Holiday TBR (March 2019)

I am going on holiday tomorrow! I am so very excited because I so desperately need a break. My year is absolutely killing me so far (I know I have not shut up about that fact for months) and I am tired and overworked and I cannot wait to take a proper break (mostly. I will still be replying to urgent mails because term starts ridiculously early this year and students freak out and I feel sorry if I don’t reply). As per usual, my boyfriend and me have planned way too many things, so I probably won’t have all that much time to read, but I do have a 12 hour plane ride ahead of me, so I will hopefully finish some books in the ten days I’ll be away.

I will only be packing one (1) physical book:

37539457Normal People by Sally Rooney

I am absolutely, totally, in love with her writing and her characters. They have a way of burrowing into my heart and my brain and staying there even when I am not reading. I could not stand the idea of having to wait ten days before I can finish this book.

 

I am currently in the middle of the audiobook for Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott. I really enjoyed the beginning of the book but it has started to seriously drag. It is altogether way too long, but I do think I’ll be making a serious dent into the book on my travels. If I finish this while abroad, I own the audiobook of An American Marriage by Tayari Jones as the next book on the Women’s Prize longlist.

I am also currently reading Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli which is very very wordy and couldn’t hold my attention during my work weeks. Hopefully being away from work will lead to me finally finishing this book. I also bought Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li, the book on the Women’s Prize longlist I am at the moment most aprehensive about.

But, who am I kidding, I will probably be reading the next few books in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series because they are so much fun and easy to read and really what I look for when I am on holiday.

TBR: December 2018

I had given up on setting myself TBRs a few months ago as I never actually read the books I was “supposed to”. But this month there are a few books that I really should get to. I am behind on my ARCs for one thing but more importantly, next year I am planning on only reading books written by female and non-binary authors (more on that soon). This does mean that there are a few books I do need to get to this month or they will have to wait for over a year; an idea I am not too fond of.

So without much further ado, here are the books I want to read this December, starting with the books I am currently reading.

Currently reading

 

To be Read

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (ARC)

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri (ARC)

Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch

Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom (ARC)

The Winter and The Witch by Katherine Arden (ARC)

To Be Read if time allows

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley

Do you have some books you want to read before the end of the year? Do let me know!

TBR: Novellas in November (2018)

This year I am planning on participating in Novellas in November. You can find an overview of the history of this event and further links on Laura’s blog.

There are two (main) reasons why I am trying to participate in Novellas in November:

  1. One of my reading resolutions was to read more novellas this year. I haven’t really done that.
  2. My reading has been super slow these last few weeks.

I am not very good at TBRs (which is why I have stopped setting myself any), so I will have to wait and see how it goes this month, but I do have a few novellas I want to get to. I will try to read as many as possible in a single sitting in the hopes of getting into the groove of reading again.

35954933The Strange Bird by Jeff VanderMeer

I adore Jeff VanderMeer’s writing and own a few books of his that I haven’t read, but for some reason I have not picked any of his books up in months. Crossing this one off my TBR would be ace.

25667918Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

I have heard amazing things about this series, but I also DNFed one of Nnedi Okorafor’s other books (man, that one was disappointingly romance heavy). I want to like her writing more than I do, I think. But, this is less than 100 pages long and will hopefully be as great as everybody says it is.

22359316Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

I would be nice to have read at least one classic book this year. I have neglected older books altogether this year and maybe that is a mistake. I have not read any Steinbeck but I have the nagging feeling that I would adore his work if I just got off my butt and actually read one of his books

32606889The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy

This sounds SO brilliant. And creepy. And disturbing. I was super excited when I bought it and really should get to it before the year ends.

 

35519101Rogue Protocol: The Murderbot Diaries #3 by Martha Wells

I have read the first two in the series earlier this year and really enjoy the characters and the humor. It is just fluffy enough to hopefully sooth my reading despair.

Are you planning of participating in Novellas in November? What are your reading plans in general?

TBR: The last three month of the year (a male author selection)

I will only be reading books written by women and non-binary people next year. It seemed like a good idea when I decided on that a few months ago. My reading taste leans towards books written by women anyways and I got so annoyed at the articles proclaiming that men don’t read women – and being the good economist I am, I decided to show the market that I can do that as well – I mean being a woman and only reading women.

