Ah yes, more books – even now that I find myself with very little time to read them. But who can resist putting pretty books on hold for RIP VII? Or looking through the shelves for hidden gems on a Friday afternoon after work?
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The Suspicions of Mr Whicher – Kate Summerscale
This year I read Kate Summerscale’s newest book, Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace. I loved it for its manner of making history come to life. And yet.. I couldn’t be quite as enthusiastic as I had seen everyone be about her previous title. And so, when RIP VII season came around at the beginning of September, I couldn’t help but put this on hold. I’m not sure if I’ll get to it, but I sure hope to. The Suspicions of Mr Whicher features a reconstruction of a shocking murder in 1860 that inspired many English detective stories at the time.
Dark Matter: A Ghost Story – Michelle Paver
To be quite honest, this is probably the book I am least likely to read. I added it to my RIP VII reading pool on impulse after seeing it on So Many Books‘ blog. It is a story about an expedition to the north pole where a man starts to become terrorized by a ghost in the dark of the winter. Even reading that description has me feeling all claustrophobic. Perhaps I am really not made for the scary. Or perhaps I’ll push myself to read this anyway and find it lovely? Sometimes I wish I were a little braver..
Wicked – Gregory Maguire
When I visited London last fall (which I never wrote about – I really should have), Amy told me how much she enjoyed this book. We came to talk about it because there were posters for the musical version of Wicked all over London. Or perhaps there were posters for other musicals and Wicked was a huge musical in the Netherlands at the time, and so we talked about it. Me, I’ve never been to a musical, and although this surprises most when I tell them, I do not think that is a loss. Because if anything makes me cringe it’s a movie or play interrupted by sudden singing and dancing. But yes, I remembered Amy’s remark. And I remembered countless others mentioning the book before her. And so this year, I plan to finally read it. And perhaps this really is the perfect time, as I recently – finally – read The Wizard of Oz.
Girl Reading – Katie Ward
High expectations. Such. High. Expectations. I am afraid they might be so high that I’m sure to be disappointed. One of the reasons I am so excited about reading this book is that I have been looking to get my hands on a library copy for the longest time. It frequently occurred that the system had it listed as available, only to be unfindable on the shelves. But now my hold has finally come in. And I can finally read this book that so many of my favourite bloggers have already read. I am aware that they did not all love it. I’m aware that most had mixed feelings. And yet I cannot but look forward to it. Especially because it seems such an original idea, seven stories about seven portraits of girl’s reading.
Haroun and the Sea of Stories – Salman Rushdie
I picked this one up for Aarti’s A More Diverse Universe blogtour. I admit it was more a necessary pick, as it seems to be the only title available at my library apart from a few Allende’s. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to it. It is to be my first Rushdie too. Please tell me this is a good place to start? Haroun and the Sea of Stories is about a storyteller who loses his gift of storytelling, and ends up making a trip to the source of all stories with his son. Sounds wonderful, no?
The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller
Ah, this year’s winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction. I have incredibly high expectations. My hold *finally* came in. And now I have to hurry and read it before I have to give it up to the next reader at the beginning of October. Do you ever feel so pressured to read something soon that you lose all anticipation for it? I rather feel like that now. And I do so love the idea of a retelling of Greek myth, in this case, the story of the Trojan War.
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