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Features | Super Thursday Round Up

Book releases here in the UK at least usually happen on a Tuesday or Thursday. The odd exception does occur (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released on a Sunday to coincide with Harry Potter's birthday), but generally books stick to those rules.

On Thursday just gone (6th October), there were tons of new releases. I've heard the term Super Thursday being used by some in the community, which I think is a really apt name. So for today's post here on Blogger's Bookshelf, I thought I'd round up some of the releases from Thursday that I'm most excited to read.

  1. The Last Beginning by Lauren James. Back in 2015, Lauren released The Next Together, which was really one of, if not my favourite release of 2015. It was her debut and it was stunning. It told the tale of Katherine and Matthew, a couple destined to be born, meet, fall in love and die. The first book was told from four different timescales, each of which Katherine and Matthew are in and each of which they fall in love. The Last Beginning is the follow up, where Clove is trying to hunt down her relatives Kate and Matt who disappeared after a scandal sixteen years ago. I am definitely excited to read this, I bought a copy this week and I can't wait to get started.
  2. Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven. Again, another book from an author whose first book I loved too. Jennifer's first book, All The Bright Places, featured "a girl who learned to live from a boy who wanted to die." Nearly two years on and Jennifer is now writing the screenplay for the movie adaptation of the book. Holding Up The Universe is a book featuring a new pair of characters; Libby and Jack. Libby was once dubbed 'America's Fattest Teen,' but nobody looks past that to see who she really is. Jack has mastered the art of fitting in, but people also assume they know everything about him, when really he can't recognise people's faces. I'm also very excited to read this new book too, it sounds like a really great novel and I know from other bloggers that it is an incredible book.
  3. Kid Got Shot by Simon Mason. The anticipated follow up to the first Garvie Smith novel, Simon has come back with a second book. DI Singh is back and he's investigating a boy who's been shot from the Marsh Academy, and he's determined to keep Garvie, who knows where to look for the answers, away. Running Girl was really highly acclaimed, so I am also really looking forward to reading this too.
  4. Replica by Lauren Oliver. The New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver is back with her brand new book, which is actually two stories in one book (read it one way for Lyra's story, read it the other for Gemma's story), which is described as a book "that explores the issues of individuality, identity, and humanity." It sounds like a really unique book (though one that is slightly hard to explain!), but I highly recommend you check Lauren's works out.
There were many other releases on Thursday, from Susin Nielsen (author of We Are All Made Of Molecules), Amy Ewing, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Catherine Johnson, Liz Kessler, Marcus Sedgwick, Piers Torday, Lucy Strange and so many others so if you haven't yet found yourself in a bookstore then what are you waiting for? Go and check out the amazing titles released on Thursday and who knows? Perhaps you'll even find your new favourite book.

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