Yay July, my birthday month, although but the time this goes up it’ll probably have already been my birthday! I am hoping to read 6 books this month, and hopefully finished some of those that have been on my ‘Currently Reading’ for the last few months.
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Continuing with my Summer of Austen comes another less well-known, at least by me, Austen novel. Northanger Abbey is supposed to be a Gothic satire, so as a lover of Gothic fiction I am all over this already. Our protagonist, Catherine, falls in love with Henry, who then invites her to his family estate. Sounds legit, so far. Of course, what he probably doesn’t mention is that his family estate, Northanger Abbey, is straight out of a Gothic novel. It’s old it’s creepy, it’s ominous and most importantly of all it is full of secrets. I’m really interested in seeing how the satire is presented and also how reliable our protagonist is, weather there s something to fear or is it all a part of her over-active imagination.
Emma by Jane Austen
The reason I’m looking forward to reading Emma, is that I’ve heard the movie Clueless is based on it, which means I’ll either end up loving it or hating it. Emma, obviously our protagonist, is young, rich, beautiful and enjoys the little things in life, like playing cupid among her friends and family. However, while she has no plans of ever getting married, she is lucky enough to be financially independent, she runs into trouble as she tries to set up her new friend Harriet. As a person who spends so much time meddling int he love lives of her nearest and dearest, can she really hope to remain romantically detached forever?
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Yay, Heir of Fire… I’m just kidding, it’s not that bad, it’s just not my favourite, but that’s review talk. Sarah really mixes it up in this first books and we get to see a lot more of the world she has created. We are introduced to one of my favourites, Aedion, but also to my most hated character sort of a bit of a mixed bag. Chaol is still reading from the events of the previous book and really needs to pull himself together. Dorian, my precious Dorian, is working through somethings and is feeling moneys. Oh, and Fleetfoot is here of course! This is probably the most transformative book in terms of character developments, and we ge to learn a lot more abbout the bigger powers who have been at play through the previous books.
His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
Since I’m also aiming to read more book award lists, this was on the shortlist for the Man Booker Award 2016, and I’m hoping to finish the list before this years shortlist. This was one on the list that I do have a genuine interest in a might have picked up regardless, as it is a historical crime fiction book. Set in Scotland, in 1889, a young seventeen year old boy is arrested for a string of brutal, bloody, murders. How could you not be into this by now. I’m not sure if this is based on a true story or if this is just pure fiction, but it explores what happens next. Sounds a bit like a historical criminal minds, and I do love psychology so this sounds really interesting.
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeline Thien
My second Man Booker nominee of the month is this historic fiction novel from Madeline Thien. Even though it takes place in Canada, it is the story of Ai-Ming telling a Canadian woman about her past in China. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything set in China, from a Chinese author, or about China, so hopefully you don’t need any background knowledge. it seems as though Ai-Ming has escaped revolutionary China after Chairman Mao’s ascent in the 1960s, and the demonstrations in Beijing in the 1989. All of this is news to me. But that is exactly why I think this will be a really interesting read because it’s a culture that I know nothing
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas
Yay! We’ve reach my favourite book of the series! We’re back in Ardarlan. We’re uniting the squad! We’re ticking things off Aelin’s to-do list like a boss, and that never fails to motivate me! I see this book as an ending, but also as a beginning, as one story arc draws to a close and nothing opes up for the next three books. I’m so glad to be back on home turf, and meeting some characters that we’ve heard so much about. *cough*cough* Arobynn Hamel *cough*cought* Without getting to much into my review so much goes down in this book, but it all has to, if that makes any sense. everything has a purpose and everyone has a goal. Let’s go rattle the stars!
And that’s what my July is probably going to look like. Also, I’ll be 21 which is super exciting, and maybe I’ll have a bigger book haul that usual.
I’m most excited to read Queen of Shadows because it’s one of my favourites, but other than that I’m looking forward to Northanger Abbey. What about you? What are you going to read this month?
Thanks for reading!