- Hotels of North America by Rick Moody
Another book I read about online and couldn’t wait to order. It’s a book that sounds fucking weird but is so engrossing that I’m sure I’ll recommend it to everyone. Hotels of North America is the story of hotel reviewer Reginald E Morse as told by his postings to RateYourLodgings.com. When Reginald goes missing it is his reviews that give a real insight into the man and why he suddenly vanished. Moody’s novel is almost impossible to put down and expertly blurs the lines between reality and fiction. Read it now. I urge you.
- Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
See last week.
- Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
This is one of the books from this year that I really wanted to read. It’s one of those books that you can’t get away from online and my interest was immediately piqued. This debut from American poet Essbaum has pretty much received unanimous praise. Following the story of a young American housewife who turns to adultery to escape the boredom of her suburban life in Zurich. The novel has the potential to really get under the character’s skin and sounds fucking amazing. Can’t wait to start it.
- A Bad Character by Deepti Kapoor
I have no idea where I first discovered this gem but as soon as I read the synopsis I knew I had to read it. When a young woman escapes her arranged marriage and runs away with her boyfriend, we are introduced to an intense and new version of the city of Dehli. As someone who has accidentally found herself stuck in a mostly white male dominated reading list, A Bad Character is the book I’ve been searching for. I can’t fucking wait.
- Young God by Katherine Faw Morris
Another book I’ve had on my Wishlist for fucking ages but never got around to buying until now. It’s a short but seemingly incredibly powerful tale. It sounds fucking perfect to me. Nikki is our teenage protagonist who must go down increasingly dark and dangerous paths to reconnect with her father. This probably isn’t for the faint-hearted but I’ve never been accused of that.
- The Zone of Inerest by Martin Amis
I’ve wanted to read this long before it came out this Summer. Martin Amis has written a novel to ask important questions about mankind and how we deal with out true selves. It’s going to be dark, clever and witty. It’s a fucking shame it got overlooked for the Man Booker… probably. I’ll tell you for sure when I’ve finished it.
- The Verdict by Nick Stone (Kindle Edition)
Another purchase I only made because it was cheap. Although I may have read about it somewhere. It’s a run-of-the-mill legal thriller. I can’t imagine it’ll wow me but it’ll certainly keep me busy on the cold Winter nights.
- Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
I must admit that I didn’t mean to buy this. I was at a Christmas market the other day after a few too many steins. In a drunken haze I got a bit too far into the festive spirit and bought a copy. I love Terry Pratchett and am slowly rebuying the books I loved when I was younger. Maybe not all the things you buy when you’re pissed are a bad thing?
- The Official A Game of Thrones Colouring Book