Six For Sunday – Taking On The TBR Pile: Recent Additions To My TBR

It’s time for another Six For Sunday post and once again we’re focusing on our TBRs – this week it’s all about our recent additions!

Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Steph at ALITTLEBUTALOT. You can find a list of prompts for April, May and June here

Recent Additions To My TBR

So I figured there are two ways to look at this, I could look at the last six books I actually gained into my possession, or the last six books I added to my Goodreads in general; so I decided to do both! I’m going to focus on the most recent books I bought or have been gifted or received from publishers. Then at the end I’ve shared six future releases that I’ve recently added to my Goodreads that I’m looking forward to!

Return To Wonderland by various authors

Return to Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland with this stunning collection of original stories from today’s biggest children’s authors – Peter Bunzl, Pamela Butchart, Maz Evans, Swapna Haddow, Patrice Lawrence, Chris Smith, Robin Stevens, Lauren St John, Lisa Thompson, Piers Torday and Amy Wilson.

Tumble down the rabbit hole again to find out what happens in Wonderland without Alice there. Is the Queen of Hearts still ruling with an iron fist? Does the Mad Hatter still have to go to tea? And will Tweedledum and Tweedledee ever resolve their argument?

More than 150 years since Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first published by Macmillan, revisit Carroll’s amazing cast of characters – including the Queen of Hearts, the Mock Turtle, the Dormouse, the Cheshire Cat and Alice’s Sister in these brand-new stories, that will bring a new generation of readers to Wonderland.

This year I took part in an Easter Gift swap on Twitter this one has been on my wishlist for a while and my Easter Bunny gifted it to me. I can’t wait to get stuck in!


Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

When Ollie meets his dream guy, Will, over summer break, he thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After. But once summer’s ended, Will stops texting him back, and Ollie finds himself one prince short of a fairytale ending. To complicate the fairytale further, a family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country—Will’s school—where Ollie finds that the sweet, affectionate and comfortably queer guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High. This Will is a class clown, closeted—and, to be honest, a bit of a jerk.

Ollie has no intention of pining after a guy who clearly isn’t ready for a relationship. But as Will starts ‘coincidentally’ popping up in every area of Ollie’s life, from music class to the lunch table, Ollie finds his resolve weakening.

The last time he gave Will his heart, Will handed it back to him trampled and battered. Ollie would have to be an idiot to trust him with it again.

Right?

Right.

This is the second book my lovely Easter Bunny got me. It was also on my Amazon wishlist and it sounds wonderful so I cannot wait to get stuck in!


Gemma’s Not Sure by Gill Stewart

Gemma’s not sure if she’s brave enough to go to her audition, or if she even wants to study music at all. She’s definitely not sure forming a band with Lily’s hot ex-boyfriend is a good idea. Jamie’s university life isn’t like he thought it would be, and he doesn’t know what to do about it. One thing he does know is that he wants a reason to bump into Gemma Anderson again. The Galloway Girls are back! With exams coming up and major life choices in progress, everything is about to change.

I was asked to take part in the upcoming blog tour for Gemma’s Not Sure and so the publisher Sweet Cherry Publishing sent me a copy of the book, along with the first in the series Lily’s Just Fine. These books are set down in Dumfries & Galloway, it’s not the area of Scotland I’m most familiar but I spent some time down there while I was working with the team equipping the new hospital there so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in


Starfell: Willow Moss and the Forgotten Tale by Dominique Valente

The anticipated second book in 2019’s breakout magical fantasy series, Starfell, starring misfit witch Willow Moss. Perfect for readers of 8+ and beautifully illustrated throughout by Sarah Warburton.

Willow Moss, the youngest and least powerful sister in a family of witches, recently saved the world. The problem is, nobody can remember it – and, to make matters worse, her magical ability seems broken. Instead of finding lost things, objects keep disappearing against her will … which is especially troubling now that her friend Sometimes needs her help!

Sometimes has discovered how to see ten minutes into the future. Unfortunately that’s only enough time to find out that his kidnappers are on their way! His only hope is to write an urgent letter to Willow, asking if she wouldn’t mind trying to find him.

As Willow and her friends piece together what has happened to Sometimes, their adventure takes them from an enchanted tower to the magical forest of Wisperia and into dangerous new realms… Can Willow save Sometimes when her own powers are out of control?

Admittedly I’ve not actually read the first Starfell book yet, but I have bought the second nonetheless!


It Wasn’t Me by Dana Alison Levy

The Breakfast Club meets middle school mystery in this story of six very different seventh graders forced together in the aftermath of a vandalism incident.

When Theo’s photographs are vandalized and trashed beyond all recognition, there are five kids at the scene: The Nerd, the Princess, the Jock, the Weirdo, and the Screw-Up.
All anyone will say is “It wasn’t me.”
Theo doesn’t care who it was, he just wants to stop being the victim. The sooner the school forgets the whole humiliating thing, the better. But his favorite teacher is asking the six of them to spend vacation week together “learning to trust” and getting to the truth. She calls it a Justice Circle. He calls it his worst nightmare.
Theo knows everything he needs to know about his classmates, and he’s sure this Justice Circle is going to be an epic and totally mortifying waste of time. But after a few days of sock puppets gone wrong, artificial flesh wounds, and dangerous candy reconnaissance missions, he’s not so certain. As they share their secrets, Theo realizes that he doesn’t know anyone as well as he thought, not even himself. And the truths they share might change their lives forever.
Hilarious, awkward, surprising, and ultimately heartwarming, IT WASN’T ME is a guessing game that keeps readers wondering: what lies behind the labels we wear?

Someone somewhere described this as the MG One Of Us Is Lying so naturally I had to buy it. It arrived at the beginning of the month but I’m focusing on my Magical Readathon TBR currently so I’ve not gotten to it yet


The Pieces Of Ourselves by Maggie Harcourt

Flora doesn’t do people”, not since the Incident that led to her leaving school midway through her GCSEs. The Incident that led to her being diagnosed with bipolar II. The Incident that left her in pieces. Until Hal arrives. He’s researching a story about a missing World War I soldier, and he wants Flora’s help. Flora used to love history before the Incident, but spending so much time with Hal is her worst nightmare. Yet as they begin to piece together the life of the missing soldier, a life of lost love, secrets and lies, Flora finds a piece of herself falling for Hal.

I have been looking forward to this book since the lovely Charlotte swiped the Usborne 2020 Sampler for me at YALC last year. I fell in love with Flora in that brief chapter and I’m so glad I finally have my hands on this one!

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And now quickly onto six books due out in the next few months or so that I recently added to my Goodreads shelves! Click on the titles below to view the Goodreads page

Chelsea High by Jenny Oliver; Kissing Lessons by Sophie Jordan; Knife Edge by Simon Mayo; The Search Party by Simon Lelic; Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz and The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

They were my #SixforSunday! If you’ve taken part leave a link to your post below and I’ll be sure to check it out!

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