Hello! I feel like it is ages since I have shared a TBR! November and December always feel like busy reading months for me – I’m trying to read through all the Christmas books I’ve collected, plus the new releases that keep coming, and this year I have even more reading to do, as I’m on the judging panel for the Aurealis Awards (in the YA category). Today I took a bit of time to try and get myself a bit organised, and I thought I’d share some of the books I’m planning to read over the next little while. A lot of my Christmassy and Aurealis reading is on my Kindle, but I have these physical copies on my November tbr. Each of them has been sent to me by the publisher.
The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor
Pearl and Vally Cole live in a bookshop. And not just any bookshop. In 1893, Cole’s Book Arcade in Melbourne is the grandest bookshop in the world, brimming with every curiosity imaginable. Each day brings fresh delights for the siblings: voice-changing sweets, talking parrots, a new story written just for them by their eccentric father.
When Pearl and Vally learn that Pa has risked the Arcade – and himself – in a shocking deal with the mysterious Obscurosmith, the siblings hatch a plan. Soon they are swept into a dangerous game with impossibly high stakes: defeat seven challenges by the stroke of midnight and both the Arcade and their father will be restored. But if they fail Pearl and Vally won’t just lose Pa – they’ll forget that he and the Arcade ever existed.
Thanks to Affirm Press.
Step Up, Shine On by Angela May George
Kats got all the ingredients to go all the way. But she fails her exams… on purpose… to avoid the pressure of the top classes. She kills it in soccer, but never trials for the rep teams. Shes happy to fly under the radar, unlike her oh-so-perfect Wonder Brother. But this year things are shifting. Not least in her friendships. Lavinia has defected to none other than The Triad of She-Wolves, but Kats gained the new girl, the Goth, and after tutoring Bayani’s brother, a boyfriend! When secrets are revealed and loyalties are tested, Kat discovers that it is time for her to step up… and shine!
Thanks to Scholastic.
School Rules are Optional by Alison Hart
It’s the first day of school and I’ve already got three problems:
1) Mrs Leeman is my classroom teacher. She’s so ancient she taught my dad.
2) I might have accidentally been voted school captain. I had an unusually popular day when the class voted last year.
3) Somehow I’ve lost my Grade Six jumper between receiving it and Mrs Leeman’s lecture about being responsible.
That’s a lot to go wrong in half an hour. On top of that, it’s a million degrees. So that’s four problems. It’s worse than I thought! At least things can only get better, right?
Thanks to Allen & Unwin.
Rebel Gods by Will Kostakis
With the Monuments gone, newbie gods Connor, Sally and Locky must stop the rebel gods from reducing the world to ruin. Trouble is, they don’t know how.
While Sally searches for answers and Locky makes plans to change the world, Connor struggles to keep up appearances as an ordinary teenager. But when a rebel god offers them a deal to end the chaos, their lives are turned upside down and they’re forced to reckon with the question: who should decide the fate of the world?
Thanks to Hachette.
I’m pretty excited about all of these titles! Let me know which ones you think look good in the comments.