My July Book Haul

My July Book Haul | bluchickenninja.com

The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

I’ve found I really enjoy books set in the art world, I’ve been seeing so many people talk about this particular one. It’s about a woman who finds a painting in a charity shop which turns out to be a lost masterpiece which is worth billions and billions of pounds. I’ve actually started reading this and I’m really enjoying it. You should probably also know that part of this story is told from the point of view of the painting, which is so silly it’s actually hilarious.

After Alice by Gregory Macguire

I read Wicked 8 years ago and I hated it. Like truly hated it. But I think part of the problem was I had seen the musical first and loved that so much the book seemed bad in comparison. But I really liked what Gregory Macguire had done with the story. Taken a classic tale and told it from another point of view. So I’m really excited to read this as I think this is the exact same idea but with Alice in Wonderland (I should also point out that I was sent a copy of this from Headline).

The Honourable Schoolboy by John Le Carre

This is the sequel to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and I actually started reading it a few days ago. However I decided to look up the name of a character mentioned in this since he was a minor character in Tinker, Tailor and accidentally came across a huge spoiler about how this book ends. So I’m now questioning whether I really want to read it.

The Fireman by Joe Hill

I got to see Joe Hill talk about this book at Gollanczfest back in November and it sounded really interesting. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic world where a spore infects people and causes them to spontaneously combust when they become stressed. Also the cover is really nice, but if I had known how long it was (800 pages) I probably would have got the ebook instead.

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13 Responses to “My July Book Haul”

  1. Anna

    These all look super interesting. I love that The Improbability of Love has parts from the paintings point of view! That so unique and hilarious! I need to read that.

    I also read Wicked, and felt similar to you. I didn’t hate it, but there were many times that I just wasn’t interested while I was reading. I think it was a little too dark for me at the time. I love the whole reimagined fairy tale thing though.

    Have you read any other Gregory Maguire books? Mirror Mirror and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister are both much better than Wicked. I really enjoyed both of them, especially the latter.

    I haven’t read After Alice yet, but it’s going on my list! I’m excited to see what you think of it!

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  2. Lynn Love

    Have you read any other le Carre books, Emma? Seen a couple of adaptations of his novels and I know his books are seen as the closest fiction gets to the real world of MI5, but never read any of the books.
    I sort of like the idea of The Fireman, though people combusting when they’re upset sounds a bit like a sketch from a Simpsons Treehouse of Horror!
    Happy reading 🙂
    BTW, are you coming to the end of your college year? Hell. Didn’t that pass quickly?

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    • bluchickenninja

      I haven’t. Though I know one was recently made into a movie. I think it came out last month. Joe Hill is a horror writer so it’s the exact sort of thing I would expect from him! And it’s not actually that scary so far.

      And yes I finished college last month. I’m actually going to have posts about all of my projects going up over August.

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  3. mswalsh

    Read the le Carré – I listened to the audio and loved it.
    At the moment I reading the Smilie books and just finished the Spy That Came In From Cold.

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        • bluchickenninja

          Yeah I didn’t realise most of his books had Smiley in them. Goodreads insists it’s one long series but I’ve also seen people say they are separate stories featuring the same character. Very confusing!

        • mswalsh

          Yes I can see what they mean by one long series and not – the Karla is definitely a series. I suppose it’s both – best not think of it – it’s head hurty!

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