As you could read in my July wrap up, I’m still behind on my Goodreads reading challenge of 2017. But now that I’m back from holiday, with nothing on my calendar for the coming weeks I’m planning on reading A LOT. So today I pulled six books out of my TBR jar. Together with the book I’m currently reading (Revival by Stephen King) and a book I’m going to read for a read along on Instagram (“The Body” by Stephen King), it makes a total of eight books to read in the month of August and I hope to read even more. But we’ll see about that hah!
Ancestors of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson & Marion Zimmer Bradley
Once again, Diana L. Paxson has beautifully elaborated on Marion Zimmer Bradley’s beloved Avalon saga with this dramatic new installment, which for the first time reveals the past of the ancestors of Avalon, from their beginnings on the doomed island of Atlantis to their escape to the mist-shrouded isle of Britain. It follows the extraordinary journey of two powerful women whose destinies will shape the fates of their physical and spiritual descendants: Tiriki, a high priestess exiled by the fall of Atlantis, torn between the claims of love and duty, and Damisa, a young acolyte of royal blood, tempted by ambition to forsake her spiritual path.
Hints of this mysterious past have haunted all the novels of Avalon, but until now the full sweep of this rich history has not been revealed. Dramatic, peopled with the remarkable women who have always inhabited Avalon, and set in a world of enchantment that will sweep readers to a richly imagined time and place, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Ancestors of Avalon is another spectacular epic that is sure to please Bradley’s many ardent readers.
I got this book from Pieter’s mom and it sounded good. Nevertheless, I pulled it out of my TBR jar and didn’t really get that excited. Actually, I’m kind of dreading to read it, mainly because Goodreads says that it’s the fifth book in a series. Does anybody know if I can read this book without having read the first four books?
Een bos vol spoken by Thea Beckman
Als Juultje ‘s avonds naar bed wil gaan, hoort ze een stem. Op het balkon staat een raar klein mannetje, Troekel.
Hij vertelt haar dat zijn kat Senta is gestolen door de vierarmige prins…
This is a Dutch children’s book of about 90 pages, so I guess it will be an easy read. I actually love to read children’s books every now and then and since I haven’t read this one as a little kid, I thought it was about time to do just that!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter “H”.
Harry Potter has never heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
An incredible adventure is about to begin!
I was talking about the Goodreads reading challenge with someone on Instagram and they recommended to reread books or just read really thin books to catch up on it. So we thought Harry Potter would be perfect for that and it seemed like my TBR jar knew about it. I’ve been wanting to reread the Harry Potter series forever now and I guess it’s finally time!
Revival by Stephen King
A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.
In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs — including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.
Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties — addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate — Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.
This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.
I’m now about 100 pages into this book and it’s really good so far. It’s kind of different from other King books (at least in my humble opinion) and it reads quite fast. So I guess you can expect a review on this book on here anytime soon!
On Writing by Stephen King
Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in the vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999 – and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery.
There is a reason why Stephen King is one of the bestselling writers in the world, ever. Described in the Guardian as ‘the most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature’, Stephen King writes books that draw you in and are impossible to put down.
HOW I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO READING THIS MEMOIR/MASTER CLASS! I’ve heard so many good things about it and I’d love to learn more about King’s life, tips and tricks!
The Dark Half by Stephen King
Thad Beaumont would like to say he is innocent. He’d like to say he has nothing to do with the series of monstrous murders that keep coming closer to his home. But how can Thad disown the ultimate embodiment of evil that goes by the name he gave it-and signs its crimes with Thad’s bloody fingerprints?
Oh, August will be full of King books and I’m LOVING IT! After I finished reading IT and started reading books by other authors, I noticed that I kind of missed King’s stories and writing style. So I will be a happy reader the coming month.
I bought this book in the thrift shop a while ago and it sounds super intriguing! Looking forward to reading it!
“The Body” by Stephen King
In 1960s America, four young boys go on a journey to search for the body of a boy killed by a train. As they travel, they discover how cruel the world can be, but also how wondrous.
I’ll be reading this short story as part of a read along on @29neiboltstreet on instagram! Ever since watching the King inspired episode of Family Guy I have been wanting to read “The Body”. It sounds like another coming of age story and I just love King’s stories about kids who have to grow up in this world full of horrors, but also full of friendship.
Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume
Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least, that’s what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn’t exactly normal …
Thinking he has been moved off to live with his eleventh foster family, Ewan is instead told he is a Lenitnes, one of an ancient race of peoples who can alone see the real ‘Creatures’ which inhabit the earth. He is taken in by Enola, the mysterious sword carrying Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum, a labyrinth of halls and rooms in the middle of London where other children, just like Ewan, go to learn the ways of the Creatures.
I was sent an e-copy of this book by the author himself, thank you so much! I’m really looking forward to reading this book!!
I think I’ll need all the luck I can get if I want to have read all these books by the end of the month. But you know, (I think) I CAN DO IT!
What are some books on your August TBR?