2017 UK Paperbacks

2017 UK Paperback Releases

Greetings!

How goes thee?

I love a pretty hardback book but Hardbacks are often clunky and difficult to carry and read on public transport so I usually have to read them at home. I have learnt to be patient and wait for the book to be released in paperback…a year later. Or sometimes I just buy the US version. Depends how desperate I am but I have been trying to buy more books in store than online.

 
Anyways, these are some of the books I’m excited about that will FINALLY be out this year in paperback. The problem with buzzworthy books is that sometimes the hype really isn’t worth it…but as with any art form, it’s subjective and I’ll only know once I try it. So I’m hoping I enjoy these books and they’re not overrated so look out for my reviews later on in the year!

Please note that publishers might push back release dates and change book covers but this is currently the correct information.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

UK Pub Date: 12th January 2017

Truthwtich Book Covers

Cover: I definitely prefer the cover in the middle which is the UK Paperback cover!

Thoughts: Heard good things about this! I like fantasy, especially with badass female characters who are witches!

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

UK Pub Date: 28th March 2017

Cover: I really like this cover apart from the person.

Thoughts: I’ve heard a lot about this book but it sounds like it could either be REALLY BAD or REALLY GOOD plus INDIAN MYTHOLOGY YES PLEASE. I know the sequel is out this year in the US and will be available in Hardback in the UK too, but I’m excited to read this!

What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera (Adult)

UK Pub Date: 4th April 2017

Cover: It’s not a bad cover despite the person…would prefer it if it was just the water.

Thoughts: A story about a girl from Sri Lanka who has to move to America. It sounds like a really heartbreakingly good novel.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

UK Pub Date: 6th April 2017

The Wrath and the Dawn Book Covers

Cover: Of course I prefer the one in the middle which is the US Hardback cover but I actually don’t mind the first cover as the title covers her face and I really like her earrings lol

Thoughts: This has been in my TBR list for ages and heard a mix of things about it but hope I enjoy it! The sequel is out already in the US and will also be out in the UK in April. Check out Nuzaifa’s review here.

Chasing The Stars by Malorie Blackman

UK Pub Date: 6th April 2017

Chasing the Stars Book Covers

Cover: I obviously prefer the UK Paperback cover (right) as it doesn’t have a person on it but it’s also much prettier

Thoughts: Malorie Blackman is a National Treasure. She is an incredible British children’s author and one of the most prominent black children’s authors in the UK. Chasing the Stars is her latest novel which is a sci-fi retelling of Shakespeare’s Othello. A weird concept but I will give it a chance. 

 The Reader by Traci Chee

UK Pub Date: 1st August  2017

Cover: Another fantasy cover with a person on the front smh

Thoughts: a girl learning how to read AND swashbuckling pirates?! I am so ready for this book!

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

UK Pub Date: 1st August 2017

Cover: Even though it has a person on the cover i quite like it as it’s so different!

Thoughts: In an interview, the author said she wanted to write a ‘Latina version of charmed’ which I am up for since I LOVE CHARMED!  Heard good things about this. Check out Naz’s review!

Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia

UK Pub Date: 1st August 2017

Cover: I like this cover. I think it’s pretty cool. although the title seems a bit lazy tbh but I think it is relevant to the story

Thoughts: A BOOK WITHIN A BOOK? BROWN PROTAGONIST? It definitely has mixed reviews as the main character is more of an antihero but it sounds like something I might enjoy…

 

Which books are you definitely going to be reading in 2017? Do you prefer paperback or hardback or are you more of an e-book person?

 

Happy Reading!

 

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

 

“In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.” — Ben Aaronovitch

Cassava Republic Press Books

Introducing Cassava Republic Press UK

Hello everyone.

Hope you have been having an amazing 2016 so far despite all the horrendous things going on in the world (plenty of goof things still happen).

I’d like to just tell you about this wonderful Nigerian publishing company that is launching in the UK.

Cassava Republic Press is a Nigerian publishing company that started in 2006 and now they’re opening a branch in London. Woohoo.

Their motto is ‘feeding the African imagination’ which i think is great because people in Africa (the whole continent) need food for the soul too and what is better than stories? Many cultures have oral storytelling but there are still plenty of people who WANT to read books but accessibility and availability is often a problem.

CRP is founded by Bibi Bakare-Yusuf and Jeremey Weate and they both run the company along with Emma Shercliff. It’s amazing how far they have come since it is such a small company.👏🏽

So what kind of books do they publish?

  1. Literary Fiction
  2. Cassava Crime
  3. Ankara Romance
  4. Cassava Kids/Children’s (including YA)
  5. Non-fiction

So their romance imprint Ankara Press features strong independent black women which is awesome as it portrays ‘a new kind of romance’ featuring young black characters. so if that is your thing then give their books a try. The ebooks are available on their website and amazon and the print books will be out in July in the UK.

