Book Haul #3


DSCN7566That’s right, another book haul. I may be running out of space on my shelves but I can’t seem to stop acquiring books. As I mentioned in a recent post, this will be my last book haul as I’m putting myself on a mini book-buying ban until I make my way through some of these books. Since there are so many books in this haul, I won’t say too much about each of them because I don’t want this to become a monster post. I’ll be reviewing them as and when I can, both on This Northern Gal and Blogger’s Bookshelf.

In the interest of total transparency, I didn’t buy all of these books. I was gifted some at the Northern YA Literary Festival and by PR’s. Any books that were given to me will be marked with an * in this post.


DSCN7563See? I told you that it was a lot of books! If you have read my post about the Northern YA Literary Festival, then you will know that I picked up the ARCs of the first six books there.

  • White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock*. This is marketed as a story of a teenage genius who finds himself caught up in something horrible after somebody tries to kill his mother – how fascinating does that sound?!
  • Bone Surfers by David Massey*. A novel about the haunting catacombs of Paris? How could I say no to that?
  • A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood*. This is described as a dreamy romance that follows sixteen year old Lou’s coming of age story and I cannot wait to read it. It also has a seriously lush cover!
  • Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda*. While packing up Caleb’s things, Jessa begins to question everything she thought she knew about him, their relationship and the accident that started it all. This sounds like an intense and heart-breaking mystery.
  • No Fixed Address by Susin Nielson*. This one comes with a lot of hype, so I’m excited to see what it is all about. A stalk on Goodreads tells me that it all about growing up in difficult situations, challenging families and friendship.
  • Truth Sister by Phil Gilvin*. As soon as I saw this book at the Northern YA Literary Festival, I knew I wanted to take it home. The blurb was given me serious The Handmaid’s Tale and The Power vibes, which is just what I want from books!
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. Spoiler alert – I read this and I loved it. I’ll be reviewing it soon – I have a serious backlog to write up over the Easter holidays!
  • Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen. A spy novel set in Nazi Germany, this book absolutely blew me away.
  • The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James. A fantastic and fascinating sci-fi about a girl alone in space. I was hooked, utterly hooked.
  • Far From the Tree by Robin Benway. I got this book in my Wildest Dreams Book Box and have been warned that it might just make me cry! This seems to be quite popular online at the moment, which is only adding to my excitement about reading it.
  • Night of the Lightbringer by Peter Tremayne*. I’ve been really craving historical fiction at the moment and this story of Ireland in AD 671 sounds like it will really satisfy that craving.
  • On Writing by Stephen King. Yep, still trying to finish the novel I started for NaNoWriMo, still struggling, still looking for advice anywhere I can.
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. But Kelly, you don’t like Shakespeare? You’re right, I don’t but I do have to read this for work.
  • Me Mam. Me Dad. Me. by Malcolm Duffy*. I love the north, I love books set in the north and I┬ámay or may not be doing something mysterious and top secret with this soon. Ssssh.
  • The Sealwoman’s Gift by Sally Magnusson*. This is a story about stories, set around the raid on an island near Iceland and one of the woman who was captured during it. I’ve seen so many positive reviews about this recently that I am so excited to dive into it.

And there you have it! Some of the books that I have recently acquired and been reading! I’ll keep you updated on my thoughts on them as I can but if you have read any of them and have any thoughts/comments/ recommendations, please do share them with me in the comments.

Kelly x



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