Sunday 15 September 2013

Books I’m Excited About!

I’ve been dithering about this for some time now. I do get a lot of review books and I know how lucky I am.  I honestly can’t thank the publishers enough for always believing in me, even when there are times I  fall desperately behind. Anyway I no longer feel comfortable displaying them all in a letterbox or mail box post. I love looking at other people’s and I won’t stop doing that, but I realised I don’t personally want to write a post like that any more.
So what’s the alternative.?
Well I thought I’d start a regular post showcasing  a selection of the books that I’ve received that I’m really excited about. I will pick out four books at a time and talk about these exciting new additions to my library and tell you why I can’t wait to read them.
So here is my very first Books I’m Excited About post!
Frost Hollow Hall by Emma Carroll is published by Faber and Faber in October. If I’m honest, the cover blew me way first. It reminds me of old fashioned Christmas cards you sometimes get and it had me drooling. When I read the synopsis I knew I had to read it. Set during the Winter of 1881, Tilly falls through the ice of the frozen lake while skating. Very near to death, she meets a strange spirit who desperately needs her help.
Doesn’t it sound awesome? Just the kind of book you need for a  cold winter’s night.
A Foot In The Grave by Joan Aiken and Jan Pienkowski is republished by Jonathan Cape in October.
I am fascinated by this book. When Jan Pienkwoski began a haunting series of paintings he asked Joan Aiken to compose acompanying stories, the result was this book. I love ghost stories and I really don’t read enough short stories. I like the idea of dipping in and out of this book and it’s given me an idea for another feature. I can’t wait to tuck into this book.

These two books count as one choice! Right? My blog post, my idea, my rules!
The Complete Short Stories – Volume 1 and 2 by Roald Dahl. All of Roald Dahl’s short stories published together for the first time EVER. These books were published on the 12th September and I am super excited to receive them. I grew up watching the Tales of the Unexpected which showcased Roald Dahl’s darker side, so I can’t wait to dive into these dark and creepy tales – just in time for Halloween!
Shine by Candy Gourlay was published in September 2013 by Random House.
Candy is one of the members of SCBWI members I look up to. Her first novel won  a couple of awards as well as being nominated for many more. I missed out on her first novel Tall Story, but I fully intend to read this one. The following blurb has really caught my attention.
This is not a ghost story even though there are plenty of ghosts in it. And it's not a horror story though some people might be horrified. It's not a monster story either, even though there is a monster in it and that monster happens to be me.
Now you want to read it too, don’t you??
Well that’s the first ever Books I’m Excited About post. Come back soon for some more book drooling.


  1. Thanks for sharing these - all look great! I especially want to read Shine.

  2. I haven't known what Frost Hollow Hall was about until now but it sounds amazing. Will be keeping an eye out for that one! The cover is gorgeous, too.

    I love the sound of Shine. I'm intrigued!

    Thanks for sharing!


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