Books in July

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.

Bipersonar by Carl Frode Tiller
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.

In the Seraphim City by Eirik Moe Dahll-Larssøn
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 Ian’s death.

Captain Marvel, volume 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and David Lopez
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!

Innsirkling 3 by Carl Frode Tiller
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.

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
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.