Winter Kindle Book Haul!

Because most of the books I read on my Kindle are ARCs and I’m getting them from the Document tab, I forget that I’ve got some other great already-published books sitting on my digital shelves. These are all books that I’ve bought in the last couple of months and really want to be reminded of so, and hopefully make up a Kindle TBR for 2018.

Replica by Lauren Oliver

We received a copy of Ringer from Hodder and Staughton, which was extremely generous, but it made me want to kick myself for always choosing something else over Replica when I came across it in a Waterstone’s Buy-One-Get-One-Half-Price deal. (Isn’t that always the way, the moment you decide to buy something, it’s full price?) After giving up on a bargain physical copy, I finally spotted this for 99p (!!) and although I’d love to add the pink-and-orange cover to our shelves, a digital copy will have to do. It’s a book from two different perspectives that you read one after the other, and after reading Truth or Dare by Non Pratt, I’m really interested to see how that narrative style will work out in this more paranormal genre. I’ve also heard people compare it to Stranger Things, which I love, so we’ll see!

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

After reading Love, Hate and Other Filters, I’ve really wanted to find more books with Muslim protagonists, and since hearing Ayisha Malik talk about the relationship between  the Islamic faith and dating at YALC, I’ve been super curious to pick up her book that’s described as a muslim Bridget Jones. I’m hoping that this one will be a lot of fun and introduce me to some perspectives I haven’t read from enough.

It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne 

I read a sampler of this that I got at YALC and have been really intrigued to continue. When I saw this come up for 99p during it’s release week, I couldn’t resist, and seeing as I’ve got the rest of Holly’s stand alones of my Kindle, it only made sense to add this yellow beauty to my e-editions. It’s about a girl called Audrey who analyses the behaviour of guys in relationships on screen and it sounds wonderful, if a little didactic. I loved the Spinster Club series, so fingers crossed this one is also a hit.

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Any #OwnVoices story, I want to jump on top of right this second. Although I normally go for any other letter in LGBTQIA+ than ‘G’ – because it’s the most represented of these underrepresented groups and I want to show the others more love – Adam Silvera is one of these authors I’ve only heard good things about and I feel like the last person to jump on the Silvera band wagon. This is going to make me cry, I’m sure of it, since it’s about Griffin grieving the loss of his boyfriend, Theo, but sometimes I like to punish my heart.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Corodova

Speaking of LGBT+, this one has a bisexual main character, I’m pretty sure. It’s witchy and spooky and Latinx, all the things I need more of on my TBR (although I’m thinking this one is a book that would fit way better with Bee’s reading aesthetic!) I’ve found a lot of Alice and Wonderland comparisons, which isn’t a story I’m fond of, but it has some great ratings on Goodreads, so hopefully, I’ll be one of them.


Paper VS Pixel: A Debate

photoEver since the Kindle was first created, there has been a lot of debate about whether people prefer books made of paper, or books made of pixels. I can’t chose, that’s why I love both, and that’s great. But, I thought I’d give you some advantages and disadvantages to both types of books.

Physical Books
+ Tangibility – Feeling the pages turn is an accomplishment – I feel so much success with each page that is read and can easily visualise the end.
+ The Smell – We all love the smell of a book. Who knew there could be so much variation?
+ Sharing the Love – Its so easy to give your friend a copy of ‘Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour’, rather than your whole Kindle which is, arguably, more priceless.
– The Price – I swear three years ago I could buy a new book for £5.99. Now most books are £7.99 and those extra £2 affect me.
– Space Issues – For those of us with limited shelf space, an obsession with physical books can be tricky.

+ Instant Purchase – If you want to buy something on an e-reader, you can do so in about 5 seconds, and start reading it instantly. (Which is great if your nearest book shop is ages away.)
+ The Price – Books tend to be cheaper on Kindle; even new releases can be under £3. ‘Anna and The French Kiss’ is only £1.99!
+ Discovery – E-readers offer a wide variety of books only available in e-format. Take ‘Clearwater Crossing’ for example, or novellas like ‘ The Queen’ by Kiera Cass and ‘Raven’ by Lauren Oliver.
– Reliability – With any electrical device, comes a battery life. Physical books won’t die on you in the middle of an excellent chapter.
– Corporate Guilt – Kindles are created by Amazon. That means any book bought via a Kindle will be from Amazon, the corporate giant who isn’t always angelic to booksellers. Buying physical books allow us to support independent book sellers! Yay!

So, which is better? I still can’t decide…so for now, I’ll just use both!