Happy September! I can’t quite believe that it’s gotten to this point of year already, but here we are. I’ve got quite an ambitious plan of reading at least seven books this month, but I’m on holiday at the end of the month so I’m hoping that I can up that a little bit and maybe even finish my reading challenge!
I’ve really picked a lot of different things this month that are totally different to what I normally go for, so hopefully it all goes well.
La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
I’m so late to the party with this one but I’d heard nothing but good things and I wanted to give it a go, because I read his original novels about Lyra and liked them when I was young.
La Belle Sauvage follows Malcolm Polstead, a young boy whose father runs an inn, and he likes to help out doing odd jobs for the people around town. Since he’s always out and about, he hears a lot of gossip, until he hears one piece that ends up in a spy asking him to keep his eye out for anyone who might be suspicious. Everyone seems to be inquiring about a baby- and he decides he will do anything in order protect her.
I’ve actually already started it, although I’m still in the very early stages, but as usual, it’s well-written and easy to read and follow, so I have high hopes for this one.
The Stand by Stephen King
It seems customary now that every year around this time I tackle a big Stephen King novel. Last year I chose IT, which I read while writing my dissertation (poor decision), while this year it’s The Stand.
I’ve started reading this one too, but given that it is well over 1,000 pages, it’s unlikely that I will be finishing it any time soon. I am listening to it on audiobook though, and I’m over 30% of the way through, so I’m hopeful I will finish it by the end of the month, despite the fact I still have around 35 hours to go.
It’s about a virus that begins wiping out humanity, and comes in the form of what just seems like the cold. It starts as being caused by a computer error, and ends with 99% of the world’s population dead. Following both characters who seem to be immune, and characters that end up dying, in true Stephen King fashion, this absolute tome is super descriptive and feels true to the nature and circumstances of the areas it is set in.
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
This might seem like a bit of an odd choice, but it’s been at least seven years since I last read a Shakespeare play, and I’ve never actually read Hamlet before. As it’s probably one of the most famous ones, I thought I probably should give it a go.
It’s basically about revenge and murder within a family. And it’s probably easier just to leave my synopsis at that.
The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy
Not only am I planning to read a play this month, but I am also planning on reading poetry. Now, I’m not usually one for poems, I do like some of the old war poetry, but as a general rule it’s just not something I’m that into.
However, I did study some Carol Ann Duffy in school, and The World’s Wife is a number of poems about women, and the women behind men of mythology and stories, who step up to tell their own stories, living in the shadow of their husband.
Animal by Sara Pascoe
Autobiographies are something I very, very rarely reach for. I borrowed this one from my friend on her recommendation, and since I do quite like Sara Pascoe’s comedy, I thought I would give it a go.
It comments on the female body, feminism and sexuality, delving a bit into biology but peppered with funny anecdotes in her standard humour.
I’m not really sure what to expect, but I hope to find out if it’s something I should pick up more of later this month.
The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
A Man Booker Prize long listed novel, I actually bought this before the list was announced by some amazing foresight.
It’s about a woman with a young son who goes to prison to serve two life sentences – severing her tie with the outside world.
She needs to adjust to her new way of life, without her son, and find out how to survive prison.
In all honesty, it’s probably one of the ones I’m looking forward to picking up the most.
Beverly by Nick Drnaso
I’m totally obsessed by the drawing style in Nick Drnaso’s comics, so I’ve actually picked up both Beverly and Sabrina, but thought I would start with Beverly.
It follows a group of teenagers in a quiet suburb and how their safe, same-y world begins to crack as they face uncomfortable and disastrous situations.
I have to admit, I was a little surprised to find out it was about more than one person, but I’m definitely looking forward to reading this one.