There are a few books that I am fairly hyped about that I won’t get to next year, but I figure waiting a few months before I read them won’t kill me. But, and this is the idea behind this post, I own a few books written by men that I do want to get to before the beginning of the year. So I will try to read them in the next few months (I have not been following any TBRs whatsoever, so we will have to wait and see whether I actually do read them). Here are some books I am excited about, in no particular order.

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

number9dream by David Mitchell

Please get me excited about these books because they are all books I am sure I will enjoy (probably love) but some of them have been on my shelves for over a year. And if I don’t pick them up in the next three months, they will gather dust on my TBR shelf for longer still.

Impromptu “I am three books behind on my reading challenge”-TBR

The last few weeks have been rough, reading wise. I am as of today three books behind on my Goodreads reading challenge and I really want to change that. Luckily, it’s a bank holiday tomorrow, which means I have a whole day I can dedicate to reading and hopefully catching up at least a little bit.

I am currently in the middle of six books, which is also stressing me out, so I will try and finish at least one, hopefully two of those books in the next 26 hours. I will prioritize the books I am actually excited to read and see from there.

My TBR

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

36187690I am a bit further than half way through this book and enjoying it immensely. It is not perfect (sometimes the characters behave a bit too prop-like for my taste) but it is beautifully written and very readable.

 

 

Not That Bad edited by Roxane Gay

35068524This is brilliant. I adore everything about this anthology. I have around 80 pages left of this, so I will definitely be finishing it.

 

 

It by Stephen King

36320307There is no way I am finishing this any time soon but I am hoping to at least make a dent. I am currently around 11 hours into the 44 hour long audiobook and while I still think that the book is too long, I have found my rhythm with it and am actually mostly enjoying it.

 

Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

33540347I have not been as good at reading graphic novels as I would like. It is a genre I enjoy while I read them but somehow I am never compelled to pick one up. I love the art and the story of this though and I will definitely be picking this up during the next hours.

 

I am also allowing myself to pick up anything else that I might be interested in because I think part of the reason for my slump is that I am trying to structure my reading too much. (I mean the main reason is that work has been ridiculous, but that I cannot change.)

I will try and update my reading progress over on Twitter, so do join me over there if you would like to see me fail miserably or succeed wonderfully (not sure what it’ll be).

How is your reading month going? What do you do when you happen to be behind on your reading challenge?

TBR: May 2018 #WyrdandWonder

I am just getting back into my reading groove (April was rough), so I figured I should again try and set myself a TBR for the month. I am currently not doing well with general fiction and craving more genre fiction – and have just now decided to participate a bit in #Wyrd and Wonder (which sounds just wonderful). For me this means I will try and read more fantasy than I have recently done and maybe talk more about this genre that used to define my reading taste much more than it does right now. (We will have to wait and see how that actually works out for me)

I have also recently purchased a whole bunch of non-fiction titles that I am very excited to get to.

I am also slowly making my way through my pile of arcs (you can find an incomplete list of my arcs here and here).

TBR ARCs:

 

Florida by Lauren Groff (Publication Date June 5th)

The Changeling by Victor LaValle (Publication Date July 5th)

Suicide Club by Rachel Heng (Publication Date July 10th)

TBR Books for Wyrd and Wonder:

 

 

The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin

The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

Monstress Vol. 2: The Blood by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

Jade City by Fonda Lee

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

Strange The Dreamer by Lainie Taylor

TBR non-fiction books

 

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

The White Book by Han Kang

Not That Bad ed. by Roxane Gay

Which books are you planning on reading this month? Is there one book in particular on my TBR that I should prioritize?

TBR: March 2018

Last month I set myself a TBR, and while I didn’t “quite” stick with it, I had so much fun thinking about the books I wanted to read that I decided to make this a monthly thing for now.

I will be on holiday from March 17th until April 8th, so I will have to plan my TBR accordingly. Which means, more ebooks, fewer paperpacks. Because there is no way I am schlepping paperbacks halfway around the globe (yes, I am flying to New Zealand and yes I am so beyond excited about it).

TBR ARCs

Click here and here for a complete list of ARCs I need to read.

