After Christmas and my birthday, I had a few vouchers burning a hole in my pocket so I decided to make a pretty big book haul to fill up my to-be-read pile and get myself excited to read lots of new books. These are a mixture of some books I've wanted to read for a while and some ones that I saw and bought on impulse. And of course being a #superfamousbookbloggers (that hashtag will catch on) I have to blog about it. I'll be reviewing these over the next few months in my monthly reading wrap-ups so consider this to be a sneak peak.
A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax - This book has been floating around the blogosphere and I was really interested as I certainly am very frazzled at the moment. It talks about how stress is a human invention and gives some tips on how to get rid of it. At the moment, I'll take what I can get. I also recently read The Life-Changing Magic of Giving a Fuck so I guess you could say I'm on a self-help book streak.
How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog by Chad Orzel - Possibly the oddest book I've ever bought. Whilst I find quantum physics to be very interesting, it isn't the easiest to learn. I have an exam in May that's 1/3 quantum theory so I'd really like to learn as much as I can before then. I figure that if I could teach it to my dog then I should understand it pretty well. It looks like it's going to be pretty funny but also science - just how I like it.
Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon - Having already read Bryony Gordon's first book, The Wrong Knickers, and enjoying it I was intrigued by her next novel. This book is all about Gordon's OCD and the effect it has had on her life. I'm trying to educate myself about mental illness so I thought reading more personal accounts about mental illnesses would be a good place to start. And in true Bryony Gordon style - she's somehow going to make it funny.
The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom* - This is a YA fiction novel about a girl who's father is kidnapped. Think of it like Taken in reverse. She goes on the hunt across Europe to rescue him. It seems like it's going to be a real heroine story and hopefully, the European aspect will fill be with a little wanderlust.
Spectacles by Sue Perkins - Sue Perkins is one of my favourite television personalities (RIP GBBO) so when I saw that she has written an autobiography I knew I wanted to read it. It looks like it's going to be a good mix of funny anecdotes and honest recounts. Hopefully, I'll get to learn a little bit more about Sue as a person and I can't wait to read it.
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven - After recently reading All The Bright Places I found myself wanting to check out Jennifer Niven's other book. I don't really know much about the plot and I think I want to go into it without knowing very much about it as the blurb is quite mysterious. If it's anything like All The Bright Places then it will be beautifully written and thought provoking.
Nerve by Jeanne Ryan - When the movie trailer came out I really wanted to watch Nerve but never got around to it. I has a few pounds on my vouchers and was looking for something cheap when I came across this and I thought why not? This is a book about where people participate in some sort of online game to game money by acting out dares that become increasingly more dangerous. It sounds like it's going to be really fun and fast paced.
If you've read any of these then let me know what you made of them in the comments.