5 Books I Want to Buy Before the End of the Year

5 Books I Want to Buy (before the end of the year)

In case you haven’t figured it out by all the reviews I post on this blog: I love reading.

Shocker, I know.

If I were to let myself go and buy every book I wanted, I’d be broke in a week, probably even sooner. However, there are some books I desire more than others and since I think they’d be amazing reads, I decided to share them with you. This list is in no particular order and I tried to go for a bit of diversity so you’ll see three Fiction novels, a manga and a writing guide here, all of them by different authors.

Let’s start with the Fiction novels.

Heart by Garrett Leigh

Heart by Garrett Leigh

Part of series: No

Themes & Genres: LGBT, Fiction, Romance, gay

WARNING: Mature Content

Blurb:

Cornish pastry chef Seb Wright dreads the summer tourist season. The cash injection to his artisan fudge pantry is more than welcome, the extra work, less so. Then one summer, a shadowy Good Samaritan catches his eye. Irish Traveller Dex is bewitching, a beautiful sullen enigma who turns Seb’s world upside down until he disappears in the night, vanishing like a mystical summer rain.

Twelve months later Dex is in the midst of a dark storm. A slave to his master, ‘Uncle’ Braden, he spends his days cleaning caravans and his nights working in Braden’s other businesses. His short summer with Seb seems a lifetime ago. Lost in the savage violence of the murky underworld, he doesn’t dare dream he’ll ever find his way back, until one night, a brutal crime opens the door for a chance escape. A new life beckons, old faces emerge, and immersed in the heady vibe of London’s East End, new love begins to heal his fractured heart.

You can buy the book here:

  • amazon.com (link takes you straight to the book)

Add Heart to your Goodreads list (link takes you straight to the book)

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Part of series: No

Themes & Genres: LGBT, Teens & YA, family, social issues

Blurb:

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully asks what if you weren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend might just be the God of mountain lions…

You can buy the book here:

  • amazon.com (link takes you straight to the book)

Add The Rest of Us Just Live Here to your Goodreads list (link takes you straight to the book)

Stalking Jack the Ripper, Book 1 by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.jpg

Part of series: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Themes & Genres: Historical Fiction, crime

Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

You can buy the book here:

  • amazon.com (link takes you straight to the book)

Add Stalking Jack the Ripper to your Goodreads list (link takes you straight to the book)

And now for the guide.

Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes

Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes

Part of series: No

Themes & Genres: Education, guides, writing

Blurb:

What makes a romance novel a romance? How do you write a kissing book?
Writing a well-structured romance isn’t the same as writing any other genre—something the popular novel and screenwriting guides don’t address. The romance arc is made up of its own story beats, and the external plot and theme need to be braided to the romance arc—not the other way around.

Told in conversational (and often irreverent) prose, Romancing the Beat can be read like you are sitting down to coffee with romance editor and author Gwen Hayes while she explains story structure. The way she does with her clients. Some of whom are regular inhabitants of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.

Romancing the Beat is a recipe, not a rigid system. The beats don’t care if you plot or outline before you write, or if you pants your way through the drafts and do a “beat check” when you’re revising. Pantsers and plotters are both welcome. So sit down, grab a cuppa, and let’s talk about kissing books.

You can buy the book here:

  • amazon.com (link takes you straight to the book)

Add Romancing the Beat to your Goodreads list (link takes you straight to the book)

Last, but most definitely not least: the manga.

Assassination Classroom, Volume 2 by Yusei Matsui

Assassination Classroom, Vol. 2 (Ansatsu Kyoushitsu) by Yusei Matsui

Part of series: Assassination Classroom (a.k.a. Ansatsu Kyoushitsu)

Themes & Genres: Manga, Action, Comedy, school, teachers, friendship

Blurb:

Ever caught yourself screaming, “I could just kill that teacher”? What would it take to justify such antisocial behavior and weeks of detention? Especially if he’s the best teacher you’ve ever had? Giving you an “F” on a quiz? Mispronouncing your name during roll call…again? How about blowing up the moon and threatening to do the same to Mother Earth—unless you take him out first?! Plus a reward of a cool 100 million from the Ministry of Defense! Okay, now that you’re committed… How are you going to pull this off? What does your pathetic class of misfits have at their disposal to combat Teach’s alien technology, bizarre powers and… tentacles?!

A sexy new teacher comes to Class 3-E to do the students’ job for them. When the 3-E students begin exhibiting signs of self-esteem, Principal Asano demands that Koro Sensei crush their spirits so they continue to set a bad example for the rest of the school to rise above. Then a class field trip goes terribly wrong when two 3-E girls are abducted. Who will come to their rescue…?

You can buy the book here:

  • amazon.com (link takes you straight to the book)

Do you think you’d enjoy any of these books?

If so, which?

Share in the comments!

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