One of the most exciting things about being a book blogger is that some very kind publishers send you review copies of their latest books. You can pick and choose which ones you would like to review and sometimes they send you extras that you haven’t requested. HarperCollins New Zealand are one of my favourite publishers to deal with, especially Bonnie, one of their brilliant publicists. I never seem to run out of books to review and often have several piles that I keep thinking I have to get to. There are times when I feel guilty because I haven’t got to X publisher’s new titles yet, so I find myself trying to read 2 of 3 books from different publishers at the same time. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the amazing free books, but sometimes the ‘to be read’ piles can seem a bit daunting.
My biggest problem is that I still continue to buy books from local bookstores and through Amazon, Book Depository and, one of my favourite bookshops, Goldsboro Books (they have the most amazing selection of signed books, especially children’s). While tidying my bookshelves yesterday I noticed the frightening large amount of books I’ve bought this year but still haven’t read. Here’s just a small selection:
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor
- Ashfall – Mike Mullan
- Sweetly – Jackson Pearce
- This Dark Endeavor – Kenneth Oppel
- Game Runner – B.R. Collins
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
- The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean – David Almond
- All These Things I’ve Done – Gabrielle Zevin
- Ashes – Ilsa Black
I keep saying to myself that once December comes around I’ll have 2 months to catch up before the publishing world kick starts for the new year, but I’m not sure how this will work out for me.
Can anybody suggest what I should start on first? What books have you bought this year but haven’t read yet?