5 books i’m uber excited for

So half of 2017 has virtually gone already!

How?

Where?

What have i done with my life? (apart from bought books of course)

*Cries all the tears and designs a time machine to go back*

But on a positive note here are the Top 5 books I am hugely anticipating for the second half of the year, 3 of them are already published in hardback but I prefer to wait for the paperback if possible so, bearing that in mind, bring it on!

Turtles all the way down by John Green – Yes, a new John Green novel, I am beside myself with excitement for this one (lets hope the finished cover will be more thrilling than this one however). The fault in our stars was such a massive hit he is gonna have to go it some to compete with himself but I have a feeling this will be ace.  I have already Pre-ordered it.

 

 

 

 

The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman – Whilst I still have not read all the His Dark Materials books I did read a sneaky first chapter of this online and it had me hooked so i cant wait. This i have also Pre-ordered and strangely they both come out on 10th October!

 

 

 

 

 

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – This actually comes out in paperback in just two days time (29th June) so not too long to wait then.  Every review of this has been nothing but brilliant so im looking forward to seeing what all the fuss is about. Its a challenge to myself as its way out of my reading ‘comfort zone’ but fascinating nevertheless.

 

 

 

 

First Love by Gwendoline Riley – One of the Baileys Prize for Women’s fiction shortlisted books and the only one I really like the sound of. Its a shortish book but so many Booktubers have raved about it. Its published in paperback on 7th September.

 

 

 

 

 

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid – This book has one of the most stunning covers i’ve ever seen in hardback so here’s hoping the paperback cover won’t disappoint. (Are you listening Simon & Schuster?) Again its another genre not normally enjoyed but for some reason I just cant wait to read this. It comes out on 13th July so just over 2 weeks to go, YAY!

 

 

 

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June (proof copies) TBR

I’m going against type here by choosing a TBR coz by nature im a mood reader but I badly need to read some of the gorgeous proofs I get sent and these five are making my mouth water in a BIG way!

I asked those gorgeous folk at Vintage Books for a copy of Bluets and The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson and they kindly sent them to me. They are both published tomorrow 1st June. Look how bloody lovely those covers are too.

Stevie over at Gollancz very kindly sent me Black Wing by Ed McDonald after i requested a copy. It has gosh darn wonderful black sprayed edges and the story sounds quite thrilling.

False Hearts by Laura Lam is another gorgeous book and one I have long been waiting for to arrive in paperback form. Another sprayed edge beauty, this time in red. I really cant wait to dive in to this one.

And last but never least Moonrise by Sarah Crossan. I was beyond thrilled to get a copy of this from the splendid folk at Bloomsbury.  I adored Sarah’s book One which i read in 2015 i think so cant wait to start this one. Its published in July.

Well there you have it on paper.

I have stated five books I want to read in June.  See you back here in one month to see how well i did.

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How I found poetry again

35 or more years ago I discovered and fell in love with poetry. I was a young teenager and the television adaptation of Testament of Youth came on the box. I had not heard of the book before but I just fell in love with Vera Brittain’s story and began reading more about World War One and the incredibly moving and haunting poetry it begat.

I read Owen, Sassoon and others in a compilation but the first book I bought was Rupert Brooke’s collected works. I just adored his simple but very lyrical style.

I moved onto A.E. Housman’s, A Shropshire Lad and was blown away by his descriptive writing.

I tried out the Romantics like Keats, Shelley and Wordsworth but found them a bit too flowery for my taste.

I read and enjoyed poetry for a good many years but then life took over in other ways and I just lost interest but….

Since following Jen Campbell’s You Tube channel and especially her ‘Where to begin with reading poetry’ I have come full circle and am back in love with it all over again. This time though I’m not reading the classics but new poetry, some not published in actually book form yet but in magazines like The Rialto.

I’ve discovered that I love free form poetry and not the rhyming kind I used to read. I love the way that the poets are able to express themselves without having to spend ages finding words that rhyme. Its like flash fiction but more lyrical.

So i’ve begun buying some bits and here is my collection so far.

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I have the most recent edition of The Rialto in the background with the striking orange, yellow and black cover.

The Best of British Poetry 2015

The Forward book of Poetry 2016

The Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M. Valente

Ten War Poems edited by Andrew Motion

Why God is a Woman by Nin Andrews

What we Buried by Caitlyn Siehl

No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay

I will be reviewing them over the course of the next month or so and I cant wait to read them all.

I want to share some snippets that I absoloutely love from Sarah’s, Nin’s and Caitlyn’s poetry


This is an excerpt from ‘A Letter to Love’ by Caitlyn Siehl

The first poem I wrote that wasn’t about you

was in all capital letters,

like it was trying to compensate

for your absence

What an opening line!


This is from ‘The First Poem in the Imaginary Book’ by Sarak Kay

It it were me, when the book arrives,

I would immediately start scanning

pages to find any trace of me.

My name, references to my body,

my secrets, moments we shared.

I would pretend to be horrified if I

found evidence of myself, but really

I would pray to find even a single

mention.


And last but not least a line or two from Nin Andrew’s very clever book ‘Why God is a Woman’

On the Island where I come from

women rule. They run the country, control the wealth, and decide who

will do what, why, and when. At the end of the day, when the sun sinks

into the sea, the women leave their offices behind and go out on the

town to enjoy what is known as the women’s hour.


I want to know so much more about poetry and how its written like it is, and I reckon the only way to do that is to read, read, read. I have even begun writing my own poetry though its early days.

I hope you find some of these poems to your liking. Tell me your favourite poems or favourite poets even.

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