Reading this year is going pretty well. Apart from Netflix and chilling (more Netflix honestly), there’s not a lot else to do. Maybe I should be planning my life in preparation for being allowed back into it, or organising the home but I literally can’t be arsed. You’re lucky if I put the washing away or halfheartedly drag a hoover over the carpets.
Obviously reading is a very personal and subjective thing – and too much planning can spoil things but I thought I’d share what I plan to read from now into the Summer. There’s always room for a rogue entry or two – there are a couple of books on my list that I haven’t included, one is Divine Intervention: A Memoir and the other is The Diary of Two Nobodies, just because I love Gogglebox, and am fascinated for more insight into Mary and Giles’ life.
Here we go.
(I’ve left the book synopsis’ out this time so if you’re interested, feel free to click on the book title for more).
I’ve read a couple of Moshfegh’s novels. Eileen was wonderfully understated while My Year of Rest and Relaxation was one of the best books I read last year – so I’m pumped for this one. It just seems completely up my street and ordinarily would probably be the kind of book I’d save for the colder months – but all bets are off right now aren’t they? We do what we can to get through.
I’ve actually got Strange Weather in Tokyo, by the same author, on my shelf and haven’t got round to it yet but there’s something about this that really intrigues. The cover is so beautiful and it keeps popping up all over social media, so who am I to fight it? The description of the short stories are weird and wonderful, what I’m expecting is a blend of whimsy and mystery. We’ll see.
I love a sweeping manor house and a shit tonne of family secrets so this one seems like a no brainer. And, I know this shouldn’t matter – and there’s a famous saying about it – but the cover is just delicious and has absolutely pulled me in. I hope it doesn’t disappoint.
As with The Glass House, this sounds like a no-brainer as far as my reading tastes go. Probably another one ‘better’ suited to snuggling up in the Winter but we do what we want around here. I’ll enjoy a leisurely Sunday curled up with this – maybe it won’t change my life and that’s okay. Maybe I just want to see how central character Leah gets on…
I must admit this cover keeps popping up everywhere and didn’t really appeal until I dug a little deeper. I love the idea of a pensioner as our main protagonist and although I will never complain about female driven fiction, I’ve been very much engrossed in it for most of the year, and it seems like spending time with Felix Pink will make a nice change.
Ugh, this looks so intriguing. Dark, distressing and brilliant. Apart from the synopsis I’m avoiding anything else about this until I can get to it. I feel like this is one I won’t be able to put down. As with most of these books, I’ll probably put a review together at some point so watch this space.
I haven’t read any of Dolly’s work yet though I have heard good things. At this stage, and maybe unfairly, I am reserving judgement. Honestly, I think it’s just because my reading tastes are usually a lot darker than I’m expecting from her. However, I do have Everything I Know About Love on my Kindle and this novel appeals. So I will come out of this year either a massive fan or something else. Don’t worry, I will keep you fully posted.
I’ve loved a couple of Pessl’s novels, including the delicious Night Film which I can’t fault. It feels like it was written just for me. So I imagine I’ll probably be on board this one, which looks to be steeped in mystery and intrigue with flawed yet compelling characters. That’s what I want from it anyway.
Frankly, I think a reading list without a Stephen King entry is plain rude. I don’t really know that much about this one but the synopsis sounds wonderfully… King. Kids with hidden powers, a sinister Institute, murder, suspense and a horrifying female villain. Where does one sign?
So this is my plan for the next couple of months (King last probably because his tomes always take longer).