It is July tomorrow, and these are my reading goals for July. The books I'll be reading.
Fathomless and Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce
Like two years ago I read Sisters Red and Sweetly by Jackson Pearce.
They are fairytale retellings. They also interweave. They’re not really
sequels, more sort of companion novels. Fathomless is about a young woman named
Celia Reynolds. She’s the youngest of a set of triplets. Anne can see the
future, Jane can see the present and Celia can see the past, which seems
useless, until she meets Lo, who can’t remember who she is. So that’s nice.
Apparently it’s based on the Little Mermaid by H.C. Andersen. Cold Spell is
also based on Andersen, more specifically the Snow Queen. It’s about Kai and
Ginny who have been friends forever and now there’s more, kisses and plans of
running away together. And then Kai disappears with a beautiful stranger, and
Ginny goes after him to get him back.
In an attempt to read more Norwegian books I’m going to try to for two
this month. And therefore, Bipersonar. I’m trying to find an English word. It
basically means secondary character, so people who aren’t in the focus, but who
still affect the story. Anyways, this book is about a guy named Thomas, and the
people who are part of his life and who have some sort of impact on it. He
likes to write about characters who aren’t necessarily doing great and who
aren’t necessarily that likeable, although that is also a common theme in a lot
of Norwegian books. I should know why, but I don’t. Although, I didn’t study literature, so why
should I know.
I was given this book by a friend. A girl I went to high school with
asked me if I wanted it. Her boyfriend wrote it and I said yes, because… free
book. Also it sounded interesting. It’s about a city that, with the help of the
Alchemists, grew past any reasonable size and sort of collapsed. And the hated
Alchemists live in the Hive, in the collapsed city. And other people live on
the surface and on a sort of floating island city. No one really fights for the
Alchemists who helped the city grow, they’re left to rot. And then there’s a
guy, Ian Allant, who fought for them, who tried to bridge the gap between lower
and upper city. Theodore Donovan is trying to find out who is responsible for
I’m getting more and more into superhero comics. I like the idea of
knowing a bit more backstory to the Marvel movies and everything coming out.
Then I had a sort of feminist impulse, because al the movies have male
protagonists/heroes. And people seem to love Captain Marvel, and there is
supposed to be a Captain Marvel movie, in like, an eternity. So anyway. Captain
Marvel, also known as Carol Danvers, used to be Miss Marvel, and now she’s
been, I guess promoted, to Captain Marvel. She is a pilot, and a hero, and an
Avenger, and she seems awesome. She has taken on the task to bring a young
alien back home to her home planet and lands in a galactic uprising. FUN!
Yes, another Norwegian book. I’m going crazy. So I have a bad habit of
not finishing series, and this is the last in a trilogy, and I just read the
second one, so I thought I’d read it now. Innsirkling means to circle
something, sort of, the physical act of circling something in with a pen or pencil.
It also refers to closing in on something. It’s about a man named David, who we
don’t really meet in the first two books. He has lost his memory, and people
who know him are writing him letters, and it builds this image of who he is.
It’s interesting to see how different people see one person, which part of
yourself you share with different people. It’s also an interesting way to look at
identity, and how these people try to build someone else’s identity. Because
your identity is so… you, which is a very obvious, non-sentence. But it feels
very strange for someone else to build your identity for you, deciding who you
are. It’s so weird. I’m looking forward to finishing the trilogy.
I’ve only read Gay’s non-fiction, Bad Feminist, and I follow her twitter
profile with something close to a fervency, I’m not scary, I just really like
things. This is a novel, fiction. It’s about a woman named Mireille who is Hatian
American, and who is in Haiti with her husband and infant son when she is
kidnapped. She comes from a rich and privileged family, and as far as I can
tell from the pages I’ve read so far, that’s common? Her father is very wealthy
and the gang wants money from him, and her father is also a bastard and plans
to resist the kidnappers and Mireille must endure almost a fortnight of
captivity. So that sounds harrowing and interesting.
I’ll also read Moby Dick and A Girl is a Half-formed thing, because I
didn’t finish them. And I’m listening to Girls will be Girls by Emer O’Toole,
because I’m suffering from what the Bookrat calls “Ooh Shiny Syndrome.” I
basically see something pretty and then just read something other than what I’m
meant to be reading. Because I’m a child.