When making our New Year’s Resolutions, Amy and I decided to swap book recommendations. The main purpose was to clear out TBR piles, and we gave each other lists of books which were sitting unread on our shelves. I started my blog last year, and it has been an adventure, but with proof copies to review I find I am less likely to chose a book published in previous years. This is not intentional, but a result of prioritising books I have committed to review.
Thank you Amy for your recommendations! I look forward to reading. Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren- this is such a fun, wintry adventure and I thought it was nail biting in places. Valor is a great heroine and I hugely enjoyed the ensemble cast and unusual prison setting too. the I think you might enjoy it from a writing standpoint as well as from what I’ve learnt from you about structuring stories this ticks quite a few boxes.
The London Eye Mystery by Siobbhan Dowd- Before I read this, I’ll admit I was very unsure of it. But I adore Ted Spark’s voice, it’s so amazing and unique and special, and I think the mystery is pretty clever as well. If you enjoy it, you can then go onto the Guggenheim Mystery, which is coincidentally by the next author on this list too…
Arsenic for Tea by Robin Stevens- I’m pretty sure you’ve already read MMU, which is perfect as the 2nd book is my favourite in the whole series so far! I definitely didn’t predict the murderer (though I know you probably will. You’re amazing at it!), I adore Daisy and Hazel’s friendship and the addition of Kitty and Beanie in this book, and the country house setting is so classic and fun.
Beetle Boy by M.G Leonard- I read this in a single setting back in 2016 (I was in a car, and didn’t have anything else to do, but I’m pretty sure I would still have got through it quite speedily eve if I wasn’t!). It feels like an instant classic, and it tells the story of Darkus as his father goes missing and he discovers an extraordinary group of beetles and he must protect them. I can guarantee you’ll fall in love with the beetles, even if you think the concept sounds peculiar on paper. I did, and now I adore these books.
Fly Me Home by Polly Ho-Yen- even though Boy in the Tower would be my first pick (if you know me at all, you’ll be gasping in shock here I’m sure ) I know you can’t get hold of it, so instead I’m choosing this. It’s a beautiful magical realism tale about Leelu as she moves to England and her family implodes, and the magical objects and people she discovers who help her through the hard time. It made me cry more than once and it may be as dear to me as Boy in the Tower one day, I think.
Have you read any of the books on Amy’s list? Which books would you recommend? Let me know in the comments below.