In June, I treated myself to a Kindle. Just one of the basic, run-of-the-mill type ones, no fancy business. My logic behind it was pretty simple – I’m spending FAR too much on books lately and seriously need to curb it down and reduce my outgoings.That’s not to say that I won’t be adding to my extensive book collection at all – there are always going to be books that I want to have physical copies of but I’m slowly coming to realise that my dislike for paperbacks runs deep so where buying hardbacks isn’t possible, I’d rather save some money and get the kindle edition.
We’ve also found ourselves in unprecedented times recently and publishers are working more and more with digital copies of the books they’re releasing – the books I might usually have received as a physical copy are now arriving in digital format. I do much prefer physical copies of ARCs but needs must and I’m happy to use digital copies in the meantime.
I currently have 17 books on my Netgalley shelf that I am yet to read – some of them will likely have been published at this stage, but there are quite a few who have publication dates of August and beyond that I’m dying to read and review. I’ve chosen 6 of these upcoming books – I’m averaging around 12 books a month at the moment with having lots more free time – to read in August and September, and talk about here, and I am beyond excited to make a dent in the ARC pile as well as raise my feedback percentage on Netgalley. You know that Pointless meme? ‘Ooooh it’s low…’ Accurate.
6 Up and Coming Books I’m Really Looking Forward To
Just Like You by Nick Hornby
Published 17th September 2020 by Viking Books
I absolutely adore Nick Hornby – his writing is absolutely phenomenal and I’ve read 4 of his books and they’re definitely amongst some of the best I’ve read. Just Like You by Nick Hornby sounds like a bit of me – from what I’ve gathered from the blurb, it explores relationships and how finding a person who is exactly suited to you, hobbies, personality traits, warts and all, might not necessarily be the best way to go. Maybe you’ll meet someone who is the polar opposite to you who is that much better suited to you. I’m excited to read this one as I’m sure there’s a lot more to it than that.
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Blue Ticket by Sophie McKintosh
I read The Water Cure by Sophie McKintosh last year and I did enjoy it- it just didn’t hit me the way I was expecting it to. That said, when Hannah at Penguin got in touch to query whether I’d like to be part of their blog tour for the book, I knew I just HAD to be involved. I’d previously requested a copy of the e-book on Netgalley so to get a hardcopy of the book, which is always my preference, was a great alternative.
Blue Ticket by Sophie McKintosh is another tale of ethical dilemma – where your first bleed as a woman, you are obligated to report to the station and there, you are granted a ticket. A white ticket grants you children, whilst a blue ticket gives you freedom. Whatever ticket you receive – there is no going back. Needless to say, you’re not always going to receive the ticket you really hoped for.
I find the entire concept of this book to be fascinating – in a world driven by women’s decisions over motherhood, to have that assumed ‘obligation’ completely taken away from you would likely be a blessing to some, whilst for others it would be unimaginably traumatic. I’m so excited to read this, and will be sharing my thoughts in a review on September 3rd.
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The Return by Nicholas Sparks
Published 29th September 2020 by Little Brown Book Group
This is one I’ve actually already read and reviewed The Return by Nicholas Sparks and I’m happy to report that it was an absolute fantastic read. The story centres on Trevor, an ex-military surgeon as he moves to a small town in South Carolina after the death of his grandfather.
As is the case with the majority of Nicholas Sparks’ novels, this one is a story with a twist – when he meets Natalie and starts to fall fast for her, he can tell there’s something she’s keeping a secret, but he could never have anticipated the reality of the situation. His own tale is interwoven with Natalies tale and a young girl called Callie’s story – all as intriguing and heartwarming as the last. For my full thoughts, be sure to check out my review as linked above.
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The Quickening by Rhiannon Ward
Published 20th August 2020 by Orion Publishing Group
How gorgeous is this cover, for starters? It’s advertised as a book for lovers of The Familiars, which I absolutely adored, so I’m really looking forward to reading The Quickening by Rhiannon Ward. Set in 1925, the main character Louisa is newly married after losing her husband and her twin songs to the 1st World War and the Spanish Flu respectively. Desperate for money, she agrees to go and work at Clewer Hall in Sussex as a photographer. It’s fair to say that the building is renowned for the strange goings on within – and Louisa learns some major things about her own fate at the same time.
This one is a mixture of the things I love the most, mystery and intrigue coupled with historical fiction. I’m excited to see just what has occurred at Clewer Hall.
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Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan
This is a new addition to my list but sounds absolutely phenomenal nonetheless. It focuses on Elisabeth, who is a new mother having just moved to a small town after 20 years as an accomplished journalist in New York City. She starts to waste the days away, loses focus on what previously was important to her and spends the vast majority of her time stalking the mum’s facebook group she’s become a member of. She hires Sam as a babysitter and their lives intertwine with what the publishers describe as devastating consequences. The story explores how quickly life can change – and the massive differences a year can have on a single person if circumstances are allowed to change so significantly.
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Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard
Published 22nd April 2021 by Pan Macmillan
I obviously had to put a contemporary romance in the mix as well and Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard definitely meets the cut there. In an exploration of love, life and friendship, Peyton is able to rediscover herself when she starts college, making the friends she has dreamed of all the way through high school – but failed to acquire. She even manages to find herself an actual boyfriend who wants to be with her. But everything really does seem too good to be true in her life, so when everything goes wrong and those closest to her do the unimaginable and let her down, she buys a one way ticket and gets on a plane to find herself ~the other way~.
I love the premise of this – I imagine it’s going to be quite a cheesy one, but I like cheese as much as the next person. I’m excited to see how the story unfolds itself and what conclusions she comes to about her life.
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