Happiness by Aminatta Forna (Publication Date April 4th)

From A Low And Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan (Publication Date March 22nd)

Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown (Publication Date March 20th)

A Guide for Murdered Children (Publication Date March 20th)

How I Lose You by Kate McNaughton (Publication Date March 8th)

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (Publication Date March 6th)

Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber (Publication Date March 6th)

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas (Publication Date January 16th)

TBR Books On My Shelves

An Abbreviated Life by Ariel Leve

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

Jade City by Fonda Lee

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy

Acceptance (The Southern Reach #3) by Jeff VanderMeer

My Favourite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

ARCs to be published this month (with reviews already written):

The Sea Beast Takes A Lover by Michael Andreasen

 

What are your plans for the month? Are there any books on this list that I should get to as soon as possible?

TBR: ARC-Round Up 2018-II

I want to start something new: I will update on the ARCs I received, link to the reviews of the ones I have already read and generally talk about how excited I am. I also hope this will keep me organized. I don’t know how often I will need to post such lists because I seem to be seriously lacking in self-control when it comes to books I want to read and review. (Seriously, do you remember my bookish resolutions? I apparently don’t.)

I have last posted in the middle of January talking about the ARCs I still needed to read. You can find that post here. Since that post I have received 9 eArcs from NetGalley. The books are in no particular order below.

Still to be read:

37807353Happiness by Aminatta Forna

Publication Date: April 3rd

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Blurb (from Goodreads): London. A fox makes its way across Waterloo Bridge. The distraction causes two pedestrians to collide–Jean, an American studying the habits of urban foxes, and Attila, a Ghanaian psychiatrist there to deliver a keynote speech. From this chance encounter, Aminatta Forna’s unerring powers of observation show how in the midst of the rush of a great city lie numerous moments of connection.

Attila has arrived in London with two tasks: to deliver a keynote speech on trauma, as he has done many times before; and to contact the daughter of friends, his “niece” who hasn’t called home in a while. Ama has been swept up in an immigration crackdown, and now her young son Tano is missing.

When, by chance, Attila runs into Jean again, she mobilizes the network of rubbish men she uses as volunteer fox spotters. Security guards, hotel doormen, traffic wardens–mainly West African immigrants who work the myriad streets of London–come together to help. As the search for Tano continues, a deepening friendship between Attila and Jean unfolds.

Meanwhile a consulting case causes Attila to question the impact of his own ideas on trauma, the values of the society he finds himself in, and a grief of his own. In this delicate tale of love and loss, of cruelty and kindness, Forna asks us to consider the interconnectedness of lives, our co-existence with one another and all living creatures, and the true nature of happiness.

Why I requested it: This has been compared to KazuoIshiguro’s The Remains Of The Day, which I loved. The author was born in Glasgow and raised in Sierra Leone. Plus, the blurb sounds fantastic.

Continue reading “TBR: ARC-Round Up 2018-II”

Reading List: Novellas

Another one of my resolutions for this year was to read more novellas. And as quite a few of the ones I had been eyeing were fairly cheap for my Kindle, I decided to go ahead and purchased an unreasonably high number of novellas to read over the next couple of weeks. This approach has advantages: I love reading on my Kindle and the books were cheap. The disadvantage is that if I happen to love the books, I will want to have print books of them. I guess I am doing a good deed for the publishing industry here. So without much further ado, here is a list of novellas I am looking forward to reading (I did a similar list for my Science Fictions reads.)

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells

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This sounds so brilliant. A socially awkward murderbot? With an affinity for crappy TV shows? Sign me up.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

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I have previously tried to read a book by Nnedi Okorafor and did not enjoy this. However, I have heard nothing but great things about this trilogy. Also, this is only 98 pages, so I figure even if I don’t love it, I will be able to finish it quickly. It did win the Hugo Award, so I assume it’s brilliant. Also Nnedi Okorafor has the best hair.

The Lamb Will Slaughter The Lion by Margaret Killjoy

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I added this a while ago because someone over at Goodreads whose taste I trust, reviewed this very favourably. I might be super scared reading this but sometimes I like that (and I did say I wanted to branch out in my reading). I will have to read this during the daytime though.

