I have lots and lots of books on my desk right now. So I thought I’d share a few. Mind you, I’ve started none of these books. I’m on page 0 with every single one. So if you’ve read them or have heard things let me know and help me make my stack smaller by process of elimination.
Kindred : the graphic novel adaptation by Octavia Butler. Ok so I lied. I’m on page 31 with this one. So far so good.
The Snowman by Jo Nesbø. I saw the movie trailer for this one when I went to go see Atomic Blonde last month and it looked equally parts scary and suspenseful. I typically hate scary movies but I think this one might be similar to Taking Lives. By that I mean it’s more about the detective and his relationship with people than about the serial killer. More suspenseful than horror-like. I’ll try the book first. See if I make it.
Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan. I saw this one on the Book Riot newsletter. It reminded me of A Discovery of Witches, with which I am obsessed. Speaking of, if you love the All Souls trilogy get ready to squeal. It’s being filmed for TV AS.WE.SPEAK!
Tales of Falling and Flying by Ben Loory. A short story collection that I may or may not open.
September Book of the Month was so-so. I chose one that I could probably do without, Emma in the Night. I had already skipped July and I’m not sure how many times you can skip.. maybe there’s no limit? Lies She Told sounds too much like all those grip lit books. I have Little Fires Everywhere on my Kindle from Netgalley and I’m 20% through. Sourdough just sounds plain weird and I have no interest in Sing, Unburied, Sing.
My August Book of the Month had a great selection. I chose The Hearts Invisible Furies. Then I promptly let someone borrow it. Womp womp. I’m sure I’ll get it back but its 500+ pages so it definitely won’t be soon. I already have Fierce Kingdom on my Kindle from Netgalley and I was slightly interested in The Blinds but not enough to own it.
I am the worst at telling you about my Book of the Month choices. I admit it. I skipped July, so that’s my excuse on that. The choices are below.
I have The Child on my Kindle from Netgalley so I wasn’t going to do that one. American Fire is available on Hoopla so I didn’t need that one. I wavered on Final Girls and The Windfall. Final Girls had some controversy around it because the author is a man but made a female sounding pseudonym in order to profit from the grip lit phenomenon so I’m glad I didn’t get that one. I could have chosen The Windfall but it sounded too much like The Wangs vs. the World and I didn’t like that book. Moving right along!
I downloaded I am Pilgrim with my Audible subscription on the recommendation of Jessica Turner. She suggested it to people who like Homeland or Alias and I love Alias. If you’ve never seen it go watch it, it used to be on Netflix. I also love intricate plots. This one has lots of characters and story lines and they all come together at the end, which I love. It is a very long audiobook but I’ve officially come around to the 1.25x speed so it goes by faster. I have no idea how much time that actually shaves off, but it makes me feel better. The actual plot about the small pox disease is terrifying. I hope to God none of that could really happen, but I’m sure it could and we all just go on blissfully living our lives *shiver*. Goodreads summary below.
“A breakneck race against time…and an implacable enemy. An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity. One path links them all, and only one man can make the journey.”
My only complaint is that it takes awhile to connect the stories together. Which could be annoying to some if they don’t want to keep going until everything makes sense. I am usually one of those people. Push on, friends!
This book is a gem. It may be my last summer reading tagged book and I wanted a fluffy one. It was published last year in the UK, it had a fair amount of idiocentric phrases that we Americans don’t use. Julian is a new dad to a tiny baby when the book starts out and he uses all his savings to open a bookshop. Fast foward 25ish years and his daughter Emilia is all grown up and now taking car of the bookshop herself after Julian’s death. There’s some flash backs and lots of characters, so be aware that you’ll have to keep track of multiple stories. However, I loved all of the characters and how they all came together. At first I kept getting them confused because each chapter would start with a new person, but once I got them all straight I loved learning about how their lives intersected in the small town of Peasebrook and the influence an adorable bookshop.
Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017 : read a book about books
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : read a book about books or reading
This author amazes me. Still Life is the first book in a Canadian mystery series. It was published in 2005 and she now has 13 in the series. That means she basically pumps out a book a year. Which is awesome. She’s like a female James Patterson but without as much notoriety.
I found this to be a great mystery. Not quite a cozy, but definitely not as edgy as the Tana French series (review of book one in that series here). I like the characters. I definitely won’t read all 13 of them. The only thing I don’t like is that Three Pines is supposedly such a small town it wasn’t on the map and yet there’s 13 books about murders there. How many people can really be murderers in a small town? Quick summary below. Also, I watched the movie and it wasn’t half bad. Worth the view if you liked the book.
“Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.”
Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book set around a holiday other than Christmas (the murder was set the day before Thanksgiving)