I also couldn't stop myself from purchasing 'The Raven King' on release day - I haven't read any of the quartet yet, but I'm much more inclined to now it's finished.
The final new book I bought for myself was 'Shaken' by Joss Stirling. I was going to buy it anyway, because I really liked the first two installments in the series and wanted to read on, but imagine my surprise when I opened up the book and found this on the first page...
THAT'S MY BLOG. IN A BOOK.
YEP. I am famous. It's official. You can line up over there with copies of your books for me to sign, I don't mind it.
But seriously, I was SO excited that I ran to the counter and paid for the book without a second thought.
Maximum Pop! books:
really enjoyed last year. I haven't had time to read this second book in the trilogy just yet, but I'm getting around to it!
Yep, it was 'Flawed' by Cecelia Ahern! I've already read the book and didn't enjoy it much, but I can't say that this physical copy isn't gorgeous. I love the simplicity of the design, even if it does make me feel a little uncomfortable that - when you take off the translucent slip cover - it is just a picture of a black girl with the word 'FLAWED' printed underneath it...
As well as all of the above items, the April Owlcrate also came with this lovely art print of a quote from 'The Star-Touched Queen', which I hadn't heard of but definitely need to keep an eye out for.
That means I only hauled 24 books this month, including two that I won and four that I was given. I bought less than 20 books! That might be (probably is) the first time that's ever happened. I feel so successful.
Hopefully I'll keep my book buying to a minimum in May, too!