Oh it really has been a while, but I am back! You may have noticed that I have completely remodelled my blog and the URL is to follow when my plan runs out and I can get a new one. That’s why everything says ‘Jentakular’, except for the URL. Anyway, let’s get to the point. Here is my – provisional – To Read for the month of June. I write provisional, because I cannot guarantee that I will really stick to this list. Life will be more relaxed, as I have a couple of months off before my next semester starts, but there are a lot of other things I have to deal with before that next semester. Either way, I am hoping to read more again, as I have hardly read at all in the past couple of months. So here we go:
The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell
The Dogs of Riga is the second book in Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander series, which has really been a part of my life since I was younger. My parents always enjoyed crime shows and I have found that especially Scandinavian ones are often incredibly well made; dark without being unnecessarily and overly dramatic. They are the definition of eerie and the setting just emphasises this perfectly. Henning Mankell is a master of moods, in my opinion, and so I have finally decided to read these books. I finish the first one a little while ago and now I am reading this one. They are not necessarily quick reads and at times a little slow, but the moods are amazing and especially as an aspiring crime writer, I find reading his writing is incredibly educating.
Sun Storm by Åsa Larsson
I have been looking for good crime stories with female protagonists written by female authors and it’s surprisingly difficult, especially when you also want to focus on police procedurals or at least something along those lines. I found these, which are also Scandinavian, which obviously is right up my lane. I am only a couple of pages in, so I can’t say much yet. I also haven’t read the synopsis in a while, but I remember that the main character is a successful lawyer and that she has to go back home for a case, which, of course, brings up old issues and and new revelations. I have really high hopes for this, because I need more females writing females in crime stories.
Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
A classic that I have been meaning to read since I was quite young. I watched a German/French film back then, in which they quoted the book. Later I watched the film with Josh Hutcherson and it sounded interesting. I cannot really explain why, but both of these absolutely intrigued me. I would have loved to read them all in French, but unfortunately I have yet to study the language so for now English is going to have to do.
The Golden Age of Piracy: The Truth Behind Pirate Myth by Benerson Little
This month’s reading list is pretty much tailored to a story idea I am working on, so my first pick for this month is a book on piracy. I researched a little bit and this one is apparently a really good and informative book about how pirates really lived – when not romanticised by films such as Pirates of the Caribbean. I am really looking forward to this one.
Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
This one, too, is piracy themed and so relevant for me at the moment. I’ve seen great reviews about this book and its sequel and cannot wait to read them. I didn’t want to just put factual, non-fiction books on this list, because I am worried I’ll get bored with the subject, even though I am actually super interested in it, but you know how it goes. So, I am trying to keep it interesting with a mix of fact and fiction. I have the Magic of Blood and Sea edition, which contains both books of the duology. I wanted to have them separately, just in case I don’t enjoy it and don’t want to continue, but the Assassin’s Curse wasn’t available in the iBooks store and so I bought the collection instead.