[Wrap-Up] Books read in August 2017

It’s the last day of August already! 2017, slow down. It’s time to wrap up what I read this month, which was only five books. I feel like I am, for no particular reason, reading fewer and fewer books with each month… But then again I read “It”, which is huge and can fit about three or four of what I’d consider more “normal”-sized books, so. Anyway, except one scriptbook, all the books I read were novels. Reviews linked in this post, as always!

My August reads:

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[List] Books About Books

A week or so ago I made a short post on Instagram with books that in some way are about books or a specific book. Also, in my reading experience, chances are that a book about books will use the story-within-a story technique to some degree. I had a look through my shelves and picked a handful of books that I think meet these two criteria. Some of these are really great books as well, so I figured I’d write all of this up more thoroughly here!

Books about books:

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[Book Review] The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

29634930Title: The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe
Author: Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
Genre: Fiction, podcast, script, horror, science fiction, comedy, fantasy, surrealism

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: It’s time for mayoral elections in the strange desert town of Night Vale. On the local community radio, The Faceless Old Woman who secretly lives in your home and Hiram McDaniels, a literal five-headed dragon, both announce their candidacy for mayor. However, the mysterious private corporation StrexCorp Synernists Incorporated threatens to take over Night Vale, something that will forever change the town and everyone living in it.

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[Book Review] It by Stephen King

27877138Title: It
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Fiction, horror, thriller, mystery, suspense

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Outland.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Derry, Maine: a small city practically oozing with hometown familiarity and real horror. When they first had to face It, they were only kids. Then the children grew up, moved away from Derry, forgot everything that had happened, and became successful adults. However, now that It once again has started preying on the city’s children, they must return to their hometown and their past nightmares, and fulfil their promise to defeat the monster hiding in Derry’s sewers.

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[Book Review] Maurice by E. M. Forster

coverTitle: Maurice
Author: E. M. Forster
Genre: Fiction, classics, romance, literary fiction, LGBT+

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Set in the world of Cambridge undergraduate life during the Edwardian era, we follow Maurice Hall, a privileged young man who is conventional in almost every way – except that he is attracted to his own sex. Gradually, Maurice experiences an emotional and sexual awakening, first through Clive, his friend at Cambridge, and later through Alec, the gamekeeper at Clive’s country estate. This novel explores the repressive attitudes of British society, as well as one man’s journey to self-discovery.

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[Book Review] The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

41rfwxn5islTitle: The Blind Assassin
Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction, mystery, sci-fi

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: In 1945, a young woman named Laura Chase dies under ambiguous circumstances. Several decades later, Laura’s sister Iris recalls her memories of her childhood and the events and relationships that affected her wealthy, eccentric family, including her unhappy marriage to businessman Richard Griffen. Intertwined with Iris’ story are chapters from “The Blind Assassin”, the scandalous novel that made Laura famous. In it, two illicit lovers create a science fiction story about a blind killer on a distant planet. Together, these stories gradually illuminate the secrets of the Chase family.

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[Book Review] Hunger by Knut Hamsun

9788205394810Title: Hunger*
Author: Knut Hamsun
Genre: Fiction, classics, literary fiction, psychological

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Norli.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Set at the end of the 19th century, we follow the struggles of a starving young man trying to make it as a writer in Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway. On the outside he tries to maintain an image of someone respectable and dignified, his sense of pride is strong, and he works hard to get his work published. However the poverty he lives in, and not to mention the overwhelming hunger he feels on a daily basis, slowly but surely shatters his sense of reality.

I read this in its original language (Norwegian) under the title “Sult”.

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