July Books

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It’s been a pretty hectic month again this month, and I’ve had lots of exciting writing stuff going on!

Sam Slaughter, God In Neon – I’m reviewing this for Necessary Fiction, so I’ll post up a link to my proper review once it’s up, but I really enjoyed this.  It’s very much like reading something like Barry Hannah, so if short stories about desperate Deep South alcoholics are your thing, give this a go.

NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names – So good.  I picked this up last month, and devoured it on my impromptu day off at the country club (so fancy. Ha.)

Becky Chambers, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – This is cute and outer-spacey.  It makes me think of Firefly a bit. Which is only ever a good thing.

David Mitchell, Slade House – This one’s kind of a cheat, because I only bought it today, but if I get all my writing work done today, it’s coming to bed with me.

Halo Lit Mag – I’m in here!! There are, I think, a couple of copies of the beaut first issue of Halo available, but you can read it all online too, and their submissions for the next issue are open now.  It’s full of exceptional women writers, and I’m super proud to share pages with them.

Peeps – This was my Stack magazine this month, and I think it’s my favourite so far.  Lots of anthropological essays, travelling all over the world, and exploring all kinds of different lives.  Get your hands on one.

Adriana Cloud, Instructions for Building a Wind Chime – I bought Adriana’s chapbook because her poetry is beautiful, and this is no less so.  It’s a little collection, in a gorgeous little book which flew all the way here from the Poetry Society of America, and I love it.

Perdiz – This was a Sampler issue this month, and I’m really glad I nabbed one.  It’s beautiful, with the stitches showing down the spine and all different paper throughout it.  It’s also bilingual, with every piece appearing in both English and Spanish, so I’m practising my Spanish and learning about #derbykisses at the same time!

 

 

June Books

I feel like I’ve started a ton of books this month, and then put them down, forgotten I’d started them, and picked up something else.  It’s been a busy month.  Hm. Anyway, here’s what I’ve read/started this month…

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Emma Healey, Elizabeth is Missing – I have to just completely restart this one. I’ve heard such great thing about it, so I’m looking forward to actually reading it. Oops.

Margaret Atwood, Moral Disorder – Heart eyes for Margaret forever.  This is more of her short stories, and pretty perfect commute reading.

Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go – I like this so far!  I’ve only read about 50 pages, but I’m enjoying it.  I’d heard mixed things, and I’ve not seen the film, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I really like how it’s written.

Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere – I want to live inside all of Neil Gaiman’s books.  Maybe not in London Below, just the book.  This was so good.  How did it take me until last year to read any Neil Gaiman?!

Jeff Vandermeer, AnnihilationAgain… one I’d forgotten I started.  I’ve actually made quite a dent in this since picking it back up again, and it’s the first of a trilogy.  This is the book Alex Garland’s next film is based around, so I wanted to read the trilogy before that comes out.  I started it the first time round quite soon after finishing The Girl With All The Gifts, and it’s written kind of similarly, I think?

Magazines this month: Oh ComelyGirls Club Zine, and (from StackAmuseum.  And Severine. Obviously 😉

I also went to a bookish event for Independent Book Week, and came away with this ridiculous stack of books, which I haven’t even attempted to start yet.  I think July is going to be less busy, so I can get some reading done.

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May Books

How is it June already?! Crazy.  Anyway, *even more* reading than April, but I was on holiday and somehow tore through three books in four and a half days, so that makes quite a dent.  Good ones though!!

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Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World – James gave me this because I forgot a book to take on the ten hour bus to Edinburgh and back. Life saving, because obviously I didn’t have a plug socket, and my phone died at about 2am. Ha. Anyway, this was somehow the first Murakami I’ve ever read, and I’m now on a mission to read it all. So good. It jumped between what felt like two stories, except that they kind of crossed over and back again. It’s confusing and brilliant. Yes yes yes.

M.R. Carey, The Girl With All The Gifts – This had been on my list for ages, so I picked it up with All The Light We Cannot See to take away with me, because holidays call for chunky books.  I raced through it, and only had a hundred or so pages to go when I got off the plane.  It’s super quick reading, and ticks so many boxes: dystopian, speculative fiction, surgery/experimentation stuff, and incredibly well-written.

Haruki Murakami, After Dark – Murakami #2 basically immediately.  I picked this up in a charity shop a couple of days after finishing Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, and this one was much shorter. It’s about people whose paths cross over one night, mainly focused on Mari, who finds herself in the city after missing the last train home on purpose.

Anthony Doerr, All The Light We Cannot See – Oh god, so good. Obviously, because it won the Pulitzer prize last year, but still. Just beautiful and heartbreaking.  It’s set in WWII, and tells the stories of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, an orphaned German boy with an innate gift for mathematics.  More than that, it’s about how people survive, and how they try to do the best with what they have, and how they sometimes succeed.

Daisy Johnson, Fen* – This comes out on 2nd June, and you should buy it as soon as it does.  Dark, broody, perfect short stories.  Daisy Johnson is incredibly talented.  These stories are kind of about growing up, but they’re also about learning how to do that, and about longing for something when you aren’t sure what. So, so good. Here’s an extract.

Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man – Because eventually I get around to doing things I say I will, and because I can’t watch the film without having read the book first, and because Goodbye To Berlin was good, and apparently I like finding authors and then working my way through reading everything they’ve ever written (see: Haruki Murakami, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Margaret Atwood)

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Because I read a ton of magazines, and I included them last month, I’m going to do that again…
Oh Comely, which was cute and about sisters.
Weapons of Reason, which was about ageing and was super interesting. The writing was all amazing, and *look* at that cover art! Awesome.
New Philosopher was my Stack magazine this month, with loads of good stuff about education.

Phew. As always, everything is on Goodreads and Instagram. Come tell me what you’re reading!  I just bought all of these on a ridiculous charity shop spree when I was in the middle of a three day migraine, so my TBR is now almost as tall as I am again. Whoops?

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