Here are the books I received or bought over the past month:
I’m currently reading Paper Aeroplanes, which I received for review purposes, and I’m noticing just how different UK YA contemporary is to US YA contemporary – it’s much more realistic and gritty. I also received Angelfall for review. I actually bought the self-published book over a year ago, but just hadn’t gotten round to reading it. I rarely read self-published novels but Angelfall had so much buzz that I became curious. I’ve been told that the manuscript has not been altered for the published edition. I was also given Venetia by a friend for my birthday. She was so shocked when I told her I had not heard of Georgette Heyer!
I received two more DVDs for my birthday last month: Pitch Perfect and Silver Linings Playbook. I’ve only watched Silver Linings Playbook so far, but I loved it and it’s the reason I purchased the book. I think I’ll just have to watch every movie that Jennifer Lawrence is in because she’s brilliant (although I quite suspect that she was playing herself a little bit in this film…). I also received the two lovely notebooks shown above. I’m using the larger one for book reviews and the little one for taking notes at bookish events. I also bought a pretty teacup, which is of course extremely necessary.
I’m also super excited because my sample business cards from Moo arrived and I’ve ordered a further 100. I thought I’d finally print some after being apprehensive for over a year (I know Pretty Books isn’t a job!) because they’re an easy way to keep in touch with people I meet at bookish events. Moo also gave me a ‘refer a friend’ link so if you were thinking of ordering some of your own, use this link to get 10% off! You can also see a sneak peek of what Pretty Books will look like (cat & books designed by Leena) over the coming weeks… :)
And lastly, I participated in World Book Night on 23rd April. I used to get the tube/train to work and saw people reading daily, but then I started getting the bus and now rarely see someone with a book. I’m more likely to see people on their phone or not doing anything at all, so I decided to leave copies of The Knife of Never Letting Go on buses and at bus stops for people to pick up. I’m planning to write a little post about my experience of participating in World Book Night, which should go up soon.