I’ve started a Summer reading challenge and so have bought a few books I have wanted to read for a while that I have firmly put on my summer reading list!
Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood. It’s been on my wishlist for a long time and is also on my 2017 book challenge list (the one I seem to have almost abandoned).
The Power – Naomi Alderman. I’ve wanted to read this since I first heard about it. I’m so happy it won the Bailey’s Prize.
The Lottery and other stories – Shirley Jackson. I don’t do scary, so thought I’d give it a go and start mildly (I hope!).
Hope In The Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities – Rebecca Solnit. Loved Men Explain Things to Me. I’m clearly going to read everything by Rebecca Solnit, but need to space them out so they last longer!
I discovered NetGalley this month, where reviewers can request ebooks in return for reviewing them. I’ve learnt very quickly that I need to request carefully! I ended up with too many requests being granted and not enough time to read them all. One of the books I have read is Queen of Spades by Michael Shou-Yung Shum (review will be posted in September!). This book is a rewriting of Pushkin’s Queen of Spades, a book I know nothing about – so I bought it to be able to compare the two.
Queen of Spades – Alexander Pushkin
The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead. Looks great. Was quite reasonably priced on preorder. It hasn’t arrived yet, so not sure it really counts as a purchase this month…
The Song of Achilles – Margaret Miller (kindle 99p book) This has been on my wishlist for a while and it popped us as a kindle daily deal. Same with:
Wild – Cheryl Strayed. Read a very strong recommendation of this recently by someone I admire.
School Summer Fayre had books for 25p each! Picked up The Locked Room and Other Horror Stories – M. R. James, and Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen – Chris Riddell.
To finish off the month I has a few more purchases:
Alex’s Adventures in Numberland – Alex Bellos. He was coming to my college to give a talk, so I needed the book (I’ve wanted to read it for a while anyway) so I could get it signed
I also got Oreo – Fran Ross
and A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness.
Books I’ve read this month. Linked to reviews if they are published yet 😀
Bedtime Stories with my Children