anyone noticed that exclusive editions, particularly in YA, have suddenly
become a massive thing? I’m not even sure when exactly this happened. It seems
to have grown slowly. Book subscription boxes have exclusive editions, usually
signed, but also with alternative covers, sprayed edges or different end pages.
Bookshops like Waterstones also sell exclusive editions. They are very
enticing. The book industry seems to have caught on to the fact that people not
only like books, they like pretty books, and I guess they also like the idea of
having something that’s exclusive or limited edition.
only two of these editions. The first is the Illumicrate edition of Once and
Future. I haven’t read it yet, when I bought it I didn’t know for sure if I
would like it, but it was high up on my TBR list and it was so beautiful I
couldn’t help but fork my money out for it. I also bought the Fairyloot October
box which included The Beautiful by Reneé Ahdieh with sprayed edges and artwork
on the dust jacket. I doubt they will be the last I am tempted into buying.
I’m not usually persuaded to buy is Collector’s Editions. I never buy more than
one copy of a book. I know others do but it’s just not something I usually do.
I often go into bookshops and pick up collector’s editions of my favourite
books that have bonus content, but there never seems to be enough new content
to persuade me I need another copy. There’s something special about the copy of
the book I first read, that makes that
edition the special one to me. Plus there are so many different editions of
books that it could get expensive getting all those fancy hardbacks! I’m sure
I’ll cave though and buy a collector’s edition at some point! I am tempted to
get the Throne of Glass collector’s edition as I only have it as an ebook.
to exclusive editions of new books, I see photos of them flying around Twitter and
Instagram and am sucked in. They have definitely caught onto something with
this. I’m not complaining. I like the idea of having something special. But it
makes me so tempted to buy more books when I already have so many unread on my
shelves! Also if there are so many exclusive and special editions out there,
are they that limited or special anymore?
you think about special/exclusive/limited/collector’s editions? Do you love
collecting copies of your favourite books, or are you not all that bothered by
This month seems to have been really busy. I went on my
first trip abroad with friends which was great. We went to Amsterdam, which is
a really beautiful and interesting city. I also ordered my first Fairyloot box
– the October ‘Love at First Bite’ box. More on that to come in my unboxing
This month I read The Beautiful by Reneé Ahdieh (an eARC received through NetGalley) and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Both are authors I have read and enjoyed before. I loved both books and gave them solid 4 stars, although I’d say Six of Crows is stronger in terms of the writing quality. The Beautiful is an alluring and mysterious historical novel set in 1800s New Orleans with vampires! Meanwhile Six of Crows is a heist novel set in Bardugo’s Grishaverse. I’m super excited to see her characters brought to life on TV (Netflix are adapting her books!). I’ve also started reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell which I’m about halfway through so far.
I bought four books this month, all from Sarah J Maas’s
Throne of Glass series. I read the first two on Kindle but I loved them so much
I really wanted to read the rest as physical copies. When I love a book, I like
to be able to see it on my shelf!
I’ve continued working on my current WIP which is a YA
fantasy. I’m now about halfway through the book and enjoying immersing myself
in this new world. As it’s a first draft I’m trying not to dwell too much on
getting in perfect and just get some words down on paper. I can always go back
and edit it later.
This month has been pretty busy but I still managed to get
some reading and writing done so I can be pretty happy with that.
I originally started writing this post for a Top 10 Tuesday topic, but struggled to find 10 and ended up running out of time anyway, so as this week is a freebie for Top 5 Wednesday I decided to recycle my incomplete top 10!
I had trouble deciding what to write about for this week’s freebie, and as I have added so many awesome looking books to my TBR (to be read) list on Goodreads lately, I decided to do a top 5 of my most recent additions. I do have a bad habit of happily clicking away at books I think look great, so have a rather large ‘Want to Read’ list on Goodreads that I probably need to sort out so it actually has books on it I have some chance of reading.
Publishing Info: August 2015 by Usbourne Publishing
Star Rating: 4/5
Back Cover Summary:
All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…
But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?
I met Holly Bourne a couple of years ago at a talk and got this book signed. She wrote ‘Normal = overrated’ and I am so thankful to her for that message. I have only just got round to reading this book. I’ve been catching up on all the books I didn’t have time to read during my degree, and I wish I’d read this one sooner. A few times I picked it up, read the first page, and put it back on the shelf because I wasn’t sure it would be for me. I don’t very often read contemporary books, I’m more of a fantasy person, and I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy the writing style. But here we are, and I finally read it, and I’m so so glad I did.
The writing style is quite conversational, which is what put me off reading it, as I’m not always a fan of this style. However, I ended up very much enjoying the style of writing. Holly Bourne captures the voice of the main character brilliantly and the style works well for the book. At time the writing got a bit rambling but I didn’t mind too much.
What Bourne did so well is show Evie’s thought processes. Evie has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) which has sadly been very stereotyped in our society and a lot of people have misconceptions about this condition. Bourne didn’t fall into clichés and it was clear she had done a lot of research. It was eye opening to see the thoughts that might go through the mind of someone with OCD, and also how that can spiral into relapse.
I have to admit I can be really picky when it comes to my covers. I like to have a matching set for a series, so if get redesigned when I’m in the middle of the series and I end up with a mismatched set, it does irritate me!
This week’s Top 10 is a freebie, and I came across this topic a while ago, so am excited for the opportunity to finally write this blog post. The books I love most, I actually often don’t review, because I’m not sure what to say beyond a paragraph of gushing. Some of the books in this list I also read before I started my blog, hence they didn’t get a review.