The darling books of June/July

Posted by admin on Aug 3, 2009 in books |


Another two months, another rather random selection of books under my belt- some of which have greatly troubled the boyfriend (see image above). I’m 5 books closer to finishing all the Booker novels (yippee!) and have read a startling amount of vampire themed kids books as well, which tie in quite nicely with watching Season One of True Blood. In no particular order, here are the latest on my literary adventures.

Night World, two anthologies by L.J.Smith

The first rule of fight club is that nobody talks about fight club, and the same principle applies even more closely to the Night World – where a mere mention of it means death to all. Think shadowy creatures of the night such as Vampires, witches ‘n werewolves ,  who lead a  supernatural existence  feeding off vermin (humans), but what happens when the rule of silence is broken- for love of vermin? The theme may be repetitive in the genre AND the books, but the prose is fast paced and easy to read, and written in a lighthearted yet compelling manner. I remember reading some of these when I was younger, and quite like how they’ve re-jacketed the book- very spooky- more angst ridden Harry Potter reader than a whimsical magic loving ten year old.

Dark Angel- Gillian discovers an angel in a near death e experience, but doe she have her best interests at heart?

Secret Vampire- Can’t you guess what this is about?

Daughter of Darkness- Witches fight over boys with dangerous results.

Enchantress- Some girls have it, some use magic…

The Chosen-Vampire killer meets hot camp and forbidden feelings ensue

Soulmate- Can destiny overcome conflicting interest?

Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie

The final book in this trilogy of wars, politics and corrupt kingships. Worth reading for the graphic torture depictions and casual brutality, but don’t expect to laugh out loud or learn any lasting life lessons.

The Behaviour of Moths by Poppy Adams

Debut novel from author hailed as the ‘new Mark Haddon’. And yes, that does mean the protagonist is disaffected with possible altruistic tendencies. Compelling nonetheless- a world documented via larvae and caterpillar growth, a framing device used to span generations. Strangely addictive and enchanting, and randomly educational about lepiodetery!

Better Love Next Time by J M Kearns

If your last relationship was rubbish and your new one isn’t faring much better-  it’s not your fault at all, you just meet horrible men,or do you? Could you subconsciously be bringing out the worst/creating bad qualities in the man you want to love as you’re so damaged by previous toxic relationships? J.M Kearns talks you through what went wrong then and how it affects the now and illustrates it with a variety of stories. Slightly simplistic self help book, but a very easy read and felt guilty to recognize certain traits that I’ve picked up off evil ex’s and transmuted onto new loving boyfriends- to their disservice.

Smart Girls Marry Money

Slightly depressing read from writer who starts by quoting divorce statistics, and making it all to clear that love should play second fiddle to cash flow. But hey, you have to think about numero uno right?

Under a Blood red Sky, Kate Furnivall

Part Soviet war story, part love story and one part fantasy this book is compelling reading


The Accidental by Ali Smith

A quiet family life is set on fire  by the arrival of a wandering soul. 13 year old Astrid is captured by Amber a 30 year old traveller who turns up for a day and stays for many months. Her presence awakens the sleepy family- the father is entranced, the son enthralled and the daughter devoted. Delightful for the depictions of everyday life and the descriptive qualities that give the book a longing ethereal air.

Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

It probably would have helped if I’d read the first book in this series, but I found this disappointing, dull and rather unwieldy,

3rd Degree, 4th of July, the 5th horseman, the 6th Target James Patterson

Killing off a main character? That’s provocativeve… Patterson deftly wields his crime fighting pen to  create interesting provocative tales that accentuate the characters (those he leaves alive) whilst keeping our brains busy trying to work out just ‘who dunnit’. (FYI- so many read due to flatmate being a fan and lending me LOTS).

Digging for America

Two families adopt two Chinese babies and celebrate their adoption days yearly together. Touching and tender with witty insights this was unexpectedly good for a ‘free with magazine’ purchase.

The Sea,TheSea by Iris Murdoch

Eccentric actor moves to reclusive house by the sea, cue descriptions of gastronomy to make epicurians weep. Slightly purist foodie book becomes something more, as a tale of obsession and incoherence unfolds, and shows that love is no barrier to age.

In the line of Beauty Alan Hollinghurst

I thought Booker novels were meant to be high brow and not detailed descriptions of rimming and suchlike? Nonetheless, once you’ve adapted to the casual sex in the book it’s a rather hearet wrenching tale of awkwardness, desire and the lines that divide society.

vernon_god_littleThe Last Orders, Graham Swift

Touching tale of the journey taken to scatter a man’s ashes; with insights into the individuals who’ve featured in it.

Vernon God Little, DBC Pierre

Think ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ but with an INNOCENT protagonist, and you have some idea of the complexities of this book. Vernon is a very unlucky individual whose hectic family life and impersonal manner don’t help his case.

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1 Comment

Aug 6, 2009 at 6:20 pm

“Worth reading for the graphic torture depictions and casual brutality” – glad it’s not just me that finds this kind of thing readable!



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