With Summer looming around the corner, I picked up a small stack of books that I’d like to tackle during the heat-stroke-inducing season of melted ice-cream and burned BBQ parties. I’m a bit proud of myself as there is a decent amount of variety to the four books that I’m going to be sharing with you today!
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
My first encounter with Shutter Island was years ago when I decided to watch the film at three in the morning due to terrible insomnia. I don’t remember much of the story at all since it’s been so damn long, but I do recall that I enjoyed the film quite a bit. When I discovered it was initially a book, I had placed it on my buy-list. A few days ago, while returning library books, I managed to find a copy for fifty-cents! So, I grabbed it.
The psychological thriller takes place in the year 1954. Two US Marshals, Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule, have come to Shutter Island to investigate a missing patient at Ashcliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Rachel Solando, a multiple-murderer, is loose on the barren island. As a brutal hurricane begins to stir, the strange case becomes darker and more sinister as new revelations come to light.
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
I originally read this book when I was studying for my English Language & Literature Associate’s of Arts degree. I don’t think I ever finished the book because I had to return it to the school library. So, when I saw it at the local library for a buck, I figured I might as well give it another shot.
The multi-generational fiction literature novel follows Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family. They originally travelled from a tiny village in the Asia Minor to Prohibition Era Detroit. There they witnessed a lot of history in the making before heading out to Michigan in the late 1960s. In an effort to understand why Calliope isn’t like other girls, she must travel through her family’s backstory where she’ll discover a dark family secret and shocking genetic history that will turn Callie into Cal.
Summer of the Big Bachi (Mas Arai #1) by Naomi Hirahara
I found this one evening while paroozing Amazon late at night for six bucks, and after reading the premise, I was intrigued and knew I couldn’t pass up the awesome deal.
This #OwnVoices Japanese mystery follows Mas Arai, a Japanese-American gardener, living in the foothills of Pasadena. His lawnmower blades are clean and sharp, and his truck carefully tuned. But while Mas keeps lawns neatly trimmed, his own life has gone south. His wife is dead, and his livelihood is falling into the hands of men he once hired by the day. For Mas, a life of sin is catching up to him, and now bachi—the spirit of retribution—is knocking upon his door. It begins when a stranger comes around, asking questions about a nursery-man who once lived in Hiroshima, a man known as Jōji Haneda. By the end of the summer, Jōji will be dead and Mas’s own life will be in danger.
Half a King (Shattered Seas #1) by Joe Abercrombie
When my e-mail tinged with a 15% off coupon from BN (again, woot) I decided to use it to buy the first instalment of an adult epic fantasy series that I’ve kept my eye on for the past year.
The story begins with Prince Yarvi, who was betrayed by his family and left for dead and is a reluctant heir to a divided kingdom. Regardless of his feelings for the throne, he vows to reclaim it. Yet before he can even begin to do that, he must survive dangerous cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself—all with one good hand. Yarvi ends up gathering a strange fellowship of outcasts and discovers that they help him far more than any noble lord ever could. Even so, there are many twists, traps, and tragedies lying between Yarvi and his ultimate goal for vengeance.
If all of these books end up being as good as I remember and as fun as I’m anticipating, then my reading for the season will be absolutely splendid!
What are some books that you are planning on reading during the summer? Lemme know in the comments!