Bookish September Reads
For anyone who knows me, they will know that my time management with keeping on track of my reading is… awful to say the least. For some reason, I tend to prioritise everything else over just having some chill time to read. I know, how scandalous that someone who calls themselves ‘bookishbronte’ doesn’t spend the majority of her time reading!
So, I have put together a list of books that I’m planning on reading in September and putting it on my blog to put some pressure on myself to actually read them because for some reason that’s the only way that I can function.
The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir
Blurb: Esther Ann Hicks–Essie–is the youngest child on Six for Hicks,a reality television phenomenon. She’s grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family’s fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. When Essie’s mother, Celia, discovers that Essie is pregnant, she arranges an emergency meeting with the show’s producers: Do they sneak Essie out of the country for an abortion? Do they pass the child off as Celia’s? Or do they try to arrange a marriage–and a ratings-blockbuster wedding? Meanwhile, Essie is quietly pairing herself up with Roarke Richards, a senior at her school with a secret of his own to protect. As the newly formed couple attempt to sell their fabricated love story to the media–through exclusive interviews with an infamously conservative reporter named Liberty Bell–Essie finds she has questions of her own: What was the real reason for her older sister leaving home? Who can she trust with the truth about her family? And how much is she willing to sacrifice to win her own freedom?
This is a book that I started reading in July, but I never got round to actually finishing it. I was really enjoying it and I remember being really intrigued by Essie’s character, but life got in the way of me ever finishing her story. Feminist fiction is one of my absolute favourite genres to read at the moment, and the idea of a young girl taking control of her own life by manipulating those around her into believing the decision they are making about her are against her will really fascinates me. It’s one of those books where I have no idea where it’s heading, but I’m super keen to find out.
Nine by Zach Hines
Blurb: In an alternate world, startlingly close to our own, humans have nine lives – and they can’t wait to burn straight through them.
As you shed lives, you shed your awkward phases: one death is equal to one physical and mental upgrade. Julian’s friends are obsessed with the idea of burning lives, but Julian is determined to stay on his first for as long as he can. His mother, the ultimate cautionary rale, burned through her first eight in just a few years, and Julian has no intention of succumbing to the debilitating rebirth sickness that she inflicted on herself.
But the regime has death incentives aimed at controlling overpopulation, and Julian realizes that he’s going to have to burn at some point – especially when he becomes a target for Nicholas, the manipulative leader of the Burners, the school’s suicide club. And when Julian eventually succumbs, he uncovers suspicious gaps in the rebirth system that may explain exactly why his mother went so far down the rabbit hole years ago. Along with a group of student dissenters, Julian sets out to find answers and is soon on the verge of exposing the greatest conspiracy ever unleashed on the world.
This book and advanced readers copy sent to me by Harper Collins. It’s a little more out of my usual reading taste and could potentially go a little too sci-fi for my liking. However, I was immediately intrigued by the plot: why do humans have nine lives? Why can’t they wait to burn through them? How does shedding lives work? I have a lot of questions. If this book is written right, it has the potential to me amazing, or if the world building isn’t that great, then it also has potential to be really confusing. I really hope that this book is good due to the fact I love the concept, but we will see how it goes.
Folk by Zoe Gilbert.
Blurb: the remote island village of Neverness is a world far from our time and place.
The air hangs rich with the coconut-scent of gorse and the salty bite of the sea. Harsh winds scour the rocky coastline. The villagers’ lives are inseparable from nature and its enchantments.
Verlyn Webbe, born with a wing for an arm, unfurls his feathers in defiance of past shame; Plum is snatched by a water bull and dragged into his lair; little Crab Skerry takes his first run through the gorse-maze; Madden sleepwalks through violent storms, haunted by horses and her father’s wishes.
As the tales of this island community interweave over the course of a generation, their earthly desires, resentments, idle gossip and painful losses create a staggeringly original world. Crackling with echoes of ancient folklore, but entirely, wonderfully , her own, Zoe Gilbert’s Folk is a dark, beautiful and intoxicating debut.
I saw this book on my most recent trip to Hay-on-Wye and I instantly fell in love with the gorgeous cover art. I mean, just look how gorgeous this book is! As soon as I read the words “born with a wing for an arm” I knew I had to buy it. I love books that remind me of folklore and tales of the unusual, so this one has potential to become one of my absolute favourite reads as long as the writing isn’t too heavy.
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
Blurb: When her city falls to the Greeks, led to victory by the godlike warrior Achilles, Briseis’s old life is shattered. Abducted and shipped to the Greek camp on the battleground at Troy, she goes from queen to captive, from free woman to slave, awarded to Achilles as a prize of honour. She’s not alone. On the same day, and on many others in the course of a long, bitter war, innumerable women have been wrested from their homes and flung to the fighters.
As told in The Iliad, the Trojan war was a quarrel between men – over Helen, stolen from her home and spirited to Troy, a voiceless female icon of male desire. But what of the women in this story, silenced by their fates? What words did the speak when alone with each other, in the laundry, at the loom, when laying out the dead?
Wow. Doesn’t that sound harrowing? This could potentially be a novel which stays with me for a very long time. It’s been a while since a book has had that impact on me and I’ve been desperately searching for a book which affected me as deeply as The Summer that Melted Everything, and from the sounds of it, it appears that this one could. This is the one that I am most excited about.
So those are the four books that I’ve promised myself I’m going to read this month, but hope to get through a few more. Now please bare with me while I start making a dent in my TBR pile…