I don’t think I had this much reading scheduled since I was in school! I’m looking forward to each of these books.
Of Bees and Mist: A Novel by Erick Setiawan
This is the Barnes & Noble First Look Book for June. This is my first time participating in this program, and I’m looking forward to discussing this book on-line throughout the month. Thank you to B & N for sending the book my way.
From the description: Of Bees and Mist takes place in a nameless town during a timeless era, where spirits and spells, witchcraft and demons, ghosts and clairvoyance — both real and imagined — are an everyday reality. Setiawan skillfully blends the real and the fantastical as he follows our heroine over a 30-year time span in which her love, courage, and sanity are tested to the limit.
Beach Trip: A Novel by Cathy Holton
is the June Read for the Books on The Brain Summer Reading Series on 6/16. Thank you to Lisa Munley (of Books on the Brain) for arranging for my copy of the book. I may need to schedule some time at the beach to read this one!
From the description on Amazon.com:
Mel, Sara, Annie, and Lola have traveled distinct and diverse paths since their years together at a small Southern liberal arts college during the early 1980s. […] Now the friends, all in their forties, converge on Lola’s lavish North Carolina beach house in an attempt to relive the carefree days of their college years. But as the week wears on and each woman’s hidden story is gradually revealed, these four friends learn that they must inevitably confront their shared past: a failed love affair, a discarded suitor, a betrayal, and a secret that threatens to change their bond, and their lives, forever. Darkly comic and deeply poignant, Beach Trip is an unforgettable tale of lifelong friendship, heartbreak, and happiness.
Interred with Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell
is Book Club L’s June read, date not yet set– probably mid to late month. I discovered this book at Book Group Expo last year. I’m looking forward to it as a fun read, and I hope there will also be enough to discuss as well.
From the GoodReads.com description: Jennifer Lee Carrells highly acclaimed debut novel is a brilliant, breathlessly paced literary adventure. […] From London to Harvard to the American West, Kate races to evade a killer and solve a tantalizing string of clues hidden in the words of Shakespeare, which may unlock one of historys greatest secrets.
The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
is Book Club M’s book for our July 6 meeting. I probably won’t get to it in June, but I’ll go ahead and list it here in case I decide to read ahead. One of our members found this on a list of top 25 novels in the past 25 years, and nominated it. I don’t know much about it.
From The Great Book List: With this novel, Ellroy invented neo-noir crime fiction and elevated himself from genre novelist to serious writer of literature. The Black Dahlia is the first book in Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet, a cycle of novels set in 1940s and 1950s Hollywood. The Quartet continued with The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz. Based on the true story of the murder of Elizabeth Short, the novel follows two fictional detectives as they try to solve the crime and as they do, they reveal a city of corruption and depravity.
In another message, I describe the other books I want/need to read in June.