Recently, I have found myself going to the library more and more again. One, because my home gets insanely hot during summer. I’m talking about oven hot; take a shower and sweat two seconds later hot; channel your inner sloth hot. You get my point as to how hot it was getting. And second, well…Because libraries and bookstores have always been my happy place.
At first, I didn’t want to get library membership because it’s another subscription along with the endless streaming services we pay for nowadays. Plus, I have so many books at home I have yet to read (Lord knows when I will ever finish those). But since I end up going to the library and reading the books there anyway, I thought maybe if I get a membership, I will actually finish these borrowed books as there’s a deadline. You know how some people need a little sense of urgency to get things done…Me.
And so, with my new membership, I have recently borrowed five books that I’m going to be reading in September.
London falling by Paul Cornell
When I tell you that I simply took this book with me, without knowing what it’s about…You prolly wouldn’t believe me. But that’s really how I walk in the library. I don’t do extensive research beforehand. I just grab whatever speaks to me at that moment. And at the moment I got this book, I was looking for an English book. Initially a supernatural romance, but since the English section in our library is quite small…I would have to make due with what they have. And so my next choice became horror…Aka London falling.
Here’s the synopsis according to Goodreads: The dark is rising …Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect Rob Toshack is murdered in custody. Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton. But nothing about Toshack’s murder is normal. Toshack had struck a bargain with a vindictive entity, whose occult powers kept Toshack one step ahead of the law — until his luck ran out. Now, the team must find a ‘suspect’ who can bend space and time and alter memory itself. And they will kill again.
As the group starts to see London’s sinister magic for themselves, they have two choices: panic or use their new abilities. Then they must hunt a terrifying supernatural force the only way they know how: using police methods, equipment and tactics. But they must all learn the rules of this new game – and quickly. More than their lives will depend on it.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
You have probably already seen this tear-jerking movie with the incredible Vera Farmiga and Asa Butterfield about two little boys, Bruno and Shmuel, who become the most unlikely friends during World War 2. Each child experiencing the war in an entirely different way. One from behind the fences, living in the horrors of the concentration camp; the other child on the other side of the fences simply looking for a new friend to play with since they moved and not having a single clue as to why his new friend is wearing those dirty striped pajamas. Nor why he can’t come out and play.
The movie that’s mostly from a child like perspective and its ending had me wanting to read the book for even more details.
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
A classic that everyone probably had to read for school. Except, I haven’t. Tho, I am vaguely familiar with the story due to pop culture references when an individual switches from one healthy personality to a twisted one. And if a character in a book is twisted, I want to read it. Plus, I like to read classics for personal educational purposes.
The last seven months of Anne Frank by Willy Lindwer
We’ve all heard the story of Anne Frank and her diary. However, there’s a huge gap between when they took the families from “Het Achterhuis” till when she died in Bergen Belsen. I’ve seen the movie, where they give us an idea of what happened during this gap. But this book contains details from six women who have witnessed Anne Frank in the camps as well as the atrocities that took place in the camps.
Plan B: Turn your career around by Sabine Leenhouts
This book consists of a collection of interviews of people who found themselves taking a whole different turn in their career path. Albeit, because of sudden illness, dissatisfaction in their jobs or other circumstances. The book shows you that no matter where you are in life, you can still follow the career that actually brings joy to your soul.
I went to see if I could find the book in English, but sadly enough it’s solely available in Dutch. So for the Dutchies who are reading this and are considering making a career switch, I definitely recommend this book.
That’s it for all the books I’m reading in September. Will I be able to read all these books? Find out in the next episode of Books that I’m reading: October.