She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick, hardback, for review:
It's not a secret that I am a huge Sedgwick fan; Midwinterblood had me, quite literally, on the edge of my chair, whilst My Swordhand is Singing restored my faith in the vampire folklore. So, when this neat, conveniently-sized hardback arrived at my door, I think you can imagine the excitement that flooded my face...
Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher, paperback, for review:
I seem to part of the minority with this one. I haven't actually read Christopher's highly-acclaimed debut, Stolen, and so I'm going into her latest novel with no knowledge of her other writing or anything! But I'm excited, nevertheless...
The Girl in the Mask by Marie-Louise Jensen, paperback, won:
I love historical fiction, that is all I need to say about this one.
That Burning Summer by Lydia Syson, paperback, for review:
After reading the Guardian's brilliant review of Syson's first YA novel, I've kept an eye out for anything else by this author. Like I mentioned above, I love historical fiction, so I reckon I'm in for a treat with this one... plus, I love the cover design (not that it has anything to do with the actual content...)!
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, hardback, borrowed:
I'm moving away from YA territory now, my next book being one I have
The Testament of Mary, paperback, for review:
I've been lucky enough to receive this year's Man Booker prize shortlist for review… I don't think it's possible to explain my excitement, but let me just say: I'm incredibly, incredibly excited! The Testament of Mary is the shortest on the list, but intriguing, nonetheless...
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, paperback, for review:
I started this one last night, and I'm already in love with Ruth Ozeki's writing style. Part of the reason I'm reading and reviewing these is so I can recommend some adult books to teenagers, and I think this is one is easily accessible and equally as endearing.
Harvest by Jim Crace, hardback, for review:
This novel is supposedly the 'favourite' to win. I've heard many things about both the novel and the author, all positive, so I'm hoping I'll be able to begin this one soon.
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo, hardback, for review:
Like A Tale for the Time Being, I think the concept behind this book could be enjoyable for teens too. Of course, I've yet to delve deeper into the novel, but upon the surface, it looks like one of the more accessible books on the shortlist.
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, hardback, for review:
Admittedly, this is the one book on the shortlist I don't know very much about. However, I'd like to keep it this way, as sometimes a reading experience is more enjoyable when you don't know too much about the book in question!
Last, but definitely not least, is my most anticipated book on the shortlist; the longest novel, yes, but a book that sounds utterly original and incredibly intriguing... I can't wait to begin!
Thank you very much to Orion, Chicken House, Hot Key Books, Lucy and Man Booker for sending these to me for review... there's not one book above that I'm not jumping-up-and-down excited for – and that's always a brilliant sign! Also, because I've mentioned the shortlist an awful lot, are there any Man Booker novels you're particularly excited about?
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