Reader problem: Taking your eyes off the book world for a month or two and suddenly not being in the book loop any more. You come back and you have no idea what is going on or what is worth reading.
Has this happened to anyone else or is it just me?
Anyway, I decided to play a little catch up with the world of books and add a few new reads to my to-read pile. …Because that needed more added to it… It really didn’t, but anyway, here are the new books I recently added to my TBR pile for this summer.
I will contain links to the Goodreads pages of each of these books in their cover images if you want to add them to your own to read list or want more info.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
“Beautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another. When she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts – who never leaves survivors – her heart is broken. But her charms draw the attention of the relentless Prince Humberdinck who wants a wife and will go to any lengths to have Buttercup. So starts a fairy tale like no other, of fencing, fighting, torture, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, hunters, bad men, good men, beautifulest ladies, snakes, spiders, beasts, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passions and miracles.”
This book is actually one that I am currently reading. The weather here in Northern Ireland is so warm right now that I cant sleep so I ended up downloading a book from the library onto my phone at 4am. This is that book. Honestly I watched the film of this YEARS ago and for some reason I have no memory of anything that happened in it, so I am going into this pretty much blind. I am a sucker for a good swashbuckling tale so I am excited to keep reading it.
Scream All Night by Derek Milman
“Dario Heyward knows one thing: He’s never going back to Moldavia Studios, the iconic castle that served as the set, studio, and home to the cast and crew of dozens of cult classic B-horror movies. It’s been three years since Dario’s even seen the place, after getting legally emancipated from his father, the infamous director of Moldavia’s creature features.
But then Dario’s brother invites him home to a mysterious ceremony involving his father and a tribute to his first film—The Curse of the Mummy’s Tongue. Dario swears his homecoming will be a one-time visit. A way for him to get closure on his past—and reunite with Hayley, his first love and costar of Zombie Children of the Harvest Sun, a production fraught with real-life tragedy—and say good-bye for good. But the unthinkable happens—Dario gets sucked back into the twisted world of Moldavia and the horrors, both real and imagined, he’s left there.
With only months to rescue the sinking studio and everyone who has built their lives there, Dario must confront the demons of his past—and the uncertainties of his future. But can he escape the place that’s haunted him his whole life?”
I will be honest, if this book wasn’t set on a horror film set I probably wouldn’t be that interested in it. It also reminds me of Night Film a little, and, unpopular opinion time, I wasn’t a big fan of Night Film. I didn’t hate it I just didn’t get what all the fuss was about.
Even with all that said I am still interested in reading this book when it comes out. The blurb makes me curious about the characters’s backgrounds and what exactly the “horrors” could be. Also I love the whole dark side of Hollywood trope, so the more of that in fiction the better. I will just eat that trope up every time.
Scream All Night is scheduled for release on the 24th of July 2018
The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Klingele
“In small town Michigan, Penny, an aspiring journalist, teams up with the nerdy boy-next-door and the town’s star quarterback to find her conspiracy theorist father after he goes missing and several other townspeople turn up dead in the woods.
The deeper she digs, the weirder things start to get. Townspeople repeat the same phrases—verbatim. Men in black suits stroll around Main Street. Chunks of her memory go missing. Pretty soon, Penny’s research leads her to the long-ago meteorite crash in Bone Lake’s woods, and she’s going to have to reconsider her definition of “real” if she wants answers. . . .”
Small town America + Conspiracy Theories + Missing People = A Happy Me.
To me this book sounds very X-files and that is right up my street. I also find this sort of horror mystery makes for brilliant summer reading if you are fed up with the constant wave of summer contemporaries and romances.
The Truth Lies Here is scheduled for release on the 21st of August 2018.
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
“Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.
When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.”
I am pretty sure Victoria Schwab could release a book of wallpaper samples and I would buy it. Luckily I have an excuse this time, other than her brilliant writing, this one is about one of my favourite topics of all time GHOSTS.
Also look at that beautiful cover. It is just all sorts of perfect.
City of Ghosts is scheduled for release on the 28th of August 2018.
John Dies at the End by David Wong
“STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don’t put it down. It’s too late. They’re watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you’ll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it’s too late. You touched the book. You’re in the game. You’re under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why? You just have to trust me.
The important thing is this: The drug is called Soy Sauce and it gives users a window into another dimension. John and I never had the chance to say no. You still do. I’m sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind: None of this was my fault.”
I have heard nothing but good things about this series. I love a good mix of horror, science fiction and humour.
Also, I think that blurb could win most potential readers over, don’t you?
The Monk by Matthew Lewis
“Set in the sinister monastery of the Capuchins in Madrid, The Monk is a violent tale of ambition, murder, and incest. The great struggle between maintaining monastic vows and fulfilling personal ambitions leads its main character, the monk Ambrosio, to temptation and the breaking of his vows, then to sexual obsession and rape, and finally to murder in order to conceal his guilt.”
I wrote a post a little while ago about the history of Gothic literature in the 18th century. If you haven’t read it yet you really should, just saying. And this is one of the books that featured in that post. Normally when it comes to Gothic literature I read more of the 19th century books, Poe, Shelley etc etc, but I want to read some of the older novels that were a basis for some of my favourite books.
The Monk is one of those notorious novels. This was like the 50 Shades of Grey of its time. I love books at caused a bit of a scandal in their time, so sign me right up.
The Italian by Ann Radcliffe
“From the first moment Vincentio di Vivaldi, a young nobleman, sets eyes on the veiled figure of Ellena, he is captivated by her enigmatic beauty and grace. But his haughty and manipulative mother is against the match and enlists the help of her confessor to come between them. Schedoni, previously a leading figure of the Inquisition, is a demonic, scheming monk with no qualms about the task, whether it entails abduction, torture – or even murder. The Italian secured Ann Radcliffe’s position as the leading writer of Gothic romance of the age, for its atmosphere of supernatural and nightmarish horrors, combined with her evocation of sublime landscapes and chilling narrative.”
Another book choice fuelled by my recent interest in 18th century Gothic literature, The Italian was a book that caught my interest because it is written by Ann Radcliffe. She was one of the first female celebrity authors and she took Gothic literature from its silly roots to being a respected genre. Also she liked to use the money she made from her books to take her dog on holiday. I need to read this woman’s work simply because she is #Goals.
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
“Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.
So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.
Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again.”
This book sounds ridiculous but I need to read it. A teenage witch brings her friends back from the dead to solve their murder. It sounds amazing and the sort of silly I can get behind, especially when that silly is also wrapped up in a murder mystery.
Also, a little known fact about me, I used to be a practicing Wiccan so I will know if you get things right or not Lily Anderson.
So, what are your reading plans for this summer? Have you read any of the books I plan on reading? Let me know your thoughts and we will have a chat in the comments.