Early Autumn Reads & Mini Book Haul

My letters set me free. Or at least they’re supposed to – Jenny Han.

As I wrote in my last blog post, it is time for many cosy nights surrounded by blankets and new books that need to be devoured whole. I say new books because I have bought three in the past week and a half as well as pre-ordered one! I am putting myself on a significant book-buying ban from today because there is no need for the amount of books I am buying right now. I have so many unread books in my TBR pile. I have books from Christmas, from last year, even from multiple years ago. And yet when I walk into Waterstones, I cannot help but buy shiny new books. Anyway, I have rounded up the latest in my collection alongside the ones I am desperate to read, and those I need to get my bum moving with because they have been staring at me for far too long. Without more jabbering on, these are the next five books I will be reading as the leaves begin to fall and we say goodbye to the longer, sunnier days.

TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE

It is a given that this sensation is top of the list. Jenny Han’s wonderful book (I assume it is amazing as I haven’t read it yet) is one that I have wanted in my hands since I watched the film on Netflix the day it was released. I went to Waterstones in Liverpool last week… They had sold out. I had to order it and I got a very exciting text in work to say that it had arrived and so I popped over to buy it. The end. I have heard that there are minor changes in the film, and so although I know the story inside-out, I’m excited to read it with fresh eyes, from a slightly different perspective. I think I will be saving this one for a later date, just to attempt to give myself some surprises here and there rather than devour it straight after watching the movie. If you don’t know what it is about (where have you been?), it follows the story of Lara Jean who writes a letter to every crush she has throughout her life. These letters are kept safely hidden until one day they’re not, and they end up out in the world.

CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE

I have seen this book pop up across booktube and prominently in the YA sections of book stores for a while now. From what I have heard, it sounds like a book I would love. It is a fantasy book, by Tomi Adeyemi, with sorcery and magic, alongside a lot of rebellion and revenge. It is about rising against power and believing in doing what is right for yourself and those around you. I’ll be honest and say I haven’t read many books that are from the point of view of different ethnicities and different cultures; therefore, I am excited to be taken on a journey of a different kind, not only with its fantasy elements, but through race and a completely different perspective to my own, too. I haven’t researched the story too much as I do want it to be a surprise when I am reading it; I didn’t even know it was the first book of a trilogy! I finally bought this last week as it was part of my Summer Lust List.

PERFECT

Perfect by Cecelia Ahern was part of my summer book list. I didn’t get round to reading it. There were other books that I treated myself to, as well as books that I received. Plus, Mum is currently reading it so I’ll wait until she is finished with it now. Briefly, Perfect is the second novel in the Flawed duology. It is set in a dystopian world where everybody is deemed perfect until they do something morally wrong in the eyes of the government. At the beginning of the story, Celestine – a perfect girl – made the choice to help an elderly man who was also Flawed. It spiralled a mountain of issues because she was doing something consciously good. Now, she is traitor to the government and the one all Flawed look at in hope. The end of Flawed was a cliff-hanger as she has ran away from home. I have no idea what will happen next, but I’m excited to find out!

ONE OF US IS LYING

Karen McManus’s debut was the second book I purchased alongside Children of Blood and Bone. That Buy-One-Get-One-Half-Price deal in Waterstones can swindle you out of money extremely quickly. You might as well buy two books if you can save money somewhere! When I first read the blurb, I was reminded of classic film The Breakfast Club. I think it will have that kind of vibe throughout the novel but with a thrilling twist. You see, one of the kids doesn’t survive detention and the book questions who did it? Was it the jock? The princess? The athlete? The criminal? I reckon I’ll figure it out before the final page, but if there is a massive twist, I will be praising this book for a long time.

GAME OF THRONES

The sensational book series that has become an incredible show – that I am definitely behind in – has been sitting on my top shelf for over a year. I only just took the box out of the cellophane! I asked for these books about two years ago as I wanted to be that person who read the books before watching the show. That did not happen because I started watching the show up until the end of season five. Now, it is time to dive back into the magical, murderous world were winter is always coming and get lost between its pages. I’ve put it off because I know it will be quite heavy, but in my eyes, these books are perfect for Autumn and Winter and can’t wait to see how they differ to the show!

What are you reading this autumn? Are you intrigued by any of the books I’ve shared?

Love, Faye xo

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