Books to buy or borrow

An occasional feature where I round up some of the books I’ve been reading. Each book gets a sentence to summarise my feelings about it and will either be recommended as one to buy or one to borrow.

This is the first time I’m doing a Books to buy or borrow post – I’m not returning to reviewing books on my blog, but in addition to on the spot mentions for books I’m reading and loving on Twitter and/or Instagram I do want now and again to do some sort of round up. This post is a little bit different in that it’s not necessarily the books I’ve read most recently – it is however all books that I’d received through NetGalley as reviewer copies.

Lost Stars or What Lou Reed Taught Me About Love by Lisa Selin Davis
A very good look at grief and coping built into a coming of age story of family and growing up. Borrow

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
A clever, thoughtful YA read, the story is told through flashbacks as the main characters explain how they came to know each other and be involved in a murder. Borrow

The Singalong Society for Singletons by Katey Lovell
Loved this contemporary feel good adult novel filled with musicals, romance and friendship at its best. Buy

Desolation and American Monsters by Derek Landy
The second and third books in this excellent YA trilogy, gripping and exciting with Amber – a fantastic lead character at their heart. Buy

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
Glorious, warm and thoroughly enjoyable middle grade read about a young dragon who finds herself transformed into a girl and must navigate a whole new world in a whole new body. Buy

Britannia Beach trilogy by D.R. Graham (Put It Out There / What Are The Chances / And Then What)
A fun contemporary YA trilogy with a slightly supernatural twist thanks to the lead character’s visions. Borrow

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
A decent follow up to the excellent Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, but doesn’t quite live up to its brilliance. Borrow

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
Not enough YA novels focus on friendship, this one does and does it in impeccable style. Buy

The Cosy Teashop in the Castle by Caroline Roberts
Fun and frothy, a great take on the woman finds her new life pursuing her creative dream. Borrow

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
San Francisco, Pride, teens exploring first loves and friendships? This book has them all and blends them together perfectly. Buy

The Door That Lead To Where by Sally Gardner
A brilliantly imaginative timeslip story, set in both modern day London and a historical London. Buy

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Genius! The story of Simon and Baz from Fangirl – it’s their final year at Watford School of Magicks and everything’s coming to a head, no wonder Fangirl’s Cath was such a fan. Buy

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