Welcome to my first TBR post in an age. I’m going to try and keep this short and just talk about a handful of books I want to read this month, some of which you can see in my TBR Instagram post below.
Recursion by Blake Crouch
A couple of years ago my friend leant me their copy of Dark Matter, Crouch’s previous book. I ignored it for a while then felt obliged to pick it up and fell in love by the time I hit Chapter 2. Clearly they know me better than I know myself. The reason I’m giving you this anecdote is because it’s the reason that I bought Recursion for my kindle. So what can I tell you about Recursion? Honestly, not a lot. I know it has two stands of narrative, the first is about people who begin to have memories which don’t belong to them. And the second is a scientific discovery that allows people to relive their memories.
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Would you believe me if I told you that I’d never read any Ray Bradbury? Okay, maybe you would because my track record with sci-fi is a bit iffy (I’m not sure why becasue I will happily watch sci-fi I’ve just never been much of a sci-fi reader), but in my defense I think that my track recond in regard to classics is decent. Anyway I bought this impulsively from the Folio Society, hence the pretty cover spesifcally for this month. The Martian Chronicles are a collection of short stories all revolving aorund our attempt to colonise Mars. Given that Red Rising is my favourite sci-fi series I’m hoping that the familiarity of Mars will carry me through this one. If not then… anyone want to buy a folio society book (I’m joking… sort of).
Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
With the sequel to Once and Future, Sword in the Stars, coming up later this year this is the perfect time to re-read my Illumicrate edition from last year. This was one of the books I was most excited about last year, especially since I’d just spent a term studying the myth of King Arthur in the 19th and 20th century. I should probably have said that this is a sci-fi YA retelling fo the Arthurian myth. This book has everything: a female Arthur, a Benjamin Button type Merlin, and a whole host of LGBTQ+ rep (most, or at least some of which is own-voices). While this wasn’t the best book I’d ever read it was a lot fo fun and I think I might enjoy it even more my second time reading.
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Despite having read many a classic during my time as an English Lit student once I graduated I found that I was barely reading any. This year I am trying to read one classic every month for the year and North and South it this months pick. Why? Well, because last year I watched the BBC adaptation and fell head over heels in love with Mr Thornton, played by Richard Armitage. The novel follows Margaret as she moves with her family from a quiet peaceful town to the industrial northern town of Milton, and meets wealthy milliner Mr Thornton. There is more to this story than the relationship between the two, such as a commentary on 19th century industrialisation, but realistically I’m here for the romance.