Ahead of my birthday (which is today!), I bought some books as a gift to myself. I have had almost all of them in my possession for a while now, as I ordered them online and they arrived much earlier than I had anticipated. Nevertheless, I decided to wait until today to reveal my new acquisitions to you. Some of them are representing certain countries at the ‘EU still 28’ reading project, others felt like the perfect books to delve into this summer, and a few were on discount and caught my attention.
Without further ado, these are the eight books that I bought recently:
Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan
This is the third book in The Memoirs of Lady Trent series. After reading and enjoying the first two books (A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents) last year, I plan to read the Voyage of the Basilisk really soon. I am eager to be absorbed in another adventure of the famous dragon naturalist, Lady Trent.
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
The Glorious Heresies was my choice to represent Ireland at the ‘EU still 28’ reading project. It has been on my wish list for quite some time, since long before I decided to read one book from each of the EU member states. I’m not totally sure what it is about anymore, though. I just know that it involves a kid and a gang.
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I have been meaning to read something by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for a while. When I saw this collection of short stories on discount, I couldn’t resist it. It features twelve stories about what connects men and women, parents and children, but also Nigeria and the United States.
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
It was with surprise that I discovered a few years ago that the book that served as inspiration for the film Jurassic Park had been written by Arthur Conan Doyle. It follows four explorers who discover a lost prehistoric world in South America. I expect it to be filled with exciting adventures.
Freedom and Death by Nikos Kazantzakis
Written by the Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis, this is a novel set in Crete about the rebellion of Greek Christians against the Turks. It is supposed to be a heroic tale of epic scale. I’m both intrigued, excited and unsure about it in equal measure.
A Cidade de Ulisses (The City of Ulysses) by Teolinda Gersão
In this book, Teolinda Gersão presents us with a love story between a woman and a man. However, her main aim was to succeed in penning a love declaration to a city – Lisbon. This is a really short book, which will be my first introduction to the work of this Portuguese writer.
Teoria Geral do Esquecimento (A General Theory of Oblivion) by José Eduardo Agualusa
I’ve only heard amazing things about this book by the Angolan author José Eduardo Agualusa. It takes place in Luanda on the eve of independence, in 1975. Afraid of what is to come, a Portuguese woman builds a wall to separate her apartment from the rest of the world. Racism and fear of the other are the main topics delved into in this novel, which was a finalist of the Man Booker International Prize in 2016.
Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors
This was my pick to represent Denmark in the ‘EU still 28’ project. It seems to be a divisive book and not that many people loved it. I decided to read it, nonetheless, because the plot intrigued me. It is about a woman who is learning to drive, not only a car, but also her own live. It’s supposed to be witty, but some don’t believe that it is successful in that regard. I’ll form my own opinion soon.
Have you read any of these books? Tell me in the comments!