August TBR List

This is the first time I’ve done a post of this kind, but I’ve decided to up my blogging game and post more than JUST book reviews.

I also want to encourage myself to read more books than I currently manage each month, and by publicly announcing this, I hope to keep myself accountable and reach my goals (wish me luck!).

So, here’s the books on my TBR list this month:

1. Such Small Hands by Andres Barba

Her father died instantly, her mother in the hospital. She has learned to say this flatly without emotion – the way she says her name (Marina), her doll’s name (also Marina) and her age (seven). Now she lives in the orphanage with the other little girls. But Marina is not like the other little girls.

In the curious, hyperreal, feverishly serious world of childhood, the girls play games of desire and warfare. The daily rituals of playtime, lunchtime and bedtime are charged with horror. And when Marina introduces the girls to Marina the Doll, she sets in motion a chain of events from which there can be no release.

I’m really looking forward to this one. It just oozes creepiness and I know it’s going to make me want to sleep with the light on for a couple of nights (anyone else have that love/hate relationship with fear?).  I’ve seen a lot of good press in my Twitter feed about this one, so I’m keen to experience it for myself!

2. The Angel in the Stone by R. L. McKinney

Maybe Finn’s madness wasn’t really madness and an angel did come for him after all…

All Calum wants is a quiet life, but the past is haunting him. He and his mother Mary still don’t talk about the death of his younger brother Finn, more than twenty years ago. Then Calum’s estranged daughter Catriona arrives with troubles of her own. Simmering resentments rise to the surface, and a family driven apart by silence must confront its secrets.

I don’t know an awful lot about this one, which makes it exciting in its mystery. It’s the author’s second novel, and the blurb makes it sound like it could be a bit of an emotional read.

3. The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy

Hell on Earth is only a click away.

The dark net is a shadowland where criminals operate anonymously online. Or so they think. A demonic force is hacking their minds, and not it’s threatening to invade the real world…

Out of all the books in my list this month, I’m probably most eager to read this. It looks right up my street, the concept seeming fairly similar to Snow Crash, a book I enjoyed. The artwork also has a Black Mirror feel to it, which can only be a good sign.

4. The Book of Luce by L. R. Fredericks

Everyone has heard of Luce. A halo of white hair, a rakishly tilted bowler hat. An album that changed the world. But that was just one of the many faces of Luce. Now it’s time to find out who, and what, Luce really is. 

From psychedelic London to the frozen wastes of the Himalayas, from Paris to Japan, the search for Luce begins… 

Corr, this one is THICK (533 pages!). But from what I’ve heard so far it’s supposed to be EPIC. I’m very much prepared to get lost into the mysterious – and far out – story I believe this book entails… see you on the other side!

5. No Dominion by Louise Welsh

It is seven years since the Sweats wiped out most of the world’s population. But for those who survived the outbreak, life has gone on. Steve Flint and Magnus McFall are now part of a small community on the Orkney Islands, without mobile phones or TV, without antibiotics or fuel, who are trying to rebuild the rudiments of democratic civilisation.

When three strangers arrive on the islands, however, they upset the fragile community, bringing long-buried tensions to the surface. Realising that a number of the islands’ young are missing, Steve and Magnus set off on a journey to the mainland to get them back – a mainland swarming with outlaw gangs, and where self-appointed autocrats and religious fanatics hold sway…

Oh, I do love a dystopian. This is the third book in the Plague Times Trilogy, but I’ve been informed that it reads well on its own. The previous two have got good reviews and praise, so I’m excited to dive in and see what this dystopian world has in store!

6. Condition by Alec Birri

What if all brain disorders were treatable? Few would lament the passing of dementia or autism, but what if the twisted mind of a sex-offender or murderer could be cured too? Or how about a terrorist or maybe a political extremist? What if we could all be ‘corrected’?

I’m reading Condition as part of a blog tour… although I haven’t read the previous two books in the series! However, the premise sounds seriously interesting – and I reckon I can read the first two afterwards and it’ll be like reading the prequels, right?

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