I got some really great books this month, but there are a whole load of them, so you may need to grab a cuppa before you begin…
Eleanor Opliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
I had been seeing this books absolutely everywhere for the longest time, and partly because I was in a (rare) mood for a contemporary, and partly because someone else was paying, I picked this up. This is, unsurprisingly, the story of Eleanor a young woman who is very set in her ways, and above everything, as much as she may not want to admit it, very lonely. I have read this during the course of the month, so for more you can wait for my wrap-up which is coming very soon. It has also been long listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018, so congrats to Gail Honeyman!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Do you have books which go on and off your TBR all of the time? Well, as someone who constantly purges their Goodreads TBR, I do, and this is one of those books. The Night Circus is not a new book, and was super popular back in the day, but now the time has come for me to read it. The time often comes when that book is on sale, but I guess that’s just a coincidence. This book is historical fiction, with some elements of fantasy, wherein two magicians are competing with one another, and I don’t care what else happens. That’s enough for me.
When I Hit You; Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Mina Kandasamy
I was busy watching YouTube videos that were predicting the longest for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and this popped up. The reference to Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, initially caught my attention, so I stuck it on my TBR, and lo and behold it was reduced on Kindle. So here it is. I think that the title is pretty self-explanatory, and we follow an unnamed narrator as she falls in love, and into and abusive relationship. As it turned out this did end up making the longest, which makes me all the more excited to read it.
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
I know what you’re thinking. Victoria, wasn’t Call Me By Your Name on your last haul? And the answer to that, is quite simply, yes, yes it was. And here’s my explanation as a way of making myself feel better, that was a kindle edition, and this is a paperback edition. Completely different! So, yes, I already have this in a Haul, and I also have a mini review in my Wrap-Up. What I will say is that I adore this book with every single fibre of my soul, and want to read every thing that Aciman has written, unfortunately his books seem kinda expensive, so I don’t know how quickly that will happen.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
So, I’m in Waterstones to pick up a copy of Call Me By Your Name, and it’s in the “Buy One Get One Half Price” deal. Long story short, I HAD to buy two books instead of one. Basically I was forced to buy a second book against my will. On a positive note this cover is absolutely stunning. On a less positive note, this is my fourth Laini Taylor book to buy, and I have never actually read any of them. I should probably get on that, right? This follows librarian, Lazlo Strange, who is obsessed with the lost city of Weep, and the writing style is supposed to be really beautiful, so fingers crossed.
Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Black Snyder
April means one thing, and one thing only, that it’s the first Camp NaNoWriMo of 2018, and I, for one, am not kidding around this year. Even though this is technically a book about screenwriting, and I am not a screenwriter, it’s still pretty popular amongst the writing community. Even though my goal is not massive this April (more on that soon) I still want to use it as a practice for November, where I am determined to get to 50,000 words, and hopefully this book will help me lock down my plot before I begin.
Create Dangerously by Albert Camus
This is the first of two of the Penguin Little Modern Classics I added to my Amazon order to get that free delivery on my order. This is a collection of three essays, Create Dangerously, Defence of intelligence, and Bread and Freedom. I know that Camus is a very famous philosopher, but having never taken any classes in this area, not having my interest in philosophy this will e my first experience with him. In fact, I really don’t like philosophy, so this may not go down to well. From the title I was hoping that that essay at leat would be inspiring for NaNo, so fingers crossed!
Four Russian Short Stories by Gazdanov and Others
I am (still) reading Anna Karenina and I have been wanting to read Russian Fiction since before I began my undergrad, so these short stories seem like an ideal way to experiment, particularly with writers I have never heard of. I say writers I the never heard of , but in all hosted I only know Tolsoy (and maybe a couple of others I can’t think of right now). I also wanted short stories because my NaNo project is a novella, and I figured these might help with the structure of that, as I haven’t written a short story before. Ever. But this project just feel like it should be that sort of length.
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Who doesn’t love a story within a story? It’s complex, it’s Shakespearean, it’s usually a lot of fun. In this murder mystery I believe we follow an editor as she receives the latest manuscript from one of her authors, who writes a bestselling series in the vein of Agatha Christie. We get to read that manuscript, much like in Nocturnal Animals (or Tony and Susan) but as it turns out there is something very wrong. Layers upon layers! I love a good murder mystery and this seems a very inventive version, so I’m looking forward to getting to it, maybe once I fishing listening to Trigger Mortis.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
Yay, for kindle daily deals! I’m 21 years old, so I never saw the regional Blade Runner film, but maybe my age is no excuse. I do, however adore Ryan Gosling, ever since I saw Drive last year, so I did go to see the newer Blade Runner 2049, and loved it. In case, like you, you are unaware of what Blade Runner is, it’s a classic sci-fi, taking place way in the future of 1991, where there are Replicants, essentially human looking androids, and there are Blade Runners, who “retire” these replicants. I don’t feel like I am explaining the concept very well, but it’s not that confusing I promise, and it’s a really interesting future.
Bloodfever and Faefever (Fever #2 and #3) by Karen Marie Moning
This is the second in an urban fantasy series, the first book, Darkfever, I read on a whim earlier n the month, and got the sequel immediately after. I don’t usually (never) marathon a series like this, but maybe 2018 means that I finish book series’? That would be madness! So what can I tell you about this series? It’s set in Dublin, but follows a Southern girl, all the way from Georgia, who loves pink nail varnish… oh, and she’s a springily powerful fae seer. Basically she’s got the Sight, if you’re from the Shadowhunter neck of the woods. All I need from this book, to fall in love, is for the-potential-romance, to be an actual romance, no matter how slow-burning, I need something!
State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
And finally we have State of Sorrow, with this stunningly beautiful cover, that came in my March FairyLoot (Unboxing to come!). Our protagonist, a girl called Sorrow, is is tasked with protecting her YA fantasy state, that’s right a YA fantasy that is not a monarchy. This is supposed to be full of political intrigue as she covers for her ailing father by day, and spends her nights with a boy she’s known since childhood. I haven’t read The Sin-Eater’s Daughter so I am not familiar with Salisbury’s style, but I’m hoping that I’ll enjoy this one.
And those are the books I got this month. I am most excited to read… can I say all of them? Some of them I have already read, so keep an eye out for my wrap-up coming soon!
What books did you get this month? What are you most excited to read?
Thanks for reading