Books I Need to Read: Part One

I’ve been off the grid for a while, doing stuff. To get back into the swing of things, I’ve been thinking about what books I’m probably going to need in my life in one form or another. Some are new releases, some are old ones I haven’t gotten round to.

This was originally one blog post and then while I was uploading the images I thought of LOADS more so look forward to my bank account sobbing in a part two at some point.

Every Rebus book I haven’t read yet

knots and crosses
Not this one. I’ve read this one. It was excellent.

Even though I’m enjoying other stuff at the moment, I miss Rebus. I love his Edinburgh, and his take-no-shit attitude, and trying to work out whodunnit.

Ian Rankin has ruined other books for me though. All I want to do is read Rebus. And watch the TV versions. Help.

The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon

priory of the orange tree

Fantasy? Yes. Magic? Yesss. Dragons? YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.

Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

blood and bone

This is a funny one. I like the sound of it, but I’ve been burned so often by super hyped books that I almost…don’t want to read it. But I do. And I will. But I don’t.

If you see what I mean.

The Amber Spyglass – Philip Pullman

amber spyglass

My mum bought me the full set of the HDM 20th anniversary editions at the Edinburgh Book Festival because I was salivating over it. I’ve just finished with her slightly battered copy of The Subtle Knife, so when I’m emotionally stable again (two words: Alamo Gulch) I’ll crack on with the last in the trilogy.

Fault Lines – Doug Johnstone

fault lines

I asked for book suggestions on Twitter and picked one at random, which is how I was introduced to this book. I hadn’t heard of Doug Johnstone or Fault Lines, but it’s set in Edinburgh (score), albeit a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh (score) and it’s got a murder in it (score). All my boxes are ticked.

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? – Holly Black

lemmings and snowflakes

I’m saving this one for last because I haven’t read any Holly Black before and if I mention that too early I risk shame.

I’ve been meaning to get to the Spinster Club, but in the meantime this book sounds awesome and I have high expectations.


What else should I be reading? What’s on your TBR? How much trouble am I in for going back to the book festival tomorrow? (Lots, probably.)

5 thoughts on “Books I Need to Read: Part One

  1. Oh my goodness, I have some of the same books on my list too – Children of Blood and Bone, The Amber Spyglass, and Priory of the Orange Tree. I also share the same feelings in regards to COBAB and I think that’s why I’m going to leave off reading it for the time being. I like hyped books a lot more when I’ve read them during a dip in the hype or when it has completely disappeared.

    Also, don’t feel shame that you haven’t read any Holly Bourne book. I hadn’t read one either until I bought and read Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? yesterday. I just started reading it on the bus home and I couldn’t do anything else until I’d finished it. It was so good and I’m in absolute awe at how Holly Bourne writes with such realism and truthfulness. Her other books don’t appeal to me but any new books will certainly be on my bookish radar.


      • I’ve heard that too, and that’s one of the other reasons why I wanted to pick up this book. I’ve also done a little bit more research into her other books and I might actually consider picking up her Spinster Club series. I want some more UKYA Contemporary on my shelves and her writing style really worked for me


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