The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

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Again, I will be scared. But this book (and its brilliant cover) has intrigued me for months. I figured, I might as well go for it.

The Black Tides Of Heaven (Tensorate #1) by J. Y. Yang

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I heard nothing but amazing things about this. It sounds challenging and different and absolutely beautiful.

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

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Two things: Alternative history. People riding hippos.

 

As you can see, I am going full on genre fiction here, two horror books, two science fiction novellas and two fantasy books. I am planning on getting to more literary novellas later this year, hopefully including a couple of classic German novellas then.

Have you read any of these? Let me know your thoughts! Also, if you have any recommendations for me, these are always welcome.

TBR: ARCs still to be published

I am trying to catch up to all the ARCs I still have to read and review. When I saw Rachel’s post on her ARCs on her shelves, I figured this is as good a time as any to talk about the ARCs I have with publication dates still to come. (I have a few more whose publication dates came and went and I will have to read and review those soonish as well, but currently I am concentrating on the ones I am not late for yet.) Hopefully this list will keep me accountable.

I have three reviews for upcoming releases already written and scheduled:

 

  1. Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi: Stunning, brilliant, mean, challenging.
  2. Folk by Zoe Gilbert: Not quite as brilliant as I’d hoped.
  3. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton: Described as Groundhog Day meets Agatha Christie, I absolutely sped through it.

Currently Reading:

34846987The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale.

Publication Date: February 8th, 2018

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK, Ebury Publishing

Blurb (from Goodreads): Do you remember when you believed in magic?

The Emporium opens with the first frost of winter. It is the same every year. Across the city, when children wake to see ferns of white stretched across their windows, or walk to school to hear ice crackling underfoot, the whispers begin: the Emporium is open!

It is 1917, and London has spent years in the shadow of the First World War. In the heart of Mayfair, though, there is a place of hope. A place where children’s dreams can come true, where the impossible becomes possible – that place is Papa Jack’s Toy Emporium.

For years Papa Jack has created and sold his famous magical toys: hobby horses, patchwork dogs and bears that seem alive, toy boxes bigger on the inside than out, ‘instant trees’ that sprout from boxes, tin soldiers that can fight battles on their own. Now his sons, Kaspar and Emil, are just old enough to join the family trade. Into this family comes a young Cathy Wray – homeless and vulnerable. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own. But Cathy is about to discover that while all toy shops are places of wonder, only one is truly magical…

Why I requested this: It has been described as for fans of The Night Circus, which I absolutely adored, and the idea of a magic toyshop really intrigued me. I am not loving it as much as I thought though which is why I have been reading this for over a month now.

 

37881415How I Lose You by Kate McNaughton.

Publication Date: March 8th, 2018

Publisher: Random House UK, Transworld Publisher

Blurb (from Goodreads): When Eva wakes up one morning to discover that her husband has died in his sleep, she is overwhelmed: with anger, with disbelief, with fear. For Adam was only thirty-one, a brilliant doctor with no health issues. They were supposed to grow old together. In the aftermath, attempting to confront the agony of her loss, Eva starts to uncover the story of her marriage, delving into those parts of her husband’s life to which she never before had access. But the secrets she finds are not what she expected.

Why I requested this: Because the tagline is: “This is the story of Eva and Adam. It ends on page 12.”

 

Also on my (digital) shelves:

35297400Up Up, Down Down by Cheston Knapp.

Publication Date: February 6th

Publisher: Scribner

Blurb (from Goodreads): For fans of John Jeremiah Sullivan and Wells Tower, a “glittering,” (Leslie Jamison), “always smart, often hilarious, and ultimately transcendent” (Anthony Doerr) linked essay collection from the managing editor of Tin House that brilliantly explores the nature of identity.

Daring and wise, hilarious and tender, Cheston Knapp’s exhilarating collection of seven linked essays, Up Up, Down Down, tackles the Big Questions through seemingly unlikely avenues. In his dexterous hands, an examination of a local professional wrestling promotion becomes a meditation on pain and his relationship with his father. A profile of UFO enthusiasts ends up probing his history in the church and, more broadly, the nature and limits of faith itself. Attending an adult skateboarding camp launches him into a virtuosic analysis of nostalgia. And the shocking murder of a neighbor expands into an interrogation of our culture’s prevailing ideas about community and the way we tell the stories of our lives. Even more remarkable, perhaps, is the way he manages to find humanity in a damp basement full of frat boys.

