Hi all! Here is a list of books I’m planning to get through this month and some reasons why I’m excited for them. November, being the first month of my uni holidays, I am planning to get to a lot read – hopefully. So lets get to the books
The Lies of Locke Lamora ~ Scott Lynch
This is the first book is Scott Lynch’s fantasy series, Gentleman Bastard. I don’t know too much about that book only that it is a twist of Robin Hood – basically they steal from the rich and keep from themselves – and set in a renaissance period which just sound amazing. I will admit my need to read this book was fuelled by the wonderful Choncey at C. A. DuBois over on BookTube. She has really sold me on this book and I can’t wait to get to this one.
Devil’s Consort ~ Anne O’Brien
I read another of Anne O’Brien’s novel last month and really enjoyed it. Anne O’Brien is a historical fiction author who focuses on Plantagenet England, which is my favourite time period. Devil’s Consort focuses on Eleanor of Aquitaine and how she become the Queen of England and one of histories most powerful women. This isn’t an area I’ve read a huge amount about so I’m excited to learn more about here.
The Last Kingdom ~ Bernard Cornwell
I am loving the BBC adaptation of Cornwell’s Saxon series – it is so good! And because I’m impatient and want to know what happens next I have turned to the books. I am currently reading this one and it is a little different from the TV series – which doesn’t bother me – and I am loving Cornwell’s writing style. So I’m hoping to finish this one off and get started on the rest of the series soon.
Bloodline ~ Conn Iggulden
This book was my most anticipated release for this year. Bloodline is the third instalment of Iggulden’s Wars of the Roses series. I am completely invested is this series and can’t wait to delve into this one. This book focuses on Edward of York and the bloody battle of Towton. I’m excited to get back into this series.
Skin ~ Ilka Tampke
Skin is Ilka Tampke’s debut novel as is set in Iron-Age Britain of the cusp of Roman Invasion. The story follows a girl named, Ailia, who doesn’t have skin. For the Iron-Age Britons skin is their totem, their connection to their ancestors and their land.
Earlier this year I was lucky enough to take Tampke’s historical fiction class and listening to her talk about the process of how she wrote the book and explaining her inspiration has got me excited to finally read this book.
Peter Pan ~ J.M Barrie
Peter Pan is one of my favourite childhood fairytales and I thought it was about time I actually read the original tale.
Dangerous Women Anthology ~ Edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner R. Dozois
I’m hoping to read a few of the short stories in this anthology. I will admit that I hired this purely for Sharon Kay Penman’s short story – Penman is one of my favourite authors. But this anthology includes an amazing selection of authors, including: Brandon Sanderson, Cecelia Holland, Megan Lindholm, Joe Abercrombie and Diana Gabaldon. Who knows I might just find my next favourite author.
That’s all for this month. Keep an eye out for my November Wrap-up to see what I read and my thoughts. Until then happy reading!