NEW: Book Haul

It’s that time of the month. The first week of January has passed, and the books I ordered have started to arrive in the mail. This month, the selection is pretty thin because my bank account is still reeling from Christmas, but these are some pretty promising picks. Usually, I try to get books from a few different genres, or about a couple of different subject matters. Anyway, I’ll get into it.

BOOK 1:
Let The Right One In

AUTHOR:
John Ajvide Lindqvist

SYNOPSIS:
“Twelve-year-old Oskar is an outside: bullied at school, dreaming about his absentee father, bored with life on a dreary housing estate. One evening he meets the mysterious Eli As a romance blossoms between them, Oskar discovers Eli’s dark secret – she is a 200-year-old vampire, forever frozen in childhood, and condemned to live on a diet of fresh blood.”

THOUGHTS:
I’m kind of on the fence about this book. I enjoyed the film, but although it was pretty well-received by critics and fans, I wasn’t as blown away as most. Still, I admired how unique it was in comparison to most other vampire stories, and enjoyed the story. I guess I’m expecting more of the same from this book. It won’t be too demanding, but won’t be too simplistic either. It seems like it’d be a good book to read while going on a long train or plane journey. At worst, it’ll be a fairly entertaining, breezy read.

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BOOK 2:
The Girls

AUTHOR:
Emma Cline

SYNOPSIS:
“Evie Boyd is desperate to be noticed. In the summer of 1969, empty days stretch out under the California sun. The smell of honeysuckle thickens the air and the sidewalks radiates heat.

Until she notices them. The snatch of cold laughter. Hair, long and uncombed. Dirty dresses skimming the tops of thighs. Cheap rings like a second set of knuckles. The girls.

And at the centre, Russell. Russel and the ranch, down a long dirt track and deep in the hills. Incense and clumsily strummed chords. Rumours of sex, frenzied gatherings, teen runaways.

Was there a warning, a sign of things to come? Or is Evie already too enthralled by the girls to see that her life is about to be changed forever?”

THOUGHTS:
‘The Girls’ seem to have been the words on everyone’s lips this year. And the market reflects that: the RRP of the thing is 12.99 (GBP.) I think the book sounds interesting. Emma Cline’s taken a familiar narrative concept and paired it with something that’s distant enough for people to be unfamiliar with it, even if they were alive at the time, yet contemporary enough to still be interesting. I’ve got high hopes for this one, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

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BOOK 3:
The Haters

AUTHOR:
Jesse Andrews

SYNOPSIS:
“Corey and Wes are convinced nothing cool can come of their lame summer at jazz camp, when along comes Ash – all blonde hair and brash words – who cracks their world wide open. Finally, something they can’t seem to hate. Convinced that a great musician is made on the road, the three friends flee camp and begin an epic, hilarious road trip: The Haters Summer of Hate tour.”

THOUGHTS:
I was a big fan of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and there’s not much to say about this one except I think it’ll be more of the same. Maybe it’ll have more of a lighthearted story, but I think it’ll be packed with his dry humour. I’m not expecting anything groundbreaking, but I think it’ll be entertaining enough.

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BOOK 4:
Dance Dance Dance

AUTHOR:
Haruki Murakami

SYNOPSIS:
“High-class call girls billed to Mastercard. A psychic thirteen-year-old drop-out with a passion for Talking Heads. A hunky matinee idol domed to play dentists and teachers. A one-armed beach-combing poet, an uptight hotel clerk and one very bemused narrator caught in the web of advanced capitalist mayhem. Combine this offbeat cast of characters with Murakami’s idiosyncratic prose and out comes Dance Dance Dance. It is an assault on the senses, part murder mystery, part metaphysical speculation: a fable for our times catchy as a rock song blasting from the window of a sports car.”

THOUGHTS:
I’ve read a few Murakami books before, and if you’ve done so, too, you’ll probably know roughly what you expect before you’ve even turned to the first page of one of his novels. Still, I think he has a knack for surprising people and bringing something new to each one of his books. Of all the books I bought this month, I’m probably looking forward to this one the most.

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