The Last Spell Breather

A monthly feature where I do a round up of the books I’m most excited to read (or have already read and think you should be excited for). Fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books are all included.


  • The Wind that Lays Waste (9781916465633) by Selva Almada
    Literary fiction set in the north of Argentina.

  • Bunny (9781788545426) by Mona Awad
    Darkly gothic, fun and weird.

  • Hollywood (9781786891679) by Charles Bukowski
    A bare-bones look behind the glitz and glamour of Hollywood

  • Parable of the Talents (9781472263650) by Octavia E Butler
    Dystopia in an all too familiar setting

  • A River in the Trees (9781787473553) by Jacqueline O’Mahoney
    Families and the past, secrets and no way back.

  • Miracle on Cherry Hill (9780349143354) by Sun-mi Hwang
    I loved The Hen and The Dog books, so looking forward to this

  • Shadows of the Short Days (9781473224100) by Alexander Dan Vihjálmsson
    Nordic noir SF… Yes please!


For the Love of Letterpress
For the Love of Letterpress
  • The Fens (9781786692221) by Francis Pryor
    A strange place I’ve only been to once but always want to explore more

  • For the Love of Letterpress: A Printing Handbook for Instructors and Students (9781350051287) by Cathie Ruggie Saunders and Martha Chiplis
    A complete handbook to the letterpress technique.

  • The Visual is Political (9781978800311) by Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi
    A look at feminist photography in the 70s and 80s.

  • The Drawing Game (9781786275165) by Victor Nunes
    Games and prompts to get you enjoying drawing practice.

  • Climate Justice (9781408888438) by Mary Robinson
    Stories of women fighting climate change.

  • So You Wanna Be an Ally (9780062844118) by Marissa Jenae Johnson and Leslie Mac
    How to take concrete action as an ally


The Last Spell Breather
The Last Spell Breather
  • Let’s Go to the Seaside! (9781406383591) by Caryl Hart and illustrated by Lauren Tobia
    A book to celebrate the seaside.

  • The Bug Collector (9781783447688) by Alex Griffiths
    A vibrant picture book on the importance of insects.

  • Merrylegs (9781788450577) by Pam Smy
    I absolutely love Thornhill, so will get anything by Pam! This does sound great as well.

  • Tough Guys Have Feelings Too (9781912497157) by Keith Negley
    An exploration of feelings in typically masculine roles.

  • The Great Dodo Comeback (9781474956253) by Fiona Sandiford
    Sounds like great fun, let’s bring the dodo back!

  • Earth Swarm (9781910989845) by Tim Hall
    Speculative look at the near-future and how technology develops.

  • The Last Spell Breather (9780192771605) by Julie Pike
    Fantasy debut, that I don’t know much about but love the title and cover, shallow me?

  • Rose, Interrupted (9781444940657) by Patrice Lawrence
    I’ve loved everything Patrice has written, so looking forward to this
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