Thursday 6 April 2017

April Books to look forward to

 A new month means new books- yay! Here are a snapshot of the books I am hoping to read this month. Read on for more details on what they are all about.

April Books

1. The State of Grace by Rachel Lucas- Out Now

It was a lovely surprise to get sent The State of Grace and it immediately went to the top of the TBR pile. Grace has Asperger's and her own way of looking at the world. She's got a horse and a best friend who understand her, and that's pretty much all she needs. But when Grace kisses Gabe and things start to change at home, the world doesn't make much sense to her any more. Suddenly everything threatens to fall apart, and it's up to Grace to fix it on her own.

2. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas- Out Now

This book is currently a number one bestseller in the US and has had so much praise. I think The Hate You Give sounds like such an important book especially with everything that's going on right now. Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice. Movie rights have sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star. Add it to you TBR pile now.

3. How to be a Grown Up by Daisy Buchanan- Out Now

I am getting ever closer to thirty now and I still don't feel like a an adult. I still feel like a kid in adult clothes doing adult things and I feel like an impostor. In How to be a Grown-Up, Daisy dispenses all the emotional and practical advice you need to negotiate a difficult decade. Covering everything from how to become more successful and confident at work, how to feel pride in yourself without needing validation from others, how to turn rivals into mentors, and how to *really* enjoy spending time on your own, this is a warm, kind, funny voice in the dark saying "Honestly don't worry, you're doing your best and you're amazing!" Definitely one to read!

4. Everything Beautiful is not Ruined by Danielle Younguellman- Out Now

The cover for this book is absolutely stunning. I got to see the cover revealed at a blogger event earlier this year and knew from that alone that I had to read it. Ingrid has made a deal with her mother: she gets to go to the school of her choice as long as she completes a three-week wilderness programme. But when Ingrid arrives, she quickly realizes there has been a terrible mistake: there will be no marshmallows or cabins here. Instead, her group will embark on a torturous trek, with almost no guidance from the two counsellors and supplied with only the things they can carry. On top of this, the other teen participants are "at risk youth", a motley crew of screw-ups, lunatics and delinquents. But as the laborious days go by, and as memories of her complicated past come flooding back, Ingrid must confront the question of whether she shares more in common with these troubled teens. 

5. The A-Z of Everything by Debbie Johnson -Out 20th April in ebook

Debbie Johnson fast became one of my favourite fiction writers when I read Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe in July last year. I now eagerly anticipate all her new books and can't wait to read The A-Z of Everything.
P is for Paris where it all began. J is for Jealousy where it all came undone. But the most important letter is F. F is for Forgiveness, the hardest of all. Sisters Poppy and Rose used to be as close as two sisters could be, but it’s been over a decade since they last spoke. Until they both receive a call that tells them their mother has gone – without ever having the chance to see her daughters reunited.
Andrea, though, wasn’t the kind of woman to let a little thing like death stand in the way of her plans. Knowing her daughters better than they know themselves, she has left behind one very special last gift – the A-Z of Everything.

6. Good as Gone by Amy Gentry- Out Now

I have actually just finished reading this one, so I can definitely tell you that this is a thriller you must read. Eight years ago, 13 year old Julie went missing from her family home. In the years that have passed her family have attempted to paper over the cracks, but then one night the doorbell rings. I did not expect anything to happen that did in this book, it was that good. If you are looking for a thriller to completely throw you off the scent then this definitely should be on your to-be-read pile. 

7. Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland- Out 20th April

I read Stephanie's debut a while back so was very excited to see Lost for Words publishing this year. 
Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. If you look carefully, you might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves most tattooed on her skin. But there are some things Loveday will never show you. Into her refuge - the York book emporium where she works - come a poet, a lover, a friend, and three mysterious deliveries, each of which stirs unsettling memories. Everything is about to change for Loveday. Someone knows about her past and she can't hide any longer. She must decide who around her she can trust. Can she find the courage to right a heartbreaking wrong? And will she ever find the words to tell her own story?

Any there that take your fancy? Or any that you think I should be reading? Let me know in the comments section.

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