Launch Books:

CRP UK Launch Titles

Since their official launch is April 2016 they are releasing 5 books.

  1. Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika
  2. Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John
  3. Easy Motion Tourist by Leye Adenle
  4. Princess Arabella’s Birthday by Mylo Freeman 
  5. Princess Arabella Mixes Colours by Mylo Freeman

Princess Arabella is adorable and the illustrations are really cute so kids will definitely love her!

Like a Mule is an amazing book because it is so diverse! It has multiple narrators but the main one is Dr Morayo, a 74 year old woman who loves books and drives a Porsche! She also interacts with so many different people and it’s just such an uplifting novel! Plus the cover is really pretty.

Born on a Tuesday is incredible. it’s such a haunting coming of age story set in Northern Nigeria and deals with various issues from friendship and loss to fundamentalism and faith.

Easy Motion Tourist is a thrilling crime novel about organ trafficking in Lagos. Amaka is such a badass character and I just love her. Hope there are more books featuring Amaka as I’d defo like to see more from her!

Events:

the launch authors are also going to be coming to the UK for a book tour which is exciting!

  1. Oxford Literary Festival
  2. Cambridge Literary Festival
  3. Waterstones Piccadilly
  4. Dulwich Books
  5. Book & Kitchen
  6. The Alligator’s Mouth Bookshop

I’m so excited for their launch and they will be open for submissions probably by the end of April so if you have a story in you then get writing!

All their books are OUT NOW and should be available in all good bookshops (including Waterstones and Foyles) and online (wordery and amazon).

They also have Giveaways on Goodreads for UK readers so ENTER NOW!!!

Also, if you have read their books or are going to then please don’t forget to leave a review on amazon and goodreads because authors really do appreciate it.

Social Media:

Cassava Republic Press

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Ankara Press

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Anyways, hope everyone has a fabulous April full of sunshine and smiles!

Happy Reading!

XOXO

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‘Books are what I love most.’Sarah Ladipo Manyika (Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun)

Cassava Republic Press Books

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

Books Are My Bag 2015

Hello fellow bibliophiles! 

I’m so excited for this years Books Are My Bag because LAUREN CHILD HAS DESIGN A CHARLIE AND LOLA BOOK BAG!!!

IT IS SO ADORABLE I NEED IT.

 What is books are my bag (BAMB)?

It is a nationwide campaign to support bookshops as our high street bookshops are in danger (thanks to the cheapness of online books). It celebrates the act of buying a book in a bookstore where you can interact with other readers and ask questions about upcoming books as well as attend events…the beauty of a bookstore is not just that they have books but it has people who want to help you find the right book and they hold author events!

This year i have been trying my best to buy from bookstores instead of from amazon. If i do buy from amazon I use amazon marketplace so I get books from The Book Depository or Wordery)

on the BAMB website is a list of reasons to buy books from a bookshop:

  • You love books
  • You may be about to make a purchase you’ll value for the rest of your life
  • You’ll be shopping on your local high street
  • You’ll be helping create local jobs
  • You might just find a book you never knew existed 
  • You’ll find great gifts for friends and family
  • You can talk to real people about books they know and love
  • You’ll be part of your local book-loving community 

When is it?

8-10th October 2015 all over the UK. It happens every year so if you can’t make it this year then try to make a plan of it for next year. But, your bookstore might still be selling the bags throughout the year! 

Where is it?

you can check your local bookstore if they have any events for the day but usually you just go into a bookstore and they should have the bag…i think you get a free BAMB bag when you buy a book. the designer ones you have to pay for.

Why it is great?

  • because it celebrates books.
  • it’s a fun filled few days full of books and bags!
  • whenever  i see someone with a BAMB bag i know they are a fellow booklover.

Books I might get on the day:

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (her new book!)

The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester (aka Danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil from YouTube)

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Stand-Off  by Andrew Smith (the sequel to Winger)

Not on Fire, but Burning Greg Hrbek

AH…so many books to choose from. I might treat myself and get two!

Anyways, hope you guys go to a bookstore whether it’s Waterstones (they do Buy One Get One Half Price) or Foyles or an independent bookshop…celebrate the written word!

Follow BAMB on Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram

Happy Book Buying and Reading!

“Aren’t bookshops wonderful? The staff are always welcoming, friendly and incredibly knowledgeable about their stock – and they are great places to browse, to explore, to stumble across new literary treasures. Long live bookshops.” Malorie Blackman
“I love walking into a bookstore. It’s like all my friends are sitting on shelves, waving their pages at me.” – Tahereh Mafi
“Bookstores always remind me that there are good things in this world.” – Vincent van Gogh

 PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D