TBR: September 2020

Previously: August Reading Wrap-Up| Coming Soon: The Guest List Book Review

F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote ‘Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall‘ and that’s something I have always taken to heart. Although it won’t look it I’ve spent a lot of time on September’s TBR trying to simplify it and focus on some books that I really want to read before the end of 2020.

This Body’s Not Big Enough for the Both of Us by Edgar Cantero.

One of my favourite books from a couple of years ago is Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero, and since I read it I have been wanting to pick up something else by him. This book follows A. Kimeran and Z. Kimeran, known as A.Z, detectives and twins who inhabit the same body. Taking a slightly comedic slant on the traditional hard-boiled detective genre we follow A.Z. as they investigate the murder of the sons of prominent drug cartel members. All I want from this book is for it to be as fun as Meddling Kids, and maybe make me fall in love with the author not just the book.

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton, ARC provided by the publishers.

A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to get an ARC of The Seven (or Seven and 1/2 if you’re American) Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and I loved it. When I saw that I had been approved on NetGalley for this book I could not have been more excited. This book, like the previous, is a murder mysetry but this one is set at sea in 1634. On a voyage to Amsterdam we follow world famous detective as strange occuraces plague the passangers. Could it be the devil himself? If you’ve read Evelyn Hardcastle then you’ll know that anything is possible when it comes to Turton. As it’s an ARC I will have a full review coming soon, likely around the release date so be sure to keep an eye out for that.

The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas by Machado de Assis, translated by Flora Thomson-Deveaux.

This is the September pick for @LucytheReader’s #ClassicsCommunity book club, which I will hopefully be participating in until the end of the year. Although this is a brand new title to me it’s a new translation of one of Brazil’s staple writers. I do like to read classics but I’m not very good at venturing past those written in English so this will be a nice change for me. Written in 1881 we follow Brás Cubas, a decadent aristocrat who is writing his memoirs form beyond the grave. The fact that this is dedicated ‘To the worm that first grumped at the cold flesh of [his] cadaver’ is all the encouragement I need to pick it up. Not only does it make me laugh it also reminds me of Hamlet, which is only ever a compliment.

How Much of These Hills is Gold by C. Pam Zhang.

I recently posted about the Booker 2020 Longlist and this is one of those long listed books. While I had plans to read most of them, I am defiantly rethinking that in order to streamline my reading which has been causing me some stress recently. This did come in from the library and since it is short I do intend on reading it before abandoning the list completely. How Much of These Hills is Gold is a Western that follows Sam and Lucy, eleven and twelve, as they search for somewhere to bury their father’s body in the American Gold Rush.

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