Summer TBR #1

I’m currently preparing for a book tour post on the 18th (watch this space) so, what with a full time job and various other time consuming activities in life *rolls eyes* I haven’t had the time to read anything else. So, I thought, this is the perfect time to compile a list of titles that I am looking forward to reading over the next few months! 


Dr Greta Helsing – Strange Practice #1


Goodreads: Meet Greta Helsing, fast-talking doctor to the undead. Keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well in London has been her family’s speciality for generations.

I fell in love with the idea of this novel. Its weird, unique and involves a gang of murderous monks – what could be more intriguing!

Out on 25th July by Orbit


Rawi Hage – Carnival 


Goodreads: Raised in the circus, the son of a golden-haired trapeze artist and a flying-carpet man, Fly sees everything, taking in all of the city’s carnivalesque beauty and ugliness as he roves through its dizzying streets in his taxi…

This just reminded me of Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, one of my favourite books of all time. I love the wacky and mysterious elements of the carnival that is bought by the idea of the carnavalesque. This book is definitely one of my top priorities.

2 July 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman


Goodreads: Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, tendency to wear the same clothes year in, year out), means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kind of friends who rescue each other from the lives of isolation they have each been living.

I’ve read some incredible reviews for this. I can’t wait to read it – enough said.

May 9th 2017 by Viking – Pamela Dorman Books

Steinar Bragi – The Icelands


Amazon: Set against Iceland’s volcanic hinterlands, four thirty-somethings from Reykjavik – the reckless hedonist Egill; the recovering alcoholic Hrafin; and their partners Anna and Vigdis – embark on an ambitious camping trip, their jeep packed with supplies.Seeking refuge from the storm, the group discover that the isolated dwelling is inhabited by a mysterious elderly couple who inexplicably barricade themselves inside every night. 

This sounds like your classic, Netflix horror title that often only gets a couple of stars, but luckily – that is right up my street.

Macmillan 2016

Nutcase – Toni Williams

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Salt Publishing: In this darkly hilarious and seriously horrifying book Williams tells the story of Aidan, a vigilante and young offender from one of Sheffield’s roughest estates.

At breakneck speed, we see Aidan’s world unravel as he goes from hero to outlaw, fighting against all-comers and the circumstances he can’t escape. But is he a victim or architect of his own demise?

I think I was hooked by ‘young offender from one of Sheffield’s roughest estates’ – there is something close-to-home about this, and reminded me a little of The Kingsmen!

15 September 2017 – Salt Publishing

Cara Black, Murder in Saint-Germain


Amazon: Paris, July 1999: Private investigator Aimee Leduc is walking through Saint-Germain when she is accosted by Suzanne Lesage, a Brigade Criminelle agent on an elite counterterrorism squad. Suzanne has just returned from the former Yugoslavia, where she was hunting down dangerous war criminals for the Hague. Back in Paris, Suzanne is convinced she’s being stalked by a ghost–a Serbian warlord her team took down. She’s suffering from PTSD and her boss thinks she’s imagining things. She begs Aimee to investigate–is it possible Mirko Vladic could be alive and in Paris with a blood vendetta?

I have to admit- the cover lured me. I’m expecting this novel to be full of atmosphere accompanied by complicated characters. Can you tell this from a cover?

Soho Press 2017


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