Ever since I started this blog, my TBR list has grown from a few samples waiting on my Kindle to an entire bookshelf. Seriously, it seems like new Amazon parcels come through the letterbox every other day; I think my credit card’s gonna get cut off soon. I’ve always been an avid reader, but blogging has just made me hungrier and hungrier for books. Partly, it’s because whenever I write a post, I get inspired to read more about that subject. But it’s also because the blogging community is amazing at dishing out book recommendations that I just have to get my hands on. The downside of my ever-growing TBR pile is that it takes me forever to get through them, and there are just so many books I haven’t got round to reading yet. But the plus-side is that I can take part in that ole blogger fave: the book haul.
So, here is just a selection of the books that have been stealing all my rent money these last few months, but I just know they’ll be worth it when I finally dive in.
1. Thug Kitchen by Matt Holloway and Michelle Davis
Earlier this year, I hosted a guest post about reasons not to be vegan (and why they’re all rubbish reasons)—and within two days of uploading it, this hardcore carnivore went vegan. So, that was unexpected. Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give A F*ck is the cookbook that might actually make cooking vegan meals bearable.
2. Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne
I came across Tanya Byrne while researching Diverse December, and Heart-Shaped Bruise caught my eye straight away. I love any book with a main character you have to work hard to empathise with, so the second I saw that this book’s protagonist is a violent inmate at a Young Offenders Institution, I had to have it.
3. Eating Roses for Dinner by Musa Okwonga
After I wrote an article for Bustle about a brilliant poem that J.K. Rowling tweeted about (“Invisible Men” by Musa Okwonga), I just had to buy Okwonga’s book to read the rest of his fantastic poetry.
4. The Parent Trap by Erich Kӓstner
5. I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
One of my close friends has been recommending this to me for months, ever since I posted my first reading round-up post—so I can’t wait to finally get stuck in.
6. The Humans by Matt Haig
Amazon recommended this one to buy alongside I Am Pilgrim, so I just couldn’t resist going for the double. The Humans is a look at the human race through the eyes of an alien—which, to be honest, is something I wonder about like every day. So I think I’m gonna enjoy this!
7. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
8. The House of Sleep by Jonathan Coe
Next month’s theme on the blog is going to be about insomnia, and exploring bibliotherapy, which is the idea of curing certain emotional or psychological problems through reading. The website The Novel Cure recommended The House of Sleep as a good place to start for my sleep problems.
9. Dot Con by James Veitch
OK, so this is slightly cheating because I didn’t buy this book myself; I was sent a copy by the author (seriously one of the best perks of writing about books!). It showcases what happened when comedian James Veitch responded to email scammers and play them at their own game, and it looks hilarious.
10. As You Wish by Cary Elwes
After writing a post debating The Princess Bride movie vs the book, I got talking with blogger Gracie about how much we love both. She recommended As You Wish, which is about Cary Elwes’s experience making the film. It looks amazing!
11. The Vagenda by Holly Baxter and Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
I’ve been loving reading feminist non-fiction with Tara from cattitudeandco.uk, and the next book we’re planning to tackle is The Vagenda, a call to arms for women to demand a media that reflects who we really are.