'The Wizard of Oz' by L. Frank Baum
Over Christmas we watched 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' and it made me wonder about the original story of Oz and how it would be really interesting to read, so I obviously had to include it in the order. I'm a big fan of classic fairy tales and basically classic novels in general, so I thought it was a bit of a given that I needed to add 'The Wizard of Oz' to my reading list. I picked up the Puffin Chalk version which is really pretty - I just love it when classic novels have really stunning covers. I'm so excited to finally read the story behind the incredible films and the amazing stage show.
'Eleanor & Park' by Rainbow Rowell
'Eleanor & Park' is a book I think I first read about on Michelle's blog ages ago, and had wanted to pick up a copy ever since. It's touted as 'an exquisite nostalgia trip for anyone who has never forgotten their first love' and I thought it just sounded like a lovely romantic coming-of-age novel that anyone who has ever fallen in love young could relate to. It's set over one school year in 1986 so I'm hoping it will definitely hit all the notes in terms of nostalgia.
'Always the Bridesmaid' by Lindsey Kelk
Next up, I couldn't not include a book by Lindsey Kelk in this as she's one of my favourite authors and her books never fail to make me smile. 'Always the Bridesmaid' is one of Lindsey's newer novels, and I'm pretty sure it will be just as hilarious and romantic of all of Lindsey's books - seriously, if you've not read anything by her yet, do it. I recommend starting with 'I Heart New York' (Lindsey's first novel) as it's such a good read.
'All the Bright Places' by Jennifer Niven
I actually first heard about 'All the Bright Places' on Zoella's YouTube channel, and was immediately drawn in, adding it to my basket on Amazon straight away. It's about a boy called Finch and a girl called Violet, both of whom meet on the top of the school bell tower with the intention of ending their lives. Although it's unclear who saves who, they strike up an unconventional friendship that soon turns to something more. However, as Violet's life blooms, Finch's begins to wilt. With some serious themes throughout, I think this is guaranteed to be an interesting and gripping read.
'The Mermaid's Sister' by Carrie Anne Noble
Finally, the last booked I picked up is 'The Mermaid's Sister', which is actually one I'd not previously heard of. I found it whilst searching for a book to bulk up my order and as soon as I read the name I knew it was for me. As I said previously, I've always loved classic fairy tales and growing up I became enamoured with lots of Young Adult fantasy books featuring fairies and mermaids. When I read the blurb for this book, it took me back to those stories that I loved so much and so I knew I had to get it.
I'm so excited to get stuck into these books and I'll definitely be writing reviews once I've finished them. What book are you currently reading?