Taken together, the essays in Up Up, Down Down amount to a chronicle of Knapp’s coming-of-age, a young man’s journey into adulthood, late-onset as it might appear. He presents us with formative experiences from his childhood to marriage that echo throughout the collection, and ultimately tilts at what may be the Biggest Q of them all: what are the hazards of becoming who you are?

With “an ordnance of wit” (Wells Tower) and “a prose style that feels both extravagant and exact, and a big, booming heart” (Maggie Nelson), Up Up, Down Down signals the arrival of a truly one-of-a-kind voice.

Why I requested this: I love essay collections and thought I should read one written by a man for a change.

 

35909363Starlings by Jo Walton

Publication Date: February 13th, 2018

Publisher: Tachyon Publications.

Blurb (from Goodreads): An intimate first flight of short fiction from award-winning novelist Jo Walton (Among Others, The King’s Peace).

A strange Eritrean coin travels from lovers to thieves, gathering stories before meeting its match. Google becomes sentient and proceeds toward an existential crisis. An idealistic dancer on a generation ship makes an impassioned plea for creativity and survival. Three Irish siblings embark on an unlikely quest, stealing enchanted items via bad poetry, trickery, and an assist from the Queen of Cats.

With these captivating initial glimpses into her storytelling psyche, Jo Walton shines through subtle myths and wholly reinvented realities. Through eclectic stories, subtle vignettes, inspired poetry, and more, Walton soars with humans, machines, and magic—rising from the everyday into the universe itself.

Why I requested it: Jo Walton is an author I have been meaning to get to. Plus it’s fantastical short stories.

 

37769536To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo.

Publication Date: March 6th, 2018

Publisher: Hot Key Books.

Blurb (from Goodreads): Dark and romantic YA fantasy for fans of Sarah J Maas – about the siren with a taste for royal blood and the prince who has sworn to destroy her.

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most – a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavoury hobby – it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good. But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

Why I requested it: Absolutely a mood decision. It looked great, it sounded cool, I wanted it. (I mean, I did say I would not read Young Adult without it being recommended… So I guess it took me less than two weeks to break one of my resolutions.)

 

36262478The Sea Beast Takes A Lover by Michael Andreasen.

Publication Date: March 8th, 2018

Publisher: Head of Zeus.

Blurb (from Goodreads): Bewitching and playful, with its feet only slightly tethered to the world we know, The Sea Beast Takes a Lover explores hope, love, and loss across a series of surreal landscapes and wild metamorphoses. Just because Jenny was born without a head doesn’t mean she isn’t still annoying to her older brother, and just because the Man of the Future’s carefully planned extramarital affair ends in alien abduction and network fame doesn’t mean he can’t still pine for his absent wife. Romping through the fantastic with big-hearted ease, these stories cut to the core of what it means to navigate family, faith, and longing, whether in the form of a lovesick kraken slowly dragging a ship of sailors into the sea, a small town euthanizing its grandfathers in a time-honored ritual, or a third-grade field trip learning that time travel is even more wondrous–and more perilous–than they might imagine.

Andreasen’s stories are simultaneously daring and deeply familiar, unfolding in wildly inventive worlds that convey our common yearning for connection and understanding. With a captivating new voice from an incredible author, The Sea Beast Takes a Lover uses the supernatural and extraordinary to expose us at our most human.

Why I requested it: It just sounds so much up my alley, it’s a bit ridiculous. Since I have requested it, it has been blurbed by authors whose work I enjoy, which is always a plus. The publisher has requested the reviews to only be posted 10 days before publication which is the only reason I haven’t read it yet.

 

35524642A Guide for Murdered Children by Sarah Sparrow.

Publication Date: March 20th, 2018

Publisher: Penguin Group, Blue Rider Press

Blurb (from Goodreads): We all say there is no justice in this world. But what if there really was? What if the souls of murdered children were able to return briefly to this world, inhabit adult bodies and wreak ultimate revenge on the monsters who had killed them, stolen their lives?

