Title: Little Moments of Love

Author: Catana Chetwynd

Pages: 160 Pages

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

The Blurb

Little Moments of Love is a sweet collection of comics about the simple, precious, silly, everyday moments that make up a relationship.

What began as stray doodles on scraps of paper became an internet sensation when Catana Chetwynd’s boyfriend shared her drawings online. Now, Catana Comics touches millions of readers with its sweet, relatable humor. Little Moments of Love collects just that – the little moments that are the best parts of being with the person you love.

The Review

This book was technically bought as a Valentine’s Gift for my man but I had a sneak peek in it. By sneak peek I mean I read it from cover to cover in one sitting. So technically he is getting a second hand gift…almost one cute enough to cartoonise and put in a book? No?

It is adorable though and anyone in a relationship will see elements of their own story in Little Moments of Love.

Little Moments of Love is adorable.

Little Moments of Love by Catana Chetwynd is available now.

For more information regarding Andrews McMeel Publishing (@AndrewsMcMeel) please visit www.andrewsmcmeel.com.

Title: For the Love of Books – Stories of Literary Lives, Banned Books, Author Fueds, Extraordinary characters, and more

Author: Graham Tarrant

Pages: 244 Pages

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing

The Blurb

A light-hearted book about books and the people who write them for all lovers of literature.

Do you know:

Which famous author died of caffeine poisoning? Why Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was banned in China? Who was the first British writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature? What superstitions Truman Capote kept whenever he wrote? Who the other Winston Churchill was?

A treasure trove of compelling facts, riveting anecdotes, and extraordinary characters, For the Love of Books is a book about books—and the inside stories about the people who write them. Learn how books evolved, what lies behind some of the greatest tales ever told, and who’s really who in the world of fiction.

From banned books to famous feuding authors, from literary felons to rejected masterpieces, from tips for aspiring writers to stand-out book lists for readers to catch up on, For the Love of Books is a celebration of the written word and an absolute page-turner for any book lover.

Read all about it!

The Review

I loved For the Love of Books.

It is a wonderful little compendium of facts and stories about some of our best loved authors. The layout is fun and you can dip in and out of it at your leisure…if you can be strong willed enough to pause in between reading. Personally, I found that I couldn’t. I wanted to know more information and read more about the books and the authors.

For the Love of Books is the perfect present for the book lover in your life!

For the Love of Books – Stories of Literary Lives, Banned Books, Author Feuds, Extraordinary characters, and more by Graham Tarrant is available now.

For more information regarding Skyhorse Publishing (@skyhorsepub) please visit www.skyhorsepublishing.com.

Title: Boy 87

Author: Ele Fountain

Pages: 224 Pages

Publisher: Pushkin Children’s Books

The Blurb

The story of a refugee: one child’s journey stands for the journeys of many and the hopes of even more

Shif is just an ordinary boy who likes chess, maths and racing his best friend home from school. But one day, soldiers with guns come to his door – and he knows that he is no longer safe.

Shif is forced to leave his mother and little sister, and embark on a dangerous journey; a journey through imprisonment and escape, new lands and strange voices, and a perilous crossing by land and sea. He will encounter cruelty and kindness; he will become separated from the people he loves.

Boy 87 is a gripping, uplifting tale of one boy’s struggle for survival; it echoes the story of young people all over the world today.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

Boy 87 is another of the books that has been nominated for the Carnegie medal. This book packs an impressive punch. It is the story of a young boy called Shif and his tale of survival from a dictatorship. We travel with him through his travails and feel his pain and loss alongside of him. Equally we feel his hope.

I believe that Boy 87 should have been shortlisted for the Carnegie medal. It shows younger people the harsh realities of life and opens their eyes to a world that they may never have known.

Boy 87 by Ele Fountain is available now.

For more information regarding Ele Fountain (@EleFountain) please visit www.elefountainpen.com.

For more information regarding Pushkin Children’s Books (@PushkinPress) please visit www.pushkinpress.com.

Title: Stay With Me

Author: Ayobami Adebayo

Pages: 260 PAges

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday

The Blurb

Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage–after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures–Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time–until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin’s second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. Which, finally, she does–but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine.

An electrifying novel of enormous emotional power, Stay With Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.

The Review

Stay With Me is a story about the intricacies of marriage. For a westernised audience those nuances are completely different. You see, the story of Yejide and Akin’s marriage is influenced and centred around African tradition and culture.

Ayobami Adebayo discusses the unfairness of marital expectations on both sides; how familial responsibility can often lead to compromise and heartache and how it is the consequences of those choices that we have to deal with.

In reading Stay With Me, Ayobami Adebayo took me completely from my comfort zone but showed me that when you strip away culture and geographical differences marriage across the world comes with its own set of difficulties but ones that are completely relatable and that is what makes this story universal.

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo is available now.

For more information regarding Ayobami Adebayo (@ayobamiadebayo) please visit www.ayobamiadebayo.com.

For more information regarding (@DoubleDayUK) please visit www.penguin.co.uk.

Title: Toffee

Author: Sarah Crossan

Pages: 416 Pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

The Blurb

I am not who I say I am,

and Marla isn’t who she thinks she is.

I am a girl trying to forget.

She is a woman trying to remember.

Allison has run away from home and with nowhere to live finds herself hiding out in the shed of what she thinks is an abandoned house. But the house isn’t empty. An elderly woman named Marla, with dementia, lives there – and she mistakes Allison for an old friend from her past called Toffee.

Allison is used to hiding who she really is, and trying to be what other people want her to be. And so, Toffee is who she becomes. After all, it means she has a place to stay. There are worse places she could be.

But as their bond grows, and Allison discovers how much Marla needs a real friend, she begins to ask herself – where is home? What is a family? And most importantly, who am I, really?

The Review

I absolutely adore Sarah Crossan’s novels. Whenever a new one comes out you can guarantee it is on my ‘want to read’ list. The same can be said about Toffee. It was one of those books that I didn’t want to know anything about I just wanted to dive in because I know that with a Sarah Crossan novel I will be presented with challenging topics in a moving way.

Toffee did not disappoint.

It is a book about relationships. Not the love kind, but more the familial or the platonic kind. The story follows Allison, a runaway who is desperate to seek solace in the one person who has ever shown her kindness, however, when she ends up alone and penniless in an unknown area Allison forms a friendship with Marla. The only problem is that Marla has dementia and doesn’t remember Allison from one day to the next.

Crossan deals with issues such as abuse, broken families, loneliness, and mental health in such a caring, non-judgemental way. She has a magical ability to make her characters likable even when we question what they are doing. She is meticulous in her characterisation and I absolutely adore her books, Toffee included.

Toffee by Sarah Crossan is available now.

For more information regarding Sarah Crossan (@SarahCrossan) please visit her Twitter page.

For more information regarding Bloomsbury Publishing (@BloomsburyBooks) please visit www.bloomsbury.com.