This is another part of my new TBR project. I am wanting to get on top of my backlist in 2022 and I thought It would also be a fun idea to do that while also getting to promote some of my Favourite Bloggers.
There was a Instagram template floating around at the end of 2021 that inspired this idea. It asked for 12 people to recommend a book. This looked like fun but I didn’t want to have to buy 12 new books. Instead I wanted to twist the idea to help me cull my back list. So I changed it up a little and I have decided to have 12 blogger friends pick my TBR for me. One each month. I have asked them to select two books from my collection of 308 unread books and in this post I will introduce you to them, their awesome blog and then about the books they picked for me to read this month.
Kayleigh aka Hedwig and I meet on book Twitter a while ago through a mutual love of SFF, in particular, various comic book series, the works of Terry Pratchett and the River of London series. I always nosy at her Instagram for recommendations as I know I am going to find some real gems. She is also one of the nicest and most supportive bookish people I have met. I also really admire her tenacity and fierceness when addressing political issues on her social feeds as they she always presents her well researched arguments with grace.
So I let Kayleigh loose on my huge owned TBR pile and this is what she choose…
The Wee Free Men
Discworld # 30, Tiffany Aching #1
Why it was Picked:
Kayleigh: I chose both mostly because I read and loved both. But they both do something very differently, which is that trope of young girl discovering powers/things she shouldn’t but in very different ways. Terry Pratchett gives the Wee Free Men a lot more humor but has an ongoing conversation in the book about grief, the burden of it on younger kids.
What the book is about:
Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnapped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk’s local Nac Mac Feegle – aka the Wee Free Men – a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny. Together they battle through an eerie and ever-shifting landscape, fighting brutal flying fairies, dream-spinning dromes, and grimhounds – black dogs with eyes of fire and teeth of razors – before ultimately confronting the Queen of the Elves, absolute ruler of a world in which reality intertwines with nightmare. And in the final showdown, Tiffany must face her cruel power alone…
In a riveting narrative that is equal parts suspense and humor, Carnegie Medalist Terry Pratchett returns to his internationally popular Discworld with a breathtaking tale certain to leave fans, new and old, enthralled.
Other words for Smoke
Sarah Maria Griffin
Why it was Picked:
Kayleigh: Other Words of Smoke is way more mysterious and esoteric, think the mood of Edinburgh Nights but in a small Irish rural town with very creepy vibes
What the book is about:
The house at the end of the lane burned down, and Rita Frost and her teenage ward, Bevan, were never seen again. The townspeople never learned what happened. Only Mae and her brother Rossa know the truth; they spent two summers with Rita and Bevan, two of the strangest summers of their lives… Because nothing in that house was as it seemed: a cat who was more than a cat, and a dark power called Sweet James that lurked behind the wallpaper, enthralling Bevan with whispers of neon magic and escape. And in the summer heat, Mae became equally as enthralled with Bevan. Desperately in the grips of first love, she’d give the other girl anything. A dangerous offer when all that Sweet James desired was a taste of new flesh…
So there are Kayleigh’s Choices! I am probably going to jump into The Wee Free Men first as my sister has also been encouraging me to start that one too!
Thanks again to Keyleigh, I am really excited to start the reads. You can find out what I think of them in my reviews and end of month wrap up! Remember to pop over to Hedwig’s Blog and give her some love!