Such is the unfathomable mystery confronting ex-NYPD detective Willow Wylde, fresh out of rehab and finally able to find a job running a Cold Case squad in suburban Detroit. When the two rookie cops assigned to him take an obsessive interest in a decades old disappearance of a brother and sister, Willow begins to suspect something out of the ordinary is afoot. And when he uncovers a series of church basement AA-type meetings made up of the slain innocents, a new way of looking at life, death, murder and missed opportunities is revealed to him.

Mystical, harrowing and ultimately tremendously moving, A Guide for Murdered Children is a genre-busting, mind-bending twist on the fine line between the ordinary and the extraordinary.

Why I requested this: The title. (I have since grown apprehensive because the reviews are less than favourable so far. But god, that title is brilliant.)

 

 

34964885Gods Of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown.

Publication Date: March 20th, 2018

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press.

Blurb (from Goodreads): In Gods of Howl Mountain, award-winning author Taylor Brown explores a world of folk healers, whiskey-runners, and dark family secrets in the high country of 1950s North Carolina.

Bootlegger Rory Docherty has returned home to the fabled mountain of his childhood – a misty wilderness that holds its secrets close and keeps the outside world at gunpoint. Slowed by a wooden leg and haunted by memories of the Korean War, Rory runs bootleg whiskey for a powerful mountain clan in a retro-fitted ’40 Ford coupe. Between deliveries to roadhouses, brothels, and private clients, he lives with his formidable grandmother, evades federal agents, and stokes the wrath of a rival runner.

In the mill town at the foot of the mountains – a hotbed of violence, moonshine, and the burgeoning sport of stock-car racing – Rory is bewitched by the mysterious daughter of a snake-handling preacher. His grandmother, Maybelline “Granny May” Docherty, opposes this match for her own reasons, believing that “some things are best left buried.” A folk healer whose powers are rumored to rival those of a wood witch, she concocts potions and cures for the people of the mountains while harboring an explosive secret about Rory’s mother – the truth behind her long confinement in a mental hospital, during which time she has not spoken one word. When Rory’s life is threatened, Granny must decide whether to reveal what she knows…or protect her only grandson from the past.

With gritty and atmospheric prose, Taylor Brown brings to life a perilous mountain and the family who rules it.

Why I requested this: The reviews I have seen have all been brilliant, the cover is stunning and this sounds like something I might really love (or it will bore me to tears, stay tuned!).

 

35448496The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

Publication Date: May 24th, 2018

Publisher: Penguin Books (UK).

Blurb (from Goodreads): Imagine a world very close to our own: where women are not safe in their bodies, where desperate measures are required to raise a daughter. This is the story of Grace, Lia and Sky, kept apart from the world for their own good and taught the terrible things that every woman must learn about love. And it is the story of the men who come to find them – three strangers washed up by the sea, their gazes hungry and insistent, trailing desire and destruction in their wake.

Hypnotic and compulsive, The Water Cure is a fever dream, a blazing vision of suffering, sisterhood and transformation.

Why I requested this: I am SO excited about this. It made my Most Anticipated Reads list and might actually top it. I couldn’t not request it. It sounds so absolutely brilliant in all the vagueness of the blurb.

 

36098092Florida by Lauren Groff.

Publication Date: June 5th, 2018

Publisher: Random House UK, Cornerstone

Blurb (from Goodreads): Lauren Groff’s next book, FLORIDA, a collection of stories, will be published next year by Riverhead. The New Yorker has a story, Dogs Go Wolf, that will appear in that collection. She says in an interview: “The collection is a portrait of my own incredible ambivalence about the state where I’ve lived for twelve years. My feelings for Florida are immoderate, and I love the disappearing natural world, the sunshine, the extraordinary and astonishing beauty of the place as passionately as I hate the heat and moisture and backward politics and the million creatures whose only wish is to kill you. I wrote this collection very slowly and was surprised when it came together to find that the stories built into a ferocious protracted argument.”

Why I requested it: I adored Fates and Furies. I love short story collections. I squealed when I was accepted.

What are your thoughts? Have you read any of these books or do you wish to do so? If you decide to do a similar post, please let me know. I am always eager to know what other people read.