This is what I should be reading, but I also have a lot to catch up on from last month, so we’ll see how it goes. The final month of summer already, the final month of 2016 Man Booker, the final month of A Summer of Austen and I, for one, am looking forward to Winter.
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
My penultimate Austen book, and the final one that I haven’t read before, I never thought this day would come. Fanny Price is taken from poverty to be raised by her rich Aunt and uncle at Mansfield Park. Isolated and lonely in her new home, her only friend is her cousin Edmund. Then the Crawley’s arrive, Marry and Henry, bringing with them all the glamour of London. As everyone flirts with each other, wires are closed, hearts are broken and Fanny is the only one with a little bit of doubt about the new arrivals. Without her ally, Fanny finds her self even more alone than usual, as she struggles to deal with new found feelings.
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
As my second stab at the Man Booker shortlist, with Eileen, the story of… well, of Eileen, a woman who works as a secretary as a boys prison and lives with her alcoholic father. You can probably tell that she isn’t exactly living the dream, but then a new counsellor arrives to work at the prisoner. Eileen is surprised at the willingness of the new counsellor, Rebecca, to be her friend but it’s not long before she is drawn too far into a crime to be able to take a step back. I’m not sure if this is just a friendship or something more, I guess only time will tell. You can probably already tell that this isn’t YA, which is the same for all the Man Booker list, and I think this one is classified as mystery/thriller.
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
My final Austen books which brings A Summer of Austen to an end. This is a re-read and hopefully I’ll appreciate this more the second time around. This time we follow two very different sisters, Marianne and Elinor, as the navigate their new found poverty having being exiled from their fathers house upon his death. Since women cannot inherit their father’s fortune goes to their half-brother and they are related to a small cottage with their mother and younger sister. But all is not lost as some dashing gentlemen arrive on the scene, because whatever else is going to happen to girls in the regency period?
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
It kills me that I haven’t had the chance to re-read this until now, but finally the time has come to re-visit the most recents escapades of Aelin’s squad. I really like this book, unlike a lot of other people, surprisingly, and it acts as the real beginning of this second story arc. The squad is on a new mission, minus one who is off in a companion novel out next month, and Aelin is finding her feet as a Queen. More characters are finally united and my feelings for certain characters take a complete 180, which I absolutely love when an author manages to do that. Sarah sunk a thousands ships with this book, but a couple of others are also sailing proud.
Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
This is my final Man Booker 2016 book, and the title really intrigued me straight away, even thou it’s a little odd. In an effort to diagnose her Mother’s mystery illness Sofia, a young anthropologist, takes her to Dr Gomez, a famed Spanish consultant, operating within a small Spanish island community. But, Dr Gomez’ methods are out of the box, focusing less on the physicality of the illness, leading Sofia on her own journey to discover the cause of her mother’s illness, as she also discovers desires of her own within this transient Spanish community. Hot Milk sounds like an interesting blend of a number on genre and conveniently like a good summer read.
And there you have it; the 7 books I intend to read this month, plus those leftover books from last month’s TBR. Wish me luck!
What are you going to read this month? Do any of these books interest you?
Thanks for reading!