June is over, and but he time you’re reading this I will be one year older, and hopefully also a little wiser. As I write this it’s not yet my birthday, so I can only hope! Until then, here are the books that I bought this month.
The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin
This is a historical fiction novel, set in 1831, a couple of years before Queen Victoria comes to the throne. It sounds incredible atmospheric, with the poor disappearing from the forgotten streets and alleyways of London, under mysterious circumstances. Our protagonist, Hester, is desperate to break away from her life of poverty and finds herself involved with the aristocratic Brock family. Rebekah Brock and Hester soon find themselves drawn toward the mysteries of the dark heart of the city, in order to pursue the truth behind the mysterious disappearances. I believe this also has LGBTQ+ representation of some sort.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Starting in the 1900s we follow multiple generations of one family, starting with Sunja, a young girl who finds herself abandoned by her lover, and pregnant. To the relief of her family, whoa re eager to avoid scandal, she marries a tubercular minister and moves from Korea to Japan with him. Last year I read Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeline Thien and absolutely loved it, and I am hoping that Pachinko is going to be my 2018 Do Not Say We Have Nothing, since it seems to be charting the history of a country through the eyes of one family. Fingers crossed I love it just as much.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, read by Lynn Chen
I’ve had my eye on this for such a long time, and a combination between seeing the first trailer for the film adaptation and my new love for the comedy Fresh Off The Boat, pushed me to pick up the audiobook, via audible. Crazy Rich Asians, follows a couple of different members of the extremely rich Young family in the led up to the wedding of the year, which they are, of course, invited to. The primary story line is that of Nick Young, a twenty-something history professor who is bringing is asian-americas girlfriend how for the first time. More than anything this gives me such gossip girl vibes, and I’m here for that.
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
I picked this up on my first ever visit to Foyles, London, which is a gorgeous bookshop, purely because I adore Pessel’s previous book, Night Film. This is her debut as a YA author, and I will admit that I started reading it on the train home. The blurb is super vague, so I had no idea what to expect going in, but what you should know is that at it’s core this is a Groundhog Day sort of situation. A group of friends reunite a year after they’ve left high school in a remote, and creepy, estate. Only one is missing, Jim, the boy who died mysteriously during their last year of high school. Only one of them will survive the end of the book, the only question is which one?
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
One of my friends gave me her copy of this book when she was sorting through her bookshelves. Honestly I don’t know very much about this book, other than the fact that it’s a classic. Catch 22 is such a well known phrase, and I believe that’s down to Heller’s book. Unfortunately this does look very long, and I am not typically one for a war story, so it’s not going to be at the very top of my TBR. From what i understand, this is the story of Yossarian, not your typical WWII hero, who does not want to be sent on more missions. The catch being, “if he flies, he must be crazy, and doesn’t have to; but if he doesn’t want to he must be sane and has to.”
Smoke in the Sun (FITM #2) by Renee Ahdieh
Last year I got Flame in the Mist in my first FairyLoot, and read it with my reading buddy, so when this was released pretty recently I reached out to see if she would be interested in buddy reading the sequel. She said, “yes”. Flame in the Mist is a Mulan retelling set in feudal Japan, and after the showing events of the end of that book the action is moving the the Palace. It seems like the political storylines which were whitened at are going to come to the forefront, and I can’t wait to see how the romance pans out.
False Papers by Andre Aciman
Well, would you look at that! Another Aciman book, what could this mean? Stay tuned to find out, but there may be something happening in August… False Papers is he first non-fiction book that I have bought this year. As you know, I am not a big Non-Fiction reader, probably not a non-fiction reader at all, but this is Aciman, and I want to give him the benefit of the doubt. This is a little thing, less than two hundred pages, but consists of fourteen essays on topics such as exile and memory, at least according to the subtitle of this book. So long as the essays are short, I should be okay.
Honestly, I’m surprised it isn’t more. As I type, I have a Waterstones voucher just waiting to be spent. There was one book I picked up at Foyles and really regret not buying, unfortunately it’s not available from Waterstones, which is typical, so I may treat myself…
Have you read any of these books, and if so what would you recommend? What books did you buy this month? Have you read Night Film, and if so what would you recommend that is similar?
Thanks for reading!