I knew October would be a little bit of a buying month. I had some days with bookish friends planned and some new bookshops in and out of the country to explore, so I knew I’d return with some exciting things. The month started with Bookshop Day and ended with some exciting author events, a perfect excuse to make a few book purchases.
On Bookshop Day this year I met up with some of my bookish friends as we were celebrating LoisReadsBooks birthday. It was perfect timing let’s be honest. So I picked up:
- Someday by David Levithan
- Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman
- Giant Days by John Allison
After growing an extreme dislike of Everyday by David Levithan, I was hesitant to pick up the third book in this series. However, I really love David as an author and have not come across any issues with his other books. I knew I’d end up grabbing it eventually. Also Dry caught my eye at YALC this year on the Walker Books stand. I’ve never read a Neal Shusterman before so it will be an experience for me and it sounds so interesting.
A few days later myself and Sophie took a trip to Amsterdam. Honestly, one of the reasons we chose Amsterdam was due to the amount of bookshops there are in the city for us to explore. Half of the time we didn’t even focus on the English books and wanted to see what different covers we could find for our favourite books in Dutch. There were English sections of books in each store we went to and admittedly the YA section had a lot to offer (we will have a full post up about Amsterdam and the bookshops and what we thought). I picked up:
- What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
- Broken Things by Lauren Oliver
- A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
We are both still in shock that we managed to find the American imports of What If It’s Us by chance on our last day in the city. They seemed to magically appear as we were leaving and we knew we had to grab one each to get signed at the end of the month. I’m also really excited to read the other two books as they’re pretty high on my TBR.
During the month I also picked up a few books that in all honesty I had no excuse to buy but I really wanted them.
- Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
- A Line In The Dark by Melinda Lo
- This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
- The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
- The Cheerleaders by Kaza Thomas
- People Like Us by Dana Mele
- Odd One Out by Nic Stone
- Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
I then took a little trip to Bristol right after Amsterdam, which admittedly was a bad decision due to me obviously buying books again. I found out that there was a Foyles in Bristol so obviously i headed there at my first chance. In Foyles i picked up two books, and i picked up a few more during the trip. The ones that i got are:
- Our Stories, Our Voices edited by Amy Reed
- Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
- The Jungle by Pooja Puri
- Everything Under by Daisy Johnson
Without a doubt my buying will be slowing down a little now. There are few books that i’m extremely interested in for the rest of the year, so luckily maybe my bank account will suffer a little less. I’m trying to focus on buying books that i really want to read and ones that i’ve been after for quite some time.
Let me know in the comments what books you’ve bought recently, and which of these i should be reading ASAP.