Books in July

Oh good God, it’s July already. Geez. Okay. Anyways. These are the books I’m planning to read in July. Some of them are books that I just haven’t finished so far, that I will try to force myself to read now instead. Off we go.

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
It’s massive. It’s like 1400 pages. And I didn’t finish it, so I’ll try to finish it in July instead. I have vacation in July, so that’ll help. I really like it. There are things that annoy me, but not about the book, that’s weird, it’s really good. I just get mad at Kvothe for how he behaves, and I like that. I like when I get excited about stuff like that. I’m weird.

Vidunderbarn by Roy Jacobsen
Vidunderbarn is a Norwegian book about growing up in Norway in the 60s. The title means wunderkind. I don’t know a lot about it. I got a gift card from a book club and I had to pick something, and I’d heard good things about the author. He’s sort of a big deal in Norwegian literature. It spans the 1960s, starting in -61. It’s about a block of flats outside/in Oslo, and about Finn and his mother. Dad is dead, but Finn and his mom are okay, according to Finn. Then Finn’s half-sister shows up and she’s meant to live with them, even though her and Finn’s father don’t live there, and she’s not related to Finn’s mom. I’m pretty excited actually.

The Gunslinger by Stephen King
The Gunslinger has lived on my bookshelves for a long time. It is the first book in a series. It is about a man called Roland, the Last Gunslinger. He goes on a quest, and you know, quests are fun. I don’t know much about it, but I should read it, clear up some space.

Emma by Jane Austen
I started reading this book a while ago, but I never finished it, so I am going to attempt to finish it. July shall be the month of catch up. Emma is about a young woman who likes to plot and play matchmaker and thinks she’s all that, but things tend to blow up in her face. I really like it, and I think it’s funny and sarcastic and sweet and I don’t know why I just stopped.

The Company by K.J. Parker
This has also lived on my shelf for a long time. It is about five veterans of war who colonize an island in a hope that they can make a better life for themselves. They’ve brought everything they need, food, clothes, tools, wives (yeah, weird). Then something happens and it shatters their dream. Friendships go to hell, secrets are revealed, and you know, that sounds fun. I’ve read a lot of fantasy lately, and I am excited to read more.

Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
This is the third book in Scott Lynch’s (fun fact: I mistyped the first time and almost made him Scott Lunch, which is a great last name) Gentleman Bastards series about Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen. Following the previous book Jean has been cured of the poison, but Locke is still dying. Then they are approached by a Bondsmage and Locke is offered an antidote. Locke has to play a role for the Magi, which is kind of Locke’s thing, being a master con artist, and if he does they’ll purge his body. Also Sabetha will be introduced in this one, which is exciting. Sabetha is the love of Locke’s life, and she’s been hinted to in the two previous books, so that’ll be fun.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I’ve heard a lot about this book lately, and it sounds outstanding. It’s about twin girls Cath and Wren, who’ve been inseparable their whole lives, but now that they’re going to college Wren doesn’t want to room with Cath. Cath has to live with someone she doesn’t know. Cath is introverted and shy and spends most of her time writing fanfiction about Simon Snow, which I think is sort of Harry Potter, as far as I understand it. And she doesn’t know how to completely deal with everything else that life throws her. It sounds really cool, and I’ve spent a lot of my youth writing a lot of fanfiction, so I feel like I might connect with this book.