Work and more work is kicking my butt and I’m trying desperately to squeeze in as much reading time as possible. Per Goodreads, I’m 11 books behind schedule to meet my reading goal for the year. Oh well. I’m really looking forward to the three day weekend and plan to sit back and devour some books.
For this months new releases, I decided to really focus on books that I picked up at BEA. Not working at the library means I’m missing the jump on arrival dates of books, so the first two I plan to put on hold right away. Links to Goodreads.
The Ballroom – Anna Hope (Sept. 6/ 320p./ Random House) I really enjoyed Hope’s book titled Wake in 2014 about WWI and the intersection of three women with the arrival of the “unknown soldier”. It didn’t get much recognition but I really liked her writing. This one is also Historical Fiction but in 1911, taking place in an asylum where two patients meet and fall in love.
Mischling – Affinity Konar (Sept. 6/ 352p./ Lee Boudreaux Books) I missed this one at BEA and after reading the synopsis, I remembered why. It’s about twin sisters who are subjected to the evil tortures of Auschwitz. It will take some mental encouragement to read this one. We’ll see…
A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles (Sept. 6/ 448p./ Viking). I just started this one and I want to blow off work to read it. This is the one I’ll be curling up with this weekend, for certain. It’s 1922 Russia and Count Alexander Rostov is ordered to spend the rest of his life in a hotel. The writing is simply gorgeous.
Intimations: Stories – Alexandra Kleeman (Sept. 13/ 240p./ Harper) A new author to me but I’m always open to check out some short stories.
The Virginity of Famous Men – Christine Sneed (Sept. 13/ 320p./ Bloomsbury) When I picked up this collection at BEA, I chuckled like a little kid at the title. But again, very curious to see what these stories are all about.
Commonwealth – Ann Patchett (Sept. 13/ 336p./ Harper) I haven’t read anything by Patchett and hope to remedy that this month with her latest. From the synopsis, this literary novel spans five decades of some good Southern family drama.
The Wonder – Emma Donoghue (Sept. 20/ 304p./ Little, Brown & Co.) I never got to Frog Music, nor did I read Room, which became a movie. I heard so much about both the book and the movie, I didn’t feel the need to ever pick it up. But this time, I’d like to try her latest novel coming out this month. I absolutely love the series Call the Midwife, and this sounded like an episode from the show: “an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child’s life.”
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life – Ruth Franklin (Sept. 27/ 624p./ Liveright) My attention doesn’t always fare well with biographies but I’ve always been fascinated with Shirley Jackson. I also don’t lean toward Gothic or horror stories, but for some reason Jackson’s writing has intrigued me for many years. The Lottery was the first short story I was mesmerized by. How she was able to pack so much into 30 pages that kept me breathless and stunned for days after! It made me fall in love with short stories and I hope this bio works for me.