Coming Up: What I’m Reading This Month and Beyond

At the moment, I have quite a few books waiting for me on my Overdrive virtual bookshelf, as well as a few of my hotly anticipated titles on hold.

There’s an interesting hodge podge on my virtual bookshelf (checked out from library and need to read in the next coupe of weeks):

  • The Appetites of Girls by Pamela Moses (audio book): This one was recommended to me by my partner, and I’ve started listening to it while doing chores and walking around this weekend. It’s a collection of stories about girls and their relationships with food and their mothers.
  • Eastern Europe Travel Guide by Lonely Planet: I’ve decided to go to a conference in Prague in September, and we’re going to build our holiday around that. There is an overwhelming choice of things to see and do in the area, so I’ve decided to consult the trusted Lonely Planet Guide for some inspiration.
  • Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore: This month’s book club is focused on Christopher Moore. I hadn’t even heard of him before this, so I’m interested to try this one out.
  • The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore: The second Christopher Moore title slated for bookclub discussion.
  • Longbourn by Jo Baker: OK, sometimes random books seem to get checked out to me from the library, and I have no recollection of requesting them. This is one of those. It seems to be some kind of period romance: “a triumphant tale of defying society’s expectations, and an illuminating glimpse of working-class lives in Regency England.” Not really my usual cup of tea, but if I have time between other books I’ll try it out.
  • Level Up Your LifeLevel Up Your Life by Steve Kamb: I have an interest in self-help books that deal with motivation and productivity. Steve Kamb has developed a system for living the life you’ve always wanted by gamifying everything. I’ve read about half of this so far, so the review should be up soon.

And I have a few selections on my holds list:

  • Company Town by Madeline Ashby: This was one of the Canada Reads 2017 shortlist selections. I started it, but the science fiction style kind of put me off. I’ll see if I have time to give it another try when I get it.
  • Insomniac City by Bill Hayes: This one came as a recommendation from my mum. I was very interesting in science and especially psychology when I was younger, and I read a few of Oliver Sacks’ books. This is a memoir from his partner, Bill Hayes, and apparently it shines a light on a very mysterious and unusual man and relationship. I’m looking forward to this one.
  • The AccusationThe Accusation by Bandi: Billed as the “first piece of fiction to come out of North Korea,” this one caught my eye on a Macleans must-read list. It’s a book of short stories that were apparently written by someone who still lives there and smuggled out of the country. I find North Korea fascinating (who doesn’t?), so I have high hopes for this one.
  • The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall: Whittall is a local Toronto author. This one was also recommended by my partner, and I’ve never read anything by this author, so I’m looking forward to seeing what she’s all about.

 

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