This month I didn’t buy too many books – and all but one from a charity shop (it was still a used copy, though). I won’t have any time in July to get around to these as I’m mid-way through a few reviews for self-published works (I’m really enjoying them so far!) and I’m also trying to complete a couple of reading challenges which these can’t be used for. I haven’t counted any of my review copies in this pickup, but you will hearing about them soon enough when their dedicated posts go live.
Let’s get to it:
- The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry. Published in 2016, this novel was massively popular on BookTube and social media when it first hit the shelves. Set in the last decade of the 19th Century, it follows the newly- widowed Cora (and her son) as they relocate to live in the countryside. Once in their new house, they hear about a monster from folktales; the ‘Essex Serpent’, and the story goes from there. Sounds very promising to me – has anybody else read it?
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley. The first entry in a series of detective novels focusing on a rather intelligent 11-year-old girl in the 1950s. I had to look online for this one, as I bought the next book on the list first without knowing it was the fifth in the series! Very little is given away on the back of the book so I will say no more. Looking forward to getting to it when I have the time.
- Speaking from among the Bones – Alan Bradley. To say even less, this novel is the 5th in the series set out above – it was the blurb on this one which made we go back and buy the first. Looks solid and like a semi-quick read so I will try and get to this before the end of 2018.
- A Gathering of Shadows – V.E. Schwab. I adore this series – I read them all on my Kindle last year (2017) and have been waiting to see them cheap to put them on my shelf. I’m sure you all know about this series but for those who don’t, this is the second book in a trilogy, set in a magical universe (multiverse?) where there are four versions of London each with its own relationship with magic. I recommend this book wholeheartedly! The audiobook are particularly well done too!
- The Road – Cormac McCarthy. First released in 2006, this one focuses on a man and a boy as they try to survive in a brutal post-apocalyptic world. It is gruesome and visceral and deep. My class read some of this novel back in Year 10 (when we were 15), and I can’t wait to re-read it and find out what happens at the end.
What have you picked up this month? Any standouts or disappointments?