If I Could Go To The Bookstore Right Now…

I’ve previously read Deanna’s posts on what books she would buy if she could go to the bookstore right in that moment & I loved the idea of doing a post like it! Deanna has actually done 3 posts on this “tag” so I might follow her & do this post every now & again, when my list of books changes! You can find Deanna’s first post here, her second here & her third here. All of the books listed below are on my birthday wishlist, so by the time this is posted I may (hopefully) own some of them.

The first book I would buy if I could go to a bookshop right now would be Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster! This book has been on my to-buy list for so long that I’m pretty sure it didn’t even have a cover on GoodReads when I first added it; the plot line sounds original & it seems as if the book will be fast-paced with lots of surprises! Plus, the cover is stunning.

Last Star BurningSev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.

Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she’s more valuable alive than dead.

When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can’t help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother’s crimes—than he lets on.

But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev’s life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.

The second book I would buy if I could go to a bookshop right now would be A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith. This is another book that has been on my to-buy list for far too long; I did original pre-order the book but because of financial issues I had to cancel it so I’ve never got to read it! I’ve asked my library to order it in more than once but they’ve said that they’re not able to get a copy here in the UK, which sucks. This book is set in Japan, partially historical Japan, which is obviously what first caught my attention, but I’m also interested in the mental health aspects of the book & the time travel!

A Darkly Beating Heart
A time-travel story that alternates between modern day and 19th century Japan as one girl confronts the darkness lurking in her soul.

No one knows what to do with Reiko. She is full of hatred. All she can think about is how to best hurt herself and the people closest to her. After a failed suicide attempt, Reiko’s parents send her from their Seattle home to spend the summer with family in Japan to learn to control her emotions. But while visiting Kuramagi, a historic village preserved to reflect the nineteenth-century Edo period, Reiko finds herself slipping back in time into the life of Miyu, a young woman even more bent on revenge than Reiko herself. Reiko loves being Miyu, until she discovers the secret of Kuramagi village, and must face down Miyu’s demons as well as her own.

The third book I would buy if I could go to a bookshop right now would be The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe (translated by Lilit Thwaites)! I first came across this book on NetGalley, but as I was so excited about the book I decided to email the publisher to ask for a print ARC instead of an e-copy… unfortunately I never heard back from them so I am yet to read the book 😦 As a lot of you should know by now I love war books because I love to learn through fiction, & I obviously also love reading, so the synopsis of this book hooked me completely.

The Librarian of Auschwitz
Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.
Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.

Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.

If I could go to a bookshop right now (& have unlimited funds) the fourth book in my basket would be China Doll by Talia Carner. The reason I’m interested in this book is because it’s about adoption, but more specifically the adoption of a Chinese child. Some of you may have read in my previous posts that I would one day like to adopt from Asia (most probably China) so I hope that this book will educate me a little bit more on the issues I may face (even if I am in the UK & not America).

China Doll.jpg

A riveting journey to save one life. An American music icon, Nola Sands is on a concert tour in China when a baby is thrust into her arms. Resolved to save the infant from death in a Chinese orphanage, Nola finds herself on a collision course with her husband/manager, with her record label company’s interests in China-and with the world’s two superpowers determined to silence her. In a story of an adoptive parent’s unwavering love, Nola’s flight across China is a tale not only of human rights abuses running amok in an astonishingly picturesque land: It is the gripping self-discovery voyage of a woman coming into her own.



My fifth buy would be The Takedown by Corrie Wang; this book is on my priority-buy list as I think the topic that this book surrounds is something very current & I’ve never actually read a book on “revenge porn” or anything quite like it. I have a friend who has experienced having photos of her posted online by an (ex)boyfriend so it’s something I care a lot about so I have obviously have a curiosity to see how Wang has weaved this story together.

The Takedown.jpg
Kyla Cheng doesn’t expect you to like her. For the record, she doesn’t need you to. On track to be valedictorian, she’s president of her community club and a debate team champ, plus the yummy Mackenzie Rodriguez has firmly attached himself to her hip. She and her three high-powered best friends don’t just own their senior year at their exclusive Park Slope, Brooklyn high school, they practically define the hated species Popular. Kyla’s even managed to make it through high school completely unscathed.

Until someone takes issue with this arrangement.

A week before college applications are due, a video of Kyla “doing it” with her crush-worthy English teacher is uploaded to her school’s website. It instantly goes viral, but here’s the thing: it’s not Kyla in the video. With time running out, Kyla delves into a world of hackers, haters and creepy stalkers in an attempt to do the impossible—take something off the internet—all while dealing with the fallout from her own karmic footprint.

The final book I would buy right now if I could would be The Leavers by Lisa Ko! This is another book that I feel covers quite a current topic (deportation), but it also covers the adoption of a Chinese child into a white family – so my main interest in this book is very similar to my reasons for wanting to read China Doll.

The LeaversOne morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her.

With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.

Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging. It’s the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away–and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past.






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