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.


False Value
False Value
  • Ness (9780241396568) by Rob McFarlane and Stanley Donwood
    A modern Green Man tale, and Max Porter rates it.

  • Rabbits for Food (9781788164658) by Binnie Kirschenbaum
    An interesting sounding novel exploring mental health and institutions.

  • The Starless Sea (9781910701454) by Erin Morgenstern
    I’ve been waiting for a new book from Erin since I finished The Night Circus, and a book about hidden libraries!

  • The Vanished Bride (9781529388985) by Bella Ellis
    Sounds like a fun premise, a Brontë sisters mystery

  • False Value (9781473207851) by Ben Aaronovitch
    A continuation of my favourite urban fantasy series

  • CTRL +S (9781409184652) by Andy Briggs
    Cyberpunk in near-future London always interests me

  • Skein Island (9781789091526) by Aliya Whiteley
    Storytelling and mysterious islands.


Trees of Life
Trees of Life
  • Letters to the Earth (978000837440) by Anna Hope, Kay Michael & Jo McInnes
    A beautiful collection of letters from around the world to the world

  • Animal Languages: The Secret Conversations of the Living World (9781473677678) by Eva Meijer
    Fascinating insights into animal communication

  • The Lost Orchard: A Celebration of Our Heritage Through Stories of Fruit and Their Recipes (9781472267580) by Raymond Blanc
    We have several apple trees so not as many as Raymonds 2,500 but we can still use the recipes

  • Brick: A Social History (9780750991933) by Carolyne Haynes
    I do really enjoy histories of everyday objects

  • Genius and Ink: Virginia Woolf on How to Read (9780008355722) by Virginia Woolf
    A collection of Woolf’s TLS articles on writing and literature

  • Trees of Life (9781789541427) by Max Adams
    I have a few books about trees but always willing to add to these

  • Brilliant Maps: An Atlas for Curious Minds (9781846276613) by Ian Wright
    A collection of interesting and obscure geographical facts


The Toll
The Toll
  • Toto (9781787413948) by Ximo Abadia
    A donkey astronaut…

  • Tyrannosaurus Rex (9781787413344) by Dougal Dixon and Rachel Caldwell (illus)
    a pop-up dissection of a T. Rex

  • Mr Penguin and the Catastrophic Cruise (9781444944570) by Alex T Smith
    A firm favourite of my nephew, lovely humour and well illustrated

  • Nevertell (9781406385182) by Katharine Orton
    Fantasy set during the Soviet era, sorceresses and shadow wolves

  • The Toll (9781406385670) by Neal Shusterman
    So looking forward to the conclusion of the Scythe trilogy

  • A World of Plants (9781406388565) by Martin Jenkins and James Brown (illus)
    The quality of reference books for children has been amazing and this sounds as though it will be at the peak of it

  • The Dinky Donkey (9781407198514) by Craig Smith and Katz Cowley (illus)
    If my shop gets enough preorders I will be doing a video of reading this… You have been warned
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