This is the most excited I've been about a book haul in so long because there are books I've been absolutely lusting over for months and months in here. I was lucky to receive a couple for Christmas, and my local book charity shop has just had some absolutely incredible pieces in recently. I'm going to try to keep this post short and sweet, so let's get cracking.
No Filter by Grace Victory. This was absolutely top of my Christmas list this year. I'm not someone who buys into the whole Youtuber autobiography thang, but Grace inspires me pretty much on a daily basis. I feel as though reading her book won't just give me an insight into her background, but will more importantly teach me some key life lessons.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio. I've heard this book being discussed time and time again by book bloggers over the last few months, and I've been desperate to give it a try. It's all about a ten year old boy with a facial deformity that goes to school for the first time. I'm ready to be inspired, and to see how the author handles this subject.
Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. I'm feeling beyond lucky to say that I actually found a signed copy of this in my local charity shop(!). This is a young adult book all about a girl once dubbed 'America's fattest teen' who loses her mum and somehow still needs to navigate her way through high school. I'm already pretty sure this might make me cry.
Yesterday I Was the Moon by Noor Unnahar. This is the first poetry book I've bought (or was gifted) in a long time, but I'm blown away by the fact that it's even better than I ever imagined. Noor is an incredible artist and poet and I'd snap up any future poetry books from her in a heartbeat because it's just incredible.
The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan. Colgan's an author that I've heard a lot of good things about, but I've never got my hands on one of her books. It's a book about a book lover written for book lovers. The main character moves to Scotland to take over a tiny bookshop and fulfill her dreams, but she finds out that it's a little harder than she ever imagined.
Zero K by Don DeLillo. White Noise was one of my favourite books I read on my whole English Lit course, but I haven't picked up any DeLillo books since. The aging main characters elect to preserve their bodies to head into the future. I find this whole idea SO fascinating, and I'm excited to see what questions are posed about the whole idea.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. This was totally a 'judging the book by its cover' kinda purchase because it's like nothing I've seen on a classic recently. I was shocked last year to find how easy it was to read a Sherlock Holmes novel, and how much I enjoyed it. So now I'm ready to read some more adventures of Holmes and Watson.
A Man of the People by Chinua Achebe. I've not read a book that links so closely to post-colonial Nigeria, and I'm ready to have my eyes opened. The main character is a school teacher in a fictional country, that gets involved with the very corrupt Minister of Culture. The latter is supposed to be a 'man of the people', but uses his power for evil, not good.
Middlemarch by George Eliot. This is another book with a beautiful cover. I've never read anything by George Eliot, but I was 100% supposed to as part of my uni course. Buying this was kind of my guilty conscience coming through on that. It's a bit of a tome, but it'll be nice to get back into Victorian fiction this year.