My shelves are groaning with books so what happens, I add more books to them! It’s mad, however, I don’t have any on a Christmas list this year so I’m saying it is okay. Plus, 3 out of the 4 books I have to share were bought for me so I’m really grateful, especially as I’ve not had the easiest of times lately.
Ramble aside, there are four books here to share so let’s get on with it.
A Spindle Splintered by Alix E Harrow.
I won’t get into this one too much as I’ve already talked about it in my first 12 Days of Blogmas post, but I’ll say it is a Sleeping Beauty retelling that I’ve already read and absolutely loved. It’s very different and unique to a lot of fairy-tale retellings, especially as it went on a bit of a commentary about the modern culture of fairy-tales in contemporary society, and I appreciated the stand it took. I was also grateful that it was a very female-orientated story, which I feel needs to be done a bit more.
One More Christmas at the Castle by Trisha Ashley
Very rarely do I read what is classed as ‘Women’s Fiction’ or ‘Contemporary romance’ and it’s not something I would have probably bought for myself, but my sister got it for me thinking that I would want something festive to read in December. I don’t have a lot of expectations for it but I reckon that once I get into it, it will be a cosy read I’ll end up enjoying and it might surprise me.
The Ophelia Girls by Jane Healey
I read Jane Healey’s debut ‘The Animals at Lockwood Manor’ a few months ago and really enjoyed it so when I found out recently that she had another book out, I was intrigued. I don’t know much about this apart from the fact there are lots of secrets, it’s set across two summers 25 years apart and there seems to be a heavy focus on womanhood. It also has a gorgeous cover so it’s one I’ll love having on my shelves!
The Fair Botanists by Sara Sheridan
I think my sister is trying to encourage me to read more Historical Fiction as this is another one of her picks. Again I don’t know much about this one but it’s set in 1822 Edinburgh, there’s obviously something around a Botanic garden, and there are more secrets. I think I might have to set myself a 2022 challenge to read all these new and languishing historical fictions otherwise I don’t know when I’ll read them!
Have you bought or received any books recently? Do you feel you need to set yourself a specific challenge to get through your groaning TBR piles?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!