It's great to be finally back in the swing of things (sort of) post baby and I actually managed to read enough books to justify a Month In Books post! I realise that most of these are fairly dark in nature, often with a bit of death and paranormal goings on thrown in for luck, which means that this list is probably more appropriate to an October pickings, but ho hum... And whilst they might not be summer beach reads, most of these books are good for being curled up under a blanket with whilst it's gloomy outside - perfect if you're looking for something for the next couple of months yourself.
What can I say - one of the best novels of the year so far. "Sing, Unburied, Sing" is part Southern Gothic, part American road novel, part Steinbeck-esque story of people and place. It explores not only the family dynamic of Jojo, his grandparents and his drug addicted mother, but also their ties through the ages - to the dead and the living.
The relentless summer sun of the US East Coast has had me, perversely, hankering for grey skies and sparse landscapes, and as such I've been picking up a fair few novels set in Scotland recently. The gorgeous moody cover of Sarah Maine's debut novel drew me in immediately, as did the back cover descriptions of a gothic and atmospheric novel with a good old dose of murder and mystery. It was just what I needed.
A new perspective on one of Britain's darkest periods of history. Before the Salem witch trials there was Matthew Hopkins - Britain's self-appointed Witchfinder General. This chilling tale looks at what happened in the years between 1645 and 1647 when he held sway over East Anglia, through the eyes of his widowed sister Alice.
I picked up this book after a relentless Twitter campaign by Orenda Books and their affiliated bloggers and I'm very pleased I did. It's a beautifully written piece of magic realism that captures both the timeless quality of the selkie legends and the claustrophobia of small island living.
Pitched as a grown up “Twilight” meets “Harry Potter,” Harkness certainly draws on the conventions of the genre in this first of three All Souls novels.
I am afraid that I am guilty of that most heinous of book crimes in the case of this novel - I judged this book by its cover and I couldn’t have been more wrong.
If Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games had a baby - this would be it…
With the last blast of March winter upon those of us on the US east coast - need something to curl up with whilst you're snowed in? Why not try some of these classic books with wintery settings...
If you want something gritty, smart and noir - head to New York. Trashy, seedy crime? L.A. But backstabbing political intrigue… There is nowhere that tops the beating heart of the US establishment - Washington D.C.
This is a classic coming-of-age story in a historical setting and whilst the narrative itself is rather formulaic, it is very well researched and would give younger readers plenty of historical perspective.
When I sat down to think about how I would choose my five favourite female authors, in honor of International Women's Day, I felt completely overwhelmed. Most of my books seem to be written by women...