My last month before being back in grad school, so my last month with lots of brainspace for reading time and a disposable income to support my book habit... will need to stock up on the Booker and Goncourt longlist nominees with this pay check then, won't I?
Anyway - I've created for myself another stupidly large TBR pile, meaning that once again I might not survive the month because I will be crushed to death by all the hardbacks I want to read over the next thirty days. And another good-for-me mix, with eight historical fictions, including the more recent Camille Pascal (he of the Goncourt longlist last year), the new Evie Dunmore historical romance (so excited so excited SO EXCITED), some contemporaries, including the new Sally Rooney (which, sidenote, I am very nervous about as I have heard some very mixed reviews), the new Lauren Groff, the new Anthony Doerr, and the new Colson Whitehead, all of which I am suitably excited about, four of the Booker longlist nominees, the last three Miss Marple mysteries, and actually quite a bit of translated fiction, which I always think I read more of than I actually do. One of the translated fictions is my book club pick this month, and it will be my first foray into the Nobel Prize for Literature writing of Olga Tokarczuk - which, based on the blurb on the back of the book that I will be picking up, seems right up my street.
I've also rolled over the August TBR books that I did not finish last month, in the foolish hope that I will get to them this time round. I never learn, do I?
As always, read on for my full month's planned reading.
La Chambre des dupes, by Camille Pascal
Portrait of a Scotsman, by Evie Dunmore
Beautiful World, Where Are You, by Sally Rooney
Matrix, by Lauren Groff
Cloud Cuckoo Land, by Anthony Doerr
Harlem Shuffle, by Colson Whitehead
The Hidden Palace, by Helene Wicker
Second Place, by Rachel Cusk
A Town Called Solace, by Mary Lawson
The Fortune Men, by Nadifa Mohamed
The Bell in the Lake, by Lars Mytting
Celestial Bodies, by Jokha Alharthi
Light Perpetual, by Francis Spufford
Bunny, by Mona Awad
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, by Balli Kaur Jaswal
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, by Olga Tokarczuk
The Jane Austen Society, by Natalie Jenner
Les Mémoires d'un chat, by Hiro Arikawa
Le Cœur cousu, by Carole Martinez
L'Œuvre au noir, by Marguerite Yourcenar
At Bertram's Hotel, by Agatha Christie
Nemesis, by Agatha Christie
Sleeping Murder, by Agatha Christie
Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
The Right to Sex, by Amia Srinivisan
Rolled-over books (why am I like this):
The Butchers, by Ruth Gilligan
She Would Be King, by Wayetú Moore
The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer
The Midnight Bargain, by C.L. Polk
The Madwoman Upstairs, by Catherine Lowell
The Mistress of Rome, by Kate Quinn
Le suspendu de Conarky, by Jean-Christophe Rufin
Le train d'Erlinghen, by Boualem Sansal
War: How Conflict Shaped Us, by Margaret MacMillan
As always, I've highlighted the ones I'm hoping to review - if any of these strike your fancy in ways that make you want to know more about them, hit me up. Or hit me up if you want to buddy read any of them. Whatever floats your boat!
So will I read 34 books this month? No, of course I fucking won't. But I've got to go now, I have an awful lot of books to cram in.