Another month in which I somehow bought far more than expected! I'm aiming to read more non-fiction this year and was inspired by seeing the film of Hidden Figures twice and loving it to get the book it was based on. I also picked up When Breath Becomes Air and Mad Girl, both of which sound like stunning memoirs, and Matthew Syed's Black Box Thinking; I loved his previous book Bounce.
After the Carnegie longlist led to a lot of people talking about the lack of BAME authors - read my piece on that here, by the way - I remembered I need to catch up with Alex Wheatle's series before book three, Straight Outta Crongton, comes out later this year. Another series I'm loving is Anne Digby's Trebizon, brilliantly reissued by Egmont with gorgeous artwork from a new favourite illustrator of mine, Lucy Truman. (As well as these books, she does super-cute drawings for Katrina Charman's Stripes series Poppy's Place!)
I bought two hardbacks which is incredibly rare for me, but couldn't resist the gorgeous-looking Alexander the Great: Man, Myth or Monster by Jamila Gavin with illustrator David Parkin; it was definitely a good call! And Tereze at Tales on Moon Lane hand-sold me a hardback for the second time in as many months, telling me how brilliant Robyn Travis's debut novel Mama Can't Raise No Man and letting me read the first few pages of her copy - I ordered it there and then, picked it up the following week, and devoured it quickly.
Wintersong by S Jae-Jones was a much anticipated read which I'd pre-ordered on Kindle; I didn't get far before ordering a paperback as it's so beautifully written I KNOW I'll want to lend it to people! And I've heard amazing things about The Witch's Boy so was thrilled to see it at Tales. I also bought the new Robin Talley, Our Own Private Universe there - I'm a big fan of hers.
I realised that I had some money left on a WH Smith gift card from last year and ventured into adult fiction again to check out their fresh talent promotion - The Life Assistance Agency and Under the Udala Trees both sound superb!
I also grabbed a few e-books I've been waiting a while for as they were on sale; looking forward to reading The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn, while The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves The World Again - a collection of short stories starring women from across the spectrum of gender and sexuality - sounds really interesting!
The Witch's Boy by Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Young Readers)
Hockey Term at Trebizon and Into The Fourth at Trebizon by Anne Digby, Lucy Truman (illustrator) (Egmont)
Alexander the Great: Man, Myth or Monster? by Jamila Gavin, David Parkins (Illustrator) (Walker)
Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon (Headline)
I Am China by Xiaolu Guo (Vintage)
The Life Assistance Agency by Thomas Hocknell (Urbane Publications)
Wintersong by S Jae-Jones (Titan)
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (Vintage)
Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta (Granta)
Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success by Matthew Syed (John Murray)
Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley (Harlequin)
Mama Can't Raise No Man by Robyn Travis (OWN IT!)
Crongton Knights by Alex Wheatle (Atom)
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (Harlequin Teen)
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (Hodder & Stoughton)
Wintersong by S Jae-Jones (Titan)
The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again by AC Wise (Lethe Press)