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To Be Read Pile

Hello everyone! After posting my first To Be Read pile post last month, I thought it'd be nice to carry on with the feature and show you the books that I will be reading in the month of July. I will be posting reviews for the books I read in June shortly so keep your eyes peeled! I bought the following books with my own cash because, sadly, I don't have someone who is willing to feed my literature addiction. Oh, woe is me! However, saying that, it is my twenty first birthday in TWO DAYS (3rd July) and I have it on good authority that the book fairy has been extremely kind to me this year. Feel free to share your opinions on the following books in the comments below and also leave your book recommendations for me! I would also love to know what you're reading too because I'm nosey inquisitive. Once again, I've only picked two books this month because I'm still in recovery from my surgery and I'm on a shed load of antibiotics that make me want to vom every hour! 

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Like June's 'To Be Read Pile' post, both of these books have been sat patiently on my bookshelf for far too long. The first book on my pile this month is RIVERS OF LONDON BY BEN AARONOVITCH. I think I was first alerted about this book, and the entire trilogy, when Leena from thegirlsawthecomet spoke about it in a video a little while back. I'm not entirely that this is my typical sort of read but I'm willing to at least give it a bloody good go. Can we all just take a minute to appreciate how perfect my second hand copy off of Amazon is...Thanks! 'What is it about?', I hear you wail impatiently....

'My name is Peter Grant, and I used to be a probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service, and to everyone else as the Filth. My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit...Then one night I tried to take a witness statement from a man who was already dead but still disturbingly voluble...and that led me to Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England....The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it's falling to me to bring order out of chaos - or to die trying' 

I've already had a little peek through the first chapter of the book and I'm intrigued but also a little concerned. I don't want to be rude, nor do I want to be extremely pessimistic, but I'm not entirely sure I like the tone of the novel. It sort of (and I mean sort of because I've barely read anything just yet)reads as if my Dad had been allowed to write a book....the sort of humour that makes you want to retract into yourself. Obviously, it's very early days so I may just be being a little too harsh but I'll let you know in my full review as to whether I ended up warming to Peter. My second concern is, will I be able to appreciate the novel with very little knowledge of London? I'm pretty sure I will be fine, because I've read literature based in many different parts of the world and it hasn't particularly hindered me, but I'm curious as to whether the novel can reach its full potential for a little yokel like me. Once again, I'll keep you posted! I'm being dubious but I'm also pretty excited because one critic said it was like 'what would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz'. Interesting! 

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The second book I'm planning on reading this month is the red house by mark haddon. Everyone and their Mother has read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time so it's pretty peculiar that I haven't really heard much about this novel as of yet. However, I decided to pick it up on a whim when it first came out and its been lingering in my bookshelf ever since. The blurby summarisy bit says the following: 

'After his mother's death, Richard, a newly remarried hospital consultant, decides to build bridges with his estranged sister, inviting Angela and her family for a week in a rented house on the Welsh border....Seven days of shared meals, log fires, card games and wet walks. But in the quiet and the stillness of the valley, ghosts begin to rise up. The parents Richard thought he had. The parents Angela thought she had...The Red House is about the extraordinariness of the ordinary, weaving the words and thoughts of the eight characters together with those fainter, stranger voices - of books and letters and music, of the dead who once inhabited these rooms, of the ageing house itself and the landscape in which it sits.'

I've read the first chapter already and I was pretty hooked and engaged so that's an extremely good sign. I quite like the premise of everyone being cooped up under one roof and I love being able to engage with a range of different characters, rather than just one sole protagonist. I haven't read The Curious Incident for years so I feel quite lucky that I probably won't have anything to compare this book to. I'm not expecting miracles from this book but I am expecting a pleasant read that keeps me engaged throughout. I'll let you know what I think!

There you have it! Do let me know your thoughts on these particular books in the comments section below and share your very own To Be Read pile in the comments too! I'll let you know what I thought of these two books in the near future but for the time being I'm off to make some birthday preparations ♥ 

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  1. Oooh I have the Rivers of London on my to-read shelf as well. I need to get reading some of my books before I start buying any more!

  2. Rivers of London is on my wish-list, mainly because, as you pointed it, critics mentioned Harry Potter. However, if the humor is a bit lame, I think I'll wait until I can borrow it or buy it second-hand. I have The Curious Incident in my TBR for quite a long time now.
    I'm currently reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley and Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson and so far, I enjoy the former but I'm not convinced by the latter.

  3. Rivers of London sounds so good! Really want to read it now. I've been getting back into reading actual books recently, after a brief flirtation with my Kindle. Just can't get on board with it, I really can't.

  4. I'm off on holiday tomorrow so am having a kindle (yeah, I'm one of those) download-fest tonight, will be adding The Red House to my list!

    Rachel x

  5. The Red House sounds intriguing, I'll have to add that to my to-read pile! I've just read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and it was superb writing. I was slightly disapointed by the ending but the writing was great and it was a real page turner. xxx

  6. I really want to rad The Red House. I heard about it while back but it slipped my mind until I read this post, I must pick it up! x

  7. Ooh both look really good! I love that you always pick outside the mainstream fantasy/dystopian-love triangle blergh that seems to be taking over the book industry at the moment! (I like the odd fantasy or dystopian and the odd love triangle don't get me wrong, but why is it all that's being published atm!?)
    I definitely want to read Rivers of London, hopefully you aren't disappointed. Frankly if they made an actual book exploring a Harry Potter/ The Fuzz crossover I would be first in line! :) x

  8. Love the sound of The Red House! I have a stack of around eight books in my summer reading corner, sitting in my room, awaiting some lurrrvin'. Can't wait to have some free time so I can get onto the reading once more! xx

  9. I've heard of the rivers of london before and was thinking about giving it a go, but after what you've said, not so sure... would love to hear what you think of it once you've finished it to see if it's worth reading!

    I have a huuuge to read list, but at the moment I'm reading 'Song of Achilles' and like it so far.

    Sophie /

  10. I hope you're not feeling too poorly! These both sound really good, I'll have to add them to my reading pile. I'm reading (and really enjoying!) Jane Eyre at the moment. Recently though, I've really enjoyed The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery and How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, and I've got Brideshead Revisited and Love in a Cold Climate sitting right at the top of my to-read list.


  11. I really enjoyed the first part of Rivers of London but felt it tailed out a bit. It is unlike anything I've ever read before (story line I mean) and no you don't need a working knowledge of London to enjoy/understand this book!


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