I love doing book series, but when a book series ends that means:
Freedom to read all the books I have been getting super excited about but studiously ignoring while I complete the series.
Naturally, I’ve still been buying them throughout.
It doesn’t help that we have the best used bookshop just down the road and I have to go in every time, and every time I go in one of my heart-eyes books just happens to be there.
Coincidence? I think not.
So anyways, here’s the list of stuff I’m excited to read and hoping to get to this month…
- ‘Them‘ by Jon Ronson
I’m halfway through this little gem right now and it is delightfully weird. About Jon Ronson making friends with people from lots of different walks of life, and who hold what you might politely call ‘fringe’ beliefs. This includes an Islamic extremist with his own Jihadi training camp, a reporter who believes that a secretive group of billionaires rules the world, and of course there are plenty who want to talk to Ronson about world leaders being giant lizards.
2. ‘The Vorrh‘ by Brian Catling
I picked this up a few weeks ago whilst wandering around a huge Waterstones. I was overwhelmed by choice and thought after at least an hour and half of looking round I might actually leave with nothing, until I found The Vorrh. It’s a fantasy novel (the sequel came out just recently) about an enormous forest which contains all sorts of baddies, goodies, and possibly the garden of Eden. Alan Moore (‘THE Alan Moore?!’ exclaims Mr Shelf) called it ‘a phosphorescent masterpiece‘. The stakes are high, people.
3. ‘Burning Country‘ by
Do you know what’s going on in Syria? I sure as heck don’t, but the wisdom of the internet tells me this might be a good place to start. Promising to cover individual testimonies and explain the political reasons behind the war, I’m hoping that this book will shed some light on what appears to be an extremely convoluted conflict. Could be tough going, but is sure to be fascinating.
4. ‘Blood Meridian‘ by Cormac McCarthy
‘Uffff,’ says the book-seller as I plonk this down on the counter, ‘heavy-going!’ I groan, because I have dodged Cormac McCarthy ever since all my friends went to see ‘The Road’ and came back and told me there were cannibals in it and one of them had started to feel ill and had to leave. I was hoping that by choosing one of the Westerns over one of the ‘post-apocalyptic nightmare scenario’ works, I’d be doing myself a favour. Evidently not.
The blurb is light on the detail, but this seems to be about a kid who goes on a journey with a gang of scalp collectors. Approaching with some serious trepidation, but they say Cormac McCarthy is a master of American literature, so I’d better get the hell over it.
What books are you looking forward to this month?