I’m back

After a bit of a blog hiatus, I am back. I hope to be posting shortly about these books I’ve recently finished:

  • Ruby by Cynthia Bond
  • The Outrun by Amy Liptrot
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Round-up post: Earth Girl by Janet Edwards, An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears, The Time Machine by HG Wells

I’m also going to do my best to read and review The Glorious Heresies and The Portable Veblen before the Baileys’ Prize announcement on the 8th June (I’ve decided that the two remaining books on the shortlist that I haven’t read, The Green Road and The Improbability of Love, are simply Not for Me, although I continue to admire Anne Enright’s prose).

20booksfinalI’m also going to be doing the 20 Books of Summer reading challenge, run by Cathy at 746 Books, which I heard about via Elle at Elle Thinks. This involves choosing and reading 20 books between 1 June and 5 September. Because I created a monster TBR list at the beginning of the year, 18 of those books have already been selected for me (which means I’ve already read 14 of the TBR pile! Hooray!) The remaining books are (see link above for more details of my thoughts on these books):

  • The Blade Itself (Joe Abercrombie)
  • The Temporary Gentleman (Sebastian Barry)
  • Any Human Heart (William Boyd)
  • Burley Cross Postbox Theft (Nicola Barker)
  • Losing Nelson (Barry Unsworth)
  • The Magic Mountain (Thomas Mann)
  • The Master (Colm Toibin)
  • My Brilliant Friend (Elena Ferrante)
  • The Eustace Diamonds (Anthony Trollope)
  • The Prime Minister (Anthony Trollope)
  • (Howard Jacobson)
  • The Round House (Louise Erlich)
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings (Marlon James)
  • Eligible (Curtis Sittenfeld)
  • Everything is Teeth (Evie Wyld and Joe Sumner)
  • Closure (ed. Jacob Ross)
  • Go Set A Watchman (Harper Lee)
  • Vampires in the Lemon Grove (Karen Russell)

Selecting two more to add to the pile was easy enough because I have two new unread books on my Kindle. They are:

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A Country Road, A Tree (Jo Baker)

I loved Longbourn but it sounds as if Baker has taken quite a different turn in this veiled version of the life of Samuel Beckett, set in wartime Paris, although the novel begins in Ireland. I’ve already read the brief prologue, written from the point of view of Beckett as a young boy, and loved it, so my hopes are high.

 

 

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After Me Comes the Flood (Sarah Perry)

I first heard about Perry’s work via her recently published The Essex Serpent – I haven’t yet read it, but I love old folktales about giant wyrms and the cover is absolutely stunning. When I spotted her debut novel as a Kindle deal on Amazon for £1.69 (it’s still available for this price! Take a look!), I had to snap it up. A man strays into a creepy manor house where things are not as they seem, plus beautiful writing – I’m already sold.

 

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