What we’ll be reading in September
It's already starting to get darker in the evenings which is both a good and bad thing. Bad because it means summer is on its way out; good because the inevitable rubbish weather means curling up with a book is a more acceptable alternative to going out.
Here are some of the new and recently released books we're hoping to spend some quality time with this month.
Grief is the Thing with Feathers — Max Porter (paperback; 25 August 2016, Faber & Faber)
In the midst of grief he comes. He comes with a crackling of feathers and a smell of decay. He comes like the worst thing you could ever imagine, like something you should never have to imagine, he comes when you need him. He is a reminder, a companion, a harbinger, a scruffy homeless layabout, a friend. He is Crow.
This will be a re-read rather than a new book but it's oh-so worth it as this is a book that deserves to be read over and over. Grief is a short gut punch of a book filled with beautiful, twisting language that'll wring every emotion out of you. Stunning.
The Graces — Laure Eve (1 September 2016, Faber & Faber)
Everyone said the Graces were witches. They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair. They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different. All I had to do was show them that person was me.
This one keeps popping up all over the place and we've seen a lot of positive reviews on Goodreads. The description reads
The Craft meets The Secret History in this seductive, powerful and startlingly original YA thriller which is basically all of our favourite things.
Image from Simon and Schuster
The Regulars — Georgia Clark (11 August 2016, Simon & Schuster UK)
Best friends Evie, Krista, and Willow are just trying to make it through their mid-twenties in New York. They’re regular girls, with average looks and typical quarter-life crises: making it up the corporate ladder, making sense of online dating, and making rent. Until they come across Pretty, a magic tincture that makes them, well...gorgeous. Like, supermodel gorgeous. And it’s certainly not their fault if the sudden gift of beauty causes unexpected doors to open for them. But there’s a dark side to Pretty, too, and as the gloss fades for these modern-day Cinderellas, there’s just one question left: What would you sacrifice to be Pretty?
We've both read Scott Westerfield's Uglies trilogy and while we liked the premise we were a little disappointed with the overall execution. This piqued our interest as it sounds like it could be similar in theme (with a hint of Dorian Gray) but moved to a more real-world scenario.
The Lesser Bohemians — Eimear McBride (1 September 2016, Faber & Faber)
An eighteen-year-old Irish girl arrives in London to study drama and falls violently in love with an older actor. This older man has a disturbing past that the young girl is unprepared for. The young girl has a troubling past of her own. This is her story and their story.
Eimear McBride's second novel after the powerful A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing has to be one of the most anticipated books around. Her cover game is still strong too *swoon*.
Image from Usborne Books
What's a Girl Gotta Do? — Holly Bourne (1 August 2016, Usborne Publishing Ltd)
HOW TO START A FEMINIST REVOLUTION: 1. Call out anything that is unfair on one gender. 2. Don't call out the same thing twice (so you can sleep and breathe). 3. Always try to keep it funny. 4. Don't let anything slide. Even when you start to break...
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We're always excited when Holly Bourne releases a new book so, naturally, we're very much looking forward to getting our hands on the latest instalment in her Spinster Club series. Not only is she super cool, her books are full of strong female characters and are a lot of fun to read. You couldn't ask for more.
Reading something brilliant at the moment? Let us know your recommendations below.