Okay, so this post is definitely a little self-indulgent and if you’re a lone book reader (like I used to be) you’ll probably consider this post akin to oversharing. So, warnings given, if you don’t want to hear about my overambitious plans for this months reading then now is the time to click away and go play slither.io or something. If that’s not your jam I really don’t know how you found yourself here. Go indulge yourself in a hobby, learn about goji berries, the world is your oyster.
Good Wives – Lousia May Alcott
After finishing Little Women last month my heart has been totally aglow; there isn’t really another way for me to phrase that right now (it’s a cute book, not my fault). I just had such a strong response to it, the writing, the pace, the gorgeous characters – it’d be difficult not to want more.
There’s a few different Alcott books in the series (Jo’s Boys & Little Men are the other two) so I may end up picking up one of those but the reasoning is clear: I just haven’t had enough of the Marches yet and I need more 18th Century charm in my life.
Summary of sorts:
When “Little Women” came to its last chapter Meg was engaged and the other three March girls, Beth, Jo and Amy, were at the threshold of young-womanhood. “Good Wives” opens three years later, with Meg and her family happily preparing for her marriage to John Brooke.
A Court of Wings and Ruin
So, this one is one-hundred percent definitely on this list for two main reasons:
(2) ACOMAF was divine
(3) I’m already 50% through it (I have literally no self control and bought it on kindle mere minutes after finishing the second book!)
If you’re a YA Fantasy fan and haven’t read this series yet (for whatever reason) you need to pick it up just as soon as you get the chance. I was so scared I wouldn’t like this series that I left it alone for months. Big mistake! The first book was good (not incredible but good) and the second one was just so much fun to read – I’ve become completely obsessed.
The Blurb (DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T STARTED THE SERIES, THE SPOILERS ARE NOT AWFUL BUT STILL):
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
Alphonse – Carl Sever
My first NetGalley e-book is one I’m eager to get started on. Not only is the book brand-spanking-new, it’s also completely different to everything else I’ve been reading lately (major plus! I get so, so genre stuck.) The 1950s setting in Indiana is one I hope to really immerse myself in for this one. It’ll be nice to read a non-fantasy ‘New Adult’ genre novel after drowining myself in the ACOTAR world. (Don’t get me wrong I’m loving it but I don’t think another fantasy will be good enough just yet!)
Here’s the blub:
After twenty years of riding the rails, Alphonse has earned a reputation for being a kindhearted soul always ready to help. When he helps the Sadlers, a young couple seeking a better life in small-town 1950s Indiana, he doesn’t intend to stay. But stay he does, keeping a close eye on the Sadlers and their two young sons—and an even closer eye on the town’s new priest, Father Brennon. On the surface, Brennon seems perfect for the job—but Alphonse crossed paths with him years earlier in the railyard jungle, and he knows better. Brennon doesn’t recognize Alphonse, but Alphonse has never forgotten Brennon . . . or his crimes. So when Brennon assigns the Sadlers’ son, Francis, who is now thirteen, the thankless task of cleaning and maintaining the church’s bell tower—work that often continues into the night—Alphonse immediately grows suspicious. Soon, he discovers that his worst fears have come to pass, and he races to find a way to protect Francis and reveal the truth to the Sadler family.
The Ocean at the end of the Lane
This one is my little surprise addition. I purchased this book very quickly in a bookstore that was 5 minutes from closing. My friend Beth does a book Vlog and has got me all intrigued by Neil Gaiman. I made sure to choose one I didn’t recognise. I don’t know what logic there really was in it (and I did nearly just go for Stardust out of film nostalgia) but there was something haunting about the cover of The Ocean at The End of the Lane and so now, here it is – a glimmering paperback approaching the highest teir of my ever-mutating TBR list. Plus, it’s set in Sussex, which is where I’m from!
A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.
Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.
So, that’s that – my little selection of reading goals for the coming weeks! I read a total of 5 books which was above and beyond my usual capabilities so four might be a stretch after that. Are you a fast reader or a slow reader? Are any of these on your tbr this month? (I’m always game for a buddy-read!)
What are your reading goals this month?
– Cat –