I’m going to try and keep it simple this month because I’ve got so many deadlines coming up at Uni and I’m trying to do NaNoWriMo this month so I’m not sure I’ll have time to read anything other than my required reading for Uni. (I’m really behind on my yearly reading goal but I’m going to have to leave the mad, last minute reading rush until December I think).
1. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
‘When a dying millionaire hires Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in.’
A classic I’ve been wanting to read for a long time, and now I get to study it. I’m over the moon about this.
2. The 9th Life of Louis Drax – Liz Jensen
‘Nine-year-old Louis Drax is a problem child: bright, precocious, deceitful – and dangerously, disturbingly, disaster-prone. When he falls off a cliff into a ravine, the accident seems almost predestined. Louis miraculously survives – but the family has been shattered.
Louis’ father has vanished, his mother is paralysed by shock, and Louis lies in a deep coma from which he may never emerge. In a clinic in Provence, Dr Pascal Dannachet tries to coax Louis back to consciousness. But the boy defies medical logic, startling Dannachet out of his safe preconceptions, and drawing him inexorably into the dark heart of Louis’ buried world.
Only Louis holds the key to the mystery surrounding his fall – and he can’t communicate. Or can he?’ -Goodreads
I’m a big fan of crime TV shows but I’ve never really read a crime novel before. I’m excited to delve into the world of crime and Louis Drax.
3. The Silent Land – Graham Joyce
‘THE SILENT LAND is a brooding and tender look at love and whether it can survive the greatest challenge we will ever face. The film rights have been optioned by the producer of BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. A young couple are caught in an avalanche during a ski-ing holiday in the French Alps. They struggle back to the village and find it deserted. As the days go by they wait for rescue, then try to leave. But each time they find themselves back in the village. And, increasingly, they are plagued by visions and dreams and the realization that perhaps no-one could have survived the avalanche.’ -Goodreads
Spook spook. I’m reading this book for the horror section of my genre fiction course. I’ve never read a horror book before so I’m both excited and very scared about starting this.
4. War of the Staffs – K.M. Tedrick & Steve Stephenson
‘The goddess Adois brings a powerful vampire warlock named Taza through the void to turn Muiria into a planet of evil using her powerful staff. Needing an army, he turns a race of dark elves into vampires, but Prince Tarquin is born to fulfil a prophecy to stop Taza.
The prince cannot do it alone. The Wizard Celedant sends him to the Borderers, an elite group of dwarves to learn how to fight, while the wizard begins his search for the Staff of Adaman, the only thing capable of thwarting Taza and Adois’ Staff.
War of the Staffs is the search for two pieces of the ancient Staff of Adaman to counter Adois’ plans. The darkness is rising and using the black power of the Staff of Adois and his army of dark elves, giants, and orcs, Taza will begin a reign of terror the planet will not soon forget.’
One of these days I’ll get around to reading this…*guilt intensifies*
5. Falling Kingdoms – Morgan Rhodes
‘In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.
As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.
The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?
It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.
Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.
Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.
Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.
Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword…’ – Goodreads
Travelling and work loads have got in the way of me finishing this book. I’m about halfway through (and have been for a month) – hopefully I’ll get the time to finish it this month.
What are you reading this month? Let me know in the comments!! Happy reading.