My library list this time round is slightly shorter, because I’m trying to get into the habit of not reserving everything the minute I realise I want to read it. It makes things difficult when I go to the library and I have nine books to take back, and I have to try and get them all read in a really short space of time. It’s time to be sensible (though who really wants to be sensible where books are involved?).
Rock Stars Stole My Life! by Mark Ellen
I heard about this book when Mark Ellen was chatting to Simon Mayo about it on Radio 2. It sounds fascinating, because Ellen is a music journalist who has written for the likes of NME, Smash Hits, Q, Select and Mojo, and so he has really seen it all. He convinced me during his interview that I wanted to read this book, as it spans many years and many genres of music, so I added it straight to my library list. It wasn’t actually in stock when I did so, but now I’ve moved up the list to number three, so I guess it must be by now.
The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne
I saw a review of The Vintage Girl on Tiny Library, and it convinced me to reserve it. While it’s nice to read the books that stay with you for weeks after, and really make you think, I do really love to read a book that is just a bit of pure escapism, that doesn’t require a huge amount of concentration, and that you can finish in a couple of sittings. The Vintage Girl seems to fit into that category, and it has already arrived at the library, so I’ll be going to collect it as soon as I can.
The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker
Hey look, it’s another book that I heard about on Radio 2. You may scoff, because I go on and on Radio 2, but they are doing more than any television channel to talk about books. Between his Book Club every other Monday, and his various interviews with different authors, Simon Mayo does an awful lot of talking about books, and it just makes me love him more. Anyway, this is the book that is the current Book Club choice, and they will be discussing it with the author on Monday. I like the idea of trying to read the book before they talk about it, but this is massive, and though I toyed with the idea of downloading it, I knew I wouldn’t get it finished, so i just added it to my library list. It’s written by a young French author, but it’s a murder mystery set in New England. It has had rave reviews, not least from Matt on Radio 2, who loved it. I’m number twelve, so it will be a while, but that’s fine, because I don’t have time to read it right now!
The Letter Bearer by Robert Allison
Whenever a book prize shortlist is announced, I always like to take a look to see if there’s anything I fancy reading. This week, it was the turn of the Desmond Elliott Prize, an award for a first novel, and all three books caught my eye! The Letter Bearer is a war story, about The Rider, a man who is dying in the North African desert without any memory of how he came to be there. His rescuers are a band of deserters, and he starts to slowly piece together his identity. It sounds fascinating, but I’m number seven on the list, so I’ll have a while to wait.
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Elmear McBride
This is another Desmond Elliott nominated book, and another one that sounds right up my street. It’s the story of a young woman’s relationship with her brother, whose life has been irrevocably changed by a childhood brain tumour. McBride’s writing is described as having “singular intensity, acute sensitivity, and mordant wit.” Sounds good, right? I’m number one on the list, so I’m expecting this one really soon.
Ballisticsby D.W. Wilson
This is the third book to make up the shortlist for the Desmon Elliott Prize, so I could potentially read them all before the winner is announced (having just checked, it seems that will be in June, so the chances are minimal!). Ballistics is set in the Canadian Rockies, which instantly piques my interest, because it’s an unusual setting. It seems to be a father-son story, with Alan West, the main character, being sent on a quest to track down his father by his grandfather, so the old man can say goodbye to his own son before he dies. I’m number three on the list for this one, and I’m hoping it turns up sooner rather than later!