It’s been a really difficult time for me with reading. I’ve not been able to concentrate on anything fiction for a couple of month, really only able to read books related to my tabletop gaming; Warhammer, Dungeons & Dragons, Call of Cthulhu…
This has caused me some anxiety as I feel I really should be reading as most of my life revolves around the world of the book and there are so many books in my TBR room that I’m desperate to read, I’ve also got about 10 on NetGalley still to read and everything feels as though it’s piled up and is looming over me, looking at me with slightly judging spines.
I’ve also been looking at setting up my own bookshop, this is still at a nascent stage, but this site will eventually become the site for my bookshop with lots of reviews and other material.
Yesterday I’ve realised all this and decided to set myself some reading targets for August to encourage me to set aside time to rediscover my love of books, the targets are at least six books and twenty reviews for this blog, to catch up with the massive backlog that I’ve developed on those as well.
At the moment I’m finishing off Lovecraft Country and really enjoying it so far, saw clips of the upcoming TV show and that looked fun as well.
The Promise Witch
The conclusion of Celine Kiernan’s ‘The Wild Magic’ trilogy, this is the book I’ve been looking forward to the most. I want to find out what happens to Mup, Crow, and the people of Witches Borough. A brilliant trilogy that has lots of laughs and adventure.
The Promise Witch 9781406373936 is published by Walker Books
Life & Times of Michael K
I’ve got several Coetzee books in the house, none of which I’ve ever read, always have great intentions to start one. So I asked a couple of people which one I should start with and several suggested this one. It seems a bit serious for this period in time but this may be just what I need.
Life & Times of Michael K 9780099479154 is published by Vintage Books
Here in the Real World
I loved Pax, I cried several times whilst reading Pax. So I’m really looking forward to starting this book from Sara Pennypacker. Sara has a wonderful way of writing relationships, deep but so accessible for children, also the cover by Jon Klassen is brilliant!
Here in the Real World 9780008371692 is published by Harper Collins
SLOOT is another book I’ve heard and seen a lot about, thankfully it is published by Bluemoose Books and I felt no qualms at buying it as I’m collecting their full catalogue, experimental and challenging are always good when combined with great writing and Bluemoose usually get this right.
SLOOT 9781910422533 is published by Bluemoose Books
Charco Press is another publisher that has done no wrong in my view and I now almost have their full back catalogue and am going to join their subscription service in 2021 so that I get their books as they come out with no thinking on my part. I have already read Fish Soup by Margarita Garcia Robayo which is a brilliant book and have been looking forward to this for a while now.
Holiday Heart 978199936849 is published by Charco Press
The Sad Part Was
I picked up this book earlier in the year as I was really enjoying reading a lot of small press translated fiction, these presses were taking a lot of chances and producing some of the best writing I’ve read in a long, long time. I had read Tokyo Ueno Station, also published by Tilted Axis Press and was impressed and willing to give other authors from their catalogue a try and this sounded fascinating.
The Sad Part Was 9781911284062 is published by Tilted Axis Press