Good morning my loves!
Today’s post in another TBR post. This one has been inspired by Simon. He has now hosted several Big Book Weekender readathons and I was inspired to finally read some of the biggest books on my shelves, and so that is what I will be doing for the whole of this month!
As the books are so big, I have only planned to read 3 and finish one that I’ve already started. It is the month that I also start back at university and so I don’t want to set myself up to fail. I also want to allow a little bit of room for mood reading, just in case I find myself getting into a slump. Okay, okay! Enough babble from here. Here are the books that I plan on reading this month.
NOS4R2 by Joe Hill (I’ve got 368 pages left)
I started this several months ago as a buddy read with a couple of bookish friends. The buddy read has now long finished and I am still only half way through this book. I have already apologised to said friends!
Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country. Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4R2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.” Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.
The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (816 pages)
I almost cried when I got this through the post. The Cemetery of Forgotten Books is one of my favourite series’ of all time and this is the fourth instalment. This is a whopper of a book and is the one that inspired this months TBR. It’s due to be released this month and I couldn’t be more excited to read it. Oh, and if you haven’t read the other books, but would like to read this one, that’s okay, you don’t have to read them in order!
Barcelona, 1957. Daniel Sempere runs the Sempere & Sons bookshop, is happily married and has a son. No longer the child who discovered the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, he is still haunted by the mysterious death of his mother when he was six years old. Meanwhile his best friend and accomplice, Fermin, is about to marry the love of his life. But something appears to be bothering him. One morning, when Daniel is alone in the shop, a mysterious figure enters and buys a precious copy of The Count of Monte Cristo. Then, to Daniel’s surprise, the man inscribes the book with the words ‘To Fermin Romero de Torres, who came back from the dead and who holds the key to the future’. That night Fermin confesses that he was once in prison and that he had to fake his own death to escape. Now his former cellmate has reappeared with a possible key to hidden treasure. But is it a trap? And why is Daniel’s wife meeting someone in secret? And who was the sinister figure Daniel’s mother went to meet on the night of her death…
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne (592 pages)
I’ve had this one on my shelf for a little while now and after seeing so many people raving about it, I just had to add it to this list. Its a rather long novel and one that I have been almost too daunted to read for some time. The time has come. The time is now.
Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamorous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.
And there we have it! My reading plans for September. What are you planning on reading this month? Let me know in the comments below!
Peace and pages