Reading Wrap-up – June 2019

And also, a little book haul because I couldn’t help myself here in Canada.

June again hasn’t been the best reading month, because I’ve been busy with work and packing for Canada. However here in Canada I have managed to finish my book, and I’ve also bought a few because.. well.. it’s a country full of books I haven’t seen in the Netherlands yet, and it’s just fun to buy them here.

Let’s start with what I’ve read though.

Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman

“During a restless summer on the Italian Riviera, a powerful romance blooms between seventeen-year-old Elio and his father’s house guest, Olivier. Unrelenting currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire threaten to overwhelm the lovers who at first feign indifference to the charge between them. What grows from the depths of their souls is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration, and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing they both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.”

I was so very excited to read this book when I got it, and when I finally dove into it I also was really in the mood for a book like this. And it did not disappoint. I get why it’s such a popular book, as it is beautifully and enchantingly (that’s not a word, is it..?) written. It was different than I expected though, both the writing style where it seems like the author sometimes jumps between just thoughts and feeling from the protagonist and the actual story, and the fact that it was a lot more sexual than I expected when I started this. However, it definitely wasn’t a bad thing, the story still gave me all the summer vibes I was hoping for, though a lot less “easy read”. I flew through it though, especially in the end, and I gave it 4 stars. Now I can’t wait to watch the movie!

Now onto what I’ve bought, one of which isn’t pictured as I’ve left it at home..

Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

“When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back.

Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick’s formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should–and should not–marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider’s look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.”

Starting with the book I bought but didn’t bring to Canada. Ever since I saw the film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians, I’ve wanted to read the book as well, but in the almost year since I’ve seen it, I never picked it up for some reason. However, a few weeks ago I went to the hairdresser and realised I needed to wait for a bit and didn’t bring a book. So I dove into the bookstore across the street and picked this one up. I read the first few pages as I was waiting, and am pretty positive I will love reading this. Just a fun, quick and easy read.

The Lovecraft Compendium- H.P. Lovecraft

“Regarded by many as a masterpiece, The Call Of Cthulhu is among H. P. Lovecraft’s most famous works. Recounting the mystery of the cult of Cthulhu, it conjures up a dark and fascinating world.

The Cthulhu Mythos has sine become a study of its own for those who have delighted in Lovecraft’s writing, captivated by the weird horror and dark fantasy of which he was a master. In addition to The Call Of Cthulhu, this collection of stories also includes other that made either direct or indirect reference to Cthulhu: Dagon, The Dunwich Horror, The Whisperer In Darkness and The Haunter Of The Dark.”

I love creepy stories, we all know that by now. So when I saw this collection of short stories by H P. Lovecraft in the bookstore here in Canada I had to get it. I recently finished At The Mountains Of Madness, also by Lovecraft, and enjoyed it enough to want to read more of this author. I read the first story in this collection already, and found it an easier read than At The Mountains Of Madness. I’m excited to read the rest!

The Big Four – Agatha Christie

“Framed in the doorway of Hercule Poirot’s bedroom stands an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust. The man stares for a moment, then he sways and falls.

Who is he? Is he suffering from shock or juste exhaustion? Above all, what is the significance of the figure 4, scribbled over and over again on a piece of paper. Poirot finds himself plunged into a world of international intrigue, risking his life – and that of his “twin brother” – to uncover the truth.”

A while back I told you I wanted to read more Agatha Christie books, and in the Indigo store we visited the other day, they had a bunch. I was good and only picked up this one, which is a story I hadn’t heard of before. It sounds interesting and exciting though, I’m intrigued to see what they mean by twin brother! You also can’t really go wrong with Agatha Christie.

Bitten – Kelley Armstrong

“Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf – and she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her – her temper, her violence – but requires it. Worst of all, Elena realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person. Overwhelmed by the new passions coursing through her body, Elena leaves the Pack and moves to the city to try living as a human. When the Pack leader calls to ask for her help fighting a new uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she’ll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.”

Oh god, I am so excited about this one. Finally I got my hands on another Kelley Armstrong book, yay! I had to stop myself from buying the whole series, partly because I don’t know yet if I will love this one as much as I loved the Cainsville series, but also because I can’t physically bring all the books back to the Netherlands with me in just my carry on suitcase. I just hope I won’t regret that decision (I mean I can always order them online if I need to..). For this I am hoping for another fun, sexy, kind of mysterious book/series. And I don’t think I will be disappointed.

And those were all the books I bought and read in June. I am sure I will pick up more if my luggage will allow it, we shall see… 😉

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